Defiance: Of a Demon in My View (Recap and Review)

Berlin and Irisa in Defiance
By the time end credits rolled on Defiance last week, Nolan was sent off for execution in Brazil and Kindzi had overpowered T’evgin placing herself in charge of the sleeping Omec in orbit above the Earth. This week, Of a Demon in My View has Nolan being taken from his temporary captors, Doc Yewll as Omec assistant and Kindzi is indeed the new big bad, along with the Omec hoard that she is in the process of waking for the Dread Harvest and Berlin is back.

Things have been going south for the denizen’s of Defiance since Rahm Tak was destroyed. Now, just when you thought things could not “go south” any more than a crazed Nolan killing the Voltanis Collective emissary, and his being sent to Brazil for his own execution, Kindzi proves to be clever enough to take over the reins of power from T’evgin.

While last week’s episode was pretty dark, and anyone who forgot just how dark need go no further than the pre-opening credit scenes in this week’s show. The specter of The Butcher of Yosemite is still with Nolan. Irisa and Joshua sit in the back of the van and the camera shows the “shadow” all dressed for battle and no one to fight. Irisa asks Nolan if he can still see it and he says yes.

Datak Tarr and Stahma are playing cards while waiting for the Omec leader to give them the Kindzi all clear. While they wait, Datak takes little jealous nips at his wife. In one of the few amusing moments in the show, Tarr shows that he still resents his Favi Tarr sleeping with T’evgin. Stahma reassures him that while she has affection for the Omec leader, her heart belongs to Datak.

Kindzi is draining her father’s blood to keep him weak. “You are stronger than any other Omec, stronger than me.” she tells the chained T’evgin. “You should just kill me,” T’evgin tells her. “Kill you? No.” Kindzi leans close to her father and after kissing him, finishes in their native tongue, “I love you father.”

The Omec princess loves someone else too, or perhaps lusts after is a more accurate description of her feelings for Joshua. It is she who took Nolan from the Voltanis Collective and Irisa, who was rescued from the crashed van by Berlin, comes close to figuring that out. She recognizes the bite marks on the dead VC members. Meanwhile, Doc Yewll who is still under Kindzi’s control, is keeping Nolan alive.

Doc still will not remove the remaining bits of “hardware” from Nolan’s head but Kindzi has no issue with endangering her new pet. She takes the remaining tech out of Nolan’s brain but not before Yewll displays uncharacteristic backbone as she tells the Omec princess that she is “broken.” The Indogene’s  analysis of Kindzi includes telling her that: She has a screw loose, is a born sociopath and is “sick.” She ends her display of bravado  with “You make me sick and that’s the truth.”

*Sidenote* Did anyone else hear Lily Tomlin’s character of “the kid” lisping delivery in their head – “and that’th the truth.” (Insert raspberry noise here.)?

Kindzi kicks Yewll out and does the risky surgery herself. (She is not going to have a damaged pet thank you very much.) She forces the drone to take the last of the tech out and instantly the connection between Irisa and Nolan is severed.

A pause to contemplate the return of Berlin (played by Canadian actress Anna Hopkins). Jessica “Berlin” Rainer scarpered away from the rogue VC troops and Rahm Tak just when Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) needed her most. Using her weapons dealer boyfriend as combination excuse and means of transportation, Berlin deserted what she saw as the sinking Defiance ship. Now she is back, she says, to offer the mayor of Defiance help since Nolan went nuts and killed the Collective emissary.

Meanwhile back at the Omec “headquarters” Kindzi seduces Nolan. Afterward, as the two “cuddle” and Kindzi praises Joshua for his killing of the “Castithan politician.” She tells him that the action reminded her of how her father used to be. Nolan explains that killing the vice chancellor is not something he is “proud of.”

As their post coital conversation continues, Nolan learns that the shadow he saw, while the arktech was still in his head, is not unusual. According to Kindzi there is even an Omec name for it. Joshua begins quizzing Kindzi about the raid where she rescued him and how Irisa is. Kindzi starts lying and Nolan, despite having just had brain surgery, picks up on it.

