Reviews and Analysis By Rita Lewis

Thoughts, analysis, and reviews of the work of Ben Browder
Owner of a boutique web design and social media company, Words To Web, Inc. for the past 26 years specializing in creating and managing websites for independent films, small businesses and non-profits using Joomla! and WordPress integrated to social media for a turnkey marketing package. Farscape fan and anthropology geek with a strong interest in... science fiction, fantasy and Celtic mythology. Wife and mother with two grown daughters and two cats. More

Doctor Who: A Town Called Mercy — Series 7, Episode 3

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When I was a child, my favourite story was about a man who lived forever, but whose eyes were heavy with the weight of all he'd seen. A man who fell from the stars. 

A Town Called Mercy is a wonderful episode of Doctor Who and part of the reason is that Ben brought verisimilitude to his role of the world-weary but extremely competent sheriff.

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  • The Inside Track
  •   Wednesday, 12 July 2017
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Mental As Anything: Season 4, Episode 15

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Mental As Anything is D'Argo's revenge story. Because Scorpius arranged for advanced training with an alien named Katoya, poor John has a special nasty Scarren training he's forced into. I always focus on his torture/training and skip D'Argo's trials fighting Macton.

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  • Farscape Screen caps
  •   Sunday, 09 July 2017
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Die Me Dichotomy: Season 2, Episode 22

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Die Me Dichotomy is the perfect double entendres title for this harrowing extreme cliffhanger to the second season of Farscape. David Kemper, Executive Producer, and writer of this episode that sees Harvey finally take over John Crichton body and soul despite the efforts of Aeryn and the crew to help him stop the madness. It sees Ben Browder play a distraught John who can't even pull the trigger of his pulse pistol to end his misery plus who is able to play John as Harvey and has Wayne Pygram's unique speech patterns and walk so down that they had to step back from the full Scorpius costume when a British fan magazine published Ben's photo rather than Wayne's for the episode. 

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  • Farscape Screencaps
  •   Sunday, 09 July 2017
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A Human Reaction: Series 1, Episode 16

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The commentary to A Human Reaction is brilliant. Ben and Claudia dissect the episode which is directed by Rowan Woods and given a distinctive indie movie feel. Ben was very sick with an infection from surfing and kept lying down between takes. That gives him the pale, gaunt look we see throughout the episode.

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  • Farscape Screencaps
  •   Saturday, 08 July 2017
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Memphis Belle (1990)

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Memphis Belle is a British movie with an all-star cast including Matthew Modine, David Strathairn, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, Reed Diamond, Eric Stoltz, John Lithgow, and directed by Michael Caton-Jones.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Thursday, 06 July 2017
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Duncan's World (1978)

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By the time that Ben was 15, he had been starring in commercials and a neighbor who was in the North Carolina film business as a casting agent saw them and cast Ben as Duncan's friend in a cute movie.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Thursday, 06 July 2017
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Farscape Re-Watch: Kansas

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Patricia Lynn Vanover watched Kansas. Crichton's concentration on HOME while transversing the wormholes leads to Earth only he screwed the pooch -- arriving BEFORE he left, a big no-no according to Einstein. It's 1985 and John Crichton is 16 years old and a mess. And Dad in this Unrealized Reality is going to die in the Challenger explosion causing untold trauma to the timelines of John's "family" on Moya and his future self.
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  • Farscape Screencaps
  •   Tuesday, 04 July 2017
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Durka Returns: Series 1, Episode 15

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Elvis and Chiana arrive on Moya with a Wraith-- what's left of the Durka of the Zelbinion who tortured Rygel for over 150 years. We meet a dangerous new set of aliens, the Nebari, who so believe in conformity and utmost peace through the inability to commit violence that they tortured/brainwashed Durka for 100 years supposedly creating an obedient servant out of a madman. The ends justify the means. And Rygel wants revenge.

