Defiance trailer crosses the bridge

Posted by CB Droege

Syfy has posted a clip teasing the television side of Defiance.

Defiance is an ambitious project, perhaps even too ambitious. Yes, Syfy and Trion Worlds have teamed up to make a cross-media narrative. The story will be told across the television show and a massive-multiplayer video game; the first project of its kind.

Just this week, we confirmed the starting date of Defiance, and now we’ve been supplied with this new trailer that showscases additional special effects and action, rather than a simple character lineup. We also get our first good glance at some of the alien baddies, who apparently don't all look like humans with poorly placed collagen injections or severe melanin deficiencies.

We also have this new official synopsis, though it differs only slightly from the old one:

Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden - and tumultuous - arrival of seven unique alien races.  In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.  Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will adventure in the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.

The protagonist of the show is a wanderer who begins his story in the former San Fransisco Bay area, where the video game is set. He’s a former soldier who fought - and lost his family - in the war that followed the initial arrival of the aliens. After a couple weeks in the game, interacting with players, the character will leave the game world, and arrive in the ruins of St. Louis, where the residents of the growing town of Defiance could use a new lawman.

He’s accompanied by a young alien woman, about whom little is so far known. Her identity, and reasons traveling with the protagonist, is likely part of the mystery of the early episodes of the show. In the trailer he calls her his “daughter," but previous press material clearly says that his family is dead.

Here's the latest trailer for the video game side:

Defiance, the game, is slated for April 2, 2013. Defiance, the show, will premiere with a double-length episode on April 15 on Syfy.