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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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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 Grant Lake Anthony Grant Lake ...  Human Night Porter 27 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
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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. 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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Taglines:

New Earth. New Rules. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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USA

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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

15 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ellenállás városa See more »

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Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The show was cancelled by Syfy after three seasons on October 16, 2015. See more »

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Datak Tarr: It's not like I dropped a whore from the St. Louis Arch, now is it?
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Typical 'Sy Fy' and modern day melodrama
22 April 2013 | by Roxette RoseSee all my reviews

You ever watch those shows where the actors and their 'issues' don't fit the surrounding environment? Where Emo and Juliet still try to live life as it was in the 'good old days', except the good old days refer to a time when shopping malls still existed and kids went to public school, not scrounging in gutters for scraps to eat amongst rubble left be either a bomb, aliens or mother nature?

You ever get the impression that writers just can't envision an apocalyptic future that's actually bleak, without it's hope pride parade, racial tolerance and sharing is caring characters who always look on the bright side and make cliché promises to children about how 'everything is going to be OK, because now more than ever, we have to stick together, no matter our differences.' It's as if Hollywood can't ever stop with the subliminal political messages about the state of identity politics, and just actually make a television show.

Programs such as Defiance, Falling Skies, Revolution and Terra Nova all suffer from this double life leading paradox where they have large budgets, promising actors, fantastic set pieces and costumes...yet the writing and dialogue is diabolical and over dramatic.

Defiance is another one of those in-house workshop projects that are synonymous with the now cheapened 'Sy Fy' channel designed to appeal to the masses of sheep TV viewers.

It stumbles under it's own star struck weight, of Battlestar Galactica ex employees, Bear McReary's repetitive soundtracks and a viral marketing campaign of being connected to a video game.

If you appreciate true post apocalyptic scenarios, then give this a miss. Like the other shows mentioned above, everything is too convenient, clean and transparent.

I would have liked to give it a five for the CGI and setpieces, but they too are poor.


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