and analysis by Dallascaper
people, the Delvians, are a strange and spiritual lot. They have
abilities that most other species could hardly dream of. One of
those abilities is to call out--summon--across the vastness of space
and communicate thoughts to others.
episode begins with Moya and her crew experiencing dreams of their
last mating sessions. Moya's interpretation of her dream was to
think another pregnant Leviathan was in danger, so she entered starburst
without warning to locate the other ship. There was no ship, but
a small planet populated by a sect of Delvian priests. These priests
were calling out to Zhaan seeking help that only she could give.
Although disturbed by their use of deception, Zhaan nonetheless
was willing to listen to their needs.
plenty of fresh food for Moya's crew, the leader of this group,
Tahleen, seemed a bit too helpful. The group's spiritual leader,
Tuzak, was going mad and the rest of his followers faced a similar
fate. Only Zhaan, who had learned to control her dark impulses,
could provide them with the secret of her sanity. Zhaan was willing
to share her abilities, through a soul sharing experience called
"unity," but Tahleen wanted more than guidance. During
unity, Tahleen tried to rip from Zhaan the ability to control her
demons - everything that had taken so many years to earn.
process left Zhaan vulnerable to her own dark impulses and capable
of almost any evil deed. The only person on the planet able to help
her was John. To keep John away from Zhaan, the priest preoccupied
him with hallucinations from his former life on Earth. Thinking
his ex-girlfriend was now his wife and copilot on Farscape One,
John was kept busy with the usual soap-opera activities of keeping
her happy. Moya's crew was similarly preoccupied by the priests
and were left helpless on the ship - away from Zhaan.
is a very special episode for me. Before RIB, I was just an occasional
viewer of the show. I can't explain it, but something about this
episode struck me hard - I've been hopelessly addicted to Farscape
a show already noted for elaborate sets and costumes, Rhapsody In
Blue is a beauty among beauties. This episode draws the viewer into
the spiritual world of Delvians and gives great insight into the
character of Zhaan. It is quite obvious she comes from a powerful
and wise people. It is also clear they are not immune from the seduction
of political power. Some Delvians will go to great lengths to get
it - even risking their own sanity in the process. Tahleen embodies
the theme that power corrupts even those whose intentions were at
one time noble. Whatever good qualities she may have possessed have
been overwhelmed by her focused attention to controlling Delvia.
sensual from start to finish, this is one of the most sexual episodes
of the season. It starts with a bed scene of John and his girlfriend
on Earth, continues with Aeryn wearing John's underwear, and sensual
themes run throughout the rest of the story. Is "unity"
sex? Zhaan says it isn't, but I think the experience is too complex
to categorize. John certainly thought it seemed like "ten years
of great sex." Then we have Tahleen's description of unity
with Lorana. Tahleen mentioned to Lorana that she was "easy
and pleasurable" which at least suggests some type of sensual
nature to the experience.
in Blue is a beautiful, smooth flowing, and well directed story
about power and those who want it. It is also enhanced with themes
of sensuality and loyalty. Rhapsody in Blue is one of my favorite
episodes of season one.
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