Go inside Episode 2 with behind the scenes information and more goodies.
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Onto the show! The cleansing rack that Elah Bandik was strung up on is meant to be a spiritual and physical purification for one who has brought great shame to the race (in Elah's case, cowardice in the Battle of the Volge). Fellow Castithans (starting with the culprit's family) take turns adding stones to weigh down the mechanism - to remind the accused that their transgression shames the entire community.
Castithan society is governed by a strict caste system, called the Fovasho. Layers of society are described like clouds, with the most prestigious castes being the highest. Outcasts are considered to be at ground level. The Castithan word for caste - liro - originally came from a word that meant cloud.
The hardest scenes to shoot this episode were the Castithan bathing sequences. Water plus full body make up is a challenge -it required two hour body make up application! Also, the interior of the Tarr house was conceived as if the family lived in a cloud. Remember how Castithan castes are akin to clouds? Not a coincidence.
The St. Louis nuclear power plant was built by the Earth Military Coalition during the Pale Ward. Global conflict made delivery of fossil fuel to North America difficult. This power plant was built along the Mississippi River, as it offered a convenient cooling source. Ultimately, alien power sources proved easier to maintain and the plant shut down. You can read more about it's creation here.
Notice the marks on Irisa's wrists? What does that have to do with her comment "I don't like chains"? Something about the Elah Bandik situation was very, very personal for her.... (question is: what's her story?)
Did you know that each of the alien races had their process who would survive the destruction of their universe and go to Earth? Irathients fought tribal wars and undertook religious rituals, while Indogenes did extensive testing to bring the most intelligent of their kind. Castithans made their decisions based on social status, with only the upper caste journeying. Of course, Datak, despite his humble birth, managed to find his way onto a ship. We're not sure we want to know how (yes we do).
Irathients were among the first settlers to return to St. Louis after terraforming energy swept the planet. They became farmers and worked the land. The great purge following the vaccination crisis Amanda spoke of (where Irathients refused to great treated for an illness that was killing Irathient kids) is just one of several reasons that the Spirit Riders hate Defiance.
The genetic mutations brought on by terraforming killed much of the world's livestock and introduced some bizarre new species. Green eggs are far from the weirdest thing people eat these days. Dr. Suess was sorta prescient, no?
Ben hinted at Rafe doing something to his wife. Remember that.
Nolan was a member of the Iron Demons, a special forces unit that saw heavy action during the war. Nolan's buddy Jon Cooper - lawkeeper in the video game - was a member of the same unit. Jon, Nolan and Tork Mork (a character in the video game) were also members of the Defiant Few (those who put down arms against the aliens in the legendary Battle of Defiance). That battle left a lot of scars and not just physical ones.
Jaime Murray hails from England (and is quite the quick study in Castithan). For Stahma, she adopted a "mid-Atlantic" accent.
Castithans are monotheistic. Their god Rayetso is seen as a perfect being. Of course, many Castithans see themselves as "perfect beings" (Datak, we're looking at you). Though, they'd never admit this to the church.
Gulanite - which Rafe mines - is a powerful raw ore that fuels much of the alien technology used in Defiance. Rafe discovered a large deposit of the stuff and built his mines, which is how Defiance got its start. The gulanite mines are what makes Defiance strategically important.
On the busiest crowd day, the hair department created 53 wigs for the Castithans! To make life a little easier, people with light blond hair were selected as extras.
The McCawley Brand Dog Food jingle, "Chow Down Time," that Nolan sings to Rafe was written especially for the show. If it sounds familiar, it was because it was adapted into the more introspective and melancholy "McCawley Theme" that is woven throughout the series in scenes involving Rafe and family.
Scene that almost was alert! There was a pitch to have Nolan and Rafe bunker down in a Museum of old St. Louis and debate over which priceless work of art to burn for warmth. Rafe wouldn't dare burn a Picasso, but was fine with torching some of the more modern art.
According to showrunner Kevin Murphy, the biggest difference between Nolan and Amanda is that "Amanda will usually do what's smart, even if it isn't right, while Nolan will always do what's right, even if it isn't smart."