Jeremiah Crichton

Summary:

Stressed to the point of breaking, John decides to take a spin in his module to let off some steam. His timing couldn't be worse - Moya is experiencing problems associated with her pregnancy and jumps to starburst without warning. Left on his own in space, John locates an ideal, yet primitive, planet where he fits in with the local population. However, his involvement with the locals turns dangerous when John attracts the eye of the village leader's young daughter. The consequences of their possible relationship could spell doom for the human. Although weary of their search for John, the crew never gives up looking for him. When D'Argo and Rygel land on the planet to retrieve John, the situation only gets worse.

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Episode analysis by QuietI. Be sure to visit QuietI's Farscape site Farscape Weekly

QuietI's Weekly Roundup of Cool Stuff: Jeremiah Crichton (you just have to look closely enough!)

After the recent string of very intense episodes, "Jeremiah Crichton" was not so much a let-down as a puff piece. Almost a bit of relief, a respite from anything dark, or disturbing, or that would make your brain hurt if you thought about it too much. I have to admit, I'm spoiled, and I enjoy those make-you-think episodes tremendously. This was strictly-for-fun. They can get away with this type of script periodically, but if they were all like this, we wouldn't be the dedicated fans that we are now. It would be just another new-planet-of-the-week show. How many times have we seen the "mistaken for a God" plot? Didn't that originate on "Gilligan's Island", LOL? Usually when FarScape takes on such a stock storyline, they punch it up with enough twists and turns, and manage to work in some serious character development, that we don't have to care about them retreading a chestnut. This outing was the least successful to date in trying to freshen up an old idea. Does that mean I hated it, I thought it was dreadful? Not by a long shot -- but this episode falls firmly into the "froth" category, and it succeeded on that level. To compare this to "They've Got a Secret", "Till the Blood Runs Clear", or everyone's favorite,"The Flax" is like comparing Mad TV to any work by Shakespeare. I like them both but they are too different to judge on the same scale. So I'm not even gonna try.

Still and all, there was some Cool Stuff happening...

Moya's having more pregger problems. I sympathize, it seems when you are harboring offspring your own metabolism turns against you, in favor of the fetus, in too many ways to count. Pilot seemed quite on the up-and-up this week, but once again we didn't get enough of him. I expect that all of the extensive work with Rygel was a big drain on the puppetry resources going into this ep.

"The Girls"

What little we saw of them was terrific. In fact, the best scenes of the EP occurred on Moya. More continuing story-line here, with the reminders that Zhaan has left the Delvian Seek, for now. It was interesting to see the dynamic between Aeryn and Zhaan. Aeryn is growing more and more comfortable with herself and her ability to solve problems with something besides the use of force. And she is maturing emotionally too -- to the point where she can admits she needs Crichton, even if it was hard for her to do so.. You must note that D'Argo followed Aeryn's lead in the matter of continuing the search, when Zhaan began counseling against it. Zhaan too seems to be gaining more respect for Aeryn. We haven't spent any time, really, looking at the relationship between these two (as was mentioned by several posters over the past few weeks) but I do think Zhaan has been dismissive of Aeryn and Aeryn's soldier mentality. She has tended to treat Aeryn like a child, much the same way she treated Crichton. Finally in this episode they work together more or less as equals, and between the two of them actually save the Boys' hides.

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Originally aired in the US July 30. 1999

Written by Doug Heyes, Jr.

Directed by Ian Watson

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