Some of the best Farscape moments to date show up in this Season
Three opener. It answers most - but not all - of the questions
left over from the Season One cliffhanger, Die Me, Dichotomy,
and gives us a whole new bunch of goodies to watch for in the
coming months. We now know for certain that Aeryn isn't dead and
John is back to normal. Stark is still here and Diagnosan Tocot
is (was) still alive. Chiana followed her hormones rather than
her heart and Grinspook never did wash his face.
and Zhaan: One of my favorite scenes in
the show is the one with Aeryn and Zhaan. The whole thing is
beautiful: the swirling mist, the unity, the fact that when
Aeryn first "wakes up" she thinks she's still a
Peacekeeper awaiting her new assignment. She refuses Zhaan's
help because she knows what the cost will be.
Intro: I really like the new Crichton
voice-over which hints at what's in store for Season Three (and
beyond?). Should he find a way home and risk being followed by
some of the horrors he's seen or should he stay where he is and
protect earth? Paul Goddard, Lani Tupu and Wayne Pygram, now get
credits here and about time, too, especially for Lani Tupu who's
been an integral part of the show since the first episode. I
didn't like the new theme music the first time I heard it, but
when I watched the episode a second time it began to grow on me.
I think it fits in better with the new direction of the show
than the old theme would have. The graphics forming their names
and the newspaper headlines flashing across Crichton's helmet
are nice effects but the new Farscape logo whirlpooling onto the
screen is my favorite part. And they're finally showing the
episode names in the beginning of the show now thanks in part, I
think, to the fans who requested it at the Burbank convention
Crichton: When first he sees Aeryn his reaction is
to think that someone is frelling with his brain, a pretty
normal reaction for someone who's been having hallucinations for
the past year. I do wish they'd drawn that out a little bit
though, he seemed to accept it too quickly.
I also liked him sitting on
his hospital bed muttering, "Peter Piper picked a
peck..." after he gets his speech back. Nice touch, that.
scene: The entire scene is wonderful from
the declarations of love to Aeryn's backing off from an
emotional relationship again. They could have hit the reset
button and neither John nor Aeryn would have remembered how
close they'd become. When Aeryn was thinking she was still a
Peacekeeper that's what I thought they were going to do. This
way, the tension is even higher and they've taken three steps
forward and maybe only one step back.
really scares Scorpius and that's reason enough to love him, but
when he avenged Aeryn's death (or what he thinks is Aeryn's
death) by destroying the marauder he really won a place in my
heart. I had a feeling that the arrogant Peacekeeper pilot,
Officer Kobrin, was doomed from the minute he showed up. He was
just a little bit too smug about his piloting skills. Thank you,
really seemed to enjoy killing Scorpius. He also seems to be
very much on our side now, leading the Peacekeeper command
carrier away so Moya and her crew can escape.
Braca: He has such a look on his face
when Goonsick shoots himself. Every time he looks at Scorpius he
has a deer-in-the-headlights expression, which is exactly how
I'd look if I were in his position.
Rygel is a hero again. He
alerts everyone about John's predicament and saves Diagnosan
Tucot's life. He's saved their butts more times than I can
remember, and still he never gets credit for it. Probably
because he then turns around and does something awful.
If the Interon is still alive John won't accept a transplant so
Stark makes it dead. Problem solved. His new teddy bear coat is
pretty neat, too.
Fight: I was so afraid John was stuck
with that damn clone forever. I hope Crichton got a lot of
satisfaction out of that fight. I know I did. The
bug-on-its-back thing was an especially nice addition here and
the wimpy way the clone fought was another. He looked pretty
ragged toward the end of the fight, didn't he?
and Chiana: They've betrayed D'Argo and
that's an awful thing but it's going to make for some very
interesting interactions in future episodes.
He didn't seem surprised to hear his Qualta blade firing when
Aeryn was shooting at the Scarran. He didn't even seem surprised
to see her. I wonder, had D'Argo's sense of smell not been
frozen, would he immediately have known about Jothee and
The new "puppet",
Gunsock, was very well done. I really liked the part where
Scorpius was trying to settle into the new body, learning how it
worked, and practicing the movements and voice. Both Wayne
Pygram (Scorpius) and Hugh Keays-Byrne (Grunchlk) did a great
He's still alive and evil as ever. And the lucky guy has a new
Gammak base to use for his wormhole research. I wonder if that
chip contains the information he needs.
- Things I
Would Like to Have Seen:
- It would have been nice to
see Aeryn greeting her shipmates, especially Pilot, after
her return from the dead. He was so miserable at the end of
Die Me Dichotomy that the reunion must have been very
emotional for both of them.
- Things I
Still Wonder About:
- What are those Interons,
anyway, and why are they on Moya? I know Crichton brought
them up to the ship because he feels guilty over the death
of one of them, but I'm sure they're not just going to stand
in their cryochambers and do nothing for the next 88
episodes so, why are they here? Maybe they're some of the
folks who have been abducted from earth by aliens. You never
know with Farscape.
Something of the clone
probably remains inside Crichton and Scorpius ate some of John's
brain - eww - so will John and Scorpy have some kind of weird
telepathy? Maybe they'll be helping each other with the search
for the wormhole technology, however inadvertently.
Will Zhaan die? I don't think
she's really gone but maybe she'll be dispersed or something.
I still want to know what was
on that chip that Crais had at the end of Season Two, the one
with information that would please Aeryn. He and Talyn still
think she's dead so maybe we'll get to see at least that
What happened to all that
money? I wonder if they prepaid for Moya's cure and John's
operation or are they still rich?