to the point of breaking, John decides to take a spin in his module
to let off some steam. His timing couldn't be worse - Moya is experiencing
problems associated with her pregnancy and jumps to starburst without
warning. Left on his own in space, John locates an ideal, yet primitive,
planet where he fits in with the local population. However, his
involvement with the locals turns dangerous when John attracts the
eye of the village leader's young daughter. The consequences of
their possible relationship could spell doom for the human. Although
weary of their search for John, the crew never gives up looking
for him. When D'Argo and Rygel land on the planet to retrieve John,
the situation only gets worse.
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Weekly Roundup of Cool Stuff: Jeremiah Crichton (you just have to
look closely enough!)
the recent string of very intense episodes, "Jeremiah Crichton"
was not so much a let-down as a puff piece. Almost a bit of relief,
a respite from anything dark, or disturbing, or that would make
your brain hurt if you thought about it too much. I have to admit,
I'm spoiled, and I enjoy those make-you-think episodes tremendously.
This was strictly-for-fun. They can get away with this type of script
periodically, but if they were all like this, we wouldn't be the
dedicated fans that we are now. It would be just another new-planet-of-the-week
show. How many times have we seen the "mistaken for a God" plot?
Didn't that originate on "Gilligan's Island", LOL? Usually when
FarScape takes on such a stock storyline, they punch it up with
enough twists and turns, and manage to work in some serious character
development, that we don't have to care about them retreading a
chestnut. This outing was the least successful to date in trying
to freshen up an old idea. Does that mean I hated it, I thought
it was dreadful? Not by a long shot -- but this episode falls firmly
into the "froth" category, and it succeeded on that level. To compare
this to "They've Got a Secret", "Till the Blood Runs Clear", or
everyone's favorite,"The Flax" is like comparing Mad TV to any work
by Shakespeare. I like them both but they are too different to judge
on the same scale. So I'm not even gonna try.
Still and all, there was some Cool Stuff happening...
having more pregger problems. I sympathize, it seems when you are
harboring offspring your own metabolism turns against you, in favor
of the fetus, in too many ways to count. Pilot seemed quite on the
up-and-up this week, but once again we didn't get enough of him.
I expect that all of the extensive work with Rygel was a big drain
on the puppetry resources going into this ep.
What little we saw of them was terrific. In fact, the best scenes
of the EP occurred on Moya. More continuing story-line here, with
the reminders that Zhaan has left the Delvian Seek, for now. It
was interesting to see the dynamic between Aeryn and Zhaan. Aeryn
is growing more and more comfortable with herself and her ability
to solve problems with something besides the use of force. And she
is maturing emotionally too -- to the point where she can admits
she needs Crichton, even if it was hard for her to do so.. You
must note that D'Argo followed Aeryn's lead in the matter of continuing
the search, when Zhaan began counseling against it. Zhaan too seems
to be gaining more respect for Aeryn. We haven't spent any time,
really, looking at the relationship between these two (as was mentioned
by several posters over the past few weeks) but I do think Zhaan
has been dismissive of Aeryn and Aeryn's soldier mentality. She
has tended to treat Aeryn like a child, much the same way she treated
Crichton. Finally in this episode they work together more or less
as equals, and between the two of them actually save the Boys' hides.