The BEST Episodes of Defiance
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 5, 2021
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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.