|"Exodus from Genesis"|
Aeryn's getting hot - not a good thing with PKs about - and the crew can't find out why...
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Exodus from Genesis is yet another episode that was originally broadcast out of order, although it doesn't suffer from it as much as I, E.T.. Originally broadcast second in the US and fifth in the UK, even if it was supposed to be episode three. Anyhow, it's not a bad effort by any means, and in a way forecasts something that becomes something of a trademark for Farscape – taking a given story, where everyone ends up thinking they've solved their problems when suddenly something else happens that turns the episode on its head.
The story was a by-the-book tale of genetic cloning, with the creatures, called Draks, secretly sampling the crew's DNA and making copies of them. The Draks were also cranking up the heat on Moya, which made Aeryn ill, leading to the crew attempting to find out what was happening as soon as possible. However, at the very start of the episode we are introduced to a threat that will become real later in the show – a Peacekeeper Marauder.
The interplay between the crew throughout the episode was very interesting. Near the beginning of the episode, Zhaan again targets Rygel and takes the motherly role of improving his self-esteem (as if it really needs a boost), by making him think even more that he is like his great ancestor Rygel I. Of course, she later uses this to persuade him in to going and talking and bargaining with the Drak Monarch. She also takes the motherly role of caring for Aeryn, when she is almost melting from the heat being cranked up again. And the two talks with John, explaining how he can gain the respect of D'Argo and Aeryn, and then at the end congratulating him on his success, cement role even more. I'm telling you, Zhaan is trying to be a mum, and she's doing a fine job so far
Also of great interest was the continually building relationship between D'Argo and John. After Zhaan explains that action speak louder than words to John, he goes all out to impress. He and D'Argo share a laugh at Rygel's expense, and then by the end of the episode D'Argo respects John for the choices he made, and the dangerous aspect of them. Now he's gained some trust, perhaps they can go on to be friends, instead of him intimidating John all the time. After all, D'Argo made him clean his teeth, so they must be friends!
Another key point in this episode was the development between Aeryn and Crichton. She too underestimates John all the time, and in a moment that will turn around later, she asks what she could possibly want from someone like him, if she tried to get along. However it is John whom she turns to when she explains about the Sebacean Heat Delirium, and the living death. When she begins to lose her memory, all she can think about is the heat and the thought of living death, and she again turns to John to promise her that if she enters the living death, he will kill her. Though we never know (and can only assume) what he would have done had the situation arise, he never stops fighting for her, even standing up for her with D'Argo, which leads to a something of a softening in the latter's character. In the end, John is successful, and he and Aeryn share a nice moment at the end, where she eats the proverbial humble pie, admitting that she no longer thinks lesser life forms (i.e. John) need to be squashed. John never tells her whether he would have killed her or not had the time come, but the moment is there, and it's nice to watch the chemistry between the two.
Aeryn also shared a short but beautiful scene with Pilot, where he begins to show that she is the only one he really trusts, and he admits that she's the only Peacekeeper he doesn't fear when she is around. His attempts at comforting her are really well done, and remove all the thoughts we have at the back of our minds about him being a puppet. They really know how to bring his emotions to life.
Whilst the character interaction was good, the story seemed somewhat so-so. The idea of cloning has been done before, and though it was interesting to an extent, it was also quite predictable to learn that the aliens are not in fact enemies, but merely trying to survive and procreate. Zhaan played the part of the Monarch well, but the reasoning that she is simply going through the genesis cycle has been done many times before. However, what was good about the story was the way everything looked rosy, but the threat that everyone thought had gone returned – the Peacekeepers. They boarded Moya, and naturally the Monarch thought the crew had broken the deal, so seals them in a room and cranks up the heat. This situation led to a nice bit of courage from Rygel, who negotiated a new deal with the Monarch. The Peacekeepers are stopped, and sadly their threat doesn't last long at all. They simply board the ship, kill a few clones, get confronted by the real Crichton who impresses D'Argo with the way he gets them to go crying back to Crais, and then leave. The threat would have perhaps seemed more effective had it been introduced earlier.
In conclusion, whilst this episode is a good indication of things to come and does give us some great character moments, in the end the story doesn't come off so well. In the beginning it takes the tried and tested route, then later turns that on its head, but it seems a little rushed. The Peacekeeper threat doesn't last long enough, whilst the build up to the confrontation with the Monarch, though intriguing, perhaps takes a little too long. Though Farscape goes down the tried and tested route again, it generally exceeds by putting our crew in a situation, making them think they've succeeded but then adds a new twist. This episode does that, but it's a little too late in the episode. Whilst this is not a great episode, it's by no means poor and is an enjoyable romp for our crew.
I love to hear your views, whether you agree or disagree, so feel free to e-mail me your feedback. Review by Dani Moure.
Did You Know?
Exodus from Genesis was part of the first block of back-to-back filmed episodes, being filmed straight after Premiere.
This is the first episode where the entire show takes place aboard Moya.
Originally, writer Ro Hume called the Drak Monarch the Sultana, as in the wife of a Sultan. This was changed for fairly obvious raisins!
John: "It's just you and me."
D'Argo: "Actually it is just me... and you."
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