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Defiance: Season 1 (2013)

Grant Bowler , Julie Benz  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (549 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Grant Bowler, Julie Benz
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 559 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (549 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E3QJ7JC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 3:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Defiance: A Transmedia Revolution
  • Making Defiance
  • Behind the Scenes with Jesse Rath

  • Editorial Reviews

    From the producers of Battlestar Galactica, Caprica and Farscape comes Defiance, the critically-acclaimed action-packed tale of courage and survival. It’s 2046 and over 30 years have passed since aliens arrived, changing life on Earth forever. In the frontier town of Defiance, a drifter-turned-lawkeeper (Grant Bowler, True Blood) and the newly-appointed mayor (Julie Benz, Dexter) attempt to lead the human and alien residents through the prejudices and politics that threaten the fragile peace they’ve fought for. Combining epic scope with the intrigue of a small-town drama, Defiance is science fiction at its best. Watch every riveting episode back-to-back and uninterrupted, with exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes and featurettes that go inside this incredible new world.

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    118 of 137 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Frontier at the Ends of Civilization April 30, 2013
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    When Nolan, the jaded scavenging veteran at the heart of the new Syfy series Defiance, strides from the Lawkeeper's office early in the pilot episode, seasoned viewers will recognize the streetscape. With storefronts built of reclaimed materials and stacked cargo compartments, it distinctly resembles the Eavesdown Docks from Joss Whedon's Firefly. And for good reason, since both shows shows channel the same American frontier mythology.

    Frederick Jackson Turner's seminal 1893 essay, "The Significance of the Frontier in American History," identified the idea of frontier as the defining trait of American society. Crossing the invisible line from society to wilderness allows individuals to shrug off confining Euro-American stipulations of hierarchy, subjection, religion, and money. But Turner lamented that the closing of the American frontier, according to the 1890 census, marked the end of American pioneer fervor.

    Firefly, like Star Trek before that, rejects that closing by moving the frontier line off Earth's surface. New experiences and dynamic individualism remain for us to discover "out there." But Defiance alters that tack, suggesting that the movement of new species into our domain can open new frontiers where we are; the American pioneer ethos can be reinvested where we are. We need only destroy existing civilization to get there.

    Defiance's frontier myth doesn't need unpacked; creator Rockne O'Bannon splashes it across the screen in vibrant CGI Technicolor. Nolan's swagger, the city's ad hoc justice, and the contrast between settled urbanity and the vibrant Badlands, all bespeak classic cowboy heroes like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood.
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    54 of 69 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Definite Potential April 13, 2013
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    For some reason the first episode was released early, but for those watching now or watching on the 15th, the show has great potential. Its not perfect, and the first episode has its slow parts, but overall it was enjoyable to watch, especially as you get to the battle near the end. This is the first time a game and tv showed have been tied together like this, and as a player of the game I really want to see Defiance end up successful for everyone involved. We need more companies, and people, willing to try new things and I hope future episodes continue to improve as the story expands and the cast gets used to working together. The cast itself is pretty solid overall with a few well known names involved. Jaime Murray (Spartacus/Warehouse 13) and Julie Benz (Buffy) being two of my favorites. Farscape fans will also notice one of the people behind Defiance is the creator of Farscape, Rockne S. O'Bannon. We need more good sci-fi shows out there and so far Defiance looks like it could be the next one to watch.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really 9/10 stars but only half the options on Amazon. September 20, 2013
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    Since this show is getting such horrible reviews on IMDB I thought I'd bump it up a bit here since this is where you can watch it. Or you can watch it for free from if you have a TV provider like Xfinity or one of the many other ones across the country.

    This is SyFy. I don't compare it to Firefly but it has a similar feel. They deal with human issues as a whole on this series, with good acting, almost all characters are shades of grey and even then those shades come out on the darker side. There are good people, but they have to do bad things. There are bad people who step up to do the right thing when necessary. Then there are the Volge who just want war.

    This is a very progressive show.

