General Information

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First Air Date: April 15th, 2013
Last Air Date: August 28th, 2015
Created By: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy, Michael Taylor
Star Casts: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas, Tony Curran, Jaime Murray, Graham Greene, Jesse Rath, Nicole Muñoz, Anna Hopkins, Nichole Galicia
Aired On: Syfy
Episode Runtime: 43 minutes
Total Seasons: 3 Seasons
Total Episodes: 38 Episodes
Type: Scripted
Status: Ended
Homepage: Syfy - Defiance

Last Updated: Thu, 13 Jan 2022 22:31:56 +0000

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In the near future, planet Earth is permanently altered following the sudden—and tumultuous—arrival of seven unique alien races. In the boom-town of Defiance, the newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully.

Seasons and Episodes

Specials (16 Episodes)

1: Ark Hunter Chronicles (1): New Freedom - Aired: 2013-02-19

The first episode of the Ark Hunter Chronicles gives a background on two of the Ark Hunters.

2: Ark Hunter Chronicles (2): Born to Hunt - Aired: 2013-02-26

As the two Ark Hunters, Begbie and Drifter, race towards the Arkfall, they are joined by a number of other faces, all headed towards the same shared goal.

3: Ark Hunter Chronicles (3): Rain of Death - Aired: 2013-03-05

A mysterious female Ark Hunter watches over Begbie and Drifter, ensuring their safety amidst mass destruction.

4: Ark Hunter Chronicles (4): All in your Head - Aired: 2013-03-12

The mysterious female Ark Hunter takes in Begbie and Drifter and introduces them to the wonders (and trials) of the Environmental Guardian Online – aka EGO – that is so crucial to giving Ark Hunters the abilities and skills that will keep them alive in the world as they hunt for Arktech.

5: Ark Hunter Chronicles (5): Risk Versus Reward - Aired: 2013-03-19

Begbie and Drifter face a plethora of enemies, but their task isn’t a simple one.

6: Ark Hunter Chronicles (6): Vanishing Commodities - Aired: 2013-03-26

The trio of Ark Hunters set out to find new weapons for their activities.

7: Ark Hunter Chronicles (7): It's Never Over - Aired: 2013-04-03

The last episode follows the Ark Hunters onto the battlefield to show in clear and unforgiving detail how brutal the world is today.

8: Pilot Preview - Aired: 2013-03-31

In the near future, during a war with a race of invading aliens called the Votan, alien terra-forming technology is accidentally unleashed on Earth, creating a new planet dangerous to both humans and the aliens. where they eventually realise that they must learn to live together to survive.

9: Making Of Defiance - Aired: 2013-04-08

Interviews with the cast and crew are featured in this behind-the-scenes look at Defiance.

10: The Lost Ones (1) No Man - Aired: 2014-03-21

Picking up where we left Nolan after Season 1, his search for Irisa leads him to a dive bar inside the storm divide where the locals don’t take too kindly to his questions.

11: The Lost Ones (2) Loose Ends Unravel - Aired: 2014-03-21

Nolan thinks he’s found an ally on his search for Irisa but he may have jumped out of the pan and into the fire.

12: The Lost Ones (3) The Watchman - Aired: 2014-03-21

Nolan awakes to find he’s been betrayed and is forced to relive Irisa’s nightmarish past.

13: The Lost Ones (4) Black Eyes - Aired: 2014-03-21

Moruku is violently losing patience and time seems to be running out for Nolan when he refuses to cooperate with his captor.

14: The Lost Ones (5) The Searcher - Aired: 2014-03-21

It’s do or die time when Nolan attempts to escape and turn the tables on Moruku but an unexpected revelation may change everything.

15: Season 2 Sneak Peek - Aired: 2014-05-19

Get a first look at the action, intrigue, and epicness coming in Season 2 of Syfy's Defiance, with this special Sneak Peek.

16: The Defiant Few - Aired: 2014-06-19

A live action / motion comic chronicling one ark hunter's efforts to stop Melak, a Castithan terrorist bent on destroying San Francisco.

Season 1 (12 Episodes)

1: Pilot - Aired: 2013-04-15

Nolan and Irisa arrive in Defiance, where the town is soon divided over the death of Luke McCawley. But a bigger threat forces everyone together: An attack by the Volge.

2: Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go - Aired: 2013-04-22

Rafe & Nolan search underground St. Louis while looking for an escaped convict. Meanwhile, a violent Castithan tradition causes clashes amongst the residents of Defiance.

