Defiance by itself looks like a step in the right direction for a specialty channel that’s become notorious for how far it’s drifted from its mission statement, but apparently someone at SyFy has at long last decided to focus on something other than crappy game shows, Pro-Wresting, and Uberslug vs. Megavole.
We begin with a pair of miniseries based on popular sci-fi literary universes: Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End, developed by Michael Perry (Paranormal Activity 2) and Michael de Luca (The Social Network) respectively.
But there’s more! Here’s a rundown of the rest of the honest to goodness Science-Fiction currently in development at SyFy, courtesy of Blastr:
This series follows a group of left for dead outlaws, who hide out in an abandoned Coalition ship. Before long they use the ship to pose as Coalition officers, until they discover a huge conspiracy surrounding the real agenda of the Coalition. This one is definitely intriguing, and sounds like it has a solid Farscape and Firefly vibe. Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead) will executive produce this one, making it one to watch.
This one picks up 20 years after rogue, evil angels take their vengeance on humans, following a freedom fighter who rises up to protect humanity. It promises a solid amount of religious-tinged intrigue, perhaps wrapped up in a Supernatural vibe. Writer Vaun Wilmott (Sons of Anarchy) and director Scott Stewart (Defiance) are putting this one together.
This “space opera” is a combination of elements ranging from Tomb Raider to Farscape, and follows a female relic hunter tracking down artifacts from her past in deep space. To keep it interesting, the story is set in the middle of a huge intergalactic war, and those artifacts could potentially turn the tide of the campaign. Ron Milbauer and Terri Hughes Burton (Alphas) will write and executive produce this series, and their experience with a grounded series like Alphas should help Orion strike the right balance.
Just because we can travel into space doesn’t mean humanity’s bad habits won’t come with us. This series would follow the first detective in space and the ensuing investigation to solve a murder on a starship. The investigation takes the detective deeper down the rabbit hole, digging up a conspiracy to cover up a crime that occurred half a century earlier. Sci-fi vet Phil Levens (Smallville) will write, with Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) producing.
This one takes the classic meteorite headed for Earth trope and tosses in a big mystery, as hand-picked survivors are sent underground into a utopian-esque bunker to keep society moving. But all is not as it seems, and everyone from the bunker survivors to those left on the surface have to figure out why and how this is happening. Plus, toss in a healthy dose of political intrigue, and this one sounds like it could be fun. In case you’re worried it won’t have enough asteroid street cred, Bruce Joel Rubin (Deep Impact) is writing and producing, so this will be one to keep an eye on.
It’s been a long time since we had a good, old fashioned Lost In Space story, and Infinity looks to fill that void with a twist. This series would follow the crew of the only interstellar ship in existence, who is sent to meet an alien armada as they enter our solar system. But, during the ensuing firefight, the ship is sent through a wormhole and winds up lost on the other side of the universe. The crew would then encounter different alien worlds as they search for a way home. This one is being written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost).
This series would follow country boy Caymer as he journeys to the big city, after his father is killed. Caymer then decides to follow in his father’s footsteps and join up with the local police force to solve the mystery surrounding his dad’s death. But, once he digs a little deeper into the mystery, he comes face to face with all kinds of magical creatures. Alphas alum Robert Hewitt Wolfe is attached to write and produce this series if it makes it to air.
Any one of these sounds like it could be a breath of fresh air to the network. Speaking personally: Clanderstine, Dominion, and Silver Shields all sound like winners, and I’ll be watching close in hopes that they make it onto the schedule. At the other end of the spectrum, Orion and Shelter read like Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich films unnecessarily stretched out into television series length.
In any case, we’ll be following this story, and informing you regarding which shows SyFy decides to pick up.