- The music is just fantastic, starting with the Johnny Cash - June Carter "We Got Married in a Fever" (aka "Jackson") in the first episode to Raya Yarbrough's outstanding cover of Cindi Lauper's "Time after Time" near the end - and even a fine cover by Yarbrough of The Five Stairsteps' "Ooh Child" somewhere in the middle. Bear McCreary, of Battlestar Galactica fame, has done his customarily brilliant job with the music throughout.
- Speaking of BSG, there's a lot of its flavor and feel in Defiance, which I take as a good thing.
- There's even a kid in a radio station in Defiance - making a pair with the DJ in Under the Dome - but in Defiance the kid is an alien. Anything that harkens to Alan Freed, Murray the K, and Wolfman Jack is a plus in my book.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Defiance: Alien DJ, Great Music, Star Wars Bar on Earth
I caught the first season of Defiance over the past few nights. The new SyFy post-apocalyptic drama joins The Walking Dead, Falling Skies, and more in this now flourishing television genre. But Defiance has a few special facets going for it:
The sex, though, is pretty good - between Castithan Datak Tarr and his wife, and Irathient Irisa and Tommy, her human lover. Thanks to our childish, unconstitutional FCC, we see no real skin - and the Castithan custom of bathing privately in bathing suits is inconsistent with their otherwise hedonistic culture. But expecting our television networks to stand up to the FCC is a hopeless case, even if the FCC has never tried to exercise power over cable television.
The plot works well, with a good mix of unexpected heroes and villains, and characters you can care about. I'm looking forward to season 2.