Sunday, 26 May 2013

Review: 'Defiance: The Serpent's Egg'

'Defiance: The Serpent's Egg,' 2013, SyFy Channel. Written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson. Directed by Omar Madha. Rated TV-14 for language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 9.00 p.m. Mondays on SyFy Channel, or catch full episodes at

This episode deals in part with Irisa's (Stephanie Leonidas) past as she recognises a man coming into Defiance; the man (we apologise for not getting his name) once tortured Irisa, and she wants to know why. So she kidnaps him and keeps him in a basement, torturing him to find out what she wants to know. 

Of course, Nolan (Grant Bowler) wouldn't stand for this if he knew about it; but he's out of town, escorting an Irathient prisoner (Kaniehtiio Horn) and the money Mayor Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz) has collected to build Defiance its own railway. Along with the prisoner and Nolan are Amanda and a few other passengers, including Olfin Tennety (Jane McLean), the ambassador of the Earth Republic. Amanda has been avoiding Olfin's messages as a way of telling her she's not interested in doing business with her. 

In fiction (and so often in real life), things do not go as planned, and the roller transporting passengers and cargo is suddenly attacked. Two men arrive to steal the money Amanda has collected along with any money Olfin has. Not only that, but the prisoner, Rynn, keeps trying to escape. 

Things only get worse from there. As for Irisa, Deputy Tommy LaSalle (Dewshane Williams) follows her and finds out what she's up to -- but that isn't the end of it. 

There are a few twists and turns to keep you guessing in this episode, as well as the usual action and character development. All in all, a rousing good time!

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