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Ratings by the Kweb Crew:
PKBarb 2
Karl 2
AmyJ 1
Johryn 2
Toadie 2
Performance of the Week:
Virginia Hey does a beautiful job taking Zhaan from nervous through fear to quaking in terror. She does a pretty scary Peter Pan, too.
Quote of the Week:
Crichton: "I don't know art, but I know what I don't like."
Creative Staff:
Writer: Peter Neale Director: Andrew Prowse

 

Picture If You Will

Kyvan, a junk dealer in the Uncharted Territories, gives Chiana a picture purported to be a window on time. The picture demonstrates its forecasting abilities by accurately predicting that Chiana will find her lost necklace, break her leg, and finally, die by fire. These events occur as prophesized, but nobody can understand why. In spite of being destroyed by Zhaan, the picture soon turns up again, this time forecasting D'Argo's death. The picture is again destroyed and again it returns, with Crichton portrayed as the lucky third victim. Zhaan does the unity thing with John, warns him that things are about to get strange, then shoves him into some unshielded electrical circuits. When he arrives in the next world, it turns out to be the inside of the portrait. Chiana and D'Argo are there, and so is Maldis, a warmed over villain from season one's That Old Black Magic. After Zhaan dispersed him in That Old Black Magic, he managed to coalesce. And now he's back for revenge.

Zhaan lands in the portrait (by falling off of Moya's floor!) shivering in terror. Maldis, who feeds on negative emotions, threatens them with their worst fears: Chiana with mental cleansing, John with the destruction of the people of earth, and D'Argo with the death of his son. Through one of the DRDs, Zhaan somehow manages to get a message to Pilot: kill Kyvan (who is another manifestation of Maldis). This weakens Maldis enough that Zhaan can attack him causing him to lose his hold, and the four are able to squeeze through an opening into their own dimension. Several things about this episode didn't work for me, mainly the enormous hand that groped from the portrait dimension into Moya. Then there was Zhaan's collar that transmogrified from gold to cardboard and back again. And, even worse, was the wavering effect used during the time they were inside the portrait. But worst of all, Maldis may not be really gone yet.

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