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Seasons: 3
Episodes: 39
User ratings: 38,245
Average rating: 7.0

Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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.

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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 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.
User ratings: 932
Average rating: 7.5
Pilot, Part 2
Having located the traitor who brought down Defiance's force field, the residents must now prepare for the upcoming battle. Nolan retrieves the device he and Irisa recovered from the crashed spacecraft as it will provide the weapon they need to defeat the coming onslaught. It's left to Doc Yewll to get it operational before the attackers arrive. Old arguments and ill-feeling is set aside and everyone in the community bands together.
User ratings: 627
Average rating: 7.5
Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go
After the battle, the residents of Defiance count their dead. A Castithan, Elah Bandik, is to be cleansed - tortured to death - after running away from the fight. Nolan steps in to stop them but the mayor intervenes, continuing a policy of allowing all 8 races to follow their cultural traditions with respect to their own people. Amanda's assistant Ben - who blew up the stasis net - escapes. There's been an explosion at the McCrawley mine and it seems Ben is responsible. A team, including Rafe McCawley and Nolan, soon head underground where large tracts of old St. Louis still exists intact. Meanwhile Rafe is still upset at the prospect that his daughter Christie is going to marry Alak Tarr and she is now having second thoughts. Alak's mother Stahma has a chat with her.
User ratings: 577
Average rating: 7.2
The Devil in the Dark
Having helped fend off the attack the spirit riders now have access to the city. They do set people's nerves on edge however. Nolan meanwhile has a murder to solve after they find the remains of Dalton Taggart in the nearby woods. There's not much left of him but after a second citizen. Boyd Bowen, is butchered Nolan believes he was attacked by a particularly vicious creature known as hellbugs. After a second attack on Datak Tarr and his family, Nolan concludes that pheromones are being used to target people. He now not only has to find the hellbugs' nest but also the person using them as a weapon. Irisa's special abilities prove to be particularly useful.
User ratings: 516
Average rating: 7.2
A Well Respected Man
After the body of Elah Bandik is left on his doorstep, Nolan goes after Datak Tarr with a vengeance. He starts by arresting two of Tarr's drug and gun dealers and seizing their goods. It turns out however the weapons were destined for the town's defenses with some of the councilors having kept that information from Amanda. Meanwhile, Amanda's sister Kenya is taken by Ulysses, who works for Talak, and is destined to be sold to the highest bidder. Datak denies any knowledge of what may have happened and refuses to help. Datak's wife Stahma has a suggestion for Amanda on how to get her husband's cooperation. Quentin McCawley argues with his father Rafe over whether he can work in shaft L7, which belonged to his dead brother Luke.
User ratings: 463
Average rating: 7.3
The Serpent's Egg
Nolan and Amanda head out on the overland express, a form of bus service that runs through Defiance every few weeks. Nolan is there to deliver Rynn to jail so she can serve her two year sentence. He's also there to protect a suitcase full of cash that Amanda is taking to Las Vegas to pay for the rail connection to Defiance. Once the bus is in the middle of nowhere it's hijacked leading to a standoff. Back in Defiance, Irisa takes a traveling salesman into custody who she is convinced is the man who tortured her as a child, She is intent on getting revenge though the evidence she has is slim at best.
User ratings: 448
Average rating: 7.5
Brothers in Arms
Nolan welcomes an old army buddy, Eddie Braddock, who is now working as a bounty hunter. He's tracked Pol Madis, a Castithan weapons developer, to Defiance and now wants to take him to the Earth Republic where Madis will receive his just punishment and he would no doubt get a generous reward. After the Castilian escapes from his jail cell, Nolan and Eddie set out to recapture him. Amanda had already contacted the Earth Republic about Madis and when their representative Connor Lang arrives, he makes it clear that if they cannot find him, his forces will. Amanda for her part wants something in return for Madis also. Nicky Reardon meanwhile is showing a great deal of interest in the wall drawings Rafe McCawley recently showed his son Quentin.
User ratings: 434
Average rating: 7.7
Goodbye Blue Sky
Defiance is bombarded with razor rain, metal object falling from the sky as their orbit around the Earth deteriorates. Irisa has a vision and heads off to the badlands when she sees that Sukar is in danger. They arrive seemingly too late to save him but his funeral ceremony is something of a surprise. A resurrected Sukar is on a mission and takes Irisa with him. If he succeeds, it may be the end of the town. Christie McCawley meanwhile is worried about the Castithan bathing ritual for newlyweds where the entire family bathes together. Alak's mother Stahma calls on Kenya to arrange counseling for her son on women's sexuality. Nicky drops in on the McCawleys on the pretext of needing shelter from the bad weather.
