Boy Saint Louis Has Gone Down Hill: "Defiance" Trailer

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Boy Saint Louis Has Gone Down Hill: "Defiance" Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 9, 2013 | Comments ()


There are several refreshing things about "Defiance" as more trailers filter out into the wild. First, it's being brought to us by Rockne S. O'Bannon, the man who brought us "Farscape" and (I presume based on nothing but his fantastic name) has spent the last several years bare-knuckle boxing for shillings and pints as he wanders the Irish countryside looking for the lass who broke his whiskey-soaked heart.

Second, it features not an invasion by one alien species, but seven entirely different species. I respect ambition in storytelling.

Third, the trailer exhibits science fictional explosions and characters who intrigue me, which are elements that make me weak in the knees.

Fourth, a MMO game will be released concurrently, the developments of which will decide plot turns in the television series. I choose to believe that this will be awesome, and not the science fiction equivalent of this week's "vote to decide who did it" episode of "Hawaii-Five-O". I know that I am going to be wrong, but that's what hope is for. To make sure you are set up to properly have your soul ripped out by disappointment.

Fifth, it is an alien invasion story that is not simply concerned with New York and Los Angeles. Pretty much all television takes place within one of those two cities (and anything that is rural is inevitably shot in the woods outside of Vancouver) so it's nice to see the Midwest get its turn to get blown up.

Here's the trailer:

"We call it Defiance now." Christ, Saint Louis can't get a break. First the aliens wreck it and then its inhabitants decide that they're sick of the old name. Do they still have baseball? Are they the Defiance Cardinals now? Because that doesn't work.

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  • Lotney

    Falling Skies 2.0: Fancy new ui, same old bugs.

    Edit: And did they clone the whole cast? Exactly the same phenotypes.

  • Dragonchild

    Cardinal Defiance? That sounds like a cool villain name, with a dash of blasphemy.

  • marigi

    A vilain from Vatican CIty.

  • Purplejebus

    That's a bit redundant.

  • Protoguy

    Everything I saw looked great! The casting is kinda nice but Mal has really let himself go.

  • Jerce

    Rockne O'Bannon (with you on that name, SLW) is responsible for the ONLY good television apart from BSG that has EVER been broadcast on Siffy: Farscape, which was taken from us too soon, too soon...

    I might watch this. If only my leisure time wasn't already taken up with too much good TV, and if only I didn't hate The Siffy Channel with every cell in my body (even the platelets).

  • jM

    Did I just see someone get punched by one of the engineers from Prometheus?

  • Shy

    Yeah. Me too. I was like: "Hey hot engineer from Prometheus" :)

  • TK

    I had that same thought. I'm sure it will get eaten by a goofy-looking squid monster and then COMPLETELY SUCK AND MAKE EVERYTHING HORRIBLE.

    In short, fuck you Prometheus.

  • Protoguy

    Indeed. No matter how many answers and explanations and special dvds they put out.

  • ,

    Does Laclede's Landing survive the devastation? Haven't been there in like 30 years so it might already be gone, for all I know.

  • ,

    It works better as an NFL team name:

    Defiance Rams

    Baseball is a gentler game:

    The Asking Permission Cardinals

  • jeem

    Baseball is a gentler game, to be sure, but if the aliens shut down baseball in St. Louis then that'd trigger a vicious, bloody revolt.

  • bbmcrae

    Sorry to be that guy and point out it's "Downhill" not "Down Hill".

  • Bert_McGurt

    Unless we're talking about a fluffy mound of warm, insulating duck (or goose) feathers, of course.

  • Green Lantern

    This actually looks good. Aside from "Being Human", I can't believe I'm LOOKING FORWARD to something on SyFy (Siffy).

  • NateMan

    Lost Girl remains trashy fun, and Warehouse 13 is good stupid. And I like the attempt with Alphas, anyway. Oh, and the show about the monster make-up is not terrible, for reality TV.

    Huh. Guess I watch Siffy a fair bit after all.

  • Green Lantern

    Ah yes..."Alphas". Can't believe I forgot that one! Damn.

    And the wife likes "Warehouse 13" too.

  • mats19

    Warehouse 13 is good stupid fun always... minus whatever last seasons finale was

  • John G.
    Take my love, take my land
    Take me where I cannot stand
    I don't care, I'm still free
    You can't take the sky from me
    Take me out to the black
    Tell them I ain't comin' back
    Burn the land and boil the sea
    You can't take the sky from me
    There's no place I can be
    Since I found Serenity
    But you can't take the sky from me...
  • SyFy got them some nice faces/names in the cast.

    Um, the first full-on Firefly-influenced series? The shots of St. Louis on the ground, the visual vibe and music?

  • marigi

    But no humor, it seems. The mood is more Battlestar Galactica, isn't it^

  • Protoguy

    Yeah, that was my immediate reaction.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Why doesn't Texas ever get blown up? No really, can we blow up Texas?

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I know I know, it's a sack of crazy, but I'm *from* there so it's like you're insulting a family member who's a little bit slow. Just remember the awesomeness we give you like Ann Richards, Kinky Friedman, Buddy Holly, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Wes Anderson and ignore the crazy. It's not like we've cornered the market on being nuts - "Legitimate Rape" I'm looking at you.

  • Bert_McGurt

    And Willie, Roy, and Janis, of course. Not that I've ever been there, but Texas seems to have quite the repository of categorically awesome folks despite the rep.

  • lowercase_ryan

    considering I'm from AZ I thoroughly expected a Pot meet Kettle response.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Arizona has some lovely landscape at least. Also, I find the down-voting on this discussion bizarre.

  • Protoguy

    I've noticed that too. A comment like "I know what you mean" getting down-voted.
    Arizona has some lovely landscape and all the old farts from everywhere else. And meth. Lots of meth.

  • BlackRabbit

    Well, there are your explosions. Place I'd hole up from aliens? Salt Lake City. Geographically pretty isolated, and the people likely have a ton of guns already.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Haters gonna hate. Especially if you're from Arizona or Texas.

  • sean

    Count me in. But I am a nerd.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Very excited about this! I loved Farscape so I'm hopeful for this, but the trailer makes it feel like a cross between Firefly and Revolution, which is not exactly auspicious.

  • ed newman

    I thought I saw Julie Benz in there. Big. Red. Flag.

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