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Liars, Guns and Money, Part 3:
"Plan B"

It's time to switch to the back-up plan, but they can't do it without the help of an old acquaintance...

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The first thing that needs to be mentioned before this review begins proper is that this trilogy really does raise the bar in terms of Farscape episodes. You see, the acting, the events, the characters, everything is taken to a whole new level, and it just promises to get better. So hats off to the production staff, all of them, who make the show as great as it is.

So, once again I'm going to begin with the D'Argo character status update, and it really looks good for the character, but bleak for the viewer. The reason? Well, here more than ever it's evident that, with Scorpius apparently dead, loads of money and Jothee back, once John's been saved from the chip, there's little point in him remaining on Moya. As has been mentioned, his purpose this whole time has been to find his son, which he has done, and now they're reunited that story is complete. So sadly it looks as though, unless something tragic happens, D'Argo may not be around much longer. Okay, so I don't believe it either, but let's face it, that's how it looks at the end of the episode.

So then, the episode picks up where With Friends Like These left off – John has gone to Scorpy. In an interesting revelation he says that the clone drew him here, and as such it's been drawing him to Scorpy the whole time. I guess that's how Scorpy's been catching up.

Anyhow, in a touching moment we see the message that John left for everyone, telling them that the chip has started to overwhelm him, so he's gone to Scorpy, and by exchanging himself for Jothee, at least he's done some good. Aeryn then, clearly upset, points out how badly D'Argo misread him and his actions. It's true, in classic hero style the good guy has proved himself by turning himself in to the enemy, in exchange for the hostage. D'Argo of course, with all his conflicting emotions, didn't see that all John's been trying to do is help, but the way he's gone about it hasn't exactly been most prudent. The way Aeryn then attempts to get over it is to show her strength, as she immediately turns and tells everyone the plan will still go ahead, they'll just be rescuing John instead of Jothee.

One thing that's interesting is that in the course of this trilogy, John and Aeryn, without words, have clearly shown their feelings for one another. This is no more evident than in the way Aeryn not only immediately quells her fears by getting everyone to agree to rescue John, but also in that she says she'll give the returning Crais whatever he wants. He asks if she is offering herself to him, and she doesn't directly answer his question, but she does make it clear she'll do whatever it takes. The dynamic between Aeryn and Crais was great during this episode. It seems clear that he has some sort of feelings, whatever they may be, for Aeryn. The fact that she wanted to use Talyn, which goes against her principle of not using Talyn for things like this, again clearly shows how badly she wants John back, and even Crais picks up on this and mentions it. He also lectures her on how there's always a reason for violence when it suits you, and it's funny when he mentions how many times she's lectured him, because it's true that she has on more than one occasion. It's quite the turnaround, in the sense that now she's willing to do whatever for John, although Crais seems as though he would do what she asks because of the way he feels about her.

Unsurprisingly, the mercenaries are having problems, and indeed at the beginning of the episode they're already starting to mutiny, and Zelkin even attempts to take over Moya. It's interesting that it's actually Stark's show of madness is what actually illustrates the group's strength and dedication in the way they will fight, which in turn brings everyone back onto the same page. I have to admit, I was quite relieved when everyone chose not to go with Stark's plan, I mean look what happened last time they attempted one of his ideas. Besides, it was a rubbish plan anyway. The all-out approach is what they do best, as D'Argo pointed out, and ended up leading them to success.

There were some interesting revelations between D'Argo and Jothee too, as we find out just how deeply D'Argo wounded him when he left his son behind. When D'Argo asks who cut his tentas, he reveals that in a way it was D'Argo, and in a way he is responsible for everything Jothee has ever done. It's quite a sad revelation, and one that will surely be explored more. Although Jothee does come across as somewhat brattish, particularly when he refuses to help John for his own selfish reasons, he actually does have good reason to not help him. After all, he has been forced to do unimaginable things to stay alive during the course of his life, so really he has every right to not want to lose his newly found freedom. However, he does come round, and says he wants to help, but by that time D'Argo has come to realise the hurt he feels, and refuses to allow him to participate in the fighting.

