@Jim: Thanks for the response. "Bullish" as in "Meryl Lynch is bullish on America"; that is, "strongly optimistic about" and "endorsing enthusiastically."
Sorry, I still don't see anything daring here. If you want to be daring, show us a rite of passage that culminates in the rape of a child ... or do something equally shocking and repulsive to human (or at least Western) sensibilities.
Torture? That's semi-official US government policy now. Torture of a deserter? Forget it.
"It's pretty clear that the Castithans have strong beliefs toward cowardice."
Like punishing/killing deserters is unheard of on earth? This tells us little about Castithans.
Question: Was the "purification ritual" going to be fatal? If not, the town authorities got this guy killed by trying to circumvent Datak's authority.
Picture Babylon 5 without its five year plan or its visionary producer. That's Defiance.
This episode was not as terrible as I feared, but most of it was still cookie-cutter TV drama stuff. Bad guy runs off, good guys chase, bad guy dies while managing to not give away the game.
@Jim Garner says: 'itâ€™s a rare show indeed thatâ€™s willing to step out of the safety zone by starting with the question, "who or what do they worship?"'
I'm not sure who's paying Jim to be so bullish on this show, but why exactly would it have been daring to ask "who or what" these aliens worship? Why would Jim even bring it up, given that (a) this episode is about cultural practices, not religious beliefs, and (b) alien gods and beliefs frequently come up in sci-fi. Like, say, the awful Doctor Who episode from three weeks ago where aliens people bow down to a giant sun-pumpkin thing. Or in B5.
Like punishing/killing deserters is unheard of on earth?
(continued) But will there be anything big and surprising enough in this episode to justify the season-long build-up? I doubt it.
@jamieschan: "This show is shameful."
No. Shameless. There's a difference.
Not a terrible episode, but less explosive than I had expected from the previews. Too much talk, not enough action.
The "red death" is a handful of people hacking away with ice picks? Wouldn't the hinted-at bio-weapon have been a bit more ... grand? These guys had paramilitary training. I would they could have come up with something more spectacular.
Joe said that the world would be learning about their story. I thought he meant that the "red death" would be this revelation. Now I think he's just talking about his hallowed novel. If murder is such a wonderful, amazing thing, should he be out doing it rather than writing about it and obsessing over Hardy?
I'm wondering whether the the producers will be able to keep the finale from being a disappointing anti-climax. Yes, Joe will try to make Hardy choose between Claire and Debra. Yes, Joe is going to bite it, leaving Emma (perhaps) to carry Joe's psycho message to the world. But will there be anything big and surprising enough in this episode to justify the season-long build-up? I doubt it.
Not a bad episode by LG standards. Messy, but effective. Wraps up the human-weirdo-killing-fae thread, answers the question of whether humans can become fae ("yes"), resolves the will-Tamsin-betray-Bo? thread (ultimately "no"). Also sends Bo off with her mysterious dad and resurrects mom, setting up a family reunion that one hopes will come no later than the middle of next season. Leaves open Bo's romantic status vis-a-vis Lauren, Dyson, Tamsin, and Gowron (Chancellor of the Klingon High Council) ... not to mention leaving open the question of whether Dyson and Tamsin still exist. It also leaves open such questions as whether Ms. M's war on humans will proceed, who will replace Hale and Ms. M, whether Kenzi will do her make-me-a-fae deal, and whether Lauren will return.
Also: Sad to see that LG will not return until 2014.
Brrrraaapmmhheeeppp111aahhbbrrrwwhhaaaaa!??!?!! Ahem. OK. Questions Carla missed:
If Hex is delivering the non-divine Ms. M. to Hale, why is Hale abdicating and why is Trick fleeing to a love nest in Scotland?
If Dad could have blown in and smoked his daughter away at any time, why didn't he do so before? Why did he need Tamsin? Why did he chop off Acacia's branch?
Why doesn't Bo think to give mom some chi juice instead of leaving the poor little cabbit to get sucked dry?
Why does Bruce love Kenzi?
That anybody thinks "Defiance" is a good show is a testament to how little decent sci-fi programming there has been on any network as well as to the low quality of SyFy's original series aside from BSG and SGU.
Orphan Black is getting a bit wobbly as the number of clones climbs and more of them begin impersonating others. Still, it's nice to see the story advancing, and it looks like the next episode will be a really big leap forward. It's great to watch a show that has a lot of cool secrets but doesn't take forever to let you in on them.
@Carissa: "I loved Clara's reaction to witnessing the birth and the death of earth before eyes within the TARDIS."
Her reaction was rubbish. It didn't follow from the action. Maybe if we had seen a time lapse of humanity and life flowering and then fading away as in the 1960s version of "The Time Machine," it would make sense. Here, it was just an excuse to get the doctor to tell her that she's the only mystery worth solving. And although Clara heard the Doctor to be saying that humanity was the only mystery worth solving, we know he really means her, and while that's totally consistent with what we learned in "The Snowmen," it's still kinda creepy.
That said, this was the best episode since "The Snowmen." The guest stars were excellent, and the story and its rhythm were much more solid than the last couple of weeks. There's plenty to quibble about, but I'm happy to see an improvement.
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