“Defiance” recap (1.08): Scissoring Redux

Previously on Defiance, Stahma Tarr stopped by the Need/Want to procure a night porter to teach her virgin alien son the ways of human female pleasure, mostly so Christie McCawley can one day regale her dad with tales of Alak’s sexual prowess so he’ll know she married well. Kenya straight up laughed in her face because that’s not how human sociology works, for one. And also, Stahma’s real needs and real wants — even though she didn’t really know it when she walked in — were lesbian finger-banging and other forms of unwritten poetry. Irisa continued her transformation into The Lord. Nolan continued making the wrong decision always. And Amanda got herself into an accidental love square with her sister and with Nolan and with an E-Rep ex-boyfriend named Connor Lang of the Douchey Hat Langs.

The Arkfall from last week that got poor ol’ Sukar double-killed has some interesting treasures inside of it. Namely, a human astronaut from the international space station who was supposed to have died decades ago. He’s wrapped up in some kind of embryonic hammock and hasn’t aged a bit. He takes the news pretty well, actually, even though his wife is probably an old lady now, if she even managed to survive the Pale Wars. Rafe McCawley welcomes Commander Gordon into his home, dresses him up in dead Luke’s clothes, and gets him and Amanda and Nolan good and drunk. All the better for Kaziri to take over their minds and send them on a killing spree in the night. Nolan wakes up to find Gordon strangling Amanda, so he saves her life, and also demands that he be allowed to save her life exclusively from here on out.

This does not please Connor Lang, who is back in town wearing that ridiculous fedora and leather vest and trying to convince Amanda to move to New York with him. He wants to work with her, but also he knows Olfin Tennety — the E-Rep bitch who sacrificed her husbands in that train robbery scheme a couple of weeks ago — isn’t going to rest until Amanda is dead.

Amanda thanks both Nolan and Connor for their chivalry, but tells them that according to her Bible, The Hunger Games, she doesn’t need the protection of a Peta or a Gale because she’s her very own french-braided hero, thank you very much. (The Katniss thing stretches even further with Amanda if you think of Kenya as her Primrose. Imagine her calling Kenya “Little Duck” and see if that doesn’t melt your heart a little bit.)

Commander Gordon feels pretty shitty for trying to murder the mayor, and it gets even weirder when Doc Yewell confesses that he’s not Commander Gordon at all. He’s a clone of Commander Gordon that she made back when she was doing Pale Wars war crimes, experimenting on humans before the Volge even started attacking, really. Gordon thinks of committing suicide, but decides instead to track down his old lady wife, who is hanging up her laundry in the sunset in a grassy field contemplating mortality just the way Terrence Malick intended. They hug it to the tune of Elvis Costello, which is a little on the nose, but sweet nonetheless.

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