User ratings: 383
Average rating: 7.6
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
Nolan and Jefferson decide to check out the Voltan ship that crashed just outside of town. They are more than just a bit shocked when they find American astronaut Gordon McClintock in suspended animation. McClintock is a hero of the war with the aliens but was believed to have died 40 years ago. Books have been written and movies have been made about his life. Doc Yewll examines him and he gets a clean bill of health. When McClintock attacks Amanda Rosewater in the middle of the night however, it's clear something is wrong. Irisa is still grieving Sukar's death and feels she no longer fits in. Meanwhile, Amanda gets an interesting job offer from the Earth Republic's Connor Lang. She also learns that her life may be in danger.
User ratings: 391
Average rating: 7.8
If I Ever Leave This World Alive
Plague come to Defiance in the form of an Irathic virus, a flu-like disease that is deadly to humans. The disease is spread through physical contact and Dov Yewll hopes that a vaccine developed by a colleague in the Bay area will arrive in enough time for them to contain its spread. The Irathians bear the brunt of the community's wrath and Amanda does her best to protect them but the town council votes to segregate all of them in the mines until the danger passes. Soon however, they realize that Earth Republic troops are stationed at the eastern exits to the town. By the time the vaccine arrives, Amanda and Nolan are both sick and the Irathians are prepared to go to war over their treatment. Meanwhile, Quentin visits Nicky to find out what really happened to his mother.
User ratings: 366
Average rating: 7.7
The Bride Wore Black
The time for Christie McCawley and Alak Tarr's wedding has arrived but Datak wants to call it off when Rafe tells him Christie has been cut out his will. Alak doesn't take the news very well. A human skeleton is found walled up in Kenya's bar and Tommy LaSalle recognize the dead man's ring as belonging to Hunter Bell, the bar's previous owner. He was also Kenya's husband. Bell had helped Tommy out when he first arrived in Defiance but disappeared about 7 seven years ago. It was also Tommy's first case after becoming a deputy and he was convinced it was murder but didn't have the evidence to prove it. Bell was a nasty character who treated Kenya very badly and Amanda had sworn to do something about it. Neither Kenya or Amanda will admit it however. Nolan is prepared to let sleeping dogs lie but when Jered the bartender is found murdered, he has little choice but to investigate. Many in Defiance had a motive to kill him however. Yewll and Nicky know exactly what is going on.
User ratings: 360
Average rating: 7.9
Past Is Prologue
The residents of Defiance hold a wake for Nicky at Kenya's bar. Datak takes the opportunity to make political hay. Stahma confides in Kenya that losing the election would be a great shame for Datak and as such is he planning to kill Amanda. With the election only a few days away, the candidates hold a debate in the public square. A prank leads to a death and calls for Nolan to be dismissed and arrested. Datak gets his hands on Nolan's military record and publicizes it widely smearing the mayor in the process. Yewll meanwhile activates the golden relic which has a strange effect on Irisa.
User ratings: 352
Average rating: 7.8
Everything Is Broken
Earth Alliance Colonel Galen Marsh reveals that he is after the Voltan weapons system hidden at the bottom of the mines and Yewll is prepared to deal with them. There are two artifacts hidden inside Irisa, the keys that can can trigger the Voltan's secret weapon. Nolan is searching for Irisa and finds her at the Irathian camp. He tells her they are going to head south and along the way find a doctor to remove the Votan keys in her body. Before they can do so however mercenaries hired by the Earth Republic, led by Jonah Keller, arrive at the Irathian camp. Meanwhile, Datak tells Stahma that he knows she betrayed him and she tells Kenya that she is running away - and wants Kenya to join her. The election results are announced but it's a bittersweet victory.
