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"My Name is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You" is the 8th episode of Season Three of Defiance and the 33rd episode overall. It aired on July 24, 2015 on Syfy.


Defiance is under siege. Nolan, Amanda, Irisa, and the militia defend the town against a Votanis Collective incursion. Datak, recalling his father's chilling lessons, makes a pivotal decision. Stahma takes an unexpected trip.

Syfy's Fun Facts[1][]

  • Here are a few translations of the various tapestries hung on the walls of the ancient Tarr household:
    1. If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
    2. Rule your mind or it will rule you.
    3. Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
    4. Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
    5. The root of suffering is attachment.
    6. To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.
    7. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
    8. You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
    9. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
    10. It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
  • You can tell by the markings that this grenade was manufactured by Von Bach Industries. It was part of the shipment sold to the Votanis Collective by Conrad Von Bach back in Season 3, Episode 5. Berlin was furious that Conrad sold arms to their enemies, the VC, despite the fact that he also gifted a large number of guns to the town of Defiance. Now that these spies are using Conrad's weapons against them, it looks like Berlin's anger was well-placed!
  • Tony Curran was not the only actor to play two roles in this episode. Trenna Keating, who plays Doc Yewll, also played the human mother that the Omec T'evgin saves from the assassin
  • "Nichole Galicia was a gift. She quickly became my avatar for the language, and she’s the speaker I have in mind when doing recordings. She worked hard at getting the lines right, and developed a good sense of the feel and sound of the language. Her work really grounded the language for me. Unlike Irathient and Castithan which I had a clear vision of from moment one, Kinuk’aaz was a long time in coming. I feel fortunate that this season really showcases the language. We get to see it at its best." - David Peterson, Language Creator
  • "The tunnels were a compilation of several elements -- a practical location entry culvert which was heavily augmented with a full interior skin of simulated dirt, rock and roots; a cave set which allowed some travel, and finally the exit into a basement within Defiance itself." - Steve Geaghan, Production Designer
  • Though not explained in the final version of this episode, "Zero" earned his nickname because that's the number of times he's ever missed a shot!
  • Nolan has quite a bit of experience commanding a small, mobile strike force. During the Pale Wars, he fought with the Iron Demons, an elite unit whose deeds were legend. The Iron Demons often worked behind enemy lines, sabotaging Votan facilities. They were present at the Battle of Defiance in San Francisco, facing off against the Ekaru Kome ... an equally elite squad of Votan soldiers. While most of Nolan's squad were killed in battle, a few survived, including Jon Cooper (lawkeeper of Marin) and Eddie Braddock (a bounty hunter whose whereabouts are currently unknown).
  • "In talking to Jesse [Rath, who plays Alak] just before we shot the “tunnel explosion” scene, I thought that it would be cool that at some point during the fight, Bebe reverts back to when we first met him -- with one human and one Indogene eye. I shared the idea with the director and the mad dash was on to see if the Contact Lens Department could get my “eye” to set before we started rolling. They made it in time and Beckman went out like Bebe came in … half-human and half Indogene." - Billy MacLellan, "Bebe"
  • A "shanje oathtaker" is like a made-man of the Sicilian mafia. They're a sworn brotherhood, considered untouchable by any member of the lower liros under any circumstances. While Datak may fancy himself a member of the shanje liro, it is only through his marriage to Stahma. Datak was born into the yuke liro, comprised of laborers and servants. If the oathtaker in question had wished it, he could have had Datak strung up on the shaming rack. With a temper like his, it's a wonder he ever survived life at the bottom of the rigid caste system.
  • "Tony Curran threw himself so completely into playing Datak's father that he shaved his head completely. He was joyfully enthusiastic about the opportunity and thoroughly committed to playing a second part -- even though it meant he had double the usual amount of alien language to tackle! He enthusiastically tried on different contact lenses, wardrobe ideas, tattoo and branding ideas." - Mairzee Almas, Director
  • "The original Shaming Rack was designed in Season One. It’s adapted from the frame of a Dodge truck and has been used three times in Defiance. It is a Castithan device that rips the limbs from its victims in a religious purification ritual." - Steve Geaghan, Production Designer
  • If you look closely, you'll see that Defiance's terms of surrender are written on hand-pulped paper. The art department established this look back in Season One as a way to illustrate the town's scarcity of resources, and to also show how everything in this world has been cobbled together from the remnants of the old world.
  • Not all punishments on The Shaming Rack are fatal. For minor transgressions such as insulting a member of a higher liro, a few hours on the rack are sufficient. This is excruciatingly painful, but doesn't usually result in permanent injury. Treason, however -- the crime for which Datak has been sentenced -- would normally result in total dismemberment, with the offending party's limbs being displayed in the far corners of the town as a warning to other Castithans not to step out of line.
  • Tony Curran is willing to do just about anything when it comes to playing his role as Datak Tarr, but cutting off his own arm is a bit much to ask. To achieve this effect, each shot featuring the severed arm was filmed twice -- once with the actors in frame, and again with an empty set. The visual effects team then "paints out" the portion of Datak's arm they wish to remove, replacing it with the empty frame. A digital stump and blood spatter are then added to complete the effect. A lot of work, but it's much easier on the actors than the alternative!

Votan Translations[]

David J. Peterson, the creator of the Votan languages, has made translations available on his Archive of Our Own page.

Translations for the Votan spoken in this episode can be found at Conlang Dialogue: Defiance, Episode 308.

Highlighted Quote[]

My name is Datak Tarr. My name is Datak Tarr.
Sherilina ksa Taro Detake re ya. Sherilina ksa Taro Detake re ya.


  • Because the first two episodes aired together as two hour premiere, they are sometimes referred to as a single episode (despite having separate episode titles), making this the seventh episode to air, but eighth named, individual episode of the season.
  • Season 3 regular, Anna Hopkins, does not appear in this episode