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'Defiance' 2x04 'Beasts of Burden': Protecting Rafe

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“Beasts of Burden” is the July 10 episode of “Defiance.” Warning: this article does contain spoilers. “Defiance” airs Thursday nights at 7 p.m. CT on Syfy.

Amanda and Niles open up to each other. I have to admit, I didn't see the two of them sharing as much as they did. Well, I didn't expect Amanda to do so. I can see Niles opening up to Amanda in order to grow closer to her. They have an interesting dynamic. Personally, I don’t come away from this episode liking Niles any better, but I enjoyed hearing Amanda’s tale. We rarely see her that vulnerable. This is the best thing to come out of Niles being around. Are you a fan of Niles yet or do you still dislike him?

Okay, I don’t really remember the Tommy and Nolan feud being this intense. It’s been awhile since last season, so it is possible that I am forgetting something. Still, the feud is getting annoying. There needs to be some resolution or something. Berlin doesn't hate Irisa and Nolan as much as Tommy does. There needs to be some mediation or counseling or something. Maybe now that Nolan has taken a bullet for Berlin, Tommy will come around. Berlin and Nolan’s partnership is much more interesting. The dynamic is great. The writers should work her into their team more.

It seems like right before I start every episode, I have forgotten how messed up the Tarr family is. Datak is back, and so is his messed up views on life, family, and honor. The family feud is more scarring than entertaining. Datak never really changes, except for now he is reading the Casti bible. It seems like the writers are suggesting that Datak’s decision to scar Alak’s hand came from his reading of the bible, but it is unclear. Is anyone else getting tired of the all the power struggles and fights in the Tarr house?

What did you think of the episode? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.