Go behind the scenes and inside the second season premiere!
For years the Earth Republic has sought control of Defiance for its gulanite mines. Gulanite is a valuable ore that was buried on Earth when the alien terraformers reshaped the planet. It's the primary fuel source in the new frontier. Following Arkfall, the Earth Republic took in millions of refugees from across the country. They soon found themselves short on food and fuel. The McCawley mines could solve the Earth Republic's energy crisis.
Viceroy Berto Mercado is a powerful politician in the Earth Republic. Mercado played a key role in helping transition the former Earth Military Coalition into what he now know as the E-Rep. Mercado is an ambitious player and is one of several candidates expected to throw his hat in the ring in the upcomnig Earth Republic elections.
Most of New Chicago's population lives underground to avoid the perpetual winter caused by terraforming. The town is located just outside the borders of the Earth Republic, making it the perfect home for anyone trying to stay off the E-Rep's radar.
Thesho was the traveling salesman whom Irisa held hostage in episode #5. Thesho's cult tortured Irisa when she was just a child and placed a strange silver object inside her. They believed Irisa to be the "Devouring Mother," a dark prophet would bring about a Votan rapture.
The Votanis Collective is an alien government headquartered in Brazil. There's no love lost between the VC and the Earth Republic, as both governments strive for control of North America. But their way is a cold one. VC spies are rumored to be everywhere, even Defiance. Datak has been a loyal supporter of the Votanis Collective for years, sending them a monthly stiped in the hopes that one day they'll return the favor.
This is the Los Angeles Archipelago, known by the locals as AngelArc. When the Arks fell, terraformers ripped Southern California apart, transforming the region into a series of islands. It's a lawless place run by powerful cartels and black market traders. It's said you can get anything in AngelArc....for the right price.
Do you notice that Irisa's poncho is made from an old California state flag?
The Capitol Records building is one of the few remaining landmarks in AngelArc, along with Mann's Chinese Theater and the Griffith Observatory. It's now been converted into beachside apartments.
The Irathient God Irzu takes the form of Irisa as a little girl whenever she appears.
"I am left to open the airlock door myself!" is a reference to the story Stahma told Christie in Episode #2 about how she first met Datak. Datak and Stahma were passengers aboard the same ship on the journey to Earth. Stahma's family had arranged for her to marry a "man of great honor." Despite her bethrothal, Stahma met and fell in love with Datak. When Stahma's fiancee found out, he challenged Datak to a duek. Before it could take place, Stahma's fiancee was mysteriously flushed out an airlock. Most people believed Datak was responsible. Now we know otherwise.
"Across the Storm Divide" - the song that played in the montage at the end of the episode - is sung by country star Trace Adkins, with lyrics by Defiance creator Kevin Murphy. It's got tons of Defiance easter eggs. You can listen to it here.
Irisa's vision of slashing Nolan's throat is Irzu's way of reminding Irisa about the details of their arrangement. Irzu resurrected Nolan in exchange for Irisa's help with its deadly plan. If Irisa doesn't keep her mouth shut, Nolan dies.
Season two of Defiance picks up nine months after the last. During that time, the story has continued to evolve in the video game. Nolan appeared in a crossover mission, searching for Irisa and Stahma traveled to the Bay Area on Tarr family business. You can get more information on the Defiance game here.
This is Varus Soleptor, an infamous Liberata businessman from the Bay Area (and the video game). Before their arrival in Defiance, Nolan and Irisa stole a valuable piece of the alien technology from Varus called the Libera Nova gem. Varus has spent the past year tracking down Nolan to seek his revenge.
Hellbugs are a pervasive threat in the video game. The one you see here is just a baby (called a "skitterling"), but you can fight the much larger warriors, matrons and even monarchs in the game.
In Castithan culture, females are subservient to males. Unlike Casti men, they're forbidden from taking lovers and bathing alone. We've already seen Stahma break both those rules. What other rules might she break in the future
"Even my neighbor who watches Defiance didn't know it was me until I told him! Some of the crew who I had been working with for two seasons only ever met me as Irisa until the wrap party, and who knows it they'll remember that!" - Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa)
"Ever since Defiance premiered, people love to call me mayor. It's nice...I kind of like it!" -Julie Benz (Amanda).
"Founder's Day" commemorates the day that Rafe McCawley's small mining town officially became the town of Defiance. The three founders of Defiance were Rafe, Nicolette Riordan and Hunter Bell. Hunter Bell was murdered by Nicky after he discovered she was an Indogene spy. Nicky herself was murdered by Doc Yewll, who feared the devastation Nicky would wreak if she ever got her hands on the mysterious ship known as the Kaziri. And now Rafe has been stripped of his power and forced to work in his own mines. The town of Defiance has prospered. It's founders - not so much.