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Defying Gravity: Season 1
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This show is full of mystery and unanswered questions that leave you with great anticipation for the next episode. Throughout the season, we get to know the crew through their interactions on the spaceship Antares and through their memories of what happened on Earth before the mission. The characters struggle with the complications of friendships, romance, and passion both on the Antares and Earth, which test their integrity and strength as human beings. In addition to the interpersonal challenges, the Beta Object is affecting the crew physically, mentally, and emotionally. We are left wondering if these changes will help or hurt the astronauts on their journey...
Defying Gravity does an outstanding job of appealing to all viewers, regardless of whether they consider themselves SciFi fans or not. Sadly, this television show went mostly unnoticed due to poor management by the ABC network. While it may not have gained the huge following desired by ABC during its short-lived debut, it has a loyal fanbase and the potential to achieve great success if properly advertised and scheduled.
That brings us to "Defying Gravity", a very unlikely serial to come to ABC in 2009 that told the ambitious futuristic tale (set in the year 2052 with flashbacks to five years earlier) of eight astronauts (four women and four men from five countries on a six-year space mission through the Solar System) where nearly everything they do is monitored via camcorder and broadcast back to Mission Control (and relayed to the public via International television).
To cut to the chase, the show was axed after only 8 episodes aired despite fairly decent ratings. Fortunately the DVD release spans 4-discs and contains all 14-episodes produced that constituted the entire first (and obviously only) season of the show.
Aside from the 14-epiosdes (13 + the pilot), the set contains a few interesting extra features: Mission Accomplished: A Look at the Defying Gravity legacy, a crop of deleted scenes, a slide show of production stills, a look at the design of the spacecraft, and some 20th Century Fox previews. Total runtime of the set comes in at 560 minutes.
Now to get the obvious out of the way from the get go, no this isn't a "Star Trek" or "Farscape" alternative by any means, it is to science fiction what Grey's Anatomy is to medicine or Desperate Housewives is to marriage.Read more ›
As so many have said here, each episode left you eager or anxious (or both!) waiting for the next episode. The plotlines, flashbacks and yes, even flashforwards, in some cases, coupled with the superb casting made for an emotional investment in the characters. The cast chemistry is outstanding, something that just happens, it cannot be faked or bought. The overall story provides an original kind of mystery that can only build and has a thousand places to go, also difficult to find. It is an intelligent, thought-provoking (without being over analyzing) and thoroughly entertaining story that unfolds perfectly, much like a good book does. Though it is set in space, don't be fooled by the sci-fi aspect; that's merely the backdrop and this show could've taken place in almost any other setting. This show has almost no flaws of any kind, and only the sci-fi people nitpick over the technical space inaccuracies, of which there are not many anyway.
ABC pulled the plug 8 episodes in, but fortunately for everyone, there were a few places on the internet where the series could be picked up and seen in it's entirety, and thank God for that!
As others have said here, the final episode, 'Kiss' is worth this purchase alone.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Off-the-grid and short-lived series that had perhaps a little more to offer. Intriguing concepts, a little fun, and some solid storylines.Published 5 days ago by Michael J. Ryan
It's OK but Flashbacks with no context killed this show. You're watching the show and without warning it switches back and fourth between what is happening now and a flashback,... Read morePublished 9 days ago by MikeFrett
A Great Premise and Show. Unfortunately, it is also one of the great crimes in TV Science Fiction because it was not given sufficient or robust advertising prior to being aired. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Leslie Elliott
Defying Gravity, in my opinion, is one of the best Syfi series I have seen on television; the reason I would give it only one star is because this particular program taught me to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by H Troy Lay
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