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Finished 3.06 "Eat Me" tonight. That episode was just all right until Crichton playing rock, paper, scissors with himself at the end. Cracked me up. And it got funnier the longer it went on, which reminds me of the hilarity of John teaching D'Argo rock, paper scissors a while back and then them actually using it as a method to decide who got to go do something in a later episode. Fun. And speaking of Crichton playing RPS with himself, what the heck's going to happen with 2 Crichtons? Inquiring minds want to know, but I won't find out until tomorrow, so don't spoil it for me.

I love the show now and everyone was right. You really do get sucked in late in season 2. Not every episode is great, but there's always something to like, something that makes me laugh and I'm way into these characters. I mean who would have ever thought Scorpy would become someone to look forward to seeing?! When he first showed up, I thought ew, what an icky bad guy and I really hope he's not going to be around too long. But he became such a fleshed-out character — creepy, interesting, fun. It's amazing what they did with him. I don't quite understand why he's still in John's brain, though. I thought he killed off the residual Scorpy? Yet even though he's not in control anymore, Scorpy is still there. Whatever, he's fun. Except for the real Scorpius eating that chunk of John's brain. Ewwwwww.

And speaking of Scorpius and humor... "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the funnest episode I've seen. I laughed so much during that episode. Even better than "Crackers Don't Matter". Scorpy on the drums? Crais in high heels spouting miranda rights nonsense? The photos on the shelf in Rygel's office? Aeryn in those gigantic rollers? OMG.

Rygel has continued to amuse me to no end and he and Chiana have continued to have great scenes together. What a pair, those two. It was quite unexpected when Rygel told Zaahn how much her council had meant to him in "Wait for the Wheel". Seriously, that got to me. Zaahn's been my least favorite for a while now, but her leaving in was really powerful. That was a great episode. I knew Zaahn left the show sometime in season 3 just from seeing how many episodes she's listed for at IMDB, but I didn't expect it to be quite this soon. If she really is gone now, it was a good way to go out.

"My side, your side, my side, your side" Stark. I like this guy even though he freaks me out. He's so unpredictable with his mood swings. And I felt so sad for him when Zhaan died. I hope that new chick with the shedding red hair doesn't accidentally melt his mask off when she screams. Not liking her yet, but it's fun that everyone just kind of shoves her around and tells her to shut up.

What else, what else... Chiana and D'Argo. Never saw that coming — them getting together. And I loved them as a couple. I was so steamed when she slept with Jothi. I'm still hoping for a Chiana and D'Argo comeback. The whole Jothi thing was a bit anti-climactic. They went through all that trouble, all that hell... stealing the gold that's really spider thingies, Crichton giving himself up, and the rescue that kills Aeryn, but really ends up causing Zhaan's demise. And all that for Jothi to end up leaving like 3 microts later. Augh.

I think the only thing that got to me as much as Zhaan dying was Aeryn dying in "Die me Dichotomy" at the end of season 2. Telling Crichton that she loved him as she's about to plunge into the frozen lake? Whew. And then everyone putting special things in the capsule with her... The only thing that saved me from reaching for some tissues was knowing there was no way in hell Aeryn Sun was really going to stay dead. Wait, there was also "The Locket". That was a good emotional one, too, when we see she really had John's picture in there and they lived like 65 cycles together on that planet. It was way too sweet and I loved every minute of it.

The season 3 opener "Season of Death", was a little weak. All I could think was uh, if it was so easy to bring Aeryn back, why didn't you do that right after she died, Zaahn? But then we find out Zhaan basically gives up her own life to do it. Good trade, though.

John and Aeryn... I love them together even though they're not really together but really they are. The relationship just sort of is. The DNA compatibility kiss was awesome, the way they both smiled when neither one could see each other. What was that "Look at the Princess"? That was a good 3-parter, featuring John as Han Solo in carbonite and if I'm not mistaken, that dude Aeryn was hanging with was the terminator from Sarah's dream in the TSCC pilot (and orderly at the mental hospital).

