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"Natural Election"

Summary

Last episode, Pilot asked for a single, group spokesperson (which Chiana interpreted as "captain") to help alleviate the confusion of everyone shouting orders at him at once. As such, everyone's been taking a turn at the helm before a final vote is taken. It's Rygel's day as Captain and he's being reminded that he promised Crichton 2 arns to look for the wormhole he senses somewhere out there. Everyone but Scorpius and Noranti are on command with Crichton and no one seems overly excited or confident about this. D'Argo is strumming a new shilquen - Luxan string instrument - he's been building. Aeryn is pacing nervously, eying John, obviously anxious about something. John thinks he's onto something and starts a countdown in Spanish from 10 to 1 for when the wormhole is to open. He gets to uno, and ... nada. Pilot expresses his condolences and John says it's nice of him to say so, even though he knows that he and Moya and the crew are not thrilled with his wormhole research.

Though Sikozu is still interested in John's research, John walks off command and tells Rygel the ship is all his again, Aeryn meets him in the doorway and asks to talk to him. Less anxious, she looks confident now, saying she has a lot to say to him and can they meet in her quarters. As they turn to leave though, a wormhole does indeed appear. As Moya keeps a safe distance, everyone congratulates John on a successful prediction. Before Moya can back off too far though, she shudders and systems fail as if they've been hit by something. Their next clue that something's not right; the stars are no longer visible.

Rygel is in a panic. "It's a Budong!" Unlikely Aeryn says, as they're not moving. "It's the Flax! The wormhole got us!" The others are frantically taking readings and trying to assess the situation. Chiana hits Rygel to shut him up. Trying to suss things out from a Leviathan Expert's point of view, Sikozu manages to piss Pilot off with her arrogance more than anything. Pilot reports that Moya is getting no external sensory readings and her entire outer skin is burning everywhere at once. The first concern; this means that a hull breach would go undetected. Aeryn and Chiana head off to do a perimeter hull inspection. Sikozu comms Scorpius to see if he's ok. He is, but he'd really like to be let out of this cell now. John nixes that idea right away. John and D'Argo decide to check out Moya from the outside. Noranti isn't answering their comms, but she's in the kitchen, muttering "Verdure? Herbage? Flora?" She looks outside as if confirming a fear and screams "Plant!"

John and D'Argo take a field trip outside Moya's hull and confirm that some kind of plant seems to have encased Moya while Rygel wonders what kind of a plant lives in space and can grab a Leviathan. Scorpius comms that he has a theory, but the more pressing issue is the fire outside his cell. Sikozu runs to help Scorpius with Chiana close behind to make sure Scorpius' prisoner status remains intact. Finding Sikozu extinguishing the fire with the cell door open, Chiana shuts the door and has a little chat with her, reminding her that they know Scorpy a whole lot better than she does. She supposes that Scorpius could have even set the fire himself to get out. Scorpius advises her to look down the passageway. "If I am setting fires, I am most proficient at it." Indeed, there are spot-fires all down the passageway well out of range of his cell. Chiana angrily goes to deal with the spot-fires. Sikozu shoots Scorpy a look that says loud and clear that she likes his style.

Moya's fluids are rushing through the hull out of instinctive protection, but also causing ruptures everywhere. The plant is secreting something that dissolves metal and something about the plant is starting to irritate the crew's eyes - D'Argo being the first and most affected. He suggests to John they try blasting the plant with Lo'La - his ship.

Lo'La breaks through the bit of plant covering the hangar opening. Although D'Argo's DNA is the key to operating the controls, they discovered a short while ago (Lava's a Many Splendored Thing) a small amount of bodily fluid will do the trick. In this case, D'Argo keeps spitting on John's hands to enable him to work as co-pilot. John comments how much he hates this. As they get a good look at just how extensively Moya is covered by the plant, Pilot asks them how bad it is. They decide to sugar-coat the truth and say it's all under control. Aeryn is visiting with Pilot in the meantime as he's concerned for Moya's survival. She assures him they'll fix this.

Chiana continues hull inspection and finds Aeryn presumably doing the same, only instead of fixing the leaky scalon vapor return duct, she's just paused, looking at it. "It can linger in your bloodstream." Puzzled, Chiana quickly fixes the leak herself. "It never stopped you before." "Yeah, well this time I'm pregnant" Aeryn answers calmly, thus directly breaking the news for the first time, even though Crichton indicated to her in last episode's tag that he already knew. What Aeryn also reveals here that Crichton and the rest of us didn't know is that the baby may not be his. Aeryn says she found out on the command carrier (in the What was Lost 2-parter) and hasn't had it DNA tested yet. Chiana is just too stunned to give an opinion one way or another, but she does seem supportive of Aeryn. When Aeryn asks if she can trust Chiana with this, Chiana says "Absolutely. That's your speech." She offers Aeryn a hand of comfort and Aeryn takes it.

