The Defiance Season 2 Panel and Video Game Description. The panel met on the last day of New York Comic Con and provided audiences with exclusive behind-the-scenes details about Season One (available October 15th on Blu-ray and DVD) and what is to come in Season Two (debuting June 2014 on Syfy). Syfy ordered a full 13-episode second season. Production for the second season began in August. The panel split its discussion between the Syfy hit and its companion multiplayer online third-person shooter game, developed by Trion Worlds. The game was created as a tie-in to the show featuring many of the series’ characters.
Set in the year 2046, Earth has been radically transformed, causing changes in topography, the extinction of plant and animal species, and the emergence of new species. The series follows Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his adopted Irathient daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), who have put down roots in Defiance, a city-state community where humans and several extraterrestrial races, collectively known as Votans, coexist over the ruins of St. Louis.
The New York Comic Con 2013 panel for Defiance: A New Earth – With New Rules:
The panel consisted of Supervising Producer/Director Michael Nankin and series stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), and Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa).
*The moderator asked if the international cast brought a unique spin to the show. Julie Benz is the only US-born cast member on Defiance. The cast recognized that their different accents and personalities were a benefit, as the show focused on different races and species interacting with one another. Defiance is set in a town of immigrants, so their backgrounds are viewed as a positive.
*One guest asked Murray, Benz, and Leonidas what it felt like to play such strong female roles. The women were honored to play roles where the women are powerful, damaged, beautiful, cunning, and intelligent. Each panel member also spoke to the differences between the roles; no two women shared many similarities and each character explored different elements of womanhood.
*A funny story came from one of Stephanie Leonidas’ first day on set. Leonidas believed that the town set built for shooting was an active market with real people. The panel had a great laugh recalling her desire to buy vegetables from the market only to be told by Bowler that the vegetables were plastic and the town’s workers were extras.
*It was also noted that Jaime Murray’s character, Stahma Tarr, is a bisexual character. Murray said that it was a great opportunity to play a unique character but also hoped one day, thirty years from now, the fact that her characters was bisexual would not matter. Instead, she hoped people remembered her for the amazing performance. Still, Murray was humble and expressed her great honor at portraying a strong and important character.
*Bowler was grateful to have such strong female characters to act against. He said that as an actor you wanted to have “as much coming back at you” as possible. That kind of “traction” allowed for better scenes and better performing.
The New York Comic Con 2013 panel footage for Defiance: A New Earth:
The audience was able to see a sample of the Defiance video game. Nankin spoke with pride on the game explaining that many characters from the television series crossed over in the game. It gave players a sense of something “familiar” that they would “recognize” while playing. The world is a brand new place and wanted gamers to enjoy this “whole new experience.” Players had the ability to choose an “origin.” Origins do not limit what abilities, weapons, or outfits the players can choose.
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