FARSCAPE Revisited Mini-caps / Season 2, Episode 22 & Season Two Review

7 Nov

The end of the second season of Farscape minicaps. For those of you who like the old opening titles, say goodbye.

Stewart here…and fair warning, some spoilers lie within…

Hey, fellow travelers of the Uncharted Territories, its time for some more mini-caps on Farscape.  So good news up front: D’Argo got his son back, the shadow depository was laid to waste, and the crew has a lot of mad cash.  See, everything’s great.  Oh and uh, Crichton’s little Scorpius brain chip is taking over his mind, and he wants to die.  OK, that’s not so good.  Now the bad news with this season finale: things get worse.

“Die Me, Dichotomy”

John gets taken to an alien neurosurgeon to get the chip pulled out, but the chip has other plans…namely taking over John and turning him against the crew.  This all leads to a pretty shocking moment where John, under control of Scorpius (let’s call him John Scorpius), gets Aeryn killed (or at least frozen to death).  This would be horrifying enough, but Scorpius shows up to take the then removed chip from John, leaving our hero a mumbling, incoherent mess.  Talk about a cliffhanger!  Aeryn can’t be dead, right?  Fortunately, older me didn’t have to suffer the months of waiting younger me had when first watching this.

Cut to me in the year 2001 watching this for the first time, screaming my head off.

–This Chiana/Jothee stuff isn’t going to end well.  It just won’t.

–Creepy John Scorpius.  And that whole licking Aeryn’s unconscious face?  Ewww.

Setting the “EEEEWWWWWW” meter into the red.

–Good to see the whole we set a bit of Moya’s insides on fire back in the “Liars, Guns, and Money” triple parter haven’t been ignored.

–Greenchalk…I mean Greenschlick.

–Yeah, wait until season three for more on the unfortunate donors who might have to give up some brain for Crichton.

–GREAT CG on the whole John Scorpius/Aeryn chase through the ice planet.

–Seriously, I can’t have been the only one shellshocked when Aeryn sunk into that icy water, right?

–Man, Scorpius has some horrible breath to kill that healer.  Mints, is all I’m saying.

–Stark getting high off the healing fumes.

–John screaming into the camera while on the operating table for that final shot.  Goosebumps.

–“You are so…my girl.”

–“Oh, little lady.  How’s the skull fracture?”

–“I hope you meant what you said…because I did.”

–“Don’t worry, doctor.  The family are in denial.  I won’t let them hurt each other.”

So all in all, a far superior season two in comparison to season one.  I’m not sure I can say the same for the far darker season three (the mind’s a little murky on that), but some great episodes of the series happen here.  And to finish off my minicaps of season two, I thought I’d present my arbitrary awards for the season, in no particular order:

–BEST EPISODES:  “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, “Crackers Don’t Matter”, “The Way We Weren’t”, “Liars, Guns, & Money / Part 1”, “Die Me Dichotomy”

–WORST EPISODES:  “Taking The Stone”, “Dream A Little Dream”

–MOST HORRIFIC IMAGE ON SEASON TWO:  Between the guy whose arm melted off in “Home on the Remains” and the exploding Scarran in “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, I got to go with S&M Rygel from the same episode.  Some things just can’t be unseen.

–PERSON I’D LEAST TRUST ON MOYA:  Rygel.  Seriously, Chiana isn’t even getting close to that kind of untrustworthiness.

–PERSON I’D MOST TRUST ON MOYA:  Aeryn.  Well, not anymore, since she’s dead.

–MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO WHILE ON MOYA:  Stop trusting Rygel!

–PREFERRED WEAPON OF CHOICE:  Talyn.

–BEST HOOKUP: John/Aeryn.

–LEAST LIKELY HOOKUP:  D’Argo/Chiana.  Oh, what’s that, season three?  You have an answer to that?

–IF I COULD DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, IT WOULD BE:  Pocket the cooling rods as I dragged myself away from dying Scorpius.

–HOPES FOR SEASON THREE:  Aeryn not dead.  Hold that thought…

One thing that won’t make it to season three: The Durka Head on a Stick. Too bad. It had a lot of personality.

NEXT TIME:  Season 3 of Farscape starts with a death trade-off in “Season of Death”, D’Argo and Chiana’s relationship hits a big snag (namely Chiana sleeping with his son) in “Suns and Lovers”, and an encounter with inter dimensional aliens leads to the sacrifice of one of the crew in the two part “Self Inflicted Wounds”.

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One Response to “FARSCAPE Revisited Mini-caps / Season 2, Episode 22 & Season Two Review”

  1. elizabeth ann November 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    My only comment to this post is that i LOVE all the commentary you include. Get out of my brain! 😉

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