Alien rituals! Stahma in a diner! Nirvana covers! The best of the best from episode numero dos.
1. The Ceremony
The Castithans are apparently serious about this whole honor thing. Seeing Elah Bandik strung up was harsh enough...but seeing him willingly embrace it demonstrates just how deep the Castithan code of ethics is.
2. Rafe's Choice
Faced with the chance to exact revenge on the murderer of his son, Rafe took the high road and chose not to pull the trigger on Ben Daris. The end result was still the death of Ben, but it made Nolan - and us - smile to see Rafe act honorably.
3. Dinner With Stahma
Datak has obvious authority in the Hollows...but it's beginning to become apparent that he's not the only Tarr moving and shaking in Defiance. Stahma's sweet demeanor masks a sharp mind - one evidenced by her keen manipulation of Christie in the diner scene.
4. Old St. Louis
Rafe and Nolan have new lives on the alien frontier, but their descent into the ruins of Old St. Louis beneath the city was a reminder of everything lost in the wars - gooey butter cake, stupid dog food jingles, and an entire world buried.
5. Come As You Are
The world of Defiance seems so alien that it was a shock to hear the familiar strains of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" (in cover form. Like it? You can get it here) over the closing montage that gave us Elah Bandik's death. But as a reminder that this alien world is built on the foundation of our own...mission accomplished.