at subduing the crew with the use of drug-induced mind control,
a Nebari operative named Varla easily takes over Moya. Joined by
another Nebari government agent,Meelak, Varla is bent on returning
Chiana to their homeworld. Already injured by a disastrous run-in
with Peacekeepers, Varla will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
turns out Chiana is an unwitting pawn in the Nebari plan to take
over much of the galaxy. Exactly why Chiana is so important to the
Nebari plan is revealed by a startling discovery. Chiana's brother,
Nerri, thought dead since TTS, is very much
alive. Nerri is a leader of the Nebari resistance, a group the Nebari
government feels threatened by. His little sister is the bait in
a plan to capture him and crush the resistance.
into a harmless stupor, D'Argo, Aeryn, Zhaan, and Rygel are willing
participants in the Nebari plan. The drugs have no effect on Pilot,
but he is fitted with a collar capable of killing him if he disobeys
his new Nebari commanders. Chiana is spared the drugs only because
they have no effect on Nebari. John is drugged and tortured into
submission, but the effects are temporary and he regains this ability
to resist Varla. John's resistance to mind control isn't due to
Human physiology, but something else: Scorpius.
and running out of time, John must work with Chiana, Pilot, and
some surprising allies to regain control of Moya before she passes
into Nebari territory.
seeing an unarmed Aeryn wearing a big smile on her face is enough
to scare the hell out of anybody. Chiana and John realize this,
but too late to keep Varla from taking over Moya.
interesting scene in this episode, edited from the BBC broadcast,
is John being tortured by the Nebari. Apparently, the mind altering
drug must be administered by injecting it into the optic nerve of
the victim. Strapped to a contraption, keeping John's head still,
two metal claws grab his eyeballs and pull them out far enough for
the drug to be placed on the optic nerve. To say the procedure is
not pleasant would be an understatement. Not sure what this graphic
scene adds to the episode, but it is technically impressive.
is clear that Farscape, such a simple romp at first, is becoming
more complex with nearly every episode. The Nebari government, already
established as a powerful nemesis to the Peacekeepers in PKTG,
is now attempting to take over the galaxy. Add to the mix Chiana's
brother, Nerri, is a leader of the Nebari resistance, and what we
have here is a whole other story woven into the world of Farscape.
Where this leads our intrepid crew is hard to say.
Quick-paced and well-written with more than a few twists, A Clockwork
Nebari is a solid and fun episode. And now on to the season two