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January 8th, 2006


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03:05 pm - War and Peace and Peace and War and...Yes, Those Frelling Wormholes Again
Before I get to the Farscape portion of this post, I'd like to note that I met blixie last night. She and jenelope were in town to see Brokeback Mountain, and I caught them at Starbucks after work and let my blood sugar run low for two extra hours. We talked about TWoP and television and how your LJ archnemesis is frequently very similar to you. Also, I have now interacted with two people, in the flesh, who think Duncan is an extremely interesting character and Teddy Dunn is a fantastic actor. They do exist!

So, now we have come to the end. After four seasons of Farscape, we come to the final hurrah, The Peacekeeper Wars.

I think it's cute that they have previouslies, as if anyone but Farscape fans is going to watch and/or comprehend the miniseries.

I'm going to have to note that I was really, really tired when I started watching. I've been working from nine to twelve hours a day this week, and it finally caught up to me. I couldn't even stay awake for the entire first hour, so I gave up. I don't think the first hour was objectively that good anyway, so it was all right. I had to adjust to things.

Rygel can swim! Aw. Eating John and Aeryn and vomiting them up. How cute. And Noranti...tasting them, eww. I wonder what would happen if Rygel missed a piece. I hope it was John's appendix. And so they bring John and Aeryn back magically, and all is well. And...what's with John? Where'd the crazy go? He's all sunshine and flowers and babies and marriage and it's very weird. And Chiana has new eyes (and, I think, new hair, because she looks different) that give her fun X-ray vision because this is Chiana's new thing, having weird eye powers?

Meanwhile, Scorpius is blowing up Scarrans because, hey, why not, and hm, I know that voice and WTF IS THAT SIKOZU?! WHAT THE FRELL DID YOU DO TO YOUR HAIR?!?!?! YOU ARE SIKOZU BEYOND THUNDERDOME. Oh, woe. You used to be hot, now you are not. And I suddenly like you less, which could be a sign my fondness for you was largely shallow. But then there's also the part where you somehow turn out to be a Scarran spy, and I don't know what to make of you anymore. I liked your Anya-esque logical sensibilities, though. And your nifty wall-walking powers. And your magic fireballs or whatever. The writers missed a great opportunity with Sikozu, however: they should have had her handcuffed to something so she could cut off her hand to get free, knowing she could just reattach it.

So the Scarrans declare war, and, like, I knew it had to happen, but it still feels really soon. Hell, they were this close to working things out a few episodes ago. And hey! There's only one war in this thing! The title LIES. Unless it's using "war" as a verb and referring to one specific Peacekeeper. Probably Grayza. AND WHY THE FRELL IS SHE PREGNANT? Just so she can THINK OF THE CHILDREN at the end? Why is there a tattoo on her belly? Who designed her outfit? WAIT WHY IS SHE EVEN STILL IN COMMAND? I thought Braca relieved her of duty. WHY AREN'T YOU IN THE BRIG?

The completely ridiculous contrivance that Rygel managed to keep only the baby's crystals in his stomach is both contrived and completely ridiculous, but it's kind of amusing, so I'll go with it. Also, of course, the new information that the baby's going to be born in a few days. Sebacean gestation makes no sense.

The "Fuck off" to Harvey was pretty awesome.

Finally, the narrative proper kicks into gear by revisiting that crappy planet from last season that was never mentioned again but was just waiting to be the recipient of yet another fanboy cry of "Continuity!"

Oh, and then there's this random scene about Hyneria, and while I thought it was supposed to be pertinent to Rygel, it turns out only to concern D'Argo and Chiana. But I guess it's nice for Rygel to know these things, and it's also weird from a political standpoint. Like, simply because Rygel is the sixteenth descendant of whoever, the people will listen to him when they won't listen to anyone else? Yes, I know that's how monarchies work, but...that's why monarchies are weird.

Then there's a random Tregan attack, and it turns out that it's pretty cool if you're not falling asleep. Chiana and Sikozu have this sweet two-girl acrobatic attack thing going. From a plot standpoint, however, this whole attack is completely pointless. Well, I guess it gets harpoon holes in Moya for later. Still, it feels like an exciting diversion for the sake of an exciting diversion.

Back to Arnessk. And Jool...doesn't suck. Huh. Stark sucks a little less too. And there's all this talk about peace and Eidolons and The Wizard of Oz, and I decided to sleep for ten hours before attempting to continue.

