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More Farscape. "P.K. Tech Girl" and "Thank God It's Friday Again."

1x05, "PK Tech Girl" (17 April 1999)

In which Moya and her crew discover a derelict dreadnaught, Claudia Blacks' cheekbones are beyond perfect, and futuristic hand lamps look exactly like the ones you can buy at Sears from Black & Decker.

Rygel has lovely eyes. I wonder if anyone's ever told him... without being paid. Amd you know, one thing I love about this show is that John's incomprehensible cultural references are passed over as lightly as the incomprehensible cultural references of all his crew mates. They have no cultural context in common.

It's cool.

"How disappointing that other scavengers have robbed us of our glory." Heh. So dry.

Amazingly enough, this episode has something many Farscape episodes do not. Which is to say, a plot. (It's also got some shiny shiny characterization.)

Peacekeepr with an Australian accent. Drink!

"I try to save a life a day. Usually it's my own." I miss the sheltered John of first season, the one who believed in decency and negotiation and reaching out to people. Poor John; what he got to become was a one-man illustration of the horrors of war and the impact of culture shock. You never could have gotten this show made in America; John would have had to remake the society he found himself in ("What these people need is a honky Earthling!") rather than being crushed into an entirely new shape by the world he found himself in.

"For a priest, you certainly have a very flexible morality."

"They always wind up surviving. And liking each other."
"We have such fiction also."
"It's a small universe."
Foreshadowing, drink!

Zhaan's costuming makes me happy.

Deep One fight!

And Aeryn standing around helplessly while John and the tech Gilina work their butts off--her frustration is lovely. I love the epiphany moment when she realizes that maybe techs are more useful than warriors, and just as brave.

"Sorry for interrupting." Aeryn, I love you.

And Rygel, torture survivor, works nicely. Heh. "I'm here. You're not." Drink! ...ooops, wrong show.

"If you die here, John, I die too."
Foreshadowing, drink!

"How come nobody tells me this stuff? How come nobody tells me they spit fire?! AERYN!"

John's great big bluff, and Aeryn's Errol Flynn are love. John's starting to learn that acting like a crazy monkey gives the aliens pause....

"Sorry about the mess."

"Life? Sucks." Thematic statement! Drink!

"What would it be like to go home then?" Yes. Everybody's lost their home. And none of them can ever go back, as we--and they--will eventually learn. There's a thing in this show where you can't EVER go home again. (Well, you can. But they've turned it into a convenience store, John would point out.)

Bodily fluids: Rygel loogie! (food and Farscape do not mix.) Sometimes you can definitely see tha Kermit the Frog DNA in that Hinerian. MORE Rygel loogie! Flaming spit! Shay-yang guts!
Random muppets: Shay-yang! These would make great Deep One muppets.
Worldbuilding weirdness: Hey, glimpses of Peacekeeper society and social ranking, and the difference between a Peacekeeper and a Sebacean. Ah, a SF show in which alien societies have complexity and internal conflicts, in which humankind is not special or chosen but utterly insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe. You never would have gotten this made in America.
Deaths of named characters:

1x06, "Thank God It's Friday Again" (23 April 1999)

In which D'Argo gets cranky with John, and breaks things, and John hides very well. Also, the planet of the Space Hippies wanders in from Star Trek.

"The day that they prove that is the day that I let Parmolian meat-hounds tear all the flesh from my bones." Oh, hush, Aeryn, you know you love the monkeys. If you didn't, you wouldn't be trying to learn human slang.

D'Argo in his pajamas. D'Argo has a Murphy bed! To go with the '70's crash pad! All he really needs is the chest rug.

"I suppose we will have to wait."
"Ooo. Yah."

John and Zhaan groping one another in their sleep. Because, as we all know, you can't 'ship Farscape. It handles all that work for you.

It's the opposite-of-mind-control space worms! "Tomorrow is a rest day." Ahh, land of sly social commentary...

Hee. And Aeryn, slowly discovering that she has a brain. That's an aspect of this show that I really adore: that people, cast into unfamiliar situations, find themselves growing to suit the situation.

This episode does tend to drag a bit. I think it could have used 32% more actual plot: unfortunately, one figures out what is going on a bit too fast, and there's a bit of a dead spot in the middle.

"You're trading in your pulse rifle for the junior chemistry kit!"

