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> Green-eyed Monster
OAD: June 22, 2001
by: Ben Browder
by: Tony Tilse
from the Peacekeeper retrieval squad and separated from Moya, Talyn
and his crew must make do with a difficult situation. For John,
this includes DRDs that work above his quarters 24 hours a day,
cold showers, and doors that open for everyone except him. To make
matters worse, Wynona (pulse pistol) is missing and John has had
quite enough of being pushed by Crais' obvious lack of respect for
Crais, who claims ignorance as to the whereabouts of the missing
gun. Aeryn, stuck between the two male egos, is more concerned with
returning Talyn to health and full operational order. However, while
everyone's attention is turned toward John and Crais, Talyn slowly
approaches a small obstruction hovering within the ice rings of
a nearby planet. Realizing too late that the object is actually
a Budong, Talyn is unable to react quickly enough to avoid being
swallowed whole by the giant space-faring creature. The crew manages
to attach Talyn to a wall inside the creature, stabilizing the ship
long enough to devise a plan.
creature is out of the question - Talyn's main gun is damaged. Crais
decides to guide Talyn through the creature's gastrointestinal system
and fly out its rear end. John is not convinced Talyn, who is easily
agitated, has the maturity to make such a journey without panicking.
It turns out Talyn isn't the only one feeling a little tension.
John is annoyed that he keeps getting locked out of command when
it is occupied by Crais and Aeryn. John is called to Crais' quarters,
but finds nothing but a Peacekeeper video chip lying on a table.
Always curious about other people's business, John gives in to temptation
and plays the video.
The video shows
Aeryn offering herself to Crais while John was in the custody of
Scorpius during LGAM part 3. At the time, Aeryn was desperate for
help in rescuing John and was willing to pay any price for Crais
and Talyn's assistance. Of course, the clip was taken out of context
in such a way that Aeryn appeared to be propositioning Crais. The
following scene showed Crais in bed with Aeryn - they were not playing
cards. The look on John's face was that of a man stung by betrayal.
However, the situation with the Budong required John's immediate
attention and he placed the Crais/Aeryn revelation to the side,
to be dealt with later.
Crais that the situation involving Talyn is desperate, Aeryn decides
to take the Hand of Friendship. Joining with Crais and Talyn, Aeryn
hopes to provide the Leviathan gunship with the confidence necessary
to undertake the dangerous journey. John, already reeling from the
video revelation, realizes there is no room for him in the new trio
and leaves command. Aeryn's intentions are correct for the situation,
but John interprets Aeryn joining with Crais and Talyn as a sign
of betrayal. John has no desire to witness the joining process,
so Aeryn completes the procedure without his support.
a reconnaissance mission, Stark and Rygel return to the rendezvous
point and find Talyn missing. Narrowly avoiding the Budong, Stark
desperately attempts to communicate with Talyn's missing crew. Aeryn,
now learning Talyn's systems, manages to establish a communications
link with Stark. Informed that Talyn is inside the beast, Stark
tells everyone that there is no hope for Talyn and its crew. Crais'
plan to navigate the Budong's insides will meet with disaster when
Talyn enters the stomach region. Stark's dire prediction sends Talyn
into panic and his crew scrambling for another plan. Rygel, apparently
of the belief that waiting for Talyn to die is a waste of time,
wants to cut and run. During the struggle with Stark, Rygel expels
vomit, covering the former slave with stinking Hynerian fluid. It
turns out the experience gives Stark a moment of inspiration and
he develops a plan to help his friends.
Stark and a
somewhat reluctant Rygel must lure the Budong into the ice rings
in a desperate attempt to free Talyn. Unfortunately, Talyn believes
the plan will go better if John isn't around to interfere with Aeryn.
