These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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Broken Base - "Pride" has either been loved by the fans or criticised for straying away from the group's rock sound and further into pop.
Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A growing risk as the second season progresses. Of course, some of the rotten things done are to save the more sympathetic characters from Hollis Doyle.
Fridge Logic: In season 2, all of "Quinn's" trial and the aftermath. Since the majority of the evidence seems to come from the fact that she ran, it's never clear why Olivia didn't discreetly help get her off earlier instead of moving her. Further, she's only charged with the 7 murders as far as we see, and never identity forgery or terrorism, so it's not clear why a US Attorney is prosecuting her instead of a California DA. Even after the trial, she continues to use the name Quinn Perkins and appears to have no difficulty, for instance, booking a flight under that name. Even if acquitted for murder it is doubtful the DOJ would have let her continue under a fallacious identity.
It's possible she had her name legally changed offscreen. After all she'd been through, it would make sense if she didn't want anything to do with her old identity.
He Really Can Act: Guillermo Díaz has spent a lifetime playing gangsters and criminals and comedy roles, but now plays the deeply wounded Huck very convincingly.
Some people of the fandom think that Olivia has been increasingly Mary Sue-ish, and so since the pilot, reportedly because she appears TOO competent, scoring a 25 (borderline Mary Sue) in the Mary Sue Limitus Test. However, Olivia is a great subversion since day one. She could be a Mary Sue, or on a pedestal, as Quinn imagines, except that her morals are not presented as perfect, as she can often be too warped in her own impressions to realize the consequences of her acts (though she is well-intentioned), and she can neglect something and get problems because of sheer inattention, and is condemned for it. She was also somewhat manipulated by Fitz, who is apparently less clever than she is. As of now, there is at least ONE character just as manipulative and competent as her : Cyrus. Too bad he is evil, and sometimes outsmarted her.
Also, Olivia's much talked about/validated "gut" (i.e. her BS detector or, as David called it, her "spidy-senses") almost always fails whenever it comes to Fitzgerald Grant. If you look back, every call she made regarding the President Grant/Amanda Tanner thing was - 9 times out of 10 - completely wrong. Because he and how she feels for him - as she said in the first episode - makes her mistrust her gut feelings. So yes, more evidence that, really since episode one, Olivia has been a subversion of a typical Mary Sue.
Moral Event Horizon: The President murders Verna Thornton in order to maintain his hold on the Presidency after he learned of the election rigging that put him there, because she was going to speak to a federal prosecutor and completely expose Defiance. Granted, she did hire an assassin to murder him earlier in the season, and had weeks to live at most.