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.