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Science fiction returns to Syfy: Check out the pissed-off aliens of Syfy’s Defiance
We've got an exclusive trailer for Syfy's new alien Western, Defiance. Set in a post-apocalyptic Earth that's trying to rebuild after a long and disastrous alien war, the show centers around the population of a town called Defiance, formerly Saint Louis. It's like Firefly — but with a crap load of more aliens, and all stuck in one place. Check out this new trailer for the television series, which will sync up with a giant MMO game, so that your actions in the game affect the show.
Defiance will premiere on April 15th, 2013.
New Earth - New Rules. Check out the new trailer below for Defiance, premiering Monday, April 15th @ 9:00 p.m. EST/PST on Syfy.
The trailer seems to emphasize the discord among the people, with glimpses of alien faces, guns being pointed and Julie Benz talking about working out their differences. With so many different alien races trying to live together, getting along may prove to be a challenge. But therein lies the drama, right?
Source: Cinema Blend
“DEFIANCE” TO PREMIERE MONDAY, APRIL 15 @ 9 PM ON SYFY
NEW YORK – January 7, 2012 - Syfy’s highly-anticipated Defiance will have its series premiere Monday, April 15 @ 9pm with a two-hour episode (culminating in a total of 12 episodes/13 hours). Defiance, an unprecedented approach to storytelling, will unite scripted television and online gaming for the very first time. Both the series and The Game feature an interconnected world and storylines that will launch in early April with the release of The Game and continue seamlessly with the series premiere on the 15th.
Defiance stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley) and Mia Kirshner (Kenya).
Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden – and tumultuous – arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in The Game, players will adventure in the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of The Game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.
In June 2011, Syfy announced that they would be producing a television series which was being developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon and would be produced by Universal Cable Productions. It was also announced that the TV series would be connected to a video game being produced by Trion Worlds. It was later confirmed that Syfy had ordered thirteen episodes for the show's first season, which would premiere in either late 2012 or the summer of 2013. In July 2012, the network announced that the series and game would debut in April 2013.
Casting announcements began in January 2012 with Grant Bowler first to be cast. Bowler plays Jeb Nolan, "the law keeper in a bustling frontier boomtown that is one of the new world's few oasis of civility and inclusion." On February 8, TVWise revealed profiles of five of the main characters. It was later reported that Gillian Anderson had been briefly considered by the show's producers to play either Amanda or Stahma, however, that casting did not move forward as they assumed she would not be interested in returning to episodic television. On March 8, 2012 it was announced that Jaime Murray, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas and Tony Curran has been cast in the series. Jaime Murray plays Stahma Tarr "Datak’s beautiful and proper wife", Julie Benz plays Amanda Rosewater, the mayor of Defiance, Stephanie Leonidas plays Irisa, "a beautiful warrior who is part of an alien race called the Irathients" and Tony Curran plays Datak Tarr, "the right hand to Amanda."
Production on the series began in April 2012 in Toronto.
As of Season 1, linguist David J. Peterson has developed two full languages for the different alien races, for the Castithans and the Irathients. Basic language sketches also exist for two of the other races, the Indogenes and the Liberata.
On January 7, 2013, Shaw Media announced it had picked up 12 episodes for the Canadian broadcast rights to air on cable channel Showcase., to debut April 15, 2013.
The series is set in the near future, where aliens known collectively as Votans have come to Earth seeking a new home after their solar system was destroyed. However, when they reached Earth, they discovered despite a prolonged negotiation with the government on Earth, they were not welcome. Rather than turn away, they began a war with the humans as they are determined to make Earth their new home. During the war, the Votans drop terraformers on the planet and transform the surface of the planet; scorching the earth, opening chasms in the ground and covering the surface of the planet in dust and debris. After decades of war, a ceasefire is declared when both sides realise they must focus on survival 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 it's is no longer the city he left; it is little more than refugee camp. Deciding 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, aliens, military scavengers and other dangerous visitors who occasionally enter the town. (IMDB.com)
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The World and Show of Defiance
Defiance is set on Earth in the near future. This future Earth is nothing like the Earth we know today, however. Aliens exist, they've made contact with us, and it didn't go well. After decades of war, there's not much left to fight for. Cities are in ruins, and the few survivors are fighting to re-build civilization. The game and the show are set in the ruins of the San Francisco Bay area.
