"It's pretty clear that the Castithans have strong beliefs toward cowardice."
Like punishing/killing deserters is unheard of on earth? This tells us little about Castithans.
Question: Was the "purification ritual" going to be fatal? If not, the town authorities got this guy killed by trying to circumvent Datak's authority.
Picture Babylon 5 without its five year plan or its visionary producer. That's Defiance.
This episode was not as terrible as I feared, but most of it was still cookie-cutter TV drama stuff. Bad guy runs off, good guys chase, bad guy dies while managing to not give away the game.
@Jim Garner says: 'itâ€™s a rare show indeed thatâ€™s willing to step out of the safety zone by starting with the question, "who or what do they worship?"'
I'm not sure who's paying Jim to be so bullish on this show, but why exactly would it have been daring to ask "who or what" these aliens worship? Why would Jim even bring it up, given that (a) this episode is about cultural practices, not religious beliefs, and (b) alien gods and beliefs frequently come up in sci-fi. Like, say, the awful Doctor Who episode from three weeks ago where aliens people bow down to a giant sun-pumpkin thing. Or in B5.
Like punishing/killing deserters is unheard of on earth?
The show is well crafted, there is an incredible amount of backstory and a very diverse cast of characters. With that said... It bores me to tears. its story seems, standard. The actors, bland.I want something to remember when the show is over and when it is over, I find that i dont care. Rockne S. O'Bannon was a producer on "Farscape" which I found to be far superior to this and it is already 10 years in its grave. Ben Browder was immensly charismatic on Farscape as were most of the characters. Their interaction alone kept me interested even when the stories lagged. So far on Defiance, not so much. I want to see them let their actors off the hook and establish themselves before too long. I want to see this show not folow a formula which i believe it has and instead break new ground. My 2 cents.
I enjoyed this episode a great deal, despite the fact that it had no real surprises in store. Ben the Traitor was inevitably going to die; it was his only way "out". Same goes for Elah Badnik.
Though, were I Nolan, I'd be seriously peeved at Mayor Amanda for undercutting his authority as Lawkeeper. He told the Castithans to stop the ritual, and she essentially told them it was alright to ignore him! How's Nolan supposed to enforce the laws of Defiance when the residents can do whatever they want under the guise of cultural custom?
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