To Be Wild
Chased by the Peacekeepers and Scorpius, the crew has found an asteroid
field in which to hide. They receive a distress call from one of
the large asteroids and decide to investigate. D'Argo, Zhaan and
John find a small world filled with lush vegetation and one woman,
M'Lee, being attacked by a "Swamp Thing."
are not as they seem as it's the woman who is the killer and the
other creature, Br'Nee, is her prey. M'Lee is a bone-eating creature
whose people where put on the asteroid to rid it of all animals.
They did their job too well and now M'Lee is the only one of her
kind left. She is slowly starving; John, D'Argo and Br'Nee are on
Aeryn has boarded Moya's child and has established a relationship
with it. The ship recognizes Aeryn as Peacekeeper and slowly learns
to trust her. The Peacekeepers are having issues of their own. Scorpius
has prepared a report detailing Crais' crimes to High Command that
will surely result in the captain's execution. Crais is powerless
to stop Scorpius from taking over command of his ship and the search
for John Chrichton.
back to mid season, Farscape was on quite a roll. At least eight
episodes of such quality entertainment that one had to wonder how
long the show could keep up the pace before letting up a bit. Well,
every streak has an end and Bone to be Wild is Farscape's. This
horrible episode is so bad, it makes JC look
like quality television. I had to take a shower after watching BTBW
just to get it's stink off of me. Did I say I didn't like it? This
choppy episode just seemed out of step with those that preceded
it. Here are a few of my issues:
acting is not up to standard here. I suspect the cast, after reading
the dreadful script, just mailed in their performances. Ben, in
particular, seemed distant and out of character here. I read that
he hadn't acted with his wife, Francesca Buller(M'Lee), in nearly
ten years-it showed. He seemed uncomfortable with the material and
played John a little too cavalier to be believable. John spends
most of the episode being stupid and waving a gun.
there is M'Lee. Yes, I know, she is starving. But I felt her plight
was being rammed down my throat. I've seen over-the-top characters
before, but this was really annoying. Please, please, please,please,
please can you help me? Please, please, please go away! Ms. Buller
is obviously an accomplished actress, but I don't think anyone could
have done much with the material she had to work with. It would
be nice to see her character return with a more engaging script.
Zhaan is a plant-that's nice. Too bad this interesting revelation
is wasted on such a bad script. And don't even get me started on
the whole cannibalism issue- I'm trying to forget it.
course, every pile of dren has it's bright spots and this stinker
of an episode is no exception.
The scenes of Aeryn with Moya's baby are great. First, the set design
for the baby is first class and reeks of money well spent. Second,
and more important, Claudia Black's performance was a delight. Aeryn
almost glowed when she was with the child - do we see a little maternal
with Scorpius at the end was rather fun.
ending credits - never have they been so sweet or taken so long
the worst episode of season one. I may be addicted to Farscape,
but a few more episodes like this one and I'll be cured.
11, 2001 update:
gotten a number of emails from scapers questioning why I rank this
episode dead-last for season one. I think my reasons are laid out
for you in the text above, but I'll add one more. Not sure exactly
what it is about BTBW, but it's the only episode that put me in
a bad mood after watching it. I got spoiled by Farscape producing,
week after week, one amazing episode after another. After getting
blown away by Nerve and THM, I found this episode to be a complete
of the problem involves the way Crichton behaves in this episode.
At the time of first broadcast, I assumed Ben Browder had lost his
mind, considering the way he was playing Crichton. Little did I
know at the time that it was Crichton who was losing his mind. Spoilers:
I'm speculating about this, but it's possible that Kemper &
Co. told Ben about the Scorpius chip in John's head and wanted Crichton
to display a slighly different personality in this episode. While
Ben does a wonderful job in season two with John's mental situation,
I get the feeling he hadn't given much thought as to how he'd play
a changed Crichton at this point in season one. The result is a
Crichton character that is a very rough draft of what we'll
see in season two.
BTBW for the first time in over a year, I still don't like it and
stand behind my rating of this episode.
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