Hi my hot cute girly geeks, and boy geeks of course. As I said before, I am catching up with my TV series and this one was recommended to me by one of my followers. And I wouldn’t be a good blogger if I didn’t follow up on it, now would I?
Seeing as I recommended Defiance in my 2013 ‘Winter is coming, and so is the start of a new season filled with TV series.’ And in case you missed it, read it here. It was time I watched the first season. And although we have to wait until next year (grrrrrrr) it was every minute well spend.
Synopsis according to the official website:
In the year 2046, it’s a new Earth – with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) – events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for.
It clearly is a show developed by SyFy channel. They have a certain feel to their series and everything about this just screams SyFy. Not that it’s a bad thing. I mean, they made ‘a town called Eureka’ and ‘Warehouse 13’ two series I absolutely love! And I think this series is a sort of mix between the two shows, together with a hint of flavour from another science fiction show called ‘Adromeda’ and it also reminded me a bit of ‘the fifth Element.’
First of all, let’s start with the cast and some familiar faces. We have Grant Bowler, playing Joshua Nolan (you may know him from True Blood as Cooter) a renegade former military man, scavenger and now Chief Lawkeeper in Defiance. He’s a tad too violent and has a lot of secrets in his past that slowly unravel throughout the first season.
Next up Julie Benz, playing Mayor Amanda Rosewater, and for us geeks we all know Julie as the twisted vampire Darla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel, oh and she also had a role in Dexter, but I stopped watching after one season. Mayor Rosewater is actually not elected and temporarily stepping up to do the job after interning for the previous mayor who had to step down, only three weeks into the job she has to put up with a lot of difficulties from outside town as well as from the inside.
Mia Kirshner plays the role of Kenya Rosewater; you guessed it, Amanda’s sister. You might recognize her from the Vampire Diaries as Isobel or as Sarah from the Crow: City of Angels. She is the owner of NeedWant in Defiance, the local bar and brothel. And she is a hard worker indeed. Her husband, who mysteriously disappeared, was the previous owner, but now the bar flourishes with its new owner.
Stephanie Leonidas plays the role of the alien Irisa, although she is a bit unrecognizable in her role. Dutchies may remember her from the movie ‘Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek’ although I recommend you read the book. Irisa is an Irathient, one of the alien races now inhabiting the earth and she was rescued by Nolan when she was a young girl. This girl has a troubled past, PTSD and is very trigger happy. She is torn between the upbringing as a human by Nolan and the way of her own people. Also, her PTSD may not be properly diagnosed after all.
Tony Curran plays the role of alien Datak Tarr, and again a bit unrecognizable because of all the make-up, but he indeed played Vincent van Gogh in Doctor Who, you may also know him from X-Men: first class, Covert Affairs, Medium, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Blade II, Underworld Evolution, and many more geeky series and movies. Datak Tarr is a Castithan, again another humanoid alien race inhabiting earth and the head of Defiance’s underworld. He is cruel ruthless and will stop at nothing to gain more power together with his wife and son.
Jaime Murray plays Stahma Tarr, wife of Datak Tarr and she is a familiar for SyFy watchers as we know her from Warehouse 13, playing H.G. Wells. As the popular saying goes, behind every great man stands a strong woman, and this is no exception to that rule. She may play the docile wife most of the times, but beware of her. She is one mean and scary bitch.
Graham Greene plays the human Rafe McCawley, one of the richest inhabitants of Defiance and owner of the mines. He has two sons and a daughter who is madly in love with the Tarr boy. And of course both families disagree with this love (what’s a good show without a bit of Shakespearean love interest) and Rafe has a nasty secret about his dead wife.
The last member of cast I will mention is Trenna Keating, playing Doc Yewll, a humanoid alien from the Indogene race. She is one smart Doctor and I love her sarcastic and snidy bedside manners. But as most of Defiance members of society she also has a few tricks up her sleeve and dark, very dark secrets in her past.
Ok, what is it with these people and their pasts. Basically everyone who lives in Defiance has done some nasty shit during the ‘war’ and I don’t mean some simple smuggling. But that’s what makes it interesting, doesn’t it.
Although I would love to have a bit more back ground information about how the war and terraforming of earth started, it’s interesting to see how humans adapted with the newcomer aliens and their own cultures they bring with them. These different races are truly amazing to see and beautifully created, even with their own languages and everything and you soon start to pick up on it as well.
This science fiction series is filled with all sorts of new alien tech, new alien species, strong female leads, intrigues, a good deal of violence and bloodshed, humour, sex and a sort of post apocalyptic world. The pace is high, the secrets not too easily discovered upon first glance and of course a major cliff hanger, wanting more of this show and hating the hiatus until June 2014.
So if you love sci-fi series, I do recommend you watch it and let me know what you think of it. Like I said, I can’t wait for next year’s season premier.
Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.