On the surface, the reasons that I am such an insitent fan of Defiance can be boiled down to two things; it was created by Rockne S. O’Bannon, and the series is scored by Bear McCreary. The former is also created my favourite science-fiction series of all time, Farscape; the latter is the genius behind the music of Battlestar Galactica.
But actually, it’s more than that. Defiance has taken it upon itself to depict a post-apocalyptic environment where the survivors of a human-alien war have to try and live together. It hasn’t always gotten it right, but one thing it has never done is shied away from boldness.
That’s an under-appreciated feature, and one which runs as a theme through all of my favourite things.