and analysis by Dallascaper
episode starts with a shippy scene of Aeryn teaching John tactical
a maneuver in the Farscape module. However, Aeryn spurns John's
advances and it seems their relationship is on the rocks. The situation
turns tense when Moya approaches a star system protected by automated
Peacekeeper weapons. It is discovered the system is a breakaway
Peacekeeper colony that is in the process of celebrating the wedding
of their princess. Rygel negotiates authorization for the crew to
land on the planet.
is quite apparent that the Sebaceans on this planet are not Peacekeepers.
These people know how to party! John and Aeryn find themselves in
a upbeat, almost disco-like, atmosphere where everyone loves to
kiss and frolic. While Aeryn is not in the mood to participate in
the local kissing customs, John is not as shy.
all is well on this planet of partying Sebaceans. While the planet
celebrates the marriage of Princess Katralla, she has a little problem
- there isn't a groom. The princess' DNA was poisoned by her treacherous
brother who will assume the throne if she doesn't marry. Apparently,
every Sebacean male on the planet has been tested for compatibility
and none have been found capable of providing her with children.
to kiss the princess, Crichton does so without knowledge of what
he is getting himself into. They kiss, she smiles, and Crichton
finds himself under protective guard and fitted for his wedding
clothes. He resists the idea of his marriage to the princes, but
the princess' mother, the powerful Empress, has a compelling reason
for Crichton to give up his single status.
the many diplomatic guests in attendance for the wedding is Scorpius.
Moya, Pilot, and Zhaan decide to starburst in an attempt to lure
Scorpius away from the planet where John, Aeryn, Rygel, D'Argo,
and Chiana are having a good time.
John tells the Empress he will not marry the princess, Scorpius
makes his grand entrance. John is given a choice - marry the princess
or be turned over to Scorpius. Understandably, it doesn't take John
long to make his decision. He proposes to the princess and the wedding
plans are set.
However, not all are thrilled by Crichton's decision. Aeryn thinks
they can escape the city and hide until Moya arrives. The evil price,
allied with the Scarrans, is determined to see Crichton murdered
before the marriage can take place. Scorpius seems content to sit
back and let events fall into place. He is definitely up to something.
to be forgotten is the situation facing Moya, Pilot, and Zhaan.
Moya is receiving a message from an unknown, yet familiar source.
It turns out the source of the message is coming from "The
Builders" - Moya's godlike creators. The episode ends just
as Moya arrives "home".
One of the things I've noticed about Farcape this season is the
reduction of money spent on the episode production. The away planets
have had a smaller, cheaper look to them and most of the episodes
are filmed in the studio Moya set. It costs less to film an episode
in the studio using existing sets than it does to film it on location.
seems Farscape has been saving its dollars for this episode and
they are very well spent. Though not quite as impressive as the
effects in feature films, LATP1 does have a big budget feel to it.
The flyby sequence through the city center is impressive as are
the various alien locations such as the palace and gardens.
for the story, couldn't help but wonder if, at times, I was watching
an intergalactic version of Days Of Our Lives soap opera. John walking
in on D'Argo and Chiana having sex pretty much set the tone for
LATP1. Might add that the D & C bed scenes left surprisingly
little to the imagination. I'm not being a prude, but I am a little
uncomfortable with the show emphasizing in such graphic detail (for
a family show broadcast in the US) the sexual nature of D &
C's relationship. Not only was there one scene like this, but we
are treated to two! One can only imagine what the European version
of these scenes will show.
of relationships, what is the deal with Aeryn? Does she want John
or not? She pushes him away, yet again, early in LATP1 and spends
the rest of the episode in a moody trance. That woman wants it both
ways - John always nearby, but never close. I have a feeling she
regrets her actions (or lack of them) and realizes John may be lost
on the other hand, seems very supportive of John's newfound stature.
Of course, this isn't for John's well being, but Rygel's. I suspect
Rygel feels John, as Regent, could be an excellent and well placed
connection to a potentially powerful ally. Maybe Rygel thinks John
will loan him an army or two for the retaking of Hyneria.
admit, I find Scorpius quite perplexing in this episode. He is obsessed
with capturing John and ripping wormhole information from the human's
mind. If John marries the princes he will be protected from Scorpius,
making a visit to the Aurora chair very unlikely. So, why does Scorpy
seem pleased when John proposes to the princess? Perhaps Scorpy
is happy to know where John is located at all times, even if he
can't be touched, for now.
leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. Of course, it
is the first in a three episode trilogy, so cliffhangers and loose
ends are to be expected. It seems Farscape's second season flirtation
with dark, depressing themes is over. The last several episodes
are pointing Farscape into a new direction. Dances with Death is
out, Rhapsody in Pastels is in. Frankly, the show seems to have
a lighter feel to it and is more fun to watch.
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