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OAD: March 24, 2000
by: Grant McAloon
By: Tony Tilse
visiting a commerce planet, the crew are told there is an old Luxon
woman nearby who must find another of her kind for some important
reason. Against Crichton's better judgment, D'Argo and Zhaan decide
to find this woman and learn what she wants. It turns out her name
is Nilaam and she is a Orican-a holly woman. Though still powerful,
she is dying and needs D'Argo's assistance in the "Ritual of
Passage." This involves the sharing of spirits, D'Argo accompanying
the woman's spirit to the holly realm and poses some danger for
the Luxan warrior. John is very suspicious of the woman, but D'Argo
ignores the human, accepts the consequences of what may happen,
and goes through with the ritual.
ritual involved Nilaam tapping into D'Argo's life energy. But when
she does so, Nilaam inadvertently taps into Moya's life energy instead.
Being a very large creature, Moya has the energy allowing Nilaam
to initiate a very different ritual - the Ritual of Renewal. Instead
of dying, Nilaam is transformed into a young, healthy sexpot ready
to take on the world and D'Argo. Thinking the energy came from D'Argo,
Nilaam decides the thank him by promising to find his son, help
the crew find their homes, and make D'Argo a legitimate general.
More importantly, she has wild Luxon sex with D'Argo.
there is that word again, the life force Nilaam tapped into is draining
Moya and aging her. The longer Nilaam lives, the closer the Leviathan
comes to death. The crew is placed in serious jeopardy by the events
Thinking Nilaam may have done all this by plan, they try to stop
her. But she is too powerful for Peacekeeper weapons and it is up
to John to convince D'Argo that Moya's only hope for survival is
the death of Nilaam.
Vitas Mortis is an interesting, if dark, story that allows the viewer
a glimpse of Luxan culture and mysticism. This story introduces
the character of Nilaam - she is neither a hero nor a true villain.
She honestly thought the great energy was D'Argo's and clearly wouldn't
intentionally harm Moya. However, once the deed was done, she was
understandably reluctant to save the Leviathan ship by killer herself.
the only disturbing aspect of this episode involves the way John
has been acting lately. He seems different--detatched--almost on
edge all the time. The Aurora chair apparently had a long lasting
effect on the human and has make him less likable, more cocky, and
annoying. It is not the only change from last season.
of the hallmarks of season one has been the effect John has with
the females of nearly every species he has come in contact with.
How refreshing to see Nilaam, in her young and sexy carnation, push
John aside like he was day old bread. She wouldn't give Mr. Blue
eyes the time of day - that wouldn't have happened last season.
It is also symbolic of how different season two is compared to season
one. Every Farscape cliché, every assumption one can make
about the show can be thrown out the window. VM has a tone that
is unlike any of the episodes in season one and is a sign of things
to come. Good-bye Livin' La Vida Loca, hello Carmina Burana.
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