|Look at the Princess, Part 2:|
"I Do, I Think"
This is not John Crichton
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Follow-up episodes are always difficult to do, primarily because the writer is forced to wrap up all the amazing things that were set up in the first part, and to do so satisfactorily. In the case of the centrepiece of a trilogy, things are difficult in a different way, as the writer has to flesh out the story, resolve some threads from the first part and leave hooks for the final part to resolve. This is obviously a difficult task to undertake, and particularly to hold the interest level. In most respects, "I Do, I Think", the part of the trilogy that most of the footage that was to be cut for the two-parter is made up of, succeeds, but it doesn't quite have the pizzazz or the finesse of its predecessor. Nonetheless, it's still a fantastic episode, with high entertainment value, that mainly falters by being a tiny bit repetitive and unbelievable. But more on that to come...
We start Part 2 right where we left off, with John about to be dissolved. There's no time wasting when it comes to resolving this cliffhanger, as Jenavian jumps right in there and downs all the guards. Once John is saved, it's revealed that the gold-digging girlfriend act was just that – she's actually a Peacekeeper Disruptor. This was a very welcome twist, adding yet another layer of plot on one that is already stacked about six feet high! John is forced to play along with her, pretending to be on a secret mission too. We know otherwise of course, but it'll be interesting to see where this will end up.
Rygel continues to get some absolutely superb lines here, and seeing him all serious and conspiring is joyous for me! He continues to be in the ear of Empress Novia, trying to dictate, smelling the power on the horizon. This is the Rygel I want to see more of, written as a being who once had power and always tries to grasp it in any situation, as opposed to just comic relief. Saying that, everyone gets some great stuff here, even Clavor who has a great little encounter with John, when John starts beating him up over trying to kill him. Clavor's expressions were superb, and really did add some humour there. Jenavian's comments in the background just added to the scene.
One thing that becomes very, very clear is that Scorpius will stop at nothing to get to John. We're still not 100% sure exactly why wormhole technology is so important to him, but for whatever reason, he will go to great lengths to get a look in John's brain. As he says, John is unique in the galaxy, and unique is always valuable, although you get the feeling that Scorpius isn't referring to money when he's talking valuable. His plot here is quite extraordinary, as he obviously knew most would suspect the Scarran or Prince Clavor of the gas attack, and that by the time anyone knew different, he would have John in his grasp. Of course, he had to by ro-NA to help, which didn't look like it took much. I suppose it just goes to show that some people will do anything for wealth.
The sequence that ensued with the attempt to capture John on ro-NA's ship was great, and quite amusing at the same time. As soon as John stops speaking to Scorpius, it's ironically his words that make John realise that Braca won't kill him. His human instincts take control, and he knows that he can in effect do anything and the loyal Braca won't kill him. So the amusing piece takes place, with John acting all mad to try and save himself, and kills ro-NA in the process. But Braca gets out with the only spacesuit and John is left on a ship that is about to explode. Here, something extremely intriguing takes place. With all the talk of John feeling a bit mad, and hallucinating Scorpius, here Scorpius' voice actually is actually in his head, and seems to convince him to jump. It seems like John is going crazy at first, but when you think about it, this could have some relevance to the "something to remember me by" comment from Scorpius in Part 1. Anyhow, John gets a gun and jumps, and uses the force from shooting the gun to get over to the transport pod.
Now, make no mistake, this sequence looks awesome, and is excellent to watch. But it also leads to a bit of a problem, and possibly the reason why I rate this episode lower than it's predecessor. Quite simply, it's a little unbelievable. I have a tendency to be sucked into the Farscape universe when I'm watching, and all my disbeliefs are suspended, only here, I was kind of slapped back to reality. I was split down the middle; on one hand it looks great, but on the other it's a little far-fetched. Not only that, but like John says this is like the third attempt on his life in a day, and yet the Empress (and her minions) still seems somewhat blinded and take an odd perspective. John makes a joke of it himself, but it did again kind of add to that essence of disbelief, and also lent itself to a bit of repetitiveness. That's not meant to sound like the whole episode is unbelievable or bad in any way, it's just I felt that it was a little too much to take at times.
