Summary and analysis by Dallascaper

Being hunted in the uncharted territories is bad enough - being hunted when low on supplies is worse. To secure some much needed currency, Rygel negotiates the transport of an unknown cargo with a brutal race of traders known as Tavleks. Trying to impress them, he convinces the Tavleks that he is still the rich monarch of Hyneria - big mistake.

The Tavleks storm Moya and kidnap Rygel. Normally, this might be considered an acceptable arrangement for the crew, except Rygel stole one of Moya's synaptic processors. This processor looks like a crystal and Rygel used it to decorate his scepter. Without it, Moya has no control over her movements and her orbit quickly deteriorates. It is up to John, Aeryn and D'Argo to free Rygel and find the crystal.


This is episode #4, but is the second to be broadcast in the UK and Australia. I don't mean this as any disrespect, but TFAL feels the most "Australian" of all the episodes through season one. What do I mean by that? Well, this episode simply has a fresh style or quirkiness--such as the camera work--that doesn't feel like a Hollywood production. Come to think of it, that is quite a compliment.

Besides The Premiere, this is Farscape's first episode featuring a lot of action. From the opening sequence and throughout the story, Throne For A Loss moves along quite nicely. Perhaps this is why the BBC skipped eps. 2 and 3 - showing this episode one week behind TP. It just makes a better impression - except for one little thing.

This episode is infested with John's inane statements known as Crichtonisms. The opening dialogue with John talking about John Wayne, his movies, and Kung Fu, as though Aeryn would know what he is talking about, seemed strange. I'm not sure if the writers were trying to make John a nitwit or were they just trying to be funny?

Whatever the writers are doing to John, the show is quite entertaining.



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Originally aired in the US April 2, 1999

Written by Richard Manning

Directed By Pino Amenta

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