D'Argo, Chiana, and Jool are in trouble. Their transport pod is
damaged and it's starting to de-pressurize. With time running out,
the crew comes across a derelict ship - a Leviathan. The huge ship
is still wearing a control collar, which means Peacekeepers must
be inside. Ignoring D'Argo's reservations about landing on the ship,
John pilots the transport pod into the silent, but potentially deadly
crew has a simple mission: locate the needed supplies to repair
their transport pod and get out as quickly as possible. However,
they don't find any Peacekeepers, which is good and unsettling at
the same time. The ship is inhabited by zombie-like creatures that
appear to be eating the Leviathan. John and D'Argo explore the ship
in search for supplies while Chiana and Jool guard their only escape.
Rummaging around the Leviathan's decrepit passages, John's curiosity
gets the better of him. Ignoring D'Argo's wise suggestion that they
stick to the salvage plan, John goes it alone in search of the one
creature on board that can explain what happened to the Leviathan,
the ship's Pilot.
John finds in the Pilot's den is startling and sad - a disarmed,
pathetic, and crazed creature slowly being eaten alive. The Leviathan,
named Rovhu, was assigned the duty of transporting just one passenger,
Kaarvok. Criminally insane, Kaarvok somehow took over the ship after
it was attacked by Scarrans. The cannibalistic zombies inhabiting
the ship are all that's left of the Leviathan's Peackeeper crew.
John and D'Argo can retrieve the needed supplies, D'Argo is confronted
by Kaarvok and loses. Meanwhile, Chiana becomes impatient and leaves
Jool alone to protect the ship. Searching the Leviathan for her
cremates, Chiana finds John, but only in time to witness Kaarvok
injecting a large syringe into D'Argo's head and sucking out his
brains. John and Chiana must get the supplies and off the ship.
However, they are in a race against time, the cannibalistic zombies,
and the brain sucking nut.
to be forgotten, Moya received a distress signal and starbusts without
notice. Aeryn, Stark, and Rygel are stunned to find Talyn badly
damaged and adrift. Boarding the previously undefeated gunship,
Aeryn discovers Crais unconscious. Rygel would like to make Crais'
situation permanent, but Aeryn steps in and keeps Crais safe. Whoever
nearly destroyed Talyn is obviously very powerful. The fact Talyn's
attackers might still be near by is an added source of concern for
all aboard Moya.
assume you like Farscape. How about Night of the Living Dead? Does
Hannibal Lecter float your boat? Combine all three, remove any semblance
of a plot, and this episode is for you! Honestly, this is not one
of my favorite episodes, though I understand and appreciate why
it could be enjoyed by some scapers. I only watched it once, so
I only have a few things to say about it.
That woman is really starting to get on my nerves. However, I believe
her character will soon be written off the show or be the benefit
of some much needed character development. What bothers me about
Jool in EM is the attempted-suicide scene. I was almost hoping she
would go through with it, which bothers me. I resent that my favorite
show now has me rooting for a character to kill themselves. I never
felt that way about Crais, Scorpy, or any of the various bad-guys
we've seen through the years. That scene is very hard for me to
watch and completely out of place for Farscape, no matter how dark
it wants to be.
noted in my reviews of BTBW and HOTR,
I am not impressed by cannibalism plots. This episode is not as
grotesque as HOTR, but the dark, depressing theme is similar. The
fact that it happens on a Leviathan and major characters are the
ones being eaten makes it more disturbing than HOTR.
is one major difference that separates this low-rated episode from
all the other forgettable episodes of the past. The last 6 minutes
of Eat Me is setting up a major plot development, specifically the
fact that John now has a twin. Kaarvok make duplicates of Chiana
and D'Argo, but killed one of each. He never had the chance to kill
the Crichton duplicate, which leaves Moya's crew with two, identical
Crichtons. Having duplicate characters is not an original idea in
science fiction, but it is clear that the two-Crichtons situation
is not a one-episode stunt. Apparently, this is a permanent plot
development for the show. How will John deal with himself? How will
the crew manage with two Johns? Was the Scorpy in his head duplicated?
What about the on-again, off-again J/A relationship? The endless
possibilities are a much needed diversion to an otherwise forgettable
episode - if only I could forget this episode.
Brief Season Summary
Me is the last new Farscape episode broadcast in the US until
June 15, 2001. As of the posting of this article, US scapers
have approximately 5 weeks to wait until Thanks For Sharing
is broadcast. This provides and excellent opportunity to assess
the shows third season so far.
severe reservations of EM aside, Farscape's third season is
better than either season one or two, as of the sixth episode
broadcast. Sure, it's been a little dark, but that isn't new.
Farscape has been dark since A Bug's Life, some would even
where we were one year ago. Mind The Baby was a clumsy, disjointed
transition from season one to two. Vitas Mortis and TTS were
dark, depressing episodes. PIYW was a total waste of time.
Only TWWW and CDM are worth repeated viewing, in my opinion.
season three, SOD felt like a DD's second part, which it is!
It benefits from a coherent and logical continuation of the
Farscape story. SAL was a little weak, but both parts of SIW
are powerful and important episodes. DD was dark and violent,
but I am a sucker for time travel stories, so I liked it.
The ending to that episode came as a complete surprise to
bad episode - EM - in the first six is not bad.
a year ago, I actually look forward to the rest of the season.
I wouldn't mind seeing some lighter themes - I'm sure they
are coming. Farscape's writers have woven a complex story
that offers plenty of possibilities. I bet the fan fic writers
will be very busy in May!
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