John Robert Crichton, Jr. is Farscape's lone human character. He
was piloting an experimental spacecraft of his own design--Farscape
One--when he accidentally got sucked into a worm hole. Not long
ago, writers had to make do with flying carpets, genies, witches,
and other magical ways to transport their characters to various
never-never lands. Fortunately, at the turn of this century, we
have science to provide more realistic scenarios. Yeah, right. How
he ended up on the other side of the galaxy is not important. He
is there and it didn't take him long to get into trouble.
First, he manages to make an enemy of the most powerful empire in
that part of the galaxy - the Peacekeepers. Then he gets picked
up by a motley crew of escaped convicts on a barge known as a Leviathan
ship. This living ship has a name, Moya, but has no defensive systems
or weapons. John knows nothing of the local customs, has little
military background, and hasn't a clue how Leviathan technology
works. Of course, by the end of his first day he manages to save
the crew and himself from the evil Peacekeepers.
would think the other members of Moya's crew would be impressed
by their human crew mate's clever ways.
whatever goodwill Crichton earns with his crew mates is severely
tested by his incessant, nonsensical statements affectionately known
by scapers as Crichtonisms. John
Crichton is an interesting and complex hero. He is torn by his own
selfish desire to return home and his loyalty to Moya and her crew.
John can be self-centered, stubborn, and often acts without thinking
the situation out. Fortunately, John is a man of action who manages
to save the day by the end of nearly every episode. He is quite
intelligent (for a human) and uses his unique perspective to solve
problems by methods others on Moya wouldn't even consider. Sometimes,
he even gets dirty and beaten-up in the process.
All things considered, John Crichton is pretty good at representing
humanity in the uncharted territories. Pilot's pointed comments
in "Crackers Don't Matter" aside,
John seems to have earned the trust and respect of his ship mates.
other thing, have you noticed how much John has aged the last year
or so? When the show first started I was tricked by Ben Browder's
youthful looks into thinking the man was in his late 20's. As it
turns out, he is pushing 40 and is starting to show his advancing
age. I am not sure if this is due to Ben's genetics or the change
in lighting, hair style and photography in season two. Granted,
John has been though a great deal since "Nerve," so it
is possible his aging is just written into the show.