Re: Watching Farscape for the first time (limited spoilers please)
Oh yeah, I loves me some Scorpius. Easily one of the best villains in all of scii-fi. Even if an episode is a turd, his presence elevates it. I think it was genius what the writers did later on to give him more of a presence on the show (but I won't spoil that.)
And as for John making pop culture references, I see that as him trying to hold on to his life as it was. He's out in the middle of space far far from home and desperately doesn't want to lose the things that he enjoyed in his "previous life"
"In blackest day, in brightest night, beware your fears made into light. Let those who try to stop what's right, burn like my power: Sinestro's might!"