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Exodus From Genesis: Series 1, Episode 3


This is one of the first episodes of Farscape shot and they're still working out the kinks in the language and characters, thus you'll hear the aliens speaking English slang and there are other "errors" in makeup that get worked out as the show matures.

What is already in place is John's need to use Earth slang and pop-culture references to make himself feel more in control in this new world where he is the alien. In fact, this episode plays on his treatment as a deficient barbarian. For example, John sees a ginormous roach standing on its four feet and waving two others (the alien Drak that invaded Moya) and jumps up on the wall in terror -- so much for the typical science fiction hero. He scoops up the giant bug in bedding and bangs it hard against the wall and kills it, bringing the body to Zhaan for analysis. Trouble is, the Drak are sentient and truly resent this act as do the rest of the crew. Thus, our Earth astronaut learns a lesson, one of the thousands he will learn.

This episode also introduces information about Sebecean biology: they are highly sensitive to heat. When the Drak Queen invades Moya to birth her children, she raises the heat in Moya high enough to sicken Aeryn. As Ricky Manning humorously states in his rewatch, "While we’re adding to the Drinking Game list, let’s add “take a sip whenever Aeryn...

  • ...wants to die, tries to die, asks someone else to kill her, or variant thereof, and...

  • ...forces Crichton to promise her something outrageous.”

You can read more of Ricky and Cheryl Manning's rewatch here:

As Ricky says, Aeryn asks John to promise to kill her if she begins to enter something called The Living Death that happens to Sebeceans when their inner temperature gets too high.

Ben, is very loose and this episode. This is the first time that Farscape makes use of a lot of tricks to replicate images that the real actors must fight. It's an athletic episode as well as a character-driven one.

When Zhaan is possessed by the Queen, we learn that the Draks are doing this to protect their birthing area. Thus, John gets attacked by a fake Aeryn made out of blue goo as well as himself also made of blue goo. You'll see Ben wear the comms badge on his t-shirt which he eventually disappears because he said in a commentary stuck him constantly. He tried it on his belt and then just began to speak to the air. In fact, the only actor who continued to speak into the comm badge was Virginia Hey who had placed her's on her sleeve.

Ricky also notes that this is the first time the puppet Rygel was touched by an actor (Virginia) and he really came to life when the puppeteers were able to interact with the living actors. Brian Henson directed this episode and I suspect was delighted by the result of handling Rygel.

I like the relationship developing between D'Argo and John as well. Anthony Simcoe and Ben had this sort of Abbot and Costello routine starting. In this episode, D'Argo responds to John's statement that they would go together to fight the commandos who invaded Moya, with

John: (to D'Argo) It's just you and me.

D'Argo: Actually, it is just me. And you. (he leaves)

John tries a lot of brinkmanship for the first time to negotiate between the Commandos and the Drak, but The Drak Queen begins to trust Rygel and the Commandos don't trust anyone, so with Aeryn's agreement, John asks Pilot to RAISE the heat, putting Aeryn is grave danger but also causing the Commandos to retreat or die.

When all the fireworks are over and the temperature of the ship is returned to one where Aeryn can live comfortably, the show ends in a beautiful place, the Terrace that was so expensive to create (a giant green screen and matte painting plus reverse photography) that they never used it again until PK Wars.

Ricky's ending statement is lovely and true: Love Crichton’s last line (on the Terrace, eyeing the view) that “there are worse ways to end a day.” Cheryl & I quoted that line quite a bit while sipping excellent Australian wine and watching gorgeous sunsets from the balcony of our Sydney apartment. (Thank you, Farscape.)

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