Defiance: A Well Respected Man


by Ashley Binion

This week’s episode of Defiance focused on the Rosewater sisters and a simmering political feud.

Warning: Spoiler ahead.

In these first four episodes of Defiance, it seems as if they are establishing a pattern. Every episode has had primary focus on one specific character. In the first episode, Nolan was the focus; the second, Datak; the third, Irisa; and this week, Mayor Amanda Rosewater. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Lost‘s formula.

It was refreshing to see that there wasn’t a “case of the week” formula. To be fair, they have only done that once in the first four episodes. It’s nice to see them trying to steer clear of the procedural types of storylines. Hopefully that continues as the series moves forward.

This week focused on Amanda and her brothel-running sister Kenya. Until now, their relationship had been left untouched and unexplained, but this episode gave insight into their dynamic, a mix between a mother-daughter and sisters because their mom abandoned them, leaving Amanda to raise Kenya. Amanda disapproves of what her sister does for a living, but tolerates it. Kenya seemed to be defiant of her sister. I can see their mother coming into Defiance and stirring up trouble later in the series.

The town council revealed residents went behind the mayor’s back to illegally smuggle and buy weapons, and were practically forcing their will about building a high speed rail. They obviously don’t respect her yet. Continuing on the theme of respect, when the mayor went to Datak to ask him for help finding her kidnapped sister, he refused. He said he isn’t respected unless they need something from him.

Jaime Murray is doing such a phenomenal job. Her character’s scene with Amanda was one of my favorites in the episode. The way Stahma blackmailed the mayor with a smile on her face the entire time was hilarious and somewhat creepy.

Later, her scene with Nolan was also inspired. When he said, “You know, I’ve had my eye on the wrong snake. You’re the dangerous one.” The lawkeeper’s statement was so accurate. On the outside it looks as if Datak is the one running things, but really it’s his wife who’s calling the shots.

You can see where the series is headed in the season finale. Slowly, they are building a budding political conflict and a mythology with the round gold piece that Luke found and its accompanying paintings down in the mine. Both of these should be exciting to watch unfold as the season progresses.

What did you think of this week’s Defiance? What is the round gold piece Luke found in the mines? According to the painting there is a silver one, but where is it?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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