Unskippable: Defiance

Defiance

Graham and Paul defy your expectations in their look at Defiance.

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Maybe I'm confused about the timeline, but who lets someone inject/implant a computer into them and doesn't bother turning it on, or even getting a basic idea of what it does, before they end up in exceedingly hostile terrain on a mission of critical importance to the human race?

Well that was good timing. I just put Defiance in the Xbox and it goes straight to a 26 min mandatory install so I came here to watch a video and it's this. Hope this scene isn't literally unskipable when its finished installing. Nope there's another 25 min patching ofc.
FFS there's too many patches to fit on the hard drive...

A Storage Wars game? To paraphrase the most annoying Dave Hester. Noooooooope.

Well if Storage Wars was like this then I might actually watch it.

canadamus_prime:
Well if Storage Wars was like this then I might actually watch it.

"So we totally scored this military storage locker out in Cali. We were hopping for weapons but instead we got enough nerd gear to dig up the entire Bay area. It's also haunted by this ghost that calls herself EGO. She's a total babe but talking to her gives me a headache."

DVS BSTrD:

canadamus_prime:
Well if Storage Wars was like this then I might actually watch it.

"So we totally scored this military storage locker out in Cali. We were hopping for weapons but instead we got enough nerd gear to dig up the entire Bay area. It's also haunted by this ghost that calls herself EGO. She's a total babe but talking to her gives me a headache."

"It also looks like she has had one too many botched botox sessions because her face never changes. It creeps me the fuck out."

canadamus_prime:

DVS BSTrD:

canadamus_prime:
Well if Storage Wars was like this then I might actually watch it.

"So we totally scored this military storage locker out in Cali. We were hopping for weapons but instead we got enough nerd gear to dig up the entire Bay area. It's also haunted by this ghost that calls herself EGO. She's a total babe but talking to her gives me a headache."

"It also looks like she has had one too many botched botox sessions because her face never changes. It creeps me the fuck out."

So that's what Bruce Jenner is going to do now that he's leaving Kris.

"Holy shako you're alive!"

Leaving out the truly awful attempt at a future swear word, why would you look in the pod if you thought she's dead?

How exactly does something only one person can see gewt behind that character? Whoever designed that implant was either stupid or insane.

But Defiance the TV show is pretty good, though, right?

I can't imagine having a personal AI called EGO. Imagine talking to someone about it

"Damn my EGO crashed..."
"What? You're having self esteem issues?"

Also I can't decide if "Shtako"is worse than "Frell" for made up swear words that can be said on TV before watershed.

"And you may want to arm yourself a bit more. The locals aren't known for their charm."

Yeah, some parts of San Francisco can get pretty rough...

Hm...? I'm sorry were you guys saying something in those first few minutes? You'll have to forgive me, I had a little trouble paying attention what with all of this Todd Haberkorn in my ears.

That guy seems to be poppin' up everywhere lately.

UNHchabo:
"And you may want to arm yourself a bit more. The locals aren't known for their charm."

Yeah, some parts of San Francisco can get pretty rough...

Good job she has such a vast array of rocks and sticks to choose from!

OT: Ah Unskippable; making Mondays tolerable :)

I greatly enjoyed this game, was my biggest surprise of the year. 75 hours well spent and look forward to playing more later down the line.

So where is the Super Ego and the Id? And all the phallic symbols in the Freud simulator?

Did the 15 year old on XBL really bang my mum?

That random generated character looks like Lisbeth Salander.

In which case, I think she will be fine in that craptastic place, and the locals should probably fear her instead of the other way around.

kailus13:
"Holy shako you're alive!"

Leaving out the truly awful attempt at a future swear word, why would you look in the pod if you thought she's dead?

How exactly does something only one person can see gewt behind that character? Whoever designed that implant was either stupid or insane.

I can't say for sure, whether or not Battlestar Galactica started it, but they definitely made it popular.

Laura Baily gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

/fanboy

One thing I have never understood is why writers feel the need to make up swearwords to show its the future. If you are speaking English pick on of the may perfectly workable ones we have. And don't give me that "Its a translator microbe and it cant translate that word" crap. A good translator would pick the closest approximation.

Wraithsight:
Laura Baily gleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

/fanboy

One thing I have never understood is why writers feel the need to make up swearwords to show its the future. If you are speaking English pick on of the may perfectly workable ones we have. And don't give me that "Its a translator microbe and it cant translate that word" crap. A good translator would pick the closest approximation.

