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"Defiance" review by Suzanne
Airs Thursdays 8/9c on Syfy

I enjoy this show, even though it has so many characters that you have to have a "Lord of the Rings" style map to keep track of them all, and I get confused sometimes as to what's going on. Less now, though, than when the series first started and there were so many different types of aliens to keep track of.

I'll watch anything with Julie Benz, but I also do love Grant Bowler and the other actors.  Last season ended with some shocking deaths and other strange stuff, and it picks up with lots of strange and shocking things as well.  This is not the kind of show you probably want to pick apart, but just sit back and enjoy the ride!


Syfy’s groundbreaking, highly-rated Defiance returns for a second season on Thursday, June 19 @ 8pm. As the story of Defiance resumes, the lives of the townspeople are in drastic turmoil.  The Earth Republic has assumed control of the town, with far-reaching consequences including a new mayor.  Nolan (Grant Bowler) traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas), Amanda (Julie Benz) has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for her sister and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes. 

James Murray joins the cast in the integral role of Mayor Pottinger, the new mayor of Defiance.  William Atherton also joins the cast to portray high-ranking Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado, and Anna Hopkins will play the role of Earth Republic soldier and documentarian Jessica “Berlin” Rainier.  Linda Hamilton will play the key recurring role of Pilar McCawley, the wife of Rafe McCawley (Greene) and mother to their three children. 

Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Kevin recently collaborated with Laurence O’Keefe to provide book, music and lyrics for a musical adaptation of the 1988 black comedy “Heathers” which sold out in a Los Angeles limited run and opened Off-Broadway in March 2014. 


NEW YORK – June 20, 2014 – Successfully establishing a potent Thursday night original scripted programming block, the premieres of Syfy’s new epic supernatural drama series Dominion and the second season return of the popular series Defiance each delivered two million total viewers during their June 19 premieres.

In its 9-10:24PM (ET/PT) time period, Dominion averaged 805K Adults 18-49 and 935K Adults 25-54. Compared to all ad supported cable scripted drama series premieres year to date, Dominion ranks #4 in L+SD rating among both Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54, and #2 among Men 18-49 and Men 25-54.

Dominion saw more tweets than recent scripted series premieres of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire, A&E’s Those Who Kill First and TNT’s Murder in the First.

Kicking off the night at 8PM (ET/PT) with its Season 2 premiere, Defiance delivered 776K Adults 18-49 and 948K Adults 25-54.

Season two of Defiance stars Grant Bowler stars as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr.  The cast also features Dewshane Williams as Tommy, Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll, Justin Rain as Quentin McCawley and Nicole Munoz as Christie McCawley. New this season are James Murray as Mayor Pottinger, William Atherton as high-ranking Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado and Anna Hopkins as Earth Republic soldier and documentarian Jessica “Berlin” Rainier.  Linda Hamilton will play the key recurring role of Pilar McCawley, the wife of Rafe McCawley (Greene) and mother to their three children.  Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for Season 2 and Michael Taylor serves as consulting producer.  Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) directed the Season 2 opener. 

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

 Defiance — Airs Thursdays at 8/7c

On Defiance, Nolan and Irisa get a warm welcome from the occupying E-Rep. Meanwhile, Alak tries to right the wrongs he hasn’t committed. Share the sneak peek below, along with the Inside Defiance look at the first episode of season two.

In My Secret Life – Sneak Peek

SUMMARY: Nolan and Irisa get a warm Defiance welcome from the occupying E-Rep. Alak rights wrongs he didn't commit. No one is safe in Season 2 of Defiance, Thursdays at 8|7c on Syfy.


Episode 1 – Inside Defiance

SUMMARY: The cast talks about the premiere of season two and the new dynamics of Defiance.


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