Farewell to Defiance – for Now

Oops! A tad late posting. Thought there would be a guest for our 7-7-7 Celebration where authors share seven lines starting with the seventh line of the seventh page a work in progress. My bad, but good too because one of my first posts was an early review of Defiance. Tonight we bid farewell to Defiance with the season finale that promises to be packed full of excitement. Datak Tarr , the Castithan businessman/crime lord, has been campaigning against incumbent Mayor Amanda Rosewater. Datak Tarr is a lower caste Castithan who is not particular about the means he uses to achieve his ends. Word is that someone ends up dead tonight.

After watching all the episodes, I’m still not loving it. In my initial review, I stated my concern about SEVEN races (in addition to TWO human races) and TWO languages. Fortunately, viewers weren’t bombarded with an info dump about the races but, alas, we suffered through subtitles of the Votan languages. Viewing Defiance is more like watching a thirteen hour movie than a series. The plot within the episodes of the series is connected.  If you miss one episode, you’re sunk.

On the positive side, the characters have depth and the action is non-stop. Joshua Nolan, the sheriff, is a sympathetic character (for me) because of his history and flaws. Wish we’d seen more of his adopted daughter, Irisa, who is an Irathient warrior. Don’t know anything about the Defiance game, though the graphics look realistic. Combining series action with gaming is an interesting concept.

Defiance’s ratings have been good with almost two million viewers last week. The reviews have been mixed. (How dare anyone compare Defiance to that scifi icon Battlestar Galactica!). The good news for Defiance fans is that the show has been renewed for 13 additional episodes that will air in 2014. ‘Til next week, Rita Bay.

 

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