3: The Devil in the Dark - Aired: 2013-04-29

While investigating vicious Hellbug attacks, Nolan & Irisa realize they are tied to Irathient spirit raiders that have come into town. Meanwhile, Irisa starts experiencing strange visions.

4: A Well Respected Man - Aired: 2013-05-06

Kenya is kidnapped. Rafe learns that Luke was involved in some mysterious goings-on at the mines and orders Quentin to get to the bottom of it.

5: The Serpent's Egg - Aired: 2013-05-13

Amanda and Nolan take a transport across the badlands to transport a prisoner and join forces with a band of outlaws. A visitor to Defiance must make Irisa confront her traumatic past.

6: Brothers in Arms - Aired: 2013-05-20

An old war buddy catches up with Nolan at the same time a Castithan criminal with a history of violence enters the picture.

7: Goodbye Blue Sky - Aired: 2013-06-03

Interesting relationships develop when the residents of Defiance are forced to stay indoors as a threatening Razor Rain storm approaches. Meanwhile, visions lead Irisa to the Spirit Riders and Sukar, who has fallen under the influence of a strange and mysterious force.

8: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times - Aired: 2013-06-10

Following the big storm, Nolan and Tommy find an American astronaut who has been in an induced sleep for the past several decades.

9: If I Ever Leave This World Alive - Aired: 2013-06-17

A deadly plague threatens the town; racial tensions rise when the Irathients, who are immune to the virus, are quarantined.

10: The Bride Wore Black - Aired: 2013-06-24

The town of Defiance is shocked when the remains of a leading businessman who went missing almost six years ago, are discovered hidden in the walls of the NeedWant.

11: Past Is Prologue - Aired: 2013-07-01

Amanda’s mayoral campaign is threatened when Nolan is involved in an accident on the eve of the election, prompting the town to question Amanda’s decision to appoint him as Lawkeeper.

12: Everything Is Broken - Aired: 2013-07-08

The citizens of Defiance prepare to cast their votes for mayor; Nolan’s past violently rears its head; Irisa must decide whether or not to embrace her destiny.

Season 2 (13 Episodes)

1: The Opposite of Hallelujah - Aired: 2014-06-19

Nolan's desperate search for Irisa yields vital information which takes him south; back in Defiance, the Earth Republic has installed Mayor Pottinger, a charming, calculating and ambitious man who takes control.

2: In My Secret Life - Aired: 2014-06-26

Irisa returns to Defiance and is arrested; Mayor Pottinger offers Nolan her release in exchange for capturing those responsible for nearly killing him; Stahma plots to keep Datak behind bars.

3: The Cord and the Ax - Aired: 2014-07-03

Irisa's terrifying black-outs escalate, driving a wedge of secrecy between her and a worried Nolan. Meanwhile, the Tarr family business thrives under Stahma's self-appointed direction while an increasingly suspicious Datak remains in jail.

4: Beasts of Burden - Aired: 2014-07-10

After his caravan is viscously attacked in the badlands, a badly shaken Pottinger orders Nolan to hunt down and destroy those responsible. Nolan’s manhunt implicates one of Rafe’s miners causing tensions to explode.

5: Put The Damage On - Aired: 2014-07-17

Amanda is terrorised by a stalker but the true reasons behind her frightening experiences have far reaching ramifications not only for her but for Pottinger and Doc Yewll as well.

6: This Woman's Work - Aired: 2014-07-24

After an Arkfall crash, Pottinger recruits Nolan to lead their salvage mission but his secret agenda puts them in grave danger against an Alien race they’ve never encountered before.

7: If You Could See Her Through My Eyes - Aired: 2014-07-31

Datak is framed for a bizarre murder and turns to an unlikely ally for help; Irisa discovers more about her destiny after encountering a mysterious stranger.

8: Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Aired: 2014-08-07

Nolan must stop a terrorist from destroying New York, but his biggest obstacle may be….Amanda?

9: Painted From Memory - Aired: 2014-08-14

Kenya’s earth-shattering return continues sending shock waves through Defiance as Stahma tries to reconcile Kenya’s reappearance, while Doc Yewll works to keep her own dark secret hidden.

10: Bottom of the World - Aired: 2014-08-21

Nolan and Rafe race against the clock to rescue Amanda and Pottinger trapped in a deadly mine collapse.

