Monday, April 11, 2011

Classics: Farscape 2:1 - Mind the Baby

Overall: 6.7

There isn't much here to write home about.

Plot Synopsis:

Farscape World has a summary here.

The Skinny:

This episode picks up right where Family Ties left off and fully resolves the cliff-hanger -- and that's the flaw in this episode. While it was definitely necessary to establish that Aeryn was able to rescue Crichton and D'Argo, the Talyn thread in particular could've - and should've - been stretched over several episodes.

At the start, we learn that Talyn has been refusing to obey Crais' commands; that's why Crais agreed to safeguard Crichton and D'Argo in exchange for Aeryn's assistance. The impression we get in these early scenes is that Talyn trusts Aeryn more than anyone else. Aeryn gave Talyn his name and has known him the longest. So why does Talyn decide at the end of the episode that he would much rather have Crais for his captain? Based on what we see here, that makes no sense at all. I know the kid's a bit emotionally disturbed - he attacks his own mother, after all - but Talyn's actions should still be internally rational at the very least. (On the other hand, isn't it great that I'm talking about a ship like it's a person? I love the Leviathans, and I love this show.)

Writing: 6.0

This script feels rushed to me. See above.

Acting: 8.0

There isn't anything majorly wrong with the acting, however. Though they don't rise to feature standards, the performances are better-than-solid.

Message: 6.0

I'm afraid I don't have much to report on this front. The writers' principal goal here is to tie up loose ends.

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