Nolan: “I thought the war would help me prove something, make me a man, something romantic like that. Then I got there, the reality was anything but romantic, noble or even good.”
“History Rhymes” is the July 3 episode of “Defiance.” Warning: this article does contain spoilers. “Defiance” airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. CT on Syfy.
Time to walk down memory lane, but with a “Defiance” twist. Instead of sharing tales, Nolan and Irisa visit each other’s memories. It was fantastic. We not only got to see what Irisa and Nolan were like early on in their relationship (cue adorable, tiny Irisa), but we also saw what the world’s reaction to Votans was like. It wasn’t pretty.
For the most part, nowadays people treat Votans with respect, Nolan especially does. This made it even more jarring to see Nolan throwing knives on an live Votan. It was gruesome and uncomfortable to watch, but this was what the world was like one year after Arkfall.
From the very beginning of “Defiance,” Nolan and Irisa have been presented to us as a father and daughter fighting machine, so recently when Irisa has been trigger shy, it felt off. Turns out, Irisa has never had a taste for killing.
This was something that would have been just hard to buy based on Irisa’s word. We needed to see it. We needed to see a tiny Irisa being forced to kill a man, and then apologizing to his corpse. We needed to see Irisa try to free herself from Nolan, a man who scared her, by attempting to kill him in his sleep. It helped us understand Irisa a lot better.
We also learned a bit about Nolan too, like how he had a sister. Okay, Nolan watching his sister die was so sad. His attempts to kill the Votan intruder that killed his sister was painful. Nolan has never shown this kind of heartbreak and vulnerability before. It was a nice character moment for him.
As if that moment wasn’t sad enough, Nolan watching the memory where Irisa tried to kill him made you want to wrap Nolan up in a hug and never let go. It’s no secret that Nolan and Irisa are one of the shows best relationships (if not the best), and to see it get ripped further apart hurt. Do you think Nolan and Irisa will ever be the same again?
The main focus of the episode was on Nolan and Irisa, as it should have been. There was so much to explore, and they couldn’t just rush through it. Aside from the two of them, Alak had the best storyline. He escaped, showing that he did learn a thing or two from his parents. Plus, Alak will be far more interesting in Defiance than he was with Rahm Tak.
What did you think of the episode? How will Irisa and Nolan co-exist with this new strain between them and a proximity requirement? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.