Posted May 10 2013 - 06:36 PM
Defiance continues to defy my expectations. It was in my mind that this was "family" show. it is not. The murder, two episodes ago, in the Need/Want had a surprisingly twisted sado-masochistic sex scene. The Castili (Castani?) women are barely dressed in the bath scenes. The gore is unsettling at times. I think they could dial it back a bit without loss, but I appreciate that the show is not sacrificing its edge to be too safe.
I feared that seven alien races would be overwhelming and indistinguishable. But they're doing it smartly. Each major character is a different race. In fact, it makes each character and race even more distinct. And the writers are filling in the races through the season, fleshing out their cultures. However, the seven races are not getting equal time. The Bioman is minimally used, dumb muscle. The benefit is it keeps the show focused. Presumably, this leaves room to expand those characters in later episodes.
The stories have been good. Defiance isn't revelatory, like BSG. But it's not iPad-TV like Revolution, which I watch when I want to catch up on web browsing.
The characters make it work. Particularly, I watch for Stahma, Datak's wife. They are the most interesting pair in the show. She is mesmerizing. Their story is a sci-fi take on mobsters seeking respect, and she's the manipulating wife. For me, it is completely engaging. I enjoy every moment with that family, and her silky-voiced back room dealings.
I'm particularly enthused after the last episode, A Well Respected Man. It built on everything I enjoy in the show.