I'm sure there are a million more things I'm forgetting, but that's all my brain can muster for now.



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miniglik
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
I'll come back when I'm less tired... :).

And speaking of Crichton playing RPS with himself, what the heck's going to happen with 2 Crichtons?

AWESOMENESS. Awesome-ness.


And, yep, Carsanova guy from Look at the Princess is totally the dream Terminator/orderly. I noticed that during the pilot. He hides his Australian accent well.



Edited at 2008-04-26 02:13 pm (UTC)
roxybisquaint
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
AWESOMENESS. Awesome-ness.

Now you've got me excited (as if I wasn't already).
theonlycbc
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Its great that people are still discovering Farscape. Its truly a unique and great series. Enjoy the ride, its beyond words and an amazing vision! It's a shame but all good things have to come to an end. I look forward to reading the rest of your thoughts on Farscape! Enjoy it while you "Frelling" can.
roxybisquaint
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Enjoy it while you "Frelling" can.

That I am!
spectralbovine
Apr. 26th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
(A cut-tag would be nice for this too for people still catching up on Farscape. Just saying.)

And speaking of Crichton playing RPS with himself, what the heck's going to happen with 2 Crichtons?
*DOES NOT SAY ANYTHING*

I do love the RPS continuity, though.

But he became such a fleshed-out character — creepy, interesting, fun. It's amazing what they did with him. I don't quite understand why he's still in John's brain, though. I thought he killed off the residual Scorpy?
I love Scorpius too. Crichton/Scorpius is one of the best hero/villain relationships I've ever seen. As for still being in his head, well, you'll see. I think. I don't remember the details. I was reminded of Baltar and Six, obviously.

And speaking of Scorpius and humor... "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the funnest episode I've seen.
So great. So full of crack.

"My side, your side, my side, your side" Stark. I like this guy even though he freaks me out.
Stark's catchphrase is the best part of him.

I hope that new chick with the shedding red hair doesn't accidentally melt his mask off when she screams. Not liking her yet, but it's fun that everyone just kind of shoves her around and tells her to shut up.
Yeah, Jool is irritating.

Wait, there was also "The Locket". That was a good emotional one, too, when we see she really had John's picture in there and they lived like 65 cycles together on that planet. It was way too sweet and I loved every minute of it.
Oh, I haaaaated "The Locket." Oh God.

John and Aeryn... I love them together even though they're not really together but really they are. The relationship just sort of is.
Yeah, they did a great job with that relationship. Oh, Farscape!
roxybisquaint
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
*DOES NOT SAY ANYTHING*

Between you and miniglik I'm getting the feeling it's, you know, maybe kind of interesting what happens. Maybe.

I love Scorpius too. Crichton/Scorpius is one of the best hero/villain relationships I've ever seen. As for still being in his head, well, you'll see. I think. I don't remember the details. I was reminded of Baltar and Six, obviously.

Yeah the way Scorpius was developed was very unexpected. I guess he really is like head!Six the way he just lingers there in John's brain. At last John gets to taunt him now instead of the other way around.

Jool is irritating
Jool, yes, couldn't remember her name. The only interesting thing about her so far is the shedding. That scream is already driving me nuts. It better at least be useful at some point.




Edited at 2008-04-26 04:42 pm (UTC)
spectralbovine
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Between you and miniglik I'm getting the feeling it's, you know, maybe kind of interesting what happens. Maybe.
Just a little. It's twice the Crichton! Woohoo!

At last John gets to taunt him now instead of the other way around.
Wait till you get to "Incubator."

That scream is already driving me nuts. It better at least be useful at some point.
I think it is once, maybe. If that.

Hee, icon. Oh, Scorpy.
miniglik
Apr. 28th, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
Between you and miniglik I'm getting the feeling it's, you know, maybe kind of interesting what happens. Maybe.


I wanted to say: "it'll rip your heart out and stomp it into a bloody pulp, and then continue to stomp on it for many, many episodes to come. And yet you'll come back for more tasty, tasty angst."

