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Dream A Little Dream
OAD: June 23, 2000
by: Steven Rae
by: Ian Watson
still experiences disturbing visions of John, D'Argo, and Aeryn
dying immediately following the destruction of the Gammak base at
the end of season one. Zhaan's meditation hasn't relieved the nightmares
and John offers to help by listening to her concerns. The root cause
for Zhaan's anxiety is the terrible experience she had on Litigara.
Finally opening her concerns to John, Zhaan tells of the events
immediately following FT that nearly broke
Moya had starburst, Zhaan, Chiana, and Rygel didn't know if their
crew mates had made it from the Gammak base mission alive. For many
solar days they searched every planetary system within range of
Aeryn's Prowler. The final planet, their last hope for reuniting
with their friends, was a planet called Litigara. This metropolis-like
planet's population is 90% lawyers and one of them decides to take
advantage of Zhaan's desperation.
for the murder of a civil rights leader, Zhaan was charged with
a crime she didn't commit. Her court appointed lawyer was not interested
in defending Zhaan, so it was up to Chiana and Rygel to serve as
her counsel. If ever there were two people well suited to be lawyers,
it would be those two. However, according to Litigaran
attorneys caught lying or mounting a deceptive defense are sentenced
to the same punishment as their client. In this case, that would
be death. Stumped by a complex alien legal system and the burden
of telling the truth, Chiana and Rygel are out of their element
and Zhaan's conviction seems inevitable. To make matters worse,
Moya desperately wants to return to the asteroid field and search
for her child. Pilot, caught in the middle of the conflicting priorities,
can only emphasize to Chiana that Moya will wait no longer.
her incarceration, Zhaan is visited by visions of John, Aeryn, and
D'Argo. Her beloved crew mates give Zhaan strength during her ordeal
and she is convinced the a return to her Priestess ways is the only
path to salvation. Chiana and Rygel learn that the terribly complex
legal system has a much simpler origin and decide to use this fact
to their advantage.
However, once Chiana and Rygel start a competent legal
defense, they learn the planet's powerful ruler is behind Zhaan's
charges. Leaving the planet alive is not as simple as winning a
trial - Chiana and Rygel must turn to their devious strengths in
a long shot attempt to save Zhaan.
episode has an interesting history. Originally intended as the season
two premiere and called "Re-Union," DALD was sacked and
replaced by episode #2--Mind The Baby--as
the first episode. The beginning and ending scenes, with John and
Zhaan aboard a transport pod, were filmed after the decision to
alter broadcast order was made. After watching this episode, I can
understand why the broadcast order was changed, but I don't agree
with the decision. DALD is a fascinating and engaging episode featuring
Zhaan, Chiana, and Rygel. The fact that John, D'Argo, and Aeryn's
fate from FT is not settled simply would have added to the anticipation.
The "what if" aside, DALD is a strong episode for Farscape
and a joy to behold - no matter where it is placed in the season.
is consumed with fear and guilt over the fate of her crew mates.
Desperately seeking any information as to their fate, she is caught
in the tangled legal web of local politics. The interaction between
Chiana and Rygel, serving as defense counsel, is hilarious. They're
not quite a legal dream team, but the methods they employ to save
Zhaan are clever and very fitting for a couple of shrewd con artists.
add that I find the scenes at the beginning and end, featuring Zhaan
and John, very interesting. While most of this episode was shot
in November or December, the J&Z scenes would have been filmed
much later - I'm guessing March or April. To me, they are a glimpse
into the future of season two. For much of this season, John has
been written as distant and uptight. He bares little resemblance
to the John so many people enjoyed in season one. How nice it is
to see his character written as a compassionate and understanding
person, once again. Since this scene was filmed when later episodes--those
we haven't seen yet--where being filmed, I suspect this old style
John is written as he appears in those later episodes. At least,
I hope so. Perhaps Farscape is moving away from its death and depressing
phase and into something else.
when this episode was sacked, I figured it was done because DALD
was a stinker. Nothing could be farther from the truth - it is wonderful
and very entertaining.
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