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Defiance (2013– )

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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... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Joshua Nolan (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Mayor Amanda Rosewater / ... (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Irisa / ... (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Datak Tarr (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Stahma Tarr (39 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Alak Tarr (35 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Doc Yewll (34 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Rafe McCawley (28 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Tommy LaSalle / ... (27 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Christie McCawley / ... (23 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Bertie / ... (22 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Jessica 'Berlin' Rainer (21 episodes, 2014-2015)
Kevin Shand ...
 Raiga / ... (18 episodes, 2013-2014)
 Bailey (17 episodes, 2013-2015)


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 Jaime Murray) - events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for. Written by Official site

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New Earth. New Rules.


Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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15 April 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Datak Tarr: It's not like I dropped a whore from the St. Louis Arch, now is it?
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Referenced in Face Off: Heavenly Bodies (2014) See more »

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Ah the curse of new Sci Fi! give it five episodes and you may feel like me, it's great!
16 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

At very i had my reservations about this show, but I've stuck with it and it's got progressively better, I've found a lot of my friends are in the same camp as me there. I often find when shows or films are quite new to IMDb they are more likely to heavily criticised than praised and that gives a sort of negative bias, until more of the positive reviews come in later. I seem to recall some very highly regarded films and TV show's being stuck on a score of around five / seven but then once they'd be through the judgemental tunnel of fire they did just fine.

This show has began to gather dept and feel and also has plenty of mystery and wonderful plot threads developing, it's a lot of fun and has many elements. Don't believe what people say about it being a huge mellow drama or just a sci fi soap, yes it has an element of that but not has much as people are making out.

The acting ranges from poor, average to superb, with mixed styles and feel and that is the only thing some people might find jarring, personally i don't mind it.

It's sort of an ethical, detective, sci fi western, shoot em up, mystery, drama, new earth world, adventure .... it's got everything and it's really starting to piece together and take shape as a show. It's about family, hope, feuds, survival and making a new world.

The plotting is really getting smarter as the show progresses, the pilot i was unsure about, but now i am hooked! it's got lovely sets and some great tunes on the soundtrack...there's a lot to love about Defiance...i feel some people are judging it too quickly and worse wanting it fail for whatever reason, well i had this show to succeed , because it's fresh and quirky and like i said fun.

You don't need to worry about playing the game to follow the TV series either, in case you were wondering.

Defiance really keeps you guessing with unanswered questions, but the web is taking form now and i can't wait to see how it all comes together...if your new to the show bare with it, the pilot try's to do too much in my opinion and the second episode is average, the third is a little better, the forth and fifth are fantastic and a lot stronger.

It's a little monster of the week for a while but the over running plot lines are coming in now. I'd say it has elements of firefly, Farscape, Buffy and a Town called Eureka in pace, feel and style. Also with touches of various post apocalyptic role games and books featuring gathering of alien races, but that makes it cool, because it's fun to spot possible influences for sci fi games and books i enjoyed. Don't get me wrong though it also has an originality of it's own that is fantastic. Enjoy!

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