DEFIANCE star Jesse Rath talks Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, now in its second season Thursdays at 8 PM, it’s been thirty-five years since seven different species of aliens crash-landed on Earth and began interacting with the human population. The Castithans, all white with golden eyes, are among the most prominent – and certainly the most class-conscious – of the off-world races. Jesse Rath plays Alak Tarr, son of Datak Tarr, played by Tony Curran, and Stahma Tarr, played by Jaime Murray. With Datak as a lethal, social-climbing gangster and Stahma as an outwardly proper, privately manipulative poisoner, one might expect Alak to be not very nice, […]Read On »

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DEFIANCE show runner Kevin Murphy chats about Season 2 – Exclusive – Part 2

Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with Kevin Murphy, the co-creator/executive producer/show runner of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, he talks about metaphor, Votan races and why he never wants to work with feathers again. AX: At what point did you realize the series was in part a metaphor for human on human interaction? KEVIN MURPHY: I think that was always part of it. I’m as proud of this show as anything I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot of stuff over the years, and I think it’s really a testament to, we were in a supportive environment with a […]Read On »

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DEFIANCE show runner Kevin Murphy talks Season 2 – Part 1 – Exclusive

Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

DEFIANCE, now in its second season on Syfy Channel, concerns an Earth approximately thirty-five years after seven different types of aliens, known collectively as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. The Votan have issues with each other, as well as with humans, who – as always – also have issues with one another. At the same time the TV series DEFIANCE began airing, Trion launched its online videogame DEFIANCE, which has story and characters that synch up at various points with the show. This poses a unique challenge for both the TV creative staff and the videogame personnel. DEFIANCE executive producer/co-creator/show […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jaime Murray on DEFIANCE on Season 2

Jamie Murray as Stahma Tarr in DEFIANCE - Season 2 | ©2014 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

We’re only at the start of Season 2 of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, returning Thursday June 19, but Jaime Murray’s character Stahma Tarr has already established herself as one of the more formidable antagonists of either gender in science fiction. In DEFIANCE, it’s thirty-five years after seven alien races, collectively known as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. One of these species is the Castithan, a caste-and-status-conscious group. Stahma is a highborn Castithan who married Datak Tarr, played by Tony Curran, who has risen to prominence in the town of Defiance, formerly St. Louis,MO. Stahma plays the respectful wife, but she shamelessly manipulates […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jaime Murray sinks her teeth into FRIGHT NIGHT 2

FRIGHT NIGHT 2 NEW BLOOD | (c) 2013 Twentieth Century Fox

Jaime Murray has made a habit of playing strong female characters. Just look at what she brought to the table as Stahma Tarr in DEFIANCE. Now she’s chomping at the bit to bite into the vampire realm in her new role as Gerri Dandridge in the upcoming FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD. Murray sat down to chat with ASSIGNMENT X about her the movie and what to expect from her character. ASSIGNMENT X: So tell me about Gerri Dandridge and her take in the film? JAIME MURRAY: I play a serious professor teaching at a Romanian university. Charlie, Amy and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Grant Bowler on his act of DEFIANCE – Part 1

Grant Bowler in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

There are plenty of videogames that have been adapted from films and TV series, and plenty of films that have been adapted from videogames, but Syfy’s and Trion Worlds’ DEFIANCE is the first project to debut simultaneously as a narrative television show and a multi-platform video game. Both debut Monday, April 15, with the TV series having a two-hour premiere at 9 PM (its regular Monday timeslot thereafter). In DEFIANCE, a space-going fleet carrying seven different alien races, collectively known as the Votan, arrived on Earth, resulting in huge changes in the landscape, flora and fauna. It’s been nine years […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Chemistry”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Chemistry" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Ray Stevenson, Yvonne Strahovski, Jason Gedrick, Katia Winter, Santiago Cabrera Writers: Manny Coto & Karen Campbell, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Holly Dale Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 11, 2012 There are certain things we have come to take for granted about Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter). He will want to kill every serial killer he encounters, and she will never be […]Read On »

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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 4 – “Endless Wonder”

Brian J. Smith and Allison Scagliotti in WAREHOUSE 13 - Season 4 - "Endless Wonder" | ©2012 Syfy/Ken Woroner

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore, Jaime Murray, Ashley Williams, Kate Mulgrew, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Bob Goodman      Director: Michael McMurray   Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: Sept 10, 2012 “Endless Wonder” once again walks that line for me with WAREHOUSE 13, where I’m entertained, but I’m not entirely certain I’m loving what I’m seeing. Again there’s a lot of jokey kind of dumb humor back and forth between the characters, even though what they are facing is life threatening and very serious. Which this could be argued that the humor […]Read On »

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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 4 – “Fractures”

Lindsay Wagner in WAREHOUSE 13 - Season 4 - "Fractures" | ©2012 Syfy/Steve Wilkie

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore, Jaime Murray, Ashley Williams, Kate Mulgrew, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes      Director: Chris Fisher Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: Aug 27, 2012 I like ALICE IN WONDERLAND in pretty much any form you can find it, from “The Looking Glass Wars” to Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND to ultra violent video games; I’m always up for things Alice.  So I am pleased that WAREHOUSE 13 returns to the Alice Liddell (Niamh Wilson) storyline from a previous episode. She’s such a nice […]Read On »

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TV Review: WAREHOUSE 13 – Season 4 – “No Pain, No Gain”

Joanne Kelly in WAREHOUSE 13 - Season 4 - "No Pain, No Gain" | ©2012 Syfy/Steve Wilkie

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek, Genelle Williams, Allison Scagliotti, Aaron Ashmore, Jaime Murray, Ashley Williams, Kate Mulgrew, Alessandra Torresani Writer: Nell Scovell     Director: Jay Chandrasekhar  Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: Aug 20, 2012 So last review I was ragging on WAREHOUSE 13 because I felt the series is becoming too campy, and isn’t striking the right balance between the comedic elements of the show and the serious elements. In “No Pain, No Gain”, however, I have to say that the episode was well done, and all of the more comedic moments really work well and […]Read On »

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