Nine months have passed since Season 1 and the Earth Republic has taken over Defiance, with smarmy, cape-wearing Niles Pottinger as Mayor. He's got a thing for ex-Mayor Amanda that's just going to get creepier.
Alak is "running" Datak's old criminal empire, but he's not very good at it. Nor is he tough, as witnessed by his refusal to punish someone that crosses him. Stahma, however, has no issue and has the dude beaten up.
We catch up wtih Rafe, who is working the mines. The Earth Republic has taken them over and is providing extra cash for those that mine more gulanite - meaning people are working themselves so hard, they're getting careless and injured.
Amanda's running the NeedWant "until Kenya gets back" (poor, delusional Amanda). She's developed quite the Adreno addiction ... one of many things that Mayor Pottinger observes via the hidden cameras he's set up in her room. Ick.
Irisa comes up with some thin excuses for her disappearance, but tells Nolan she wants to go back to Defiance. Irisa is continuing to have visions of Irzu, the "God" from last season that forced her to become its weapon.
As Irisa and Nolan drive back to Defiance, she has a horrifying vision of slitting his throat! When she snaps out of it, she sees Irzu, urging her to be silent - a explicit threat to not reveal to Nolan what's happening to her, or he'll die.