And now things are really happening. Scarrans are here! And...shit, they blew up Jool. Just when I was starting to like her. And holy crap, he ripped out Scorpius's coolant system! I always wondered how vulnerable that thing was. And damn, look at that, the baby totally became a bargaining chip. Except it's in Rygel. Hee hee hee.

I really liked the explanation of the origin of the Peacekeepers, especially that back in the day, the name wasn't such a misnomer. And I wish we'd gotten a little more of Aeryn's thoughts about the fact that her race was basically created by the Eidolons. In a sense, they're her gods.

Return to Einstein! Ballsy move, Crichton, considering you barely made it out of there in one piece last time. But that was a nice confrontation between Staleek and Einstein ("Eye-en-stine"). Staleek is such a simple bloke.

Back on the Scarran ship...ack, no! They blew up D'Argo's pet spaceship! Blew it to shiny little pieces! And...they wouldn't really just kill D'Argo and Chiana like that, would they? Sure, it's the end, but that's kind of an ignoble way to go. Maybe Jool deserves that kind of treatment, but not them!

They're still alive! And...they're rescued! By Jothee! Who also doesn't suck anymore. Hell, I actually kind of like him. He's a good boy now.

The magic purple peace ray is working! Look at Staleek sounding all diplomatic! This is a great plan! Until the dude gets his face fried off. Oops. Damn you, power struggles! Also, the way they all forced Stark to absorb Yondaleo's purple peace powers was kind of disturbing.

"You've ruined my life." Aww. That's sweet. Though I must say, this pseudo framing device with all the dialogue from the future is not doing it for me. It goes past ineffective and into the realm of distracting and confusing.

The second half starts out with a bang, and there's lots of fighting and shooting, whee! I see a familiar shot that will be paired with a familiar line of dialogue later on.

Oh! I forgot to mention that Pilot looks different. And he also sounds very different. And debetesse informed me that Pilot is voiced by Lani Tupu, which, holy crap, I never would have guessed. I'd caught the "Lani" in the credits at points, and she'd mentioned "Lani" before, and I always thought it was weird to have two people named Lani on the show. Maybe he'd been out of practice for too long, because he didn't really nail Pilot's voice.

It's always fun when Moya takes matters into her own hands. She just wanted to go for a swim, guys. Come on.

All this battle shit on the water planet is really good. And speaking of water...broken water! Really, why must characters go into labor at the worst possible times? First Moya, now Aeryn.

Love that Aeryn keeps on shooting. "Shooting makes me feel better." Hee hee hee. And now I fully appreciate that sweetass Aeryn icon that I thought _jems_ had made, but if she did, she's not using it currently. It's good to have the badass Aeryn back after she was so mopey last season. She didn't shoot nearly enough people before. Also loved the continual jibes against Crichton and human physiology. And slapping Stark, because Stark always deserves a good slap.

The desire to get married is a little comical, but it also seems horrendously pointless because we have no concept of the alien marriage customs. How can this mean anything? What is the bare bones ritual? It doesn't make any sense, but I guess I'll go with it for adding the phrase "Delvian puberty rite" to my lexicon.

It's a boy!

Ack, D'Argo! No! I mean, I thought maybe someone would die because it was the end and they like killing people at the end because why not, but...boo! He was going to have a happy life on Hyneria FARMING, dammit. Was that too much to ask? Wouldn't having to live on a planet full of helium-farting Hynerians be punishment enough to counter the reward? At least he died like a warrior, and his last words got to be "I'm your daddy!" As I said before, one of my favorite things about the show was the evolution of the friendship between D'Argo and Crichton.

Then, back on Moya, we have a totally awesome climax, the moment basically the entire show has been building up to: the frelling wormhole weapon. There's a nice subtle callback with Aeryn changing Pilot's mind the way Rygel changed his mind in "Bad Timing." Here's my crazy Crichton. He's come such a long, long way from when we first met him. He was such a dork back then. He's still kind of a dork now, but he's a badass who gives his gun a girl's name (how very serial killer of him). And he's had half the galaxy chasing after him for knowledge in his head he didn't ask for. It's kind of tragic, in a way. He's been maneuvered into these situations where he's basically forced to make these horrible, horrible decisions and accept the consequences. I love the scene where he basically just cracks and starts yelling at everyone, like: "THIS IS WHAT YOU FUCKING WANTED. NOW I AM GIVING IT TO YOU. EVERYONE LEAVE ME THE FUCKING FUCK ALONE NOW."

