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Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 15, 2013 on Syfy
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Episode Summary


In a world 30 years after the Votans have invaded and terraformed large portions of Earth, scavengers Joshua Nolan and his adopted alien daughter Irisa make their way through the wastelands. A quirk of fate brings them to the town of Defiance, where St. Louis once stood and where Humans and Votans now live in peace. Father and daughter soon become embroiled in a feud between two families and a murder, all of which is a prelude to an invasion.


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  • Good human

    Well i love that series already, the first episode in french but was ashamed to see when i came for episode two that i missed half of the first one :D
  • A little too fairy-tale like

    I have to admit it started quite strong with fight scenes and even an erotic one (plus a brothel), but the show atmosphere resembled that of "The Falling Skies" and even "Terra Nova" too much to my taste. What I mean I couldn't feel any anxiety. Not for a moment was I afraid that something bad might happen to the main characters. By the way, great casting.

    I am afraid to make this analogy, but "Defiance" feels like "The Firm" to me. Everything great: the script, the actors, the settings, but the outcome quite uninteresting.

    It was just a pilot so I do hope that "Defiance" will develop into a nail-biting show and engrossing story.moreless
  • Defiance: 'Super-Blend' of cinema genres, Precision Writing, and social perspective

    Okay - I just watched the Pilot online on a Sunday afternoon. The SSE: "Small Screen Experience"..

    I'll try to be frank about my being impressed by the show.

    I'm not a cinema/media/spec. like the above.

    DIFIANCE has brought the Science Fiction experience to Classic Drama. Of course, "Gunsmoke" was my first association when the Marshall dinged Miss Kitty.

    But then, let's add "Romeo and Juliet", or maybe "Hamlet"

    Throw in the Goths, the Geo-politicians, Old X-Box graphics, multi-Aliens some of whom believe in God, Native American mojo ( All the cast are "Mid-Americans' whose society has taken an asswhipping ),

    But then, let's add Democracy/Civics and some positive NonMessaging and social thuths ( not CandyLand truths)....

    The Aliens aren't so alien. They all move like us.

    So, I forgive the stunning Steriotypes of the show.

    Seriously, "Defiance" is can of worms when they develop the 'characters'. Its all good.

    These steotypes are good ole USA. The purposeof SciFi characters is engage with our predictions and pre-judging of what a character can/will do... And then the writers can take us to another perspective. I think they gently achieved that several times, amidst the scmaltze and puppy stuff.

    BTW> I think WOMEN will engage with the characters.

    So, if you're a young dweeb you may consider that > Maybe you should invite that girl you have an

    eye on, to come over and watch and think with you.

    BTW> I think this is the kind of video that 'Pre-Contact' aliens would like you to see. Seriously.

    Thanks for your ear.

  • Defiantly Original

    The first thing I loved about Defiance was the length of the series premiere. With it's 1 hour and 20 minute runtime, it gave viewers ALOT more time to enjoy it and decide if they wanted to continue with it. Another thing I loved was the originality. We're given races we haven't seen before, characters we haven't seen before, enemies we haven't seen before in a setting we haven't seen before. We haven't seen such a promising premiere from SyFy in a while (not counting spin-offs). I haven't watched an original SyFy series premiere as good as Defiance. It was definitely enough to bring me back next week. The premiere presents you with both likeable and extremely hateable episodes, and ends letting you know exactly what the series will be about and who's who of Defiance. The only reason it's escaped a 10 from me is the CGI. I understand that shows aren't going to be funded heavily when they first styart, but there were moments in Defiance that made me think 'Meh, that could've been better'.

    All in all, I give the episode a 9. Highly enjoyable, I'd definitely suggest it to any action/sci-fi fan, looking forward to the next episode!moreless
  • Great start!

    I wasn't sure I'd like this show when I watched it, but I'm sure glad I decided to tune in! There were many things to love about the storyline and most of the characters were quite interesting too. A lot of things happened and the storyline developed far more than I was expecting for the pilot. I really liked the mayor, and also Nolan, since Grant Bowler was a big reason why I chose to watch.

    Very promising start and I look forward to the next episode!moreless
Peter MacNeill

Peter MacNeill

Clancy Garrett/Garret Clancy

Guest Star

Fionnula Flanagan

Fionnula Flanagan

Nicky Riordon/Nicolette "Nicky" Riordon

Guest Star

Douglas Nyback

Douglas Nyback

Ben Daris

Guest Star

Dewshane Williams

Dewshane Williams

Tommy LaSalle

Recurring Role

Trenna Keating

Trenna Keating

Meh Yewll

Recurring Role

Justin Rain

Justin Rain

Quentin McCawley

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Irisa: The dreams returned last night. Stranger, more vivid than ever. I dreamt of his world. The world that used to be. Before the Votans arrived. I was born into the world that came after. After the vessels that carried my people were destroyed. After the Arkfalls began. After the terraformers changed his planet forever. The Earth he once knew is gone. Dead is the star system my people left behind. When I was a child, Nolan liked to tell me, "This world has no natives, which means it belongs to everyone." He says Antarctica will be paradise. I want to believe him but I've been disappointed too many times. I love my father. But his promises usually turn to stahko.

