Defiance (2013–2015)
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Pilot, Part 1 

In a future Earth largely devastated after lengthy war with alien invaders, Jeb Nolan and his adopted daughter Irisa live in the badlands, open areas that have no government. After an ... See full summary »


Scott Stewart


Rockne S. O'Bannon (developed by), Kevin Murphy (developed by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Bowler ... Joshua Nolan
Julie Benz ... Amanda Rosewater
Stephanie Leonidas ... Irisa
Tony Curran ... Datak Tarr
Jaime Murray ... Stahma Tarr
Graham Greene ... Rafe McCawley
Mia Kirshner ... Kenya Rosewater
Peter MacNeill ... Garret Clancy
Dewshane Williams ... Tommy LaSalle
Trenna Keating ... Doc Yewll
Justin Rain ... Quentin McCawley
Jesse Rath ... Alak Tarr
Nicole Muñoz ... Christie McCawley
Fionnula Flanagan ... Nicky
Noah Dalton Danby ... Sukar (as Noah Danby)


In a future Earth largely devastated after lengthy war with alien invaders, Jeb Nolan and his adopted daughter Irisa live in the badlands, open areas that have no government. After an encounter with Spirit Riders, a roving motorcycle gang, they find themselves in the city of Defiance, formerly St. Louis. They have been at peace now for 15 years and the new mayor, Amanda Rosewater, wants to keep it that way. There are tensions in the community however particularly between the McCawleys and the Tarrs. When one of the McCawleys is killed, Nolan offers his services, for a fee, to track the killer. It all leads to a plot to invade Defiance. Written by garykmcd

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15 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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In the hospital Nolan's dog tags keep changing from in front of him to behind him. See more »


Doc Yewll: Keep it in your pants.
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Theme from Defiance
Written by Bear McCreary
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It's okay, clearly not deserving of the bad rep it's been given (review for both parts)
13 October 2014 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

This show gets a bad reputation and I decided against all instinct I bought the first Season DVD and watched both parts to the pilot. After watching the full 80 minutes I do have to say that the show, while it has it's flaws (and trust me, I'll get to those) actually has some potential.

So the story begins with Irisa narrating the back-story of what happened to Earth. Earth was attacked by Aliens called Votans. 35 years later we meet Irisa and her father, Nolan. They are trying to make enough money on this terraformed Earth to go to Antartica because apparently it's Paradise now. They manage to get to a town called Defiance, where the Votan races and Humanity try to live together as peacefully as possible.

My biggest problem with the pilot in particular is it's explanation of things. We are meant to be told slowly about this world but we are shown almost everything as quickly as possible. The only Alien Race that isn't even given a name is these things that remind me of Wookies. You just see them walking in the background, when the first thing on anyone's mind no matter what the conversation being said is is "Holy crap, a Wookie!". I mean by the end it explains enough to at least give the other races a name but even then you are left with the episode asking "Okay, who are these aliens" for about 10 minutes at least before they give an explanation.

So after talking about the explanation, how are the characters? Well Nolan is pretty much a stock action hero of "War Veteran fights to defend other people again" and Irisa is a little bit more interesting of "Raised by human, trained to defend herself and for some reason had to have parents killed". But with that aside I do think both are done well enough to keep me watching and having them fleshed out more then this.

So at the end of the day, this show is not for everyone and t's not going to have the INSANE following of other shows such as The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad or Game Of Thrones. If all you're expecting is just a fun little show, nothing really innovative or spectacular about it then this show is worth checking out if you're into post-apocalyptic/alien integration science fiction.

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