The crew mounts a
rescue mission to save Aeryn, who was captured by the Scarrans and is currently being held
on a freighter on its way to Katratzi, a top secret base. Moya docks at a Scarran border
station where she’ll be under quarantine for five days before being allowed to continue
on to Katratzi. Luckily, Aeryn’s freighter is also being held for quarantine. Now the
crew must come up with a way to hold the freighter at the border station until Aeryn can
be found and brought safely back to Moya.
The crew are
of their minds with worry over Aeryn and each does his/her part in the rescue, working together as a kick-ass team once again. They start out with
a not so
simple plan: Rygel will pretend to be sick, causing a lockdown of the border station, thus
giving the crew time to rescue Aeryn and escape before the Scarrans know what hit them.
the part of Moya’s captain and a Scarran spy, returning home with a ship full of lesser
spies, namely Crichton, Chiana, and Rygel. Sikozu has gone ahead to prepare the way and
D'Argo and Noranti are lurking nearby in Lo’La. With friends like
these, how can Aeryn
not be rescued immediately? Need you ask?
Once on the
station, Rygel stuffs himself to the point of vomiting it all up –
thanks for sharing
that Rygel, I love to watch people barf – and then tells Dr. Talnell that he’s having
a relapse of Hynerian dermaphollica, which is a viral
disease that can spread to other species and kill them without warning. Since
Rygel exhibits no further symptoms, after a short time nobody believes he actually has the
disease and the Kalish are on the verge of releasing the Scarran ship from quarantine.
Noranti switches to plan B. Using a handful of silly putty and a bit of spit, she works
some of that old black magic she’s famous for and actually gives Rygel the disease
he’s been pretending to have. Now,
truth is that given the choice, Rygel would have said no to Noranti’s plan. He most
definitely would have said no, but that doesn’t make him much less of a hero. He nearly
died to save Aeryn, you have to love him for that.
Crichton, wearing his
“rescue Aeryn” outfit from Nerve and his
best we’re-so- screwed expression, heads off to, well, to rescue Aeryn. He flirts with
Nurse Vreena and promises her a cure for dermaphollica in return for a wee bit of
recreating. When they get inside the freighter, Vreena tests the data while John tests the
bedsprings. Almost immediately, he discovers that Aeryn is in the same room and without
losing time thinking about it, he whacks Vreena upside the head – he probably
several of her bones in the process - and she drops like a rock. But before John can free
Aeryn, Jenek shows up to interrogate John with his nifty Scarran heat ray. Fortunately,
Scorpy rescues John before his brain goes into meltdown and he blabs everything he knows.
Fearing that Aeryn will
contract the disease, thus killing the fetus and destroying the wormhole information it
could contain, Jenek hatches a plan in his mind. The baby will be removed from Aeryn and
he will use Chiana as an incubator (Nebari are immune to dermaphollica) until he can get
to Katratzi and extract the data. In what seems to be more of
a human reaction than a
Peacekeeper one, Aeryn is either screaming or in tears throughout most of this episode,
giving us an idea of how awful the Scarrans actually are.
Karohm walks in on
Sikozu while she’s in the middle of sabotaging the power grid at the border station.
She’d been flirting with him since she arrived to hide the fact that she isn’t who she
says she is. Karohm had been flirting right back, but he’s not an idiot and
get fooled again. He pulls a pulse pistol on her and is about incarcerate her when D'Argo
comes along and zaps Karohm with his tongue.
There’s a lot of
similarity between the scene where John carries Aeryn back to Moya and sits by her bedside
and the one in The Hidden
Memory, where he
did the same for Gilina, the PK tech girl who fell in love with him. It had to be going
through his mind while he watched Aeryn sleep, finally falling asleep himself only to
dream a little dream of Harvey 2.0. Now, Scorpy and Harvey, well,
they’ve got a secret
they’ve been keeping from John. It seems that Scorpius knows everything John knows,
which makes me wonder why Scorpy agreed to help rescue Aeryn in the first place.
picture if you
will the infinite possibilities of this situation. Next week the crew will probably go
into the lion’s den at Katratzi to rescue Scorpius, who by then will probably be
as anything from Scarran torture. As part one of a three parter, this episode was a little
bit slow, but let’s all say a little prayer that part two will be faster paced and
we’ll be on the edge of our seats at the end of it the way we weren’t at the end of