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  • Farscape Screencaps
  •   Tuesday, 04 July 2017
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Bad Kids Go To Hell (2014)

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One day on FaceBook, we got a call to go and post on a new Producer's group who was asking for actor's names to play an unnamed role in a horror movie with the ominous name of Bad Kids Go To Hell. We knew Ben's director from A Killer Within, Brad Keller, was helping produce the movie which was to be based on a graphic novel by two guys from Dallas, Tx. So we did what Scapers do and "puppy piled™" about Ben Browder and he was cast. 

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  • Farscape Caps
  •   Saturday, 01 July 2017
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Arthur's Mantle: Series 9, Episode 18

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I get a kick out of this episode of Stargate due to the impossible nature of Cam and Sam's predicament. Sam is working on an artifact brought back from one of Merlin's planets to figure out what it does. Cameron, worrying about workaholic Sam's lack of meals, urges her to come and eat with him. As Sam pushes a button, both teammates are shifted into an alternate dimension. The fun, in the beginning, is twofold: Cam tests the reality of the alternate dimension by poking Sam and Sam immediately pokes him back.

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  • Gateworld.net
  •   Tuesday, 27 June 2017
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A Human Reaction: Series 1, Episode 16

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The commentary to A Human Reaction is brilliant. Ben and Claudia dissect the episode which is directed by Rowan Woods and given a distinctive indie movie feel. Ben was very sick with an infection from surfing and kept lying down between takes. That gives him the pale, gaunt look we see throughout the episode.

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  • Farscape Screencaps
  •   Tuesday, 27 June 2017
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We're So Screwed, A Trilogy

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We're So Screwed (as the trilogy was named in the United States but not in the United Kingdom) deals with the rescue of Aeryn Sun, the re-appearance of Harvey and the subsequent rescue of Scorpius; all from a hidden Scarren base called Katratzi. There are major surprises in store regarding what makes the Scarren empire successful and a questionable strategy by John Crichton used to keep him and his shipmates safe during this perilous undertaking.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Sunday, 25 June 2017
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Unrealized Reality: Series 4, Episode 11

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Einstein: (tonelessly) Time. (John just stares - and the man repeats the word louder- demanding an answer) Time.
John: Is up?
Einstein: Time?
John: Flies.
Einstein: Time.
John: Bandits.
Einstein: (intrigued) Time. (he begins moving towards John as the association game continues, faster)
John: Wounds all Heels.
Einstein: Time?
John: (singing loudly) Rosemary and thyme...
Einstein: Time! (John pulls his gun and fires from almost point-blank at the man’s head)
John: Is up! (but his pulse blast stops in mid-air a few inches from the face of his intended victim and hangs there, twisting. The man turns away. He seems disappointed)
Einstein: (toneless again) Time.

David Kemper wrote one of the MOST BRILLIANT scripts to explain a highly arcane subject: space/time and theoretical wormholes in English in a way that we can understand so that the rest of the season can progress. The script takes the idea of "talking heads" and creates a Greek chorus of John's past that shifts and changes illustrating just how dangerous it is to mess with time and wormholes.

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  • Farscape Screencaps
  •   Thursday, 22 June 2017
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Twice Shy: Series 4, Episode 14

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Along came a spider and 'sploded beside her.

Twice Shy is a strange cliched episode of Farscape that somehow works. I think it's because Talika the nasty spider lady isn't as important as the character developments we watch: John's main personality trait that keeps him going is HOPE.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Wednesday, 21 June 2017
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Terra Firma: Series 4, Episode 13

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tvtropes.com has an interesting entry from its recap of Terra Firma that I want to talk about here. Dad has become Jack in this episode. According to tvtropes, "The sudden switch in nickname or honorific when referring to a character, usually from their family name to their given name, is frequently used to demonstrate a significant change in the relationship between two characters, the desire for one by one party, that they have evaded listeners who require more formality, or that they are Not Themselves. Never using any formal indicators and just calling a character by their exact name is about as common to show the same thing."

