Defiance: Season 2 (2014)


Season 2

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Defiance rearranges its narrative board to thrilling effect in a sophomore season that deepens the series' lore while providing its characters more agency to surprise.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 231

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Air date: Jun 19, 2014

In the Season 2 premiere, Nolan's search for Irisa leads him to "New Chicago" and "Angel Arc" Los Angeles. Meanwhile, back in Defiance, the Earth Republic appoints a charming, calculating and ambitious man named Niles Pottinger as mayor.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2014

Irisa is arrested upon her return to Defiance, but Nolan can arrange her release by capturing those responsible for an explosion that nearly killed Mayor Pottinger. Meanwhile, Stahma decides the only way to stay in control of her family's criminal enterprises is by ensuring that Datak stays behind bars.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2014

Irisa continues to experience blackouts at a terrifying and increasing rate, but she tries to keep a worried Nolan in the dark about her situation; and under Stahma's self-appointed leadership, the Tarr family business prospers, while an increasingly suspicious Datak remains locked up behind bars.

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Air date: Jul 10, 2014

Nolan is ordered to hunt down and destroy those responsible for a vicious attack in the badlands on a badly shaken Pottinger and his caravan. Tensions flare when Nolan's investigation turns up evidence implicating one of Rafe's miners. Meanwhile, Datak sets his vengeful sights on reclaiming control over the family business.

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Air date: Jul 17, 2014

A stalker terrorizes Amanda.

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Air date: Jul 24, 2014

An Arkfall crash salvage mission led by Nolan leads to danger in the form of an alien race he has never encountered before; at the same time, Stahma makes a shocking power play after she's admonished by church elders for her growing sense of female empowerment; and Irisa begins confessing her deep, dark secrets to Tommy.

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Air date: Jul 31, 2014

Datak turns to an unlikely ally for help after he's framed for a bizarre murder; and a mysterious stranger leads Irisa to discover more about her destiny.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2014

Nolan interrogates a suspected Votanis Collective spy in an effort to prevent a cataclysmic terrorist attack on New York.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2014

Doc Yewll works to keep her dark secret from coming out.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2014

A deadly mine collapse leaves Amanda and Pottinger trapped, and it's a race against the clock for Nolan and Rafe to save them.

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In the second season, nine months have passed and the Earth Republic has taken over Defiance and appointed smarmy Niles Pottinger (Jim Murray) as mayor; at the same time, Amanda (Julie Benz) has become addicted to Adreno and is now running the NeedWant in the wake of her sister's death; and Datak (Tony Curran) is in prison, giving his wife Stahma (Jaime Murray) the perfect opportunity to become the new boss of her family's criminal empire. Meanwhile, Nolan (Grant Bowler) reunites with his daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) unaware Irzu has taken control of her and is causing her to murder seemingly random people. She wants to tell her dad, but she's afraid the truth will get him killed. She also learns she has competition when it comes to Tommy (Dewshane Williams), who, when Irisa ran away, started dating a soldier named Berlin (Anna Hopkins). And another love triangle seems to be brewing when a DJ named Treasure Doll (Kristina Pesic) takes an interest in Alak (Jesse Rath), despite the news that his wife Christie (Nicole Muñoz) is pregnant with their first child. Linda Hamilton ("The Terminator") joins the cast in Episode 10 as Pilar, the long-separated wife of Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene).

Cast & Crew

Dewshane Williams
Tommy LaSalle
Trenna Keating
Doc Yewll
Tony Curran
Datak Tarr
Grant Bowler
Joshua Nolan
Graham Greene
Rafe McCawley
Julie Benz
Amanda Rosewater
Jaime Murray
Stahma Tarr
Justin Rain
Quentin McCawley
Nicole Muñoz
Christie McCawley
Jesse Rath
Alak Tarr
Darren Swimmer
Executive Producer
Kevin Murphy
Executive Producer
Todd Slavkin
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Defiance Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Defiance... has already proven itself as a futuristic Western full of political analogies and soap opera twists.

Jun 18, 2014 | Full Review…

The biggest stride forward is that Defiance demonstrates that it understands itself, its nominal main character, and how it can subvert expectations using its revamped setting.

Jun 27, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Defiance doesn't just cement its place as a well-made and enjoyable show, it continues to serve as a welcome corrective to some recent trends in TV sci-fi.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

The city is at its brink, emotionally and physically. If Defiance wants to survive during Season 2, something will need to change.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The pleasant surprise of the Defiance season 2 premiere is that it makes the entire first season read like exposition. Everything has been shaken up, mostly for the better.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Defiance may not break the mold of high-concept sci-fi, but with so few shows like it on television today, its commitment to a compelling new world continues to make it a refreshing and entertaining watch.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The show takes an unabashed stance on constantly drawing up such a mind-bogglingly assorted set of characters and alien species that the average episode might just trump happy hour at a Mos Eisley cantina in terms of diversity.

Jun 23, 2014 | Full Review…

There's a lot to take in on this enjoyably elaborate and challenging show.

Jun 20, 2014 | Full Review…

The new status quo allows for interesting changes in the lives of all the main characters, but the overall vibe and direction of the show hasn't changed as much as might have been expected given how Season 1 wrapped.

Jun 19, 2014 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

This arc now has the potential to offer more personal drama, and that has me slightly more optimistic about its potential, as it could rattle the show's characters more than prophecies and religious cults did.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Defiance: Season 2

  • Apr 01, 2021
    Much, much better than the first season. Lot's of character developement. I really liked how this season focused less on Nolan and Irisa and gave more room for development for other characters. I am writing this after watching also the 3rd season and I can say that this is the best season of the whole series.
  • Nov 25, 2018
    The storyline is still interesting but the violence escalates and becomes horrific. Was that really necessary. The murder of one of the main female characters is a huge turnoff. I kept telling myself no more, yet I watched it.
  • Aug 14, 2015
    Season 2 was infinitely better than season 1. Now that the story lines and background have been hacked out, we're able to see more. The CGI team got better funding CLEARLY, as did the makeup department. Everything looks at least 50% smoother than before, and now we're a part of this world. Never ceases to keep me interested.
  • 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.
  • Feb 06, 2015
    In the end I enjoyed this more than the first season. It started off quite slow and I was thinking of giving up but I'm glad that I stuck with it because the last four episodes were very good. I enjoyed Stahma becoming the crime boss and giving Datak a run for his money. Let's hope they can keep improving the show.
  • Oct 20, 2014
    such a great show. HURRY UP WITH SEASON 3!!! :)
  • Sep 22, 2014
    Fantastic show! This show deserves a third season!
  • Sep 12, 2014
    "Defiance" sets itself apart as more than a post-apocalyptic story, adding in witty banter, suspense, action, and a hostile frontier feel, thriving with alien species, carefully crafted lore, and interestingly exotic languages. "Defiance" is worth the watch, and worth a few more seasons.
  • Sep 10, 2014
    Great series. Season 2 was incredible.
  • Sep 09, 2014
    Season 1 was good, but season 2 knocked it clear out of the park. It was like the show finally hit it's stride toward the end of season 1 and then bolted out of the gate this season. It's an impressive mix of finely crafted stories, anchored by brilliant performances and dazzling special effects. I'm truly amazed at the improved visuals this season and what they were able to accomplish on a television budget. Hoping for a season 3.

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