Top 35 Shows of 2014: No 27 Defiance

I kind of feel bad for writing off Defiance last year especially as I stopped watching it just as the final few episodes of S1 showed what the series was capable of. So before S2 started I decided to give it a chance again and I was really impressed by just how far it had come and thankfully S2 really built on the momentum of the S1 finale.

The show isn’t perfect and there are a few episodes midseason which dragged but it is definitely a whole lot more confident in its characters and writing.

Amanda, a character I found to be a bit of a bore in S1 completely changes between seasons as she struggles with the disappearance and presumed death of her younger sister. The Tarrs continue to be the best thing about the show but by separating them we got to see Stahma’s rise to power in the patriarchal Castithan society.  It also allowed for the odd couple pairing of Datak with Rafe, never forget their greatness.

The emotional core of the show has always been the relationship between Nolan and his adopted daughter Irisa and as she fights and then gives into her destiny their bond became more strained but ultimately more important than ever.

I am really excited to see where the show goes in S3, the more we get to know the world and the different alien races the richer Defiance becomes, I hope it continues not to shy away from the more serialised plot.

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