November 2, 2009
Defying Gravity, First Impressions
The story is about a round the solar-system trip, following the crew of eight and their back-story. Although there’s clearly more to it than that, something else is going on, something probably alien that hasn’t been shown yet.
The back-story flashbacks blend seamlessly into the present time plot. Sometimes with flashbacks and back story there’s a jarring effect, but Lost set the standard higher, and Defying Gravity follows in that vein. Each episode so far has felt like one story, not a story with infodumps.
There’s a lot of focus on the characters and their relationships, both in the present and throughout their training. It’s all handled well, and the acting is pretty good. I like the interplay between the characters.
The visuals for the spacecraft Antares are quite nice too, they look like CGI but manage to capture the sense of scale of the ship, something which I feel is lacking from SGU.
The main annoyance is the voiceover, which feels lazy and unnecessary. Pandering to the TV stations?
Overall I like it. I know the show has been cancelled but I’m going to watch all of it and hopefully continue to enjoy the psychological investigation of the characters.
(On a side note, it really annoys me how US shows get cancelled before a series is finished. I much prefer the UK way of doing things where we get shorter series (== seasons), some times as few as six episodes, but at least we get a complete arc. Production is complete before the episodes are shown, and then if it’s successful another series gets commissioned. Rather than the guillotine of cancellation hanging over the show.)