Defiance Review: Girls and Guns

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"The Serpent's Egg" continued the trend of excellent Defiance episodes. We got to learn more about Irisa’s background and see more of her and Tommy – a lot more!

Let start this it out with a bang, just like how Irisa and Tommy ended the episode. I know that was a horrible, but someone had to do it, (just like Tommy and Irisa). Zing! (Okay, I’m really done now.)

Going to Prison

Honestly, it was really cute to see Tommy and Irisa ravaging each other. Well, it was mostly Irisa doing the ravaging at the beginning. Apparently Irathient women have no problem making the first move. Who knew? 

Tommy, I hope you know what you’re getting into. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Irisa, but she is 10 pounds  of crazy in a five pound sack and if I have one rule in life its: “never sleep with crazy." It never ends well. 

Then again, Tommy did mention that she wasn’t the only one with nightmares, so maybe he has his own crazy under the surface that will make them the cutest couple ever. I’m not betting on it, I’m guessing there will be some awkward avoidance of each other as Irisa tries to figure out how to handle the feelings she has for Tommy. 

Speaking of feelings, it was awesome to see Nolan and Irisa’s first meeting where he saved her. The girl playing young Irisa did a great job of mimicking the mannerism that Stephanie Leonidas has put into the character; I completely believed it was the same Irisa when she leaped into Nolan’s arms.

This episode also featured my other favorite Irathient, Rynn. I had a feeling that we had not seen the last of Rynn and, given that the Mayor has released her "with time served," I’m hopeful she will turn up again. 

I was impressed that when she let herself go the second time, she simply ran from the bus. But then came back to help Nolan because she still has her honor. I wonder if Ziggy, the husband that caught a ride with her, will end up staying.

It would be a very ironic twist of fate for her to end up with a human companion given how much she hated humanity early on. Either way, here's hoping that we see Rynn again as an ally. 

As with Rynn, I have strong feeling that Ambassador Tennety from Earth Alliance will be back. Okay, her getting the handcuffs off and heading back to work made it obvious; I’m just saying she’s going to be Amanda and Nolan’s personal thorn in their side. 

In conclusion, I’m giving this episode 4.6 strong Irathient women in honor of Irisa and Rynn. What did you think of the episode? Do you like the format of not showing all the characters, but focusing on a few? Did you miss Datak Tarr this week?


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


Good episode, but i was annoyed by the fact they used a boa for the snake. I mean you would barely feel a strike from a boa, let alone the fact that it's a constrictor and not poisonous.


Defiance has been consistently great so far, and I can’t wait to check out “The Serpent’s Egg�. I love how action packed every episode has been so far, and with great cast performances too. Unfortunately I missed watching this week because I’ve been working late at DISH lately and I just didn’t get home in time. Today I’ll have time to catch up with what I’ve missed though because Defiance is set to record each week on my DISH Hopper. It can record up to six shows at once during primetime as well, so I’ve been able to record the whole season without episodes getting cut off because my family is trying to record their favorite show at the same time.


I just read that Rynn is being added to the game -- Rynn has made quite an impression in her time in Defiance. Now, Bay Area denizens will get the chance to interact with this intriguing outlaw, as she'll be making the transition from show to game and will become an NPC for players to meet and interact with. Look for her to be particularly helpful when it comes to a nasty Hellbug problem players will face. that's kinda cool


This show improves each week, and I like that each episode features certain characters. With a second season already on order, there will be plenty of time to get to know these people and the world they inhabit. Yay!

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Defiance Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

Nolan: Now, can trust you to be good girl and behave yourself while I'm gone?
Irisa: Probably not.
Nolan: There's my girl.

Nolan: You want me to go after the Irath?
Amanda: I'm letting her off with time served.
Nolan: Can you do that?
Amanda: I just did. So let's assume "yes".