Defiance: Season 1
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This is SyFy. I don't compare it to Firefly but it has a similar feel. They deal with human issues as a whole on this series, with good acting, almost all characters are shades of grey and even then those shades come out on the darker side. There are good people, but they have to do bad things. There are bad people who step up to do the right thing when necessary. Then there are the Volge who just want war.
This is a very progressive show.
One of my favorite elements of the show is the ending montages. They have haunting covers of songs most of us know and love, wrapping up the triumphs and defeats each episode brings to our characters.
And there are a ton of WTF! moments. This show keeps you on your toes.
3001 BCE the Ark Fleet departs and the Votanis System is shortly after destroyed. The Ark inhabitants now have no home to return to. 5000 years later, Earth scientists first detect the approaching fleet. It arrives in 2013.
At first, it looks like there may be peaceful co-existence, but there are too many aliens (Votans) who want a new home. There is too much fear in the humans and too much mistrust all around. After a human assassinates the Votan ambassador to the United Nations in 2023, the horrific Pale Wars begin. By the time an armistice is declared in 2031, much of Earth has been terraformed.
There's still a lot of mistrust, but there's one place where humans and Votan have patched together a mostly working peace, the city of Defiance, erstwhile St. Louis. In 2046, scavengers Nolan and his daughter Irisa arrive at Defiance, and our tale begins.
This is rollicking good science fiction though it strays into mysticism, which is not so much my cup of tea. I was surprised to find out that Nolan is actually Joshua Nolan. Everybody calls him "Nolan", including Irisa, so I assumed it was his first name!Read more ›
Frederick Jackson Turner's seminal 1893 essay, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," identified the idea of frontier as the defining trait of American society. Crossing the invisible line from society to wilderness allows individuals to shrug off confining Euro-American stipulations of hierarchy, subjection, religion, and money. But Turner lamented that the closing of the American frontier, according to the 1890 census, marked the end of American pioneer fervor.
Firefly, like Star Trek before that, rejects that closing by moving the frontier line off Earth's surface. New experiences and dynamic individualism remain for us to discover "out there." But Defiance alters that tack, suggesting that the movement of new species into our domain can open new frontiers where we are; the American pioneer ethos can be reinvested where we are. We need only destroy existing civilization to get there.
Defiance's frontier myth doesn't need unpacked; creator Rockne O'Bannon splashes it across the screen in vibrant CGI Technicolor. Nolan's swagger, the city's ad hoc justice, and the contrast between settled urbanity and the vibrant Badlands, all bespeak classic cowboy heroes like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.Read more ›
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Well made well acted full of action and drama. I watched all 10 seasons of Stargate SG1 and all of Stargate Atlantis. This show is on that level and that's saying a LOT.Published 14 hours ago by William Smith
Was a good viewing, like movies like this, syfy is my thing. Like to see more movies like this.Published 15 hours ago by Stephan Gibbs
Great Show, epic movie. Sci-fi with believable script. Great story flow, amazing actors.Published 17 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Did not want to watch it when it first aired. But when I got bored, and could do nothing but sit and watch I loved it and did not want to stop !Published 1 day ago by Sheila Sawyer
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