Stewart here…and fair warning, some spoilers lie within…
Welcome back, fellow travelers of the Uncharted Territories, for another mini-cap on Farscape. Before we wrap up season one on these minicaps, let’s look back at how we got here. Earthman John Crichton and the misfit crew of escaped prisoners on the living ship Moya have had some rough times. Besides being chased by insane Peacekeeper commander Crais, they had to deal with supplies, aliens, and Moya expecting a baby. And now, their trouble has gotten worse with Scorpius, a Peacekeeper scientist who is really interested in the wormhole technology that has been found in Crichton’s head. They have managed to escape a Peacekeeper base relatively okay, but with a new determined nemesis on their path and a new leviathan child in tow, escape is harder than ever. So with that, let’s get to it…
“Bone To Be Wild”
While hiding out in an asteroid field from Crais’ command ship, Moya receives a distress call from a nearby habitable rock. There the group gets involved in saving an alien girl from a monster, and then discover things are not what they seem. Also, we get to see Moya’s Peacekeeper enhanced baby, and Crais getting shown by Scorpius who’s really in charge of this pursuit. It’s a nice breather episode from the one-two punch of “Nerve”/”The Hidden Memory”, with some pretty icky moments (one person’s dismemberment for one) for good measure.
Rygel tries to negotiate with the Peacekeepers for his freedom and ends up with an unlikely ally in his corner: Crais. And in order for Moya and her baby to escape Scorpius, some of them will have to go on a suicide mission in which they may not come back from. Some great moments of reflection of where our heroes have ended up make this a pretty emotional end to the first season. And oh yeah, there’s a dramatic cliffhanger that will leave you wanting to see what happens next season (at least for me it did).I find first seasons in any show interesting because you get to see the constant experimentation it takes to make a show work, and Farscape is no exception. The show got darker and more serialized as the seasons went on, but the roots are evident in the last third of season one, and it made for some wonderful sci-fi television. It was risky genre television at the time, and definitely a change from the normal sci-fi TV show at the time. Of course, the real test of a TV show is what they follow up a first season with if they get the opportunity to come back for another round. But, that’s another story soon to be talked about…
–No explanation where Stark went. It’s not the last we see of him in the series, but it’s a open end that was addressed in a line of dialogue ultimately cut from “Bone To Be Wild”.
–M’Lee is played by Ben Browder’s actual wife, who appears as several other characters in the duration of the series.
–So, um, M’Lee got stuck on a Peacekeeper Marauder as we learn in the season finale. Love Scorpius’ question as to what happened to her guard.
–Yep, Zhaan is a plant-based humanoid. Its kind of obvious in retrospect, but still kind of surprising.
–That creepy change in Scorpius’ voice when he manhandles Crais.
–Crichton’s still a little giggly from the Aurora Chair. Oh, if he only knew…
–“Are you sure you don’t want to leave without your daily allowance of calcium?”
–“There is much cruelty in the universe.” “Yeah, it seems like we have a treasure map to it.”
–The whole surface of the planet with the Peacekeeper base getting set on fire? Effin’ badass.–Oh Crais, thanks for making me remember why I hate you. And thanks for reminding me why Crichton should have capped your ass.
–Uh oh, someone lost John’s good luck charm. Funny bit of trivia about that shot: it was the last one filmed for Farscape’s first season, and just after learning the show was probably going to be renewed.
–The loose translation of what D’Argo threatened Rygel with, according to Chiana: “Something about his corpse and a body function.”
–Speaking of D’Argo and Chiana, first indications of something else in the future in the season finale.
–And Aeryn got to name Moya’s baby after her father Talyn, who then got kidnapped by Crais minutes later. Ouch.
–“Oh, to be in the warm glow of all of this testosterone.”
–“There is much in life that is unfair. We’re all proof of that.”
–“This is John Crichton, somewhere in the universe.”
And to finish off my minicaps, I thought I’d present my own kind of arbitrary awards for season one, in no particular order:
–BEST EPISODES: “PK Tech Girl”, “A Human Reaction”, “Nerve/The Hidden Memory”, “Family Ties”
–WORST EPISODES: “Jeremiah Crichton”, “Thank God Its Friday…Again”
–PERSON I’D LEAST TRUST ON MOYA: Rygel. That would be obvious.–PERSON I’D MOST TRUST ON MOYA: Aeryn. Hey, at least I’d know where I’d stand.
–MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO WHILE ON MOYA: Do not open “dangerous cargo”.
–PREFFERED WEAPON OF CHOICE: D’Argo’s Qualta blade/rifle.
–BEST HOOKUP: John/Aeryn. Awwwww.
–LEAST LIKELY HOOKUP: D’Argo/Staanz. Yeah, very unlikely that’ll ever happen.
–IF I COULD DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, IT WOULD BE: Kill Crais when opportunity presents itself. Runner-up: better beards.
–HOPES FOR SEASON TWO: Crichton gets all that Aurora Chair trauma out of his system. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha…
ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE: I just discovered that Jonathan Hardy, the voice of Rygel himself, passed away this week at the age of 71. Besides his many years working on Australian movies and TV, he is also co-credited with the script to Breaker Morant, a truly great movie you should check out if you haven’t already. A toast to you, Dominar. You will be missed.
NEXT TIME: Season 2 of Farscape begins with our crew coming back together under tense circumstances and a horrible bargain in “Mind The Baby”, D’Argo helps a Luxan holy woman die and inadvertently puts Moya at risk in “Vitas Mortis”, Chiana deals with the death of a loved one by joining a group of thrill-seeking aliens in “Taking The Stone”, and an alien experiment makes the crew goes slightly mad in “Crackers Don’t Matter”.