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> Self-inflicted Wounds part 1: Could'a, Would'a, Should'a
OAD: March 30, 2001
by: David Kemper
by: Tony Tilse
condition is getting worse and the only cure is locating a planet
where the Delvian can rest in good soil. Pilot locates such a planet
and Moya is headed for it when something interesting happens. To
John's surprise and delight, a wormhole suddenly appears near Moya.
Deviating from the course that will help Zhaan, John delays Moya
just long enough to study the phenomenon.
before anyone can react, another ship emerges from the wormhole
and collides with Moya. Impaled by the unknown ship, Moya is thrown
into the wormhole and both ships are out of control. The crews of
both ships, unable to communicate with each other, find themselves
face-to-face and are not happy about it. Realizing the other crew
has wormhole knowledge, John decides to cooperate with their main
scientist, Neeyala. The rest of Moya's crew is not so enthusiastic
about this arrangement and is very leery of the other aliens.
determines that to have any chance of survival, one ship must be
sacrificed. Neeyala's crew, assuming that because Moya is severely
injured, it is their ship that should be saved. John, obsessed with
obtaining wormhole information, cooperates with Neeyala's plan,
much to the chagrin on Moya's crew. There is a sense that Neeyala
isn't being entirely forthright about the situation.
Season of Death, John's brain was made whole
when diagnosan Tocot repaired it using neural fluid from aliens
that are remarkably similar to the human. John insisted that two
of these creatures, still frozen in their cylinders, be brought
on board Moya. John's hope was that they might have information
on Earth. Unfortunately, when the first of these creatures was accidentally
revived, he promptly died. Just as Moya was about to startburst
in an attempt to exit the wormhole, Rygel accidentally opened the
second container. It contained a female who identified herself using
a very long and incomprehensible name. John called her Jool for
short. Unlike her unfortunate relative, Jool didn't die and, upon
learning she had been kept in the cylinder for many cycles, screamed
a horrific screech that nearly deafened John and Rygel.
episode ends with the crew resigned to abandoning Moya, who is seemingly
way too early to say for sure, but I have the feeling that SIW part
1 is a turning point for Farscape. There is so much going on, so
many clues to analyze, that the plot borders overload.
Here is what we know as of now:
is clearly deteriorating. The crew is in a desperate search for
a planet where Zhaan can sit in soil and recover from the effects
of her unity with Aeryn in SOD. Unfortunately,
John's momentary delay with the wormhole set into motion events
that impact Zhaan's chances of recovery.
is another wild woman for John to tame. Her name is Jool and if
you can imagine Private Benjamin in spikes you have the general
idea of what this woman is like. She's beautiful (of course), loves
leather (she'll fit in), and has a rather unique scream that melts
metal. She comes across more annoying than interesting, so we'll
just have to see what the writers do with her.
has his eyes on wormholes again. Can't remember John even mentioning
wormholes in the second season. Guess with Scorpy's chip gone John
feels comfortable working on a way home again. In fact, he shows
more interest in going home during this episode than he has since
A Human Reaction.
is clear John feels Neeyala is a type of kindred spirit when it
comes to exploration and wormholes. She recognizes John's enthusiasm
and exploits it to resolve the situation in a way that benefits
her. This doesn't necessarily make Neeyala evil, or even an enemy
of Moya and its crew. However, she is single-minded in her pursuit
of wormholes and returning her ship to normal space, at any
of the curious aspects of this episode involves images John viewed
through a devise given to him by Neeyala. Supposedly, it collects
data to aid in navigating wormholes. Scenes of countless alien worlds
flash before John, suggesting to him the limitless possibilities
of wormhole travel. John is shocked to view a flash of the Three
Stooges among the alien images. John assumes the Stooges image is
from a television broadcast and Earth must therefore be closer than
he ever imagined, perhaps as little as 30 or 40 light-years away.
Here is where I get confused. The images are mostly from
places and aliens John has visited the last two cycles.
the alien images, including the Three Stooges, from the wormhole
or were they really pulled form John's unconscious memory? Because
of the Stooges, I would say they are from John's memory, but a close
inspection of the images show alien places that John could not possibly
have seen. These include the courtroom on Litiara from DALD,
the home of the builders from the Princess
trilogy, and the monastery that the crew will not visit until Different
Destinations, still two episodes away. So, is that an oversight
of Farscape's post production crew, or a clue that something else
is going on? Only time will tell.
a fast-paced and entertaining episode that leaves plenty of lose
ends for part 2 to clean up.
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