After one amusing moment where Kindzi actually offers to make pancakes for Nolan, he tells her, “No, I got this,” and heads to the kitchen. He grabs a knife and Kindzi shocks him. As he drops the weapon and falls to the floor, she tells her new pet in her native tongue “You’ve disappointed me.”

Disappointment is the theme in the Tarr household as well. Datak has hired some reluctant mercenaries to guard Stahma as T’evgin has still not arrived to give the Tarr’s the Kindzi all clear. Datak is desperate to see Doc Yewll. She is not answering her hailer and he wants to know how to kill a mature Omec, in case T’evgin has sided with his daughter. He is not overly thrilled with his temporary security force.

Andina (Amy Forsyth) tells Datak to give her a gun. “I’ll fight for you Favi,” she says, “die defending you if necessary.” Stahma is touched. Tarr gives the handmaiden a gun and tells her “Safety’s on the side.”

Nolan is learning that he has lost status with Kindzi. He is no longer a cherished pet. Now he is to be lunch. Irisa and Berlin show up at Kindzi’s to look for her father. Kindzi gives them the run of the place. Berlin decides to warn Amanda that the VC convoy was attacked, and Nolan taken, while Irisa stays to search for her father.

Joshua has escaped and found a weakened T’evgin. As Nolan frees the Omec leader, T’evgin explains that Kindzi wants war and that her sociopathic tendencies are his fault. Andina and Stahma have a little “getting to know you” time. It seems that the handmaiden’s bonding with Alak and Luke has given her ideas. While Stahma shows Andina how to “knit” the girl tells her Favi that this closeness is only temporary. Favi Tarr plays “matchmaker” and points out that Andina could raise her social status through marriage…to Alak.

Andina puts all her cards on the table and tells Stahma that while she “whispers” into Alak’s ear for him to forgive his mother, she can bring Luke to his grandmother for secret visits. Stahma, looking at the knitting, says, perceptively, “you’ve got quite a knack for this. I’m impressed.” It looks like the Shanje may be getting a new family member.

Berlin, risks the wrath of Amanda (Julie Benz) to tell her of the attack and Nolan’s kidnapping. Rosewater immediately begins collecting personal bits that belong to her missing lawkeeper. She plans on placing these at the attack site and telling the Voltanis Collective that Joshua Nolan was killed in the attack.

Datak Tarr finds Doc Yewll and she tells him of a pandemic and offers him a vaccine. She injects him as he insists that the Tarr family need to be inoculated. He passes out and Yewll promises that she will be collecting his entire family, “the Omec will see to that.”

Berlin helps Amanda drag Votan bodies into a fire and the mayor of Defiance reluctantly thanks her former lawkeeper. Berlin tells Rosewater that she will be there as long as she is needed, “Conrad understands.”

“I missed you,” Amanda says flatly. “Same here,” says Berlin.

Kindzi interrupts Nolan while he is releasing T’evgin. She throws Nolan across the room and then goes to eat him. Irisa stops the feast before it can get started emptying her gun at Kindzi. As she comes down the stairs, she throws an axe at Kindzi and it misses. T’evgin grabs the weapon and uses it to free himself from the last of the chains.

His daughter demands that he fight and kill Nolan and Irisa, “They will come back with weapons and kill me,” she says. Telling Nolan that this is not his fight, T’evgin tells the father and daughter to leave. After a very short battle, Kindzi tricks her father and kills him. “You are old and stupid,” she tells her father as he dies. Kindzi screams, it is not a victory scream but one of grief.

Cue a flashback to 1978 and the Omec ship is scanning radio frequencies. T’evgin and Kindzi are the only Omec awake and just as she states that nothing is out there, a song crackles into life on the radio, it sounds like the Bobby Day original version of “Rocking Robin”. The Omec father and daughter dance to the music, excited that they have found the Votan’s planet of refuge.

