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Yes, deep dives into Farscape do indeed kick ass, and so will this one dissecting
This episode has some light entertainment. We meet Rorf and Rorg, who are a little amusing, and Furlow, who is more than a little amusing. < just as much as you could want clip>
But this episode is one to which you should pay serious attention because the grand story arc is underway. The arc started in the previous episode with the revelations about D’Argo’s past and Moya’s unintended pregnancy.
Within “’Till the Blood Runs Clear,” the threads of the grand story arc aren’t immediately obvious, but there are numerous clues of things to come throughout the episode. So, assuming you have already watched Farscape and don’t mind spoilers, let’s talk about them.
The first big clue is the opening scene, in which Crichton is looking for a wormhole.
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Get used to that theme of Crichton obsessing about wormholes. This may be the first episode in which it appears, but it won’t be the last by far.
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Crichton needs a mechanic. As luck has it, available is the Boudica of Dam-Ba-Da: Furlow.
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Furlow is perhaps the only character in Farscape dripping with obscure technical lingo, pointing out another positive of Farscape in that it doesn’t prioritize tech over people and plot. Furlow is certainly a bit of comic relief, though she is one of the big clues in this episode.
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Keep that number in mind: 4.8 cycles.
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That another clue of which I will say no more.
Meanwhile, Crais confirms that he is still looking for them.
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Crais omits mention of Crichton, which is interesting.
Aeryn suspects there is more on the beacon.
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Aeryn understandably still wishes she could go back to the only life she knew, but she knows better.
That Crais is still looking for our heroes is no surprise, but we do have the surprises of the sudden appearance of Rorf and Rorg and Crichton’s response.
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Crichton’s ruse buys them enough time to get the module repaired.
Meanwhile, we got our first shootout in Farscape.
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Now all we need is a car chase.
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Eh, not so much.
Meanwhile, D’Argo takes a step backwards. He goes down to the planet but gets captured immediately by Rorf and Rorg, continuing the trope that D’Argo is not a very good warrior.
Crichton’s ruse forces him to go along with Rorf and Rorg’s torture of D’Argo, though one could argue, as D’Argo does, that Crichton had the free will to say no. D’Argo is understandably angry, but Crichton and D’Argo reach a kind of détente.
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That scene is a big clue foreshadowing the complex relationship between these two lost men.
There’s another clue about Zhaan,
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She has no bacteria in her, and she reacts to light in interesting ways. Foreshadowing.
Aeryn reprises her newly found technical thinking and saves the day again.
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Then there is the final scene.
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It seemed so innocuous . . .
What We Learn in This Episode
We learn that wormholes are not a one-time occurrence, and we are introduced to the idea that wormholes can be created.
Furlow knows about wormholes. This is a bit of a surprise, but we have no idea yet how common wormholes are or how widespread is the knowledge of their existence.
We learn that wormholes can be created by solar flares. Farscape is blessedly not into bogging down the storylines with high tech jargon or speculative physics. We don’t learn anything more about wormholes, at least in this episode.
Rorf and Rorg are Vorcarian Bloodtrackers. These are the only Vocarians we meet in the original series.
It’s a nitpick, but the inside of Crichton’s module is much larger in this episode than in any other.
This episode introduces us to sexism in this part of the galaxy.
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I know some people don’t like it when I mention that Farscape is woke. Well, tough, they aren’t watching this anyway. The previous episode, “They’ve Got a Secret,” touched on the brutality of racism. “’Till the Blood Runs Clear” doesn’t dive as deeply into the consequences of sexism, but it is good of Farscape to acknowledge its existence. Rorf’s attitude, like Macton’s against D’Argo, is foreshadowing of how Farscape deals with the problems of ignorance and bigotry.
It is a theme renewed in our next episode, but don’t feel too blue about it, even though it will be about a lot of blue.