John and D'Argo are poised to shoot the plant, hoping to burn through it without Moya feeling a thing. They check in one last time with Noranti and Sikozu, who are analyzing samples. The plant secretes an acid which dissolves certain types of metal which the plant then ingests. The resulting waste gas is what's irritating their eyes. John supposes the plant must go a long time between meals. Sikozu supposes that it just hangs out around the wormholes and the gravitational pull brings debris to it. Whatever. D'Argo notes that he loves shooting things as he primes Lo'La's weapons. In the kitchen, a concoction of samples that Noranti was working with eats through the pot. She freaks out, repeating "Eat, cry, tears, grow..." She finally gets it together enough to scream, "Don't shoot the plant!" This warning comes a moment too late, as Lo'La's cannons fire. While the blast does seem to kill the plant and doesn't initially seem to do any harm to Moya, Sikozu comms them after the fact, telling them not to shoot the plant.

Lo'La returns to Moya and Sikozu fills them in; the plant ate through the pot rather than allowing itself to be cooked. Ergo, it eats faster when attacked. D'Argo is still convinced the plant was killed. But the question remains why their eyes still sting. Crichton finds some apparently dead roots hanging from the ceiling. He pulls on them and the ceiling gives way, revealing that the plant has only moved further inside Moya. Pilot reports that Moya is worsening.

The gas affects everyone in varying degrees, with D'Argo the worst affected, followed closely by Aeryn and Chiana. D'Argo and Aeryn are breathing through respirators and Chiana is wearing goggles. She comes out of a rupture in the wall from an apparent recon mission to assess the damage. She's incredibly freaked out, saying the plant is everywhere and freaked that it's on her as well and in her clothes, itching. Aeryn assures her it won't hurt her, that it only eats through metal, but helps Chiana nonetheless. D'Argo now feels guilt but John assures him it was a reasonable mistake. Plus, they all signed off on the plan. If it was a mistake to shoot the plant, they're all guilty of it.

Apparently having collected herself, Chiana is exploring the corridors again and runs into D'Argo. D'Argo suspects the plant is spawning and Chiana notes that it isn't the only one. D'Argo is immediately taken aback and asks if she's pregnant. "Not me, Aeryn." Chiana tells him all, that Aeryn is pregnant (which John knows) and the baby might not be his (which John doesn't know). When D'Argo asks her how she found out about this she pauses and tells him that Rygel told her. While D'Argo says that John deserves to know, Chiana tells him he has to promise not to tell anyone. D'Argo simply walks away.

In the kitchen, Noranti is wearing goggles but they don't cover her third eye, which is clearly irritated. Sikozu seems to be the only one unaffected or at least underaffected by the gas. She assures Noranti that they'll find a way to help Moya and kill the plant. Perhaps a poison? "I know lots of poisons" Noranti muses.

The next person Chiana runs into on her rounds is Aeryn. On the business end, they note that there's no plant in Moya's lobes yet, but they haven't checked all the lobes. On the personal end, Aeryn asks if Chiana can forget about their earlier conversation. Aeryn says she really regrets now having told anyone at all and may not even tell John until she knows for sure. Better than having to tell him she doesn't know who the father is. Chiana says no problem, but when Aeryn walks away, Chiana clearly knows she's made a huge mistake in telling D'Argo.

Meanwhile, Scorpius makes an interesting discovery with a bit of the plant invading his cell which he calls John on out to his cell to observe. Scorpius gets close to the plant and it shrivels and backs away. Crediting the Plant with good taste, John leads Scorpy out of the cell while comming Aeryn with the news. Aeryn has good news of her own; there's no sign of the plant in Moya's neural clusters. So, it likes metal but it doesn't like Scorpius or toobray tissue. Of course, no sooner does Aeryn give the good news as there are explosions all around her. She gets out of the neural cluster and faces Pilot to consult with him, only to find that Pilot is covered in plant and is choking and spitting up.

