7.0/10
39,987
175 user 26 critic

Defiance 

Trailer
1:57 | Trailer
Life in the city of Defiance, in a near future after the arrival of different alien lifeforms to Earth.
Reviews
Popularity
922 ( 52)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
2015   2014   2013  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Grant Bowler ...  Joshua Nolan 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Julie Benz ...  Mayor Amanda Rosewater / ... 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Stephanie Leonidas ...  Irisa / ... 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Tony Curran ...  Datak Tarr 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Jaime Murray ...  Stahma Tarr 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Jesse Rath ...  Alak Tarr 35 episodes, 2013-2015
Trenna Keating ...  Doc Yewll 34 episodes, 2013-2015
Graham Greene ...  Rafe McCawley 28 episodes, 2013-2015
Dewshane Williams ...  Tommy LaSalle / ... 27 episodes, 2013-2015
Anthony Lake Anthony Lake ...  Human Night Porter 26 episodes, 2013-2015
Nicole Muñoz ...  Christie McCawley / ... 23 episodes, 2013-2015
Jessica Nichols Jessica Nichols ...  Bertie / ... 22 episodes, 2013-2015
Anna Hopkins ...  Jessica 'Berlin' Rainer 21 episodes, 2014-2015
Kevin Shand Kevin Shand ...  Raiga / ... 18 episodes, 2013-2014
Monica Parker ...  Bailey 17 episodes, 2013-2015
Learn more

More Like This 

Falling Skies (2011–2015)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.

Stars: Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight
Continuum I (2012–2015)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future.

Stars: Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen
Revolution (2012–2014)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, a group of revolutionaries seeks to drive out an occupying force posing as the United States Government.

Stars: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito
Dark Matter (2015–2017)
Adventure | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the dystopian 27th century, six people wake up on a deserted spaceship with no memory of who they are or what they're doing there. They reluctantly team up and set off to find answers with the help of a female android.

Stars: Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke, Alex Mallari Jr.
Terra Nova (2011)
Adventure | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying, who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Stars: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams
Sanctuary (2008–2011)
Action | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Stem cells, gene therapy, transplants, and cloning have changed the definition of "humanity" in the modern world, but the darker side contains monsters that only few are brave enough to face, because the future lies in their hands.

Stars: Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl
Warehouse 13 (2009–2014)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Pete and Myka, U.S Secret Service agents, are deployed in South Dakota's Warehouse 13 with a new assignment from an authority above and outside the government.

Stars: Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek
Alphas (2011–2012)
Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Alphas is a science fiction drama focusing on a team that investigates people with supernatural abilities.

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie
Killjoys (2015–2019)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants.

Stars: Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane
V (2009–2011)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An extraterrestrial race arrives on Earth with seemingly good intentions, only to slowly reveal their true machinations the more ingrained into society they become.

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch
Haven (2010–2015)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Many in the coastal town of Haven, Maine have a dormant curse or "trouble" that could trigger at any time for any reason. FBI agent Audrey Parker, the sheriff and the town's black sheep must deal with the troubles' deadly effects.

Stars: Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour
Eureka (2006–2012)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A U.S. Marshall becomes the sheriff of a remote cozy little Northwestern town of Eureka where the best minds in the US have secretly been tucked away to build futuristic inventions for the government which often go disastrously wrong.

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra
Edit

Storyline

In the year 2046, it's a new Earth - with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town - overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jack Mehoff) - events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for. Written by Official site

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

New Earth. New Rules. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the series the city of St. Louis is renamed Defiance. There really is a Defiance, Missouri. It is about 40 miles west of St. Louis and is where Daniel Boone settled. See more »

Quotes

Datak Tarr: It's not like I dropped a whore from the St. Louis Arch, now is it?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Syfy 20th Anniversary Special (2012) See more »

User Reviews

A lot of clichés done well makes for good TV.
16 April 2013 | by SafetylightSee all my reviews

Reminds me of the old Masamune Shirow manga series, "Appleseed". Combine that with Mel Gibson's "Road Warrior" and a bit of "Babylon 5" with maybe a dash of "Command & Conquer" (yes, the video game), and you've got yourself "Defiance".

Now, this sort of story has been tried before many times, and it has failed each time. (Earth 2, Revoloution, Dark Skies, Terra Nova, Outcasts) Either the writing was too naive and silly, or too dark and serious, or the casting failed to deliver engaging characters we liked and cared about. Or the budget simply fell apart. Any one of a dozen problems can sink this sort of show.

"Defiance" might just get it right.

The story is nothing we haven't seen before, but so what? There are no new stories; it's all in the delivery, the fun of the retelling.

A pair of tough-as-nails left over warriors, survivors of a planet-wasting future war carve out a nomadic life for themselves in the badlands. They are tightly bonded, mismatched family for one another, an alien warrior princess and a human super soldier; they don't need anybody but themselves.

So when their path takes them into the middle of new colony filled with politics and problems, desperate, hopeful people of many races trying to build new lives, our heroes have every reason to make tracks and head for the horizon. Such a town is just too much trouble, a great place to get bogged down and probably get killed. No thank-you.

But of course, heartstrings are plucked, making it impossible to leave these babes in the woods to their own demise. Our heroes become protectors in the middle of impossible odds and ego-driven, racist rivalries and all the dirt which makes life a difficult place. A stupid, ugly town filled with stupid, ugly people. Who are also, people with good stuff inside them as well. An unfortunate mix, because if they were all bad, you could just leave them to rot without a second thought. But no, the audience is shown enough hope to want to see these people rise above themselves and just get along. It's fun as viewers to hope. And so our heroes decide to stay.

Such a story would be an unbearable cliché if it weren't done, as this one is, with such a good deal of competence.

The pilot worked, was entirely watchable, was fun, and shows plenty of promise.

No, it doesn't have the unique charismatic spark of a Firefly, or the (albeit wooden) broad-stroke genius of Babylon 5. But it does have all the parts you need for a thrilling series, and better yet, it has the casting and acting chops to make the characters engaging. And best of all, in the midst of all that grime and calamity, it retains the up-beat bounce to make the world a place to want to visit next week.

For a series pilot, getting so many difficult parts to work this well together is extremely hard to pull off. But they did it.

Presumably, as the actors settle into their roles over the course of several episodes, on-screen chemistry can only get better. Hopefully, they've got some good script writers on board to make good use of all this potential, and the budget and executive smarts needed to give this show the chance it needs for a good run.

I think it's just possible that we're looking at a winner. *Just*.

Because this particular road through the sci-fi wilderness is littered with the remains of the fallen. If they pull it off, it'll be a big first.

So I wish good luck to the aptly named, "Defiance" in the face of these long odds.

They'll need both!


150 of 212 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 175 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

15 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Defiance See more »

Filming Locations:

Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed