As if we needed a reminder, the whole incident with the quarantining of Defiance's Irathient population threw into stark relief just how destructive it can be to isolate and pre-judge a particular group of people for reasons beyond their control. Don't be hatin', y'all.
Power Abhors a Vacuum
When the plague took out Amanda, we knew it wouldn't be long before someone rushed in to try to fill the void left by her being incapacitated...we just didn't think it would happen in a matter of seconds. It just goes to show that, when the chance to run a town is up for grabs, you have to act fast.
Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em
We're still not quite sure what to make of Colonel Marsh - for now, he seems like the voice of reason relative to Olfin Tennaty and other E-Rep representatives. At the the least, he had the sense to defuse a tense situation by letting Connor and Nolan retrieve the plague cure sent from the West Coast. Could he have more up his sleeve? We'll see.
Cover Your Bases
Datak's rescue of the plague cure from angry Irathients was a bold move...but even bolder was killing Connor in cold blood strictly so his rage-fueled outburst wouldn't infect his image. The man knows how to cover his tracks. It remains to be seen whether his sparing of Nolan will come back to bite him.
All In the Family
From The Godfather to Game of Thrones, we've been told repeatedly never to mess with the family...a point driven home in this episode by the assembled Tarrs and their coordinated effort to orchestrate Datak's candidacy for the mayorship. From Stahma's scheming to Alak's manipulation of the airwaves, the Tarr clan showed themselves a force to be reckoned with.