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oath is not lightly given. We saw that in TTBRC, but now again.
Think about it, they have been searching for Crichton for the local
equivalent of three months, and D'Argo still wants to continue the
search. Interesting tidbit of Luxan physiology... Zhaan accuses
D'Argo of being motivated by the guilt in his "hearts", and he replies
that his hearts and what goes on in them are no business of hers.
Of course she was right, but how cool is it to learn that D'Argo
has more than one heart? I wonder if we'll ever get D'Argo into
that scanner-thingy down in the lab? Getting back on point, though
-- it was D'Argo who defended John to the rest of the crew, saying
that they drove Crichton away. And even at the beginning of the
episode he was uncharacteristically charitable to John when he said,
"It's ALMOST always your fault. " LOL can't win for losing, JC...
D'Argo was terrif on the planet, though -- talk about the calvary
coming over the hill! (Unfortunately, that was one of the more predictable
plot points, but it was still fun to watch it play out.) Along with
Rygel, I wondered why D'Argo didn't guess that there would be a
sacred text. What does this imply about Luxan religious beliefs?
Do they even have any? Something to think about.
ah, I believe the RHG will have their work cut out for them this
week. The "Slug who would be King" tried to make a good show of
it, but wasn't allowed to. The puppetry work on Rygel was really
wonderful. I do so enjoy watching him, he's so expressive, and he
really wasn't disgusting at all in this ep. Or maybe I've lowered
my standards, I don't know. Yes, he did that wonderful royal
wave, and he was so self-satisfied when he was "recognized", we
saw his typical arrogant self. But he truly was sorry that the Acquarans
had been abandoned by his ancestors, and when he discovered the
duplicity of the priestans, in the changes they had made to the
Timbala, his first thought was to set the record straight for the
people. One scene I absolutely adored was when, after calling him
a false god, a native literally picks him up by the scruff of the
neck and begins walking towards the pyre with him. He is so tiny,
it was such a great image. Also, the scene of him trying to walk
on the beach. We must be reminded that His Eminence is actually
aquatic and it is therefore quite understandable why he should be
so ungainly on dry land. About the whole "rising up and leading
the people to the light" shtick, it fell flat with me. Too similar
to too many other similar plots. Once we knew Rygel was a "god",
we knew that he would somehow manage to fulfill the prophecy despite
his lack of knowledge, experience, or whatever. It was still cool
to see the look on his face when it actually did work, though!
when a girl tells you that offering to share food is a sign of "fondness",
and you ask her if she wants it boiled or barbecued, you are telling
her YOU LIKE HER, in a romantic way. That's unequivocal. Next time
don't be so dense and try to hide behind the "just friends" line.
Sorry, I had to get that off my chest. And please, if you want to
do the beard thing, don't cover up so much of that gorgeous face
with it! A nice, close-trimmed beard & 'stache would be fine, I
think JC could carry them off with no problem. But the BBB (big
bushy beard) look just doesn't do it for me, I'm afraid. Other than
those nitpicks, I have nothing to complain about, lots to compliment.
As much as I didn't like the beard, all those early scenes of John
"fishing" were awesome. The cut-off sleeves on the gray tee (which,
along with those pants, are now headed for the rag bag on Moya)
were a nice touch, too. I particularly enjoyed the last big action
scene, where John is staving off Rygel's execution -- the fight
was well-choreographed and wonderfully executed. Loved the "Sparky"
and "The Slug who would be King" lines, too. For a scientist-type,
John has a great way with words sometimes. His "peace" speech, when
he describes in only a few sentences how nasty, brutish, and likely-to-be-short
his life has been since popping out of the wormhole was really wonderful.
The weariness in his voice rang true, as did his desire to stay
on this peaceful planet.
stars...the locals were just GORGEOUS. I do sometimes wonder why
the native populations ALL wear exactly the same few colors in their
clothing. It is not realistic, but stylistically it works wonderfully.
The only problem with the guests is that they were limited to playing
stock roles in a re-tread story: the spunky chief's daughter (she
even tried the Pocohontas move!), the wise chief, the ambitious
and conniving priest, the less-than-brilliant, strong, handsome
son of the ambitious mother. They all did what they could with the
little they were given to work with.
eye candy rating of 8, would be higher but I really detested that
beard. Sorry... the music was lovely in this episode but not as
compelling as in the past few, but that only makes sense given the
context. I enjoyed the varied drumming we heard during the dance
sequences. The costumes were quite inspired this week, particularly
all the different variations we saw during the ceremony.
were a couple of serious, thought-provoking moments in this episode.
In an off-hand manner, this episode dealt with faith and religion.
There is a scene where Crichton tells Lishala (sp?) that her religion
is wrong and her faith is misguided. Guess what? CRICHTON was wrong...it
turns out that Rygel really was the savior, even if he was not a
god. So what conclusions are we supposed to draw from that? That
even though mundane beings have been screwing around with the word
of the deity for generations, there is still a kernel of truth there
to justify our faith? Somehow I don't think we need to be learning
this particular lesson from FarScape, so I'm going to let it go.
We can debate religion elsewhere...
second "serious" issue is that...THEY DID IT AGAIN! They completely
upset the hierarchy of power on this planet -- the chief priestan
is "displaced" , does that mean kicked out of the priesthood, or
banished? At any rate, she was obviously a person of significant
influence and power, and now she's gone. In fact, the whole way
of life of the locals is about to change. Significantly, Rygel granted
them their freedom to stay. It seems that freedom in any shape or
form is hard to come by in this quadrant of the universe. But I
think we can add the Acquarans to the growing list of potential
allies that Moya's crew seems to be accumulating.
I guess I did have a lot to say after all LOL!
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