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12 February 2007 @ 11:33 am
Farscape: I Yensch, You Yensch through Dog With Two Bones  
I finished off S3 this morning since I was up early anyway. So here are my thoughts.

I Yensch, You Yensch
Eh, not such a great episode. The scene near the end with John and Aeryn was well done. And I admit that Rygel and Scorpius had some fantastic moments together. But, I wasn't really sold on the cook insurance scam. The blue aliens were really, really annoying. And I felt that they focused too much on the cook and his girlfriend. It was definitely a filler episode. Not a total waste, but still...

Can someone tell me when Chiana started getting visions? I've been trying to remember and it's been bugging me.

Into the Lion's Den: Lambs to a Slaughter and Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Now this episode I loved. I seem to tend toward the more epic/plotty episodes in Farscape. Which this shouldn't be surpising since I am a plotty type of person. Though, I don't like plot for just the sake of plot. I'm big on balancing character and plot as I feel the two should go hand in hand. And what better way to show character development and character flaw than through plot? Plus, I'm a sucker for politics.

With the arc of John vs Scorpius being my fave, I enjoyed the interplay between the two. And I like how it entered this gray area. Scorpius, imo, wants the technology for valid reasons. While it is driven by revenge, it is also driven by a desire to keep the Peacekeeper civilization intact. John, on the other hand, also has valid reasons aside from revenge in why he doesn't want to share the technology. It's a matter of picking the lesser of two evils.

Though honestly, I felt like this two-parter really allowed Crais to finally shine. It's too bad that it was short-lived. Nice touch that Crais didn't buy into that lady that was sent to spy on him. I usually can see through plots and whine about predictibility, even on this show, but I found the plot and the acting convincing enough in this episode that I was willing to buy that Crais had betrayed them and that he had been snowed by that woman.

But I finally start to like the guy and they kill him. Boo. (Though, that is always the best time to off a character, imo.)

I also liked the interplay between Aeryn and that old friend of hers. I didn't expect her to go out in a blaze of glory...or not *cough* But this difference between them was striking and it really showed how much Aeryn had changed since the beginning of the series.

And Harvey? OMG, I loved Harvey here.

Scorpius bringing out the Earth trump card was a bit of surprise, but a nice twist to make things worse for John. And the build to the end and the parting of John and Scorpius was well played. I liked the imagery at the end with John and Aeryn sitting in silence as he continued on with his wormhole musings.

Dog With Two Bones

After coming off the two-parter, this episode didn't have the same spark for me. My first thought was like, who the heck is this old woman??? But I was glad that is what everyone else was thinking during the episode, too.

I didn't like her. She seemed to convenient. She served the plot and she showed up for this episode to serve that purpose. The splicing between John's fantasy and the reality was a bit heavy-handed and bored me. As a writer, I understand completely what was trying to be done here. And I understand the tale of the dog with two bones. But it was a little too off center and didn't really work for me as a whole. The theme was an important one, but I just think there was a better way to work it.

I liked the sadness associated with everyone parting ways. It's inevitable, but most of the episode did capture the tone of it. And I liked the Talyn funeral bit.

I knew that Aeryn got preggers at some point, but I was surprised it was revealed in the S3 finale. But I guess it was the best place for it, because otherwise I found the finale would have been a major let down after such a powerful two-parter. So while it was a good episode and I cried--I always cry for this show -- I enjoyed Into the Lion's Den much more. But that's how I am.
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pellucid: Aeryn regretpellucid on February 12th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Lots and lots and lots of people will name "Dog with Two Bones" as their favorite Farscape episode, but I'm with you: I prefer "Into the Lion's Den." The last 20 minutes or so of "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" is some of the most stunning television I've ever seen. The scene with John and Scorpius standing in the hangar, taking off the bracelets, everything exploding around them: just...guh!!! Stunning.

As for Chiana and the visions, that's supposed to be an effect of being inhabited by the energy rider in "Losing Time"--but it's not incorporated so very well. I remember being a bit confused by the whole Chi's suddenly having visions thing on my first viewing.
Working for the Mandroid: Crichtonmoonshayde on February 12th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
The scene with John and Scorpius standing in the hangar, taking off the bracelets, everything exploding around them: just...guh!!! Stunning.

A+ for cinematography there. Extremely powerful. Into the Lion's Den is probably some of the best Farscape I've seen.

Ah, so it's from Losing Time? I figured that was probably where it started but it just seemed to come on so suddenly over the past few episodes that I was left scratching my head.
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Working for the Mandroid: heartachemoonshayde on February 12th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
I went into Into the Lion's Den thinking "Crais is going to get some!"

Oh he got some all right. Boom.

But Into the Lion's Den was fantastic. Great stuff. And that braclet scene with John and Scorpius was brilliant.
maychorian: Awesomemaychorian on April 20th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
Just finished watching Season 3 last night (finally), and I'm totally with you. Into the Lion's Den was absolutely incredible. Everything came together so seamlessly, every plot, every character--John, Scorpius, Talyn, Crais, Aeryn. I started thinking that John should just start cooperating--I was with him in his doubts, and applauded his final decision. Felt Aeryn's pain at coming back to old ways, seeing that she was irrevocably changed, both mourning her loss and not. I really don't think there was a single misstep in the entire two hours of television.

I really felt for John in Dog with Two Bones--his anguish cut m really, really deep, as did Aeryn's. But yeah, the fantasy life was too much. It's gotten to be that being inside John's head isn't interesting enough--we're just waiting for those sequences to be over to get back to the story.

Yeah, I love Farscape, but I think other shows are better. I'm still going to buy the rest, though. As soon as I can afford it. Can't watch Season 4 yet and no free cash for buying it. :(