The TV show, which is being produced by Universal Cable Productions, follows one group of survivors, telling their individual stories as well as referencing in-game events and charting the overall struggles of what's left of the human race.
Some big-names have signed up to take part in the show. The show will be directed by Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest), with writing and production from Rockne O’Bannon (Farscape), Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica, Hellcats), and Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica).
The cast looks promising too:
Julie Benz (Dexter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Roswell, Taken), plays the role of Amanda Rosewater, the idealistic mayor of a bustling mining boomtown, one of the world’s few oases of civility and inclusion. As the newly appointed mayor, she is determined to maintain peace in the community, an ambitious task in this deadly new world.
Stephanie Leonidas (Whitechapel, Eternal Law, Dracula) plays Irisa, an exotically beautiful warrior who is part of an alien race called the Irathients. After Nolan (Bowler) killed her criminal father, he adopted the girl and raised her as his clever – and lethal – right-hand.
Tony Curran (The Invisble Man, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Blade II) will portray the character of Datak Tarr, one of an elite alien race known as the Castithans. Datak grew up in the slums of his home planet, but despite being part of the under-privileged class, he schemed his way onto one of the alien arks, saving himself before his home planet was destroyed.
Jaime Murray (Warehouse 13, Hustle, Dexter, Spartacus: Gods in the Arena, Ringer) potrays Datak’s beautiful and proper wife, Stahma, a high-ranking Castithan before her home planet ceased to exist. Clever, imaginative and darkly opportunistic, Stahma is perhaps more dangerous than her husband.
Grant Bowler (True Blood, Lost) will take the role of Nolan, the new law keeper in the boomtown. Nolan is a former Marine. He fought in the alien conflict and after losing his wife and child in the war, became a wanderer in the dangerous new world. Eventually, he met Irisa, a young Irathient who he decides to raise as his own. Irisa becomes his sole companion in the lawless badlands.
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New TV Spot For 'Defiance'
One of the most ambitious shows that will soon be on television has to be the Syfy network’s new series ‘Defiance.’ If you were watching their Powerful Mondays block of shows, then you may have caught the newest TV spot for the series, but if you missed it, we have it here for you below!
Set in a post-apocalyptic future, ‘Defiance’ focuses on humanity’s attempts to co-exist with various alien races on an earth that has been ravaged by war. It’s been described as a futuristic Western in a town that used to be St. Louis. Here’s a more detailed synopsis of the show:
The series is set in the near future, where aliens known collectively as Votans have come to Earth seeking a new home after their solar system was destroyed. However, when they reached Earth, they discovered despite a prolonged negotiation with the government on Earth, they were not welcome. Rather than turn away, they began a war with the humans as they are determined to make Earth their new home. During the war, the Votans drop terraformers on the planet and transform the surface of the planet; scorching the earth, opening chasms in the ground and covering the surface of the planet in dust and debris. After decades of war, a ceasefire is declared when both sides realize they must focus on survival 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 it’s is no longer the city he left; it is little more than refugee camp. Deciding 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, aliens, military scavengers and other dangerous visitors who occasionally enter the town.
The TV spot below gives a glimpse on how cohabitation is coming along between the humans and aliens in the town of Defiance and it doesn’t look too good. What does look good, however, is the series! With the likes of Grant Bowler (‘True Blood,’ ‘Lost,’ ‘Liz and Dick’), Jaime Murray (‘Warehouse 13,’ ‘Dexter’), Tony Curran (‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Underworld: Evolution’), Julie Benz (‘Dexter) and Mia Kirshner (‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Wolf Lake’), this series seems to be one worth watching.
Source: Science Fiction
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In the Dark Half (DVD)
Marie lives with her mother on the edge of the city and her only friend, Sean, lives next door with his father. Sean and his father, Filthy, get on very well and they often go hunting together for rabbits on the hill behind their houses. Marie does not get on so well with her Mother and begins to find communication difficult. Marie has a secret den on the hill where Filthy and his father hunt and often goes there to escape. One day, Marie is asked to babysit Sean, which she happily takes on. However, while under her care, Sean mysteriously dies and his Filthy is devistated. Marie is sure that the hill has something to do with his death and even begins to feel that she is being haunted. Is it the spirit of Sean or something more sinister?Source: Blockbuster