episode was a bit like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall - the
harder they tried, the messier it got. It begins at a peace
memorial, a monastery where 30 Peacekeepers had died 500 cycles
ago defending a group of nurses from the Venik horde. While
watching the battle through magic goggles, Stark goes berserk
and his headlight screws up the time continuum. The crew falls
through a tear in time right into the middle of the battle and
has to get back to the present without frelling up the past.
Leave it to
Farscape to put a new twist in an old tale. Time travel stories
usually have an industrial-sized reset button about three
minutes from the end of the show where everyone gets home,
nobody gets hurt and nothing in the past was changes. Not this
time. Oh, everyone got home but the past was sadly changed and
everybody got hurt.
Poor John, everything
he does lately seems to turn on him, usually due to plain old
bad luck. In Season One we saw "John the Incompetent"
trying to find his way. Season Two gave us a new John who had
gained everyone's trust and was beginning to feel at home. Now
in Season Three, his shipmates are losing confidence in him and
he's even starting to doubt his own judgment so much that he's
asking Scorpy's clone for advice.
She was a little bit
too enthusiastic about Sub-Officer Dakon spilling his guts all
over the monastery. At least she was until she actually met him
and learned that war stories are immensely inspiring unless
you're in the middle of the war. She was pretty nasty to
Crichton for things that weren't his fault, maybe because she
felt it was her fault that Dakon had to die. She did give John a
bit of comfort at the end of the show, but she's really been
pulling away from him and their relationship (or whatever they
He was wonderful this
week, flipping back and forth between the fierce fighting
warrior and the gentle giant. He knew exactly how to relieve
Cyntrina's fears about death and being forgotten and it's sad to
think that he never had the chance to be a father to Jothee. He
seems to be so good at it.
He's really getting on my nerves lately. For a guy who's purpose
in life is to assist the dying, he sure freaks out every time he
gets near death. Can you imagine him hanging over your deathbed
acting like a lunatic? C'mon Stark, hold yourself together, you
were a lot more fun when you were in Scorpy's jail.
She's gone from the
credits at the beginning of the show. Not a good sign. And Stark
isn't hearing her voice anymore, which is another bad sign.
Frankly I didn't miss her at all this week, and if she's dead I
hope she stays that way because we've already had too many
I really love this
character, maybe because none of her shipmates do. After all,
somebody has to be at the bottom end of the food chain. I do
wish she'd lose that scream, though.
Chiana and Rygel: They
didn't have much to do this week beyond keeping us informed of
what was going on with the planet. We did get to see a new side
of Rygel and Chiana; the side that couldn't rob Zhaan's quarters
even though nobody would have known.