After this brief memory, Kindzi sings a ceremonial song and then rips her father’s heart from his chest and eats it. She flies to the Omec ship, where a caged Datak Tarr waits to be eaten in the Dread Harvest. Kindzi is awakening her brothers and sisters for the big war and feast. Datak is not alone.  His cage is surrounded by hundreds of others, Doc Yewll has been a very busy Indogene. Tarr begins speaking in Castithan as he struggles to free himself.

This episode was the “Kindzi hour.”  As predicted, she is now the new villain in Defiance and Doc Yewll is her reluctant “sidekick.” Intense stuff from all concerned and it seems that Andina’s climb to gain social status may be interrupted by the Omec Dread Harvest.

Most shocking moment of the show had to be T’evgin’s “death by Kindzi” followed by Datak’s waking in that cage.

Nolan and Irisa may be going for reinforcements and Berlin may have come back to help Amanda, but this could all be for naught if those Omec siblings wake up too quickly. Kindzi and her family are almost ready to take part in a Defiance smorgasbord.

Meanwhile, the Voltanis Collective have yet to learn of the Nolan convoy incident. These uncomfortable allies may well help “save the day” when Kindzi starts “the big munch.”

Defiance is part of SyFy Friday and is not to be missed. Fans will now be desperate to see who survives this latest threat.  Join them and be mesmerized by Julie Benz, Grant Bowler, Tony Curran, Julie Murray, Stephanie Leonidas and Nichole Galicia as Kindzi.

Defiance: When Twilight Dims the Sky Above (recap/review)

Datak Tarr and his new arm
Defiance last week watched Nolan struggling to deal with the death’s he felt he was responsible for and T’evgin banished Kindzi, When Twilight Dims the Sky Above is all about return. Datak Tarr returns; with a brand new arm, the Omec leader’s daughter comes back from the Harvester ship and Stahma return, which actually began last week, reached fruition in this episode. By the end of the show, things in the town of Defiance have taken a down turn.

Nolan is having severe issues with the artech left in his head by Doc Yewll. Whether it is his overindulgence in alcohol that has encouraged the problems or the several blows to the head, he is seeing “The Butcher of Yosemite” and conversing with him. This hallucination prompts Joshua to act upon his baser instincts and also leads him to see things that do not exist.

There is no way that this battle between “good and bad Nolan” or deadly and deadlier Joshua was going to end well. The end of the show, which could have been titled “Sic Transit Nolan Mundi” except that Irisa has to go as well, since the two have that stasis pod artech connection that Yewll’s could not completely remove, has Amanda’s lawkeeper being driven out of town for murder.

The episode revolves around the Voltanis Collective rolling into town, headed up by the Vice Chancellor Voske, who are there to make peace. (Or as she puts it, “to apologize” for Rahm Tak’s over exuberant interpretation of his orders, which were not to wipe the human race from the planet.) It turns out that this is really so much smoke and mirrors from the Voltanis reps. They are terrified of the resident Omec and the rest of his clan who are in stasis up in that Harvester.

The overtures of peace are really about keeping the big purple guy sweet rather than trying to mend any bridges that Tak burned while increasing his “heads on poles” collection. Little wonder then that Nolan, and his other self, do not trust the Chancellor or her minions. He sets out to find out what they are really planning to do and things go belly up pretty quickly once the container of coffee is discarded for the purse under the bed.

Doc Yewll is still under the control of Kindzi, which is going to be bad news for T’evgin later in the show.

Highlights in the episode:

(1) Kindzi (in Omec-ian aka native tongue) “I’ve been upstaged.” She arrived at the party for T’evgin prepared to indulge in a bloodbath/feast to show that there was a new Omec emissary in town and Nolan’s shooting of Chancellor Voske, who was holding very dangerous cup of coffee, that to a delusional Joshua looked like a gun, stole her thunder. She was so disappointed that she cut her meal short, before it began, and left.

(2) Joshua and Irisa in that alley. When they are trapped, Nolan says “All right. Lets do this, Butch and Sundance.” He is not saying it to his adoptive daughter, but to The Butcher of Yosemite Nolan, in reply to his, “Better to go out in a blaze of glory,” remark.