Aeryn chains Scorpius to Pilot's console. He protests and she says that while she may trust him the others don't. In Scorpy's cell, John, D'Argo and Sikozu test a theory and discover that it's his coolant rods that repel the plant. When Sikozu leaves though, D'Argo takes John aside. He tells him he knows Aeryn's pregnant - that Chiana told him and Rygel told her. Though John is clammed up, he obviously isn't thrilled with the idea that the whole ship knows - especially since he himself found out second-hand. D'Argo also tells John that the father of the child is in question. "The thought had crossed my mind" John says evenly. D'Argo's only advice is that either way, John's going to be hurt and to take care of himself.

Sikozu is back in the kitchen with Noranti. She fails to comprehend Noranti's rhyme or reason as Noranti tastes the plant and comments on its apparent nutritional value. Trying to get her to focus, Sikozu reminds her what their immediate goal is. If the others fail, they need to know what about the coolant rods is working and how to use it to their advantage.

D'Argo finds Rygel after Rygel fails to answer his comms. Rygel would just as soon give up his air flow monitoring duties to someone else. He's feeling an immense guilt right now that all this happened during his turn as captain. D'Argo tells him it's not his fault; Moya and Pilot couldn't sense the plant. Plus, the real offense would be for Rygel to continue sulking right now while others are risking their lives to save the ship. At this, Rygel concedes to continue monitoring air flow.

John and Aeryn, in full environmental suits and helmets, trek into a chamber that appears to be the center of Moya's air flow. Ducking around fans, John asks Aeryn if she'd like to talk. She jokes about his waiting for this appropriate time and place and he jibes that he's become good at waiting. Not really any time to talk though. They set a couple of large pots under the main fan. Noranti and Sikozu had diluted as many of the coolant rods as they dared and the hope is that the vapor will now spread throughout the ship. Of course, just as John notes that they don't have a contingency plan, but what could possibly go wrong in the next few minutes, something goes terribly wrong. A bit of plant they didn't see has eaten its way through the coupling that holds the fan and it crashes down, spilling the solution in the process and giving Aeryn a nasty head injury.

As John tends to a recovering Aeryn, Rygel comms everyone that they have yet another problem. They've drifted directly into the coordinates of the wormhole. If it opens again, it'll open right on top of them. He recommends abandoning ship. Scorpius agrees and says this Leviathan is dead. Aeryn asks D'Argo if Lo'La can tow or push Moya away. Sikozu says not to give up on Moya yet; that Noranti has isolated the compound that repels the plant. Solanterum verbex. When the others are puzzled why this helps as they're now out of coolant rods, Sikozu chides them for not knowing their own ship. There's plenty of the stuff aboard. It's a toxic absorbing regulator within Moya's filter system and it runs all the way through the ship. It is however mildly radioactive.

DRDs are dispersed throughout the ship and Aeryn, taking over for Pilot who is still ill and thereby unreliable, sets a sequence that should get them all to fire simultaneously. With most of the crew packed onto Lo'La, Aeryn notes that unless they want to trust Scorpius to activate the sequence, she'll stay and do it. When John asks about the radiation she says she can handle it. When he asks "What about the baby?" She's silent. Rygel is volunteered to take her place. Chiana and John also stay aboard to play their part. Chiana says she's quite resilient to radiation and applies a substance to John's skin that Aeryn said should help him handle it as well (in addition to the EV suit).

John and Chiana head into a main ventilation shaft and Chiana uses a lever to hold one of the fans so the solanterum can do its thing without being cleaned and ventilated. John breaks off one of the pipes and aims the solanterum mist into a single fan that will spread it throughout Moya. As it does, Scorpius, still chained up to Pilot's console, notes that the radiation makes him stronger.

D'Argo and Aeryn maneuver Lo'La into Moya to push her away from the wormhole coordinates. And none too soon either; John senses a wormhole just seconds before it opens, with Moya barely but safely away. John gives Rygel the go-ahead to activate the DRDs, but just before he does Pilot wakes up in a panic, sensing the wormhole and that they have to get away. In his panic, he grabs Rygel by the throat and holds him. As John yells that the mist needs to be activated right now, Scorpius breaks free of his restraints just as Rygel gets loose from Pilot. Rygel is the one to get to the control first and activate the DRDs.

It works. The mist ignites just enough to kill the plant without harming Moya. But in the ventilation room, Chiana can no longer hold the large fan and when it gives, she is nearly sucked into another fan. John manages to hold onto her leg, keeping her face just inches from the fan, but it's a wind tunnel and he can't hold her for long. He yells to Rygel to shut down the fans but there are several tense moments as he doesn't know where the fan controls are and Pilot is no good. He does manage to figure it out though and shut the fans off before Chiana is pureed.

