This week’s episode of Defiance, “Brothers in Arms,” was written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer and directed by Andy Wolk. This episode did a good job of fleshing out more of Nolan (Grant Bowler) and Irisa’s (Stephanie Leonidas) past in particular and the world of Defiance in the post-apocalyptic world in general. The show pretty consistently excels at teasing out exposition without feeling like they’re doing it, which is not an easy task.
Madis proves to be as good a judge of character as Irisa when he goes to Datak Tarr (Tony Curran). He recognizes that Tarr is loyal to the community that can offer him the greatest status – something he will never get among the Castithans as he will always be of the lower caste to them. It’s going to create an interesting dynamic going forward. It seems that Stahma (Jaime Murray) is on board for Datak’s social climbing in Defiance, but will she ever long for more status among her own kind? We learn about the Voltanis Collective that is based in Brazil and seems to be the underground resistance of the Voltans. So, when Voltans want to get away from the squalor of the world, they go to Brazil and humans go to Antarctica. I loved that Nolan knew something was wrong at Datak's house because Datak was too nice to him. As always Curran is a joy to watch whether he’s being the bad guy or being tortured into helping the badder guy. Having Yewll have to get the nanotab out of him in a not so pleasant way was a nice comic touch as well.
I thought this week’s episode was pretty solid. It was much more tightly plotted and once again delivered some great performances. The characters continue to grow on my, and that is really what keeps me coming back to a show. What did you think about this week’s episode? Any guesses on what the artifact is? Do you want to see the people of Defiance unite against the outside forces of the E-Republic, or is it more interesting to watch them spar with each other? Anyone else really miss Stahma this episode? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.