Extra Credit for the Guilty Pleasure Factor: 1.5
Final Score: 7.5
That's not Drexim oozing from Talyn's walls. That's cheese -- and a lot of it. But I can't help myself: For reasons associated with my warped brain, I like this episode.
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SABR Matt would probably prefer I punish this episode for its use of "chemical love," but I just can't bring myself to do that. For one thing, John and Aeryn are an established couple, so it's not like the Drexim manufactures an attraction that didn't exist before now. For another thing, I think the writers and the production team were fully aware of the silliness of John and Aeryn's predicament. Why else would they use the ridiculously obvious porno-style soundtrack? To me, it looks like they just said "frell it" and proceeded to hang a lampshade on it. And does that work? In my case, yes. I mean, I do find myself saying, "Really, guys? Really?" every time the porn music kicks in, but I certainly don't feel the urge to throw things at the screen (which is what would've happened if this plot were taken at all seriously).
The truth of the matter is, I'm willing to forgive much in this episode because I feel so sorry for Stark. Poor Stark -- he never really has a chance, does he? His motivations here are profoundly sympathetic; you see, he just wants to help both his shipmates and the stranded Sierjna. But too many things are working against him. Number one, his baseline mental status isn't exactly normal to begin with. Number two, we have the aforementioned Drexim floating through the air, which is evidently potent enough to affect the psychologically healthy (let alone a brain-damaged Banik). Given this set-up, if Stark had somehow managed to calmly sort through his competing duties (i.e., his duty as a Stykera versus his duty to the rest of Talyn's motley crew) instead of "wigging out," I would've been very surprised. And you know what? What John does to bring Stark "back to reality" is necessary, but it also makes me sad to see Stark cry. It always makes me sad to see Stark cry.
As I noted at the start, this script is ludicrously cheesy, but I'm inclined to give it some credit for keeping Stark very much in character.
Everyone overdoes it. Everyone. But again, because the overacting is somewhat conscious, I'm not going to be too harsh here.