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"Where the Apples Fell" is the 6th episode of Season Three of Defiance and the 31st episode overall. It aired on July 10, 2015 on Syfy.


Nolan and Berlin pursue the Tarrs after their connection to the Votanis Collective is exposed. Alak faces his future as a father.

Syfy's Fun Facts[1][]

  • Alak and Christie named their baby "Luke" after Luke McCawley, Christie's eldest brother and Alak's one time rival. Luke was murdered when he found a kelovan, one of the keys to the Kaziri which was buried deep within the McCawley mines. Irisa used that same key to interface with the Kaziri. So in a roundabout way, the fact that Irisa has taken such a shine to baby Luke completes a sort of circle.
  • When Nolan and Irisa first came to Defiance, the town's population hovered somewhere around 6,000 people. Many fled when the McCawley mines collapsed. As of this episode, there are roughly 2,000 humans and 1,000 Votans remaining (about half the population of last season).
  • For over two decades, Von Bach Industries has been the largest and most successful weapons manufacturer in North America. They pride themselves on remaining neutral in any conflict and will happily provide guns to either side ... for a price. VBI employs top Indogene scientists to develop their advanced technology, using salvaged vo-tech sold to them by a number of ark hunters also in their employ. The current CEO of Von Bach Industries is Dr. Karl Von Bach. Rumors abound of friction between Karl and his younger brother, Conrad.
  • Rahm Tak, like many of his fellow Votans, came to believe that it was their "manifest destiny" to take control of planet Earth. This attitude was encouraged by several high-ranking leaders of the Votanis Collective, who realized Earth was the only habitable planet within their reach. One popular conspiracy theory regarding Arkfall was that the Votans destroyed their own ships to force their people to fight, not unlike the way the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés scuttled his own ships in order to motivate his men to go forward.
  • Interspecies marriage among Votans was uncommon during their early years on planet Earth. However, as the Pale Wars raged on and families were torn apart, many Votans realized they needed to put aside their differences and learn to tolerate each other's cultures in order to prevail. This led to comingling among the species, something that was unprecedented in the history of the Votanis Collective. It also resulted in a number of mixed-species marriages, including this one between Volubela (an Irathient) and Rahm (a Castithan).
  • An open view of sexuality is just one of the many things Omec and Castithan cultures have in common. They also share a similar taste in art and music. In the years following the War of Six, in which the Votan races drove the Omec back to their homeworld, the Omec faded into myth and legend. Eventually, a younger generation of Castithans began to fantasize about the mythological Omec, whom they saw as "kindred spirits." It became common for young Casti schoolgirls to daydream about being "enchanted" by an Omec and taken away of their own free will.
  • Doc Yewll won that fat stack of scrip playing poker in the NeedWant in the Season Three premiere. What Yewll didn't tell anyone is that she used her enhanced vision to spot tiny imperfections in the cards. That's card counting, Indogene style!
  • Datak's curses when he's captured, roughly translated, are as follows: "May God cast you to the three hells! I will tear open your stomach and devour your intestines! You will drown in your own piss! I will drink your blood and laugh!" Awesome.
  • Baby Luke (or "Bear," as Pilar and Irisa took to calling him) was played in real life by a set of identical twins named Nathan and Nashton. While adult actors are allowed to wear contact lenses to portray Votans, Baby Luke's human eyes had to be digitally replaced with Castithan eyes by Gary Hutzel's visual effects team.
  • "Everyone would approach me asking the same question when they saw Bebe’s prosthetics: “How long did that take?” Three to four hours I would tell them, then hair and wardrobe. And they would always react with a look of pity. I loved it. For a kid that grew up on Freddy and Jason, getting to hang with the folks in the prosthetic trailer was so much fun. I was grateful to do it. Sometimes it was a little uncomfortable after having it on for ten hours, but I always liked what George Clooney said about the Batman costume. Oprah Winfrey asked him about how uncomfortable the suit was, he replied, that at the end of the day, I get to be a superhero and it’s not coal mining." - Billy MacLellan, "Bebe"

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 306.

Highlighted Quote[]

You don't deserve to carry the Tarr name.
Taro fazhira ksa rashkyulu ejiganula je.
You think I want it?
Jena hunu pyedhi she?


  • 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 fifth episode to air, but sixth named, individual episode of the season.
  • When Amanda says, "Oh, you are so beautiful, Stahma," it is a reference to the film Heathers and the musical adaptation that showrunner Kevin Murphy also worked on.[2]