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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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Defiance: A Review

This is my first post after the debut of Defiance, so I thought I would write a review of the premiere. Last week I posted a summary of the main cast of characters – races not individuals. Good thing because I would have been lost otherwise. When you have two human races and seven Votan races, it would have been difficult, if not impossible, to follow the story. Wish I had a pic or two to share but I don’t poach and haven’t found any freebies.

JUST THE FACTS

When warriors Joshua Nolan (human) and his adopted daughter Irisa (Irathient) are robbed by marauders and left to fend for themselves in some very dangerous territory, they are happy to be rescued by some citizens of Defiance from some particularly nasty mutant bugs. The town of Defiance, nee St. Louis, has maintained enough technology to defend its borders and citizens. Joshua and Irsia are stranded there until they can finance transportation out of Defiance and continue their trip to Antartica where Irisa hopes to find safety.

A SPARK OR TWO?

There seems to be a spark between Joshua and the new mayor, Amanda. He hooks up with Kenya who owns the local whorehouse and, he later discovers, is Amanda’s sister. Awkward! Joshua redeems himself when he uses an artifact off of the Votan fleet to save Defiance after Amanda’s assistant betrays the town and destroys its protective fencing. Why? Who knows?

There’s not enough space to detail the conflict between the two leading families, one human and the other Castithan. Enough to say that the human daughter and Castithan son also hook up which initially causes a lot of trouble, part of which involves a misunderstanding.

MY THOUGHTS

Overall, the show was action-filled, but that action was a bit hard to follow. The plot for this particular episode was interesting but the large number of characters and their affiliations were confusing at times. As I feared last week, the aliens did speak their languages and viewers were bombarded with annoying subtitles.

The series will probably develop a small following that will be devastated when the show is not renewed after the last of the thirteen episodes airs in July. I’m reminded of Firefly/Serenity (a personal favorite) which has a huge following, although it didn’t make it past its first season. The producers should have looked to the popular SyFy series Being Human and Lost Girl for a model for paranormal series success – a small attractive (read that sexy) core cast with basic stories that are easy to follow.   Next week, Musings on the Neolithic.  Rita Bay

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