They arrived. The earth changed. Defiance premiering April 15, at 9/8c on Syfy
What is Defiance?
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 (Grant Bowler) and his charge, Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). As they settle into town – overseen by the mayor, Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) and filled with residents like the powerful Rafe McCawley (Graham Greene), enterprising lounge owner Kenya (Mia Kirshner) and the ambitious, alien Tarrs (Tony Curran and Jaime Murray) – events begin to unfold that threaten the fragile peace this border town has fought for.
We were able to screen the first 3 episodes, which included a 2 hour pilot episode. The concept brings back memories of Firefly and the western style space drama it brought along with it. The story feels as though you could go on a thousand side stories with endless possibilities. Sometimes shows get lost on that and spend too much time with ‘filler’ episodes and don’t advance the main plot. Defiance makes the right choice of mixing the two. While there will be an episode or two where the main story is what you might call a ‘side plot’, it manages to still advance the main plot by tying into the side story.