I feel like this show kind of flew under the radar this year after getting a big promotional push last year-maybe I'm imagining things? But part of me is wondering of the loss of the McCawley clan might have been a budgetary call as much as storyline dependent.
That said,I really enjoyed this episode. I liked that one of the charges Stahma leveled at Alak was that his captivity forced her to betray her town - it brought me back to the first episode, when Rafe and Datak were competing for prominence in Defiance.
I'm also enjoying how the Irisa/Nolan storyline is progressing; he's respecting her wishes and coming to terms with how his misguided attempts to prepare her for the brutal world affected her. I do believe Nolan truly loves her, and she him, but I also like that the show doesn't shy away from the uglier aspects of what growing up with Nolan must have been like, and the toll it took on Irisa. But seeing her in this episode, and the scene between Nolan and Alak in the bar, showed that ultimately their relationship did become a truly loving and restorative for both of them. I think in many ways Irisa saved Nolan as much as he saved her-I'm hoping the show will continue to explore that.
Speaking of the scene between Nolan and Alak in the bar - the actor playing Alak did a great job there. Alak and Christie's love story felt forced at first, but last season it became one of my favorite storylines, and the way he said "I miss Christie" so simply, and Nolan's sympathy, really moved me.
The baby playing Luke/Bear is incredibly cute, and I love his connection to Irisa. As much as I did appreciate Alak with Christie, I have to say I am rooting for Alak, Irisa, and Luke to form a new little family unit.