And hell, I didn't even know if he'd let the thing swallow up Staleek and Grayza. I figured he was going to have them Starburst out of there and leave both warring races to their fates. Because it didn't look like the kind of thing you could just shut off. Unless you're Einstein, of course, and it wasn't clear to me whether he removed only the wormhole weapon knowledge or all the wormhole knowledge the Ancients gave him, period. I'm not sure which would make John happier, because I think he'd still like to be able to navigate wormholes, except would people keep chasing him for just that, too, now that they know the whole wormhole weapon deal is a bad idea? They know he can't create them out of thin space.

Time for denouements. Peace, for now. Stark doesn't have magic light anymore for some reason. Jothee is totally figuring out how long he has to wait before he can hit on Chiana again. Harvey dies in a cute Kubrick homage. John and Aeryn predictably name their kid D'Argo, and aw, it's over.

It's...over. They got to tie up their loose ends, and they leave it to us to imagine what a human/Sebacean hybrid will turn out like. Maybe he'll end up dating Grayza's kid. But eww. Also, who's supposed to be the father of Grayza's kid? She's slept with half the fleet. Damn that boob juice.

Anyway: the miniseries was good stuff, for the most part. A very good piece of sci-fi, this Farscape business. I can talk about all kinds of things now, if prompted. But this post is long enough already.

Now that I'm done, though: is there some sort of dictionary/glossary for all the alien words? And where can I find some drad icons? And what are the best fanvids?

So long, and thanks for all the crackers.
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From:ladydisdain225
Date:January 8th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Grayza is pregnant entirely because the actress was pregnant at the time, but it raises interesting possibilities considering it could very well be John's kid (and I think it is - no way Grayza wouldn't use birth control otherwise or wouldn't abort the thing unless she thought she could use it). It gives her a hold over John and if one goes with the crazy genetic memory thing (which, I don't know how the ancients inserted the knowledge, so I don't care) creates a possible larger danger. Although, John knowing his kid was in her hands would be enough.

he's a badass who gives his gun a girl's name (how very serial killer of him).
Hee.
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From:debetesse
Date:January 8th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
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I believe Grayza's pregnant because the actress was.

I really liked the explanation of the origin of the Peacekeepers

There are a number of things in the series that make more sense if the Sebacians are descended from Humans. Look at the Princess, for one.

It's always fun when Moya takes matters into her own hands.

This, which started when she was pregnant, is really what made the "living ship" bit actually worthwhile. They're completely dependent on what is essentially a really big, pretty intelligent horse, with only limited communication abilities (actually, probably more of a donkey, personality-wise, but that's a whole other discussion)

Really, why must characters go into labor at the worst possible times?

Hand. Wavy. Magic. How are you not used to this by now? ::smiles innocently::

The whole, "Hey! Aeryn! You're back!" Thing is kinda like "You're Welcome", IMO. We finally get the character back like we like her, just before she goes away forever.

And he's had half the galaxy chasing after him for knowledge in his head he didn't ask for. It's kind of tragic, in a way. He's been maneuvered into these situations where he's basically forced to make these horrible, horrible decisions and accept the consequences. I love the scene where he basically just cracks and starts yelling at everyone, like: "THIS IS WHAT YOU FUCKING WANTED. NOW I AM GIVING IT TO YOU. EVERYONE LEAVE ME THE FUCKING FUCK ALONE NOW."

::nods vigorously::

There is a vid to the Class of 99 Sunscreen song-thing that was all over the radio in early 99 that is damn cool. I have no link, but it lives on my harddrive, if you want it.
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From:_jems_
Date:January 8th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
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*points to "shooting makes me feel better" icon*

I think I've made about three, but this is the only one that's stuck around for a while.

We've actually known about Rygel's aquatic abilities since I, E.T., when he shuddered at being stuck in mud. "Guy knows mud", remember?

I think I read that doing Pilot's voice put too much strain on Lani's vocal cords and he couldn't do it anymore. Something like that. I really missed Pilot's "real" voice in the mini too.

The biggest comm for icons is snurchcons. Farscape Fantasy has an extensive collection of vids.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 8th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
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That's not the one I'm thinking about. It's the one that uses a shot of Aeryn having just whipped around to shoot during the battle on the Decimator.

Thanks for the icon/vid places!
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From:warden96
Date:January 8th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Before I get to the Farscape portion of this post, I'd like to note that I met blixie last night. She and jenelope were in town to see Brokeback Mountain, and I caught them at Starbucks after work and let my blood sugar run low for two extra hours. We talked about TWoP and television and how your LJ archnemesis is frequently very similar to you. Also, I have now interacted with two people, in the flesh, who think Duncan is an extremely interesting character and Teddy Dunn is a fantastic actor. They do exist!

