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TV Series: Defying Gravity Mini-Review

As promised, yesterday evening I watched the 2-hour premiere of the new series from the producer of Grey's Anatomy, Defying Gravity.

First off, I have to say that I don't know what I was expecting in the series, but this wasn't it. The basic premise of the series seems simple enough: the show follows the adventures of eight astronauts on board the international spacecraft Antares. In a story within the story, the lives of the astronauts are being recorded and broadcast back to Earth as part of an ongoing documentary. In spite of a libido-suppressing device worn by each crew member, romantic entanglements seem to be quite present, and further complicating their lives is a mysterious storage pod with a secret impact on their mission, the implication that someone/something picked the astronauts for the mission, and all sorts of other plots and sub-plots.

Personally, I loved it. Several of the actors in the series are familiar to me from other roles. Ron Livingston as Maddux Donner is the he-man hero of the piece, and I'm familiar with his work from the Sex and the City tv series, the Standoff series, Band of Brothers, and a few other shows. I can't say I like his character based on the two hours of the series so far, but we'll see. Christina Cox as Jen Crane, was an interesting casting choice. I know her from the Blood Ties series (based on Tanya Huff's Vicki Nelson books) and several other series, and she's a good actor. Jen seems to have a good rapport with several other characters in the series, and she knows more than she's saying. Laura Harris was an interesting casting choice. I know her best from her role as Daisy Adair on Dead Like Me and a couple of other places, notably the film Suicide Kings, and she brings a freshness and interesting background to her role as Zoe Barnes here.

The plot to this point has several mysteries set up within it, introduced in the first two hours of the series. Since the show is locked into a 13-episode run for the moment by ABC, this augurs well to have the series continue, assuming that folks like watching it, as ABC is willing to give it that commitment for a first run of 13 eps. (Yes, I'm being naive and trusting about this, but that's because I really like the show to this point. You can disagree with me all you want.) So I look forward to seeing how this series develops.

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