|Wow, what an
episode! They managed to get so much story into so little time
that it was impossible to keep track of it all with only one
viewing, and during every replay I caught a bunch of things I
never even saw before - little things that did nothing to
advance the plot but made the whole show so much richer - Chiana
picking Jool's hair out of her mouth, the speakers and projector
light at the drive-in, Neeyala's ssssspeech pattern, the look on
Rygel's face when Jool began screaming. There never seems to be
just one thing going on, if you look away from the main action
you'll usually find something else happening.
It's beginning to look like
"Season of Death" isn't just the name of the season
opener; it also seems to be a big black cloud hanging over Moya
and her crew. So far Aeryn, Moya, John, Pilot, two Interons,
Borlik, Zhaan, D'Argo, Moordil, Scorpius's Clone, Diagnosan
Tocot, , Officer Kobrin, Cresto, several Peacekeepers, and
Grunchlk (effectively) have either died or been circling the
drain. Pilot and Moya have walked toward the light twice already
this season and it's only the third episode.
Talk about your industrial
strength splinter! Poor Moya has that alien corkscrew ship
sticking right through her, no wonder Pilot's barfing all over
his console. I have to agree with Stark, I didn't think anybody
could do that either.
Jothee's gone. He must've
jumped into the abyss between eps to go and do something make
D'Argo proud of him. I for one am not going to miss the little
creep, and I noticed that D'Argo never even mentioned him.
Neither did anyone else, for that matter.
Chiana's in a blue funk and
(rather appropriately) goes to Zhaan for counsel and comfort.
She found a family for the first time in her life and now it all
seems to be falling apart - people leaving, people dying, people
rejecting her. Even though she brought some of it on herself I
still feel sorry for her because I think she regrets her fling
with Jothee, but she can't just make it go away.
We finally got to see the new
character, Jool, who looks like a Black Scorpion refugee with
great hair and a huge superiority complex. The minute she opened
her eyes I began thinking that maybe the up-coming episode
"Green-eyed Monster" might have something to do with
her. What did John expect her to say when she woke up and he
started questioning her about earth. "Oh, yeah, I'm from
earth." Or "I have relatives who settled in Roswell,
maybe you know them." Or maybe, "Earth? Oh sure, right
over there. Take a left at that star, second to the right, and
straight on till morning."
After he's spent so much time
being treated like the village idiot, it was great seeing Doctor
Crichton in action, but John isn't quite rational when it comes
to wormholes. I can't tell whether it's the possibility of going
home or the chance to thwart Scorpius that drives him right now.
He certainly was a little over-zealous in beating the snot out
of Rygel (literally). First John Shanghais him and then breaks
his nose (or whatever) when Rygel tries to escape. I still think
he overreacted to Rygel, though.
Stark was pretty creepy when he
was looming over Aeryn's shoulder admiring her beauty. Dark
Stark. If Zhaan dies the crew is going to have a lot of trouble
with him. Actually, they'll probably have a lot of trouble
whether she dies or not.
I don't trust Neeyala at all.
She seems a little bit too dedicated to her work and a little
bit too anxious to send Shreena on some kind of fatal mission.
She's not going to be too happy when she finds out that John
broke her little ViewMaster. Come to think of it, neither is
John, if he survives that snake thing.