With all the excitement over, the crew can get back to business, starting with voting a new captain/spokesperson. With Moya abstaining and Scorpius not allowed to vote, the tally is: one vote for Rygel, one vote for Aeryn, the look on Sikozu's face tells where the one vote for Scorpius comes from, the look on Noranti's face tells us where the one vote for "The Divine Eternal" came from, and finally 4 votes for Ka D'Argo.

Aeryn also finally gets to talk with John alone. She tells him evenly that she didn't want to tell him about the pregnancy until she was sure. "Sure you were pregnant or sure who the father was?" John asks. Noting that Chiana will be killed, Aeryn answers John's supposition that it's the other Crichton's by saying there's no longer a distinction in her mind between the two of them. She explains further that in order to keep female soldiers active, those Peacekeepers born on a command carrier can retain an embryo in stasis for up to 7 cycles and only a surgeon can release the stasis so the baby can grow. So the father could be anyone in the last 7 cycles - up to 4 cycles before she ever met John Crichton. He asks her if that's why she left Moya but she answers that she "never made it that far." John is calm, apparently wanting more from her but not about to demand it. He tells her that the kind of relationship they're not currently having is based on trust - and she doesn't trust him, so he doesn't know how to trust her. She says she thinks she's earned his trust, but he goes on; "I'd put my life in your hands, but not my heart." Aeryn asks what it's going to take and John tells her, "Just come back when you have your story straight."


Review

This is one of those episodes where the A storyline is ok, but the B plot is where the real goods are found. So much so here, that I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this was the idea from the beginning.

"So, what we really need to have happen this episode is that great teaser about Aeryn's pregnancy, not knowing who the father is, then burst everyone's human-limitation expectations with the 7 year embryonic stasis thing. Only, it really shouldn't take up the whole episode, so it should really be a B plot. Any ideas for the A plot?"

"Who the frell cares? Anything. I don't know, some space plant tries to eat Moya. No one will be paying attention anyway, they'll be all about the pregnancy thing."

The other B plot was Moya's captain/spokesperson. Though it seemed to get only a couple of lines at the beginning and end, there was a very solid - if subtly played out - thread running throughout with Rygel's turn as captain-for-a-day. I love that they can give so much characterization to an animatronic character and he isn't regulated to the funny, cutsie little puppet. Anyone still stuck in the "Muppets in Space" stigma really isn't watching Farscape.

Rygel treats his captaincy as we'd expect until things go wrong. As a Dominar, I can hear complaints that it's a hole in the characterization that he breaks down under pressure like that. Not so. Think of our own politicians in the Western World. The politician himself is often little more than a figurehead while it's the advisors, interns, assistants and secretaries who do all the real work. Well, actually I can only speak for US politicians, but I imagine UK and Australia aren't too far off from that.

Rygel is acting like a true head-of-state. He's a good public speaker - when he has a prepared speech or his speech is self-evident. But when it comes crunch time and time for real, hard decisions, he flounders. This is what his aides and advisors are for, only he has none here. Fantastic to watch him bear the burden of leadership without that support, and to admit, for all his arrogance, that he isn't suited for the task.

The A-plot, though overshadowed in many viewer's minds by the B-plots, was solid enough. Once more, we're reminded that Moya is a living, breathing character. How do you make a ship alive? The ship doesn't talk, other than through Pilot occasionally expressing her wishes. When characters address her directly, they might get some gurgling ship noises. And so, once more, it's the fantastic writing, direction, and interaction from other characters that breathes life into Moya. With very little more than action and reaction from the other actors, we get a real sense of Moya's life and personality. We hurt when she hurts. We feel when she feels.

There was some poor juxtaposition in this episode. 2 acts in particular. In one, Chiana comes out of a bulkhead all freaked from her recon mission and finding nothing but plant everywhere. Chiana doesn't get easily freaked out like that, so we take it seriously when she does. She itches from plant all over her, although we strongly suspect it's more psychosomatic than anything else. Aeryn leads a terrified Chiana away to help her. One scene later, Chiana is back on recon duty exploring the corridors again. Yes, this can be explained, but the two just didn't fit. We could really have used a better segue. The way the scenes are placed, we get the feeling they take place minutes apart. So the second scene kind of kills the setup of the first scene where Chiana is seriously tripping. That could have been cut a little better.

