I was talking to my father the other day, and he mentioned a new television show that I should check out: Defying Gravity. I had heard something about ABC’s new drama vaguely a few months back. Someone had called it, ‘Grey’s Anatomy in Space,’ which failed to spark my immediate interest.
I told my father that, and he was the first to admit it was a little soapy in places, but he pointed out –quite correctly, too– that almost all scripted dramas are, and always have been. There’s a lot to recommend Defying Gravity, he said. It’s fairly realistic hard science fiction set in the not too distant future. It takes its premise seriously. The special effects are well done without getting in the way of the storytelling. It has Ron Livingston. Plus, he said, it was already through its first season.
That was a real selling point for me. I like to have a few episodes available when I get into a new series. I watched the first three episodes yesterday and decided I really liked the show. As I often do when a television program or a movie catches my fancy I went to Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database to find out more about it, and that’s when I learned that the show has already been cancelled.
Ah, televised Science Fiction. How I love you. How I loathe what networks do to you.
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