This is one series that I’m eagerly anticipating from the SyFy folks. Defiance is a groundbreaking series that not only is a TV show, but an MMO that you can play online as well. The proposed concept is that as players play online in the game and make certain decisions with the characters that this will eventually lead to events or decisions made in the TV series. While this is yet to be 100% confirmed, if this does happen, it’ll be a first for TV and online gaming (it may actually get me to play). With that being said, this has all the bells and whistles of another favorite show of mine, Firefly. If this has HALF the character, charm and ruggedness as Joss Whedon’s (Avengers Director) cult show, then this will quickly become a fan favorite and up there in the stratosphere of TNT’s Falling Skies of hit summer series.
The series is set in the near future, where aliens known collectively as Votans have come to Earth seeking a new home after their star system was destroyed. However, upon reaching Earth they found that they were not welcome. The Votans waited in orbit for six years as prolonged negotiations with Earth governments for settlement on the planet ultimately proved fruitless. With supplies on their ships running low, eventually in desperation the Votans began a war with humans to force the issue and make Earth their new home. During the war, Votan ships shot down by human militaries accidentally released terraformer technology, which made haphazard and radical changes to the biosphere and even the geology of Earth, making the planet dangerous to both humans and the aliens. The earth was scorched, chasms opened in the ground, and the surface of the planet was covered with dust and debris. After decades of war, both sides had fought to the point of mutual exhaustion, and a ceasefire was declared. Few organized governments remained for either the humans or the aliens, and both sides factionalized as their members began looking out for themselves. In several areas, local human and Votan militias began to band together when they realized that they had to cooperate if they hoped to survive on this new almost alien planet.
The series largely revolves around the character of Jeb Nolan. Jeb was only ten years old when the Votans arrived and he served in the military during the war. With the war now over, he returns to his hometown of St. Louis to find that its is no longer the city he left; it is little more than a refugee camp renamed “Defiance.” Deciding that his services are needed, Jeb takes up a position as the Chief Lawkeeper in Defiance, so he can protect the town from dangerous clashes between humans and aliens, military scavengers and other dangerous visitors who occasionally enter the town
The series premiers April 15, 2013.