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Tuesday, 20 June 2017
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Prayer, Series 4, Episode 18

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I find it almost impossible to watch both the A and B stories of Prayer. Between Aeryn's torture and unbelievable duress and then John's trip into the hell of the twisted and dying Moya reality to kill Chiana/Aeryn so that Sikozou/Stark could cross her over and they could hear the meaning of Katratzi, I'm not sure my heart could stand it.
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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Monday, 19 June 2017
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Outlaws And Angels

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In 2016, Ben showed up in a very gory behind the scenes picture that was being shot in New Mexico by a small production company, JT Mollner's No Remake Pictures . This independent film turned out to be JT Mollner's "Outlaws and Angels" and we immediately rubbed our eyes at Ben's transformation. He had shaved his head and put on weight to play the character of George Tildon.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Monday, 19 June 2017
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Mental As Anything: Series 4, Episode 15

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Mental As Anything is D'Argo's revenge story. Because Scorpius arranged for advanced training with an alien named Katoya, poor John has a special nasty Scarren training he's forced into. I always focus on his torture/training and skip D'Argo's trials fighting Macton.

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  • http://farscapecaps.com
  •   Sunday, 18 June 2017
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Kansas: Series 4, Episode 12

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Farscape did something unprecedented in standard television shows: they took John Crichton home to Earth before the end of the show. This two-part visit to Earth was bittersweet and difficult and not the joyous visits that you would think would happen. That's another Farscapean trope. You can't go home again.

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  • http://farscapecaps.com
  •   Sunday, 18 June 2017
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John Quixote Re-Watch

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Patricia Lynn Vanover watched Ben Browder-penned John Quixote yesterday. Ben wrote a tour de force script with Shakespearean sonnets, fairytale princesses, black knights, Breast milking, acid bathing, Ogre fighting, lying butlers, bad guys in lederhosen, bean-eating off stomachs, green and yellow doors and Max Headroom.

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  • http://www.farscapecaps.com/?seasonfour
  •   Sunday, 18 June 2017
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Guardians Of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 cranks up the characters to 11. I loved the film and how each one of the original Guardians has family issues, whether it's Peter Quill's daddy issues (which are pretty complex given that he discovers his real dad is a planet or Celestial Body played with scenery-chewing gusto by Kurt Russell) or Nebula and Gamora who really should settle their sisterly conflicts more quietly; or Rocket who is still quite traumatized by his creation.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Friday, 16 June 2017
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Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars

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PK Wars has a mixed review among Scapers with some complaining that there isn't enough character moments especially between the secondary characters. That it became the John and Aeryn show. Others adored the action and John and Aeryn story amidst the battles and Scorpius manipulations that lead to the use of the wormhole weapon.
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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Friday, 16 June 2017
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Exodus From Genesis: Series 1, Episode 3

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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.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Thursday, 15 June 2017
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Dead Still

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The Booth Brothers are famous for producing, writing and directing very gory horror films that win awards within this genre. Dead Still came about because they became fascinated in the 19th Century Victorian practice of making "Death Photos" whereby the photographer would pose dead people as if they were living. Because they are horror film aficionados, they of course wrote and directed a film that deals with a haunted camera that needs bodies so causes terrible deaths of anyone who gets their picture taken using an ancient camera.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Thursday, 15 June 2017
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Coup By Clam: Series 4, Episode 10

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When I saw this Season 4 Farscape episode I knew it would be silly and weird given that Moya had just passed from "unknown space -- The UTs" to Tormented Space. Farscape didn't go in for technobabble even to the names of areas of space. These practical, descriptive names must have been the PK grunt names for the areas because they're sort of nonsensical. Anyway, Moya was sick from the multitude of wormholes in Tormented Space so they stopped at a planet that reputed to be able to install filters that allow safer passage.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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Ever since this episode was broadcast, Scaper women have yelled, "Yeah, Jirl Power!"
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Call Of Duty: Black Ops III

