Defiance: The Bride Wore Black


by Ashley Binion

What do you get when you mix a wedding and a murder mystery? An excellent episode of Defiance. Even though the episode title would suggest most of the episode would be focused on the Tarr and McCawley wedding, surprisingly it really wasn’t the main storyline.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

So far, the series has been relatively light in tone, but this episode was darker. Traditionally, weddings are lighter and fun, but the series toyed with a darker edge. Arguably, the series weakest link is the Shakespearian romance between two teenagers, Alak and Christine, caught in a family feud. Fortunately, it was just the backdrop to character development and revelations.

During Alak’s bachelor party, the body of Kenya’s missing husband, Hunter Bell, was discovered inside the walls of the brothel. This allowed for flashbacks throughout the episode and provided motive for each of the characters. The audience learned Kenya was in an abusive relationship with her husband and her sister didn’t approve.

Probably the character that benefited most from the flashbacks was Tommy, who was somewhat forgettable until now. Before he became a deputy, he was an illiterate card hustler, but eventually turned his life around. I enjoyed how he had a small conflict with Nolan about Bell’s death. It was the first time he made himself heard on the series.

Rafe finally put together the pieces and realized that the Tarrs were making a move to take over the mines. In order to preserve his legacy, he wrote into his will that the mines be given to the Irathients. This enraged Datak and he insisted his son call off the wedding. In an act of defiance, (ha, see what I did there) and with the support of his mother he decided to continue with the wedding. Surprisingly, Rafe seemed to be pretty supportive of his daughter’s nuptials to Tarr’s son.

Also established in the flashbacks were the origins of the Datak and Rafe relationship. In these flashbacks, they seemed friendly. Rafe even saved Datak from a fight with Bell. Somewhere in the seven years, something happened to make them foes.

Probably the most shocking part of the episode was the murder of former mayor Nicky. Not only did she kill Bell, but she was also an Indogene. I suspect she used the technology that was featured in “I’m Just Not Made for These Times,” in which Indogene spies were disguised as humans. Doc Ywell, disgusted with what Nicky had become, decided that she needed to be dealt with, but I’m sure that there is more to her decision than meets the eye. Now, she is in possession of the gold artifact. I’m actually disappointed they killed the former mayor. She was shaping up to be a formidable villain.

Will Ywell be exposed as the former mayor’s murderer? What will the doctor do with the gold artifact?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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