Defiance

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (72)

  • Irisa: The dreams returned last night. Stranger, more vivid than ever. I dreamt of his world. The world that used to be. Before the Votans arrived. I was born into the world that came after. After the vessels that carried my people were destroyed. After the Arkfalls began. After the terraformers changed his planet forever. The Earth he once knew is gone. Dead is the star system my people left behind. When I was a child, Nolan liked to tell me, "This world has no natives, which means it belongs to everyone." He says Antarctica will be paradise. I want to believe him but I've been disappointed too many times. I love my father. But his promises usually turn to stahko.

  • Nolan: Look, how was I supposed to know she was married? It's not like they wear rings or anything. It's all weird alien pheromones and quite frankly I wasn't born with the nose for it.

  • Rynn: She's just this human's pet. Does he feed you little treats?
    Irisa: We're cannibals. Why don't you stay for dinner?

  • Datak: Applause means that much to you, does it?
    Rafe: You want applause, Datak? Pack up and leave town. You'll get a standing ovation.

  • Datak: He packed that crowd with his own miners so he'd get louder applause than me. What kind of a man does that, I ask you? It's juvenile, petty. It's beneath my contempt, really.
    Stahma: You're annoyed you didn't think of it first.
    Datak: Now that was unkind.
    Stahma: You know what I noticed? Despite Rafe McCawley's efforts, the volume of his applause barely exceeded your own. That says something.
    Datak: That says my wife indulges in empty flattery.
    Stahma: Oh, my flattery is filled with implied promise. Once we get home...

  • Nolan: You do nice work, Doc.
    Dr. Yewll: I appreciate the compliment. Also appreciate prompt payment.

  • Nolan: I'm starting to like this place.
    Irisa: This is a bad idea.
    Nolan: Relax, it'll be just like Kansas City.
    Irisa: You got knifed in Kansas City.

  • Nolan: You get some side bets going. I'll carry this bum as long as I can.
    Irisa: You're an idiot.
    Nolan: I know.

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Notes (31)

  • This special ran 30 minutes.

  • Music: Jackson (Johnny Cash and June Carter), If I Didn't Care (The Ink Spots)

  • The Castithan and Irathient languages were created by David J. Peterson, who also created the Dothraki language for Game of Thrones.

  • The premiere episode ran 1:26 minutes (2 hours w/commercials).

  • Viewership: 2.7 million

  • International Airdates:
    Canada: April 15, 2013 on Showcase
    UK: April 16, 2013 on Syfy
    Sweden: September 13, 2013 on TV6

  • Mia Kirshner is credited but doesn't appear.

  • Music: Come As You Are (Nirvana, cover by Civil Twilight)

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Trivia (3)

  • Amanda says that the Town Council decided to allow the "eight races" to honor their traditional values. The Humans are one race, and there are seven Votan races. However, the Volge are hostile to all races, didn't come to Earth in the Arks, and have never interacted socially with Votans or Humans. According to Trion Worlds, the seventh race, the Gulanee, are rare on Earth and not considered a race unto themselves (and not seen or mentioned as of this episode). Officially, the Votanis Collective is an alliance of five races, meaning that Amanda is incorrect even if she includes the Gulanee.

  • The tape gag over Daigo's mouth moves repeatedly, from a wide band over his top and bottom lips, to just between his teeth.

  • As Irisa is passing Daigo at the land coach, his hand is in his back pocket. Then, the scene immediately jumps to the conductor handing him his luggage, and both hands are in front of him.

Allusions (4)

  • Nicky: Remember, Grasshopper, around here we value our freedom.
    Referencing the TV series Kung Fu (1972-75, ABC) in which the Young Caine is often called "Grasshopper" (an affectionate nickname) by the blind Master Po at the Shaolin Temple.

  • Title:
    Referencing the song of the same name by the Celtic band The Pogues, released on their 1984 album Red Roses for Me and written by Shane McGowan.

  • Title:
    Referencing the song of the same name by The Kinks. It was released in 1965 in the UK and reached #13 on the charts when it was released in the US a month later.

  • Gordon: Twilight? Which one was he, the vampire or the werewolf?
    References the vampire-themed Twilight series. It is a set of four novels by Stephanie Meyer, the first being Twilight, which was released in 2005. The first book was made into a film in 2008 with the rest of the series following: New Moon, 2009, Eclipse, 2010, and Breaking Dawn, 2011. The saga follows the life of Bella Swan when she moves to Forks, Washington to live with her dad and falls in love with Edward Cullen who she discovers is a vampire. Graham Greene (Rafe) played Harry Clearwater in New Moon.