Spoiler Free Review of the Defiance Pilot
This is a day I had been waiting for since first seeing previews for this ambitious new show, and I must say that it was worth the wait. Defiance displays a beautiful tapestry of various alien cultures but connects them in a very realistic and intimate way. Though the world seems to have been changed drastically, the characters still find themselves facing challenges and rivalries that the audience can understand and relate to.
The cast of the show works incredibly. Each actor really fits their role and plays them in interesting ways, causing you to question your original judgments of each character and how they need each other to exist. I would definitely say that the two actresses that impressed me the most were Stephanie Leonidas and Jaime Murray.
Stephanie’s portrayal as Irisa shows the girl the to be tough and dangerous, but you can tell that it is all a cover for her own insecurities and abandonment issues. It will be interesting to see as that armor cracks and we get to see her smile, or worse if her fears are proven to be right.
Jaime definitely will turn a few heads playing Stahma Tarr, wife to the local crime lord. Her voice is unrecognizable as she covers her British accent and sweetly suggests horrible acts. If behind every good man is a good woman, then she is certainly the bad girl behind Defiance’s bad guy.
I also found the Need/Want to be a location of great interest, as you will once you enter its grungy sleazy doors. The way that this civilization acknowledges and allows their baser needs, provides an exciting location for many love scenes and fights to come.
In terms of its connection to the game, this episode definitely has me excited about the DLC to come. Getting to see all the weapons that I’ve been using in-game now being used in the show is really exciting and its great getting to see how the blasts look close up in high definition. Though it raises new questions for me in the game, (like when I will start seeing certain species) players of the game are already familiar with the 99ers and some other species that have yet to be shown yet it the show. This cross-teasing is really interesting and I’m excited to see what new episode content goes live after tonights premiere.
Overall I’d say that the pilot was very well done fitting in a good amount of action, while still starting to give some really interesting information about the world that we are entering. Some people (not I) have commented that Game of Thrones tends to take a little while to get going every season by having to talk so much and introduce so many characters, but this show introduces the cast in a quick and sweet way that give you a believable look at this rag tag civilization, and don’t get me started on Bear McCreary’s music, it was all over the place perfectly accenting every mood.
I can’t wait to see episode 2.