After watching Farscape for nearly four years, I’ve gotten to the point where I expect the acting to be outstanding. It’s like
housework, most of the time you don’t notice it unless it isn’t done. While I was
watching “Prayer” for the second time, I suddenly noticed once again that these guys
are really good! They make it seem so easy
that often their performances go unnoticed within the story. Before I start on the review,
I just want to say how much I appreciate the huge amount of work that goes into their
characters even though I don’t often mention it.
Crichton and Scorpius have formed an alliance of sorts. John wants Aeryn back and Scorpy
wants wormhole information. John’s hidden this technology from Scorpius and every other
UT psycho for as long as he’s had the information, but as soon as it becomes the only
way to save Aeryn, he’s ready to cough it up to his new blood brother. Speaking of
which…that blood-bonding scene has an extremely high gag factor if you ask me. Scorpius
gets more disgusting by the episode. (That’s a good thing.) How someone as cool and
clean and good looking as Wayne Pygram can play such a gross character is one more tribute
to the quality of performance that goes into Farscape.
Aeryn is being tortured, not on Katratzi but on a Scarran ship on its way to Katratzi.
(The Scarran, Jenek, is sort of like a kid who gets a new toy and can’t wait to get home
to play with it.) Aeryn tries everything she knows to hold secret the information about
her child. She lies, she prays, she thinks of her former lover, Velorek. She even invents
an imaginary lover who soon becomes Crichton in her mind. But even with all the torture,
Aeryn doesn’t loose her senses. For example, she knows that her fellow prisoner, Morrok,
is actually spying for the nurse, so Aeryn snaps her neck. If it were all only about
intelligence, Aeryn would have beaten the system, but unfortunately, Jenek and his minion
Vreena have a little edge – drugs and torture, handed out in some of the most
uncomfortable-looking furniture I’ve ever seen. By the end of the episode, Aeryn is
begging anyone who’ll listen to help her. John can’t hear her, but is Stark out there
somewhere? Zhaan maybe?
The story flips back and forth between John’s efforts to save Aeryn and Aeryn’s
efforts to believe that John will save her. If Aeryn can hold out long enough, John will
come for her but he has a few obstacles to overcome first.
Crichton and Scorpius go hot-rodding through a wormhole to find “Bizarro Moya,” the
alternate reality version of the ship where John first heard the name “Katratzi.” On
their second try, they exit the wormhole right next to Moya. John hopes that Sikozu/Stark
will just hand them the location of the Scarran base, but of course that’s too easy.
People must die first. Crichton was unable to pull the trigger on Aeryn/Chiana but that
doesn’t save her life. Nope, Scorpius is on hand to do the dirty deed and Sikozu/Stark
crosses A/C’s soul to the other side, in the process remembering the necessary
information about Katratzi. It was quite a slaughter-fest on Bizarro Moya. The killing was
actually done by Scorpy, but Crichton was pleased enough to get the information. He’s
come a long way since Season One.
Back on the real Moya, people are taking sides. Surprisingly, Sikozu and Rygel are
aligned against D'Argo and Chiana. Sikozu’s alliance with Scorpius can’t mean too much
to her if she’d be willing to abandon him to save her own ema. Rygel is no surprise, but Chiana has grown away
from her “me first” attitude, which is nice to see. D'Argo’s loyalty to John is
rather expected even though he totally disagrees with the alliance between John and
Scorpy. Thank you Moya and Pilot! Your votes were the deciding ones, and even though
Moya’s terrified of wormholes, they voted to stick by John.
I should have liked this episode better than I did, but it just didn’t quite hit me the
right way. With such a little bit of time left for the series, I wish the story had
advanced further. We learned some bits about Aeryn’s time away from Moya – unless it
was all an illusion she made up for Jenek
– and we saw some fantastic performances. But it left me wanting more.