The cool thing about Defiance is that it's more than just a TV show - it's also a totally free-to-play, multiplatform game from TRION worlds. This shared universe of show and game leads to many cool crossover moments which we'll highlight below as they play out over the course of Season 2!
Episode 25 (Season 2, Episode 13)
Defiance wasn't the only town suffering the wrath of a crazy AI. LOCI, a nefarious arkbrain similar to the Kaziri, has been causing trouble in the Defiance video game. LOCI used Karl Von Bach as its unwitting pawn, just as the Kaziri used Irisa.
Episode 23 (Season 2, Episode 11)
The Kaziri isn't the only arkbrain on the loose. In recent weeks, a malevolent arkbrain called Loci has been causing trouble for players in the Defiance video game. For the past year, Karl Von Bach, the infamous weapons dealer, has been the unqitting pawn of Loci. When he returned to the Bay Area, he introduced a new line of EGO devices designed to infect their recipients with Loci's nanites. The infection became known as "The Grid."
Alethea, one of Irisa's followers, is a player-created character from the Defiance video game. Last year, one lucky player won the right to have their avatar featured in the show. TRION and Syfy collaborated to bring the character to light, designing a new unique costume and casting actress America Olivo to play her.
Episode 22 (Season 2, Episode 10)
The glowing blue ball is a terrasphere, an alien device responsible for the terraforming that transformed the planet. In the year 2030, thousands of Votan ships mysteriously crashed to Earth, releasing their terraspheres across the planet. This particular terrasphere was smuggled into town by an Echelon Operative. It was only through the brave actions of Cass Ducar (a character in the Defiance video game) that their plot failed.
Episode 20 (Season 2, Episode 8)
Episode 19 (Season 2, Episode 7)
Rynn is back! If you'll recall, Rynn first appeared in Season 1 on the TV show, then moved to the video game, then came back to the TV show.
Tarr Traxx, Alak's business, extends to the Bay Area and the Defiance game (thanks to Stahma's apperance there this summer), players in the video game can run missions for Tarr Traxx.
Irisa's strange healing power stems from the silver and gold tendrils within her body - the same tendrils she uses to mark her acolytes. A similar threat has appeared in the Defiance video game. A strange power known as "The Grid" has begun to infect settlers in the Bay Area, afflicing them with metallic tendrils similar to Irisa's. Did she start a chain reaction?
Episode 18 (Season 2, Episode 6)
The arkfall that occured in this episode was no accident. The week before, players in the Defiance video game inadvertently triggered a series of arkfalls across the country, including this one.
Exploring arks is a dangerous business, but a common one for players in the video game. Just as Nolan and Pottinger discovered a Gulanee in hypersleep in this ark, its not uncommon for players in the game to discover aliens in hypersleep pods.
There is a Gulanee in the game - a criminal warlord that goes by the name Dy'Dekuso.
Episode 17 (Season 2, Episode 5)
The associate that Doc Yewll mentions is Erin NiDen, a character in the Defiance game.
EGO devices, such as those implanted in Amanda and Pottinger, are given to all players of the video game to track their progress.
Von Bach Industries, mentioned in the episode, is the brainchild of Karl Von Bach. Von Bach is a character in the video game.
Episode 16 (Season 2, Episode 4)
Raiders like those that attacked Pottinger are a common site in the Defiance game, where players frequently encounter them while traversing the Bay Area.
The case that Pottinger obtains is stamped with a "Von Bach Industries" label. Karl Von Bach is a notorious weapons dealer who is based in the Bay Area, where the video game takes place.
We've known Tarr Traxx, Alak's record business, has been a front for the Tarr criminal empire ever since Stahma made an appearance in the video game to expand the Tarr family's reach to the west coast - using Tarr Traxx as a cover for their illegal goods.
Episode 15 (Season 2, Episode 3)
*We find out Christie is pregnant in this episode. For many years, cross-species breeding was considered impossible. When the first mixed-species babies started to appear, people wondered whether it suggested a common genetic ancestor or a product of genetic engineering. There is a whole storyline - "Cradle to Grave" - devoted to this in the Defiance game.
*The tendril attacks that Irisa inflicts on Bertie and Sukar (and that we see the Casti fishmonger that Irisa "killed" two episodes ago inflict on a child) are very similar to a phenomenon happening in the Defiance game. Possessed individuals have been attacking settlers. Collectively they are known as "The Grid." Has Irzu's curse spread to the Bay Area (home of the game) as well?
Episode 14 (Season 2, Episode 2)
*Notice how Pottinger and the Earth Republic are willingly to turn a blind eye towards Stahma's criminal activities? She's been making a lot of savvy deals since Datak's been in prison - and has expanded her influence to San Francisco, where the game takes place.
*Did you see the poster behind Tommy that said "A Pow in every pot." Terraforming introduced many new alien species to Earth, but it also played havoc with indigenous animals. Pow are a genetically mutated combination of cows and pigs. They can be found in abudance in the video game.
*Shrill bombs, as seen in this episode, are the new weapon of choice in the game.
*The miners in this episode used cold fire guns to paralyze the Shrill spores. Cold fire were developed by the Volge, a brutal race of warriors who attacked Defiance back in the first episode. The Volge - and their coldfire weapons - are frequent enemies in the game.
Episode 13 (Season 2, Episode 1)
*Varus Soleptor, the Liberata crimelord that nearly killed Nolan, is a character in the video game. Prior to the events of Season 1, Nolan and Irisa (in the game) stole a valuable Libera Nova gem for Varus. It took him an entire season of searching for Nolan, but Varus finally found him. Well, until Irisa saved her adoptive dad, that is.
*A Hellbug - responsible for the death of the anti-Earth Republic miner that Pottinger arrested - is a familiar sight in the Defiance game. The one featured in tonight's episode was a baby Hellbug, called a skitterling, but much larger ones are common enemies in the game.
Prior To Season 2
*Nolan appeared in the game looking for Irisa
*Stahma appeared in the game, having traveled to 2047 San Francisco on Tarr family business.