(3) Doc Yewll trying to get that device out of her neck.

(4) Datak Tarr snippily telling Andina to stop standing about like a “scullery maid” while looking daggers at T’evgin with his wife Stahma. The Omec leader, seeing that Tarr is looking puts his arm protectively around “our favi” and the one-armed “hero” of Defiance is not impressed.

(5) T’evgin telling Datak Tarr to protect his wife because he, T’evgin, loves her and this is why his daughter will kill her.

(6) Kindzi, again, using her father’s drones to read T’evgin the riot act and let him know that she is in charge now.

(7) Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater in that dress at that party. Benz is value for money, not only can this beauty act, with massive chops, but she is a delight to behold.

The theme of returning is not just about Kindzi coming back to create death, destruction and a la carte dining on the local populace it is also, as mentioned before, about Datak Tarr who comes back with a brand new arm. Alak is not there to welcome his poppa with a brand new bag (arm) and that really is the only thing missing from the show.

Everything is pent up, or in Nolan’s case un-pent up, emotion. Stahma is pleased, in more ways than one, that her partner is back. One unfortunate consequence of his return is that Favi Tarr must tell T’evgin no about Australia where she was meant to be “mother” to the Omec leader’s family. Later, she has to face her lover’s anger to invite him to Amanda’s and the Chancellor’s party but then, diplomat that Stahma is, she turns the tide and convinces T’evgin that he is a wise chap and that he really should attend the party “in his honor.”

The party, as anticipated, ends badly. It appears that this is also the end of Nolan and Irisa…Or is it? He, after being caught by the late Voske’s head of security Sturuje (Alden Adair) is being sent down to Brazil, along with Irisa as they cannot be apart since the stasis pod connection, and Amanda gives Nolan’s daughter a wad of cash to bribe a guard so they can escape.

The show ends with T’evgin being immobilized by Kindzi with her Doc Yewll sabotaged drone and as predicted, by this reviewer weeks ago, looks to be the next “big bad” in the show. Since she has a real thing for Nolan perhaps he can escape and return to help Defiance fight this Omec princess with the voracious appetite and addiction to the hunt.

Defiance is part of SyFy Friday and while Nolan and Irisa appear to have been shipped off, tune in. Julie Benz is worth the trip, as are Jaime Murray, Tony Curran and new favorite “stop standing like a scullery maid,” Andina (Amy Forsyth).

Defiance: My Name Is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You (recap/review)

Datak Tarr in Rahm Tak's camp Defiance
Last week’s episode of Defiance saw Datak Tarr on the shaming wall being stretched to death by his fellow Votan’s placing weights on the device. The Beauty of Our Weapons also saw Berlin scarper, Irisa underwent a meltdown at the target range and afterward Nolan boosted the militia with a motivational speech. In My Name is Datak Tarr and I Have Come to Kill You, the town of Defiance has been breached and suffered its first fatalities, Nolan screws up, Bebe gets his just deserts, Omec makes a stand, Irisa gets her mojo back and Rahm Tak’s curiosity proves fatal.

At the start of this episode, Datak Tarr is on the shaming wall and remembering an moment from his childhood, a young Tarr faces a mirror holding his father’s blade and repeats the phrase “My name is Datak Tarr and I have come to kill you.” Tarr senior comes in and takes the blade back and tells his son off.

Bebe, with his human face, is in Defiance with the rest of the infiltration team and they spot Tarr on the rack/wall. After a moment of contemplation, they move to take hostages along with the Mayor and Nolan. They line up the hostages so that Rahm Tak can tell them his “demands.” He does so via an interactive hologram. He offers to let the humans go if they let down the stasis nets. Rosewater refuses and he orders the hostages killed.

Nolan gets free and kills one of Tak’s troops with a knife to the throat, they are all wearing body armor, and Bebe kills another ensuring that he will get close to the Butcher of Yosemite. “Nice shooting Tex,” Joshua says, accepting Bebe as human instantly. Despite his getting free, many of the hostages die.

