Hornblower Rates the Farscape Episodes
The Captain gives "Promises" a rating of:
Captain's Rating Scale:
5 Moyas-one of the best episodes
4 Moyas-an excellent episode
3 Moyas-a good episode
2 Moyas-a fair episode
1 Moya-a less than fair episode
0 Moyas-a poor episode
"Promises" is an episode that should have come a
lot sooner. This is the episode that has finally kicked the
plot of Season 4 into forward motion.
This episode marks Crichton and company's long awaited reunion
with Aeryn, Pilot, and Moya. But, it also sees them confronted
with Scorpius, who appears to be the only person capable of
helping a heat delirium inflicted Aeryn. As for the long lost
Aeryn, she is dubious at best about where she has been, but
she has made some alien bad guys very mad at her. The ones
who caused Aeryn's heat delirium, the bad guys demand information
from Aeryn that she is not willing to give, and she will not
even tell Crichton why.
"Promises" really has everything just about that
Season 4 has lacked so far. The dramatic depth is omnipresent
in this episode, as is its wonderful mixture with fantastic
characterization. We have Crichton attempting to work through
his emotions about Aeryn while at the same time trying to
help her. He is also dealing with conflicts with both the
real Scorpius and the neural clone of Scorpius residing in
his head. Aeryn is trying to keep some secret while at the
same time treading very carefully with John, not knowing whether
she wants him to help her or let her die to protect her secrets.
Chiana's protectiveness of Pilot and Moya is also a very strong
element, as is Sikozu's interactions with Scorpius. Scorpius,
as always, seems to have one agenda, but his motives are definitely
open to question.
All of this is mixed with great action, suspense, and plot.
By the end of the episode, the conflicts and story of this
season is finally kicked into gear.
Aeryn has returned to Moya, and it is clear that she and Crichton
have many things to work out. The main obstacle to their relationship
now is the list of questions Aeryn is unwilling to discuss
with Crichton. The end of the episode seems to say that Aeryn
wants Crichton to accept her back with him, but in what capacity
she is not as clear on. It is also clear Crichton will demand
some answers to some of those questions before their relationship
can resume. When he walked away from Aeryn, he made it clear
to her that he is putting the ball in her court. Its up to
her now: if she wants to resume a relationship with Crichton,
in whatever form that relationship may manifest itself in,
she has to provide Crichton with some answers.
Pilot's announcement that Moya and he wish for the crew to
select a Captain also indicates a change in the relationship
between the crew and their ship and pilot, one that will make
for interesting plot later on. Scorpius' presence on Moya
will obviously be a source of tension, as will the crew's
suspicions about Sikozu's connections to him.
Also, at long last, the Scorpius neural clone in Crichton's
head is gone. All I can say is-its about time. While the clone
served its purpose once, it had long last past its prime as
being an effective plot device. Its demise finally allows
Crichton to move forward in his personal journey as well.
But this episode also shows that while the clone may be gone,
Crichton's personal demons are not. Guilt, pain, hatred, loss,
emotional confusion-they all still remain in John, as especially
evidenced by the scene in which Crichton confronts an image
of Aeryn in his mind that looks and acts like Scorpius. Though
it is likely the clone created that image, it is also clear
that it did so by tapping into guilt, pain, and doubt Crichton
carries within his own mind and soul. Now, with the clone
gone, these inner demons will in all likelihood still haunt
John Crichton, but will do so in ways different than the neural
clone did. Thus, the emotional drama of Crichton facing his
inner turmoil will be allowed to manifest itself in different
ways. The potential for this part of Crichton's story has
just been busted wide open.
Unfortunately, will all of this set up for forward motion,
and despite the fact that Season 4 of Farscape has finally
been kicked into forward gear, there is still something slowing
down the forward motion. There are still very big questions
left from the end of Season 3 unanswered. Did D'Argo catch
up with Macton, and if he did, what happened? What happened
to Moya when she went down the wormhole? Is Aeryn really pregnant?
These questions need to be answered. The delay in their being
answered remains a scar on the story of the season. As much
as the show may move forward, these unanswered questions will
remain a distraction that needs to be taken care of.
All in all, "Promises" was indeed an excellent episode
of Farscape. Well written, acted, and constructed. It is also
an episode the viewer should have been shown earlier in the
Season, because this is the episode that at long last puts
Season 4's story into forward momentum. The episode sets up
Season 4's potential at last. Of course, it still remains
to been seen whether the promise (forgive the pun) of Season
4 set up in this episode will be realized. On a personal note,
at long last, my interest is peaked.
Well, what did you think of "Promises", or this
review? Feedback is, as always, welcomed.
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