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Defiance: Season 1 (2013)




Critic Consensus: Defiance is watchable for its keen loyalty to science fiction and a well-told story.


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The series is set in the near future, where aliens known collectively as Votans have come to Earth seeking a new home after their solar system was destroyed. However, when they reached Earth, they discovered despite a prolonged negotiation with the government on Earth, they were not welcome. Rather than turn away, they began a war with the humans as they are determined to make Earth their new home. During the war, the Votans dropped terraformers on the planet and transformed the surface; scorching the earth, opening chasms in the ground and covering the surface of the planet in dust and debris. After decades of war, a ceasefire is declared when both sides realise they must focus on survival on this new almost alien planet.


Grant Bowler
as Jeb Nolan, Joshua Nolan
Julie Benz
as Amanda Rosewater
Graham Greene (II)
as Rafe McCawley
Jaime Murray
as Stahma Tarr
Tony Curran
as Datak Tarr
Dewshane Williams
as Tommy LaSalle
Trenna Keating
as Doc Yewll
Nicole Muñoz
as Christie McCawley
Jesse Rath
as Alak Tarr
Justin Rain
as Quentin McCawley
Anna Hopkins
as Jessica "Berlin" Rainer
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Critic Reviews for Defiance: Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

Syfy's Defiance is the Frankenstein of TV series - built from the parts of other shows.

April 15, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Four hours in, I'm guardedly curious enough to play -- make that watch -- along for a little while.

April 16, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The narrative energy flags, and the characters become less interesting.

April 16, 2013 | Full Review…

On a channel dedicated to science-fiction fans, Defiance could certainly attract the core audience it needs.

April 15, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The scripts and story lines tend to be cliche-heavy and sense-dulling predictable. Now, please get to work on the basics.

April 11, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Defiance's first season was never appointment television like Battlestar Galactica, but it's solid meat-and-potatoes sci-fi that has the potential to get better the longer it remains on the air.

October 15, 2013 | Full Review…

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