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Defiance: Pilot

Nolan and Irisa are Arkfall scavengers who travel through the world of 2046. Earth has been terraformed by an alien invasion fleet which was then forced to settle on Earth. Nolan and Irisa make their way to the town of Defiance and soon become involved with a feud between the two leading families, a feud that ends in murder.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Monday April 15th, 2013
Special Runtime: 120 Minutes

Alternate Airdates:

CA (SHOWCASE) Apr 15, 2013
UK (Syfy) Apr 16, 2013
AU (Seven) Feb 12, 2014

  • Currently 7.7/10
7.7/10 (23 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Peter MacNeill
As Garrett Clancy
Dewshane Williams
As Tommy LaSalle
Trenna Keating
As Meh Yewll
Justin Rain
As Quentin McCawley
Jesse Rath
As Alak Tarr
Nicole Munoz
As Christie McCawley
Fionnula Flanagan
As Nicky Riordon

Co-Guest Stars
Noah Danby
As Sukar
Douglas Nyback
As Ben (Ben Daris)
Wesley French
As Luke (Luke McCawley)
Tiio Horn
As Rynn
Carl Bauer
As Rupert
Steven McCarthy
As Mr. Birch (Solomon Birch)
Robert Clarke (1)
As Bandick (Elah Bandick)
Ilena Wolfe
As Band SInger
Jessica Nichols
As Bertie
Tim Post
As Fight Promoter
Kevin Shand
As Dog Walker
Rob Archer
As Bio-man
John Maillet
As Mr. Nolan
Jessica Embro
As Mrs. Nolan
Main Cast
Grant Bowler
As Joshua Nolan
Julie Benz
As Amanda Rosewater
Stephanie Leonidas
As Irisa Nyira
Tony Curran
As Datak Tarr
Jaime Murray
As Stahma Tarr
Graham Greene
As Rafe McCawley
Mia Kirshner
As Kenya Rosewater



Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Ink SpotsIf I Didn't CareNicky in the diner
Johnny CashJacksonNolan and Irisa approach the Arkfall

Episode Quotes
Irisa: The dreams returned last night. Stranger, more vivid than ever. I dreamt of his world. The world that used to be. Before the Votans arrived. I was born into the world that came after. After the vessels that carried my people were destroyed. After the Arkfalls began. After the terraformers changed his planet forever. The Earth he once knew is gone. Dead is the star system my people left behind. When I was a child, Nolan liked to tell me, "This world has no natives, which means it belongs to everyone." He says Antarctica will be paradise. I want to believe him but I've been disappointed too many times. I love my father. But his promises usually turn to stahko.

Nolan: Look, how was I supposed to know she was married? It's not like they wear rings or anything. It's all weird alien pheromones and quite frankly I wasn't born with the nose for it.

Rynn: She's just this human's pet. Does he feed you little treats?
Irisa: We're cannibals. Why don't you stay for dinner?

Datak: Applause means that much to you, does it?
Rafe: You want applause, Datak? Pack up and leave town. You'll get a standing ovation.

Datak: He packed that crowd with his own miners so he'd get louder applause than me. What kind of a man does that, I ask you? It's juvenile, petty. It's beneath my contempt, really.
Stahma: You're annoyed you didn't think of it first.
Datak: Now that was unkind.
Stahma: You know what I noticed? Despite Rafe McCawley's efforts, the volume of his applause barely exceeded your own. That says something.
Datak: That says my wife indulges in empty flattery.
Stahma: Oh, my flattery is filled with implied promise. Once we get home...

Nolan: You do nice work, Doc.
Meh Yewll: I appreciate the compliment. Also appreciate prompt payment.

Nolan: I'm starting to like this place.
Irisa: This is a bad idea.
Nolan: Relax, it'll be just like Kansas City.
Irisa: You got knifed in Kansas City.

Nolan: You get some side bets going. I'll carry this bum as long as I can.
Irisa: You're an idiot.
Nolan: I know.

(after sex)
Kenya: That was so fantastic. I kind of hate to charge you for it.
Nolan: I kind of hate to pay for it.

Nolan: My friend here, she got a thing for edged weapons. Bottles, knives, your broken teeth would do in a pinch.

Datak: He tried to murder my son!
Rafe: Your son's been screwing my daughter!
Datak: I'll screw you with my knife!

Nolan: I'm a tracker by trade.
Rafe: Are you now?
Nolan: Yeah I am. You're looking at the guy who brought in the Miami Bomber. And presented Stern Darhty with the head of his sister's murderer. I'll find your killer. For the right price.
Amanda: It's not a bad idea, Rafe.
Irisa: (whispering) Stern Darthy's sister is alive and hates your guts.
Nolan: Details. Shh...

Rafe: All right, tracker. You find my son's killer, with proof, mind you, and I'll pay you, uh... 20k.
Nolan: Twenty-five.
Rafe: I don't believe I heard you right.
Nolan: Twenty's good.

Tommy LaSalle: Okay, whatever. As long as we're both trapped here, we might as well eat something.
Irisa: I'm not trapped in here. If I wanted, I could have grabbed your wrist, broken every finger on your hand, taken the key card to the cell which you left hanging from your belt. Before you knew what was happening, I'd already be out of this cage and separating your head from the rest of you with one of my blades.
Tommy LaSalle: What is wrong with you?!?
Irisa: You wanted conversation.
Tommy LaSalle: That's conversation?

