is dying from a knife wound she received from the virus-infected
Larraq. Her only hope is a tissue graft from a compatible Sebacean
and there is only one place close enough to find one - the Gammak
base Larraq was trying to reach. Ignoring the crew's reservations
and all logic, John decides to impersonate Larraq and infiltrate
the base to locate Aeryn's cure. To help with John's high-risk mission
is Chiana. To this point in the season, Chiana has been a selfish,
sneaky, and untrustworthy member of the crew. John is suspicious
of her motives, but he needs the help and takes her along.
the ident chip China stole from Larraq, John and Chiana enter the
base and are successful in fooling the Peacekeepers. The only reason
they aren't discovered is through sheer luck - John's old flame,
Gilina, sees him and overrides the security programs that surely
would have discovered his true identity. She secures the cure and
all seems well until John, leaving the base, comes across a previously
unseen character named Scorpius.
realizes John is an impostor and has him arrested. Thinking John
is a spy, Scorpius places him in a devise called the Aurora chair.
This chair pulls memories from its victim's mind and the process
is not pleasant. John's memories of Moya give Scorpius reason to
summon Crais to the base to retrieve his prey. However, before Crais
is able to return, Scorpius pulls memories of wormholes, including
previously unknown instructions of their creation, from John's mind.
Scorpius is convinced John is at the base to spy on Peacekeeper
worm hole technology. Determined to rip from his mind whatever information
John has on the subject, Scorpius tortures John mercilessly. Crais,
thinking John will simply be handed over to him, arrives at the
base finding himself locked in a tug-of-war with Scorpius over the
control of the suddenly valuable human.
Aeryn is dying - her only hope for life is John, but Zhaan and D'Argo
manage to attach her to Moya in an attempt to purify her body of
the killing toxins. With John captured, it is up to Gilina and Chiana
to get the medicine to Aeryn while they still have time.
This is an amazing story and all-around terrific episode. The character
development in China is welcome - Gigi pulls off a stunning performance
and her character proves critical to the story. We also get a double-dipper
in the villain department. Crais returns to the base happy as can
be with the capture of Crichton. However, his nemesis, and Crichton's
torturer, is a new character named Scorpius. He is the "evil
Spock-like" character we have been reading about for some time
and brings a cold, intelligent and cunning evil element to the show.
for Gilina, she is a delight yet again. Frankly, I always thought
she made a better match for Crichton than Aeryn. There is a vulnerability
in the woman that attracted John's attention in PKTG. They also
seem to have more in common, such as an interest in science and
technology. In this episode, she is the lifesaver for Aeryn and
Chiana and is John's only real hope of survival. Must admit, I find
Scorpius' assistant, Niem (PK Barbie) very intriguing - she could
probe my mind any time she wants. :)
the best episode of the season so far. Also, I have found it an
excellent episode to show the Farscape novice.
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