Defiance: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1

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



Critic Ratings: 18


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User Ratings: 144
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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…

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…

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

Apr 16, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
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.

Oct 15, 2013 | 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…

It's a promising start for the series and should be a hit with audiences hungry for ambition and scale in a sci-fi show.

Apr 16, 2013 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

The new drama doesn't live up to the expectations set by its reportedly $100 million price tag.

Apr 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Defiance: Season 1

  • Aug 28, 2019
    Too many characters, no focus, dialogue is 50% gibberish, Maralyn Manson has his own alien race, sound effects are at deafening volume, & I couldn't even tell you what the plot was.
  • Nov 25, 2018
    This sci Fi series was very creative. A lot of detail went into the back story. The plots were complex. Many intriguing characters including multiple aliens. Likeable leads. However, there was always a little too much violence. Several main characters were nasty psychopaths. Season one is the best of the three seasons and perhaps the only one worth watching. Not for kids.
  • Apr 02, 2018
    Although hampered a bit by budget constraints, Defiance quickly develops its own identity and brings complex and dynamic characters and stories to the table in a very compelling and interesting show that occasionally reminds me of Farscape and the glory days of the Sci Fi channel.
  • Jul 01, 2016
    So far so good. The acting is surprisingly ace for a Sci-Fi, the alien races are really well done and there's nothing too cringey going on (cringe often seems to sneak into Sci-Fi). I also love Graham Greene, he's one of my favourite actors. I'm sticking with it.
  • Oct 14, 2015
    This series has a 90s sci-fi vibe to it, and I mean that in a good way! It's sorta like Stargate SG-1, Farscape, Star Trek TNG, and Firefly all rolled up into one. The series takes place in a post war ravaged earth, where aliens and humans struggle to survive in a world of violence and deadly politics. And it's all set to the great soundtrack of Bear McCreary ( the musical talent behind the BSG reboot soundtrack). If you're a fan of the sci-fi genre this show will probably hit the spot for you. It's HEAVY on the sci-fi. I'm talking alien languages/slang and customs, distinct alien species, and funky costumes. If you're looking for sci-fi, well, this show has it. Overall, the cast is pretty strong, with the weakest performance coming from Julie Benz as Mayor Amanda Rosewater. Grant Bowler (Nolan), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), and Tony Curran (Datak) are the standout performances for me. As I heard mixed reviews about this show, I was hesitant to watch it. But, man, am I glad I gave it a chance.
  • Aug 14, 2015
    Defiance is the type of show that I have been waiting on for years. It's a true sci-fi show, that isn't horrible. Although the different species can be hard to remember, or even follow sometimes, it's worth getting into. I watch it religiously!
  • Jul 24, 2015
    It's so kitsch it's giving me shivers. Series like that who take themselves seriously with those crappy cgi effects can only be targeting a stupid auditory. I just can't stand this.
  • Jun 22, 2015
    I just finished Binge-watching both Seasons 1&2 and the first 3 episodes of S3 so that is what this review is based upon. I will start by saying OMG this show is Phenomenal. I had nothing to watch since GOT ended and I decided to watch this and thank God for that bc this show killed it in every area. I will start with the story it takes place on Earth in the year 2046 after multiple alien species landed years prior and centers upon Nolan and Irisa in the Town of Defiance. The story is simple but gets even better as time progresses. I will now talk about the cast which is in my opinion the best part. I will credit the 2 best actors in the show that being Nolan played by Grant Bowler and my favorite character Datak who is played by Tony Curran both are astounding actors. I will also say that all of the actors and actresses did an Amazing job of keeping the story engaging. I will now movie onto the action which I will say is sometimes a tad corny but the majority of the time it's Insanely Epic. I would recommend this show in a heart beat and S3 is so far the Best season yet. F.Y.I one of the main villains in S3 called General Rahm Tak who is played by Lee Tergesen is an absolutely mind blowing villain who is now probably just after 3 episodes my favorite villain of any television show to date. Go and Watch this show Now lolz.
  • Sep 01, 2014
    Great science fiction!
  • Jul 25, 2014
    Very 'Deep Space Ninish'

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