is sitting at a table recording a message to his dad. Rygel
is floating on his thronesled nearby and is snoring. Instead
of the mini voice recorder Crichton uses in the broadcast
version, Crichton is using equipment removed from his module
for his message.
speaking into a microphone.
worked dad. DK's and my theory actually worked. Of course,
I didn't test it under conditions I ever actually anticipated.
You know, it's funny, this morning I was gonna spend a few
hours orbiting the Earth and now...And how was your day?
DRD Crichton damaged early in the episode is seen approaching
the human. Rygel continues to snore as Crichton goes on.
know this is crazy, you're never going to get this message,
but I just wanted...I needed to let you know not to worry.
DRD starts spaying water on Crichton's pant cuff and shoe.
Crichton looks down.
cleaning my leg?
picks up the DRD and places it on the table.
here. Let's take a took at that eye.
removes some electrical tape and ties to repair the DRD. It
resists at first, and then allows the human to perform the
Crichton is satisfied with the repair, the lowers himself
to the microphone and makes one last entry
the record, this is John Crichton, somewhere in the universe.
of the episode.
my humble opinion, The Premiere is one of Farscape's
weaker episodes. Its greatest strength was the ending. Crichton's
confontations with D'Argo, Aeryn, and Rygel set the tone for
all the character development seen since. This rough edited
version lacks the magic of the broadcast version and I can
certainly understand why these scenes were sacked in favor
of new ones.
John's confrontaion with Aeryn seems cold and stilted to me;
there's absolutely no hint of sexual tension between the two
antagonists. Nor do we see a hint of future tensions with
the other crew since Rygel spends the entire scene sleeping
and D'Argo isn't seen at all. Should add that John's message
to his dad did hint of things to come. His this is John
Crichton, somewhere in the universe message would be used
in episode #22, Family Ties. However, this time Ben seems
uncertain how to play Crichton's message scenes, so it lacks
the warmth of either the broadcast Premiere or FT. Clearly
this episode was a work-in-progress not intened for the general