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  • TV-MA
  • 2013
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.0  (44,376)

Defiance is an American science fiction television series that aired on Syfy for three seasons from 2013 to 2015. The show is set in a post-apocalyptic future where Earth has been transformed by several catastrophic events, including the arrival of seven alien races known as the Votans. The series follows the story of Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler), a former Marine who becomes the new lawkeeper in the town of Defiance, which was built on the ruins of St. Louis after the war between the humans and the Votans.

The premise of the show is that after the Votan ships arrived on Earth seeking a new home, they were met with resistance from the humans. The two sides eventually came to a peace agreement but not before a long and devastating war. During the war, the planet was transformed by terraforming technology that turned much of the landscape into a new and dangerous frontier full of new creatures and hazards. The town of Defiance, built on the ruins of St. Louis, becomes a melting pot of different species and cultures as humans, Votans, and hybrids try to coexist.

The show features a diverse cast of characters, including humans, Votans, and hybrids. Jeb Nolan, the protagonist, is a human who was raised by one of the top Votan leaders, known as the Lawkeeper. Julie Benz plays Amanda Rosewater, the mayor of Defiance who is responsible for keeping the peace between the different species. Stephanie Leonidas plays Irisa Nyira, a young Irathient who becomes Nolan's surrogate daughter and partner in battling the many threats to Defiance. Tony Curran plays Datak Tarr, a Castithan who becomes one of the most powerful and influential members of Defiance. Jaime Murray plays Datak's wife, Stahma Tarr, who proves to be a cunning and skilled political operator. Graham Greene plays Rafe McCawley, a human mine owner and prominent member of the town. Mia Kirshner plays Kenya Rosewater, Amanda's sister and owner of the local bar/brothel. Jesse Rath plays Alak Tarr, Datak and Stahma's son, who falls in love with a human girl despite his parents' objections. James Murray plays Niles Pottinger, a powerful and enigmatic E-Rep representative who comes to Defiance and has his own stake in the town's future.

Defiance is notable for its world-building, which creates a vivid and realistic sci-fi setting with a lot of history and lore. The show explores the different cultures and societies of the various species, including their religions, traditions, and social structures. It also delves into the politics of Defiance, which is a strategically important town that is coveted by many outside powers. Throughout the series, we see the characters struggle to maintain a fragile peace and deal with various threats to their community, including an outbreak of a deadly disease, a battle with a biologically engineered beast, and a growing conflict with the fascist Earth Republic government.

The show also features a lot of action and adventure, with each episode containing exciting set pieces and tense conflict. There are many memorable scenes, such as Nolan and Irisa's showdown with an Indogene scientist in the pilot episode, Datak Tarr's violent coup against the McCawley family, and a high-speed chase through the Defiance mines in season two. The special effects are also impressive, with many of the alien creatures and landscapes looking realistic and detailed.

Overall, Defiance is an engaging and entertaining sci-fi series that combines action, adventure, and drama with a richly imagined world and memorable characters. Its unique setting and diverse cast make it an appealing choice for fans of the genre, while its strong storytelling and well-executed action sequences make it a compelling watch for any sci-fi fan.

Defiance is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on April 8, 2013.

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Upon the March We Fittest Die
12. Upon the March We Fittest Die
August 28, 2015
Nolan and the others contemplate a suicide run on the Omec battle cruiser to halt Kindzi's invasion plans.
The Awakening
11. The Awakening
August 21, 2015
Nolan, Amanda, and Irisa search for a way to prevent Kindzi from transporting more Omec to Earth; Datak attempts to escape from an Omec compound; Stahma seeks forgiveness.
Of a Demon in My View
10. Of a Demon in My View
August 14, 2015
Kindzi releases Nolan from the VC as they transport him to South America for trial, rather than allow him to die at the hands of her enemies.
When Twilight Dims the Sky Above
9. When Twilight Dims the Sky Above
August 7, 2015
Amanda welcomes a Votanic Collective delegation to Defiance; Stahma's loyalties are put to the test; T'evgin tries to adjust to life on Earth.
Ostinato in White
8. Ostinato in White
July 31, 2015
Following a grisly murder, Nolan and Irisa hunt an unusual beast; Doc Yewll investigates the victim; Amanda is hesitant to welcome Stahma; T'evgin makes a discovery about his daughter.
My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You
7. My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You
July 24, 2015
Defiance is under attack; Nolan, Amanda, Irisa, and militia defend the town; Datak makes a crucial decision; Stahma takes a trip.
The Beauty of Our Weapons
6. The Beauty of Our Weapons
July 17, 2015
A visiting arms dealer creates a separation among Amanda, Nolan, and Berlin. Nolan recruits a militia, but the people need convincing. Datak and Alak have a reckoning. Stahma's presence creates conflict.
Where the Apples Fell
5. Where the Apples Fell
July 10, 2015
When the Votanis Collective connection is revealed, Nolan and Berlin decide to go after it. Alak faces the future as a father.
History Rhymes
4. History Rhymes
July 3, 2015
Nolan and Irisa divulge truths to each other that could ruin their relationship. Datak's jealousy threatens everything.
Dead Air
3. Dead Air
June 26, 2015
The return of a familiar face shakes up Amanda's world, while Stahma forms a dangerous new partnership.
Broken Bough
2. Broken Bough
June 19, 2015
Amanda consults with the Omec, a new alien race, for the future of Defiance; and the Tarrs return to find things different and their loyalties tested between the humans, the Omec, and the Votanis Collective.
The World We Seize
1. The World We Seize
June 12, 2015
Nolan and Irisa are mysteriously rescued from their underground confinement just in time to discover that enemy forces are marching on the town of Defiance, which has fallen on hard times following the collapse of the gulanite mines. Meanwhile, Datak, Stahma and Rafe run into deadly complications on their quest to reunite their family; and Alak comes to realize just how unstable her mother-in-law is during their journey through the woods.
Where to Watch Defiance
Defiance is available for streaming on the Syfy website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Defiance on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 8, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (44,376)