and analysis by Dallascaper
across the wreckage of an old Peacekeeper carrier, the crew debates
the value of exploring the derelict vessel. It turns out the ship
is the shattered remains of the Zelbinion, once the most feared
warship of the Peacekeeper armada. It was also the first stop for
Rygel immediately following his removal from power many cycles ago.
Mercilessly tortured and humiliated by the ships tyrannical captain,
Durka, Rygel is very upset at seeing the vessel. Aeryn is curious
as to the unknown facts surrounding the destruction of the powerful
ship. D'Argo thinks there may be weapons or other valuable goods
on board, so they board the ship in search of answers and loot.
along, somewhat reluctantly, is John. While exploring the ship,
picked clean by scavengers long ago, our heroic trio come across
a surprise. Hiding amongst the wreckage and dead bodies, is a Peacekeeper
tech named Gilina Left behind by Crais, Gilina was part of a small
group assigned to access the ship's data stores and learn the truth
behind its mysterious demise. Unfortunately, the small band of Peacekeepers
were attacked by a group of treacherous scavengers known as Sheyangs.
Gilina was the only survivor of the attack. Aeryn and D'Argo seem
intent on killing the Peacekeeper tech, but John intervenes and
saves her life.
anyone can get too comfortable, the Sheyangs return to strip the
Zelbinion of what little technology it still contains. D'Argo must
convince the scavengers that Moya is populated by fearsome Luxan
warriors. Fooled by the ruse, the Sheyangs are kept at bay, for
a time. Soon they realize there are no Luxan warriors and decide
to attack. It is up to John, Aeryn, and Gilina to awaken the Zelbinion's
long dead defensive systems before all are killed.
it's just episode 6 and a female alien has finally gone head-over-heals
for John. Gilina is but the first to fall. Actually, John and Gilina
make a cute couple. Unlike the moody Aeryn, Gilina seems comfortable
with John. Recognizing his technical aptitude, and grateful for
saving her life, Gilina is the first alien, besides Zhaan, who appreciates
John for who he is.
The other part
of our little love triangle, is Aeryn. She is well aware of the
fireworks between John and Gilina, but is clearly preoccupied by
the mysterious fate of the Zelbinion and its crew. It turns out
Gilina's dead crew mates were Aeryn's former comrades. Punished
for Aeryn's betrayal of Crais, her former Peacekeeper buddies were
reduced to guarding techs on a dead ship. Had Aeryn not gone with
Moya's crew, her former comrades would not have been at the Zelbinion.
Now they are dead and Aeryn clearly feels the loss and a sense of
We learn more
about Rygel's past, a past that includes torture at the hands of
Durka. Zhaan convinces Rygel that he must board the dead ship and
confront the corpse of Durka if he is to ever get past the pain
of his Zelbinion experience. It seems Durka's hold on Rygel is still
much for Zhaan and D'Aargo to do in this episode. Stuck on Moya,
D'Argo does get a chance to show off some splendid Luxan swearing.
Unfortunately, the exact translation of his words are not provided,
depriving the viewer of his colorful and potent way with words.
As for the
Sheyangs. Are you old enough (or young enough) to remember the early
1970's kids show called New Zoo Review? Remember Freddy the Frog?
Apparently he went bad after the show was canceled and now terrifies
unsuspecting aliens in the Uncharted Territories. Armed with fire
breathing breath, but slowed by sluggish wit, he meets an explosive
end at the hands of Aeryn. It's so sad. Thank God Henrietta Hippo
isn't around anymore to see her former costar meet such an end.
action, and more than just a little romance, PTKG is a strong episode.
Would like to add that watching this episode again, almost a year-and-a-half
after it premiered in the US, I am amazed by how much John has changed.
By the end of season two, John is a man worn by a life on the run
and tortured by...well, if you don't know, I'm not going to give
it away. How jarring it is to revisit this early episode and see
a naive character still so "full of wonder," as his mother
How things have changed.
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