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Ratings by the Kweb Crew:
PKBarb 5
Karl 5
AmyJ 5
Johryn 4
Toadie 4
Performance of the Week:
Everyone in the cast deserves a special mention for their portrayal of the other members’ characters. For example, watching Ben Browder playing Aeryn in Crichton’s body while trying to explain to Zhaan why she has to shoot at them is…well…nearly impossible to describe. Gigi Edgley played a fantastic Pilot who was having both physical and mental problems being separated from Moya. Anthony Simcoe was hilarious as Chiana trying to get Rygel (being played by Ben) to run away with her. And Claudia in the John Crichton role was right on, especially while showing Rygel how to use the Crichton plumbing. No one can convey more with facial expressions than Virginia Hey and this was especially noticeable during the scene where she removed her hand from the restraints and attacked the Halosian, Yoz.
Quote of the Week:
Crichton: "Have we sent the ‘don’t shoot us were pathetic transmission’ yet?"
Creative Staff:
Writers: Michael Cassutt Director: Ian Watson


Out Of Their Minds

This episode is about everyone’s trip into someone else’s body, and what a trip it is! The story, briefly: two Halosians, claiming their ship had been attacked by Talyn, fire on Moya in retaliation and the shot causes Moya’s crew to switch bodies with one another. Zhaan soon learns that Talyn had fired in self defense and that the Halosians evolve through aggression. When they take another shot at Moya a few arns later, a second round of body-switching takes place. One of the Halosians stages a mutiny against the other one and then attempts to ram their ship into Moya, but Zhaan beats the dren out of her, fires the Halosian weapon at Moya again (at Crichton’s request) and all return to their own bodies.

But this doesn’t really tell the tale. Each cast member gets to play a puppet during one of the body switches and a member of the opposite sex during the other. Some of the more memorable moments revolve around the crew being unfamiliar with the bodies they’re inhabiting. In a classic Farscape moment, John (living in Aeryn’s body) has a grand time checking out some of her "special features" but gets caught in the act by Aeryn and Chiana (who are living in Rygel and D'Argo, respectively). Rygel, acting like Rygel but looking like Crichton, learns to "relieve himself" from John, who’s living in Aeryn. While Zhaan didn’t get to have any body-switching fun, she did get to kick some Halosian butt and save the day.

Fueled by their body-swapping experiences, both the Chiana/D’Argo and the Aeryn/John relationships took a step forward, and Rygel became a more sympathetic character when he explained that the only reason he lives is to regain his throne and execute the cousin who betrayed him. Pilot was sweet in his rush to have a good gossip with Moya about all the experiences he had while they were separated.

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