The Turning Point
has been much discussion on this board about the strange behavior
of John lately. Thought I might add one more theory to the
mix. Going back to last season, I've tried to pinpoint the
moment when John changed. I think it happened well before
Scorpius and the aurora chair. Seems to me that Farscape's
and John's big change -the turning point- occurred as John
was standing in the doorway at the end of "A Human Reaction."
Both the show and John haven't been the same since. I find
John's mood in the last 10 minutes or so of AHR very telling.
Even though John is relieved that he and his friends are safe,
John seems disappointed -almost devastated- that his nightmare
in space is not over. Perhaps John saw the worm hole as his
last, best chance at getting back to Earth. Once John realized
his return home was an illusion it finally "hit home" that
he was not going back. The sadness in his eyes was the look
of a man, at least for a time, broken.
Before that moment, John's obsession with returning to Earth
was a major plot element of the show's rather upbeat story.
There are at least a dozen scenes in the preceding 15 episodes
of John saying or doing something about going home. Since
AHR, I can think of only one scene where John says anything
about returning to Earth. In FT, when John is taping the farewell
message to his dad, John states that he's probably never coming
home. John finally let go of Earth - not the dream of getting
back, but the obsession.
knows home is Moya and his family is her crew. He now wears
alien clothing, seems more comfortable with alien technology
and displays more aggressive behavior - like Aeryn and D'Argo.
His pursuit by Scorpius has forced a hastened assimilation
of alien tactics and ways of thinking - as a matter of survival.
Perhaps John's strange behavior is just his way of dealing
with events that seem beyond his control.
used to be a lighthearted show about a guy lost in space.
It has become a dark, full-fledged space opera that is walking
a tightrope between greatness on one side and spinning completely
out of control on the other. I have confidence the show and
John will find their way. I recall an interview with one of
Farscape's producers comparing the show to a roller-coaster.
Reflecting on what has transpired the last 23 episodes I can
only guess we haven't seen the last turning point.
Long Live Farscape!
p.s. Geoffrey the Giraffe says Hi!