This week John comes home for real, both to his own time and to his own
When he and the crew arrive back on Moya from the past, they find Jack and a gaggle of
men in black who have been waiting for their return for over a month. These guys have
sort of gotten used to the idea of John being alive, of aliens like Sikozu, and even of
living ships. D'Argo, Rygel and Co. are a bit of a shock, though.
I would have thought that John and Jackís reunion would be a bit more emotional but
once the story played out, it was more obvious that they had ďissuesĒ between them
that needed resolving. In the end, this was nicely accomplished with Jack finally
accepting John as an adult with valuable opinions and strengths. But meanwhile, they
both seemed to be a bit jealous of each other. Jack never even considered Johnís
travels when he was taking his little jaunt around Saturn with Aeryn. ďIím farther from earth than any humanís ever
been.Ē When Aeryn corrected him it was almost as if he was saying, ďOh, yeah, John.
Well, he doesnít count.Ē As for John, to him everything Jack suggested was wrong, if
only because Jack was the one suggesting it.
Poor Braca thinks heís been having the best sex of his life but in reality, heís been
playing John Edward for Grayza and Skreeth. When Skreeth attacked DK and Laura, Grayza
learned through Braca that wormhole knowledge isnít a human thing but rather a
Crichton thing. Now that Grayza understands that, sheís going to be hunting him even
more intently. Right now she canít traverse a wormhole, but somehow sheíll find a
way, probably with the unwitting assistance of her pal Braca and probably on or about
Speaking of DK, he turned out to be not quite the friend John believed he was.
Apparently, heíd always been jealous of Crichton and the more John accomplished, the
more DK resented him. He kept badgering John to let him in on the secrets of FTL and the
hetch drive, never believing John was telling them the truth when he said he didnít
know. There were hints of his jealousy in Wonít Get
Fooled Again, but I thought it was just some Scarran-induced paranoia.
Without this little insight I would have felt terrible that Skreeth killed him but now I
canít help thinking that it serves him right, the creep.
Aeryn spent most of the episode feeling rejected and unwanted by John. Heís human and
fits in on earth (at least she thinks he does) while sheís an alien who doesnít
belong. She did her best to fit in, dressing as a human, mixing with humans, hitting the
local mall. She didnít even shoot anyone! (No humans anyway.) She tries to find out
what his feelings for her are from his father, his sister and even from his former
girlfriend. In the end, however, itís Noranti who spits out the information she needs.
Norantiís always spitting out something or other, but this time itís a good thing.
Now Aeryn knows that Johnís indifference is drug-induced. The question is, what will
she do with this knowledge?
Whenever Iíve thought about John and his alien buddies going to earth, Iíve spent
most of the time wondering how the humans would react to the aliens. I never thought
much about how the aliens would react to earth. Terra Firma was sprinkled with loads of
hilarious moments, a lot of which were centered around food. Who knew that flowers and
unpopped popcorn (or ďcop pornĒ) were so good! And who knew that peaches were so
The real payoff in this episode was the ending. When Jack says goodbye to John, he knows
he wonít be back for dinner. He doesnít expect him to be back at all. John, however,
knows heís going to come back but when he does, it will most likely be to stop the
destruction of earth by the Peacekeepers and/or the Scarrans. Neither one of them wants
John to leave, but go he must. The way they chose to play the scene was fantastic Ė no
prowler taking off into the sunset, just John putting on his sunglasses and walking