|"The Hidden Memory"|
John and Stark bond and then escape (with help), and Crais get\
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One problem that all episodes that conclude a two-parter have is living up to the expectations set by part one. It's particularly evident in multi-part episodes spanning the end/beginning of seasons, but also tends to lead to a less than great part two in the middle of a season too. So, The Hidden Memory always had the deck stacked against it. Nerve set up some very precarious situations for the crew, but lucky for us viewers, whilst this episode didn't quite live up to it's predecessor, it was nonetheless an excellent episode, naturally concluding the plot threads with a few surprises.
We started out with a few new revelations. Moya is now in full labour, and the offspring is not a normal Leviathan. Well, on Farscape is anything ever normal? Throughout the episode we return to Moya for pregnancy updates, leading to the birth. It had some very nice twists, like the fact it couldn't break free so Chiana had to go and help, the fun and games with her and Rygel in the pressure tank, but most of all - the great bombshell that the offspring is actually a warrior ship! No Leviathan has ever had weapons, let alone been born with them. It's something that will definitely be addressed in the future, and it will be interesting to see how Moya reacts to the differences of her child. Also, a little foreshadowing was dropped in, just a couple of lines but just enough to make you take notice - the question of who will control the offspring. The Peacekeepers implanted the DNA for weapons so would it be them? Or will Moya tame her child? There is definitely more to come on that front.
So, Aeryn's awake and she wants to see Crichton. Naturally she will not leave him, especially since he saved her. So off she goes to infiltrate the base herself, and much like Chiana last week, this week it is "Aeryn kicks ass". With Gilina's help, she busts John and Stark out of their cell, and causes all hell to break loose. The standout moment of the episode, though, was provided by her, too - the confrontation with Crais. Clearly showing off her superb acting skills, Claudia Black portrays Aeryn's feelings perfectly. After everything she's been through on Moya, she's grown so much as a person, so much so that the life she once yearned to return to no longer matters to her. She seems to prefer her new life. She also managed to get a bit of retribution, with an attempt at frazzling the Captain's mind. The dialogue between them was wonderfully, the scene filled with tension, it's just one of those moments you love to bits. The one thing I love about Farscape is that the characters grow and change, and this scene was a perfect example. Hats off to Lani Tupu also, for portraying the now renegade Crais so well in what appears to be his downfall into nothingness, yet still keeping some of his dignity when faced with his adversaries.
There were some wonderful moments in the episode involving Crichton too, most notably the wonderful scene in which Stark comforts him after a maddening session in the Aurora Chair. It was a nice cell-mate bonding type moment, one which most shows would pass up for fears of what some viewers may think of it. Hats of to Justin Monjo for writing it in, and to the rest of the crew for keeping it, it was an extremely touching moment. That moment also revealed some interesting titbits about Stark's race, the Baniks. They have the ability to share thoughts, and Stark used that ability again with Gilina later, when he showed her his secret place that he was hiding from Scorpius. It made for another touching moment.
Then of course, there's the honorary mention for Scorpius. In this episode he also showed some terrifying traits. He will clearly stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means breaking precedence, shown when he puts Crais in the Chair. He's ruthless and driven, but also written with a wit that many villains are lacking. He's also intelligent, another great quality in the days of stupid bad guys. A clear shot was given of him menacingly looking around after the crew escaped the surface, clearly meaning he will be back, and chances are he will not stop until he gets what he wants.
One of the most interesting things about this episode was the whole love triangle issue. Aeryn and John clearly have feelings for each other, but John also has feelings for Gilina. Oh, and of course Gilina loves John. So Ms. Mays has to decide whether to go with them or not, but she needs to know who John loves first. In true style, Aeryn just manages to interrupt before he answers, so once he's gone, she asks Aeryn if she loves John. She also avoids the question, more concerned with Gilina's life (she must feel for her since 1. she's one of her own people 2. she saved her life). That both avoided the question clearly damaged Gilina, and she ran off, only to return later despite this realisation. Back on Moya, it's one of those sweet moments of unrequited love; she loves him but knows he doesn't love her. Since she's on her deathbed, John grants her a final kiss, before she dies off. It's a sad note on which to end the episode, but it leaves the Aeryn-John love arc to continue uninterrupted, at least for now.
Not only did we get all that, but also some nice action pieces, including the huge shootout between the escapees and the Peacekeepers, and more torture. Everyone's changing, growing, and it's making for compelling viewing. But what this episode thrived on was its character interaction. Wonderful, dramatic moments in more than one place. Though not quite as good as its predecessor, still The Hidden Memory is a wonderful episode, which answers many questions and asks some more, bringing a nice conclusion to the two-parter whilst setting up changes that will effect Farscape forever.
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?
The revelation that comes at the start of the episode regarding Moya's child not being a normal Leviathan was originally written as the tag for Nerve. It was written into the beginning of this episode due to time constraints.
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Crais: "No captain has ever been subjected to such an indignity."
Scorpius: "There's always a first for everything."
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