Defiance Season 1 Review “Good Bye Blue Sky”

Defiance (Syfy) Episode 7 Goodbye Blue Sky (1)

On the latest episode of “Defiance”, we had another major character death, this one a bit more fleshed out than the one from the pilot, for obvious reasons. In “Good Bye Blue Sky”- which I’m going to assume was named after the Pink Floyd song of the same name, given the show’s proclivity for classic rock, albeit typically in cover form (see the closing montages of just about every episode to date) – we lost a character I kind of assumed was going to serve as a bit of a go-between for the Irathients, Sukar (Noah Danby).

It seemed like Sukar was going to fill Irisa in on Iranthient customs and the like, and help smooth over relations between her and the rest of his people, given their mistrust of her due to her close association with the human Nolan. Clearly, that was not the case, as not only did Irisa seem pretty on the money with her knowledge of said customs and the language and so forth, but in the end, she actually sided with Sukar (and by extension, her own people) over Nolan, despite all he’d done for her in the past.

The irony, of course, was that she ultimately was shown to not have been siding with the Irathients at all, but- of all things- a group of nanobots that took over Sukar’s body and worked towards building a machine to detour a ship that was crashing towards Defiance along with the so-called “razor rain.” In fact, the nanobots were doing so not to protect the Irathients specifically, but the Votans on the whole (not so much the humans, one assumes, so Nolan wasn’t entirely wrong-headed in his own assumptions). Got all that?

Anyway, the interesting thing to me was that Irisa really stood up to Nolan for the first time in a big way, whereas before she always sided with him, even at the risk of incurring the wrath of her own people. Of course, this time she also had what seemed like just cause, between her vision and Sukar’s self-resurrection. I was a little disappointed when I saw that he was indeed dead, after all that. The character was starting to grow on me, and I liked the mirror dynamic between her relationship with Nolan and the one with Sukar. Both were like father figures, and both were often hard-headed men of action that she had to hold in check, from time to time- and they her, for that matter.

On the plus side, she did earn some cool points for claiming Sukar’s body and bringing it back to his people, who clearly appreciated the gesture, so I expect she will maintain that connection in future episodes. I must say the original burial was lovely. I liked the steps in the ritual of “sinking” and the songs Irisa sang were really pretty. It must be an interesting thing to have to compose a song in a made-up language that still has a memorable tune and flow to it. I thought the show did a commendable job of it, and it helped make the Irathient species and culture come alive a bit more for me, in much the same way as the Castithans already have over the last few weeks.

Speaking of which, things took a decidedly unexpected turn with Mama Tarr, who sought out Kenya’s expertise in service of her son before his impending wedding! I guess this is the Castithan equivalent to the father taking his son to a whorehouse to lose his virginity to get it out of the way so that he has some idea what he’s doing the first time he gets some in real life. Only here, it was mama doing the deed, which would have been creepy if actress Jaime Murray hadn’t played it so deadpan and darkly hilarious.

I loved her comment: “What about this ‘G-Spot’? It’s one of your major erogenous zones, yet it took your own scientists centuries to confirm it even existed.” LOL. Hey, newsflash, sister: some of those guys are still looking for it! And to think Christie was stressing over the bathing thing. God help Alak if she gets wind of this thing.

Ditto what happened between Stahma and Kenya. I thought I detected a girl-on-girl vibe before it happened, but I figured that was residue wishful thinking from former “L-Word”-star Mia Kirshner. I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the lesbian after all, because Kenya is quite the closer. Nothing quite says screw men like screwing women instead. Suck it, Nolan!

Speaking of screwy women, the notorious Nicky made another appearance, sussing out what happened to her beloved Mr. Birch with some deft maneuvering of the McCawleys. Between that and the attack by Rafe, I’m guessing she’s not going to take that lying down, old and barely breathing or not. I mean, we all saw the lengths she went to on “Lost”, right?

That was about it for this episode. It was a banner night for Murray fans, between the lady-loving here on “Defiance” (shades of her turn on “Spartacus”); the return of her recurring character H.G. Wells (yes, that Wells) on the preceding “Warehouse 13” and the “Dexter” reference on the same. As a huge fan- her name was actually one of the main reasons I signed on to review this in the first place- I certainly wasn’t complaining.

I probably would have been if they’d actually played Amanda’s music request, covered or otherwise, though. Really, Mayor? “Shiny Happy People”? That’s what you’re going with? Ugh. Worst R.E.M. song ever. (Ditto Kate Pierson, and the B-52s have some pretty silly ones to choose from- which is not to say they aren’t completely awesome, but I digress.) And to think I thought you were hip, what with that Hole poster in your office. I can see now it was all an elaborate ruse to make everyone think you were cool. I did enjoy the “Into the Mystic” cover at the end, though.

What did you think of “Defiance” this week? Sad to see Sukar go? Were you also fascinated by Irathient culture? Surprised by the twist at the end with the nanobots? Or did you think it was a bit much? Was that a freaking pterodactyl I saw flying over at certain points in the episode? Is that a videogame reference, gamers? Inquiring minds need to know, so sound off below!