Left to die in the Budong, John's only hope rests with Aeryn, Crais,
and some explosive Budong indigestion.
has been said about the fact that this episode was written by Ben
Browder, the actor that plays John Crichton. However, the fact that
an episode is written by an actor does not make it special. Had
GEM been a stinker would it still be considered special just because
Ben wrote it? My guess is that it would not be. Special episodes
are those where the writers, actors, directors, and production staff
work together creating a story that advances Farscape. What makes
GEM special isn't that Ben wrote it, but that it was written by
someone with a keen understanding of the characters that are the
essence of the show. Knowing the characters the way Ben obviously
does, means writing character interaction that is believable, but
not necessarily predictable. Offering such
a story, within the make-believe world of Farscape, is where GEM
throws four important characters, black John, Aeryn, Crais, and
Talyn into a situation that none are particularly comfortable with.
Yet, to survive in an extreme situation, they must struggle to overcome
their own animosities and work together. Isn't this the essence
of Farscape? That the characters must overcome each other before
saving the day is what makes Farscape a unique science fiction show.
The primary story of GEM isn't that The Budong has swallowed Talyn;
it's how the characters interact with each other.
John still distrusts Crais with a passion. I believe John's distrust
goes deeper than Crais chasing the crew in season one. In Family
Ties, John, worn by life on the run, opened himself to Crais in
a way that is rare among males. It takes a great deal of trust for
one man to cry in front of another, yet that is exactly what John
did. John trusted Crais, to the point of releasing him amongst a
wary and vulnerable crew. Unfortunately, when Crais abandoned Moya,
he placed the crew's lives in greater danger. For John, the double-cross,
no matter Crais' real intention, cut deep. Though the crew survived
that particular ordeal, John has never forgiven Crais. Now, one-and-a-half
cycles later, John finds himself on a ship captained by Crais. Already
paranoid about Crais' intentions, John can only watch as Aeryn takes
the Hand of Friendship. There is a triangle developing between Aeryn,
Crais, and Talyn and the human is odd-man-out.
is obviously pleased to have Aeryn on board Talyn. However, the
look of surprise on his face when John came aboard during TFS suggests
Crais isn't happy the human tagged along. It is revealed that John
is the least of Crais' problems. The former Peacekeeper captain
could barely control the Leviathan gunship when it was an infant,
but now the gunship has reached the terrible-twos. Over time, Talyn
has become powerful and strong willed, to the point that he now
threatens Crais. During times of stress, such as being inside a
Budong, Talyn's emotions become so strong that he actually takes
over Crais. The physical manifestation of this phenomenon, which
covers Crais' body with painful lesions, is called cybernetic bleed-back.
Crais' only hope is that Aeryn will be a more positive influence
on the Leviathan child.
this point in the series, Talyn has been featured in only a handful
of episodes. Like a veil, the mystery of his character is slowly
lifted as GEM progresses, providing a revealing look at the enigmatic
Leviathan. Talyn is a child - a devious, possessive, and impulsive
child with life and death control over everyone onboard him. This
is particularly true for John, who is manipulated and eventually
threatened by Talyn's own jealously and distrust of the human. Talyn
tried turning John against Aeryn by placing a video chip, containing
damning images of Aeryn and Crais, where John would find it. Finally,
Talyn decides to rid the crew of John altogether by abandoning him
inside the Budong. Only when Aeryn reveals why she needs
John does Talyn spare the human.
GEM, one character is both the focus of everyone's jealousy and
the key to success by resolving the crisis - Aeryn. Of all those
on board, only Aeryn seems to be working with a clear head. As the
Budong was swallowing Talyn, John made the suggestion of dropping
anchor, but Crais and Talyn scoffed at the idea. Not blinded by
jealousy, Aeryn quickly recognized the value of John's idea and
set into motion plans to carry it out. When it became clear that
Crais desperately needed Aeryn's help to control Talyn, she didn't
hesitate to take the Hand of Friendship. Aeryn, in spite of the
males surrounding her, attacked each problem with focus worthy of
is a complex story that is so character driven, the impressive special
effects of the Budong seem almost superfluous. The story is tight
and has enough action and drama to please almost any scaper. The
sexual tension permeating this episode, along with the final scene
between John and Aeryn, make it clear that this episode was written
by more than a major shipper, but a hopeless romantic as well. A
job well done to everyone involved with making Green Eyed Monster.
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