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Dept. of Defiance

First Look at Defiance, S03

From a mixed gumbo of Doylist and Watsonian viewpoints on what I think were the first two episodes, which apparently ran as one:

1. I am so glad it's back on; I was afraid they'd cancelled it. We're catching up on it now, since it started airing on SyFy last month.
2. But, wow, they eliminated practically the entirety of one family, and I'm not sure it's a smart move, plot or flow-wise. 
3. I will miss Rafe MacCawley. 
4. Christie MacCawley was extremely brave.
5. Linda Hamilton plays "dangerous crazy" beautifully; understated, cheerful, utterly batshit ruthless.
6. I still enjoy the emotional interplay between Nolan and Irisa, and Stephanie Leonidas' Irisa is still a believable teenager, albeit a teenager who was possessed and had the power of a godlet at one point.
7. I was glad to see the Omec appear - great, scary antagonists, although their initial appearance and actions were a little uneven - and impressed with the continuity of the series, since the showrunners and back story both mentioned a Votan species that had been left behind, as far back as the beginning of the series.
8. Stahma!! Datak!! My favorite badass, and just plain bad, but still weirdly awesome, couple. Stahma's actions were unforgivable, but completely understandable. She'll undoubtedly take vengeance on someone for backing her into that particular corner. She just has to stay alive to do so.
9. Ram Tak, aka The Beast, makes Datak look like Desi Arnez. But his admitted menace pales in comparison to that of the Omec.
10. For some reason, I loved the fact that they were obviously really filming in winter. That must have been a joy. 
11. Doc Yewl, my favorite morally ambivalent character ... I still love her. And right now I want to give her a hug, and take her away from Defiance. Trenna Keating plays all sides of Yewl beautifully, including the "so scared that bystanders should pay attention to what she's scared about" part she played in the first two episodes. It's hard to see our hard-as-nails doctor be that undone by fear. 
11. The set-up, with the advancing Tak forces, the two Omec on the ground, and their ship above, makes certain that Defiance will continue to be extremely high tension.
 

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a_phoenixdragon
Jul. 9th, 2015 02:48 am (UTC)
*Drive-by squishes*
kaffyr
Jul. 10th, 2015 03:56 pm (UTC)
*receives them with happiness*
scarfman
Jul. 9th, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
I confessed I watched that double opener, tweeted, "I thought you couldn't get Game of Thrones on Hulu," and unsubscribed.
kaffyr
Jul. 10th, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Since I haven't watched GoT, but know a fair bit about the show, and have read the books, I'm betting you're talking about the violence? Those two were a shade more violent than many of the earlier seasons' violence, but my bet is that it will recede a bit as the season goes on. Still, I definitely understand that the show isn't everyone's cup of meat.
scarfman
Jul. 11th, 2015 02:28 am (UTC)
I did enjoy Defiance up till now and acknowledge that indifference-quitting at this point isn't necessarily rational, but the ratio of main character deaths to minutes of development of story in this double-part opener was just too high for me.
kaffyr
Jul. 11th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
I've watched four episodes now, and I, too, am having to rebalance myself after the main character deaths. However, the plot development has been very interesting, especially in the way the relationship between Nolan and Irisa is changing, and of course, I want to know what happens to one of my favorite characters, Doc Yewl.

I don't think indifference quitting is irrational at all. I tried watching Orphan Black, and didn't get beyond two or three episodes, because I really didn't like the characters I'd seen to that point. I know that's not rational, because a lot of people whose views I respect really love the show. And I've never watched Community, despite many friends again being in love with it. But I guess that's indifference-failure-to-launch. Heh.
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