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"Defiance" (Syfy TV show) is a groundbreaking science fiction series that will unite television and massive multiplayer online (MMO) gaming for the very first time. The visionary enterprise is in collaboration with Trion Worlds, with the Syfy series and Trion's multi-platform shooter MMO poised to debut simultaneously.

Set in the near future, the series introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden — and tumultuous — arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, Missouri, while in the game, players will adventure in the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story.

Grant Bowler stars as 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, bringing him to the town where his peacekeeping skills make him a valuable addition this new community.

The cast also includes Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley) and Mia Kirshner (Kenya).

The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe, evolving together over time to tell an overall story that is more powerful together.

Season 2

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 traverses the badlands to find a lost Irisa, Amanda has an unexpected new role in the town as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire in the midst of dramatic changes. Joining the cast this season are James Murray as new mayor Niles Pottinger, Anna Hopkins as Earth Republic soldier Jessica "Berlin" Rai and William Atherton as Earth Republic official Viceroy Mercado.

Season 3

Season 3 opens on the eve of an impending military siege upon the town, which has fallen on hard times following the collapse of its lucrative mines. Their fate uncertain, the townspeople face further threat with the surprise arrival of the mysterious and nearly extinct Omec, an alien race of warriors marked by the decades of subjugation they imposed upon the galaxy in the years preceding the Pale Wars.

Lee Tergesen portrays General Rahm Tak, a ruthless, arrogant leader in the Votanis Collective who sees Defiance, now free of Earth Republic oversight, a symbolic target in his unrelenting pursuit of power. A Castithan, Rahm is a well-read, brilliant strategist who imposes his army upon the town with decisive force.

Conrad Coates plays T'evgin, the leader of the Omec who reluctantly carries the burden of his species' survival on his shoulders.

Nichole Galicia is Kindzi, the fierce, beautiful and tough daughter of the Omec leader T'evgin; she is his second in command and a skilled fighter unafraid of danger.

Syfy's "Defiance," produced by Universal Cable Productions, is executive produced by Kevin Murphy ("Desperate Housewives," "Caprica," "Hellcats") and Michael Taylor ("Battlestar Galactica"). Kevin Murphy serves as showrunner. Scott Stewart ("Legion," "Priest") directed the pilot; Michael Nankin serves as supervising producer/director on the series. The game was named "Best MMORPG" from GameSpy at the recent E3 conference in June 2012 (among other accolades).


Network: Syfy
Genre: Science Fiction
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: April 15, 2013
Finale Date: August 28, 2015
Seasons: 3
Production Company: Universal Cable Productions

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