basic plot for Bringing Home the Beacon is simple
– give the ladies something to do while the guys are off
at the mental institute getting their brains scrambled. [Mental as Anything]
Farscape being Farscape, the basic simple plot is anything
but basic. Or simple.
Aeryn, Sikozu and Granny head down to the nearest dead
Leviathan to purchase a sensor distorter which will make
Moya appear to be a freighter to long-range scans. The
process takes about four arns, leaving the women with time
to kill. Soon, Grayza, Braca and several Peacekeeper
special forces march in, giving the women something to
kill besides time. Even worse, Ahkna, the Scarran War
Minister, shows up for a meeting with Grayza.
scenes between Grayza and Ahkna are some of the most
intense ever seen on Farscape. Grayza’s position of
strength is entirely false, but she talks such a good game
that she assumes she has Ahkna fooled into believing that
the Peacekeepers not only have a wormhole weapon but have
used it to destroy a Scarran Dreadnought. But Ahkna
isn’t the fool Grayza takes her for. She has suspicions
that most of the Peacekeeper’s superior weapons are
either non-existent or non-Peacekeeper and she’s
determined to get the truth.
Grayza offers the Scarrans the Luxan territories. In
exchange, she demands that the Scarrans give up all claims
to the disputed sectors of the Uncharted Territories.
Grayza has no right to make this offer but she doesn’t
let that stop her. The
two leaders sign a treaty before Aeryn can shoot them, but
the ink (or whatever it is) is barely dry before Ahkna
puts her real plan into motion. The Scarrans kill all the
Peacekeeper guards, immobilize Braca with their
heat-radiating thingie, and take him and Grayza prisoner.
Aeryn and Sikozu, are trying to get a shot at Grayza
because if Grayza lives, she’ll spill everything she
knows about John, wormholes and Dreadnought destruction to
the last people in the universe who should have the
to Granny and her latest batch of pixie dust, Ahkna’s
Charrid guards are disposed of. Aeryn and Sikozu make good
use of the Charrid weapons and uniforms and sneak into bay
nine where Braca and Grayza are being held prisoner.
Grayza talks them into sparing their lives so that she can
repudiate the treaty to Peacekeeper command and Sikozu and
Granny lead them away at gunpoint while Aeryn stays behind
to cover for them. But Braca and Grayza overpower Sikozu
and Granny and head off to find the marauder.
on the transport pod, Chiana takes possession of the
sensor distorter and is soon joined by Sikozu and Granny.
After a few tense moments, Aeryn tumbles in and they all
head back to Moya with a Scarran warship in hot pursuit.
Moya StarBursts away, but they aren’t able to lose the
Scarran ship. Why not? Because somewhere on Moya is a
gets scanned by the DRDs, but no beacon is found. People
are scrambling all over Moya looking for the thing while
John and Aeryn have a little conversation about the baby.
Or rather, John talks and Aeryn looks confused. Uh oh!
Well, it could just be a momentary lapse (what mother
hasn’t wanted to forget her kids now and then) so he
gives her a few hints. He even sings the alphabet to jog
her memory. Now, John is no Pavarotti, but he’s not
off-key enough for Aeryn to pull a gun on him. Before she
can take a shot, John grits his teeth and shoots her in
the head. Voilà!
One homing beacon. And one bioloid Aeryn. The real Aeryn
is on her way to Katratzi with the real Grayza and Braca
as prisoners of the Scarrans.
is a bit upset, to say the least, and D'Argo tries to
console him with the promise that they will not give up
the search for Aeryn. Even though “To Be Continued”
wasn’t written on the screen, it was there nonetheless.
Scarrans in Bringing Home the Beacon are the best to date.
Pennoch, Ahkna’s adjutant, has the most realistic
facial movements of any warrior Scarran we’ve seen so
far. Dave Elsey, the head of the Creature Shop, told
Karlsweb [Four Questions with
that he considers Scarrans the hardest of the Farscape
characters to bring to life and that they’ve been
refining the design for Scarrans since they first appeared
in Season Two. “In
season 4, they are the best they have ever been…” I
definitely agree with that!
of Scarrans, everything about War Minister Ahkna
succeeded, most of all the actor who played the part. What
an incredible job Francesca Buller did! It’s hard to
believe she’s the same person who played M’Lee, ro-NA
and whacko Raxil in previous seasons. Costuming and makeup
also deserve a mention here. Since Ms. Buller isn’t
terribly tall, she wears a majestic headpiece that not
only makes her appear tall, it gives her a very commanding
Home the Beacon
is an all-around success. It has everything – humor
intrigue, action, great music, great performances. I
can’t believe the masterminds at SciFi cancelled this
show. What is the matter with those people?