User ratings: 396
Average rating: 8.1
The Opposite of Hallelujah
Nine months have passed since the Earth Republic took control of Defiance. Niles Pottinger in the interim mayor but clearly under the thumb of Viceroy Berto Mercado. Amanda Rosewater is running her sister Kenya's bar. Datak Tarr has been sentenced to 10 years and is incarcerated at Camp Reverie, a prison just 6 miles east of Defiance. Stahma tells him that their son Alak is running his criminal empire but that isn't quite the case. Doc Yewl is imprisoned as well. Rafe McCawley is working in the mines, doing the best he can to keep his former employees alive. Joshua Nolan meanwhile has been looking for his daughter Irisa and what he's learned has led him to New Chicago and another dead end. He has more luck in Angel Arc, formerly Los Angeles, but when he suggests to Irisa that they go to South America, she insists they return to Defiance.
User ratings: 375
Average rating: 7.8
In My Secret Life
Nolan and Irisa return to Defiance but Irisa is quickly arrested and jailed. Most are happy to see Nolan back, particularly Amanda and Rafe. When a particularly nasty bomb goes off in the marketplace, Amanda convinces the mayor to hire Nolan to track down the perpetrators. He quickly determines there is a second bomb. Doc Yewll thinks she has a way out of the prison but Dalak Tarr has his own plan to get released.
User ratings: 294
Average rating: 7.8
The Cord and the Ax
Irisa's terrifying black-outs escalate, driving a wedge of secrecy between her and a worried Nolan. Meanwhile, the Tarr family business thrives under Stahma's self-appointed direction while an increasingly suspicious Datak remains in jail.
User ratings: 299
Average rating: 8.1
Beasts of Burden
While returning to Defiance, Mayor Niles Pottiger and Captain Rainer are attacked by masked raiders. Rafe is not at all happy when he finds out who is behind it all. Nolan quickly tracks down the perpetrators and the equipment they took but tries to take care of it in his own way. When Rainer manages to extract an image of the raider from her smashed camcorder, she is kidnapped. Stahma meanwhile feels that she has earned the right to be treated as a partner in Datak's business but he thinks otherwise. He does have plans for Alak and shows his men the cost of of following a woman's orders. Stahma doesn't sit idly by however.
User ratings: 279
Average rating: 8.1
Putting the Damage On
Amanda is being stalked by a man who managed to get into her room. She manages to defend herself but tells Nolan that she was attacked in New York 5 years ago. When Nolan apparently accosts her in an alleyway, she wonders if she is hallucinating. Datak Tarr is recovering from his beating and visits the house. Christie is not pleased to see him, especially after what he did to Alak. Datak sets out to rebuild his empire. Rafe has moved in with his daughter at Stahma's house and is having some trouble getting use to their customs. Someone from Doc Yewl's past arrives in Defiance.
User ratings: 273
Average rating: 7.7
This Woman's Work
Viceroy Berto Mercado has returned to Defiance with news that an object in orbit is coming down near the city and orders Pottinger to use Nolan to recover the object. It's would provide an endless source of clean energy. When they arrive at the site, Nolan realizes it's not a clean source of energy they are seeking but containment cylinders of robot-like super soldiers. Stahma meanwhile faces a challenge from a local religious leader who is none too pleased by the dominant role she seems to be playing over that of her husband. She believes Datak is behind the sudden interest in her affairs though he denies it. Irisa is caught in the act by Tommy and she tells him what's happened to her.
User ratings: 261
Average rating: 7.9
If You Could See Her Through My Eyes
Datak is framed for a bizarre murder and turns to an unlikely ally for help, while Irisa discovers more about her destiny after encountering a mysterious stranger.
User ratings: 278
Average rating: 8.1
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Nolan interrogates a suspected Votanis Collective spy in order to prevent a catastrophic terrorist attack on New York.
User ratings: 262
Average rating: 7.6
Painted from Memory
Kenya has returned but not as she was before, Stahma has problems to deal with and Irias still isn't back in defiance.
User ratings: 251
Average rating: 7.9
Bottom of the World
Nolan and Rafe race against the clock to rescue Amanda and Pottinger trapped in a deadly mine collapse.
User ratings: 247
Average rating: 7.5
Doll Parts
With Nolan searching for Irisa, Amanda is forced to take on the badge as Deputy when the shocking murder of one of their own rocks Defiance.
User ratings: 276
Average rating: 8.2
All Things Must Pass
Pottinger captures Datak and Stahma. Nolan tries to save a wounded Tommy. Irisa puts Irzu's plan in motion.
User ratings: 277
Average rating: 8.1
I Almost Prayed
With New York destroyed and Defiance at risk, Nolan must race against the clock to stop Irzu and save Irisa in the process.