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Back in 2015, when Ben made a double appearance in Perth and Adelaide, he alluded to a cool project he was involved in that would make him immortally 27 years old. He had signed a Non-disclosure form (NDA) and couldn't talk about it YET. But come that July's Electronic Gaming Convention (E3) in Las Vegas and the announcement of the new version of the extremely popular game, Call Of Duty called Black Ops III, and he was all over it.
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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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Bringing Home the Beacon: Series 4, Episode 16

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Spell Baby, Aeryn. B-A-B-Y, Aeryn. A-B-C-D-E-F-G... Aeryn goes for her pulse pistol and WHAM! John's heart dies with the bioloid.
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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Monday, 12 June 2017
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Bad Timing: Series 4, Episode 22

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Bad Timing is the perfect name for the last episode of Farscape. In September 2002, Ben Browder, David Kemper and Ricky Manning went online at the SciFi Dominion and announced the cancellation of Farscape. You can read Rockne's interview about the cancellation here: http://www.farscapeworld.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=362.
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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Friday, 09 June 2017
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Bad Kids Of Crestview Academy

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Max Rainwater is a mysterious guy. In 2013, Ben described the role as playing Boo Radley of To Kill A Mockingbird. That was for the first time he played the character in Bad Kids Go To Hell which was a gory horror film. Ben's Max was the comedic relief in some ways with his moving things around and his dim responses to anyone who spoke to him. Yet, even in that movie there were hints that there was more to him than met the eye. Why was a janitor allowed in the Headmaster's office handling files? Why was he in the library and what's with the roaches he seemed to command?

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Friday, 09 June 2017
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Back And Back And Back To the Future: Series 1, Episode 5

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When Farscape first began filming episodes they followed the Australian method which entailed shooting two episodes at a time. This episode and Thank Goodness It's Friday Again were filmed together. Luckily for Ben and the rest of the cast and crew, the showrunners discovered that such a project plan did not work with Farscape due to its heavy reliance on CGI, puppetry and practical effects.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Friday, 09 June 2017
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Babylon: Series 9, Episode 8

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Season 9's Babylon was a chance for Ben to show the deep strength of his character, Cameron Mitchell. Ben did the athletic stunts during both the training scenes, exercise scenes and final fight. He also gave a gorgeous performance detailing Cameron's faith and optimistic outlook.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Friday, 09 June 2017
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Ark Of Truth

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The first of two movies made by Bridge Studios based on the television version of Stargate was Ark of Truth which finished the story of the Ori. I admit that the bastardized version of the Matter of Britain: Merlin, Arthur, Morgaine Le Fay and all left me cold so I skip the pieces that take place on the same fake medieval village set that they used in all the Season 9 and 10 episodes.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Thursday, 18 May 2017
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A Constellation Of Doubt: Series 4, Episode 17

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This experimental script is the outgrowth of David Kemper 's Unrealized Reality that told the story of how wormhole work through the use of "talking Heads". Each has the appearance of Crichton's friends, family and teachers changed to show moods and information. By the time of A Constellation of Doubt, John was obsessively watching a deeply disturbing interview show Pilot captured after Moya left Earth.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Wednesday, 10 May 2017
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Thank God It's Friday Again: Series 1, Episode 6

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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.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Friday, 26 May 2017
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PK Tech Girl: Series 1, Episode 7

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There's been speculation in Farscape fan fiction for years about John Crichton and Gilina Raenez and if they really would have hooked up and what would have happened to Aeryn Sun. Farscaped's One Good Day and One Eyed DVD's Unrealized Peacekeeper are two classic stories that center on early John's science geek and homesickness that focused on Gilina's technical knowledge and the fact she's a blond versus Aeryn's dark coloring and military bearing.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Thursday, 25 May 2017
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