'Defiance: Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go,' 2013, SyFy Channel. Written by Kevin Murphy and Anupam Nigam. Directed by Michael Nankin. Starring Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, and Stephanie Leonidas. Rated TV-14 for language, sexual situations, and violence.
In this episode, we're surprised to find out that Ben (Douglas Nyback) isn't dead, after all. He's 'jump-started' by a dangerous drug known as vrytex and given new orders: he's to follow the 'old plan.' This means stealing some gulamite, going underground, and setting off a bomb (created by the gulamite) to release radiation to kill the townspeople of Defiance. Nolan (Grant Bowler, pictured far left), Rafe (Graham Greene), and some other miners go underground to stop him.
Meanwhile, the Castithans are having a cleansing ceremony for Elah Bandik (Robert Clarke), an admitted coward. The ceremony, which involves torture, unsettles a number of people, particularly Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas, pictured far left). But Mayor Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) is reluctant to stop it due to a previous tragedy. So Irisa takes matters into her own hands.
Will Rafe get revenge for his son's death? Will Elah survive the torture? Will Irisa get away with trying to save Elah, or will convention rule out? These questions are answered, but we're still left with unfinished business, like why is former mayor Nicky trying to kill everyone in Defiance? Guess we'll just have to keep watching to find out.