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With Omec on the loose, hunting Defiance citizens, Nolan, Amanda, Irisa, Datak, Stahma, Berlin, and Doc Yewll undertake a potential suicide mission to end the Omec threat once and for all.

Syfy's Fun Facts[1][]

  • Reconciling the Tarrs this season was no small feat. The McCawley family may have been the first casualties, but they certainly weren't the last. As a result of the rift between the Tarrs, the town lost its armory, the Arch was destroyed, Alak killed a VC guard, Stahma killed a deputy, not to mention a host of other incidents one could argue were an indirect result of their feud, including the deaths of both T'evgin and Silora Voske of the Votanis Collective. Despite all this collateral damage, it's good to see the Tarrs reunited. Of course, Alak's attitude toward his mother suggests their relationship may remain prickly for many years to come!
  • "I took great pleasure slashing A'fin's throat. Hey, you all saw how he said 'You?' to me in an earlier moment. The Omec had it coming! I taught all the Omec actors a few words in our language because no way I could let them dishonor themselves and call me Kindzi. So I taught Rainbow Sun and Demore how to say mother: 'ham,' pronounced hom like homily, and All Mother: 'haliaz,' as well as a few other simple words that I encouraged them to ad-lib throughout the scene." - Nichole Galicia, "Kindzi"
  • A popular Hollywood adage suggests one should avoid working with children and animals at all costs due to their unpredictable behavior on set. But so far this season, baby Luke (played by twins Nathan and Nashton) has stolen just about every scene in which he's appeared. He's developed amazing chemistry with both Irisa and Alak. And from the looks of it, Alak and Irisa seem to be well on their way to developing a chemistry all their own!
  • "Berlin carries Tommy’s shotgun with her through much of Season Three, and this was always a physical reminder of the duty she felt towards Tommy. I think there is also a sense of guilt she carries around Tommy's death, and that is also embodied in the shotgun she carries on her back. Further into the season, when she begins to deal with his death and forgive Irisa, she chooses to not carry the gun as often. It was a real symbol of where she was in the grieving process." - Anna Hopkins, "Jessica 'Berlin' Rainier"
  • "The Omec word for 'mission,' gonaaz, derives ultimately from a word meaning 'entrails.'" - David Peterson, Language Creator
  • "Though Kevin [Murphy, Executive Producer] knew beforehand that he was going to want a language for the Omec, when he told me about it, he said he didn’t think they'd need a writing system. At the time, I was fine with that, because I was busy with other work, and creating the language on top of that had me plenty busy. As the season got going, though, Suki Parker in the art department told me that I'd be creating one after all. Since I'd moved past the initial spate of busy-ness, I was really jazzed, because I love creating writing systems, and despite working on a number of shows, it's really only Defiance where I get to work with them. The first time I saw the set and saw signs all over the place with my writing systems was indescribable. That's the stuff you dream about as a kid. It was amazing." - David Peterson, Language Creator
  • "On the bridge of the Tsuroz, the Omec interface device that Doc Yewll must get into to become 'one with the ship' we dubbed the 'Artichoke of Death' because of its flowerlike configuration of petals and spikes. The petals open through a CG effect, then the actual leaf-like elements are placed around Trenna (Doc Yewll) for the rest of the scene." - Steve Geaghan, Production Designer
  • "The stuff in the Omec ship where I was connected to the ship was probably the hardest for me. I had to speak Omec, which did not come easily (I commend our cast that do it regularly) and I was sitting on a bike seat under warm lights with magnetic tubes attached to me (that didn't hold well which meant a lot of poking and prodding all day). Needless to say, I was hot and my ass hurt like hell, but it was a great day, too. It looked really effing cool!! And Tony [Curran] and Steph [Leonidas] are great at keeping uncomfortable Indogenes' spirits up." - Trenna Keating, "Doc Yewll"
  • "[This sequence] was shot with a very special set of lenses made by Clairmont Camera. They're called 'Blurtars' and were specifically designed to make crappy images. They would make any lens technician's skin crawl with their uncoated glass and purposely uncorrected optics. Clairmont went out of their way to manufacture these magnificent examples of what a lens should not be. Hence the cool look. So, thanks to the Blurtars we were able to achieve the look entirely in camera. I've used them a few times over the years and am always delighted with the impressionistic results." - Thomas Burstyn, Director of Photography
  • Omec prefer to eat their victims alive. They cannot stomach prey that's gone cold and even find wounded animals distasteful. Part of this is physiological, as Omec can become sick by eating diseased meat. Part of it is psychological -- the Omec live for the thrill of the hunt, and quickly lose their appetite when their prey doesn't fight back. Either way, it's lucky for Amanda that this particular Omec didn't find her appetizing when she was wounded.
  • "Most of the Omec starship Tsuroz is virtual, with the exception of the bridge and engineering environments. They were designed as a unit set (a single space) that can service both environments with superficial wall treatment augmentation and lighting changes. The changes were accomplished overnight by construction between the shooting days." - Steve Geaghan, Production Designer
  • "The Kinuk'aaz writing system is called Zaduusel, and unlike the other three writing systems I created, it's an actual alphabet. (Not that it's any easier to spell anything. The crazy vowel combinations are notoriously tricky!) For the design of it, I was inspired by three things. First, I wanted it to look cool, but also not friendly. Castithan and Irathient are both curvilinear and nice-looking. Zaduusel is sharp and precise like an E-Rep uniform. Second, I'd just come back from India, and I'd been reading a lot of Devanagari. One of the most striking features of Devanagari is the top line that runs across each character. That leads to the third inspiration. I was writing a book featuring a number of different scripts, including the Defiance scripts, and it was absolutely driving me nuts trying to format script images when there's no consistent, obvious writing line. Taking a cue from Devangari, I made quite sure that this script was going to have a consistent and obvious writing line. There'd be no mistake how it should be oriented! Also, the past two seasons, the art department has always been asking me how you could write Irathient and Castithan vertically, and the systems just weren't set up for that. This time I made sure they would definitely be able to write my script vertically. It was the least I could do!" - David Peterson, Language Creator
  • "The virtual environments the Art Department developed for the Season Three Omec arc are the Pod Transport room, The Vault of Many, Ships Corridors, The Funerary Gallery, the CG portion of the active engine room, the Bridge set extensions and the exterior of the Tsuroz. As the script requirements evolve, so too must the sets in both form and tone. When the plans and illustrations leave our hands they go to the Visual Effects department where Gary Hutzel and his artists take over from there to give them 3D life. From there, the CG elements are edited into the cut. All the environments go through a number of variations due to story requirements and the practical limitations of our production period." - Steve Geaghan, Production Designer
  • The show's writers spent countless hours discussing the mechanics of how Nolan and company would attempt to destroy the <em>Tsuroz</em>. The plan had to result in the ship's engines going critical while still allowing for Nolan to revert the process at the last moment, sending the ship hurtling uncontrollably across the galaxy. Perhaps the best metaphor the writers landed on was the "banana in the tailpipe" from <em>Beverly Hills Cop</em>. The idea was that Nolan would shut the engine's vents, bottling up all that energy. Once the vents were opened, all that power would rocket the ship away at incredible speed. As a side note, Nolan's dialogue "We're going to Jackson" harkens back to the scene in the pilot where we first met Nolan and Irisa, recalling Nolan's boyish sense of adventure in the face of the unknown.
  • The outfit Irisa is wearing is the same dress she wore to Alak and Christie's wedding in back in Season One, Episode 10. This was one of the first times we saw Irisa make an effort to socialize within the community, an early step in the character's evolution.
  • The re-christened arch marks the second monument in town that's dedicated in part to Joshua Nolan. The statue in Darby Square commemorates the Battle of Defiance, in which Nolan's fighting unit, the Iron Demons, and their Votan counterparts laid down their weapons in order to rescue the innocent civilians of San Francisco from the devastation they themselves had wrought
  • Irisa has had quite the journey over the course of her young life. As a child, she was given up by her parents to a group of Votan cultists, where she was tortured and traumatized, turning her into a feral creature. She was rescued by Nolan, who raised Irisa as his own. Unfortunately, the lessons Nolan taught her only further cemented Irisa's violent nature. She began to soften once she arrived in Defiance, finding redemption through her relationship with Tommy. But the acts she committed under the influence of the Kaziri nearly destroyed her, claiming Tommy's life as well. It's taken a long time for Irisa to forgive herself and put the trauma of her past behind her, but by some miracle the darkness has only made her stronger. She's finally learned to engage with the community, becoming a confident woman with a strong moral compass all her own.

