I seem to be saying
this a lot lately, but I had a bit of trouble the first time I watched this episode.
“Wait a second! Didn’t I just see this?” Then I began wondering if Sci Fi
(everybody’s favorite scapegoat) had screwed up the tape. Or maybe Farscape’s film
budget was getting low and they reused some bits to save money. As soon as I caught on
to what was happening, I began to like it.
Once again, Moya’s
running out of supplies and has to search for planets where they can restock the
kitchen. Since they’re in Tormented Space, the search isn’t easy but finally they
find one that has what they need and everybody goes planetside except Rygel and
All of the locals are
edgy because it’s nearly time for their twice-yearly (twice-cyclely?) change of
government. Now, here’s where the trouble starts: Aeryn begins having visions, which
at first appear to be flashbacks but are really flashforwards. With a few
what-the-frells mixed in. She has an irrestible urge to murder Prefect-to-be Gaashah,
and since the urge is irresistible, she does. She murders him and a whole lot of others,
wounding D'Argo in the process, and throwing the whole planet into chaos.
From the time the
murder actually happened, the story got better and much easier to follow. Zerbat,
Gaashah’s son, and John go off looking for Aeryn and when John senses her nearby, he
sends Zerbat off with Sikozu to search elsewhere. John’s about to take another snort
of Laka, but Aeryn speaks and he puts the stuff aside. (If he had taken it, would he
have been as susceptible to the bug bites?) The priest, Paroos, joins them and together
they try to find out why she killed all
those people, but not until she falsely remembers hitting a child does she also remember the
bugs. She gave the kid quite a slug, too. That bug must’ve been a lot bigger than it
looked on TV.
There was a lot of
great character development in this episode. John and Aeryn seem to be getting close
once again. Aeryn’s admitted that the coin-toss from Dog with Two Bones went badly, and John appeared
more willing to trust her with his heart. Of course next week that will probably change,
but it was nice to see.
Speaking of character
development, D'Argo seems to have grown up since he was elected captain. It suits him.
He always seemed a bit lost before, but knowing that the others have enough confidence
in him to make him their captain has given him confidence in himself.
Chiana’s a nervous
wreck worrying about losing her sight and yet when she’s needed, she comes through for
everyone. Each time she uses her slow-motion vision, she’s blind for a little bit
longer. At some point, she’s going to remain blind, and she knows it. No wonder
she’s been so edgy lately. It was nice to see Sikozu helping her walk back to the
transport pod. It may take a few more disasters, injuries and fist fights, but it looks
like those two might become friends.
The makeup, creature shop and special effects
folks did a great job this week. E'Alet’s makeup and bees-in-the-head thing were super
and I was really impressed with Paroos, the priest. Although I have to wonder why this
guy would have a buzz saw built into his chair. Priesting
in the Tormented Territories must be very hazardous to one’s health.