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Farscape - Season 4 - Episode 18

Farscape - 4x18 - Prayer - Originally Aired: 2003-2-17

My Rating - 5

Fan Rating Average - 5.58

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Synopsis
Aeryn is being held captive aboard a Scarran freighter captained by Jenek, who's determined to find out if Aeryn's carrying Crichton's child. To discover the location of the Scarran base where Aeryn is being taken, Crichton and Scorpius travel through a wormhole to a mixed-up "unrealized reality" version of Moya. As the others wait for their return, pursuing Peacekeepers draw closer. [DVD]

Filler Quotient: 0, not filler, do not skip this episode.
- Numerous major long term plot threads are serviced here.

Problems
None

Factoids
None

Remarkable Scenes
- Scorpius agreeing to John's terms by means of a mutual blood tasting.
- The old Sebacean woman under the employ of the Scarrans introducing herself to Aeryn and explaining that she has no loyalty to either side because no matter who rules she'll never have power so it makes no difference to her.
- The old Sebacean woman determining that Aeryn is pregnant and revealing it to the Scarran.
- The Scarran deducing that it's possible that Aeryn's child may have inherited John's wormhole knowledge.
- The Scarran using the heat probe to forcibly abort the alien woman's fetus.
- Scorpius killing bizarro Rygel so that bizarro Stark can cross him over and learn the location of Katratzi.
- John shooting bizarro Jool.
- Scorpius killing bizarro Chiana.

My Review
Aeryn's interrogation aboard the freighter was a gripping story but it could have been better. What worked well was seeing the progression of her will slowly being broken down until she divulged the truth that Crichton is the father of her child. But the side plot concerning the other alien mother who actually turned out to be a spy was completely unnecessary; annoyingly climaxing at the scene where Aeryn kills her and then appears to suffer no consequences for doing so. Nor does she make any attempt to escape further after her hands had been freed.

The bizarro-Moya plot was about roughly what I expected from last episode's cliffhanger. It was good for a few laughs, especially with regards to Scorpius' complete disregard for all of the bizarro characters, killing them at will without hesitation. It's not explained why they were never met with any kind of resistance, but honestly, who cares? The bizarro world wasn't supposed to make much sense anyway. Presumably it operates on different rules. All things considered this episode wasn't bad at all, but it certainly didn't live up to the full potential of its premise.

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