LB Sees DEFIANCE

defiance pilot pic

The Good:

  • The premise and every idea that goes along with it; interesting new world, and world events, to explore

The Not So Good:

  • The premise and every idea that goes with it have been done a thousand and one times before, making this series very little more than an amalgamation of old movies, TV shows, and books

The Bad:

  • Worst acting I’ve seen in years, including by otherwise good actors
  • Worst dialog – as in dull and expository – I’ve had to listen to in years, which may explain why the usually good actors seem so bad
  • Plots and intrigue everywhere, smothering promising characters in layer after layer of “seen that, heard that” complexity that no one could give a rat’s ass about

Conclusions:

  • I wanted to like the show – I really did (hey, it’s got Julie Benz, AKA Darla, you know? – but the production is one of the most inept ones I’ve seen since my own late, unlamented SUPER FORCE. (Yeah, I helped create that – and I apologize, dammit!) 
  • My viewing was interrupted at about the 30 minute mark and no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t work up the oomph to watch the rest of what I’d DVR’d. I didn’t hate DEFIANCE, but I can’t imagine myself ever finishing this episode or trying another.

About LB

Larry Brody has been profiled in such national magazines and websites as Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Starlog, People, Electronic Media, IndieSlate, TechTV, io9, and of course TV Guide. A legendary figure in the television writing and production world, with a career going back to the late ’60s, Brody has written and produced literally thousands of hours of network and syndicated television. Brody has also been active in the TV animation world, writing, creating, consulting, and/or supervising the cult favorite STAR TREK animated TV series, the SILVER SURFER, SPAWN, SUPERMAN, SPIDERMAN, and SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED animated series, and was showrunner of the French animated series, DIABOLIK, as well as part of the team that developed and wrote the live-action/cgi animation sci-fi series Ace Lightning for the BBC. Shows written or produced by Brody have won several awards including - yes, it's true - Emmys.