Doc Yewll: “I was joking. Did you not pick up on my withering sarcasm?”
“Ostinato in White” is the July 31 episode of “Defiance.” Warning: this article does contain spoilers. “Defiance” airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. CT on Syfy.
Everyone mourns differently. This is what this hour showed us. Nolan spent time with Zero’s father, Hinder. He wasn’t really sure why Zero mattered enough to him to go check on Hinder, but Nolan sat with Hinder anyways. Hinder told stories of Zero, and it was a nice but sad conversation.
We really haven’t seen Nolan racked with guilt over his own actions, at least not recently. It made him go seek out Hinder to make sure he was doing okay. Guilt also affected the way he worked as in it made him unreliable. He shot up a raccoon, and while they aren’t the most cuddly of creatures, it wasn’t doing anything wrong.
While Nolan’s mourning process involved him turning to a bottle to help with his guilt, Hinder chose to mourn by ending his life. After spending time with Hinder, it was heartbreaking to see him choose such a fate, mainly because of Nolan’s reaction. Nolan appears to have broken. He hallucinated his younger self (assumedly) repeating a mantra that soldiers probably use in order to keep going during times of war. Is anyone else concerned for Nolan?
Another person grieving was Stahma. She learned all about Datak’s courage. There wasn’t much of a focus on her mental state. All we saw was her disbelief that Datak chose to die for others, and then her reaction to Andina telling her that Alak has two bullets in his gun with her name on them.
Seeing Stahma have a more emotional reaction to Datak’s death would have shown us a very different Stahma. We’ve seen her vulnerable due to her fear when she was staying with T’vegin and Kindzi, but we haven’t really see her vulnerable because of grief.
She and Datak have such a strange relationship, and the way she mourned is a reflection of what he meant to her. Stahma went into mourning the way Castithans do. Maybe once Datak reveals himself to be alive, in her outrage Stahma can voice what believing he was dead did to her.
Lastly, T’vegin mourned his daughter, but he also killed her, so that makes his situation a little unusual. It’s unclear whether she is technically dead or just asleep/in some sort of coma on the ship with the rest of their Omec family. Do you think we will see Kindzi again anytime soon?
“Killing” her showed just how committed T’vegin is to living a peaceful existence. He wasn’t just putting on an act – he does want to teach the Omec to live alongside of Votans and humans. Do you think it’s possible for the Omec to coexist peacefully?
There really wasn’t any way to handle Kindzi. She was hunting people. Even though Kindzi endangered and creeped out Stahma, it was shocking to learn that she was the one hunting. We’ve heard tales of the Omec, but now we got to see why they have the reputation that they do.
After T’vegin took care of Kindzi, it all felt too easy. Then, Doc Yewll showed how much she has changed. It’s hard to tell if Doc was simply following Kindzi’s orders to keep what happened in the mines a secret, or if there’s something more evil at work here.
It would be more exciting if Doc has gone to the dark side because of Kindzi’s implant. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem like we will ever see Doc act that way again. Kindzi just told her to protect her mission, so unless someone goes after the Omec, Doc should just return to her normal self. Samir isn’t dead, right?
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