User ratings: 326
Average rating: 8.4
The World We Seize
You are introduced to another Race. Defiances supplies are running low. The search continues for the two children and their kidnappers. We discover more about the Votanis Collective. Irisa and Nolan escape and try to return to Defiance.
User ratings: 350
Average rating: 8.2
The Last Unicorns
With most of the McCawleys now dead, Pilar, Alak and baby Luke manage to escape. Pilar finds a trailer in the wilderness and promptly kills the occupants. When Alak awakes in the night, Pilar and the baby are nowhere to be found. In Defiance, Doc Yewl tries to mend the newly arrived purple-skinned alien, Kindzi, though she does so reluctantly. She knows them as an early Votan race known as the Omec, vicious creatures known for eating those they conquer. Kindzi's father T'evkin is soon in town and Amanda has a proposition for him: they will return his daughter provided they share the gulanite. Stahma and Dalak Tarr meanwhile have to deal with General Rahm Tak who wants them to be his spies in the city.
User ratings: 301
Average rating: 8.1
The Broken Bough
Nolan and Irisa are rescued from their underground confinement by a mysterious force, just in time to discover that enemy forces are marching on the town.
User ratings: 255
Average rating: 7.9
Dead Air
After their munitions are destroyed, Nolan thinks he may have a lead on an old, hidden arms cash. They arrive at Station Arrowhead where the former Mayor of Defiance, Niles Pottinger, is in residence. He's still infatuated with Amanda but she soon realizes he was the masked man who attacked and raped her. Getting out of the station is not going to be easy however. Stahma and Datak meanwhile follow through on orders from General Rahm Tak and blow up the Sr. Louis arch. Stahma proceeds with her plan to assassinate T'evgin.
User ratings: 238
Average rating: 8.0
History Rhymes
While Nolan & Irisa fall into an unexpected and potentially fatal tour of their own past, Amanda & Doc Yewll enlist T'evgin to help rescue them. Datak & Stahma prepare a decisive move against Votanis Collective general Rahm Tak.
User ratings: 242
Average rating: 8.0
Where the Apples Fell
Nolan and Berlin pursue the Tarrs, their connection to the Votanis Collective exposed; Alak faces his future as a father.
User ratings: 243
Average rating: 8.2
The Beauty of Our Weapons
A visiting handsome arms dealer changes Defiance's fortunes, and divides Amanda, Nolan and Berlin. Nolan recruits a militia to fight the oncoming Votanis Collective army, but the people of Defiance need convincing to fight what may be an unwinnable war; Datak and Alak have a reckoning; Stahma's presence causes strife among the mysterious Omec.
User ratings: 235
Average rating: 7.9
My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You
Defiance is under siege. Nolan, Amanda, Irisa, and the militia defend the town against a Votanis Collective incursion. Datak, recalling his father's chilling lessons, makes a pivotal decision. Stahma takes an unexpected trip.
User ratings: 374
Average rating: 9.0
Ostinato in White
Following a gruesome murder, Nolan and Irisa hunt the unusual beast loose in Defiance, and Doc Yewll investigates the surprising victim. Amanda resists welcoming back Stahma and T'evgin learns an unsettling truth about his daughter.
User ratings: 226
Average rating: 7.9
When Twilight Dims the Sky Above
Over Nolan's skepticism, Amanda welcomes an encouraging Votanis Collective delegation to Defiance. Stahma's loyalties are tested by an unexpected arrival and T'evgin takes another step towards acclimating to life on Earth.
User ratings: 230
Average rating: 8.1
Of a Demon in My View
After Nolan is unexpectedly freed from Votanis Collective custody, Amanda, Irisa, and Berlin hurry to free him from Kindzi's clutches. Datak regrets seeking Doc Yewll's help against the Omec. Nolan witnesses something startling in the mines.
User ratings: 218
Average rating: 8.0
The Awakening
Nolan, Amanda, and Irisa search for a way to stop invulnerable Kindzi from waking and transporting more Omec to Earth. Datak seeks escape from a deadly Omec compound. Stahma implores Alak for forgiveness before it's too late.
User ratings: 222
Average rating: 8.1
Upon the March We Fittest Die
With Omec on the loose, hunting Defiance citizens, Nolan, Amanda, Irisa, Datak, Stahma, Berlin, and Doc Yewll undertake a potential suicide mission to end the Omec threat once and for all.
User ratings: 347
Average rating: 8.8
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