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Intertitle of Defiance
Genre Action, drama, sci-fi
Developer(s) Rockne S. O'Bannon
Kevin Murphy
Michael Taylor
Starring Grant Bowler
Julie Benz
Stephanie Leonidas
Tony Curran
Jaime Murray
Graham Greene
Mia Kirshner
Composer(s) Bear McCreary
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Producer(s) Ryan Greig
Brian A. Alexander
Amanda Alpert Muscat
Kevin Murphy
Michael Nankin
Anupam Nigam
Rockne S. O'Bannon
Michael Taylor
Clara George
John Paul Bullock III
Editor(s) Andrew Seklir
Stephen Mark
Patrick McMahon
Location(s) Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cinematographer(s) Thomas Burstyn
Attila Szalay
Casting director(s) Lisa Parasyn
Jon Comerford
Libby Goldstein
Junie Lowry-Johnson
Production designer(s) Stephen Geaghan
Art director(s) Susan Parker
Set decorator(s) Christina Kuhnigk
Costume designer(s) Simonetta Mariano
Running time 41 - 43 minutes
86 minutes (pilot)
Production company(s) Universal Cable Productions
Original channel Syfy
Original run April 15, 2013 – present

Defiance is an American science fiction television series distributed by the American cable television channel Syfy. The series was developed for television by Rockne S. O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor.

To date the series consists of one season, with a second season set to premiere in June 2014.[1][2] The television series is filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[3]


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 and his charge, Irisa. As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley, enterprising lounge owner Kenya and the ambitious, alien Datak and Stahma Tarr - events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for.[4]


Main charactersEdit

  • Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan. A former lieutenant in the Earth Military Coalition who fought in the alien conflict. Born prior to the Arks’ arrival, he saw his comfortable life turned upside down when the war between the humans and Votans began. The conflict took its toll, and in the aftermath of Arkfall, he found himself a wanderer in a dangerous new world. There he was joined by Irisa, a young Irathient he raised as his own, and who served as his lone companion in the lawless badlands.[5]
  • Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater. The Mayor of Defiance. Every day, she uses her political wits to give this struggling town a chance for survival. Born in New York in 2011, Amanda shouldered a great responsibility at an early age, serving as a stand-in parent for her sister when their mother and father died during the Pale Wars.[6]
  • Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa. An attractive Irathient woman, she is Nolan’s tacit second in command. Smart, independent and feisty, Irisa still struggles with the weight of her unusual upbringing. A drifter since birth, she only stays in Defiance due to the loyalty she feels for Nolan.[7]
  • Tony Curran as Datak Tarr. The primary figure in Defiance’s underworld, running everything from gambling to weapons smuggling and organized crime. True to his Castithan ways, Datak is always on the lookout for opportunities that allow him to get his hooks into people so he can later manipulate them to his own ends.[8]
  • Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr. The wife of Datak Tarr, one of the most powerful men in Defiance, Stahma is beautiful and loyal, the perfect picture of a Castithan wife. Beneath the surface, however, lies a dark side that is ready to break from the traditional roles assigned her by her caste.[9]
  • Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley. Defiance’s richest and most powerful human – a mine owner whose family has been in this territory for generations. Raised by a tough-as-nails father, Rafe disobeyed his father’s wishes and enlisted. After the Pale Wars, he took his wife and burgeoning family back to his home of St. Louis, now barely recognizable due to terraforming. He longs for the world as it was before the Votans arrived.[10]
  • Mia Kirshner as Kenya Rosewater. The beautiful spitfire who runs the NeedWant, the town’s bar and brothel. Self-assured and dauntless, she has an unwavering devotion to the town that has inexorably woven her into many of its complicated affairs.[11]

Recurring charactersEdit

  • Dewshane Williams as Tommy LaSalle. Born in the early years of the war, Tommy arrived in Defiance an orphan, bearing the scars of his painful upbringing. Eager for a fresh start and a desire to put his past behind him, he eventually found his purpose as the Lawkeeper’s deputy. His bright optimism – and sharp survival skills – make him a good man to have in your corner.[12]
  • Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll. Doc Yewll arrived in Defiance following the Pale Wars, intending to stay a week before moving on to dispense medical care in other war-torn areas. Eight years later, Yewll still serves as the town’s doctor. As an Indogene – a technologically advanced Votan race – she often finds her natural pragmatism perceived as a lack of bedside manner by most humans. However, Yewll’s unflappable brilliance is indisputably one of Defiance’s greatest assets.[13]
  • Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr. The son of Defiance’s subversive Castithan power couple, is a young man caught in the middle, chafing against tradition in a world full of new possibilities. Secretly dating the daughter of his father’s enemy, Alak stands at odds with his family’s conventional doctrines and a way of life steeped in long-standing animosities and intense pride.[14]
  • Nicole Muñoz as Christie McCawley. The only daughter of the town’s most influential citizen, Rafe McCawley. Christie never had the opportunity to meet her mother - who died shortly after Christie’s birth - and from an early age took on her mother’s role in the family, acting as caregiver for her father and brothers. Now, Christie’s secret relationship with the son of Rafe’s biggest foe may alter the McCawley family dynamics irreparably.[15]
  • Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley. Born at the beginning of the Pale Wars, Quentin McCawley was a scrawny young child who didn’t meet his father, Rafe, until he returned home from the war. While enjoying the carefree existence of being one of the prominent McCawleys, Quentin still had to endure Rafe’s preferential treatment of his older brother Luke.[16]


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  14. "Alak Tarr | Defiance". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
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