The crew on the Antares watches horrified as Zoe walks away from the Lander, drawn across the blazing face of Venus by the sound of a baby's cry. Donner tells her that she is hallucinating, but Zoe persists towards the point of no return. As Paula continues to narrate the recorded video of the fake Venus walk, Arnel and Ajay report that Zoe's suit is starting to deteriorate and that the Venus Lander is overheating.
Only hours from Zoe’s perilous landing, Paula, with Wassenfelder on camera, broadcasts to Earth, explaining that, with a temperature at four hundred and sixty degrees centigrade, air pressure ninety three times that of Earth, and a carbon dioxide atmosphere, human time on the planet is limited to twenty minutes. Like bridesmaids in attendance, Nadia and Jen help Zoe into the bulky EVA suit. Donner is garbed into his pressure suit by Ted and makes his final preparations to pilot the Lander to Venus.
With Beta and Gamma sounding an unearthly duet between the Antares and Venus, the crew confronts loneliness and isolation – each in their own way. In flashbacks to the Ascan training process, Rollie helps Jen overcome her fear of the sensory deprivation tank, while the normally composed Nadia fights her own issues with the isolation experience. Donner tries desperately to perfect the planetary landing, driven by his terror of repeating the Mars disaster and the fear of losing Zoe. Nadia finally comes face to face with her hallucination, the resulting shock finally cracking her icy composure and sending her to Donner for comfort.
The revelation of Beta is affecting the crew in various ways: Nadia balks at piloting the ship until she knows exactly what the strange force represents; Paula sees the object as a sign from God and shares her religious epiphany in the middle of a broadcast; Jen is distraught because she alone cannot see or hear Beta; and Wassenfelder is completely in his element, thrilled to be heading towards the heart of the mystery. Donner does not want Paula to pilot the Venus Lander and is worried about Zoe’s upcoming walk on the scorching planet, the specter of the failed Mars mission still haunting him.
Entranced by a haunting song, the Antares crew is inexorably drawn to storage Pod 4 where the otherworldly Beta object revolves in an astonishing fractal dance. In Mission Control, Ajay and Arnel also see the strange object for the first time as Goss announces that they are now all sworn to secrecy about the real nature of the space mission. Ted struggles to take in the fact that Eve has known the truth all along. Eve recounts her long-ago experience as a young archeologist in Peru, when the Beta object was first uncovered from deep in the Earth, rising to meet her with a sound only she could hear. Meanwhile, Paula is shaken to the core of her religious convictions, Rollie confesses to Jen that he was also in on the secret of Beta, and Wassenfelder is delighted to learn the revealed language of the universe.
An impending solar flare threatens the crew of the Antares with dangerous radiation, while the strange force in Pod 4 finally sends out a siren call that proves utterly irresistible.
It's Halloween aboard the Antares and the forces of darkness are revealed in more ways than one, as feverish hallucinations jeopardize the lives of the crew just as they're about to embark on a promotional event for which the whole world is waiting.
Drawing closer to the orbit of Venus, some members of the Antares crew struggle with guilt and experience vivid repercussions of past actions, while a serious accident puts the life of a teammate in danger, uniting everyone in the desperate endeavor to save her.
It's a humbling moment for the crew of the spaceship, as each of them deals with a personal point of no return, while the Antares itself crosses a critical boundary when going back to Earth is no longer an option, and the home planet becomes just another twinkling light in a vast canopy of stars.
The crew of the Antares face their first major crisis when the ship inexplicably begins to shut down all of its operating systems, causing the sudden failure of power, heat and gravity controls and plunging everyone aboard into chaos during the desperate search for a solution.
Taboos are broken and lines are crossed as personal and professional relationships aboard the Antares and on Earth continue to intensify, while the unseen power behind the mission begins to create both cellular and psychological transformations among the astronauts.
The space program sets its sights on a new frontier when eight astronauts set their course for a six-year discovery mission into space. Download part 1 now!
The mission is a go. In the near future, a coed international crew of 8 astronauts boards the spaceship Antares for a six-year interplanetary mission. With only limited help from Mission Control, it soon becomes apparent that these scientists and the crew aren't just in deep space - they're in even deeper than they could have imagined. Can old alliances and new attractions co-exist in the close quarters of a confined space ship?
A team of eight astronauts, embarking on a six-year journey to explore Venus and other planets in the solar system, find their lives and destinies intertwined and carefully directed, not only by Mission Control officials on Earth, but also by an unseen force which is much closer and far more powerful. Download part 1 now!
Defying Gravity movie trailer - starring Niklaus Lange, Daniel Chilson, Seabass Diamond, Don Handfield, Linna Carter, Lesley Pedersen. Directed by John Keitel. Genre: Drama
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The mission is a go. In the near future, a coed international crew of 8 astronauts boards the spaceship Antares for a six-year interplanetary mission. With only limited help from Mission Control, it soon becomes apparent that these scientists and the crew aren't just in deep space - they're in even deeper than they could have imagined. Can old alliances and new attractions co-exist in the close quarters of a confined space ship? As a documentary crew aboard the ship broadcasts the astronauts' every move to avid viewers on Earth, these brave men and women will come face to face with unexpected dangers, past secrets and a hidden force aboard the ship that threatens to unravel their entire mission. Defying Gravity emotional drama as thrilling as the intense action.
Defying Gravity movie trailer - starring Niklaus Lange, Daniel Chilson, Seabass Diamond, Don Handfield, Linna Carter. Directed by John Keitel. Genre: Drama
Rating: Not Rated
An intriguing behind the scenes look at the making of the pilot with commentary from the cast and crew of Defying Gravity. Featuring Executive Producer James Parriott (Grey's Anatomy) and star Ron Livingston (Office Space).