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