and analysis by Dallascaper
"crew" is really a collection of aliens thrown together
under conditions not of their choosing. With the noted exception
of Aeryn, all aboard Moya are bent on getting home, but they don't
know where their homes are. The promise of information as to the
whereabouts of their home worlds is more than enough reason to meet
with anyone who might help.
noted genetic scientist, Namtar claimed to possess the ability to
pinpoint the home world of virtually any species based solely on
their genetic code. Of course, there would be a fee for such information.
Namtar wasn't interested in currency, weapons, or services. His
price was one of Pilot's arms. Namtar's database, vast as it is,
didn't hold information helpful to John. However, D'Argo, Rygel,
and Zhaan were quick to accept the terms of the arrangement and
promptly chopped off one of Pilot's arms as payment. John was incredulous,
not only that his crew mates would do such a thing, but also of
Pilot's acceptance of his fate. Pilot reminded John that his arm
would grow back soon enough. Whether Pilot really forgives the others
is not entirely clear.
is paid the fee and provides the crystal containing all the information
needed to return to the crew's home worlds. However, the data is
so vast that Moya isn't capable of interpreting it all. The only
hope of deciphering the data is to destroy two of the three records
stored inside the crystal. That means only one crew member will
go home. Rygel steals the crystal, forcing D'Argo and Zhaan to join
forces against the Hynerian.
crew is so busy fighting over the crystal, they are oblivious to
what is happening to Aeryn. Since she no longer has a home to return
to, Aeryn didn't participate in the genetic mapping process. Watching
the others get excited at going home, and left with the prospect
of living on Moya with only John as company, must have had an impact
on Aeryn. She secretly returns to Namtar's laboratory with the intention
of donating genetic material in exchange for a map to a Sebacean
colony where she would settle down. Namtar has other plans for Aeryn.
is a being that collects the genetic code of thousands of species
from around the galaxy. He then encodes the finest qualities of
those creatures into his genetic makeup. The result is that he is
evolving at a highly accelerated rate, exactly according to his
plan. Intrigued by Pilot's multitasking abilities, Namtar injects
some of Pilot's DNA into Aeryn. His plan is to extract the parts
of Aeryn's genetic code that that will allow him to possess Pilot's
special abilities and discard the rest.
doesn't take long for Aeryn to notice changes in her perception
of reality. At first, it's sounds that she has never heard before.
She realizes the noises she hears are DRDs moving about the ship,
just as Pilot would hear them. Shortly thereafter, Aeryn takes on
physical manifestations of Pilot's DNA. She stuns Pilot by revealing
an arm, just like one of Pilot's, growing from her abdomen. For
the first time in the series, she admits to John that she is afraid.
John insists they return to Namtar's laboratory and confront the
is not impressed by John's arguments or Aeryn's weaponry. He is
pleased to see the physical changes in Aeryn and takes her to his
laboratory to complete the experiment. It is up to John and Namtar's
disfigured assistant, Kornata, to save Aeryn from a terrible death.
Time is not on their side and it is learned that Aeryn isn't the
only one in jeopardy. The crystal the others on Moya are fighting
over is designed to destroy Moya's memory. John is in a race against
time to prevent the crystal from being activated while working with
Kornata to save Aeryn from Namtar's evil plan.
Mad Scientist is a very Farscape-type of episode. Much can be made
of how the crew is becoming a family, but when it comes to going
home, all pretense of family is stripped away. Their own selfish
agendas laid bare, the crew must battle each other for the right
to return home. The fact their actions play into the hand of Namtar
only serves to make this a memorable episode.
Not even Zhaan, normally a peace-loving priestess, is immune from
the desires to go home. Her willingness to hurt Pilot by chopping
off his arm shows where her trues desires lay. After John destroys
the crystal, Zhaan didn't seem to possess her usual patience with
the human. If looks could kill, the story of John's adventures in
the UT would have been over.
episode is filled with dark imagery, a memorable villain, and fun
interaction between the characters. DNAMS is Farscape's first truly
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