"How about something a little less permanent?" - John Crichton
Short review: An infestation of bugs! Clones! Peacekeeper commandos! Rygel saves the day! Wait, what?
Bugs infest Moya
Aeryn thinks John is useless
Sebacian heat death
Full review: The third episode of Farscape opens with D'Argo thrusting a slug into Crichton's mouth. Okay, that sounds more like soft core porn than it really is. The real effect of this scene is to bring the Farscape universe to life, since the slug is actually a "dentic", a bio engineered creature that various races use to clean their teeth, and D'Argo is responding to Crichton's complaint that he has been unable to get a toothbrush. The dentic apparently climbs around in the user's mouth and eats all of the foreign particles that are found there, answering the question "how do Moya's crew keep their teeth clean". While the stories contained in the episodes of the series are almost always at least good, and often great, it is moments like these where little details about the characters and their lives are filled in that make the series stand out.
The action then moves to the control center with Moya lurking behind a luminous cloud hiding from a strange looking little boxy spacecraft. As John Crichton (Ben Browder) serves as both the protagonist and the clueless new guy, the other characters are able to fill him (and the audience) in on the situation by explaining that the ship is a Peacekeeper Marauder scout ship filled with commandos, and likely hunting for Moya. Crichton then shows he's not completely clueless by asking how fast it is, and actually understanding the answer that Aeryn Soon (Claudia Black) gives him. Leaving aside the strange oddity that Moya is able to see the Peacekeepers while the scout ship's detection equipment is apparently completely befuddled by the luminous cloud, having this episode follow directly after I, E.T. (read review) reinforces the critical necessity of removing the Peacekeeper beacon from Moya. This is yet another reason why moving I, E.T. to later in the season made no sense.
But to get the A plot of the episode going, after the Marauder loses interest in scanning the cloud and heads off, the bulk of the cloud flows into Moya when the crew's back is turned, which leads to one of the huge plot holes in the episode. That a massive volume of particles could infest Moya without Aeryn, Crichton, D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), Zhaan (Virginia Hey), and Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) noticing is fairly explainable. But it seems almost inexplicable that Moya herself would not notice this, and almost as inexplicable that Pilot (Lani Tupu) would not, since Pilot is directly connected to Moya's neurological system. Like the apparently weak sensor equipment carried by the Marauder, Moya appears to have fairly limited means of detecting outside threats when the plot demands it.
|Moya is infested and Crichton is jumpy|
|One Aeryn is dead. The other isn't doing much better|
|"We can't regulate our body temperature,|
but our eyeshadow is STUNNING!"
|"There are worse ways to end the day" - John Crichton|
Previous episode reviewed: I, E.T.
Subsequent episode reviewed: Throne for a Loss
Previous episode reviewed (airdate order): Premiere
Subsequent episode reviewed (airdate order): Back and Back and Back to the Future
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