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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Air date: Apr 15, 2013
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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
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
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.

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

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

Apr 16, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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The narrative energy flags, and the characters become less interesting.

Apr 16, 2013 | Full Review…
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On a channel dedicated to science-fiction fans, Defiance could certainly attract the core audience it needs.

Apr 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.

Apr 11, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 15, 2013 | Full Review…

With a hefty dose of darkness and some strong character growth on various fronts, this episode really showcased Defiance's storytelling potential.

Jun 26, 2013 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Defiance is not just a smart, well-crafted TV show with a good cast and an adventurous flavor, it's also indisputably science fiction, which is a relief.

Apr 16, 2013 | Full Review…

Overall, I'm very pleased with the pilot; the show has done a good job of telling an engaging story IN the future without it being entirely about the future.

Apr 16, 2013 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

I am engaged by the show's lively metaphor for a polyglot culture fractured by tribalism and Otherness, for a world that can easily put aside past pain and present differences to tackle a common threat.

May 15, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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