Last Rewatch: 27/06/2018 - 26/09/2018

Plot (IMDb): 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.

Defiance first premiered on the Syfy channel on April 15, 2013 and the last episode aired August 28, 2015. On October 16, 2015 Defiance was officially cancelled mainly due to financial reasons. Defiance was an expensive show to produce. It's of course a shame it got cancelled but it was extra painful because it looked like the fourth season, at least in part, was setting in space.


Defiance came to our TV screens when there wasn't much SCI-FI on TV, so I was welcoming this new show, eventhough it wasn't set in space..much. It was a bit like a town in an old western movie, a pub, a doctor's office, a sheriff's office and so on. The CGI is reasonably okay and the main characters are interesting. Some more than others but that's something that is true for every TV show. My favorite characters are Datak and Stahma Tar (Tony Curran & Jaime Murray) and Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating). All these characters weren't heroic characters but these characters have more grey areas and is often why they are more interesting. Same counts for instance with the character Garak on DS9.


On Rotten Tomatoes Defiance has a good track record. In January 2021 77% Postive Critic reviews and 85% audience. Season 2 has been rated as the best, 90% overall, which are good numbers all around. If memory serves, Defiance did do okay in the ratings while airing on Syfy. But the show was expensive to produce, it needed to be more than okay. I looked it up and till today it still has the best ratings since Defiance aired as a regular show! Only Childhood's End is before Defiance but that is a miniseries. It's really impressive that about 8 years later their ratings on Syfy still stand. 


Of course all seasons of Defiance also have been released on Blu-ray in the UK, France, US, Germany, Canada and Spain. I myself purchased the French release, it has small standard case releases, which was not the case in the UK, and when you put it the disc you get the option to select the menu in English. it's how universal usually releases Blu-ray's and DVD's. This is what should on all releases if you ask me.

Defiance - Season 1 Trailer & Opening Credits (HD)

Episode Guide

Season 1:

  1. Pilot
  2. Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go
  3. The Devil in the Dark
  4. A Well Respected Man
  5. The Serpent's Egg
  6. Brothers in Arms
  7. Goodbye Blue Sky
  8. I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
  9. If I Ever Leave This World Alive
  10. The Bride Wore Black
  11. Past is Prologue
  12. Everything is Broken

Season 2:

  1. The Opposite of Hallelujah
  2. In My Secret Life
  3. The Cord and the Ax
  4. Beasts of Burden
  5. Put the Damage On
  6. This Woman's Work
  7. If You Could See Her Through My Eyes
  8. Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  9. Painted from Memory
  10. Bottom of the World
  11. Doll Parts
  12. All Things Must Pass
  13. I Almost Prayed

Season 3:

  1. The World We Seize
  2. The Last Unicorns
  3. The Broken Bough
  4. Dead Air
  5. History Rhymes
  6. Where the Apples Fell
  7. The Beauty of Our Weapons
  8. My Name is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You
  9. Ostinato in White
  10. When Twilight Dims the Sky Above
  11. Of a Demon in My View
  12. The Awakening
  13. Upon the March We Fittest Die

Blogs written about Defiance

Defiance on Blu-Ray (North American releases)

Joshua Nolan

Amanda Rosewater

Irisa Nyira

Datak Tarr 

Stahma Tarr

Doc Yewll

Tommy Lasalle

Kenya Rosewater

Jessica 'Berlin' Rainer

Alak Tarr

Rafe McCawley

Christie Mccawley

Quentin McCawley

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