    One of my favorite elements of the show is the ending montages. They have haunting covers of songs most of us know and love, wrapping up the triumphs and defeats each episode brings to our characters.

    And there are a ton of WTF! moments. This show keeps you on your toes.
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    38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, Well Executed SciFi April 16, 2013
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    My husband and I really enjoyed the pilot episode. It was far better than so many recent entries in the genre. We hope our support will keep it on air if (as we hope) the writing and execution continue to hold up to the high standards set in the opener.
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    19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not yet formulaic April 28, 2013
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    Post-apocalyptic shows are all the rage lately (Falling Skies, Revolution, The Walking Dead), and Defiance has a distinct personality among them. Although sci-fi serials that take place on Earth are obviously not as far-reaching as those set in space, this one sort of brings space to Earth by introducing a number of alien races in future St. Louis. Having not read about the game or the show before watching, I have to say that the pilot did a poor job of establishing context. The hope is that the past will be explained more fully in season 2, preferably in a clever way that doesn't necessitate constant character flashbacks that have become ubiquitous in television.

    I am willing to give any new sci-fi production a chance, and so far this one has surpassed my expectations. It doesn't try to emulate any other program in particular (unless you make very broad comparisons), and the casting is spot-on. I quickly began to identify with some characters and despise others, which is one hallmark of good fiction/TV. As long as Defiance can maintain a compelling story arc that keeps expanding, while avoiding the trappings of too many "creature of the week" episodes that resolve in one hour, it might just turn out to be a show that lasts more than two seasons (season 2 premieres on June 19, 2014).

    After watching the season finale I was wishing 2014 wasn't so far away because it leaves us with revelations and cliffhangers. The mid-season episodes were generally a reasonable balance between a flavor of the week and meaningful contributions to the overarching story. I didn't find Defiance to be addictive like Battlestar Galactica (BSG), but I nonetheless quite looked forward to watching it each week. It seems that the negative reviews are by those expecting the next BSG or Firefly... with such expectations, disappointment is likely to ensue. Since its strengths still far outweigh its weaknesses, I heartily recommend Defiance to sci-fi enthusiasts.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Meh storyline with okay actors
    Writers attempt to make up for the lack of acting skill with lots of sex. The story has potential but fails to realize it
    Published 1 hour ago by Andy D. Porter
    5.0 out of 5 stars Defiance season 1
    I liked it from the first episode I saw until the last episode. All the main characters were developed very well and I always looked forward to see what happened next. Read more
    Published 11 hours ago by John Dye
    4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth another season
    I thought it started off strong with a lot to be developed, but some of the more interesting story lines just died. Read more
    Published 12 hours ago by eBay seller
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Show!
    I like the show. The characters are interesting. I enjoy it and I'm looking forward to the next season. Worth watching!
    Published 15 hours ago by Elizabeth
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Syfy
    This show was suprisingly better than I had expected it to be. I watched the first couple of episodes not expecting much but they really pulled through with this show. Read more
    Published 15 hours ago by Jonah Higginbottom
    4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting TV show
    Defiance is an interesting take on life on future earth. Despite all the new races that inhabit the earth it is funny to
    find that they all desire the same things, power and... Read more
    Published 16 hours ago by Michael Megluevich
    5.0 out of 5 stars New Sci-Fi show we found
    At first I wasn't sure about this show but as I watched it, I started getting hooked on it. Having to look for new and interesting shows to watch, this was a good find. Read more
    Published 17 hours ago by Maria Carter
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Si-Fi
    Wathcng season one was great. Best way to get ready for season two. One of the better Si-Fi channel series.
    Published 17 hours ago by John Lowe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
    This is one of syfy's best shows since Farscape. Very interesting characters and superb storyline. The acting is simply terrific,
    Published 18 hours ago by gracefulfeline
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not Firefly, but definitely worth your time!
    If you like science fiction with a splash of soap then check out Defiance, with elements of Firefly, Mad Max and Star Wars. Read more
    Published 18 hours ago by ProfessorB
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