went wrong because its studio a) gave it a shoestring budget and b) fired the showrunner and replaced him with someone who didn't know what the hell he was doing. I don't see either of those happening here. Apparently Defiance
is getting a huge budget for a Syfy show (because of the co-production with the game company), and since its showrunners are veterans of Caprica
that the network has already brought back into the fold, I'd say that's a good sign that Syfy is willing to keep them.
Then again, now that I've mentioned the former, it occurs to me that if the game tanks, that could hurt the show's survival odds.