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September 19th, 2019

About Mostly Inadvertent Offences

Back to the Ice Coffins 02:34 pm


Farscape season three begins with a new opening theme and some upgraded cameras (though the show's still in 4:3) but we go right back to where we left off at the end of season two on an ice world with coffins filled with dead people. Mostly dead.



Season Three, Episode One: Season of Death

Crichton (Ben Browder) is still strapped down, screaming gibberish. Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) gloats while Braca (David Franklin), his second in command, holds Grunchlk (Hugh Keays-Byrne) at gunpoint. In a wonderfully disgusting moment, Scorpius takes his revelries to the point of actually ingesting the bit of Crichton's brain leftover on the extracted neural chip.



The episode reprises a bit of exposition from the previous episode where it was revealed that the donors whom the Diagnosan (Fiona Gentle) and Grunchlk keep frozen in coffins aren't technically dead. Grunchlk explains none of them can be saved but each is preserved seconds before death to maintain the quality of their organs. It poses an interesting ethical problem, one Stark (Paul Goddard) wastes no time resolving. He grants the nearest donor a merciful death.



Of course, Aeryn (Claudia Black) is in one of these things, too. This is an episode filled with people rendered physically incapable of governing their own bodies. Crichton is strapped to a table, deprived of speech, Aeryn's locked in a coffin, and Grunchlk gets his just desserts when Scorpius uses a mind control device to operate him like a puppet.



All three of the characters manage some form of revenge, though. Crichton's being perhaps the most satisfying when he realises that, although Harvey (Wayne Pygram) is still trapped in his head, it's Crichton who calls the shots, demonstrating this by tossing the neural clone into a dumpster.



The mind is its own place indeed.

It's in the mental realm that Zhaan (Virginia Hey) retrieves Aeryn from some ethereal plane, but only at great cost, which she will pay very soon.



Meanwhile, on Moya, D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) is yelling at Jothee (Matt Newton) and Chiana (Gigi Edgley), forbidding them to go down to the planet, like they're both his children. But when these two are alone, they aren't acting like siblings, unless we're talking about Lannisters. It's pretty clear where this is heading and returns the show to the idea of Moya's crew forming into an unconventional kind of family. The episode ends with Crichton and Aeryn refraining, on her insistence, from breaking a Peacekeeper convention in favour of a human one about relationships, a decision that will influence events throughout the season to come.

. . .



Farscape is available now on Amazon Prime.



This entry is part of a series I'm writing on
Farscape for the show's 20th anniversary. My previous reviews can be found here (episodes are in the order intended by the show's creators rather than the broadcast order):



Season One:



Episode 1: Pilot

Episode 2: I, E.T.

Episode 3: Exodus from Genesis

Episode 4: Throne for a Loss

Episode 5: Back and Back and Back to the Future

Episode 6: Thank God It's Friday Again

Episode 7: PK Tech Girl

Episode 8: That Old Black Magic

Episode 9: DNA Mad Scientist

Episode 10: They've Got a Secret

Episode 11: Till the Blood Runs Clear

Episode 12: Rhapsody in Blue

Episode 13: The Flax

Episode 14: Jeremiah Crichton

Episode 15: Durka Returns

Episode 16: A Human Reaction

Episode 17: Through the Looking Glass

Episode 18: A Bug's Life

Episode 19: Nerve

Episode 20: The Hidden Memory

Episode 21: Bone to be Wild

Episode 22: Family Ties



Season Two:



Episode 1: Mind the Baby

Episode 2: Vitas Mortis

Episode 3: Taking the Stone

Episode 4: Crackers Don't Matter

Episode 5: Picture If You Will

Episode 6: The Way We Weren't

Episode 7: Home on the Remains

Episode 8: Dream a Little Dream

Episode 9: Out of Their Minds

Episode 10: My Three Crichtons

Episode 11: Look at the Princess, Part I: A Kiss is But a Kiss

Episode 12: Look at the Princess, Part II: I Do, I Think

Episode 13: Look at the Princess, Part III: The Maltese Crichton

Episode 14: Beware of Dog

Episode 15: Won't Get Fooled Again

Episode 16: The Locket

Episode 17: The Ugly Truth

Episode 18: A Clockwork Nebari

Episode 19: Liars, Guns, and Money, Part I: A Not So Simple Plan

Episode 20: Liars, Guns, and Money, Part II: With Friends Like These . . .

Episode 21: Liars, Guns, and Money, Part III: Plan B

Episode 22: Die Me, Dichotomy

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