This week’s episode of Defiance, “The Serpent’s Egg,” was a bit disappointing. The story seemed a little too obvious, and it was pretty easy to see who the bad guy was in each case. The episode was written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson and was directed by Omar Madha. Quite frankly, I found the direction distracting, especially in the early scene in which Amanda (Julie Benz) is facing off against Olfin Tennety (Jane McLean). Extras kept walking in front of the characters and I kept trying to see around them and I was distracted from the main action. I realize the idea was for us to realize how busy and crowded the Hollows marketplace is, but it was simply distracting.
I was also a bit baffled at the title of the episode at first, but on reflection, it does actually refer to both plot threads. There is a traitor or serpent in each storyline, and there is also a plot egg that we will see hatch in the future.
It was interesting to get to see more of the outside world – without really having to leave Defiance. The mention of the railroad and the controlling outside political interests of the E-Republic started to paint a picture of a larger world and define Defiance as a bit of an oasis even with its internal politics.
What did you think of the episode? What do you make of Irisa’s gift? Do you think Tennety will be able to make trouble for Amanda? Let me know in the comments below.