Keith's note: True to form the characters were talking about sex and dating before the first commercial aired. Before 30 minutes had elapsed they had pulled off their clothes. This was interwoven with a series of tired and worn out space movie cliche subplots and utterly implausible events. Based on what was spoken, in real life, half of the crew would not pass any reasonable psych exam. Other lines were just ignorant like "does anyone know if Hindus commit suicide?" Then there was the needless risk of a spacesuit with a person inside. And so on. Alas, the show looks gorgeous and they clearly spent a lot of money on sets and visuals. Some scenes were rather stunning. A small statue of Ganesha hitches a ride at the front of a ship bound for Venus was kind of interesting as was the unauthorized EVA that led up to it. With all the money the show's producers sent on the look and feel you'd think that they'd spent an equal amount on getting good writers. Oh well.
"Eyal: No, we did not, but the producers went down to NASA. They spent a bunch of time talking with NASA; and I think NASA would have endorsed the show had they not had a little trepidation of the sort of, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives pedigree of the producers. They felt like, okay, well, we don't want our [space] program to be turned into a sex romp. And I can guarantee that's not exactly what it is. There are relationships but it's not like sex left and right. It's more psychological and nuanced. It's very well written and very human."
Inner-Space Problems in Outer Space, NY Times
"In "Defying Gravity," a science-fiction series on ABC that begins on Sunday, Zoe Barnes (Laura Harris), a female astronaut selected for an ambitious, six-year space mission, discovers before launching that a one-night stand has left her pregnant. Jen, her friend and colleague, urges her to have an abortion, but Zoe says she doesn't have a choice. "It's a stupid law," Jen retorts. "You know, a couple of justices kick, and it will be reversed."
Review: 'Defying Gravity' on ABC, LA Times
"The producers -- the show is an international co-production, based in Canada, with Fox TV Studios the local partner -- have saved money by making Earth 2052 look pretty much like Earth 2009. You'll be glad to know that, if this really is the future, there's nothing in your closet you won't be able to wear 40 years from now, and you won't need to invest in velour shirts."