Season 2 doesnt pick up right after Season 1 ended. Instead, it skips ahead some months. The Earth Republic is still in control of Defiance. Nolan (Grant Bowler) is still on the road searching for Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas). No longer the mayor, Amanda (Julie Benz) is taking care of her missing sisters business in her absence. Nearby, Datak Tarr (Tony Curran) and Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating) are imprisoned, and Stahma Tarr (Jaime Murray) and Alak Tarr (Jesse Rath) are taking care of the family business. Nolan and Irisas on-the-road story and Stahma and Alaks criminal enterprises show promise early on, yet Defiance manages to shoot itself in the foot early in Season 2, returning to the format that the show used during its first round on air.