|Grant Nolan and Julie Benz|
The special effects were generally very good. I did find at times that I felt like I was looking at a video game, however. I have to wonder, given the shows close ties to the video game, whether that was deliberate as a way to create another connection to the game for those who are enjoying both the game and the show: so that the two worlds are linked in effect by their very landscapes. It’s likely inevitable with effects on such a huge scale that there might be a few that didn’t quite convince me, but overall, the effects are spectacular for television. More impressive to me was the make-up for the alien races. The Castithans, Irathients, and Indogenes are all particularly well done.
|Grant Nolan and Stephanie Leonidas|
|Tony Curran and Jaime Murray|
|Julie Benz and Mia Krishner|
All of the characters have a past that is only hinted at in the first episode. Again, having new characters arrive in town opens up lots of possibilities for each character to relate their history at some point in the coming episodes. As this episode begins, it seems that the story behind Nolan is clear – he’s a scavenger out to make a quick buck, but by the end of the episode, his humanity is front and center, and Irisa points out that he’s always managing to give away their big score. It’s clearly not really something she’s annoyed about, but is just another indication that Nolan is one of the good ones; he is, in fact, one of the “Defiant Few.” By the end of the episode, Nolan has taken on the mantle of Lawkeeper. Of course, Nolan coming to Alak’s defense when Rafe wanted to kill him was also an indication that he’ll always fight to protect those who are weaker.
|Nicole Munoz and Jesse Rath|
I’ll definitely be tuning in to see how these stories play out. What did you think of Defiance? What was your favorite part – the effects? The action? The characters? Have you played the game yet? Let me know in the comments below.
|Tony Curran, Julie Benz, and Graham Greene|