Sunday, 2 June 2013

Review: 'Defiance: Brothers in Arms'

'Defiance: Brothers in Arms,' 2013, SyFy Channel. Written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer. Directed by Andy Wolk. Starring Grant Bowler,  Julie Benz, and Stephanie Leonidas. Rated TV-14 for language and violence. Airs 9.00 p.m. Mondays on SyFy Channel, or catch up on full episodes at

In this episode, a man from Nolan's (Grant Bowler, pictured, third from right) past comes to Defiance. The man, Eddie Braddock (Rob Stewart) is a bounty hunter come to claim one Paul Maddis (Daniel Kash), a Castithan war criminal. But there's a hitch: Mayor Rosewater (Julie Benz, pictured, third from left) wants to deliver Maddis to the Earth Republic in exchange for rights to a railway system. 

Then Maddis escapes (with help; the episode doesn't tell from whom), and all bets are off. He goes to Datak Tarr (Tony Curran, pictured, far left) for help, but Tarr wants nothing to do with him, so Maddis forces the issue. 

Trouble is also brewing on the romantic front: Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas, pictured, second from right) refuses Tommy's (Dewshane Williams) advances, and Kenya (Mia Kirshner, pictured, center) is getting antsy about her relationship with Nolan. 

Then there's the artifact and the ex-mayor's interest in it . . . 

A good episode with a little more insight into Nolan's past as well as a teaser about Doctor Yewll's (Trenna Keating) past. We do have one major complaint about the series so far (and our brother has mentioned this, as well): the writers are taking too long to explain things, like exactly how rollers get around when Earth has been practically destroyed. We don't think it's right for them to expect us to play the Defiance game or look it up online; the show should stand on its own. 

But we're still looking forward to the next episode, scheduled to air in two weeks.    

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