“Defiance” recap (3.11): Once Bitten, Twice Shy

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As you might have noticed, this season of Defiance has not charmed me like its predecessors, and barring an abrupt shift in quality or the inclusion of more queer content, I don’t imagine I’ll be recapping it again next season. (And that is making the dubious assumption that there will be a next season at all.) So as we approach the end, I’d like to hear from you. Did this season work for you and it not, why not? Is there still hope for this show or is it time to pack up our bath salts and go home? In the meantime, let’s trudge through the rest of the season, finding lesbian subtext in places most people wouldn’t even think to look.

We begin with Berlin (my sweet, chestnut-haired deserter!) stumbling upon the wrecked remains of a Votanis Collective convoy. Even better than her presence is the absence of her boyfriend, who has overfilled the show’s quota of white dudes with delusions of edginess.

defiance11.1IT’S NOT THAT YOU WENT BACK TO GUYS. IT’S THAT YOU WENT BACK TO THAT GUY.

Inside the convoy, Berlin finds Irisa, trapped under some rubble. At first she walks away, and Irisa is like “Seriously? You’re doing this to me again?” But then Berlin climbs down and helps out and they both let bygones be bygones.

Berlin’s story is that she is headed back to Defiance, because she thinks Amanda might need an orgasm a lawkeeper now that Nolan is out of the picture.

Irisa’s story is that the convoy was attacked and Nolan was spirited away.

It doesn’t take long for the two of them to realize that the Omec are behind it, and it’s nice to see some lady-led sleuthing. No offense to Nolan, but sometimes watching him take over an investigation is like being waterboarded with Axe body spray.

And what of the Omec? Well, Kindzi has got her father tied down and is draining his blood, and not in that fun, father-daughter way that usually characterizes their interactions.

defiance11.2I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU DO TO ME, I WILL NEVER WATCH THE NEW JURASSIC PARK.

Of course, T’evgin isn’t the only father figure Kindzi has laid out on a slab; there’s also Nolan.

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Kindzi: Look at him. Isn’t he just the sexiest man to ever bear a distinct resemblance to a cat?

Doc: Um. I’m more of a dog person.  And by dog, I mean vagina.

Kindzi: I shall make him my pet, and that shall make my father jealous.

Doc: You need.  So much.  Therapy.

Offended, Kindzi then rips the arc tech out of Nolan’s skull in a manner that looks more like oyster-shucking than neurosurgery.  Then again, Nolan’s brain isn’t anybody’s favorite thing about him.

Miles away, Irisa feels their connection snap.

defiance11.4 I WAS TOUCHING YOU BECAUSE THERE WAS A CRISIS BUT NOW THE CRISIS IS OVER AND I’M STILL TOUCHING YOU. WHAT IS THIS FEELING.

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