I'd really like to see them and ladydisdain225 get into a "discussion". Plus it would two against one.
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From:horsefacehannah
Date:January 8th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I love that you have 5 entries tagged "not being a serial killer".
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From:snoopypez
Date:January 8th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Ooo, someone else who likes Duncan and Teddy?? I know blixie but not zee other person. :D
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From:jenelope
Date:January 9th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Hi!
From:babsonite
Date:January 8th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Also, I have now interacted with two people, in the flesh, who think Duncan is an extremely interesting character and Teddy Dunn is a fantastic actor. They do exist!
I'm a Duncan fan. So now you know 3.
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From:warden96
Date:January 8th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
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But has he interacted with you? And will he now that he knows you have access to sex toys?
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From:babsonite
Date:January 8th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
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I love him too!
From:ch1pper
Date:January 8th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm still laughing over here at your delightfully verbose and witty reaction to Farscape. All of it.

Here's an encyclopedia site, The Farscape Encyclopedia
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 8th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And here I thought I was far too verbose without being witty.

And that encylopedia site is exactly what I was looking for, thank you! I've been wondering how the frell to spell hezmana.
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From:violet4120
Date:January 8th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
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OMFG, I love your icon. It took me a minute to realize where the reference was from. Hee!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 8th, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Angel's expression at the end cracks me up every time.
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From:par_avion
Date:January 9th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)

Farscape vids -- some favs

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"Come Together" and others by laurashapiro

"Ecstatic Drum Trip" by sockkpuppett

"Ezekial Saw De Wheel/ SOS" by sisabet

"Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by ascian3 and pukajen

Also check out tazey and halcyon_shift for multiple FS vids

And sdwolfpup has an extensive farscape vids rec post in her memories.
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From:sdwolfpup
Date:January 10th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Farscape vids -- some favs

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Here are my Farscape vid recs. :)

I also heartily, heartily second "Ecstatic Drum Trip," which hasn't made it on to my list yet only because I'm lazy. And halcyon_shift actually just released a vid for uncharted_elves called "In Your Honor," which is also fantastic.
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From:areacode212
Date:January 9th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
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I wonder if I have a LiveJournal nemesis.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:January 9th, 2006 04:51 am (UTC)
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I think I have two or three!
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From:jenelope
Date:January 9th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
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Heh! I do think that Duncan is a very interesting character, but I don't know if "fantastic" is a word I'd use to describe him or Teddy Dunn. I know the conversation was fast, loud, and full of lots of words, but I believe that what I said was more like, "I think that Teddy What's-His-Name is much better than people think he is. He's playing Duncan exactly as he's written." Since Duncan is kind of a snarl of undefined and somewhat contradictory characterization, it's natural that Dunn's acting may seem a bit uneven. All of the other characters are much more consistent, but Duncan seems to change every week. Is he dull and non-reactive? Is he manic and prone to outbursts? Ya never know what you're going to get with Duncan. One week he's staring into space and letting life happen to him. The next he's flying off to Cuba or smashing windows. I don't think anyone, including Teddy Dunn, has ever managed to get a handle on what exactly is going on below the surface. If the writers can't seem to figure it out, how can he?
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From:blixie
Date:January 9th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh sure abandon me *now*! Hee, although I concede you never said fantastic.

I don't think anyone, including Teddy Dunn, has ever managed to get a handle on what exactly is going on below the surface.

See and I think he manages to do it fine. But maybe that's because I've known some Duncan's in my time, people very comparmentalized, who are good people but are essentially bystanders in their own lives..until they snap anyway. And they always snap. I think the writing is way more uneven than Teddy's peformance. I alway see him giving scenes layers and stuff under the surface, Duncan IS a tangle, but that's exactly why he's so interesting.

I don't know if I think Teddy is a fantastic actor, but I do think the character is hella interesting that at least part of the reason I find him interesting is based on Teddy's very good performance. I *care* about Duncan, I root for him in his own right, that's all an actor has to get me to do, to qualify as good in my book.

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From:sinca
Date:January 9th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
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LJ Nemesis! Hah - I know that I concoct real life nemeses (is that the right plural?) all the time. Usually people who take my parking spots.
From:vandalisimo
Date:January 9th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
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Hey! Back when I was trying to get into VM, Duncan was one of my favorite things about it. Remember, I even had an icon, I think? I wouldn't go so far as to call that guy a fantastic actor though.

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