All 13 episodes from the first season of the US sci-fi drama that follows the attempts of Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan (Grant Bowler) to keep the peace in the futureworld frontier town of Defiance. In the near future, Earth's landscape has been decimated after years of war with the Votans, an alien race seeking a new home after their own star system was destroyed in a stellar collision. With a ceasefire now in effect, an itinerant Nolan returns to the ruins of his former home town of St. Louis, now known as Defiance, accompanied by his adopted alien daughter Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), to help keep the former warring factions apart. The episodes are: 'Pilot: Part 1', 'Pilot: Part 2', 'Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go', 'The Devil in the Dark', 'A Well Respected Man', 'The Serpent's Egg', 'Brothers in Arms', 'Goodbye Blue Sky', 'I Just Wasn't Made for These Times', 'If I Ever Leave This World Alive', 'The Bride Wore Black', 'Past Is Prologue' and 'Everything Is Broken'.
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
Defiance isn't the first science fiction television show to find the planet Earth in a bit of trouble, but it does still have identity of its own. The setting here is the near future, where Earth has been all-but-destroyed after a war with aliens. Lawkeeper Joshua Nolan, played by Grant Bowler, has the job of trying to keep piece in one of the remaining frontier towns, but he name of Defiance. It is not, as you might expect, an easy job.
Defiance is a show that firmly hits the ground running too, courtesy of a strong opening. The episodes that follow, and there are 13 in all here, are a little bumpier, and the show finds it firmest footing when it's dealing with the fighting and politics between the cast of characters. That proves to be more interesting than the straight-out science fiction elements of the show, although some of the effects are terrific to look at.
Still, it's a consistently interesting series this, that does take a while to fully find its feet, but it's worth bearing with. The disc package is rounded out with a selection of deleted scenes and a gag reel too, which prove to be fun diversions. A solid series in all, with some strong moments. --Jon Foster