In shame I will note that I’m almost two weeks behind at this point. I did, in fact, watch the premiere on Skyffy the night it aired but wanted to take a deeper dive into the pilot before I posted here. The premiere being a two hour episode did not help either!
I was impressed with the pilot when I watched it and I’m still impressed now. I have not yet watched the 2nd episode (it sits still and taunts me on my DVR) but plan to directly after posting this. The two hours were one long story but you could clearly pick up the break between hour 1 and hour 2. I have no issues with that since anytime in the future they will air as episode 1.01 Pilot, Part I and 1.02 Pilot, Part II separately. It’s just the way that TV is these days.
I also have not yet played the game, although it sit taunting me right next to my xBox. Hoepfully, I will get a chance to start that today as well.
First I’d like to point out the wonderful music of Bear McCreary. In fact there were a couple of scenes that I swear Bear kept the music just as similar as he could to BSG to give off the specific vibe of the scene. I look forward to hearing his work more.
Secondly I’d like to point out that one of the main series writers/producers is Rockne S. O’Bannon. You may remember some of Rockne’s work from shows like Farscape, Seaquest DSV and the 2011 version of V.
The special effects so far have been great. There were a couple of cheesy moments that stand out in my mind like the Caprice Classic car chase scene and the bridge the Volge were crossing right before a commercial break, but the space scenes were amazing and the landscapes really gave you a feel that you were on a terraformed Earth that was very different from our Earth. I was a little disheartened that besides the Arch St. Louis is nothing like Defiance but I heard that episode 3 in the mines explains some of that.
In the pilot Nolan is really given a Han Solo vibe. It’s a very different vibe than Sherriff Carter had in Eureka. Nolan owes money too Varus (Jabba), Nolan is an expert tracker/Ark Hunter (Han’s smuggling expertise - and a little bit of Indiana Jones), Nolan calls Mayor Amanda Rosewater ‘Sweetheart’ as Han called Leia when they first meet, and Nolan is packing up to get out of town before Defiance stands to fight the Volge but returns to save the day. We do see that he is very skilled as a track though. So at least he’s capable.
I was a bit disappointed that the main contention in town came down to a human (McCawley) and only one alien species (The Tarrs as Castithans) but have no doubt that as the series progressing all of the Voton races will become important. I’m still trying to see what Christie McCawley sees in Alak Tarr. After the battle since they fought side by side I could see a bond, but before hand it had me scratching my head.
I also found it amusing that Amanda sent Nolan right into the arms of her sister Kenya at the NeedWant. I’m sure that will be revisited as the series progresses.
There is definitely more to Irisa than we saw in the show. She is almost like a Eureka Deputy Jo although she is instantly fixated on young Alak Tarr by drawing a sketch of him. I hope the show keeps up Irisa’s diary. It will be an excellent way to explain some of the nuances of such a combined society that we as a viewing audience may find it hard to grasp. She was portrayed in the pilot as cold, selfish and ruthless. Hopefully she softened over time. We all came to love Zoe Carter in Eureka after a while, didn’t we?
Another thing I noticed was the decided lack of grieving for Lawmaker Garrett Clancy. Perhaps it is just a factor of the new world they live in and that they have seen so much death and destruction that just trying to survive takes precedence?
And what’s with all the 40-50 year old cars? Are we supposed to get a Mad Max feeling from that? I mean they have Rollers and ATVs and it looks like a brand new tire on Nolan’s second Roller, so they have to still be making cars somewhere.
So are we to consider the Bioman an alien race, or just a fighting android? He should could have been useful in the battle against the Volge.
So that’s my take on the episodes 1 & 2. any comments are welcome!