Game coming on.
In one of the year's more unusual marriages of art and commerce, Syfy offers Defiance, a "transmedia" experience that links the network's latest fantasy to a multi-player, interactive video game. The show arrives April 15; look for the game around the same time.
You are, of course, free to choose one or the other. But if you follow both, encourages producer Kevin Murphy, "you get a richer, fuller experience."
Defiance is set in the near future on earth, where humans and a group of alien invaders known as the Votans are trying to coexist. Grant Bowler, last seen as Richard Burton in Lifetime's lamentable Liz and Dick, stars (in the game and in the show) as a law enforcement officer trying to keep the peace in the former St. Louis, now named "Defiance."
Bowler and his co-star Julie Benz, the town's mayor, play the major human characters -- which is fine with Bowler, because it means no alien make-up. "I can only spend 15 minutes in a make-up chair."
Though life is tough in Defiance, as witness the need for Bowler's sheriff, Murphy says you shouldn't think Mad Max or some other dark, apocalyptic sci-fi drama. In fact, he says, the story is closer to the movie Paper Moon, because the sheriff travels with an adopted alien daughter.
"We want to create something that is unlike anything you've seen...Our goal is to create a more aspirational world."