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Title: Defiance
Format: Live-action
Running time: 60 min.
country: USA
Network: Syfy
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 39
Production company: Universal Cable Productions
Executive producers: Rockne S. O'Bannon; Kevin Murphy; Michael Taylor; Bradley Thompson; David Weddle
Producers: Clara George; Mike Gibson; Paul M. Leonard; Ryan Greig; Brian A. Alexander; Amanda Alpert Muscat
Principal cast: Grant Bowler; Julie Benz; Stephanie Leonidas; Tony Curran; Jaime Murray; Graham Greene; Mia Kirshner; Jesse Rath; James Murray; Anna Hopkins
Air dates
First aired: April 15th, 2013
Last aired: August 28th, 2015

Defiance is an American science fiction television series. It was created by Rockne S. O'Bannon who is best known for his work on the Alien Nation film and television franchise and the sci-fi series Farscape. It was produced by Universal Cable Productions and premiered on Syfy on April 15th, 2013. The series stars Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan, Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nyira, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Mia Kirshner as Kenya Rosewater. Season one of Defiance aired from April 15th to July 8th, 2013.

The program's back-story involves several alien races, collectively known as the Votans, who came to Earth in a fleet of ships several decades ago, hoping to find a new world to colonize after their old star system had become uninhabitable. Unaware that Earth alredy possessed an indiginous civilization, the Votans began terraforming the planet, making it more suitable to their needs. Ultimately, war broke out between the populace of Earth and the Votans, throughout the course of which, the planet suffered through many geological changes as varying breeds of plants and animals were destroyed, giving birth to new species and races. The main setting of the show is the city-state of Defiance, which serves as a neutral zone where humans and the various Votan races attempt to co-exist peacefully. The series follows the lives of human Joshua Nolan and his adopted Irathient daughter Irisa Nyira as they settle down in Defiance where Nolan accepts the position of Chief Lawkeeper.

Cast Edit

Actor Role
Grant Bowler Joshua Nolan
Julie Benz Amanda Rosewater
Stephanie Leonidas Irisa Nyira
Tony Curran Datak Tarr
Jaime Murray Stahma Tarr
Graham Greene Rafe McCawley
Mia Kirshner Kenya Rosewater
Jesse Rath Alak Tarr
James Murray Niles Pottinger
Anna Hopkins Jessica "Berlin" Rainer

Episodes Edit

Season One Edit

Episode Title Airdate
1x1 Pilot (Part 1) April 15th, 2013
1x2 Pilot (Part 2) April 15th, 2013
1x3 Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go April 22nd, 2013
1x4 The Devil in the Dark April 29th, 2013
1x5 A Well-Respected Man May 6th, 2013
1x6 The Serpent's Egg May 13th, 2013
1x7 Brothers in Arms May 20th, 2013
1x8 Goodbye Blue Sky June 3rd, 2013
1x9 I Just Wasn't Made for These Times June 10th, 2013
1x10 If I Ever Leave This World Alive June 17th, 2013
1x11 The Bride Wore Black June 24th, 2013
1x12 Past Is Prologue July 1st, 2013
1x13 Everything Is Broken July 8th, 2013

Season Two Edit

Episode Title Airdate
2x1 The Opposite of Hallelujah April 19th, 2014
2x2 In My Secret Life June 26th, 2014
2x3 The Cord and the Ax July 3rd, 2014
2x4 Beasts of Burden July 10th, 2014
2x5 Put the Damage On July 17th, 2014
2x6 This Woman's Work July 24th, 2014
2x7 If You Could See Her Through My Eyes July 31st, 2014
2x8 Slouching Towards Bethlehem August 7th, 2014
2x9 Painted from Memory August 14th, 2014
2x10 Bottom of the World August 21st, 2014
2x11 Doll Parts August 21st, 2014
2x12 All Things Must Pass August 28th, 2014
2x13 I Almost Prayed August 28th, 2014

Season Three Edit

Episode Title Airdate
3x01 The World We Seize June 12th, 2015
3x02 The Last Unicorns June 12th, 2015
3x03 The Broken Bough June 19th, 2015
3x04 Dead Air June 26th, 2015
3x05 History Rhymes July 3rd, 2015
3x06 Where the Apples Fell July 10th, 2015
3x07 The Beauty of Our Weapons July 17th, 2015
3x08 My Name is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You July 24th, 2015
3x09 Ostinato in White July 31st, 2015
3x10 When Twilight Dims the Sky Above August 7th, 2015
3x11 Of a Demon in My View August 14th, 2015
3x12 The Awakening August 21st, 2015
3x13 Upon the March We Fittest Die August 28th, 2015

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Defiance aired on Monday evenings at 9:00 pm on Syfy.
  • Defiance was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 2013 for the category of Outstanding Special Visual Effects for the series' two-part pilot episode. Recipients of the nomination include visual effects and computer graphics artists Gary Hutzel, Mike Gibson, Doug Drexler, David R. Morton, Neal Sopata, Kyle Toucher, Sean M. Jackson, Douglas E. Graves and Derek Ledbetter.
  • On October 16th, 2015, Syfy announced that it would not be renewing Defiance for a fourth season. The program's cancellation came just days after Syfy announced the discontinuation of another series, Dominion. [1]

Home Video Edit

  • Defiance: Season One
  • Defiance: Season One/DVD
  • Defiance: Season One/Blu-ray

See also Edit


The World of Defiance

Defiance miscellaneous

External Links Edit

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