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GateWorld
May 26th, 2015, 10:01 PM
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<FONT SIZE="1">EPISODE NUMBER - 304</FONT>
<DIV STYLE="margin-top:10px; padding:0;">A preemptive attack on Defiance by the Votanis Collective's agents prompts Nolan and Amanda to travel north to Station Arrowhead, where they find an old friend sitting on top of a supply of weapons. Stahma attempts to murder the Omec.</DIV>
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escyos
June 26th, 2015, 10:42 PM
They had all the weapons and biomen they needed....shame.

And Pottinger turning out to be super crazy, that sort of came from nowhere. I mean I knew he was crazy but not super crazy.

Another awesome episode.

knowles2
June 27th, 2015, 04:52 AM
Amanda selfiness dooms Defiance and destroy what could have been one hell of an asset, it wasn't just the weapons (the fact neither of the characters could see beyond the weapons is just stupid) but it was also a viable means of growing food, a seed bank, genetic profiles of animals, books, what look like dozens of vehicles, a viable pull back plan if the Votan collective manage to penetrate defiance defences.

When you got a mayor like Amanda who needs enemies. A Nolan making up excuses for her was pathetic, and they done so much good work with his character that wasn't easily and certainly not one to forgive people's especially his daughter mistakes over the last three episodes and this just undermines all of that work.

And they ruin Pottinger character as well, he was was so much more interesting in season 2, manipulative, charming, intelligence and new how to play the game and they could have done a lot more with him than just have him turn crazy in season 3. With his story told rather than shown on screen.

Let hope they don't make the Omec leader dumb before the season is out.

An the destruction of the arch was some of the worse CGI on this show so far if not the worse. If you can't afford decent CGI don't do the scene, do something else instead that you can afford to properly.

Perelandra
June 27th, 2015, 09:48 AM
Amanda selfiness dooms Defiance and destroy what could have been one hell of an asset, it wasn't just the weapons (the fact neither of the characters could see beyond the weapons is just stupid) but it was also a viable means of growing food, a seed bank, genetic profiles of animals, books, what look like dozens of vehicles, a viable pull back plan if the Votan collective manage to penetrate defiance defences.


Agree with this part here although in her defence she didn't know Pottinger was fitted with a dead man switch.
Not until Nolan and the dr. burst into the room, anyway. I suppose the writers didn't want Defiance to have such a huge advantage over the Votanis collective when they come into town, or to have all those niceties.

I also agree about Pottinger he shouldn't have become so over the top pyscho like that so fast- but I always suspected he was Amanda's rapist. Too bad they killed him off ,though,I wish they'd kept him around.

knowles2
June 27th, 2015, 11:43 AM
Agree with this part here although in her defence she didn't know Pottinger was fitted with a dead man switch.
Not until Nolan and the dr. burst into the room, anyway.

Pottinger told her twice or three times that if he dies the base would blow up.

jelgate
June 27th, 2015, 11:51 AM
He was a psychopath who didn't want to be shot. If I was Amanda, I would have a hard time believing his claims.

knowles2
June 27th, 2015, 03:19 PM
He was a psychopath who didn't want to be shot. If I was Amanda, I would have a hard time believing his claims.
Well personally when I'm dealing with a psychopath I would take them saying they had rig the base to blow if he dies a tad more seriously than Amanda did.


I also agree about Pottinger he shouldn't have become so over the top pyscho like that so fast- but I always suspected he was Amanda's rapist. Too bad they killed him off ,though,I wish they'd kept him around. What I liked about the character was that we could never be sure whether he was or wasn't the rapist. I think taking that doubt away ruin the character.

TOIVA
June 27th, 2015, 04:18 PM
Technically, we still don't know he was the rapist. He never admitted it, although it seems likely. And he didn't become that crazy too fast. 6 months passed since last season.

Also he started by saying he mustn't be harmed, then Amanda shot him in the leg, nothing happened. Only then he started explaining that he mustn't be killed. She wasn't in a position where she'd believe him. And even if, how could she have known the destruction would be so large?

The CGI, though... Yeah, Defiance always had a problem with CGI. That was my biggest problem with the pilot. The shots of Nolan and Irisa riding in their 'roller'. At times they manage something decent, but the Arch blowing wasn't good not even by Defiance standards.

Overall, good episode. I still like this season a lot. I'm surpised how much I do, actually. Not yet a story arc I'd fully hate like I seem to recall happened in previous seasons (one of those being the Irzu plot).

Baron Of Hell
June 29th, 2015, 05:03 AM
I wish they would rely less on Nolan. I think it is so odd to have Nolan running things again after being gone for 7 months. Brazil should be running things not taking orders from Nolan. I think she will get Tommyed and turn into a joke of a character only to die at the end.

Ian-S
June 29th, 2015, 12:23 PM
Don't you mean Berlin? (not Brazil).
I agree, she should be running things, although I think technically she is, in rank/title/name at least.

TOIVA
June 29th, 2015, 02:41 PM
True, Nolan has grown into such a 'hero' that he doesn't need a title for actually running Defiance (bad news for democracy there...).

Of course, if Defiance keeps taking cues from Game of Thrones, I wonder how long Nolan may last.

pakar
June 29th, 2015, 02:55 PM
episode 3 ratings

1.157 mil. viewers
0.24 adult rating. This friday syfy's ratings went up for all its shows

Infinite-Possibilities
June 30th, 2015, 12:01 PM
Given the amount of screentime and energy the show had devoted to Pottinger last season, this definitely seemed like a very awkward, random and haphazard conclusion to his character. I can't help but feel there must have been something behind the scenes that changed or forced them to make a different choice.

Ian-S
July 1st, 2015, 02:09 PM
Maybe it was as simple as the actor got a better offer.

escyos
July 2nd, 2015, 04:58 AM
IMDb says he's working on a tv series called "Cucumber" this year.

It may also be that they felt that the character had no where else to go. We know how obsessed with Amanda he had become, willing to trick her with the Indo-Kenya or to try to get her to kill Datak and Stahma. And suddenly being forced to leave her may have caused him to snap.

I was kind of initially hoping we'd see some EMC mutants in the bunker, but then remembered that the mutants only existed in the Bay Area. But then again the Pilot mentioned their being 99er's in the McCawley Mines and the 99ers are from the Bay too (but they are attracted to masses of gulanite).

Perelandra
July 3rd, 2015, 08:09 AM
Given the amount of screentime and energy the show had devoted to Pottinger last season, this definitely seemed like a very awkward, random and haphazard conclusion to his character. I can't help but feel there must have been something behind the scenes that changed or forced them to make a different choice.
I felt the same way they could have just left him presumed dead in New York if that was the case and then brought him back as a recurring character who shows up alive. I agree with Knowles they sort of ruined his character.

Skydiver
July 3rd, 2015, 10:20 AM
I agree about the CGI. it was Sharknado bad

How aobut Omac and stahma being kinda on the same side?
There's something there with him having a 'girlfriend' and her having an equal instead of a bossy not so good husband.