This week’s episode of Defiance, “Everything is Broken,” marked the end of season one. The episode was written by showrunner Kevin Murphy and directed by Michael Nankin. We had a lot of questions answered in this episode, but a lot more were asked too, leaving me wanting more a lot sooner than June 2014!
I like how the series has doubled up with its directors – Nankin having directed last week’s episode too. That’s been the basic pattern all season – a director comes in and directs back to back episodes. I think this allows a greater comfort level on the part of the actors and a greater feeling of continuity on how the show looks and feels too. It made sense to have showrunner Murphy pen this final episode of the season, but I found myself thinking that it felt like a lot of the script ended up on the cutting room floor. This seems to be a problem with a lot of season finales: showrunners are so concerned with keeping the suspense and teasing out plotlines that they end up leaving too much to have to tell in the final episode.
Both Julie Benz and Graham Greene had very little to do in the finale, which is a shame. Indeed, I have to say that I’ve felt with the exception of a few of the earlier episodes, Benz has been under used all season. My fingers are crossed that we will see a lot more of her – and Greene’s Rafe – next season as they rally the townspeople to fight the E-Republic.
I did enjoy some of the little touches on the production side once again. There is a wanted poster, for instance, behind Alak in his broadcast studio in the Arch. I’m told the wanted man – from San Francisco – may have a connection to the game. Someone in Datak’s campaign office had nicely – and hilariously – defaced a picture of Amanda with mustache, beard, glasses, etc. The production crew should be commended for their outstanding attention to detail all season.
What did you think of “Everything is Broken”? Do you think Irisa and Kenya are dead? What are your thoughts on the season as a whole? Will you be tuning in again next season? Will you pass the time playing the game? Let me know in the comments below.