I honestly don’t know how I missed this scifi show. I caught up on it three weeks ago and was impressed by the show, the acting and pretty much everything. The fact is that I wasn’t expecting much.
For the first few weeks in August, I kept seeing Defying Gravity in queues. I expected it to be some kind of extreme sports show. That is until I stumbled upon someone mentioning it as scifi. I did my homework and started watching the 7 episodes that I had missed.
I was surprised at how interesting this show was. That being said, it wasn’t very surprising that this show got canceled pretty quickly. It’s off ABC for now and the remaining 5 episodes are being aired on the SPACE channel in Canada, which isn’t available to the US. Luckily, enterprising viewers will be able to find the latest episodes of Defying Gravity easily enough.
Honestly, I’m annoyed that this series got canceled. Naturally, it was foreseeable, but if it would have been on another network, like Syfy, it could have easily continued its full run. Anyway, the initial order was for only 13 episodes, so we should be grateful that we can watch these episodes.
Warning: spoilers ahead
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The show is all about a mission in space, in the near future, by astronauts. They are on a grand tour, visiting all of the planets of our solar system. The mission will take six years. The astronauts don’t know the whole truth behind the mission, as they will all discover in episode 9.
Until then, they have unexplained hallucinations, which endanger the mission. Meanwhile, the back story of the show is also shown. It goes back 5 years when the mission was being planned. Donner and Ted are two of the astronauts that went to Mars 10 years ago. Two of their fellow astronauts were still outside when a storm hit. They had to leave the planet. They were ordered by Mike Gauss, who was still on the spaceship. Donner and Ted complied, but under extreme duress.
Donner’s lover was left on Mars, as well as another astronaut. This has haunted and tainted them ever since. They were part of the training team, but Mike was under orders that they should never be able to go to Venus. As it happens, at the last minute, Donner and Ted were taken aboard after two of the astronauts developed health problems. The Beta object was discovered in 2038 and has been communicating with 5 other objects since then.
Eve goes on about how they were chosen for this. Eve is now married to Ted, who was involved with Jen five years ago. Right now, Jen is married to Rollie, one of the two astronauts who was grounded. Donner is involved sexually with Nadia, the German astronaut, but is in love with Zoe, who was also involved with Donner 5 years ago.
Anyway, there is quite a lot happening in the past to explain the situation of all of the astronauts. It’s quite intriguing. I’ve watched twelve episodes and I’m still hooked.
There are only a couple of issues that I see. Sometimes, the recaps are long. By recaps, I mean when the astronauts talk about their past. The astronauts are all linked. Beta is making both Zoe and Donner dream the same dream, although their hallucinations are different. Donner keeps seeing Sharon while Zoe keeps hearing a baby crying.
Donner seems connected to Beta in some fashion. He believes that he is destined to go to Venus, not Paula. He believes that he should have gone on the rover on Mars 10 years ago. He didn’t and Walker went. Both Sharon and Walker were stranded on Mars. In this episode, Donner seems to have the gift of prophecy, as something happens to Paula’s Venusian ambitions. Wass is trying to understand the effects that Beta has, on a quantum level.
Meanwhile, the crew is still trying to cope with what was revealed in episode 9. Jen still can’t hear or see Beta. She starts telling some of the crew about this. All of them deal with it in their own way. This episode is all about the Venusian landing. However, 5 years ago, Zoe was cut from the team. I wonder how she came back onto it after being cut.
Also, I don’t like how they addressed the gravity issue. In space, there is barely any gravity. Usually, spaceship designs include rotating habitats to simulate gravity with centrifugal force. However, in the rest of the ship, the gravity is simulated by their high-tech jumpsuits, which are made out of some nano-fiber that “clings” to surfaces. I don’t really know much more, as it’s only been mentioned a few times.