Stahma is in the Omec ship but only in “spirit” as she and Kindzi are linked mentally, via the blue “rock” that T’evgin’s daughter made her swallow. While on the ship, she learns the plans of the Omec and what will happen to the inhabitants of Earth. Before that, Amanda and Nolan question how Tak’s troops got through the net. “Tex,” aka Beckman and Nolan bond and the new guy agrees to join the militia. Joshua tells Alak to show Beckman around and Datak’s son asks Bebe if he knows him from somewhere.

Irisa “weapons” up and Nolan comes dangerously close to apologizing. Irisa points this out and Joshua reverts to type after saying that he is getting soft in his old age. He also tells her that he is proud of her. Amanda tells the citizens of Defiance that they are under attack with Rahm Tak’s infiltrators still in the town.

During her broadcast, T’evgin stops for pancakes. He listens to the message while observing the Votan shop. Tak’s men are entering homes and killing innocents, Nolan splits up his group, taking Bebe with him and sending Irisa and Alak in the other direction, when they hear the gunfire and both pairs head out to stop the infiltrators.

One of Tak’s men starts to shoot a human mother and two small children when T’evgin interrupts him. He turns the Votan around and tells him that he “lacks honor.” The Omec’s teeth suddenly become huge and he rips the throat open of the assailant. The mother then asks if they will be next and T’evgin says no. “But the stories,” she says. “Old stories,” T’evgin says. Nolan tries to talk the Omec into helping more but he refuses saying again that this is not his fight.

Kindzi plans on her father killing Stahma after she revealed the Omec plans but is bitterly disappointed. T’evgin explains that originally the plan was to enslave the denizens of Earth but that has changed. Kindzi responds by spitting in his face and calling him a traitor. Stahma warns that T’evgin’s daughter is dangerous and “something needs to be done.” The Omec leader makes it very clear that Stahma is out of line. He reminds her that they are “not a team.”

Bebe “finds” a map to the tunnels back to Rahm Tak’s camp. Nolan wants to go through the tunnel and strike Tak where it hurts. Amanda wants to plug the hole up and Joshua talks her out of it. Alak is waiting outside Defiance at the other end of the tunnel keeping an eye out for more Tak troops.

Nolan gives his team last minute instructions before going into the tunnel. Bebe is in the group. When they get to the end of the tunnel, Nolan and Irisa go out after he tells the rest of the team to wait for his signal. Joshua gives Alak a “thumbs up” signal and motions for him to join them. Bebe/Beckman tells the team that he hears something. He instructs the militia members to wait there and he leaves.

Outside, Nolan sees Beckman and tells him that he said to wait. Before the words are completely out of his mouth, Bebe disarms Irisa and Nolan, shoots Alak and grabs Joshua. Irisa fights back and gets stabbed in the shoulder with her own knife. Bebe throws a grenade into the tunnel killing the militia team. Nolan fights Bebe and is losing when Irisa takes the knife and stabs Bebe to death.

The “Goddess” is back.

Datak Tarr has more memories of growing up and being punished by his father’s blade, it was shoved through his hand. In the doctor’s office Nolan is full of guilt about the death of his team in the tunnel and Irisa tries to make him see it is not his fault. Amanda comes in and reveals that Rahm Tak has set up camp outside the city.

Dr. Yewll explains that Tak has done them a favor. Using a volunteer she can blow up the stasis nets and kill Rahm and all his troops. It is, she says, a suicide mission, the volunteer will carry the detonator in his or her arm. Nolan wants to go and Amanda says that she will do it. Alak says that he knows the perfect person to be sent to General Rahm Tak’s relocated camp.

Datak Tarr has another memory of his father and that blade. As their world is ending Datak’s father decides to stay behind. He gives the blade to his son along with a talk about honor and vanity. Amanda tells Datak that if he accepts her offer of redemption that Stahma will be pardoned of her crimes and Datak will be pardoned as well…posthumously. He accepts.

