I have to admit that I watch Science Fiction shows. After all, I grew up on Lost In Space and Star Trek. How could I not enjoy the genre?
Thus, I’ve been sampling the Sci Fi Channel’s latest offering titled Defiance (which also has a game tie-in). The story synopsis from the series’ own website is below. I won’t spend time here on that. Instead, I want to talk about something I heard/saw in a recent episode that prompted this post.
I love clever writers. Folks who can pull from many areas of knowledge and influence to bring to their stories more than just the superficial. And that is precisely what the people working on Defiance have done/are doing. In one of the scenes from a recent episode, a bus is pulling into Defiance. This is a bus that doubles as a supply truck as well as transportation between settlements. As the bus is pulling in, there is a radio/broadcast jockey announcing it’s arrival (reminding me of Radar in MASH). Just before he leaves his mic to greet the bus in person, he says “I hope I get my raisins from Fresno.” I heard that line and started LMAO.
See, I was in a production of The Music Man at Arena Stage in DC last year. (It was a great show, a great cast, an awesome director, and a super place to work.) But here’s the dealeo. In the play, there is a big musical number that precedes the arrival of “The Wells Fargo Wagon” on which the new musical instruments for all the kids are due to arrive. But as the townspeople sing about their excitement over the wagon’s arrival, they mention lots of other things they have gotten and hope to get via the Wells Fargo Wagon. And, yes, one of the lines sung is “I hope I get my raisins from Fresno.” LOL
How awesome is that! Thank you, Sci Fi Channel, for melding together two facets of my own life seamlessly.
Defiance: A Synopsis
In the year 2046, it’s a new Earth – with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) – events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for.
As the events of Defiance unfold weekly on your TV screen, you can see how the residents’ struggles impact the game of Defiance, a high-octane, multi-platform experience from Trion Worlds! For the first time in history, a TV show and a game will exist concurrently in a shared universe, influencing and impacting the other!