Guide > Season Three
> Losing Time
OAD : June 29, 2001
by: Catherine Miller
back on Moya...
Monster dealt with the adventures of Talyn's crew; this week
it's Moya's turn for excitement. Which is convenient, since it seems
that excitement has been somewhat lacking for Moya's crew lately.
For ten solar days, John has led the crew on a fruitless search
for wormholes. D'Argo, Chiana, and Jool are tired of the tedious
search and are ready to abandon John's obsessive hunt. With little
warning, Moya passes though a seemingly harmless energy cluster.
Immediately, John finds himself face-to-face (or whatever) to a
floating, translucent, butterfly thing. It passes though John twice,
nearly knocking the man unconscious. John then floats, facing downward,
about 6 feet off Moya's floor, with blood dripping from his face.
When John awakens, he's disoriented and lying in a large pool of
others may be injured, John runs through Moya searching for his
crewmates. John comes across Chiana, who can't understand why John
is so upset. Chiana is unharmed and unaware of any invading aliens.
She examines John's head, determines there is no injury to the human,
and promptly slaps him on the forehead. Not amused, John drags the
nebari to command, but finds the floor clean of any spilled blood.
Chiana and the others are convinced John hallucinated the entire
incident. After the others leave command, John finds himself bleeding
again. This time he is bleeding from his arm and heads straight
to Pilot's chamber. Pilot sees the blood, but doesn't have any explanation
for John's condition. Pilot speculates that John's bleeding may
be a result of the twinning process, but that it has nothing to
do with the energy clusters.
his body is falling apart, John convinces his shipmates to sit with
him around a table and observe any future bleeding spells. Chiana
quickly bores of the endeavor and gets ready to leave. However,
Chiana finds the floor, which was dry only moments before, covered
with water. Suspecting there is a connection between the wet floor
and his bleeding, John made sure a DRD was nearby recording the
group as they sat at the table. The DRD's recording shows the crew
sitting normally, and then suddenly losing consciousness. All four
shipmates are then seen shaking violently, then snapping back into
reality. D'Argo determines they were unconscious for about half
an arn, with no memory of what happened during that time.
crew finds Pilot unconscious, but still breathing. Suddenly, Pilot
comes alive, yelling and throwing the crew aside. Pilot is no longer
himself - he is now possessed by an energy creature named Tallip.
Tallip explains that it has no desire to harm Pilot or any of Moya's
crew. When Moya passed through the energy cluster, it momentarily
entered the realm of energy creatures that lived there. A diseased
energy creature child escaped from its group and entered Moya. Tallip
claims the child has possessed a member of Moya's crew, but isn't
sure who is the lucky carrier. The crew losing consciousness and
time earlier was Tallip's way of tasting them - determining
which crewmember is carrying the child. Tallip hoped to complete
its task of finding the child and returning to the cluster unnoticed
by the crew, but now that its cover is blown it has another plan.
will now give each member of the crew a full-scale test to determine
which body is hiding the child. Unfortunately, the testing process
is quite violent and painful. Jool is the first to experience the
test and nearly dies from the process. Not sure Tallip is telling
the truth, John decides to get Moya directly involved in resolving
the problem. Using a DRD's lights and a one blink for yes - two
blinks for no method of communication, John and Moya develop
a plan of their own. John and Chiana enter Moya's starburst chamber,
the one place within Moya that Pilot - thus Tallip - can't detect.
Not sure why Moya chose to bring them to that place, John watches
as Chiana activates starburst. Of course, Moya stops the process
before John and Chiana are incinerated. For some reason, the aborted
starburst allows John to see the alien child hovering over Chiana.
She is the one possessed by the creature and quickly determines
John has discovered her secret.
of threatening the human, the child alien explains that it simply
wants to escape Tallip and return to its home. To prove its peaceful
intent, the creature tells John that Chiana's body wants him in
a sexual way. To demonstrate its point, the alien sends shockwaves
of pleasure through John's body - a type of alien sexual orgasm,
if you will. John appreciates the experience, but is now left more
confused than ever. Does he believe Tallip or the child?
child isn't the only one enjoying the corporeal existence. Tallip
is learning how to master Pilot's body and no longer wants to leave.
Left with aliens inhabiting two of their shipmates, John, D'Argo,
Jool, and Moya must come up with a plan to evict the body-squatting
Time is a good, but not great episode that should be better than
it is. Written by Justin Monjo, whose credits include some of Farscape's
best episodes, LT is an interesting concept that is missing something.
Although Farscape's third season has - so far - been its strongest,
the show has never quite gotten over the void left by Zhaan's demise.
Zhaan added a sense of wonder to the cast and a much needed stable
element to many plots. I mention Zhaan because this episode is plagued
by the complete lack of another important Farscape dynamic: John
and Aeryn. Without John and Aeryn's sexual tension, Farscape's crew
seems, well, kind of boring. Yes, D'Argo, Chiana, Jool, and green
John are there, but all they do is argue with each other and that's
it. The chemistry between the characters lacks intensity, thus the
episode seems a little slow at times. I even miss the Hynerian slug's
way of screwing the crew at every chance. To be honest, the Talyn
version of Farscape - with Crais, black John, Aeryn, Rygel, and
Stark - is a more volatile and fascinating combination of characters.
episode may not be Farscape at its best, but LT is still generally
entertaining. There is the issue of John bleeding, even when he
doesn't suffer any apparent injuries. Pilot made the point the bleeding
could be related to John's twinning process. Green John seems resigned
to the possibility that he may be the inferior, damaged copy of
John Crichton. The bleeding issue is not resolved in LT, which suggests
the subject will play a roll in a future episode.
of copies, it seems there is a third John Crichton in the
UT. The Scorpius chip stolen from John's mind apparently contained
a clone of the human's personality. The clone of John now resides
in the mind of Scorpius, to be tormented into revealing anything
he knows about wormholes. However, things are not going well for
Scorpy's wormhole experiments and he accesses the John clone once
too many times. The John clone turns the tables on Scorpy, twisting
the Peacekeeper's arm and flaunting Scorpy's failed experiments.
Not sure where the writers are going with this, but there may be
poetic justice in the UT after all.
suspect the people who write for Farscape were a little unsure how
to make this episode interesting without the John/Aeryn relationship.
I still believe splitting up the crew is an interesting idea, but
wouldn't recommend it become a permanent part of the story. Overall,
LT is a good episode that demonstrates the risk of breaking up a
successful ensemble of characters.
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