11: Doll Parts - Aired: 2014-08-21

With Nolan searching for Irisa, Amanda is forced to take on the badge as Deputy when the shocking murder of one of their own rocks Defiance.

12: All Things Must Pass - Aired: 2014-08-28

Nolan races to save Tommy’s life and stop Irisa before her growing forces can put their devastating plan into motion. Meanwhile back in town, Amanda learns the heart-breaking truth about her sister’s murder leading to a daring showdown between Amanda and Stahma.

13: I Almost Prayed - Aired: 2014-08-28

The fate of Defiance hangs in the balance; Nolan must fight against the republic and old friends to stop Irisa.

Season 3 (13 Episodes)

1: The World We Seize - Aired: 2015-06-12

Nolan and Irisa are mysteriously rescued from their underground confinement just in time to discover that enemy forces are marching on the town of Defiance, which has fallen on hard times following the collapse of the gulanite mines. Meanwhile, Datak, Stahma and Rafe run into deadly complications on their quest to reunite their family; and Alak comes to realize just how unstable her mother-in-law is during their journey through the woods.

2: The Last Unicorns - Aired: 2015-06-12

T'evgin comes to Defiance seeking his daughter, who Nolan and Amanda offer to release in exchange for some gulanite; at the same time, Alak and Pilar head off alone to protect the baby; and Datak and Stahma are threatened into helping Gen. Tak's assault.

3: The Broken Bough - Aired: 2015-06-19

Amanda negotiates with the Omec, a new alien race, for the future of Defiance; and the Tarrs return to find much changed and their loyalties tested between the humans, the Omec, and the Votanis Collective. Meanwhile, Nolan and Irisa encounter a survivor of Votanis Collective atrocities that can aid their first strike against Gen. Rahm Tak's oncoming army.

4: Dead Air - Aired: 2015-06-26

Nolan and Amanda are captured while excavating a buried weapons cache; Berlin investigates a Votanis Collective bombing in the heart of Defiance and sees an opportunity to get revenge on Irisa; Stahma's clandestine relationship with the mysterious Omec leader T'evgin takes a turn.

5: History Rhymes - Aired: 2015-07-03

Amanda and Doc Yewll must enlist the Omec for help rescuing Nolan and Irisa, who have fallen into an unexpected and potentially fatal tour of their own past. Meanwhile, Datak and Stahma prepare a decisive move against Gen. Rahm Tak, leader of the Votanis Collective.

6: Where the Apples Fell - Aired: 2015-07-10

Nolan and Berlin pursue the Tarrs after their connection to the Votanis Collective is exposed; at the same time, Alak comes to grips with his future as a father.

7: The Beauty of Our Weapons - Aired: 2015-07-17

A visiting arms dealer divides Amanda, Nolan, and Berlin. Nolan recruits a militia, but the people need convincing. Datak and Alak have a reckoning. Stahma's presence causes strife.

8: My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You - Aired: 2015-07-24

Defiance is under siege. As Nolan, Amanda, Irisa and the militia defend the town against the Votanis Collective, Datak recalls his father's chilling lessons and makes a pivotal decision, while Stahma takes an unexpected trip.

9: Ostinato in White - Aired: 2015-07-31

A gruesome murder is committed by an unusual beast that's on the loose and being hunted down by Nolan and Irisa, while Doc Yewll delves into the surprising victim. Elsewhere, Amanda resists welcoming back Stahma; and T'evgin learns an unsettling truth about his daughter.

10: When Twilight Dims the Sky Above - Aired: 2015-08-07

Amanda decides to ignore Nolan's skepticism and welcome an encouraging Votanis Collective delegation to Defiance. Meanwhile, Stahma's loyalties are tested by an unexpected arrival; and T'evgin takes another step towards acclimating to life on Earth.

11: Of a Demon in My View - Aired: 2015-08-14

Nolan is freed from custody; Amanda, Irisa and Berlin try to release Nolan from Kindzi's clutches; Datak regrets seeking help.

12: The Awakening - Aired: 2015-08-21

Nolan, Amanda and Irisa search for a way to stop Kindzi from transporting more Omec to Earth; Datak tries to escape from an Omec compound; Stahma asks for forgiveness.

13: Upon the March We Fittest Die - Aired: 2015-08-28

Omec hunts Defiance citizens; Nolan, Amanda, and the others undertake a potential suicide mission to end the threat once and for all.