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Defiance 

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Life in the city of Defiance, in a near future after the arrival of different alien lifeforms to Earth.
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2015   2014   2013  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
Grant Bowler ...  Joshua Nolan 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Julie Benz ...  Mayor Amanda Rosewater / ... 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Stephanie Leonidas ...  Irisa / ... 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Tony Curran ...  Datak Tarr 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Jaime Murray ...  Stahma Tarr 39 episodes, 2013-2015
Jesse Rath ...  Alak Tarr 35 episodes, 2013-2015
Trenna Keating ...  Doc Yewll 34 episodes, 2013-2015
Graham Greene ...  Rafe McCawley 28 episodes, 2013-2015
Dewshane Williams ...  Tommy LaSalle / ... 27 episodes, 2013-2015
Anthony Grant Lake Anthony Grant Lake ...  Human Night Porter 27 episodes, 2013-2015
Nicole Muñoz ...  Christie McCawley / ... 23 episodes, 2013-2015
Jessica Nichols Jessica Nichols ...  Bertie / ... 22 episodes, 2013-2015
Anna Hopkins ...  Jessica 'Berlin' Rainer 21 episodes, 2014-2015
Kevin Shand Kevin Shand ...  Raiga / ... 18 episodes, 2013-2014
Monica Parker ...  Bailey 17 episodes, 2013-2015
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In the year 2046, it's a new Earth - with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition. To the town of Defiance, on what used to be St. Louis, comes the mysterious Nolan (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town - overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jack Mehoff) - events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for. Written by Official site

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New Earth. New Rules. See more »

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Grant Bowler joined the series after leaving Outrageous Fortune (2005). See more »

Quotes

Datak Tarr: It's not like I dropped a whore from the St. Louis Arch, now is it?
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Referenced in Face Off: Heavenly Bodies (2014) See more »

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It has a lot against it, however it is undeserving of the hate it's getting
26 October 2014 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

Now unfortunately with the shows I usually watch, I either don't like it and review the entire show based on that or I watch as much of the show as possible and I review it with a well based knowledge. This is in-between. I actually started to enjoy this show and still do but there are some glaring problems.

In the wake of a human/alien war - humanity is terraformed into something almost unrecognizable. We follow the residents of St Louis (now called Defiance) a city that tries and treats all the alien races as being equal to humanity and each other as they fight off the alien race everybody hates called The Volge and other ways to attack what's in the town.

So my biggest problem with it is that I only know three of the alien races so far out of seven... They aren't even named. So I have to go online to see what they're called and wait for anything about them to be explained on the show. I know there's a video game but I don't want to play sci-fi World Of Warcraft to understand a television show which I bought. If anything the television show should work on it's own and the MMO should be giving the series a fourth dimension in exploring the town and landscape and interacting with the characters. My personal favourite episodes are the ones where the alien cultures get explored because I would then know about Irathients or the Castithients.

Oh and if what you're looking for out of this show is interesting characters then you will NOT get your fill out of this show. Basically Nolan is a stock rough around the edges action hero, Datak is the spoiled kid living in the body of an adult (and somehow gets a crime syndicate), Amanda is the mayor that wants to do right by her people, Kenya is basically Inara from Firefly and Rave McCauley is the guy that wants his family safe.

Literally the only character that I think doesn't suffer from being almost completely summed up in brief notes is Irisa. She is Nolan's adopted Irathient daughter who feels disconnected with everything, within reason too - She wants to learn more about the culture of her people mainly because the only thing she knows about it is the most bare-bones knowledge of anything, she's a skilled combatant and she's damaged psychologically due to past experiences with her birth parents. If I could write this much on all the other main players then I'd be happy to sit through the whole first season and review it then because as the show's going on, I am much more interested in her then any other character.

If you want more good things I have to say about the show it's basically what kind of world they set up. I complained about the lack of set-up for the alien races but the Irathients are what the Na'vi from Avatar should have been. I also like the time they spent giving the Aliens separate languages. I also think this post-apocalyptic aliens co-existing set-up is actually pretty good. All of these elements, when explored - give the show so much more enjoyment then other stuff that appears in it's place in other episodes.

So would I recommend it? Well, I suggest reading on it first. It is not deserving of the hate it's been getting, but at the same time it isn't really anything special. I'd say if based on what I've said about the characters the show looks interesting to you then I say to pick this up with flying colours. However, I say it is very on the fence and unless the season improves (I've just finished episode 7, just a perspective) then I am sorry, I wanted to love this show but I couldn't.

6/10 - 6 because despite all it's problems, I'll still watch more.


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15 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada See more »

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