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Synopsis[]

Nolan, Amanda, and Irisa search for a way to stop invulnerable Kindzi from waking and transporting more Omec to Earth. Datak seeks escape from a deadly Omec compound. Stahma implores Alak for forgiveness before it's too late.

Syfy's Fun Facts[1][]

  • The character of Lambert is played by Gilles Savard, who has also appeared in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985), Scrooged (1988) and the made-for-TV version of Gypsy starring Bette Midler. In real life, he is married to Defiance co-star Monica Parker, who plays Bailey, Amanda's attaché and a former member of the town council. Among their many interests, Gilles and Monica share a particular love for interior design.
  • The Kinuk'aaz word for 'Dread Harvest' is Maret Adziim, which means 'Blood Hunt.'" - David Peterson, Language Creator.
  • "Beginning shooting Season Three in the middle of a Toronto winter, the coldest on record apparently, I'm sure posed many challenges for the whole cast and crew. 30 below zero certainly got your attention when shooting exteriors ... looks great on camera, though. On the other end of the spectrum, May was a little warmer. 80 degrees shooting in a cargo container in a chicken cage wearing a dog collar & plastic wrist constraints about to be eaten was fun ... ha, kinda. That's also gonna look really good on camera ... it certainly felt realistic enough." - Tony Curran, "Datak Tarr"
  • The dead Irathient's innards are a combination of fresh beef and fake entrails created by Defiance's prosthetics department. Organs were molded from gelatin containing food dye, suitable for consumption by the actors portraying the Omec.
  • "In Kinuk'aaz, the Omec language, verbs are divided into classes depending on the type of objects they usually take. There are seven of these object classes, with three other pseudo classes for reflexives, passives and statives. The object classes are: (I) people; (II) things; (III) food; (IV) places; (V) instruments; (VI) clothing; (VII) products/results (this is for verbs whose object is a resultant action, e.g. sleeping, whose result is an instance of sleeping)." - David Peterson, Language Creator
  • Gapoliraaz means "The Great Overtaking" in Kinuk’aaz (the Omec language). It is the ritual of passing power from the old alpha (the liazaaz) to the new. Omec envision the afterlife as a clearing in a vast forest or jungle. During the Gapoliraaz ceremony, the new liazaaz escorts the old one to the edge of the clearing, allowing them to pass through into the afterlife. They then return to assume their role as the new liazaaz. This shows the passing of power from one to the other, and symbolizes how the new liazaaz has literally been to the edge and back, making them worthy to lead the pack. In this way, they maintain the connection to the past and strengthen the pack as it prepares to face the future.
  • "Kinuk'aaz [the Omec language] uses a number of different non-English sounds. The two that are probably the easiest to explain are 'ö' and 'ü,' which have the values they do in German (e.g. in Köln and München, the German names for Cologne and Munich). They’re like the 'ay' in 'bay' and the 'ee' in 'see' but pronounced with fully rounded lips. Also somewhat tricky were the affricates 'ts' and 'dz,' which can occur at the beginning of a word (for example, 'dzüür' is the word for 'when'). Kinuk'aaz also has long vowels and long consonants, which took some practice. The ejective consonants 'k,' 'q,' 't' and 'ts' were likely the most challenging elements. You basically pronounce regular 'k,' 't' and 'ts' while holding your breath. The result is a popping sound that occurs right after the usual consonant sound. On top of that was the rolling uvular 'r,' which sounds a bit like a growl." - David Peterson, Language Creator
  • This constant barrage of Omec transport pods evokes the London Blitz, which occurred during World War II when long-range German airplanes bombed the city of London for nearly eight months. These attacks were designed to demoralize the people through their fierce and unpredictable nature. Ultimately, the Germans' gambit failed as the people of London banded together to prove their resilience. We can only hope the people of Defiance will fare as well against the Omec onslaught.
  • "Though the Indogenes created a separate identity and language for themselves after escaping the Omec, the word 'Indogene' itself actually comes from Omec. In Omec, the original word is Indo'edin. It's actually an inflection of the to'et, which means 'to learn.' The prefix 'in-' is used in the present tense and causes the first 't' to become a 'd.' The same thing happens to the last 't' when the '-in' suffix is added. The word, then, means 'they're learning.' That’s what the Omec noted about their creation, the Indogene, as they got cleverer and cleverer at evading them. Pretty soon the phrase came to be so closely associated with them that it stuck as a name." - David Peterson, Language Creator
  • Back on their homeworld, Castithan children would often be segregated according to their liro, with students of the shanje liro enjoying a better education. Nicolette Riordon, the first mayor of Defiance, put a stop to this. She saw this practice as unfair and outmoded, and integrated Castithan children along with the rest of the Votan races. This led to conflict among Castithan children and parents alike ... an unfortunate consequence of Mayor Nicky's attempts to unify the town and its people.
  • "The biggest challenge of the season is the advent of the Omec race and their ship, the Tsuroz. It is represented on the show by both virtual and practical environments. As it is principally seen in the season's last two episodes, it puts a great deal of responsibility on the Visual Effects and Construction departments that are constrained by our tight production and delivery dates." - Steve Geaghan, Production Designer
  • Historically, intermarriage between the various liros was frowned upon, especially among members of the shanje liro. However, every so often someone of lower class would distinguish themselves through battle or some great contribution to Castithan society and be allowed to marry into a higher liro. Or, the head of a powerful shanje family might fall in love with their handmaiden, elevating them to shanje status. In these cases, no one dared oppose the union out of fear of physical or political retribution. That being said, it was just as common for a member of a higher liro to be reduced in rank as punishment for marrying beneath their family's status.

Trivia[]

  • 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 eleventh episode to air, but the twelfth named, individual episode of the season.
  • This is recurring character Andina's final episode
  • Executive Producer, Kevin Murphy explains that the conflict between the Omec and the Votans is a reflection of real world conflicts that last for thousands of years. "By having the Omec resemble us in many ways, it allows us to turn a mirror upon ourselves as human beings and look at what we're capable of." [2]
  • Tony Curran explains that Doc Yewll and Datak have an "opposites attract" friendship that's on display in this episode [3]
  • Julie Benz remarks that Nolan and Amanda never got together before this point because there was just so much going on where they had to fight just to survive, but this kiss showed hope for a potential future between them [4]

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