Watch Defiance deal with Earth Republic oppression in Season 2 'propaganda' videos

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Jun 5, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

At the end of Defiance's first season, we got to watch with lead character Nolan as Earth Republic troops rolled into the titular frontier town and assumed control. It was a bleak climax that seemingly set the tone for a pretty dramatic shift in the fortunes of several of the show's main characters, and left fans wondering if we had something of a New Caprica-esque scenario to look forward to when Season 2 came back. 

It looks like Syfy (disclosure: Syfy is Blastr's parent company) is ready to pull back the curtain a bit on the new look of Defiance, as they've released a series of videos intended to tease the effect E-Rep occupation has had on everybody's favorite post-apocalyptic melting pot. The first is a nicely produced PSA featuring patriotic-sounding music and talking head contributions from new mayor Niles Pottinger (Jim Murray of CBS's Chaos) as well as familiar faces like Nolan, Irisa, Datak and Stahma Tarr, and Amanda Rosewater. 

It's followed, however, by "leaked" clips featuring unedited versions of the character contributions (complete with green screen backdrop - a nice touch) that show everything's not quite as cheery as the first video would lead us to believe.

Yeah, so, we're guessing this won't be the friendliest of occupations. But we'll have to wait until the season premiere, June 19 at 8/7c, to see how it all plays out. In the meantime, you can see more individual clips at the official Defiance site.

Oh, and speaking of play, it's worth noting that the Defiance game is still alive and kicking; in fact, it's just gone free-to-play, opening up its version of alien-infested San Francisco to folks who might have been balking at the subscription fee.

Are you looking forward to the return of Defiance? Where are you hoping the show goes in Season 2?