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Farscape - Season 4 - Episode 07

Farscape - 4x07 - John Quixote - Originally Aired: 2002-7-26

My Rating - 1

Fan Rating Average - 4.57

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Synopsis
Chiana and Crichton are sucked into a game world ruled over by a virtual Stark, who sends Crichton on a quest to 'Kiss the Princess'. To escape the game, they are forced to battle old friends and enemies in fantastic guises. Meanwhile, aboard Moya, Scorpius escapes and brings the crew under his control. [DVD]

Filler Quotient: 3, bad filler, totally skippable.
- No significant exposition, events, or consequences. And a lame episode on top of that. The final scene where Noranti gives John the drug to help forget about Aeryn is plot relevant later but can be picked up context, especially since the scene is recapped.

Problems
None

Factoids
- Male Zhaan was played by Rowan Woods, who's directed many Farscape episodes. He shaved his head for the role.
- Ben Browder, the actor who plays John, wrote this episode.
- The ogre was played by Lani Tupu, who also played Crais.

Remarkable Scenes
- Chiana dragging John into her virtual reality game and getting them stuck in there.
- John uncovering the real princess, Zhaan.
- John: "I'm not a warrior." Noranti: "You carry a weapon." John: "Second amendment."

My Review
This whole episode is like a bad acid trip and is almost completely pointless. Cameos like Gilina, Stark, Jool, and Zhaan are fun for long time fans but serve no real purpose as the episode concludes with the lovely cliched classic "it was all a dream" ending. The relationship issues this episode was supposed to explore were barely even touched on; the episode preferring instead to waste most of its time in the whimsical virtual reality, making jokes and vomiting as much Farscape continuity for the fans as possible. Unless you're into episodes like Scratch 'n' Sniff or Taking the Stone for some reason, do yourself a favor and skip this one.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Lennier on 2010-07-20 at 10:38pm:
    This episode was so... haphazard, like a badly coordinated attack on the senses. Subtlety and coherence are lost: Crais the ogre, the D'Argo/Chiana/Jool scenes... the list goes on and on.

    There were a few good moments; most notably, Zhaan's return, which was rather lovely (even if Virginia Hey was obviously wearing a bald cap!).

    As for your last comment... I did like "Scratch 'n' Sniff" but the very sight of those three words "Taking the Stone" makes me cringe. I frelling hate that episode.
  • From Ben on 2010-07-21 at 11:27am:
    Like Lennier I didn't care for Taking the Stone but am a fan of Scratch 'n' Sniff. Farscape does fantastic 'acid trip episodes' imo - Won't Get Fooled Again, Crackers Don't Matter, and this. I agree with a lot of your criticisms and don't think this is a great episode by any means, but it does say a lot about Crichton - how he still cares about Gilina and his paranoia towards Scorpius, for instance.

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