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"Coup By Clam"

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Review by Proteus

Pretty thoroughly terrible. The attempts at grossout humor failed, as mentioned in the review the disguised woman wasn't disguised at all.

Also, the leader of the women seems to have been a man in drag, and that never became relevant.

It didn't contribute to the overall plot at all, and is the quintessential pointless filler episode.

Review by Wetnose

I liked it

Review by Nathan G.

This was a pretty atrocious episode.

I don't need to see anyone pee. Ever.

Review by Ben

Okay, granted the toilet humor pushed well beyond the limits. And the plot holes were huge (Aren't they often quite large? Like so many episodes the crew has far too easy access to people in power; indeed in at least three episodes I can think of they walk up to heads of planets and draw weapons on them, but let's not pick nits. We love this show, warts and all or we wouldn't be here.). This episode was worth it simply for Rygel faking as a physician and recommending blood-letting for inflamed Yazbots or Zazzboids or whatever and for Aeryn suffering from Rygel's bad digestion. Claudia Black is such a charming actress that her look of humiliated distress while "venting" in leather pants is priceless. I grant all other criticisms (John and Rygel functioning while Aeryn and Sikozu lapsed into a coma; the doctor eating the clams quite willingly by all appearances, the female mechanic in male drag--on that last one, I was confused the first time I saw it because it never dawned on me that we were supposed to believe she was a man until Chiana revealed it). In the end, all juvenile body humor aside, I liked this episode for the same reasons I have become weirdly devoted to the series: it treats its characters as more human than most shows that don't have aliens. They have bodies that don't always function well and betray them. The show challenges all moral preconceptions and makes moral decisions very difficult. Unlike the other reviewers, I thought the women's radicalism was very intentionally pushed to the background. Without ever asking what was best for this planet, the crew struggles to survive, ignoring the complex biological and socio-political questions. John is utterly and aggressively devoid of curiosity, showing how much he has changed. At the same time we see Aeryn has become more open and curious--she actually is interested in the biology and seems to have a better grasp of the women militant's motivations than the formerly inquisitive and sympathetic John, who just wants to get cured and get out.

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