There were also some interesting exchanges throughout the course of the episode between Scorpius, Natira and John. Particularly the latter two, when John reveals that Scorpius will kill her. At first she doesn't believe it, but she soon comes to realise that what John describes is not outside the realms of possibility when it comes to Scorpius, so she goes into his head, and finds he's telling the truth. I did get rather excited when she asked John to get her away on Moya. Unfortunately, she ended up running away, and I was left wondering if I was the only person really wishing she'd come back and rooting for her to join the crew.

The whole raid was pretty perfectly executed, with a ton of action mixed with the Farscape-style drama. From the moving massacre by Aeryn, D'Argo and Bekhesh, which was given all the more impact by taking place in the dark in slow motions – it was quite amazing, to John saying he was going to go to Scorpy and Aeryn having to knock him out and carry him away, it all seemed to fit perfectly. In the end, it appeared as though, once again, Scorpius is dead. Plus, the scene with Rygel talking about all the riches but everyone else being in a humble mood was fitting. After all, they've just had allies killed and made some killings themselves – despite the money there's little to be ecstatic about.

The final two scenes were awesome. The first, with Aeryn and Crais, where she thanks him for saving his life, but he reveals it was Talyn acting alone, left me wondering if in fact he wouldn't have returned himself anyway, or maybe it was his decision. The final scene needs little explanation – it's just the pinnacle of the sort of character scenes that Farscape shines in doing. Seeing John being consumed even more by the chip, and then him begging D'Argo to kill him, whilst D'Argo held his face in his hands, was just so touching, few other shows could do scenes like this so well.

So what next? Well there's a ton of unanswered questions, and we still have yet to see how John will stop himself being consumed by the chip. The trilogy, particularly this conclusion, really acted as a setup for what will be a stunning finale. As I mentioned at the beginning, this episode was superb. Well written and beautifully directed, Justin Monjo and Tony Tilse come up trumps again. Oh, and the music was once again outstanding too.

Originally when I published this review, I rated the episode 4 (don't worry, I don't plan on changing any other scores). However, in hindsight, and with more viewings, the reason really was poor and there's no doubt in my mind that this episode deserves a 5, simply because it takes both previous parts, builds on them and brings them to a stunning and unexpected conclusion that is better than I could have imagined. This trilogy really has taken the show to another level, and this final instalment just showcases how amazing Farscape can be.




I love to hear your views, whether you agree or disagree, so feel free to e-mail me your feedback. Review by Dani Moure.

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Did You Know?
D'Argo's journey appears to be complete, as he has now found and been reunited with his son, although there's definitely some unresolved issues between them.

Once again Scorpius appears to have been killed, and Crichton thinks he's been killed, but we never see him dead. I think it's wise not to make any assumptions on his status until we see his body.

Natira runs off, but will she ever be seen again? Perhaps there'll be a reunion somewhere down the line.

Moya is still very badly burned and may well die if she does not receive treatment.

There appears to be more to Crais' return than meets the eye. There seems to be some sort of feelings between him and Aeryn.

Scorpius' neural clone inside John's head is ready to be removed – it's found the wormhole technology, and believes even John himself is not aware of it.


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Liars, Guns and Money, Part 2: With Friends Like These...
Die Me, Dichotomy

Favourite Quote
Rorf: "What are you doing with that head?"
Rygel: "He's an old enemy. I like that he doesn't talk back."


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Episode Credits
Season 2, Episode 21 - Liars, Guns and Money, Part 3: "Plan B" (Part 3 of 3)
Writer: Justin Monjo
Director: Tony Tilse
Production number: 10220
First UK Transmission: 18th Dec 2000
First US Transmission: 19th Jan 2001
Guest Stars:
Wayne Pygram (Scorpius); Lani Tupu (Bialar Crais); Paul Goddard (Stark); Claudia Karvan (Natira); Jeremy Sims (Rorf); Matt Newton (Jothee); Nicholas Hope (Akkor); David Franklin (Lt. Braca); Phillip Hinton (Voice of Teurac); John Adam (Bekhesh); Linal Haft (Zelkin); Thomas Holesgrove (Teurac); David Bowers (Kurz)
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