And now it's over, with Helena now established as a more amiable psychopath and superefficient killer. The final episode of the season had a Dickensian family gathering that was as pleasing as it was unexpected.

I'm still watching Defiance, although I'm of two minds about the show. More care and attention goes into the making of each episode than in some movies I've seen lately (I'm thinking Ex Machina). Defiance has a nice variety of idiosyncratic characters, good dialogue, excellent production values. But it is so very violent; people drop like flies in that show. The last episode alone had seven killings, unless the grizzled, rather nasty grandmother (surprisingly played by Linda Hamilton) somehow manages to survive. I don't know quite what to make of it.