Every few years someone tries to bridge the gap between video games and films or television by spending a lot of extra money on the tie-in game, attaching the film’s talent to the game, and generally arguing that the events of the game will be canon and tell you something that’s been left out of the main event. The results have been less than stellar. By which I mean that no matter how good the films have been, the games have been terrible. Remember Enter the Matrix? I don’t because I ripped those neurons out of my skull with a chewed up Bic pen inserted through the ocular cavity. The only side effects have been incipient sociopathy towards chipmunks and arousal at the smell of artificial cheese. Worth it.
In any case, SyFy is trying their own hand at it, launching a new television series called “Defiance,” which will be linked to a massively-multiplayer online shooter. The storyline is post-apocalyptic, with both humans and aliens trying to salvage a war-torn Earth. The game will be set in California, and the series in Missouri. Because apparently virtual restraining orders have 2000 virtual miles of range on them. It would be awfully awkward if scenes of the series kept having to be reshot because of Leroy Jenkins.
What catches the eye though is that some serious talent has been assembled for the series. Rockne O’Bannon of “Farscape” fame is on board as a writer, Kevin Murphy of “Caprica” is the show runner, Michael Taylor of “BSG” is also attached, and Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest) is picking up some directing. Okay that last one might not be so great, but it’s possible that he’ll drag Paul Bettany into the mix, right?
The cast isn’t terribly familiar, but it does have both Julie Benz and Jamie Murray, so “Dexter” fans will be excited, right? [crickets of depthless rage].