The episode opens with Tommy (Dewshane Williams) and Nolan (Grant Bowler) going to check out the ark that crashed in the last episode. The banter between these two as Tommy reluctantly admits that there may be something going on between him and Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) and Nolan warning him not to hurt his daughter was hilarious. I’m consistently impressed with how much chemistry there is between the entire cast. This was really evident in the scene at Rafe’s (Graham Greene) house when Amanda (Julie Benz), Nolan and McClintock are all getting drunk and reminiscing.
The story this week plays out on three main fronts. The main action centers around the discovery of McClintock and the assumption that the Votans had been capturing and studying humans prior to attacking. As the story unfolds, we learn that the Votans’ intentions were even more sinister. Doc Yewll (Trenna Keating) clearly realized what McClintock was when she first examined him. Yewll, as an Indogene, remains coolly clinical as she explains the process of surgical alteration and that it ultimately kills the brain of the subject. The only real emotion she shows is fear of Nolan. I thought it interesting that Nolan was really the only one who was seriously upset about the revelation of Yewll’s past. Perhaps it’s because she has lived in Defiance for so long and everyone has already come to accept her. She’s had a chance to prove herself to the community and earn their trust and respect. Nolan, however, who’s seen more of the world, but who has an “alien” daughter, may be less willing to forgive and forget the past. I’m interested to see how this may play forward. It’s unrealistic to expect that only Votans committed war atrocities. We’ve already learned of the ill-treatment of the Irathients at the hands of the human population. I hope that they will keep this balanced approach going forward. It will also be interesting to see where Yewll’s loyalties lie. Up until this point, she seems firmly allied to Defiance, but that could be a factor of her fear of being discovered to have committed war atrocities.
I had the opportunity to attend a conference on video games and digital media in Los Angeles this past week. During the one day conference, I had the opportunity to speak with Beth Roberts of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment who has been involved with the development of the series and game. Now that season two has been announced, she said to expect a deeper connection between the two worlds. It won’t mean that if you don’t play the game you won’t know what’s happening on the show or vice versa, but it will mean that if you do follow both, you should benefit from that closer connection.
I’m looking forward to next week to see how the plague will play out and what it will mean for the tenuous alliances within Defiance. What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments below.