Defying Gravity Review: Houston, We Have A Problem

October 21, 2009 by  
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2DEFYING GRAVITY: Wed 21st October, BBC2, 9pm Alert Me

Eight young astronauts are on a 6-year mission to seven planets.

Oh, and they are required to wear strict libido-suppressing devices. Yep. That is the latest space travel television drama series gleaned from BBC, Fox Television Studios, and Omni Film Productions.

With delusional baby cries and anti-gravity intercourse, the multi-nationally produced Defying Gravity turns out to be the underwhelming cross-breed between Ally McBeal and Grey’s Anatomy, in outer space.

Set in the year 2052, the series follows four women and four men from five countries on their journey through the Solar System. That means the cooky “space nun” Zoe (Laura Harris), the token Indian engineer Ajay (Zahf Paroo), and a porn-loving physicist Wassengelder (Dylan Tayor). But our narrator is Maddux Donner, played by Ron Livingston (Office Space and Band of Brothers).

Donner is your average white trash-rooted American who spews proverbs left and right like a male Meredith Grey. “We carry the baggage of our past, our fears, our superstitions, our failings, but we also carry our hopes and our dreams, the hard lessons learned from our lives,? he tells us. Cue portentous music.

We learn from the Lost-inspired flashbacks that Donner is still haunted after deserting two astronauts on the Mars mission years earlier. The sad sot has now been passed over for the Flight of Antares, but is quickly cast back on board to replace an afflicted crew member. Lucky us.

Creator James Parriott is a veteran of the sci-fi genre, with involvement in mainstream fantasy films, Bionic Woman and The Incredible Hulk. Interestingly enough, he is also executive producer of prime-time series, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Ugly Betty.” And from that, Parriott has acquired a knack for fusing fantasy and drama into award-winning entertainment.

A once-pregnant Zoe confuses the rotator arm with a crying baby. Spooky. Mission commander and wife have sex in the anti-gravity chamber before saying goodbye. How romantic. Can we admit that soap opera settings should probably be confined to Earth? Just because there are niche markets for hospital dramas and fictional mysteries does not mean there is a franchise for emotionally unstable astronauts in space.

Danielle Jacoby

Slavko says:

This is one of the best science-FICTION show i’ve seen since BTG.
I recommend you just open you mind a bit and watch…
I strongly reject most bad reviews i read so far, because people who wrote them clearly didn’t watch enough of the show to get the whole picture and that’s a shame!
watch it : It’s brilliant ^^
Enjoy the show!