Review: Defiance Season Finale – “Everything Is Broken” (SPOILERS)

Back at Defiance, everyone is frantically attempting to gather last-minute votes for the mayoral election. Evidently, Datak Tarr does not approve of younger generations as he finds his son’s attempt to bring out the vote “excessive.” I’m going to go out on a limb and say that however the election turned out, Datak Tarr didn’t do well with the younger population. Stahma was quick to “relieve” the stress from Datak though, only to have him threaten to kill her soon after on the grounds that his wife has a mistress-way to ruin the dreams of most men, dude.

Datak is smart enough to pick up on the meanings of subtle phrases, but I just can’t see his political career taking off: He is way too violent, and not in the “I’ll kill you when no one is looking” kind of way. After the Earth Republic enters the picture and Datak wins the election, the potential problems with the newly elected mayor are made apparent when he kills Colonel Marsh out of embarrassment. If the Castithan cutthroat has any future in public politics, I’ll be shocked.

 

While both Datak and Stahma are willing to murder anyone in their path, the differences in the couple’s tactics are made very clear. In a tragic end to Kenya, Stahma poisons her former lover using a toxin absorbed through the skin. I did not find the way this toxin works to be credible though. Minutes after touching the substance, Kenya suddenly drops her gun and collapses. No relatively slow increment of symptoms, just sudden death. I wonder just what kind of stuff Stahma gave her.

Any ill-will between Irisa and her adoptive father is gone after they learn that she is the key to a super-weapon located under the mines. We get to watch a scene between her and Nolan as Irisa questions her purpose in the world after learning this information. What I find most endearing about Irisa is that on the outside, she is a killing machine. However, when her life gets complicated, we get to see a far more tender, emotional side beneath her hard exterior.

All of the time and trouble that Doctor Yewll took to hide the truth about the keys, and she reveals this information to Nolan without us there to watch. You would think a heated conversation would have occurred, but I guess we may never know. Despite her secretive nature, I get the sense from the past couple episodes that the actions she has taken have not been of malicious intent, but to destroy the keys as she claimed.

 

The final few minutes of the show were very intense as Nolan and Nazi-wannabe, Black Jonah, kill each other. Nolan’s death scene is sad as we watch the distressed Irisa watch him die while trying to prevent it. Irisa eventually runs off leaving viewers to wonder if this will be a Game of Thrones type moment. Of course, this confusion can be cleared up with three simple words: deus ex machina. If your going to use this plot device, I find it best to set it up in advance. Perhaps Nolan could have gotten unwittingly injected with some nano-machines in an earlier episode.

Irisa runs into the mines to use her superpowers to mystically undo the damage done to Nolan-not before meeting face to face with the deity, Irzu.The price to save Nolan’s life is for Irisa to become Irzu’s weapon. Irisa agrees to this deal and the path into the mine’s depths are revealed. At the top of a cliff, Irisa tosses the keys into the mines where a device activates and glows brightly. Soon after, Irisa follows by jumping into the light below. This is something I would not do, even if a god told me that is was safe.

All in all, I found the episode to be quite enjoyable, but I found that I had several issues with the episodes’s plot. The actions taken by the Earth Republic did not feel plausible, they acted like the typical cliche villain, even throwing a Nazi-like torture lover into the mix. When a character uses poison to kill someone, it is best if the person didn’t have their gun pointed back at them while they wait for the effects to kick in. However, with a poison like that, who needs guns. Several scenes were seemingly missing as well, including the conversation of Yewll telling Nolan what happened to Irisa. Tommy didn’t seem to be motivated enough to find Irisa. Finally, I found the magical plot reversal of Nolan’s death to be uninspired and predictable-assuming Game of Thrones isn’t on the mind. Regardless, In the overall scope of the episode, these complaints are rather minor. The episode was well acted and fun to watch.

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