It's a science fiction double feature thanks to Defiance, which aired two full episodes last night as we come into the home stretch of season 2. Which means we got two heaping helpings of politics, heroism, crazy alien gods and, of course, murder.
Huzzah! The Defiance recap is back, and just in time — the show possibly delivers it most well-plotted episode yet, right as season two kicks into high gear for the presumably explosive finale. Plus: Datak is being awesome again! What's not to love?
Basically, the problem is that if you take Space Heroin, you tend to hang out with scuzzballs that take Space Heroin, and they do shady things. Space Heroin itself? That stuff's fine, apparently. Also: More handjobs!
You know, for a show with umpteen alien races, crazy metal tentacle gods and psychotic albinos, I still feel like I know where Defiance is going most of the time. But I did not have this problem in last night's episode.
Nolan and Irisa have returned to Defiance, so the show needs not only to catch them up with what's happening, but to get Nolan back in his role as Lawkeeper. The solution? An exploding piñata full of flesh-eating bugs, obviously.
It felt kind of good to return to Defiance. After an uneven season one, full of more potential than quality, season two begins with a strong start that is clearly setting the gameboard for some major developments. Also... handjobs.
Remember last week, when the penultimate episode of Defiance’s first season was full of awesome moments, stunning character reveals, twists galore and stakes that couldn’t be higher? Well, keep remembering it, because the Defiance finale had (almost) none of that.
Can I tell you that I was on the edge of my seat for like 75% of last night’s Defiance? There were so many surprises, problems and changes to the status quo I have no goddamn clue what they’re going to do in next week’s finale — and I can’t wait to see it.
The two major plots in tonight's Defiance include a boring wedding between two boring characters, and then the uncovering of an old murder in which you knew no main cast member was going to be implicated. It should have been rote. Instead, we get the biggest mind-fuck of Defiance’s first season.
When an often fatal illness nicknamed the Irath Flu — because the Irathients carry it, although they aren’t affected by it — breaks out, secrets are revealed, some great character moments are had, and a lot of people make tremendously stupid decisions.
A frozen astronaut wakes up in the future? Sounds like an episode of countless ‘80s scifi shows (or, in the case of Buck Rogers, the whole premise). But whether Defiance’s “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” is a delightful homage or hackneyed retread, HOLY SHIT DID THE DUDE THAT PLAYED THE ASTRONAUT BLOW.
After three extremely solid episodes in a row, I was expecting a bit of a clunker. For the most part, “Goodbye Blue Sky” is a collection of not particularly subtle relationship establishers… but that doesn’t mean the episode wasn’t without some craziness, i.e., KLINGON SPACE JESUS.
It’s getting tougher and tougher to recap Defiance, and I love it. This is because the show is getting continually better at using the plot to develop its characters, making it hard to summarize, but really, really good to watch.
Welcome to the episode “The Serpent’s Egg,” or, as I prefer to call it, “The Bad-Mistake Express and the World’s Worst Deputy.” But while my alternate title might be snarky, I have nothing but praise for another strong episode, one that indicates that Defiance may actually live up to Syfy’s — and our — great…
So when I told the Defiance showrunners to focus on characters instead of CG in last week’s recap? Clearly, they listened. And then went back in time and wrote and filmed “ A Well-Respected Man,” which was one hell of a good episode where every character featured got a moment to really, truly develop. You’re welcome,…
Well. “The Devil in the Dark” summed up Defiance pretty well there, didn’t it? We have about 50% straight-up copying of basic tropes and specific scifi series, about 40% of nonsense bordering on stupidity, and then 10% of inspired weirdness that may be brilliant, but it’s so mired in everything else it’s tough to tell.
I can’t think of how many TV shows I’ve seen where a promising pilot is followed by a crappy second episode. It’s like people get burned out trying to make the pilot as awesome as it can be, and so the second episode suffers. But I’m happy to report that Defiance has no sophomore slump.
The big deal about SyFy’s new TV series Defiance is that the show cost $100 million to make. Clearly, they spent most of that on the special effects, and not on the script. However, what’s left is a series with a lot more potential than it has problems.