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Farscape - Season 4 - Episode 21

My Rating - 9

Fan Rating Average - 5.42

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Synopsis
After thwarting Crichton's escape plan, Scorpius denies that he's a Scarran spy, and demands Crichton's help to destroy a cavern of vital Scarran flora - claiming it will also provide them with a better means of escape. And while Rygel and Noranti fight an evil Stark, Sikozu must reveal her true colors if they are all to survive. [DVD]

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

Problems
None

Factoids
- Some members of Sikozu's anti-Scarran resistance group are outfitted with a biological enhancement designed to kill Scarrans when activated.
- Braca's first name is stated to be Miklo in this episode.

Remarkable Scenes
- Scorpius denying that he's a Scarran spy, arguing that had John been able to get off the base, he and his entourage would have surely been killed shortly thereafter.
- Scorpius telling John that they need to destroy the Scarrans' Strelitzia flowers.
- Scorpius revealing that he has no wormhole knowledge and that he reprogrammed Harvey as a failsafe just in case John ever betrayed Scorpius.
- John: "You tryin' to say Harvey's back because of me?" Scorpius: "You should honor your contracts, John."
- Noranti to Scorpius: "Oh I do admire your compartmentalization of duplicity."
- Scorpius revealing that Stark is really a bioloid and that the real Stark is probably a prisoner somewhere on the base.
- Sikozu's contact in the underground getting himself killed delivering the elevator key.
- Scorpius attempting to destroy the Strelitzia flowers but being thwarted by a shield.
- D'Argo: "We couldn't override their override of our override!"
- John: "I can't believe it. I left a nuclear bomb in an elevator."
- Sikozu taking out the Scarrans.
- Noranti taking out bioloid Stark.
- Braca seizing control of Grayza's command.
- D'Argo reactivating his ship and shooting the Scarrans guarding it.
- Scorpius offering to rescind John's wormhole debt if John helps him destroy the Strelitzia flowers.
- John dropping his nuclear bomb down the elevator shaft with a timer of only 60 microts.
- The bomb destroying the Scarrans' Strelitzia flowers along with the guards preventing Moya's crew from fleeing the base.

My Review
An outstanding climax to this arc of episodes. It would easily be worth a perfect score were it not for the surprisingly anticlimactic ending. The bomb goes off and all of a sudden all problems are solved. The guards are vaporized, but our heroes are perfectly protected. No one tries to shoot them down as they trot away in Lo'Laa and we skip straight to John philosophizing about his body count. Though I certainly do love John's profoundly disturbed reflections on the number of people he's killed since he embarked on his Farscape mission.

Of particular note was his rather poetic line about having worn a nuclear bomb in a field of flowers which is a nice reference to Lyndon B. Johnson's "Daisy" presidential campaign ad, but I felt like they only partially earned the scene. The epic climax could have been more suitably epic. Instead the routine nature of these adventures sets in before the bomb even goes off. The mood gets sucked out of an otherwise exciting action episode by a sort of deflated apathy in the characters. Thus the episode turns brooding and reflective before the ideal point in the plot.

In any case, the story has much to offer. I loved the backstory on Stark. It's still not explained just how he ended up in Scarran hands, but we learn more about his historical relationship with the Scarrans as well as the original reason why Scorpius was torturing him in the Aurora Chair. It's all borderline trivia, but enjoyable for fans. Though I could have done without yet another surprise super power for Sikozu.

Moreover, we learn that the Scarrans are dependent on the Strelitzia flowers for their intelligence. Now without the flowers, the Scarrans will presumably be unable to maintain their military superiority over the Peacekeepers. A prize so valuable that Scorpius gave up on wormholes for it! Indeed a lot of plot threads are wrapped up here. It would seem that pretty much all that's left is for John's and Aeryn's relationship to be clarified, to find exactly what links Earth to the Peacekeepers and the Scarrans, and to reunite Moya's crew with their homeworlds.

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Frängers on 2011-11-08 at 12:59am:
    I had one opportunity for the Scarrans left in my mind. If the flowers are somehow linked with earth maybe the scarrans know that and with the wormehole tech they could get it aswell.
  • From DK on 2012-08-07 at 1:29pm:
    I loved the show but... lemme get this straight.  Sikozu is an engineered bioloid (I thought Scorpy could sense people's auras) who is one of just a few super secret agents of the Kalish underground who took a job as a pirate to hunt old leviathan flesh?  And she then switches sides at every turn (I counted at least 6 betrayals) with no apparent overall goal.  If she really was on *anyone's* side all along why take a pirate job and waste a bunch of time hanging out on Moya in the first place? The only 'person' she was ever straight with was the other bioloid she met. But why would *he* want to help *her*?  Bioloid unity?  In any event, the Kalish need to re-engineer their bioloid making process or get their money back cuz it ain't working out so well.  
    The only side she hasn't defected to yet is the Scarrens. Um, wait a minute... would that make any more sense?

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