Go behind-the-scenes and inside the mythology from the first season finale!
Now we know the real truth of Colonel Marsh's intentions! Gaining control of the gulanite mines was just a pretense. Marsh belongs to a rogue element within the Earth Republic who have been looking for the Kaziri (the artifacts Irisa absorbed into her last episode) for years. But, as Marsh stated, is the Kaziri really 3,000 years old? That's WAY before the aliens arrived on Earth....right?
Crossover alert! Zachary Prast in this wanted poster is actually a player of the video game - the winner of a contest to have their likeness appear in the show.
Now dead former mayor Nicky Riordan first approached Colonel Marsh about the Kaziri back when she was a lowly clerk working for the Earth Republic. Nicky believed the survival of the Gateway Arch was a sign that the Kaziri remained buried under St. Louis. Marsh didn't believe her, so Nicky led an expedition to Missouri to find it. The gulanite that was discovered while searching underground caused a gold rush that led to the settlement of Defiance. Marsh has been keeping tabs on the town ever since.
Datak mentions collecting votes on "Nehi street." Nehi is the same street where Datak's Bioman Ulysses abducted Kenya and Tirra back in episode 4. It's widely known as the worst part of the Hollows, where many illegal drugs - including Adreno - are bought and sold.
"Yeah, I was a monster." There have been several hints at Doc Yewll's checkered past throughout season one. Pol Madis alluded to possible involvement with something called the Biodyne Project in episode 6. She was also linked to the Indo-Sapien project that resulted in astronaut Gordon McClintock (episode 8) and Nicky Riordan (Episode 10)
"The poison was ON on the flask." Epicutaneous poison can be transmitted through skin contact. Notice the gloves Stahma is wearing? Clearly the woman plans ahead.
"I heard things out west." Rynn left San Francisco (and the Defiance game) when she heard that Nolan had crippled Sukar, Rynn's own father figure. She also learned about Nolan's history with local crimelord Varus, who placed a bounty on Nolan and Irisa's head after they stole the Libera Nova gem from him (which they used in Episode 1).
"I would use the contact lenses for maximum effect by darting them to the side in one swift movement instead of turning my head or putting my head down low and looking up hard through my lashes to get that reptillian feel. Sometimes I'll just stare straight forward and move my head to where I want to look which can give a really reptillian dead-eye feel. I did all three when I was holidng Kenya in my arms in the woods." -Jaime Murray
Jonah Keller, known as "Black Jonah," traveled to Defiance from Marin (in the video game), where he commanded a large company of Echelon forces. Echelon is a private military corporation that enlists players of the fame to participate in "Shadow Wars" - player vs. player combat used by Echelon to identify the best of the best.
Arkfall altered more than just the planet's landscape. Each terrasphere contained a DNA library of Votan plant and animal life, right down to microscopic life forms. Earth's horses were amongst the first casualities, succumbing to an alien microbe that acted as a deadly, fast moving equine virus.
Castithans have quite the double standard when it comes to gender roles. Castithan society tells Stahma to accept the many lovers Datak has had over the years, while infidelity on Stahma's part is punishable by death.
"Julie Benz asked the prop department to put cayenne pepper in the tea that stands in for whiskey in her scenes, because she likes the sting of it and her reaction gives the scene more reality." -Michael Nankin, Producer/Director.
What did Irisa do? Did she wake a great evil? What's going to happen to Defiance now that the Earth Republic's coming to town? For answers to that and more, you'll have to wait until Season 2 in June 2014 - although many pieces of the puzzle will be revealed in the game in the coming months!