hmmm… well it was ok. Not great not weird but not a Coup
by Clam either. Just simply… strange and not in
a funny, ha ha way either. This was a D’Argo ep, not
something we have often, oh sure John, Rygel and
Scorpy do their bits but this was all about D’Argo
in the end.
lets start from the beginning. John gets a Television
from Aeryn for Christmas, well I presume he got the
TV, I know her got the control and Aeryn said the rest
was in his quarters but… who knows, besides I bet it
doesn’t even have cable.
and John are sitting loving it up in the classic
position in pilots den wishing each other a happy
Christmas. Seems the boys are going to go learn the
mental judo arts while the wimmen are being sent
shopping on a dead leviathan colony for parts for
Moya. Typical division of labour there.
off everyone goes… and that’s the last we here
from the girls until I guess Bring Home the Beacon.
The boys are running about in some nice blue PJ’s,
well all but Scorpy. They are all there to learn how
to be single minded in their goals, how to survive
anything. Question is can D’Argo survive Macton who
just so happens to be at the same mental
as you can guess is less than overwhelmed to see him
and tries to kill him only to be separated by the
owner of the mental giants gym who looks like a reject
from DS9. It appears the point of this whole thing is
to learn to overcome pain and concentrate on your goal
to the exclusion of everything else… sound a
Scorpy and the Boys are all sitting round with Macton
and a Charrid. The mental guru chappie takes Scorpy
into the isodecahedron, a jungle gym basically, they
put their hands in to the controllers and suddenly
they are in a mental landscape where they challenge
one another to a duel with a ball of energy,
apparently when your losing it is very painful and
john and the others are far from impressed but one of
the rules is that once you start the course you can
not leave otherwise this crystal they wear on the side
of there heads will bore into their brain.
out this sequence we have been seeing flashes of
Lo’Lann, D’Argo’s wife. Macton has been telling
the others that that D’Argo killed his wife during a
hyper-rage and that during a hyper–rage it is not
uncommon for Luxans to black out and not remember what
happened and it was in such a state that D’Argo
killed his wife. We then see a little demonstration of
such Rage and Lo’Lann backing off fearfully.
it is Rygels turn, the Charrid was picked to fight and
Rygel demanded the chance to fight it. He fought and
after a big struggle won, although he almost died in
the process. It is at that point John exclaims that
enough is enough and that they were leaving, typically
enough he said this directly to the Gurus face so he
got Knocked out for his trouble.
we see John he is locked in a sauna, well not quite.
He is locked in a large metal cage sunk into the
floor. The only exit is through the top, which is the
floor to those standing looking down at him, in one
corner is a pile of glowing hot coals and it seems to
be very very hot. Katoya, that’s the mental guru in
every sense of the word, talks to him about having to
over come adversity, then drops the key to John,
unfortunately it lands on the hot coals under the
floor grid and John burns his hands trying to retrieve
it. So he is left alone in the heat.
then pays a visit and explains what is happening. It
seems John is being put through a special kind of
training. Anti-Scarren torture training. The heat the
Scarrens use to weaken the body to get at the mind,
that’s why John is in a sauna with the key
periodically dropping from above into the hot coals.
John keeps whistling the theme from the great escape
however, which rather ticks of Scorpy who expounds on
Johns limited mental capacity but also states he has a
boundless will to overcome.
stops by t see John tries briefly to open the grate
but fails. He tells John he no longer wishes to kill
Mactron and is worried he might have killed Lo’Lann
in a fit of Hyper-rage. Johns not in very good
condition at this point but the water provided by
D’Argo seems to perk him up a little.
D’Argo and Katoya go back into the macine to see if
they can access D’Argos memories of the events
around his wives death. Macton however seems to kill
Katoya and takes over, convincing D’Argo that he did
indeed kill his wife and puts him back in chains in
his cell on Moya, a prison within a prison since this
is all in D’Argos head. Macton shows D’Argo
Lo’Lann killing herself as she could no longer live
with the beatings he supposedly gave her and this
throws him into a fit of hyper-rage. Macton makes to
leave happy that D’Argo will be trapped in such a
state forever within his own mind. But D’Argo has
learned something it seems and controls his rage and
escapes the chains.
always knew that Macton killed his sister and forced
macton to relive what happened. It seems that
Lo’Lann refused to let Macton frame D’Argo for
some minor crime and when he said he was going to do
it anyway she attacked him with a knife. His
Peacekeeper reactions kicked in and he accidently
killed his own sister, then wanting to frame D’Argo
started to beat the dead body to make it look as if it
had been done during a fit of Luxan Hyper-rage.
D’Argo leaves him there, in his own mind, reliving
over and over what he done.
meanwhile is a little worse for wear. Trapped and very
very hot. Finally he has had enough. When the key
drops he grabs the grill on the floor and lifts it.
Now this grill must be extremely hot as it was resting
on the coals, he then reaches into the coals and picks
up the key. We don’t see him use it but I presume he
does as we next see him aboard Lo’la D’Argo’s
hands are covered in goo, some healing agent for the
burns no doubt and D’Argo is very very silent and
introspective. He has been changed by what he has
experience and that will no doubt have repercussions
in later episodes. The last thing we see is D’Argo
while all this was going on and before Katoya was
offed by Macton, Scorpy had a chat with him. It seems
it was Katoya that taught Scorpy all he knows about
single mindedness, told you it sounded a familiar
mantra. Scorpy makes three requests, on to intensify
Crichtons Training, the second to see what could be
done to remove Macton and the final one to see if he
could identify the alien that attacked John on Earth.
These were all done it would seem, although no doubt
the removal of Macton was a surprise to both Macton
and Katoya. Scorpy informs John that the alien that
attacked him was known as a Screeth and they were
telepathic and could communicate over vast distances.
Throwing his own spin on things he makes it seem
obvious that Grayza now must know where Earth is, John
is understandably upset by this Knowledge.
this episode was all about D’Argo, probably very
important turning point in the character, it let him
realise that rage is not the answer to all of life’s
problems and also that he could control his anger
instead of letting it control him as it has far too
often in the past.
what did I think of this episode? Well… it was
better than Coup by Clam, it wasn’t a
stunning episode and it didn’t have an intense
storyline or deep plot. It was however very important
developmentally for one of the main characters. All in
all it was an average episode.
synopsis of what happened looks a little thin on the
ground but very little that has not been mentioned
actually happened. As I said, this was an episode
lived through flashbacks to when D’Argo was with
Lo’Lann and his fears about hurting her. That is the
entire premise of the story with a little side story
for John and Rygel. No doubt this is important at a
later point in the season and without it the arc would
not hold up, but ths episode was a little sparse. Good
synopsis written by Toadie.