The other act is towards the climax when Scorpius suddenly announces quite frantically, "As a single element, solanterum must be heated..." the characters obviously already knew this, hence setting up DRDs all over Moya to ignite the mist. Scorpius knew that the crew knows this because he was there when Aeryn did her part in setting up the DRDs. We the viewers had more than enough to deduce this from all the talk of DRDs firing once the mist is spread throughout the ship. Yet, the way Scorpius yells it seems forced, like it's there just to let us, the viewers, know what's going on. If Farscape is going to coddle us like that, there are a thousand more confusing elements they could start with than that one (and incidentally, that lack of coddling is a big pro of Farscape). It just felt really misplaced.

The music also felt misplaced, which is strange because I'm usually impressed with how great the music is. When Chiana is wandering that second time through the corridors, the music is almost comedic where it seems like it should be scarier and creepier. Maybe this was to set up the mood for her telling D'Argo about Aeryn's pregnancy? Still, it felt out of place. During the climax scene, when John and Chiana first enter the ventilation chamber, the music is way too triumphant-gladiator. It just didn't feel, well, "Farscape."

But the real goods here are found in the B-plot about Aeryn's pregnancy!

Before getting into it though, I'm compelled to note one thing. I've always had a pet peeve about die-hard fans putting way too many human physical and cultural limitations on this SciFi universe. Maybe we're used to Trek where everyone basically is a human with a funny forehead. The spotty cultural differences in Trek are often silly, extreme, or both. Same with physical differences. On Farscape, they tend to make more sense and they seem more consistent. Some quirk about how the government works, but when you think of it, you can see a government successfully working that way. Hence, it really irks me to see people project their own human line of thinking on characters' actions and reactions. More on that in a moment.

First up, Claudia Black and the art of wordless dialogue. Every time I think I've said it all because this is the episode that really showcases her talent, the next episode gives us something even better. (This always leaves me with the same dilemma; skim over a performance that stole the show or bore my readers by gushing on about Claudia Black ... again? I'll try and find a middle ground here). The opener where she's pacing the ship all anxious; what is she anxious about? John's continued obsession with wormholes? Wanting to talk to him about the pregnancy? Both? When John and D'Argo return from shooting the plant and Aeryn makes something of a funny remark about it, coupled with shooting a smile at John, the shift in expression from warmth to disappointment is a gut-wrencher. We don't even see John's reaction (or presumed non-reaction?) to her. We see it all in Aeryn's face. Throughout the episode, we see that same heat and attraction from her towards him that we did in Promises. Only this time, it's increasingly clear that we're not seeing that attraction returned, or at least not in the way Aeryn expects or hopes. I can't say often enough how much I long for this in other shows, and Farscape delivers.

Claudia's performance would be forced and one-sided if she didn't have Ben's performance to compliment it. He too delivers some fantastic body language in reaction to Claudia. Where, oh where, are those Emmy nominations? He did get the Saturn Award though, and shows us here exactly why he got it.

The Aeryn-Chiana dynamic was as intriguing here as anything else. I've seen a number of comments that it's very out of character for Aeryn to confide in Chiana like that. Some have even suggested Aeryn is under some sort of Scorpius mind control. Hmm, possible, but I'm going to bet not. Aeryn's undergone a tremendous emotional death/rebirth following the death of Talyn-John. We don't know what all she went through between seasons. We do know Chiana went through hell and has undergone subtle character changes for it. Why is it so hard to believe that Aeryn's going through something similar? Chiana seems like an odd choice for a confidant, but Aeryn doesn't exactly have a host of other options. Sikozu is too new, D'Argo is John's football buddy, Rygel is Rygel. Plus, the way Aeryn brings up the subject tells me she was lost in thought at the moment and simply needed to say it out loud and get it over with. "Yeah, well this time I'm pregnant." Simple as that, but I wouldn't be surprised if that's the first time she said it out loud to herself, much less to anyone else. The feeling was there, Chiana was there. Get it over with.

Which brings us to the pregnancy itself. I was so against the idea, yet now I'm loving it, I guess because it really is so unconventional. Pure torture for the writers to hang the paternity question over our heads like that for the whole episode - knowing that as always, we'll tend to think first in terms of human pregnancy. "Since she's still pregnant now and not showing, and she found out on the command carrier, then it has to either be Talyn-John's or someone she was sleeping with right around that same timeframe that we don't know about!" Yes, if this were a human pregnancy.