The crew knows of the real mission now. They are on an alien treasure hunt to collect alien living objects. The objects communicate via hallucinations. They won’t be able to do anything except what the object wants. This was a good episode, setting the tone for the Venusian landing, which happened in this episode. All of the preparations are in vain, as they land too far from the object to retrieve it. But Zoe goes after it nonetheless, after she hears the crying baby hallucination on Venus.
Zoe goes after the Gamma object and makes it back, even though they thought that she was never going to make it. Donner finds out about the baby and why Zoe keeps hallucinating about it. The episode ends with Zoe and Donner kissing in the medical bay, as well as a montage of different people kissing, from Ted and Eve, to Rollie and Jen. Rollie gave himself up to the police.
This week, it was made official that the series was canceled. I wasn’t surprised, but annoyed as this is a great series and this was only the beginning of the story.
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Zoe is still making her way to the Gamma object. The mission control team wants them to switch to a recorded feed.
Mintz wants to know about Zoe’s hallucination. Eve tells Gauss that Zoe had one during her first year of training.
Zoe isn’t backing up. Jen wants to speak with Zoe privately. Jen tells her that her baby is gone. It doesn’t stop Zoe from going to get the baby. At a certain point, Zoe is no longer replying. Zoe passes a probe and her no-return point.
Ted says that this isn’t Mars, but it’s becoming exactly like Mars. Donner has to get ready to leave. However, he wants to give Zoe every second. The fake feed is stopped.
It’s been 20 minutes and Nadia is freaking out. She pleads with Donner to get ready to launch. Zoe has arrived at the object. To her, it looks like a baby. It floats up to her, into her arms. Jen can finally see it. She tells Donner that she’s coming with their baby boy. Donner starts to realize what happened to her 5 years ago. Jen tells the crew about the baby and Zoe.
Donner wants to speak privately with AJ. Donner realizes that it was his baby that Zoe aborted.
He needs AJ’s help to keep the lander together. Paula says that it’s like the trials of Job.
Donner decides on upping the temp in the lander and in Zoe’s suit in order to buy them a few more minutes. Everyone is willing Zoe onward. She collapses near the cage because of a breach, but gets back up and gets in. The lander takes off. Back on the Antares, Zoe’s in pretty bad shape. She shouldn’t be alive.
Wass and Paula put the Gamma object into its hold. Arnell makes a snide comment about another one biting the dust when Zoe gets back. AJ pounces in his face. Gauss says that this is what they all aspire to have, real courage.
Ted tells Eve that he’s got this feeling that he will never taste her crawfish again.
Rollie phones the hospital to find out about the woman he hit while driving. He confesses that he was the driver. When he arrives there, the cops pick him up. Mintz talks with Claire. Claire says that the vibe is weird. Mintz says that Zoe should be dead. This wasn’t adrenaline. It’s like the object is trying to test us, trying to push them to the limits of their capabilities.
Paula is in front of the Gamma object and sees her father during the Hector miracle incident. She collapses when she realizes what happened. Her father kissed her and she ran away. The dog went after her and was hit by a truck. Her father performed mouth to mouth on Hector.
Arnell messages the journalist Trevor about the fake landing recording. Jen still can’t see the object. Donner kisses Zoe. She wakes up.
5 years earlier, Zoe is getting a tattoo of an eagle. Donner arrives. Jen wants Donner to leave. AJ drives him to the train station. AJ tries to explain it to Donner. AJ implies that Donner is responsible. AJ knows about the pregnancy and the abortion, but doesn’t mention it. Donner’s vasectomy reverted.
Eve is talking with Ted about Zoe. It’s all up to Eve who makes it onto the team. Rollie says that they screwed up not choosing Zoe. He also likes her tattoo. Donner tells AJ that the 1st thing he did when he came back from Mars was getting a vasectomy. AJ knows that something went wrong because he made Zoe preggers.
Donner waited at the train station for Zoe. They say goodbye. Donner goes back to the tattoo shop and gets a tattoo as well, one that can’t be seen in the locker room. He got a bucket tattooed onto the bottom of his foot.
Jen meets Rollie in his truck. She says that he really came through for her.
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