First, I want to say
that I loved this episode for many of the same reasons I got hooked on Farscape in the
first place: humor, character interaction, interesting ways of problem-solving and no
(or very little) gloom and doom. Welcome to Farscape Christopher Wheeler!
Even though most of
Moya’s crew still thinks of John as the inept human who’s lost in space – both
literally and figuratively – everyone else in the Uncharted Territories has great
respect for the man. He’s probably the most wanted “criminal” in the universe so
it’s no surprise that bounty hunters are swooping in from every corner of the galaxy
hoping to retire on the bounty they collect from turning him over to the Peacekeepers.
Except for the Scarrans who want him for themselves.
Enter the Coreeshi
bounty hunters. Whoever (Mr. Wheeler? Mr. Elsey?) thought up these guys has a wonderful
sense of fun. Not only do they read minds and hear heartbeats, they use the shrink ‘em
and store ‘em method of dealing with opponents. This way they keep their enemies close
but are safe from attack.
I found it very
interesting that there were so many combinations of the crew, and each one of the combos
was used to great effect:
D'Argo and Aeryn, the
two soldiers, worked together without a word passing between them. Aeryn distracted
Axikor while D slurped up the valuable communicator badge with his tongue.
Chiana & Sikozu
tried using their strengths against the Coreeshi: Chiana went for seduction while Sikozu
tried to think them to death. Neither worked but that’s beside the point. These two
and their skills work well together no matter how much they might try to deny it.
D'Argo and Scorpius
could be a formidable team – D'Argo has the warrior skills and Scorpy has the cunning.
If they ever become true allies, they’ll be difficult to beat.
Rygel and Sikozu: age
and youth She kept trying to figure out how the shrinking worked and Rygel cut to the
core of the problem, that it didn’t matter if it was impossible, it happened. She’s smart, he’s wise.
Chiana and Aeryn see
things quite differently but they finally seem to be forming a friendship. I loved them
rolling around in the beer can with Aeryn yelling “CRICHTON!” and Chiana yelling
John, Scorpius and 1812:
what a team! John started the day with a completely different attitude than he had at
the end. Now there’s a bit of trust between them. And who knew Scorpy had such a sense
of humor? (“How did you survive this far?”)
There’s a new class
of Scarrans, a ruling order, whose looks are similar to the other Scarrans we’ve seen
but are a bit less horsy. From a practical point of view, if there are Scarran-heavy
episodes coming up (and I think there are) the makeup and Creature Shop duties for these
guys would be a lot easier to manage.
Now we’re off to
Tormented Space. As Crichton would say, “That’s gonna hurt.” However if this
episode is anything to go by, it’ll be a lot of fun, too. Even bad Farscape is good
television but when you get an episode like this one where everything works, it’s