As kailus13 alluded to above, often it's so they can have characters realistically swearing without featuring words you can't have on TV before 9pm. 'Frack' from Battlestar Galactica is one of the less subtle examples. The most ridiculous one I've ever seen was 'fardles' (and its variant 'fardling'), used by Anne McCaffrey in several of her novels and short stories.

DVS BSTrD:

canadamus_prime:

DVS BSTrD:
"So we totally scored this military storage locker out in Cali. We were hopping for weapons but instead we got enough nerd gear to dig up the entire Bay area. It's also haunted by this ghost that calls herself EGO. She's a total babe but talking to her gives me a headache."

"It also looks like she has had one too many botched botox sessions because her face never changes. It creeps me the fuck out."

So that's what Bruce Jenner is going to do now that he's leaving Kris.

What? Get botched botox or search random pods for women with botched botox?

Oh sure, you laugh at New Freedom, but when they bring back Freedom Classic it's going to sell loads. Genius marketing move.

I have to say I actually like that the annoying guy fronting the SPACE MAREENS is actually who you're working for. You say you're not running a limousine service, Grizzled Man, but who is paying for you spaceskymegacarrier if not us taxpayers?

I'd play a Storage Wars game. It'd have to be The Castle Doctrine style, an MMO in which you make bids on storage units afer briefly being shown them. You could them fix up the items, and the fixing up would sometimes go wrong and waste your money unless you focused on crafting. If you did, you could fix items for other players. Every once in a while a player would get a random quest like "I will pay you TEN THOUSAND STOREBUCKS for a broken garden gnome!" to throw wrenches on the gears.

If I had that EGHOST jumping out at me I'd need like ten changes of underwear a day. Jeeeeez.

Hello, I'm a disembodied manifestation of a computer program in your head. BOO!

I played the game for a month or so

Interesting concept - the classless system is a neat idea, plus the whole "arkfall" thing is kinda neat too - but it lacks something that WoW was reasonably good at incorporating later on: You effect on the game world.

It seems like no matter how often you wipe out hundreds of identical looking color-coded hellbugs, or bandits, or crazy cyborg miners, or emo alien deathsquads, then you never make any meaningly impact on the game world.

WoW at least got that somewhat right via instanced game-world content that changed as you did various quests.

Plus, while Defiance gear is balanced in such a way that an epic tier rifle isn't that much more powerful than a beginner tier rifle - then it just has a few more slots for 'synergy' bonuses, is a nice idea to make sure that high lvl players aren't that much more powerful than low lvl players... well... it also means that having played the game for a month and leveled your character up quite a lot feels like very little actual progression.

Heck, considering that PvP is neatly hidden away and in no way allowed in the main game world I don't see that much of a need for weapon balancing in the main game. Sure, it means that the devs don't have to do much for pvp balancing either, but it makes for a somewhat more boring PvE experience.

Don Reba:
But Defiance the TV show is pretty good, though, right?

Overall, I liked it. The pilot was full of genre cliches and terrible CGI bad guys and the season finale might have suffered from being tied too closely to the MMO, but there was a lot of good stuff in the middle, especially the second half of the season.

I watched a lot of those rubber-forehead aliens shows from the 1990s: the various Star Treks, the Stargates, Babylon 5, and Farscape. Defiance reminded me of those, but with the better production values, writing, and character work we expect from a post-Firefly/BSG science fiction series. Not that Defiance is as good as either of those series, not yet at least, but it definitely has potential. Especially if the Tarrs remain central characters. Datak and Stahma are the best characters on the show.

kailus13:
"Holy shako you're alive!"

Leaving out the truly awful attempt at a future swear word, why would you look in the pod if you thought she's dead?

Looting, I'm assuming.
Also I'm probably the only one who likes the made-up swear words in scifi or fantasy. It adds to the atmosphere, and in the best case shows what things that are considered taboo have changed.

Don't know what 'shako' is, though. If it's just a random word with no context, it's just out-of-place.

Lieju:
Looting, I'm assuming.
Also I'm probably the only one who likes the made-up swear words in scifi or fantasy. It adds to the atmosphere, and in the best case shows what things that are considered taboo have changed.

Don't know what 'shako' is, though. If it's just a random word with no context, it's just out-of-place.

Sometimes its alright, I rather like "Frack" from Battlestar Galactica, and it's entered my everyday speech.

"Shtako" vaguely translates to "shit", but without meaning excrement.

 

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