Guide > Season Three
> I-Yensch, You-Yensch
OAD: April 5, 2002
by: Peter Andrikidis
At the end
of Fractures, Crichton announced to the Crew that he would stop
Scorpius from developing wormhole technology. Moya's crew didn't
seem very enthusiastic for heroics, but they apparently had a change
of heart. Crichton's plan, the details not yet revealed to the viewer,
requires a little trip to Scorpius' command carrier. Not a fool,
Crichton needs assurances for his safety and sends Rygel and D'Argo
as his representatives to negotiate with Scorpius.
Rygel, Scorpius and Lt. Braca meet in a dingy diner on a dump of
a planet to work out details acceptable to all. Rygel explains to
Scorpius that Crichton would rather help Peacekeepers acquire wormhole
technology than watch Scarrans develop it first. Scorpius is agreeable
to the idea of Crichton's assistance, but Rygel wants assurances
beyond words that all will be safe. Scorpius has the answer.
Lt. Braca presents
two Yensch bracelets that Crichton and he will wear. The devices,
when worn by two
people, allow each to feel the other's pain. If one gets hurt, they
both get hurt; if one dies, they both die. Rygel is satisfied with
the technology, but insists that Scorpius, not Lt. Braca be the
one sharing the bracelets with Crichton. Scorpius refuses the suggestion
and it seems the negotiations will end at an impasse.
as the negotiations break down, two blue bandits burst into the
diner and immediately point their weapons at the negotiating party.
Unarmed and without a way to communicate with the outside world,
D'Argo, Rygel, Scorpius and Braca are at the mercy of the two would-be
robbers. Now hostages for ransom, and with D'Argo and Braca immobilized
by the Yensch bracelets, it's up to Scorpy and Rygel to grudgingly
combine their talents before they are all killed.
Back on Moya,
the Scarran prisoner from Fractures, is leaving Moya for safe passage
aboard a hospital
ship. Fearful of making enemies with Peacekeepers and wanting
to return home, Jool decides to leave Moya and join the Scarran.
However, before she gets the chance to join Naj Gil, something terrible
for word from Rygel and D'Argo, Moya and Talyn sense Peacekeeper
warships approaching fast.
Just as Moya is about to be attacked, Talyn destroys the Peacekeeper
ships, much to everyone's relief. However, still highly agitated
and upset, Talyn turns his guns on the unarmed hospital ship and
destroys it, killing Naj Gil and hundreds of innocent people in
the process. Distraught, Talyn shuts himself down and is unwilling
to communicate with anyone, including Crais.
acknowledging that there is something terribly wrong with Talyn,
Crais discusses with Moya and her crew the possibility of shutting
down Talyn's higher brain functions and taking him somewhere safe
for rehabilitation. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on one's
perspective, Talyn will emerge from rehabilitation a different Leviathan.
Everything he is and has learned will be lost. All are devastated
by Talyn's situation, not the least of whom his mother, Moya. The
decision is made to proceed with shutting Talyn down, but doing
so will require the Leviathan gunship's cooperation.
You-Yensch not bad by any means, but it suffers from a perplexing
plot hole and two very annoying villains.
The plot hole:
I thought Scorpius can sense when someone is being deceitful. Scorpy
sensed Crichton wasn't the Peacekeeper Larraq in Nerve,
was able to tell when Rygel was being untruthful in Family
Ties, and he explained his abilities in detail during Incubator.
Yet, he needed the ruse of a false execution to make sure D'Argo
and Rygel were truly alone. One would think Scorpy would be able
to see through Rygel and D'Argo's deceit, but for the moment, Scorpy
seems to have lost that ability. How convenient for Crichton.
there are our two blue villains. From time to time, Farscape features
really annoying bad guys. If I could choose only one word to describe
these two characters it would be Pendejo, pronounced Pen-de-ho.
Not sure of the exact English translation, but it's Texan/Mexican
for babbling idiot. These guy are so incompetent, I'm not sure if
they are meant as some kind of twisted comic relief or simply the
result of some unfortunate writing. Whatever...
On a bright
note, watching Rygel and Scorpius combine their talents to save
their skins was fun to watch.
situation involving Talyn is very hard to watch. Since his birth
during The Hidden Memory, we have watched
the yound Leviathan slip ever deeper into maddness. It was like
he was doomed from the very start and I'm not sure Crais is entirely
to blame for Talyn's behavior. Truly believe Crais tried his hardest
to steer the young Leviatan away from violence, but it wasn't enough.
okay, but far from great episode. In fact, compared to its S1 and
S2 counterparts (Nerve and Liars, Guns, and Money part 1) Yensch
seems small and forgetable. This episode is a set-up for what promises
to be an eventful final three episodes of the season.
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