Datak’s use of Nolan’s military record as proof that he is a “loose cannon” or racist is a real stretch. It was war, after all, and if they need proof that he isn’t racist, they need look no further than Irisa. As Amanda rightly says in the Council, he’s saved Defiance on a number of occasions. Amanda also gets it and tells Nolan that was who he was not who he is. We know that Yewll did despicable things in the war, and I’m betting that Datak’s hands are far from clean.
Nolan walks away to save the town – Amanda is clearly conflicted on several levels, and this scene offered Benz an opportunity for a nicely nuance scene with Nolan. I actually felt like we got to see a lot more of what really makes Amanda tick in this episode with her back up against the wall. I like that she has a quiet strength, but I don’t doubt her resolve is made of iron. I think that next season, she will make a great adversary for Datak should he happen to win next week’s election.
It’s unclear what Yewll (Trenna Keating) was trying to accomplish with the artifact. Her second “experiment” was clearly aimed at Irisa, but it seemed as if the first incident was an accident. Yewll certainly looks shocked as she’s operating – so she likely doesn’t really know what she’s dealing with. This seems a bit unlikely as Yewll has been outed as having run the bio-warfare for the Votans, so one would think that she would know about all the high-tech devices- even if she didn’t invent them all, and she did seem to know how to get it started. It’s also unclear whether the device came out of Irisa or the other went in or how she ends up in the woods. She certainly seems disoriented, so I wonder if she knows to try to go back to Nolan. It was nice to see Rynn (Kaniehtiio Horn) back as I really liked her dynamic with Irisa. Of course, Irisa’s disappearance will prevent Nolan from leaving.
Next week we have the election. Datak has clearly allied himself with the Earth-Republic, and Amanda may regret not doing so herself – though I think that is unlikely. I suspect that Datak will win the election and come to regret the alliance himself. In fact, it may be the thing that brings them all together next season – everyone of Defiance against the Earth Republic’s takeover. What did you think of the episode? Are you already anticipating the second season? Who do you think will win the election? Let me know in the comments below.