The BEST Episodes of Defiance

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2022

Network: Syfy

Set on a future Earth, Defiance introduces players and viewers to a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet ravaged by decades of war and transformed by alien terra-forming machines. It centers on Jeb Nolan, the law-keeper in a bustling frontier boomtown that is one of the new world’s few oasis of civility and inclusion. Nolan is a former Marine who fought in the alien conflict and suffered the loss of his wife and child in the war. The trauma transformed him into a lone wanderer in the wilds of this new and dangerous world.

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Upon the March We Fittest Die

#1 - Upon the March We Fittest Die

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 28, 2015

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

star 8.19
1,501 votes
Doll Parts

#2 - Doll Parts

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 21, 2014

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.

star 8.13
1,982 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Phoef Sutton
I Almost Prayed

#3 - I Almost Prayed

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 28, 2014

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

star 8.12
1,373 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Kevin Murphy
My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You

#4 - My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 24, 2015

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.

star 8.05
1,485 votes
All Things Must Pass

#5 - All Things Must Pass

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 28, 2014

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.

star 7.99
1,833 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin
Beasts of Burden

#6 - Beasts of Burden

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 10, 2014

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.

star 7.90
2,014 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Darren Swimmer, Todd Slavkin
The Cord and the Ax

#7 - The Cord and the Ax

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 3, 2014

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.

star 7.85
2,091 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Allison Miller (IX)
In My Secret Life

#8 - In My Secret Life

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 26, 2014

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.

star 7.84
2,192 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Michael Taylor
This Woman's Work

#9 - This Woman's Work

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 24, 2014

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.

star 7.83
1,906 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Brian Allen Alexander
The Awakening

#10 - The Awakening

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 21, 2015

Nolan, Amanda and Irisa search for a way to stop invulnerable Kindzi from waking and transporting more Omec to Earth; Datak seeks escape from a deadly compound; and Stahma implores Alak for forgiveness before it's too late.

star 7.81
1,412 votes
Bottom of the World

#11 - Bottom of the World

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 21, 2014

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

star 7.80
1,974 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Anupam Nigam
If You Could See Her Through My Eyes

#12 - If You Could See Her Through My Eyes

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 31, 2014

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.

star 7.79
2,150 votes
Painted from Memory

#13 - Painted from Memory

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 14, 2014

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.

star 7.78
1,960 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Kevin Murphy
Slouching Towards Bethlehem

#14 - Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 7, 2014

Nolan interrogates a suspected Votanis Collective spy in order to prevent a catastrophic terrorist attack on New York.

star 7.78
1,994 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
Everything is Broken

#15 - Everything is Broken

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 8, 2013

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.

star 7.75
3,125 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Kevin Murphy
Past is Prologue

#16 - Past is Prologue

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 1, 2013

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.

star 7.73
3,363 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Michael Taylor
When Twilight Dims the Sky Above

#17 - When Twilight Dims the Sky Above

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 7, 2015

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.

star 7.71
1,364 votes
Of a Demon in My View

#18 - Of a Demon in My View

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 14, 2015

Nolan is unexpectedly freed from Votanis Collective custody, at which point Amanda, Irisa and Berlin rush to save him from Kindzi's clutches. Elsewhere, Datak regrets seeking Doc Ywell's help against the Omec; and something startling is witnessed in the mines.

star 7.70
1,371 votes
Put the Damage On

#19 - Put the Damage On

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 17, 2014

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.

star 7.70
2,062 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Nevin Densham
Dead Air

#20 - Dead Air

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 26, 2015

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.

star 7.69
1,472 votes
The Opposite of Hallelujah

#21 - The Opposite of Hallelujah

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 19, 2014

Nolan's search for Irisa leads him to New Chicago and AngelArc. Meanwhile, back in Defiance, the Earth Republic appoints a charming, calculating, and ambitious man named Niles Pottinger as mayor.

star 7.69
2,431 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Kevin Murphy
The Beauty of Our Weapons

#22 - The Beauty of Our Weapons

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 17, 2015

A visiting arms dealer changes Defiance's fortunes, and divides Amanda, Nolan and Berlin; at the same time, Nolan encounters difficulty recruiting a militia to fight the oncoming Votanis Collective army. Elsewhere, Stahma's presence causes strife among the mysterious Omec; and Datak and Alak have a reckoning.

star 7.68
1,458 votes
Where the Apples Fell

#23 - Where the Apples Fell

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 10, 2015

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.

star 7.68
1,450 votes
History Rhymes

#24 - History Rhymes

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 3, 2015

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.

star 7.67
1,423 votes
I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

#25 - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 10, 2013

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

star 7.67
3,540 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Clark Perry