In the future, don't expect to visit the Arch in St. Louis.
According to a new Syfy series, St. Louis is now "Defiance,chanel bags
," and seven races of aliens have landed in the badlands of what used to be the United States. The Arch? It's missing a chunk and stands as a symbol of what was.
The new world is as ragtag as anything in "Mad Max."
Seeking someone to bring law and order to this outback, Defiance authorities turn to a former lieutenant in the Earth Military. He's a bit of a rebel (think Han Solo) who isn't above fight club to get what he wants,chanel outlet
Played by Grant Bowler, Joshua Nolan is an Indiana Jones-type adventurer. He wants to go to Antarctica but he has to make sure life is good for Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), an alien who is more than just his second-in-command.
The two (more like father and daughter) complement each other nicely. When she's held by authorities, he figures a way to get her out. When he's restrained by goons, she provides the necessary diversion to free him.
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And then? Then, the show's creators spiral into such a huge world (complete with seven alien species who speak different languages),of 603 Boswell Ave.
, it's hard to get a handle on who's what and why. "Defiance" has more subtitles than a sci-fi series should and an awful lot of makeup for something on a budget.
The visuals -- no doubt a large amount of them handled by green screen -- are stunning. Defiance, the community, looks huge. Designers have created a world we don't usually see until three or four seasons in,http://www.celinebagrose.com/
. Unlike "Star Trek," which began in a confined space,Right up until the moment the shots were fired
, then branched out, "Defiance" plops its heroes in a huge world and tries to give them structure.
While it would be easy to draw parallels with everything from "Twilight" to "Romeo and Juliet," there are elements that would suggest this a worthy companion to "The Hunger Games,http://www.chanelbagsrose.com/
." It has that kind of complex thinking.
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, though, is fairly simple. It introduces Nolan and Irisa, gives us a taste of Defiance and shows some machinations among the town's leaders.
There's an aristocratic couple (played by Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) who seem like the Montagues to Graham Greene's Capulets. They're part of those nouveau aliens willing to shake things up. Curran and Murray get some fun scenes and a moment or two that are definitely Shakespearean.
Trying to make sense of it all? Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, mayor of Defiance. She's not as forceful as you'd like (which may be by design -- it's too early to tell) but she does get the aliens' attention.
Moments in the first episode (which airs Monday on Syfy) suggest "Defiance" could be filled with the kind of minutiae "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" fans love. But its plot is so thin it could float away. More complex storytelling is warranted, particularly with a canvas this rich. A companion video game will be released at the same time,05/02/2013 06
, which could explain the need to ease into the world.
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, "Defiance" looks great. In the future, though, it really needs to be great.