He has the detonator hidden in his left forearm and when he gets into Rahm Tak’s camp, Yewll will set it off, killing the general and all his troops. Tarr is allowed outside of Defiance and enters the camp, Rahm Tak allows him to enter because, “He’s got me curious.”

Back in Defiance, Yewll sets the timer for four minutes and the countdown begins. In Rahm Tak’s camp, Datak has to do a “song and dance” to keep the general from killing him. Getting on his knees, he ask for his blade to prove his humility. Tak’s curiosity is piqued again and he allows Datak to have the blade.

Datak tells Rahm Tak that he rescued him from the shaming wall and therefore Tak owns his body. “Including,” Datak says, “my good left arm.” Taking the blade he begins to saw his own arm off, which contains the detonator, while Tak and his troops scream and yell at this act of self mutilation. Amid the cacophony, they are yelling, laughing and excitedly shouting, Rahm Tak screams out, “That is some “gangster-a** sh**!” the general is massively impressed.

Tarr removes his arm and as Tak goes to pick it up, Datak says he needs a moment. Tak agrees that he can leave the tent. As Datak heads shakily to the exit, Tak grabs the arm and plays with it, giving “high-fives” to his troops. Datak is outside the tent running madly away from the area and Rahm realizes that there is something in the arm. “Oh sh**, he says as the stasis nets explode killing everyone.

As the blast engulfs Rahm Tak’s camp, Alak and Irisa touch hands and the camera moves over the shattered camp and lingers on Datak Tarr. Laying on his back, with the blade under his right hand, Tarr grins.

This episode was nothing less than brilliant. Granted, Nolan did accept Bebe/Beckman rather quickly, but it was essential to the plot and therefore forgivable. The continued bonding between Joshua and Irisa is nice to see and it looks like Alak and Nolan’s daughter may just become an item. Yewll got some excellent lines out, with her quips of “Cowboy guy” and “…Teacher’s Pet, see me after class.”

*Sidenote* The set piece with T’evgin and those teeth. A truly terrifying moment and one that proved that the Omec really does not need any other weapons.

The scene in Rahm Tak’s camp where Datak Tarr removes his own arm was an epic win. How could anyone not love Tak’s reaction. While Rahm’s demise was not down to his own fascination with all human pop culture, his “gangster-a**” comment was just brilliant. It was his curiosity that killed him in the end.

*Sidenote II* The playing of The DoorsWhen the Music’s Over as Datak slyly fools his captor and then runs off to live another day was spot on.

This will be a hard episode to beat, let alone match. Tony Curran rocked it, as did Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll. Special kudos to Lee Tergesen as General Rahm Tak, what a great ending for a great villain, a real OMG performance even at the end. Speaking of villains, the new direction that T’evgin appears to be heading may just make Kindzi the next “big bad.” Defiance is part of SyFy Fridays. Cracking science fiction television that is not to be missed.

Defiance: Where the Apples Fell (recap and review)

Defiance, the longest running series on SyFy Fridays, continues to entertain and last week’s episode, History Rhymes saw Alak reunite with Stahma and Datak after his escape from Rahm Tak. He grabbed his mother and put a knife to her throat. In this week’s episode of Defiance, Where the Apples Fell, his mother and father attack and the boy turns both his parents in for treason after ensuring his son Luke is all right.

By the end of this episode, Stahma is at death’s door and that of the Omec T’evgin, Datak is in custody for treason and Rahm Tak finally shows just how crazy he is.

Nolan shows up at the Tarr’s residence, Andina ran to get the Lawkeeper during the fight, and Alak reveals that his parents were working as spies for the V.C. Datak and Stahma go on the run and Joshua calls a meeting and puts the entire town of Defiance on their trail.