But I thought that might be a bit spoilery. :p
roxybisquaint
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for not saying it before. You are soooooo right.
miniglik
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
I was reminded of Baltar and Six, obviously.


I've always figured Farscape's where RDM got the idea.

But I believe they explained it already. Or they sort of did. Here's what I get: the chip was in his brain so long it became part of his personality. Basicly Crichton is now schizophrenic (in the t.v. sense, which isn't necessarily scientifically accurate). In "Season of Death" he gets control of the other personality (Harvey). Now, Harvey's still there, and doesn't control John's actions, but he's still a part of John's brain function.

And speaking of Scorpius and humor... "Won't Get Fooled Again" is the funnest episode I've seen.


You know, I don't think of it as funny any more. I mean, it IS, but it's also really, really dark. It's a really well constructed episode, and I am always interested in the way the Scarren is systematically screwing up John's sense of self. Oh, and finding all the little Wizard of Oz references.

Stark's catchphrase is the best part of him.


Oh, see, I loved it the first time. But then it's SO overused. And his character is the very worst, IMO, as far as continuity. John, Aeryn, D'Argo, Chiana, Pilot, Zhaan, Crais, Scorpius, and even Rygel have these well constructed believable character arcs. And Stark is just... sometimes crazy and sometimes not. His lucidity is all about what's required for the plot.

I haaaaaaaaaated "The Locket" too.

And I agree with P-C about the John/Aeryn and John/Scorpy relationships. It's what Farscape did best.
roxybisquaint
Apr. 26th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
But I believe they explained it already. Or they sort of did. Here's what I get: the chip was in his brain so long it became part of his personality. Basicly Crichton is now schizophrenic (in the t.v. sense, which isn't necessarily scientifically accurate). In "Season of Death" he gets control of the other personality (Harvey). Now, Harvey's still there, and doesn't control John's actions, but he's still a part of John's brain function.

That's what I got too, but they had a scene where someone told John that the chip was gone and it was just residual Scorpy in his head that he could get rid of and he had a little in-hi-head fight here he beat him. So I expected that to be the end of ol' Scorpy, but it obviously wasn't. I guess that was just the point where Crichton took control. Schizophrenia is a good way to look at it. I like how Aeryn knows that he still talks to Scorpius. She's the sly one.

I haaaaaaaaaated "The Locket" too.
What can I say? I am a sucker for sap sometimes.

And I agree with P-C about the John/Aeryn and John/Scorpy relationships. It's what Farscape did best.

Yeah, very well done so far. The whole John/Aeryn thing is not at all what I expected and I think that's what I like about it so much. I think from the fist episode it was obvious there was going to be something there. But it's never been this typical will they/won't they kind of thing. The first time they sleep together in "Human Reaction" is really such a non-event and I wasn't even sure it actually happened until Aeryn mentions it in a later episode. And we just get these little moments - a look, a kiss, the locket, a casual "we can have sex". Good stuff. Very well done.

Edited at 2008-04-26 04:53 pm (UTC)
miniglik
Apr. 26th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
he had a little in-hi-head fight here he beat him

Can I get a hell yeah?

But it's never been this typical will they/won't they kind of thing. The first time they sleep together in "Human Reaction" is really such a non-event and I wasn't even sure it actually happened until Aeryn mentions it in a later episode. And we just get these little moments - a look, a kiss, the locket, a casual "we can have sex". Good stuff. Very well done.


If you get the chance, you should try out some of the commentaries after you finish. Anything with Browder is usually realling interesting, as far as character development/story arc.
Anyway, I guess Browder and Black were big fans of the idea that John and Aeryn have sex early on and it not be a big thing. I think they pushed the writers for it, from the beginning (in an effort to subvert the normal romance formula).

Now, it's not like Farscape throws big drama at their relationship (oh no, the evil clone in my head just made me kill my girlfriend!) But the tone and tempo of the relationship is very different, for some reason.
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