The Best Episodes of Defiance

Last Updated: Nov 25, 2018

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.

Upon the March We Fittest Die

#1 - Upon the March We Fittest Die

Season 3 - Episode 13

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
990 votes
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My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You

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

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 8.19
944 votes
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I Almost Prayed

#3 - I Almost Prayed

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 8.07
639 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Kevin Murphy
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Everything is Broken

#4 - Everything is Broken

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 8.06
1,046 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Kevin Murphy
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Past is Prologue

#5 - Past is Prologue

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 8.02
1,048 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Michael Taylor
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All Things Must Pass

#6 - All Things Must Pass

Season 2 - Episode 12

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 8.01
894 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
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Doll Parts

#7 - Doll Parts

Season 2 - Episode 11

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 7.96
902 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Phoef Sutton
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The Bride Wore Black

#8 - The Bride Wore Black

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.95
1,021 votes
Directors: Todd Slavkin
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
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The Cord and the Ax

#9 - The Cord and the Ax

Season 2 - Episode 3

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 7.95
994 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Allison Miller
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Beasts of Burden

#10 - Beasts of Burden

Season 2 - Episode 4

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 7.93
977 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
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If I Ever Leave This World Alive

#11 - If I Ever Leave This World Alive

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 7.88
1,047 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Bryan Gracia
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This Woman's Work

#12 - This Woman's Work

Season 2 - Episode 6

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 7.88
928 votes
Directors: Allan Arkush
Writers: Brian Allen Alexander
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I Just Wasn't Made for These Times

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

Season 1 - Episode 8

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

star 7.84
1,084 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Clark Perry
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If You Could See Her Through My Eyes

#14 - If You Could See Her Through My Eyes

Season 2 - Episode 7

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 7.82
939 votes
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Goodbye Blue Sky

#15 - Goodbye Blue Sky

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.80
1,087 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Anupam Nigam, Amanda Alpert Muscat
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In My Secret Life

#16 - In My Secret Life

Season 2 - Episode 2

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 7.80
1,039 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Michael Taylor
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Painted from Memory

#17 - Painted from Memory

Season 2 - Episode 9

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 7.79
925 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Kevin Murphy
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Slouching Towards Bethlehem

#18 - Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Season 2 - Episode 8

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

star 7.78
905 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Bryan Q. Miller
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Brothers in Arms

#19 - Brothers in Arms

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 7.78
1,122 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer
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Put the Damage On

#20 - Put the Damage On

Season 2 - Episode 5

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 7.73
940 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Nevin Densham
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The Awakening

#21 - The Awakening

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 7.73
905 votes
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Pilot

#22 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

The arrival of the mysterious Nolan and his charge Irisa to the town of Defiance marks a threat to the fragile peace that exists between the residents in the premiere of this futuristic drama, which is set in the year 2046, more than 30 years following a war between humans and aliens that left Earth forever changed.

star 7.72
1,833 votes
Directors: Scott Stewart
Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy, Michael Taylor
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A Well Respected Man

#23 - A Well Respected Man

Season 1 - Episode 4

Kenya is kidnapped, while Rafe moves a step closer to learning the truth about his son's death.

star 7.71
1,207 votes
Directors: Michael Nankin
Writers: Craig Gore, Tim Walsh
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Bottom of the World

#24 - Bottom of the World

Season 2 - Episode 10

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

star 7.70
917 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Anupam Nigam
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The Serpent's Egg

#25 - The Serpent's Egg

Season 1 - Episode 5

Irisa faces a threat from her past while Nolan and Amanda lead an expedition outside of Defiance.

star 7.70
1,120 votes
Directors: Omar Madha
Writers: David Weddle, Bradley Thompson
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