Through The Looking Glass

Guest Analysis by Ian K. aka Captain Hornblower

4 Moyas

Rating Scale

5 Moyas-one of the best eps

4 Moyas-excellent ep

3 Moyas-good EP

2 Moyas-fair EP

1 Moya-not so fair EP


This episode (in original order of release) comes in the wake of a very turbulent and dramatic episode, "A Human Reaction". After such a drama oriented episode, this installment could have been effectively taken in one of two different paths. On the one hand, it could have been an intense, action oriented drama to take the audience on a roller coaster ride of suspense. On the other hand, it could have been made as a comically oriented EP to lighten things up a bit for the audience. What is so beautiful about this episode is that it does both. We have a fast paced, action oriented plot as Crichton races thought the dimensionally segmented Moya trying to save the crew and ship before they run out of time, while at the same time the action has time to stop and give way to a few hilarious moments of character bantor. Amidst all of the action and comedy, we also have a great deal of character development mixed in as clear changes are shown in the relationships between Crichton and the various members of the crew. Crichton exudes much more confidence in this episode as he seems to be the one who knows what's going on and what to do to fix it, and this is perceived by the rest of the crew who, remarkably, have come to trust Crichton enough to follow his lead. We also see the beginnings of the development of the new character, Chiana, as her place in the crew begins to crystallize. An emotionally satisfying episode, overall, which keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with both suspense and laughter. (This is a repost of the review I wrote for this episode when it was shown during the recent Chain Reaction, with one or two minor revisions).

Ian K.

Captain Hornblower of His Britannic Majesty's Ship of the Line "Sutherland"


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Originally aired in the US September 10, 1999

Written By David Kemper

Directed By Ian Watson

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