Go behind-the-scenes and into the mythology of "I Almost Prayed."
"I loved shooting the scene where Berlin attempts to stop the firing squad at Camp Reverie. The staging and lighting of the scene were so powerful, and horrifying. It was shot in a large field, and the cameras were so far away that doing the scene felt very real, and gave me such a vivid motivation to do everything in my power to stop this horrific event from occurring. Unfortunately, I get wacked in the head with a baseball bat pretty early on in my attempt. Berlin really doesn’t shy away from taking a few beatings in this season of Defiance, that’s for sure." - Anna Hopkins (Berlin)
In real life, Tony Curran is quite the soccer fan. During season one, he surprised patrons of a local Toronto bar by showing up in full Datak Tarr makeup to watch the Celtic Football Club play!
"I got to do some fun work this season with Anna Hopkins (Berlin). She's a great girl! We spent quite a few days shooting outside in the freezing cold singing cheesy 80s love songs while trying to stay warm right before the cameras would roll. Hard to keep a straight face around her!" - Julie Benz (Amanda)
Terraforming is the pinnacle of Indogene technology. Matter is rewritten on a molecular level, converting not just the terrain but all plant and animal life to patterns encoded within the terraspheres. The landscape is reshaped, new alien species are reborn, and all existing creatures are eradicated.
The Votans' original plan was to convert planet Earth into a replica of their homeworlds. The seven continents would be divided among the seven races, creating microcosms of the different alien ecosystems. The jungle you see here is a perfect replica of the ones found on planet Irath.
When the Votans first arrived on Earth in 2013, religious scholars attempted to find commonalities in human and alien religion. This resulted in the Church of Harmony, an attempt to reconcile a number of different belief systems. Sy Preston, one of the men who hijacked the land coach back in episode #5, was disguised as a Harmony preacher. The most famous Harmony commune was located in Yosemite Valley. It was wiped out during the war when soldiers from both sides mistook the settlers as enemy sympathizers. This resulted in the infamous Yosemite Massacre.
Shortly after the Votans' arrival in 2013, a series of plagues swept the planet. Hundreds of species, including horses and several beloved Votan animals, succumbed to these illnesses.
Amanda's decision to kill Irisa may seem harsh, but Amanda is a pragmatist. She's got nothing personal against Irisa, but the life of one Irathient doesn't outweigh the lives of countless others. According to showrunner Kevin Murphy, Amanda will always do the smart thing, even if it isn't right. Conversely, Nolan will do the right thing, even if it isn't always smart.
In 2030, a mysterious force caused the alien fleet to simultaneously explode in space. Many of the ships fell to Earth, releasing their cargo of terraspheres when they crashed. The result was a haphazard reshaping of planet Earth into a half-human, half-alien wasteland. What you see now is how terraforming was supposed to work -- a precise grid of orbital platforms that would painstakingly transform the planet to make it suitable for Votan habitation.
Three thousand years ago, two Irathients named Ashi and Reimlu successfully disabled the Kaziri by removing its silver and gold control tendrils. They escaped the ship using escape pods, and never saw each other again. Their descendents took great pains to keep the keys apart. Several generations later, the tendrils re-formed into the silver and gold artifacts -- the Kelovan. At some point in history, the artifacts were lost. One of them ended up in the hands of a Votan snake cult, who implanted the artifact inside Irisa. The artifacts were reunited last year when Doc Yewll brought Irisa into her office, where Yewll was keeping the golden artifact.
The Kaziri has had a strong effect on Irisa ever since she was a little girl. Daigo's snake cult implanted the silver artifact within her body, which opened a weak channel of communication between Irisa and the Kaziri. This connection caused the visions Irisa suffered as a child, which Nolan chalked up to post-traumatic stress. The closer Irisa got to the Kaziri, the more powerful these visions became. Once Irisa possessed both artifacts and used the terrasphere to "charge them up," it allowed the Kaziri to take full possession of her. Now that the keys are separated, Irisa is free... condemned to suffer the consequences of her actions while under the Kaziri's influence.
This scene is an echo of Irisa and Tommy's first meeting way back in the first episode The Kaziri is playing on Irisa's deepest emotions. Ultimately, the Kaziri is nothing more than a machine. It must adhere to strict logic. A promise is a promise, which is why the Kaziri was unable to force Irisa to kill Nolan. The Kaziri might be able to resurrect Tommy, but that would almost certainly mean the end of all life on Earth.
Hanya tavo is the Castithan equivalent of a daughter-in-law. It literally translates to "heart daughter," and conveys a much deeper bond.
"In my first professional acting gig I played Detroit in January. Toronto in December is Paris. Trust me." - William Atherton (Viceroy Mercado)