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> Into The Lion's Den, part 1: Lambs to Slaughter
OAD: April 12, 2002
by: Richard Manning
by: Ian Watson
details for Crichton's involvement in Scorpy's wormhole project
worked out by Rygel in IY, YY, it's time for the Crichton-Scorpius-wormhole
arc to finally reach a conclusion.
Aeryn, Jool, Chiana, and Crais board Scorpius' command carrier as
honored guests, at least in the mind of the scarran half-breed.
The Peacekeeper crew grudgingly respects Scorpy's wishes, at least
With the help of Harvey, Crichton is able to lie to Scorpy's face
without fear of his treachery being detected. Crichton plans to
either destroy all of Scorpy's wormhole data, or at least set the
wormhole project on the wrong path. Unfortunately, Crichton isn't
entirely sure which way is the correct path and which is not. It
seems Crichton's plan is to be flexible and allow events to play
to his advantage.
Crichton is busy with wormholes, his comrades have agendas of their
own. D'Argo wants his collarbone rings removed and data of Macton's
whereabouts made available to him. Macton is the Peacekeeper who
killed his sister for marrying D'Argo. Macton framed D'Argo for
the murder and now the Luxan has revenge on his mind. Rygel, ever
hopeful of retaking his throne, demands intelligence reports on
the political situation on Hyneria. Crais wants Talyn brought on
board the carrier, his weapons removed and personality reset. When
made whole again, Talyn is to leave a free Leviathan. Scorpius,
happy to have Crichton's assistance with wormholes, generously grants
everyone their wishes.
the only thing Aeryn wants is to sabotage the wormhole project and
off the ship. It was revealed early in the series
that Aeryn's old Peacekeeper comrades were demoted and eventually
killed shortly after her desertion. Aeryn's return to the carrier
is not a happy homecoming. Despised by the crew as a traitor, even
her one friend still on board, Officer Yal Henta, rejects Aeryn.
with Scorpy's trusted wormhole assistant, Co-Kura Strappa, Crichton
slowly taps into the wormhole data locked in his mind. Turns out
Crichton's progress is a little too slow for Scorpy's taste. Believing
the human is honestly trying to help, but is hindered by a subconscious
that is unwilling to cooperate, Scorpy decides to give Crichton
some additional incentive. Scorpius reveals to Crichton the secrets
of his violent childhood, thus explaining why Peacekeepers must
acquire wormhole data if they are to hold off a Scarran onslaught.
This is the same data Scorpius revealed to the fake Crichton in
doubting whether it is truly wise to harm the Peacekeeper wormhole
project, Crichton must turn to
Aeryn, his guiding star, for advice and focus. Aeryn explains she
will back Crichton no matter what, but they came to destroy the
wormhole project and destroy it they must. To strengthen her point,
Aeryn reminds Crichton that Talyn-John gave his life preventing
the Scarrans from stealing the wormhole data. Ouch!
and Crichton's wormhole timetable is adversely impacted by the arrival
of another Peacekeeper, Commandant Mele-On Grayza, or Commandant
Cleavage for short. Not impressed with
the wormhole project or Scorpious' dealings with Crichton, Grayza
orders the capture of Moya's crew and the end of the wormhole project.
Incensed by Grayza's bold actions, Scorpious countermands her orders,
thus releasing Moya. Grayza leaves, vowing to return with a full
council sanction ending the wormhole project for good. Before she
goes, Grayza conspires with other Peacekeepers to assassinate Scorpius.
Knowing Scorpius is vulnerable because his life is linked to Crichton's
through to the Yensch
bracelets, the Peacekeepers ambush Crichton and Aeryn.
timetable thrown into disarray, and the subject of an assassination
plot, Scorpius must show success
with wormholes before Grayza returns. Suspecting Crichton is stalling,
Scorpious decides a shocking revelation about Earth is the only
way to force Crichton into providing the wormhole data quickly.
No longer treating Crichton with kid-gloves, Scorpius resorts to
physical intimidation and not-so-veiled threats directed at Earth
to get what he wants from the human.
am happy to start by saying that Farscape cleared up one of the
major problems I had with I Yensch, You Yensch. I complained that
Scorpious had apparently lost his ability to tell when someone was
being untruthful, which seemed awfully convenient for Crichton.
However, Harvey explains in this episode that he is masking Crichton's
energy signiture, which makes it possible for Crichton to lie to
Scorpy's face with impunity.
problem with IY,YY is that it seems to be a rather small, insignificant
episode, hardly fitting for a final-four. Well, if last week's episode
is small, Into The Lion's Den, part 1 is a big, expensive production.
Add the fact that the story is interesting, well written, and the
acting solid, and what we have here is a fun episode worthy of watching
over and over.
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