@Jim, the position you're taking -- unrequited love doesn't count, and it's a parasite because the obviously-lying Yewll says it is -- doesn't make any sense to me, but thank you for taking the time to explain.
@Dreamrose: Thanks for pointing out that there will be 5 episodes left after this season wraps. The final arc could have nothing at all to do with Paracelsus. We'll see.
As for who the keeper was before Abigail Cho (Kelly Hu), my initial thought was that it couldn't be Leena, because Mrs. Frederick would have known it was Leena, so Mrs. Frederick wouldn't have been surprised that it was now Abigail. On the other hand, it's very possible that the Caretaker isn't supposed to know who the Keeper is. I'm still guessing it wasn't Leena, but I'd give it almost 50:50 odds that it was. This revelation means, by the way, that Cho was almost certainly lying when she said claimed to have been dragged back into the Warehouse kicking and screaming.
If Claudia is being groomed as a replacement for Mrs. Frederick, who is being groomed to replace Artie?
The show is going to go out with Paracelsus as its final Big Bad? Really? What a snooze-inducing choice! I don't want to blame Giles, but, seriously, the guy has nothing going for him beyond a dirty robe and a bad attitude. Oh, and there's the fact that Warehouse 9 locked him up and, for what appears to be the lamest of reasons, didn't want anybody to know why.
The new complications for the Warehouse itself were much more interesting than Paracelsus. There's a secret archive! It has flashy things! And letter that chase each other around and explode! And it's hooked into Mrs. Frederic because she's the, you know, whatever she is. And Kelly Hu is the Keeper or the Beater or something.
As for the personal dramas, more Zs. Is Myka in denial, is she waiting for Paracelsus to make her immortal, or is she just giving Pete something to emote over? Are Steve and Claudia the most cuddly buddy-buddy buddies ever? Is weepy-eyed Nick ever going to get a for-real girlfriend? Don't really care.
4. @Jim: You seem not to get that the mayor is infatuated with Nolan and that the show has been hinting since episode 1 that they're fated to be together. She's not just standing up for him because she doesn't want to lose a valuable civil servant.
5. Contra @GeneralRapunzel, I find Stahma's sweetly oily manner more irritating every episode. Women who pull strings from behind the scenes have a long history in literature and art, but I don't recall any of them being half as annoying as Stahma.
6. I never thought that Mayor Nikki's MacGuffin would amount to anything, but now I'm intrigued. Don't blow it, Defiance!
1. What I liked most about this episode was how packed it was. Between Stahma's duplicitous "revelation" at the outset to Irisa's somewhat less than fortuitous encounter with Rynn at the end, a whole lot of shtako went down.
2. @Jim, the thing in Irisa's back is not a "parasite"; it's an alien biotech device. Yewll used her device to incapacitate Irisa and then lied to Nolan to cover her attempted theft of the other device. Fortunately (?) for Irisa, the devices had other ideas.
3. Another thing I liked about this episode was the reminder that the town is corrupt to the core. It's torn between the Tarr mafia family and the McCawley robber barons. The Rosewater family business, featuring prostitution, gambling, and alcohol, helps keep the whole thing spinning along.
I'm not a big fan of people going nuts (the deputy) just because people should go nuts, or of guys going totally psycho-wiggy just because they're jealous freaks, but, all things considered, they didn't ruin what was an OK second episode.
What I fear most in shows like this is that they will move at a snail's pace, hoarding all of their secrets, only letting go of clues and hints tiny bit by tiny bit. We haven't yet learned anything significant about the origins or nature of the dome aside from the fact that it is a dome (which, duh!, we already knew) and that it is very tough but water-permeable. It can also be marked by blood and paint, which suggests that, despite its electric charge, it's not any kind of force field.
What we have learned is that Barbie was in town to collect something from the reporter's husband and that he didn't intentionally kill the man. We don't yet know why the Old Heads of the town were stockpiling propane, but we do know that they were involved in some sort of drug deal. (Does propane play a major role in creating crystal meth?) We also know that the very incompetent pastor was one of the conspirators.
On Marina: Her actions in this episode seem to make it unlikely that she is the mole. I have to add, though, that she seemed too uninterested in the question of alien babies. If she was working for the Eshpheni, her disinterest in the babies and her strong interest in the Volm would make sense.
On the search party: Hal was actually right. What sort of search pattern are they executing? Why are all of them going together? Is there any plan at all behind their search?
On Hal: I really think they're doing the character of Maggie wrong by making her let Hal's behavior go unremarked. The Maggie we knew last season wasn't a snitch, but she wasn't a pushover, either.
@Carla: "The hour felt like a series of counselling [sic] sessions." That's fair. I have to say, though, that I liked the final exchange between Matt and Ben, when Matt said he didn't want to die alone and got a hug from his brother.
As for the fist-fight between Tom and Pope, it's part of an old and lamentable film/TV tradition that says men bond by pounding the hell out of each other. Oddly, fighting a guy has never made me feel closer to him. Maybe it's a homoerotic thing that I'm just not privy to.
As for Dr. Wilson drawing major conclusions from a few photos, I agreed with him when he said it was a ridiculous request. He knows from analyzing the photos how much power the thing is going to draw and how much it needs to do whatever the alien weapon is supposed to do? Yeah, right.
Since the gang does not seem to have accepted Michael's line that they need to complete this mission or all go back to jail, it's kind of amazing that Sam, Jesse, and Fi continue to go far out on limbs for him. Either Michael's putting himself on the line to save them, or he's a dick and they're idiots for helping him. Which one is it? And why couldn't Fi's boyfriend help out? He's already been engaged in gunfights; why not a kidnapping?
My theory about Sonia is that she's Burke's daughter, although I admit it's hard to square that idea with the fact that Burke claims she's also Mike's future.
@DC: We don't know what Sonia thinks about the Americans. She could easily have assumed that Jesse was with the Russians, or that her best bet was to be on her own, regardless of who Jesse represented.
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