One of my favorite things about Defiance so far is the McCawley family. I don’t think I’ve ever watched anything where a Native American family was featured not as time capsules, or outcasts, or mystics, or living on the fringes, but just as a normal family. They are perfectly ordinary, accepted, succesful members of the community, and while they’re not problem-free (who on this show is?) they’re not disfunctional, and it’s clear they’re a loving family. Their roles aren’t tailored to fit any one race, nor is their race the defining aspect of who they are. (In fact, I don’t think anyone in-show has even mentioned it.) It’s just so suprising and refreshing to see, I want to give the writers a pat on the back.