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Thank God It's Friday Again: Series 1, Episode 6


I have to admit that this is one of my favorite of the very early Farscape episodes mainly for its John Crichton whomp. I admit it, I'm a lover of protagonist whomping. There is so much character development in this episode as well as the stated whomping. We get a strong view of D'Argo's youth and his lack of control of his hyper-rage (whose consequences we learn more about in Season 4). Here, he's after John simply because he's another male. The humor is that John has learned to hide in Moya so well that nobody could find him for three days.

This episode is highly sexual not only showing D'Argo's happiness (and drugged out state) at finding comfort in the arms of Sycar women but Zhaan's natural sexuality and relaxed morals that contrast with John's Southern gentleman's polite offering to not touch her. The resulting give and take of where hands go is wonderfully silly and Ben plays it for its embarrassment and fun when John gingerly lift's Zhaan's palm off his private parts but ends up spooned to her when he wakes in the morning.

It's obvious that the crewmates of Moya already depend on John for his scientific and logical abilities as we see when Aeryn calls him to solve the problem of Rygel's explosive sweat. He's so pleased that she solved the problem with the help of Pilot (although he had to use a Crichtonism to express his happiness -- Aeryn got a junior miss science kit!). I love Ben's smile as Aeryn/Claudia explained excitedly and bewilderingly about how she figured out Rygel's problem like a field exercise only no rules.

And then there is that ugly fat worm thing that the Sycarans stuffed down John's belly button. The science is absurd but the squick and whomp is great given that poor John ends up sick as a dog while the worm is wandering around his stomach eating the Tanot Root that drugs the natives or anyone else who eats the food on Sycar. The cinematography from John's perspective with its echoes and shaking is evocative of his state of extreme nausea.

Aeryn has a strong and dry sense of humor that is slowly showing as in when she yells at Rygel that nobody is attacking him because it's only people who know him who want to kill him. She also utters the famous "I believe you said you get a woodie," which totally messes with John's head given its connotations. That whole scene is so much fun where John is trying to correct her use of English slang -- which is weird given that the translator microbes must translate willies correctly into Sebecean, but maybe not. It seems that John and Aeryn have been talking enough that Aeryn learned what a woodie is.

Poor John is really a shy and repressed American male, isn't he?

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  •   Friday, 26 May 2017
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