Not the act of …the SyFy channel television series (and video game). For those of you who know me, you are well aware that I am a sci-fi, cosplaying, comic-con kind of lady! I am Fan Girl hear me geek – or something like that. When I first heard that there was going to be a new future earth got zapped by aliens (again) and the survivors story, blah blah blah, show coming on I was mildly interested. But when I heard and saw the previews that the setting for the series is in my old home town of St. Louis, Missouri? I was seriously pumped! Two of my favorite things, my old home town and science fiction. Winning!
The premise of Defiance is a bit creepy considering the whole thing starts in 2013 but we’ve lived through Orwell’s 1984 so this shouldn’t be too problematic, hopefully. So anyway, I’ve watched the premier episode and one other and so far so good. You’ve got the good aliens and the bad humans and vice versa. You’ve got dirty dealings, a Romeo and Juliet thread, alien languages (hearing Cole Porter’s Night and Day sung in an alien language was a bit strange), a gangster, a brothel with men and women, you’ve got a curse word that is somewhat akin to Battlestar Galactica’s f-word of frack but this time it’s the s-word and all the usual suspects that come with science fiction. There are bits of Mad Max in there too but I won’t get into that.
What hypes me up every time is seeing the Arch. Did you know that after the wars and terraforming the only thing that survived on top of the earth was the arch! That makes me so happy for a somewhat selfish reason. When the arch was being built they came around to all of the city schools and had us sign our names to be put in a time capsule in one of the legs. So my name survives in the arch of the future. Cool, huh? Not to mention I cannot count how many times I’ve been in the thing for field trips and taking visitors. But anyway, besides the Arch having survived, in the last episode we found out that they terraformed over St. Louis leaving bits of it underground which is now called old St. Louis. None of the buildings were recognizable but I did recognize one riverboat and when they mentioned toasted ravioli and gooey butter cake I squealed with delight. It’s a St. Louis thing 😉
It’s a pretty interesting show so far and I intend on watching it unfold. I hope it doesn’t let me down or get canceled for that matter unless it really starts to fail. But then again Star Trek when it first came out nearly got axed. Now I have some more ideas for cosplay outfits. And I have no idea about the video game, that is my son’s forte. If he plays it I will let you know what he thinks of it (this is the kid who stood in line waiting to get a version of Halo at it’s midnight release; he was second in line ).
Heading towards St. Louis before the alien wars….(I took these shots from a car window on a visit back home)
And after the alien wars…. (a SyFy channel promo shot)