Sunday, 19 May 2013

Review: 'Defiance: A Well Respected Man'

'Defiance: A Well Respected Man,' 2013, SyFy Channel. Written by Craig Gore and Tim Walsh. Directed by Michael Nankin. Starring Grant Bowler, Tony Curran, Julie Benz, and Mia Kirshner. Rated TV-14 for suggestive dialogue, language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 9.00 p.m. EST on Mondays on SyFy Channel. Or watch full episodes at

Stahna (Jamie Murray, pictured) figures neatly into the background of this story, and we're pleased not only with Murray's performance, but with the character depth this adds. 

The main characters in this tale, however, are Amanda Rosewater (Julie Benz), mayor of Defiance, and her prostitute sister, Kenya (Mia Kirshner). We get a bit of backstory on the two of them which helps explain their relationship. We're also told why Kenya always wears that necklace she's got (though that duct tape bra is another thing altogether). 

We're also given a deeper look into the seedier side of Defiance (which, let's face it, is never far below the surface). This seedier side bleeds into the political arena (how true to life . . . ) when Amanda discovers the town council has made a deal with Datak Tarr (Tony Curran) for illegal arms. 

Further complications arise when Kenya is kidnapped by BioMan Ulysses (Rob Archer), who we all know works for Datak. Turns out someone is draining adrenaline from people to create an illegal drug -- and Kenya may be next.   

Note: our next 'Defiance' review may be a bit late (again); we're taking an(other) extra writing day next week. Cheers!

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