"Uneven," I think, is the best word to describe this trilogy. While it's generally likable, I'm not sure I agree with all of the writers' choices.
A recap for part one, Fetal Attraction, can be found here.
A recap for part two, Hot to Katratzi, can be found here.
A recap for part three, La Bomba, can be found here.
First, let's tackle my primary criticisms:
- I agree with the fandom's complaints regarding Aeryn's helplessness in part one. I too liked the scene at the end of Prayer in which Aeryn announces her intention to do anything and everything to protect her baby and would've liked to have seen some follow-through. Instead, alas, Aeryn is shoe-horned into the "damsel in distress" role, and for her, it's definitely not a good fit.
- While I think it's perfectly sensible for Scorpius to put his eggs in multiple baskets - and while I appreciate the explanation for Scorpius' fascination with Stark - the revelation regarding the Scarrans and their dependence upon the "bird of paradise" did come straight out of nowhere. After all the emphasis the writers placed on Scorpius' quest for wormhole technology, I can see why the fans would boggle at his sudden burning desire to destroy some flowers.
- Another revelation that feels rushed: Sikozu, her artificial origin, and her ties to the Kalish resistance. A few hints as to her true nature have been dropped here and there - like, for example, the fact that she can learn any language after hearing just a few minutes of conversation - but this plot thread would've been better served if we had spent some time earlier in the season exploring the character in depth.
- The real Stark should've been brought in to torture Scorpius. Sorry, Scorpy, but Stark has plenty of reasons why he'd like to see you suffer. True -- I can't believe he'd agree to cooperate with the Scarrans, but I can certainly imagine Stark pretending to cooperate just to pull off his revenge.
See the discussion above.
The performances were excellent. I have no huge complaints here.
I like what these episodes say about the burden of making the hard choices -- but I also believe this theme has been more powerfully explored elsewhere. (See also: Into the Lion's Den.)