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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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2 August 2009 (USA) See more »

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Lost—in Space
3 August 2009 | by scottwallvashonSee all my reviews

This show appears to be another evolving mystery like Lost. Right away, we are presented with a plausible near-future scenario. Yet, there are obvious hints that something of earthshaking extraordinary significance is lurking in the shadows.

The acting is acceptable. The characters seem too capricious for astronauts, but I say this with reservation. When Lisa Marie Nowak made her cross-country trip in a diaper, the image of the cool-headed, courageous professional was somewhat tarnished.

Their justification for filming primarily in a one gravity environment is a bit embarrassing. Star Trek's gravity plating would have been too advanced for this show, but the explanation they settled on is too problematic. It would have been better if they had adopted a revolving habitat like the space station in Kubrick's 2001. In their defense, they probably rejected a revolving habitat so that they could have more inspiring views through the ship's windows. In that case they should have adopted a ship that was constantly accelerating at one gravity. Then, they would only have to justify the large power requirements. They couldn't have the casual view back to earth, but they must sacrifice something in the way of art to make a show that will sit well with their presumed audience.

I definitely intend to follow Defying Gravity. The recent debut of the sigh-fie channel's noxious Warehouse 13 left me wanting. Perhaps this will make up for that disappointment.


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