Sunday, 9 June 2013

Review: 'Defiance: Good-bye, Blue Sky'

'Defiance: Good-bye, Blue Sky,' 2013, SyFy Channel. Written by Anupan Nigam and Amanda Alpert Muscat. Directed by Andy Wolk. Starring Grant Bowler 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

Irisa (Stephanie Leonidas) is the focus of a good portion of this episode, along with Stahna Tarr (Jaime Murray) and Quentin McCawley (Justin Rain). For Irisa's part, she has a vision that Sukar (Noah Danby, pictured) is in trouble and goes into the badlands to help him, only to find that he was killed in a razor rainfall. 

What happens next is startling, not just for the viewers, and Irisa is quickly drawn into a scheme she doesn't understand, for reasons she -- at least at first -- doesn't entirely believe in. 

The McCawleys get a visit from former mayor Nicky Reardon (Fionnula Flanagan), who is suspicious about her missing aide, Mr Birch (Steven McCarthy). She comes under the pretense of needing a place to wait out the storm, but in reality she's doing some digging. 

Stahna, meanwhile, visits Kenya (Mia Kirshner) with a concern of her own: she wants her son, Alak (Jesse Rath), to get to know the human female body before he marries Christie (Nicole Munoz). What follows allows the viewer a glimpse into Stahna's life and personal problems. There's also a (somewhat unexpected) sexual scene for which the episode is for some reason not rated. 

Alak and Christie are also having difficulties, theirs brought about by Christie's discomfort with the idea of a group bath, a ceremony Stahna wants her to participate in once Christie and Alak wed.  

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