After sending out teams of Lawkeepers to find the two traitors, Irisa is tasked to look after baby Luke. Stahma and Datak split up, she goes to retrieve weapons and money from their garden and Datak goes to see Dr. Yewill. Rahm Tak addresses his troops and promises them that they will ride on Defiance in a few days time. While he pumps his people up a rider approaches and it turns out to be his wife Volubela (Mayko Nguyen in yet another role on a SyFy show, the other being Killjoys)

Nolan and Alak go to see T’evgin. The Omec leader refuses Nolan’s request for help against the V.C. and Kindzi learns that Alak’s mother and T’evgin had sexual congress at least twice. Before that, Nolan guesses that T’evgin is fairly powerless in terms of his spaceship and that is the reason he refuses to help. Kindzi is furious that her father had sex with Stahma and it is revealed that the Omec practice incest at a major level.

Stahma is in the process of retrieving the items from their hiding place when a deputy confronts her. She kills him and takes his weapon. Volubela reveals that the V.C. Collective know that Rahm has gone rogue and she asks him to go home. She is revolted at her husband’s actions. Tak says that he is doing this for his sons. She tells him that the Collective will forgive him if he stops now and punish him if he does not. The two have sex while the general gazes at his human head collection.

Berlin spots Datak going into Dr. Yewill’s office and calls Nolan. Tarr convinces the doctor to help him and his wife. Nolan shows up with Alak and the three follow Yewill and Datak. Kindzi and T’evgin clear the air about Stahma and she explains that she is not jealous about the “alabaster whore” but she is angry he did not tell her. At the end of their short conversation the two sink out of camera shot…

Yewill spots Nolan just as they get to Stahma and Datak runs off to save his wife. After being caught, Nolan questioned him while Alak watches. Joshua tells Datak that he does not know whether he is lying or not and grabs Alak threatening to shoot him. After shooting near his son, Datak swears that he knows nothing of Rahm Tak’s plans and he pleads with Nolan not to kill his only child. Afterward he realizes that both Alak and Nolan were working together and he laughs hysterically applauding the two of them.

Alak heads home and panics when he cannot find Andina or Luke. Irisa shows up with the baby calling him Bear. She tells him that they rescued his son from Pilar (Linda Hamilton) and that she called Alak and Christie’s baby Bear. Alak thanks Irisa for telling him who saved his son from the crazy lady in the woods.

Stahma shows up in Mayor Amanda Rosewater’s office armed with the deputy’s gun and the two get into a violent altercation. By the end of the fight Amanda is knocked unconscious and Stahma has a letter opener in her stomach. She tells the Mayor of Defiance that this will be the second time that she has spared Amanda’s life and that she hopes Rosewater will go to her grave wondering why.

Alak and Nolan talk about parents and children and Joshua tell him that he messed up when raising Irisa. Alak talks about Christie, he misses her and Nolan says that he knows.

Bebe comes up to Rahm Tak’s tent and stands waiting for his general to come out. Inside the tent, a tearful Rahm asks his dead wife to forgive him. Tak has murdered her and he drags her lifeless body outside telling his followers that she was hired by the humans to kill him. He tells Bebe, “Put on the coffee, it’s time to burn the city.”

Nolan and Datak talk and it appears that Amanda plans to hang him for treason Nolan also learns how Rafe died. After taking a spoonful of the food Joshua brought him, he asks for a dash more salt. Stahma shows up at T’evgin’s door bloodied from her fight with Amanda and asks for help.

Defiance is rushing toward Rahm Tak’s assault on the town and the character interaction continues to be the strong point of the show. Nolan and Irisa, Alak and his parents, T’evgin and Kindzi, and her apparent fascination with Joshua, Berlin with her hatred of Irisa, Stahma and Datak (his suggestion to moor a boat along the coast with wild otters was touching and seemed to signal his acceptance that things were going badly) and General Tak killing his wife.

Lee Tergesen’s rogue general with his almost desperate interest in all human culture gets the best line of the episode with his fractured coffee line. Although Tony Curran as Datak gets special kudos for his scene in the cell, pleading and then becoming hysterical, and later in the same cell his “dash more salt” line is priceless.

Defiance is part of SyFy Fridays and in its third season. This show is simply addictive and not to be missed.