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Defiance (series)

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Defiance is an upcoming American science fiction television series which is being developed for television by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Universal Cable Productions and Five and Dime Productions. The series is being produced in colloaboration with Trion Worlds who are producing a Defiance MMO video game which will be connected to the series. The series began airing on April 15th, 2013. It was cancelled on October 17th, 2015 after three seasons. [1]


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 that 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 drop terraformers on the planet and transform the surface of the planet; 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 side realise that they must focus on survival on this new almost alien planet. The series largely revolves around the character of Joshua Nolan. Joshua was only ten years old when the Votans arrived and he served in the military during the war. With the war now over, he returns to his hometown of St Louis to find that its is no longer the city he left; it is little more than a refugee camp. Deciding that his services are needed, Joshua takes up a position as the Chief Lawkeeper in Defiance, so he can protect the town from dangerous clashes between humans and aliens, military scavengers and others dangerous visitors who occasionally enter the town.


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Grant Bowler
Joshua Nolan
Julie Benz
Amanda Rosewater
Stephanie Leonidas
Irisa Nyira
Tony Curran
Datak Tarr
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Jaime Murray
Stahma Tarr
Jesse Rath
Alak Tarr
Anna Hopkins
Jessica "Berlin" Rainier
Nichole Galicia
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Graham Greene
Rafe McCawley
Mia Kirshner
Kenya Rosewater


Main article: Defiance production crew


Syfy announced in June 2011 that they were producing a television series developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon which would be connected to a video game produced by Trion Worlds. [2] Casting began in January 2012 with Grant Bowler the first to be cast. [3] Gillian Anderson was reported to have been considered for the role of Amanda Rosewater or Stahma Tarr. [4] On March 8th, 2012 Jaime Murray, Julie Benz, Stephanie Leonidas and Tony Curran were announced to have cast in the show. [5] Initial writing for Defiance began on the 6th August, 2011. [6] Production began on 24th July 2012. [7] Season one finished shooting on 12th November, 2012. [8]

International broadcast

Country/Region Channel Air date Air time
United States Syfy April 15th, 2013 10:00PM
Canada Showtime [9] April 15th, 2013 10:00PM
United Kingdom Syfy UK [10] April 16th, 2013 9:00PM
France Syfy France [11] April 16th, 2013 TBA
Germany Syfy Germany [12] April 16th, 2013 8:15PM
Asia Syfy Asia [13] April 16th, 2013 TBA


Defiance's first season was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. [14]