Nolan: It appears that we got two separate sets of prints arriving from two different directions. Which suggests that Luke and his killer didn't come out here together to duke it out. They arrived separately, maybe for a meeting. One they didn't want to have in town.
Rafe: Well, that's a whole lot of assumptions.
Nolan: More like deductions, but I don't want to quibble.

Amanda: Come on, you're losing him.
Nolan: No, I'm not.
Amanda: Hurry up!
Nolan: You're welcome to walk, sweetheart.
Amanda: Did you just call me "sweetheart"?
Nolan: It was my second choice.

Amanda: We all have our stories. We've endured a lot. Raiders, epidemics, floods. We're still standing, just like that big-ass arch up there. We live in a great place, a town where Human and Votan races live together as equals. We strive for the best but sometimes we falls short. Sometimes we forget ourselves and occasionally this new world rears up and kicks us in the teeth. But we stay, we fight, because this town is worth fighting for. And if necessary, it's worth dying for.

Irisa: Go ahead, get killed.
Nolan: Hey, I got no intention of dying today.
Irisa: Most people don't. It still happens.

Nolan: Hey, doc, how you doing up there?
Meh Yewll: If you rush me, we all go boom. If you yell at me, we all go boom. Now you know how I'm doing up here.

Kenya: Doc, can you please talk some sense into her?
Meh Yewll: Bed rest.
Amanda: I know you mean well, but I have a few thousand things to take care of...
Meh Yewll: Rest. Good human.

Amanda: What do you think?
Nolan: I'm no Lawkeeper.
Amanda: Maybe not. But you happen to be all I have available.
Nolan: Way to sell a guy.

Irisa: Nolan used to say the two of us were children of the Badlands, the wild open spaces where the weak are afraid to go. It's towns that scare me. All the people jostling for space, sucking up the air until there's nothing left to breathe. Will we stay here? I don't know. My people have a god called Irzu. He has a path for each of us. Where it takes us is not always where we imagined. There is a reason. Nolan's people call it fate.

Cultural References
Nicky: Remember, Grasshopper, around here we value our freedom.

In the TV series Kung Fu (1972-1975), Master Po often calls his young ward Caine "Grasshopper" as a term of endearment, usually accompanied by words of wisdom.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperKevin Murphy (2)  |  Michael Taylor (1)  |  Rockne S. O'Bannon
Executive ProducerMichael Taylor (1)  |  Rockne S. O'Bannon  |  Scott Stewart (2)  |  Kevin Murphy (2)
ProducerPaul M. Leonard  |  Michael Nankin
Co-ProducerMichael D. Gibson
Associate ProducerAmanda Alpert Muscat  |  Ryan Greig  |  Brian Alexander (1)
Production DesignerStephen Geaghan
EditorAndrew Seklir
CastingLibby Goldstein  |  Junie Lowry-Johnson
Unit Production ManagerTony Thatcher
First Assistant DirectorFelix Gray
Second Assistant DirectorNeesha Patki
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Costume DesignerSimonetta Mariano
Key GripJeffrey Orr
Set DecoratorPatricia Cuccia
Location ManagerNeil Lum Lock
Transportation CoordinatorEddie Bowman
Property MasterRon Dickie
Construction CoordinatorBill Vance
Production Sound MixerKelly Wright (1)
Script SupervisorKathryn Buck
Production CoordinatorShelley A. Boylen
Assistant EditorSeagan Ngai
Post Production SupervisorMichael Freeman (2)
Re-Recording MixerJohn Cook  |  Ken Kobett
GafferIra Cohen
Director of PhotographyAttila Szalay
Stunt CoordinatorJamie Jones
Art DirectorSuki Parker  |  Dennis Davenport
Assistant Production CoordinatorDarryl Assinck
Post Production CoordinatorBrett Roach
Third Assistant DirectorLaura K. Elliott
ConsultantDavid J. Peterson
Costume SupervisorKimberley Stanley
Makeup Department Head Leslie Sebert
Visual Effects CoordinatorMatthew Swiderski  |  Shane Hoffman
Visual Effects SupervisorGary Hutzel
Production AccountantJohn Gaskin
"A" Camera OperatorRichard Wilson (2)
Visual Effects ProducerMichael D. Gibson
Special Effects SupervisorLaird McMurray
Post Production AssistantNathan Taliaferro  |  Mary Albrecht
ColoristLaurence Gibbs
Assistant To The ProducerMatt McInnis
Hair Department HeadVincent Sullivan
Graphic ArtistMatt Boardman
"B" Camera OperatorPeter Sweeney
Assistant Location ManagerMichael Campbell  |  Brad Gratkowski
Canadian CastingLisa Parasyn  |  Jon Comerford
Technical ConsultantKevin Grazier
Visual Effects AssistantPatrick Kolodziejski
Senior Visual Effects CoordinatorDavid Takemura
Additional EditingHarry Jierjian
"B" Camera First AssistantRussell Bowie
Writers' AssistantKari Stringham Drake  |  Mary Iacano  |  Nick Mueller
Make-up EffectsPaul Jones (3)
"A" Camera 1st AssistantBarrett Axford
Visual ConsultantOliver Scholl  |  Peter Rubin  |  Rick Buoen
Data Management TechnicianJeff McNabb
Visual Effects Assistant EditorTucker Marolf
Sound DesignerDaniel Colman
ProstheticsAllan Cooke
Warning: Defiance season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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