I'll see your hand jobs and raise you one golden shower, or The Moment I Knew I Was Hooked on Defiance Forever

Way back in the heady days of 1999 there was a wild show on television on a fledgling network that hadn't yet had a personality crisis and began using phonics to spell its moniker. I'm speaking, of course, about Lexx on the SciFi network. It started for Americans about the same time as another gonzo science fiction show which ultimately would make SciFi's name in the world, and give it legitimacy among other cable networks in its league today like TNT, FX, Comedy Central, and The Discovery Channel. That show (if you're with me so far then you can probably say it with me) was Farscape, created by Rockne S. O'Bannon, who also is a developer behind Defiance.

At first blush one might not see the similarity between Lexx and Defiance, one is set aboard a living ship (much like Farscape's Moya) with a rag-tag bunch of misfits (also Farscape), the other is set on a post-post-post apocalypse Earth after several alien species have arrived and terraforming attempts have wreaked unforeseen havoc and mutations on native species. Defiance has had a lot of mixed response, it seems to be mostly a show that people love or hate, but while they do they keep watching it trying to decide just how strongly they really feel about it. A lackluster first season, in hindsight, seemed to serve best to introduce viewers to the various conflicting political interests and a large cast of characters similar to a soap opera.

Season 2 has been off to a wild start, giving viewers something completely unexpected: handjobs primary amongst the new wonders it has for us. The most recent episode, "Beasts of Burden," had another surprise for viewers right at the start. This show seems to be embracing some of that sexual playfulness that made Lexx so much fun; the genitals and our bodily functions are completely normal, and an untapped font of entertainment possibility. At the start we are riding shotgun with an E-Rep calvacade alongside new mayor Niles Pottinger and his eager soldier Jessica, "Call me Berlin," Rainier. They are hijacked by mask-wearing troublemakers, looking like supporting characters right out of the Borderlands video game universe. The leader of this gang of raiders has more on his mind than just interrupting an E-Rep operation and stealing goods, he knocks out Berlin (she tried though, fearless, bless her little high school ROTC heart) and forces the mayor to strip down.

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Not content to have Pottinger just stripped down to his underthings, the raider makes him get completely naked and prone on the ground before him. What comes next Charlie Day would know immediately as wet work, and apparently some people pay good money for it, but Pottinger gets his golden shower no strings attached. Since we got handjobs in the premier I have been more on board than I ever was in season one, they clearly tossed out all the rules and decided to truly embrace their crazy. This fantastic golden shower was just another day in Defiance, where people get handjobs through the fence, use other people's hands for handjobs without asking, severed fingers are returned to their owners in cigar tubes, and Julie Benz gets high on heroin bath salts we're calling 'Blue Devil'.

There were other things that happened, of course, but I don't want to recap the whole episode. This is my first attempt at creating content (not content [see what I did there] to just comment any longer) as I couldn't wait a moment longer for the normal io9 recap to be posted. I wanted to open up a dialogue and see what people feel about this show. Have you been watching since season 1, or did you just pick it up in season 2? Are you on board with the new direction the show seems to be taking, embracing a sort of Lexx-y, tongue in cheek while looking you in the eye level of body humor and wacky goings-on?

I certainly think the drama quotient is cranked up a bit this season, we have no idea what's really going on with Irisa but it definitely smacks of series-arc story tidbits. Julie Benz (who continues to get more beautiful with age) is looking ever more sultry and her new story arcs involving dependence and denial with Blue Devil, her steamy romance with Nolan, and her creeping stalker Pottinger, continues to be as mesmerizing and interesting as she ever has been. Her addition as supporting cast and default inheritance of the Need/Want looks more and more brilliant on the part of the casting directors, all her scenes seem to add more gravitas to the series other less grounded plots and characters. As her character seems to be more in control than ever (to herself) what we see is a good person spiraling out of control making bad coping decisions but holding onto arguably the one good thing in her life, her relationship with Nolan. Well, what do you all think of Defiance right now, and how have your opinions changed with the show's progression? Who are your favorite characters?

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