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Old March 8 2013, 02:56 AM   #31
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I've seen the car in at least one of the BTS videos, definitely a very Mad Max feel to it.
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Old March 13 2013, 01:42 AM   #32
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IO9 has a spoiler free review up for the first three episodes of the series.
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It's a giant cast of Alpha personalities which (thankfully) yields a lot of unexpected scenarios. Every time we expect Datak to go wild, he goes quiet. These characters are smarter than your average Stargate scientist.
The smaller plots are well thought out and exceptionally clever. Whether or not the larger story will pan out, remains to be seen. But so far we're impressed with the week-to-week drama.
When you get over the initial shock that this is a show basically set in the Mos Eisley Cantina, you then realize, holy cow this a show set in the Mos Eisley Cantina!
The large Firefly fan base must disconnect from any sort of similarities that crop up on the new series if they're going to even remotely enjoy Defiance
Get a new trope. While we can forgive necessary cliche characters for the sake of a pilot, we can not excuse the hooker with the heart of gold. The big meeting place/restaurant in town is a brothel where people conduct "sex business." It's eye-roll-inducing and hard to watch.
Defiance also suffers from a bad case of Phantom Menace. There is just too much CG shit going on at once. SLOW DOWN
On a Syfy scale of Battlestar Galactica to Piranhaconda, Defiance is in the upper middle. It's got heaps of promise and an amazing cast.
EDIT: I forgot to post the newest behind the scenes featurette: Making of Part VI: Nolan and Irisa. Focused on Grant Bowler's Nolan, and Stephanie Leonidas' Irisa.
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Old March 17 2013, 02:05 AM   #33
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^ I've only previously seen Leonidas in MirrorMask, but I really like what I've seen of her character here. Looking forward to the show!
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Old March 17 2013, 02:28 AM   #34
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Stephanie Leonidas was the most impressive thing about MirrorMask, but I'm disappointed she won't be using her lovely natural accent in Defiance.
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Old March 17 2013, 04:25 PM   #35
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^Yeah, aren't aliens supposed to have English accents? Or is that just evil aliens? Though I suppose if it makes sense if she was raised by non-accented Nolan since she was a child, any accent she might have had probably would have faded as she grew up.
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Old March 18 2013, 06:16 PM   #36
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A new character focused making of video has been released. This one focusing on the mayor, Amanda who is played by Julie Benz, and her sister, the local madam and owner of the NeedWant, Mia Kirshner's Kenya.
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Old March 18 2013, 07:27 PM   #37
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I just wanna see Julie Benz try to act like a tough resistance fighter with that baby-doll voice of hers. That's all I wanna see.
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Old March 22 2013, 03:47 PM   #38
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Spoiler free review of Syfy’s Defiance – A refreshing science fiction space western
lots of single photos of the characters at the link and also a group shot.
it discusses the main characters and also The Alien Races.
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Old March 22 2013, 10:20 PM   #39
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This could be the Babylon 5 for the current generation. Well, at least in initial setup and general feel. Just caught up on all the videos and that's the impression I get - a whole ton of developed backstory and universe building before a single episode is shown, and a general story layout involving a very diverse set of characters.

This has been done right (B5) and wrong (Andromeda, IMO). I really hope it doesn't end up the latter.

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Old March 22 2013, 10:46 PM   #40
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^Andromeda 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.
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Old March 22 2013, 11:03 PM   #41
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I'm interested to see how Defiance works out. It's the first series coming to SyFy in a long time I've been genuinely interested in.
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Old March 23 2013, 02:30 AM   #42
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$40M for the show, $50M for the game, interesting world we live in these days.
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Old March 24 2013, 01:38 AM   #43
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wrong thread. sorry.
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Old March 25 2013, 06:22 PM   #44
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Babylon 5 had a shoestring budget too, and barely managed to eke out its planned five year run despite PTEN's withdrawl. Andromeda was unfortunately saddled with a studio that has a history of dumping the showrunners for cheaper, more controllable producers(Beastmaster, Earth Final Conflict, etc.) and IMO that was the real cause of its failure despite some really promising premises.

Yeah, if Defiance the game doesn't work out, financing for the show will dry up pretty quickly IMO - or else it would face some pretty heavy cuts in budget that could doom it anyway. This is a pretty big experiment in new media and I hope it works out, since all this stuff we've seen so far is pretty promising. If it works, I further hope that it could become a formula for success that could lead to some more classic sci-fi coming back in some form.

Anyone remember when we used to watch shows involving people flying around in a spaceship and exploring new worlds, and not just trying to survive in one post-apocalyptic version of Earth or another?

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Old March 26 2013, 12:18 AM   #45
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Syfy has posted the first 14 minutes of the first episode on their website. I watched it earlier today and I loved it.
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