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: DEFIANCE director Michael Nankin gives the scoop on Season 2

Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa, Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley, Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan in DEFIANCE - Season 2 | ©2014 Syfy/Jue Pugliese

In Season 2 of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, Thursdays at 8 PM, things have only heated up in the town of the title. It’s been three-and-a-half decades since seven different species of aliens, collectively called the Votan, landed on Earth. Integration with the human population – and each other – is still a work in sometimes violent progress. DEFIANCE co-executive producer/director Michael Nankin, who previously worked with DEFIANCE executive producer/show runner Kevin Murphy when they were both on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and CAPRICA, is at a Syfy party for the Television Critics Association. He talks about the challenges of making credible, character-based but […]Read On »

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CD Review: JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL soundtrack

JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL soundtrack | ©2013 Kritzerland

Kritzerland has released such singing-dancing cult movie numbers as THE GHASTLY LOVE OF JOHNNY X and label founder Bruce Kimmel’s own FIRST NUDIE MUSICAL. But if they’ve put out one soundtrack, and film that’s long overdue for GLEE-like enthusiasm, then it’s JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. I’d certainly never heard of it before watching this beguiling production as part of a teen throwback night at LA’s Cinefamily theater. As a member of The Class of 1983, this 1978 feature gave me a beguiling rush that recalled the rush of seeing GREASE for the first time that very same year. For both productions […]Read On »

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Breaking News: The scoop on RED FACTION: ORIGINS Syfy movie set between the games RED FACTION: GUERRILLA and RED: FACTION: ARMAGEDDON

RED FACTION: GUERRILLA | ©THQ

The incredibly popular THQ game RED FACTION is getting the Syfy TV Movie treatment with RED FACTION: ORGINS following the adventures of hero Jake Mason (STARGATE: UNIVERSE’s Brian J. Smith), the child of RED FACTION rebel hero Alec Mason (Robert Patrick). “The movie takes place in between the third game GUERRILLA and [the forthcoming game] RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON,” says THQ’s Lenny Brown. “What’s cool about this TV piece, you can get deeper and get to know the character through the movie and that’s been exciting for us at THQ.” RED FACTION: ORIGINS debuts June 4 which is less than a […]Read On »

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TV Review: THE CAPE – Season 1- “Dice”

David Lyons and Mena Suvari in THE CAPE - "Dice" | ©2011 NBC/Justin Lubin

Given that THE CAPE’s hero Vince Faraday (David Lyons) is heartily upset about being separated from his wife (Jennifer Ferrin) and young son (Ryan Wynott) – whose sulks about Dad’s absence are driving Mom to tears – and he’s stuck helping his carnival protectors with their crimes, it stands to reason he isn’t exactly crazy about the man who got him into this mess: our main villain Peter Fleming, aka Chess (James Frain). In the episode “Dice,” Vince is unsurprisingly unhappy when his advisor Orwell (Summer Glau) points out that Vince will never get home if Fleming dies, since Vince’s only hope of redemption is proving that Fleming, not Vince, is really Chess. When gorgeous Tracy, aka Dice (Mena Suvari) appears on the scene, Vince is put in the truly aggravating position of having to protect Fleming from the vengeful, brilliant young woman.

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