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DEFYING GRAVITY The Complete First Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  560 minutes, featurette, photo slide galleries, deleted scenes

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO:  20th Century Fox Home Entertainment/ Fox Television Studios/ ABC/

RELEASE DATE:  1-19-2010

 

DISC 1- PILOT/ NATURAL SELECTION/ THRESHOLD

DISC 2- H21K/ RUBICON/ BACON/ FEAR

DISC 3- LOVE, HONOR, OBEY/ EVE ATE THE APPLE/ DÉJÀ VU

DISC 4- VENUS/ KISS/ featrutte/ deleted scenes/ slide show galleries

DEFYING GRAVITY is a sci-fi series that no one gave a chance to.  Low ratings caused it to be cancelled and the Complete first Season tag is misleading since there probably won’t be a season two.   The series takes place in 2053 as a crew of four men and four women are about to take a six year tour of the solar system.  They have a mysterious alien cargo which is the cause of the mission and it is also changing it.   Maddux Donner (Ron Livingston) and his fellow crew member from the tragic Mars mission in 2043 are called in as last minute replacements when two crew members are declared medically unfit hours before launch.   Donner and the crew try to face their guilt over their pasts while the series shows us how the crew came to be five years earlier and the tragic Mars mission from 10 years ago when two crew members were left behind.

 

DEFYING GRAVITY is the type of show I would love to see done with less soap opera and as straight sci-fi without the alien element to show how a crew handles a six year mission.   Despite my small problems with the series, it is a good series that deserved to be watched by more viewers.  It was shown in late summer (to be cancelled with five episodes left unaired in the USA).   The cast convey interesting and yet flawed characters while the production design and special effects are top notch.  Again I could have done less with the soap opera of their complicated relationships and the cover-up over one mission control member done by the International Space Organization (ISO).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: A LOOK AT DEFYING GRAVITY- a ten minute promotional featurette.  It features interviews with the cast and producers James Parrot and Michael Eddelstone in addition to some behind-the-scenes footage.   Better than the average promo EPK.

29 deleted scenes for the episodes running about a half hour long- all stuff looks like it was cut for time and would have  added padding except the alternate ending for KISS.

 

Photo Slideshow galleries for Spacecraft Design, Set Design, Costume and Prop Design, Promotional Graphics, and Promotional Photography.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  DEFYING GRAVITY is a good short-lived sci-fi show that deserved a chance and this set will be there for fans (and new viewers).   I wish they had an audio commentary or featurette explaining where the series would have went.

 

This DVD review is (c)1-29-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com