Trivia & Season 4 Plans[]

Season 4[]

  • Kevin Murphy had planned to follow Nolan and Doc Yewll as they travel through time in season 4 where they would see arkfall and team up with younger versions of Amanda and Kenya. Due to the impacts of being tied to the Omec ship, Doc Yewll would get a human face like Mayor Nicky and Gordon McClintock [2][3]
  • In season 4, Kevin Murphy also planned to reveal the fate of the other people left in pods at the end of season 2 with Nolan and Irisa. [4]
  • He also stated, " If we’re lucky enough to come back for season four, the Spirit Riders will figure prominently in that season."[5]
  • The show built physical sets for the Omec ship and intended to use them in season 4. They wanted a big component of (at least the first few episodes) of season 4 to be in space. [6]
  • Nolan would return, and Irisa would be Lawkeeper. [7] It is unclear what Nolan's role would be upon his return to Defiance, but Nolan and Berlin both held the Lawkeeper title for most of season 3. Nolan's official job title has been chief Lawkeeper until this point.
  • One fan theory suggested Yewll would be replaced with one of her clones. Kevin Murphy denied this possibility. [8]

General Trivia[]

  • Because the first two episodes aired together as a two hour premiere, they are sometimes referred to as a single episode (despite having separate episode titles), making this the twelfth episode to air, but thirteenth named, individual episode of the season.
  • When Amanda collapses on the ground, you can see a blanket beneath her. This is because there was a tick alert in Toronto the day the episode was filmed. [9]
  • The final song became a cover of David Bowie's Everyone Say Hi after the producers tried out 15 different songs including Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. [10]
  • This became the series finale after Syfy cancelled the show for budgetary reasons
  • This is the final episode for all remaining series regulars, including the five main characters from the first episode until the last episode: Nolan, Amanda, Irisa, Stahma, and Datak. Note: Jesse Rath who played Alak was a guest star in season 1 before being promoted.
  • Amanda Rosewater originally died in this episode, and Julie Benz was given a farewell gift, but her death scene was ultimately deleted. Because there was serious talk of the show being renewed for a season 4 at the time the finale aired, they called Julie to tell her the ending would be changed and they would be bringing Amanda back for season 4. [11] In an Instagram Live, Julie explained that one of the major concerns over killing Amanda was the lack of qualified characters to run the town in her absence. They filmed multiple takes of her death, but could not agree on exactly who she would leave the town to.

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 313.

Highlighted Quote[]

-- foreign body detected
-- k'vorkaz pots slavan ar.