“Defiance” recap (1.08): Scissoring Redux

On the other side of town, Stahma Tarr is taking a bath by herself. But it’s not just any bath. It’s the nakedest bath she’s ever taken and also she’s got her eyes closed and her moan on and she’s kind of licking her lips and lolling her head around a little bit. I get a lot of emails from ladies asking how they can know if they’re gay or not, and I guess the best advice I can give about figuring that kind of thing out is: Watch Jaime Murray writhe around in a bathtub for a little while. If you don’t have a visceral reaction that includes shortness of breath, heart palpitations, eyeballs bugging out of your head, and your brain catching on fire, you’re probably  the super straightest person on earth. Or maybe you’re dead or something. Either way, I’m sorry you were not created to experience this pleasure.

Datak comes storming in and is pissed as hell to find Stahma bathing alone — “What will the servants think?!” — but he’s also angry because Kenya just told him she wouldn’t be servicing his Castithan wang anymore. She said she was overbooked, but that one of her other girls was an expert in that six-legged monkey crawl, so he’d be in good shape with her. But really, she’s got some feelings developing for Stahma Tarr that won’t allow her to poke Stahma’s husband anymore. Mia Kirshner is so great in this role I can barely handle it. I love how Kenya has this internal moral code that she’s living by, even though she’s totally operating way outside of society’s ideas of right and wrong. And she has the superpowers of empathy and sexiness, which is only the greatest combination of things I’ve ever heard of. Stahma tells Datak she’ll blow him so he can forget about that horrible Kenya Rosewater …

… and then she hops on over to the Need/Want to get her scissor on with Kenya Rosewater. Jaime Murray is so much more than the most beautiful woman in the world. It’s almost impossible to believe it’s her underneath all that makeup because she’s just so very un-Jaime Murray-like. I mean, I know acting and whatever, but Stahma is the opposite of Jaime Murray, and it’s just fascinating to watch her weave this very Machiavellian web around everything while trying to reconcile her subservient upbringing with the new world of Defiance. It’s the tenor of her voice, her posture, it’s every tilt of her head. She knows she and Kenya are making a time-bomb while making lady-love, but she’s just so into it. The sex, for sure, but also, she’s fully getting off on getting out of Datak’s grip.

Kenya, though, is developing actual heart feelings here, which is scary for both of them. She tells Stahma, so proudly, how she rebuffed Datak for her — which, note, Stahma doesn’t even bring up until after they’ve been together because she doesn’t want to ruin the mood — and Stahma laughs in her face this time because she doesn’t understand Casthian sociology. She goes, “Play the game better, Kenya, or you’re going to get us both murdered so bad.” But then to smooth everything over, she makes out with Kenya some more. And more. And more. And more more more more more more more. Oh, Lord, and Stahma’s back in the bath.

Oh, wait. Sorry. My finger was rewinding my DVR of its own volition, apparently.

Next week: There’s a plague, which means Stahma will need to be extra clean to keep the germs at bay.

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