Segue to the first "big issue;" the whole new spin on the 7-year itch. I have seen more people cry continuity-error and come up with ways that Talyn-John has to be the father, or why she can't have been pregnant for 7 cycles. All based on the aforementioned placement of human physical and cultural limitations on a SciFi universe. Why is it so difficult for some folks to open their minds a little? The 7-cycle stasis story sounds not only plausible in the context of the Farscape universe, but as I mentioned before about physical and cultural differences on Farscape, the story is quite natural and logical. The bare facts:

To maintain the active-duty status of female soldiers, those born into Peacekeeper service, once impregnated, can retain that embryo in stasis for up to 7 cycles and only a surgeon can release the stasis. Aeryn believes this pregnancy could be as old as the full 7 cycles.

And that's all we know. Why so many people using this or that event from the series to "prove" she can't have been pregnant then? The way science fiction works is that you look for ways this could be in spite of those events. Think of how it could fit, not of how it couldn't, and I don't see where the discrepancy is. It makes sense that she can go 7 cycles without knowing, that with procreation being so strictly controlled by the state, Peacekeeper Medical wouldn't tell her until they're ready to put her on "Birthing Duty" or whatever they call it. By reason of that state control and putting the mother on a need-to-know basis only, it makes sense that she doesn't know if the embryo can survive anything (anything she's been through in the span of the series), or if it can't and she needs to be cautious now around scalon vapor and radiation. I've seen people assume that she miscarries after the 7 cycle time limit is up. How do we know? How do we know the embryo doesn't release itself and grow normally? Both scenarios make sense.

This is something I absolutely love about such elements in Farscape! I'm thinking the writers really do put some thought into it when they introduce a new physical or cultural quirk about an alien character (and let's not forget that Aeryn is an alien). Especially a main character where we know so much about her already. They give us these few little tidbits and it's up to our own wild imaginations to say, "Yeah, that could work!" I wonder if a lot of the assumptions about how she can't have been pregnant for so long are also shippers projecting their wishes on the situation. If Aeryn really could have retained an embryo for this long, then not only could John not be the father, the odds are quite low that he's the father. We're given the impression that Peacekeepers sleep around a lot. Sex is sex and not an element of any real emotional attachment. Devilish as it sounds, I for one sincerely hope that the father turns out not to be John or Vellorek (from The Way We Weren't, the only other man Aeryn has been in love with), but just some random guy she recreated with once who meant nothing. I imagine that in the Peacekeeper world, not only does it not matter to the mother who the father was, why would she even know? She's never going to see the child anyway. But now that she does care to whatever degree, and John really cares, wouldn't that be something interesting for them to deal with!

And finally, "big issue" number 2: John is now the one pushing Aeryn away. This tag is made all the more juicy by that heat we've seen coming from Aeryn this episode and last. Just when she's ready to open up to him, he's had just a little too much waiting and withheld information. Here's another area where I see way too many human standards slapped onto the situation. Aeryn has so far handled everything the way we would expect given her upbringing. It's easy for you or I to say she should have told John sooner, but how would Aeryn know that? There are no guidelines in her culture for "how do I tell the father." She also has no real guidelines for what the human customs are surrounding a situation like this. So she takes her best guess at what would hurt John less; Tell him now that she doesn't know who the father is or tell him later when she does? She guesses wrong, but can we really blame her for that? We the viewers don't have any reason to believe Aeryn is lying or not telling the whole truth here, but to John's credit, he might. Remember that we are third party observers. We know things that he doesn't. From John's human perspective, this woman is just not trustworthy in the sense that he's used to. Neither of them are doing anything wrong per se, but the maximum each is giving right now doesn't quite meet in the middle. There is no one to "blame" for them not getting together at this point.

Some say a reset button is being pushed. Some say the angst is being dragged out. I say the relationship is constantly being given new life and new direction. Now, it seems that Aeryn is the one wanting John while John is doing the pushing away. This too puts a new spin on things which I trust Farscape to handle with its usual deftness. Normally, when it's man pursuing woman, we're all rooting for him and yelling at her, "Come on! He likes you! He's cute! What more do you need?" When it's woman pursuing man, we're suspicious. She's a slut trying to get something from him. I trust we won't perceive Aeryn that way. I trust for once, we can see leading lady trying to get leading man into her bed and we root for her the way we do when the gender roles are reversed. Only time will tell.




Agree? Disagree? Comments? Questions? Email me! Written by Mary Wood.

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Aeryn: "Wouldn't you?"


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Episode Credits
Season 4, Episode 6 - "Natural Election"
Writer: Sophie C. Hopkins
Director: Ian Watson
Production number: 10406
First UK Transmission: 4th Nov 2002
First US Transmission: 19th Jul 2002
Guest Stars:
Raelee Hill (Sikozu); Melissa Jaffer (Noranti)
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