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Old January 3 2011, 09:40 PM   #61
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Re: Exploring the Uncharted Territories: A Farscape Viewing Experience

Jolly Ole Saint RoJo wrote: View Post
You have to remember that we are seeing some very unique perspectives. Our main characters, as far as the PKs are concerned, are a bunch of criminals. Much like the Alliance on "Firefly," how can we say for such whether or not they're evil? Because a handful of thieves aboard Serenity tell us so?
Very well said (and a great comparison to use ). In hindsight, perhaps I should have used quotations around "bad guys" in my previous post. What I was sort of getting at is that some of the PKs may indeed be pretty terrible people (i.e., Crais, Durka, etc.), but the majority of them are probably more like Aeryn and/or Gilina - otherwise decent people doing a job. The Peacekeepers obviously serve a purpose, since it's been said that they are often contracted by planets to "keep the peace," and individuals like Crais and Durka are, I would hope, the exception rather than the norm.

On another note, I received some Farscape reading in the mail today. For two items, I plan on pausing the series viewing briefly to read when I reach the appropriate timeframes: KRAD's novel House of Cards, and Uncharted Tales: D'Argo's Lament. According to the Farscape Encyclopedia Project, the former takes place near the end of season two and it's about 200 pages in length, so it looks to be a quick read; and the latter takes place in between some episodes in season three. I'll see if I can work my thoughts on both into this thread as I go along as well. In addition to those two, I now have the post-PKW TPB The Beginning of the End of the Beginning, which of course means that, as I near the end of the series, I'll have to start snapping up the other post-PKW trades.

Family Ties
- I'm amused that Crichton is still wearing the PK captain's uniform. He must be getting rather comfortable in that outfit.

- Obviously I already disliked Crais, but now seeing that he keeps "trophies" in the form of heads of some of his previous enemies? If he hadn't already earned it, guy just went straight into despised territory. It's... disgusting and disturbing, providing a clue that he must have been mentally unbalanced even before he became obsessed with Crichton.

- I'm very disappointed in Rygel, believing that he could parlay Crichton for his own freedom. I'm not sure how surprised I should be, however. In the past, he's often shown himself to be conniving and concerned mostly with personal preservation, but on other occasions he's risen beyond that to be a real member of this "Jerry Springer family," to borrow Crichton's description.

- Regardless of the temporary nature of the situation and the plans behind his presence onboard Moya, it is still quite refreshing to see Crais in a containment cell. It was also rather odd to see him sitting at the table, eating with the others. By stealing Talyn, he's kept himself, however temporary it turns out to be, as the preeminent jackass enemy, though I'm eagerly anticipating the future storylines wherein Scorpy takes that role.

- "How are you doing?" "I have to pee." "Kirk and Spock. Abbott and Costello."

- This was one of those great, on-the-edge-of-your-seat-type episodes that requires absolutely no action to keep a viewer enthralled (only one explosion!). Every single scene was imbued with genuine, heartfelt emotion, making this a fitting and fantastic season finale.


Mind the Baby
- I love it whenever someone tries to use one of Crichton's human idioms. "I'd rather go down on a swing!" D'Argo also has a good point about rock, paper, scissors; it doesn't make sense for paper to beat rock.

- Lots of interweaving scheming going on here: Crais with Scorpy; Crais with Aeryn; Crais trying to fool Crichton. Like D'Argo and Crichton, I have a hard time believing that Aeryn could possibly trust Crais, but I also can understand how Aeryn felt she had no other choice. That's one hell of a conflicting perspective and it's certainly fitting with the "no easy ways out" approaches this series takes.

- "Zhaan's trial"? Exactly how much time has passed since "Family Ties"? Do we get more answers on Chiana's off-hand remark later?

- I'm dismayed that Talyn chose to accept Crais as his master, rather than Aeryn. I hope he comes to understand Crais as the crew of Moya does before it's too late for him. I also hope that his decision doesn't result in Talyn being away for a lengthy period of time; I'd really like to see him again soon.

- I think it's safe to say that I now love Farscape. This was a good opening episode for the season, tying off the Gammak Base area of space with Moya and Talyn starbursting away at the end, yet more emotional responses (Rygel's reaction to seeing D'Argo, Crichton, and Aeryn again; Moya and crew's concern for Talyn; Talyn making his own decisions) but at a faster pace than "Family Ties."

Vitas Mortis
- Crichton seems to be taking on a sort of "big brother" role to D'Argo, especially in this episode as he talks to Nilaam about his concerns regarding D'Argo taking part in the Ritual of Passage. Naturally it's more explicit when Crichton refers to D'Argo directly as "brother," even if he's only at this point using it as a term of affection, rather than how he really does view D'Argo. In any event, it serves to underscore the family dynamics that have come to exist between the crew over the course of the first season.

- As I remarked for "Family Matters," Crichton must quite like that PK uniform, since he's wearing the full regalia (including gloves!) in this episode. Makes me want one of my own...

- "I wonder if I have any grenades left." "She was joking, right?" "Well, with Aeryn, it's hard to tell..."

- When Nilaam first asked D'Argo how far Moya's transport pod could fly, I expected this episode to end in a manner that would shatter, or at least erode, D'Argo's faith in the Oricans. I had anticipated that she would refuse to give up her life in exchange for Moya's returned health out of selfishness and the fear she exhibited about death to Crichton. After the end of the episode, though, I'm glad that she wasn't that simple and overt an antagonist; that would've been an easy, and clichéd, road to go down.

- In short, this was a pretty good episode, a well-done return to form of the standalone variety.
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