Well, it’s been almost a year between when Syfy first started talking about its new series “Defiance” with the media and the actual premiere. And while I was excited about what the cable channel was putting together, I was still worried about execution.
With the failure of other high-concept shows to catch on, like the “Battlestar Galactica” spinoff “Caprica,” I felt that either Syfy would go too far into the “Flash Gordon” realm, or not do that, but really not give the show a chance.
I was proven wrong on both accounts. Syfy has every right to be proud of “Defiance.” This is the type of television show fans have been looking for since “Battlestar Galactica” went off the air (nothing against other great shows like “Being Human” and “Warehouse 13” — we still love them). But having a show with so many rich layers, and an almost simple complexity — if such a thing exists — has made “Defiance” worth watching.
Monday, the first season of this show — rumored to cost around $100 million just to get going — will end, and let’s just say being surprised is an understatement.
“Defiance” has already proven it’s not afraid to kill off characters, and taking a page from HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” that means anyone is in the line of fire. And we mean anyone.
The show has hinted about supernatural elements (although they also hinted they might be technological-based), and it really takes a deep turn in that direction in Monday’s finale.
The great thing is that this episode is going to feature all the action we remember from the pilot, and also showcase the great acting talents of Stephanie Leonidas, who plays Irisa. I didn’t like this character much at first, but as each episode has progressed, Irisa has quickly grown into a very powerful character to me, and one I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.
So much thought and preparation has gone into this series, and I still wish that Syfy would cater more to new audiences who might be tuning in by at least having 30 seconds of what the heck is going on — even if it’s some voiceover in the opening credits. There is so much going on, and so much backstory, but at the same time, the writers are working hard to make sure that each episode is viewable, even without the knowledge of all the backstory.
At the same time, to make sure this series lasts a lot longer than two seasons, we need to make sure there is enough to bring in new viewers, while still making things clear to existing users. And a quick history lesson on what happened would be great.
I’m also impressed with the other integrations we’ve seen from Syfy. I have to say that my favorite commercial on any channel this year (and I’m including Super Bowl commercials here) is the Dodge Charger commercial, showing their car in a very heavy “Defiance” theme. I love the music, I love the look, and it gives me goosebumps just seeing the “Defiance” references there.
Although they are a bit more simple, I love the Axe commercials and their efforts to play into the “Defiance” theme as well.
If you haven’t been watching “Defiance,” then you need to get caught up. We likely won’t see Season 2 until next year, so you have plenty of time to buy DVDs, go to iTunes or do whatever it takes. And then get ready for a good ride Monday night when Syfy airs the Season 1 finale of what I feel is an excellent new hit show, “Defiance.”
“Defiance” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Syfy.