"That is a healthy dream." I love a priest who will tell you that growing up to be a warrior is all right.

Actually, the D'Argo and Zhaan bit at the end of this episode always makes me sniffy.

Farts: Rygel is merely belching, so far.
Bodily fluids:  explosive Hinerian pee; Hinerian snot! Hinerian sweat!; Human puke! (offscreen)
Random muppets:
Worldbuilding weirdness:
Why is Zhaan getting undressed behind a screen? Is it just out of courtesy for John's mammal sensibilities? And why aren't the immune people putting worms in everybody they can grab?
Deaths of named characters:


Ah, a SF show in which alien societies have complexity and internal conflicts, in which humankind is not special or chosen but utterly insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe. You never would have gotten this made in America.

Ah, thank you for that! Earthlings-as-honkies comes up over and over again, something which has vaguely been bothering me about StarGate, and now I have a name for it.


It is a bit FUCKING COLONIAL, innit?
Considering that the Jim Henson people did the creature FX for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie, a bit of me wonders if the Sheyang were a dry run for the Vogons... just slap some nostrils up between their eyes and paint them green... :)

But then, the Creature Shop didn't exactly repeat themselves... except for those FarScape aliens that looked like the Skeksis...

There's a "making of" book about FarScape's creatures... I hope to get a copy, but it's kinda pricey...

Everything FarScape is kinda pricy.

If you can find it.

Quick! Watch another one and post a recap!! ;)

Re: 1x06, "Thank God It's Friday Again" (23 April 1999)

It's not a bad one. It could have more going on, and the ending of the A plot is sort of stoopid, but it makes up for it in D'Argo Emo.
Been rewatching Farscape lately myself (it is all your fault with that tvlink linkage) and the other bit you see in the first season that I'd never really picked out before is the way that not only do they all grow into the situation, you can watch them grow in their understanding of each other as people, rather than Luxons or Sebaceans or Delvians or whatever.

They click.

Aeryn's "I stand corrected," after she informs John that he can never understand what she's feeling is a beautiful moment.
Oh, my show!

As you say, this show could never have been made in the US -- or at least made here and broadcast more widely. It could only ever have been aired on cable, it's just too weird.

Re: a question on an earlier post; Yuri Gagarin's ring shows up in the season 1 finale, "Family Ties". I don't think that's a huge spoiler for an episode that aired originally 8 or so years ago. *g*

One of the things I love about TGIFA is the way Pilot admits to his insecurities. And Aeryn's slow realization that technical skills are really damned important. It's a big moment for her.

To finish: My SHOW! (Oh, if I had the time, but I don't. Perhaps I can come down with a convenient case of mono?)

Farscape is one of the very few shows that gets a MY SHOW! from me, too. (The others being The Man From Uncle and Criminal Minds.)

All those womens! And they're all SO COOL!
I liked Gilina immediately and inexplicably, and thus had real issues with the end of "The Hidden Memory."

On the other hand, I was in love with "PK Tech Girl." And "I try to save a life a day. Usually my own." I squeed. (This show makes me squee a lot.)
It never pays to get too attached to anybody on this show.

Which, of course, is why we do...
PK Tech Girl was the first Farscape episode I ever saw.

No, saying it like that doesn't communicate the experience properly.

It was the first one I saw, and I thought it was the first episode.

And you know, I fell instantlyin love with the show. I was overwhelmed. I was all, "Wow! Wow! A show that just throws you RIGHT into the middle of things! So much backstory showing up as elliptical references! So much relationship history showing up in tiny interactions! Wow! This is the BEST PILOT EPISODE I HAVE EVER SEEN."


I was a little disappointed when I discovered my mistake, but I still retain a doubled enjoyment of that episode (despite later stuff with whats-her-face in which predictable things have to happen because someone can only have ONE (living) TRUE LOVE) (::cough::) both because it is, truly, a really good episode, and because I still remember what it was like thinking that was the start of the story. It was damned exciting.

I hate the fact that I'm atypical enough as a viewer that no one is ever going to make a show that's just like that, just for me. But, you know, I make do.
Do you really think G. counts as a True Love?
~has moment of acute Farscape love despite thinking Gilina is a complete pain~
Hee. I'm enjoying the pro/con Gilina arguments busting out all over.