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Defying Gravity 

TV-14 | | Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Series (2009)
Eight astronauts living aboard an international spacecraft on a mission through the Solar System, as the world watches from billions of kilometers away.
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Series cast summary:
Ron Livingston ...  Maddux Donner 13 episodes, 2009
Malik Yoba ...  Ted Shaw 13 episodes, 2009
Andrew Airlie ...  Mike Goss 13 episodes, 2009
Paula Garcés ...  Paula Morales 13 episodes, 2009
Florentine Lahme Florentine Lahme ...  Nadia Schilling 13 episodes, 2009
Karen LeBlanc ...  Eve Weller-Shaw 13 episodes, 2009
Eyal Podell ...  Dr. Evram Mintz 13 episodes, 2009
Dylan Taylor ...  Steve Wassenfelder 13 episodes, 2009
Christina Cox ...  Jen Crane 13 episodes, 2009
Laura Harris ...  Zoe Barnes 13 episodes, 2009
Ty Olsson ...  Rollie Crane 12 episodes, 2009
Zahf Paroo ...  Ajay Sharma 11 episodes, 2009
Maxim Roy ...  Claire Dereux 11 episodes, 2009
William Vaughan ...  Arnel Poe 11 episodes, 2009
Peter Howitt ...  Trevor Williams 8 episodes, 2009
Lara Gilchrist ...  Sharon Lewis 6 episodes, 2009
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In the near future, eight astronauts from five countries (four women and four men) undertake a mysterious six-year international space mission covering thirteen billion kilometres. With the eyes of the world upon them - everything they do is monitored, and every emotion they feel, scrutinized - they soon discover that their real assignment is not at all what they thought. Written by Mark Cameron

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Silly but lovely
15 September 2009 | by HMVincentSee all my reviews

I had no expectations for this show. I'd never heard of it till the week before its eighth (and maybe last) episode. I have no television: I watch shows online. I was looking for something with Ron Livingston in it, after watching "Band of Brothers".

The science and junior-high atmosphere are ridiculous, of course, but I enjoy the slow pace and the wonderment of space. In one narration Donner says, "How the hell did I get here?" I think, if I were aboard Antares as a trained astronaut, I would wonder how I got there, often. After an all-hands meeting, Mintz suggests that they take a moment to remember where they are, then he lowers the light so that they may gaze on Earth and the Moon. That was a nice moment. I think I would alternate between gazing in awe at what surrounds the ship, and cringing in fear at what DOESN'T surround the ship: air.

The mystery of Beta is lovely. I don't care what it is, it's enough that it makes it okay to add weirdness to the story. I'm not familiar with Laura Harris, but she is a lovely and talented actress, and makes a nice foil to Livingston's Donner. Livingston does an extraordinary job, particularly when he reacts with fear and confusion to his hallucinations.

The episodes have improved as the show progresses. At this writing the show has stopped after episode eight, and may not resume. I will be sorry not to see the remainder of the season.


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