Our Top Defiance Moments: Season 3, Episode 2
After the bloodbath that was the Defiance Season Three premiere, Episode 2 was decidedly much calmer, content with only maybe killing a member of the McCawley family instead of offing three of them over the course of about five minutes. In fact, the episode's more gun-shy approach was best illustrated by its most shining moment, in which our PTSD-suffering Irisa opted to not do away with who's shaping up to be the season's No. 1 villain ...
- Mercy For Rahm Tak
Irisa had this cuckoo bird right where she wanted him ... except she didn't want it. Despite the urgings of Nolan (who, admittedly, was probably too far away for her to hear), Irisa just couldn't bring herself to cut the throat of Rahm Tak, even with the good General himself giving her permission ("Go ahead. I have no regrets."). It's going to take a while for Irisa to get over the horrific events of Season Two, though there's certainly a possibility that she never will.
- TTFN, Pilar!
And pretty much at point-blank range, too. Pilar's down for the count, but is she really, you know, dead? We say no way. You can't extinguish such exquisite madness with a mere bullet. Plus, she got to say "Come with me if you want to live" in this episode -- there's a whole slew of other Terminator lines she has yet to quote. And, come to think of it, Nolan didn't exclaim "You're terminated!" after shooting her, so maybe that's confirmation that Pilar will indeed live to be crazy another day.
- Stahma and T'evgin: Who's Zoomin' Who?
What's Stahma's game here? We're not sure yet, though her first pass at seducing T'evgin was highly enjoyable, what with her cutesy-shy recitation of some Omec poem (in the Omec language, at that) and offer to tutor him in "the ways of human culture" (hey, call it what you will). T'evgin seems rather charmed by the sexy Castithan lady, though he also seems to be playing his own game ... one that's just as unclear as Stahma's. Whatever's in store for these two, it will be much fun to see them realize that they've each met their match.
- Grandma and Grandpa Tarr ... and Aunt Irisa?
Irisa's PTSD seems to have awakened a maternal instinct, as she proved to be quite taken with baby Luke in this episode. Now that the kidnapping, scheming Pilar is out of the picture (for now) and Alak is still a prisoner of Rahm Tak, there's nowhere for Luke to go but home to his grandparents. The sight of Datak and Stahma overcome with joy at the safe return of their grandson was really rather touching ... as was Irisa's melancholy over having to give him up. Hmm ... we wonder where this is going? Anyway, Nolan looks smugly amused by it all.
See you next week for Season 3, Episode 3 ...