    • Nolan: Look, how was I supposed to know she was married? It's not like they wear rings or anything. It's all weird alien pheromones and quite frankly I wasn't born with the nose for it.

    • Rynn: She's just this human's pet. Does he feed you little treats?
      Irisa: We're cannibals. Why don't you stay for dinner?

    • Datak: Applause means that much to you, does it?
      Rafe: You want applause, Datak? Pack up and leave town. You'll get a standing ovation.

    • Datak: He packed that crowd with his own miners so he'd get louder applause than me. What kind of a man does that, I ask you? It's juvenile, petty. It's beneath my contempt, really.
      Stahma: You're annoyed you didn't think of it first.
      Datak: Now that was unkind.
      Stahma: You know what I noticed? Despite Rafe McCawley's efforts, the volume of his applause barely exceeded your own. That says something.
      Datak: That says my wife indulges in empty flattery.
      Stahma: Oh, my flattery is filled with implied promise. Once we get home...

    • Nolan: You do nice work, Doc.
      Dr. Yewll: I appreciate the compliment. Also appreciate prompt payment.

    • Nolan: I'm starting to like this place.
      Irisa: This is a bad idea.
      Nolan: Relax, it'll be just like Kansas City.
      Irisa: You got knifed in Kansas City.

    • Nolan: You get some side bets going. I'll carry this bum as long as I can.
      Irisa: You're an idiot.
      Nolan: I know.

    • Kenya: (after sex) That was so fantastic. I kind of hate to charge you for it.
      Nolan: I kind of hate to pay for it.

    • Nolan: My friend here, she got a thing for edged weapons. Bottles, knives, your broken teeth would do in a pinch.

    • Datak: He tried to murder my son!
      Rafe: Your son's been screwing my daughter!
      Datak: I'll screw you with my knife!

    • Nolan: I'm a tracker by trade.
      Rafe: Are you now?
      Nolan: Yeah I am. You're looking at the guy who brought in the Miami Bomber. And presented Stern Darhty with the head of his sister's murderer. I'll find your killer. For the right price.
      Amanda: It's not a bad idea, Rafe.
      Irisa: (whispering) Stern Darthy's sister is alive and hates your guts.
      Nolan: Details. Shh...

    • Rafe: All right, tracker. You find my son's killer, with proof, mind you, and I'll pay you, uh... 20k.
      Nolan: Twenty-five.
      Rafe: I don't believe I heard you right.
      Nolan: Twenty's good.

    • Tommy: Okay, whatever. As long as we're both trapped here, we might as well eat something.
      Irisa: I'm not trapped in here. If I wanted, I could have grabbed your wrist, broken every finger on your hand, taken the key card to the cell which you left hanging from your belt. Before you knew what was happening, I'd already be out of this cage and separating your head from the rest of you with one of my blades.
      Tommy: What is wrong with you?!?
      Irisa: You wanted conversation.
      Tommy: That's conversation?

    • Nolan: It appears that we got two separate sets of prints arriving from two different directions. Which suggests that Luke and his killer didn't come out here together to duke it out. They arrived separately, maybe for a meeting. One they didn't want to have in town.
      Rafe: Well, that's a whole lot of assumptions.
      Nolan: More like deductions, but I don't want to quibble.

    • Amanda: Come on, you're losing him.
      Nolan: No, I'm not.
      Amanda: Hurry up!
      Nolan: You're welcome to walk, sweetheart.
      Amanda: Did you just call me "sweetheart"?
      Nolan: It was my second choice.

    • Amanda: We all have our stories. We've endured a lot. Raiders, epidemics, floods. We're still standing, just like that big-ass arch up there. We live in a great place, a town where Human and Votan races live together as equals. We strive for the best but sometimes we falls short. Sometimes we forget ourselves and occasionally this new world rears up and kicks us in the teeth. But we stay, we fight, because this town is worth fighting for. And if necessary, it's worth dying for.

    • Irisa: Go ahead, get killed.
      Nolan: Hey, I got no intention of dying today.
      Irisa: Most people don't. It still happens.

    • Nolan: Hey, doc, how you doing up there?
      Dr. Yewll: If you rush me, we all go boom. If you yell at me, we all go boom. Now you know how I'm doing up here.

    • Kenya: Doc, can you please talk some sense into her?
      Dr. Yewll: Bed rest.
      Amanda: I know you mean well, but I have a few thousand things to take care of...
      Dr. Yewll: Rest. Good human.

    • Amanda: What do you think?
      Nolan: I'm no Lawkeeper.
      Amanda: Maybe not. But you happen to be all I have available.
      Nolan: Way to sell a guy.

    • Irisa: Nolan used to say the two of us were children of the Badlands, the wild open spaces where the weak are afraid to go. It's towns that scare me. All the people jostling for space, sucking up the air until there's nothing left to breathe. Will we stay here? I don't know. My people have a god called Irzu. He has a path for each of us. Where it takes us is not always where we imagined. There is a reason. Nolan's people call it fate.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Nicky: Remember, Grasshopper, around here we value our freedom.
      Referencing the TV series Kung Fu (1972-75, ABC) in which the Young Caine is often called "Grasshopper" (an affectionate nickname) by the blind Master Po at the Shaolin Temple.