The character moments did shine through though. Zhaan's final scene with Pilot was really sweet, and very moving. Pilot is finally fulfilled, having seen the stars, and is ready to accept his death. It was very sad, particularly with this apparent god-like creature seemingly condemning so many to death. It was also really nice to finally hear Moya's voice. It was soft, gentle, sweet sounding, and was just what you'd expect. Great stuff.
John and Aeryn shared what was my favourite scene of the episode. She comes to see John so happy that he's alive and fighting, being the "John she knows", only he's decided he can't do it anymore. There's no fight left in him, he's tired and fed up of being hunted, but there's one thing that could give him hope – being with Aeryn. Despite her pleas not to give up, and his saying he can't go on, he offers her one chance to get her wish. She says they can run away, and he asks if she means with her. At this point, her insecurities take charge once again, and her rejection earlier, and she seems to reflexively say "with all of us together". Of course, this is not the answer John wanted – he wanted it to be with just her, so they could be together. At this, he truly gives up and she leaves, and I found the whole thing quite tragic, in that they both want the same thing yet Aeryn is not at a place where she can make it happen. So off she goes straight away to Dregon, offering him the chance he's waited for to go to the Barren lands, and poor John is left alone. That was stressed heavily – just how truly lonely he is.
Then came the wedding, and I really liked the way we saw Clavor, Scorpius and the Scarran all looking like failures, knowing they couldn't stand up and do something about it. It's also quite amusing to think that all the people out to kill John should be at his wedding! It was of course a bit sad to see it from Tyno's view – the woman he loves being wed to someone else. And of course John's isolation was once again shown, with Aeryn staying true to her word and not attending. It was also interesting to hear Chiana say that she loves John, and he says, "I know". But the last exchange between D'Argo and John, just before John is made a statue, is so very fitting. D'Argo says how he and Chiana are having fantastic sex, and in doing so shows that he now has come to understand John, much like John has come to understand him, and they have now become good friends under these extraordinary circumstances. It's a great continuation of how their friendship has evolved, and it's the growing characters that are one of my favourite aspects of the show.
So "I Do, I Think" has some great writing yet again, and some amazing special effects and set pieces, great acting and direction, but yet doesn't quite hold up against "A Kiss is But a Kiss". That's of course not to say it's bad, far from it in fact, and it does continue the story well, leaving things looking extremely bleak for the conclusion. It'll be great to see how this all turns out, and whilst "I Do, I Think" suffers a little in some areas, it's still a great episode and highly recommended.
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 "Look at the Princess" story was originally written by David Kemper as a two-parter, however after filming, there was about eighteen minutes of footage left over, all of which was considered good, and so the decision was made to expand the story, and in three weeks David Kemper wrote eleven extra scenes and threaded them in throughout the story. The bulk of the "new" scenes take place in this episode, and it's because of this it is out of sequence in terms of production number (Parts 1 and 3 were already assigned 10210 and 10211 respectively, and the late Part 2 was assigned 10221).
For the first time ever, we hear Moya's soft, gentle voice.
When Katralla slaps John because she thinks he showed her up, the sound is a tinny effect as opposed to a slapping sound.
John is now hearing Scorpius' voice in his head, and it seemed to persuade him to stay alive, and jump to the transport pod. Again, this is foreshadowing one of the key stories of the second season.
The Hidden Memory
Bone to be Wild
Mind the Baby
Crackers Don't Matter
Look at the Princess, Part 1: A Kiss is But a Kiss
Look at the Princess, Part 3: The Maltese Crichton
D'Argo: "Well, now I can only speak truth, and that comes as good and bad news."
John: "All right, give me the bad news first."
D'Argo: "The bad news is that you're married, and you must endure as a statue for eighty cycles in a strange world."
John: "What's the good news?"
D'Argo: "Chiana and I are having fantastic sex."
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