one of the very first scenes of Farscape, John’s father
told him that every man is his own kind of hero. When he
said it neither one of them had any idea that John’s kind
of hero would save his entire planet and all the people on
it from destruction. Now that’s a hero! What could
John possibly do for an encore? If Bad Timing had
been written as the series finale, they couldn’t have done
a better job of ending Farscape. Well, except for the last
couple of minutes, maybe. But even with the miserable
cliffhanger, Farscape’s current incarnation ended the way
it lived—with excitement, romance, action, character
interaction, and all the other elements of the show we love.
Timing begins with John Crichton looking across the
water to the space shuttle Colleroy waiting to take Farscape
1 into orbit. “Previously on Farscape” contains two
scenes from each of the 87 episodes leading up to Bad
Timing, then we jump right into the meat of the episode –
Braca’s command carrier is skulking nearby offering
Peacekeeper “protection” for earth against a Scarran
invasion. What to do? What to do?
is torn between accepting Braca’s offer and trying to
destroy the wormhole leading to earth. He makes his
choice—use his knowledge to destroy the wormhole—but
thinks he’s going to screw it up. Although he knows how to
collapse the wormhole he doesn’t have the speed or
dexterity to succeed. Fortunately, it’s not what you know,
it’s who you know and, John knows a guy. A guy with four
arms and an outstanding talent for multitasking.
whole hour was visually rich in details. Stark hiding in the
corner while D'Argo and John talked. Extended StarBurst. The
wormhole demo while John and Pilot were talking. Pilot and
Rygel in the same scenes, which must have taken a huge
amount of puppeteer coordination. The Scarran ship. Bunny
battles. No wonder every other show seems so boring.
I mentioned that John is a hero, but he’s not the only
hero on board Moya. Rygel did his part, convincing Pilot to
do the right thing and Pilot himself for doing it; Chiana,
who gave up her sight for the cause; Jack Crichton who,
since John went back into space, has spent his time bringing
the people of earth together; D'Argo, who’s growing into
the role of Captain of Moya. Even wacky Stark did his part.
was one somewhat jarring note in Bad Timing: what was
with Aeryn’s sappy expression during half of the episode?
Yeah, I know she’s pregnant, but really! They’re
fighting for the lives of billions of people and Aeryn
wanders around looking like a space cadet.
was going on between Scorpy and Sikozu, weird alien sex or
murder? (Is there a difference?) Since Braca’s expression
was identical to the one he had when Scorpy and Natira were
a loving couple, I think Scorpius was being amorous rather
than homicidal. Then again, Braca gets that look a lot
and Aeryn are neutralized at the end of Bad Timing,
but they were happy. John did what he set out to do,
they’re in love and actually admitting it to each other,
they’re going to be parents. Are they dead? Not to me.
That’s what “To Be Continued” means. There is more
story to come, I don’t know how or when, but there is
definitely more story and I’m eagerly looking forward to