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Taking The Stone
March 31, 2000
by: Justin Monjo
By: Rowan Woods
over the death of her brother, Chiana seeks comfort from the one
crew member that she has trusted the longest - John. But John is
busy messing with Moya's systems and doesn't have time to deal with
the young Nebari. Commandeering Aeryn's Prowler, Chiana lands on
a royal cemetery planet where she encounters a group of young, drugged
out people known as Clamsmen. Their destructive, almost suicidal
culture is just what Chiana thinks she needs and joins their community.
he let Chiana down, John goes to the planet with Aeryn in an attempt
to locate their grieving crew mate. It doesn't take long to locate
her, but Chiana is happy with the Clamsmen and doesn't want to leave.
Part of the allure of the place is a ritual called the gathering.
Individuals hurl themselves into the abyss where they are saved
at the last second from death by a sonic net, or maybe not. This
ritual, and others like it, are known as "taking the stone."
Crichton discovers the inhabitants of this subterranean world are
being poisoned by radiation, which explains why none live past their
mid twenties. The Clamsmen leader, Molnon, is using Chiana in hopes
she will take his place at the next "taking the stone."
John and Aeryn use every means at their disposal to save Chiana,
but ultimately it is up to her to decide if she lives or dies.
This is the
big "Chiana Episode" we've been reading about for some
time and I'm sure it must have looked great on paper. Unfortunately,
it is a dark, dreary, and depressing story I found almost impossible
to sit through. Part of the problem is the sound. I had great difficulty
understanding what the "Clamsmen" were saying half of
the time. They sounded like they were talking with baby armadillos
stuck in their mouths and their unintelligible speech made the episode
much more difficult to follow. Then, while I was playing the episode
on my PC--for video capture--I had an amazing idea. Why not turn
on the closed captioning, turn down the sound, and simply read what
the hell is going on in this episode. You know what? There IS a
story in there - you just have to read the text to follow along.
The best part is at the end when Chiana actually takes the leap
- it is a thrilling sequence and a much needed uplifting experience
for an otherwise depressing and forgettable episode.
that Farscape's second season is dominated, so far, by themes of
death. Last week it was the death of an old woman. This week we
go to a cemetery planet. In a few episodes the crew lands on the
carcass of a huge rotting animal in search for food. What's next,
an AIDS planet? Perhaps we get to see Rygel go through bankruptcy
on an IRS planet. Farscape needs to lighten up a bit, these death
episodes are a little too dark for my taste.
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