Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Ark Addendum - Pointblank's Transform (and Farscape continues)
My favorite part of this drawing is the underside of the car, in step 2A. It seems very Back to the Future somehow.
And while we're on the subject of other Sci-Fi, let's examine some Farscape, shall we, as my Geekwatch continues.
We're up to the mid-season three-parter, Look At The Princess, S02E10 - S02E12. The story kind of dragged, truth be told. Originally this was a two-part episode that got expanded. I think they would have been better off keeping it tight. The Scorpius stuff is great, and we get our first look at the Scarrans, but the local politics winds up tedious.
Lots of great genre references, though. When D'Argo leaps through the air to catch a plummeting Chiana and knock her away from boiling acid, John's reaction is an earnest "how Batman was that?" As John contemplates the downside of 80 years spent as a sentient statue, he lists out all the people who will be dead when he's revived, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer. John also likens a floating probe to the one used by Obi-Wan in Star Wars. Prince Valiant is namechecked. Finally, when Crichton finds out that he is to wed the princess, because only he is genetically compatible for siring children, he calls himself the reverse King Arthur. "I'm the one who can put the sword INTO the stone!" Cute. (Non genre references include Blazing Saddles ["Get back, or the white boy gets it. Oh, man, don't let 'em kill me!"], Apocalypse Now, and John Wayne Bobbit.)
S02E14, Beware of Dog, is a fun little story about parasites on the ship and the Vorc the gang buys to try to help deal with them. Hardly profound, but an enjoyable outing. Good genre references abound. Crichton calls the parasites body snatchers (a better use of the term, though a bit repetitive.) He refers to the Vorc as an "Ewok gone bad" (because it's cuddly and cute) and as "The Incredible Vorc" (due to its ability to Hulk out). John also employs the Riddler's catch phrase, "riddle me this." Non-sci-fi references include Lassie ("Look, Lassie here is trying to communicate with us,") and some dialog paraphrased from Caddyshack.
Reference-wise, there are a TON of Wizard of Oz references. (Let's see... John thinks he's got it all figured out, and it's a plot to "show you how I create the giant blue twister that sucks me down to Oz." Crais as a police officer calls a dog Toto. John calls the Scorpius neuro-clone, which manifests itself for the first time here, "the man behind the curtain." John says he feels like he's been hit by a house. And John's rhyme, "Come out, come out, wherever you are, and see the young man who fell from the star" echoes a similar rhyme from the Good Witch. Other references include Hamlet, Dirty Harry, The Beatles, and The Who (the eponymous song, naturally.) I find it amusing that it's between two Jimmy Stewart movies that Crichton picks the Scorpius Clone's name from. Harvey is an invisible rabbit from the film of the same name, Clarence is the invisible angel from It's a Wonderful Life.
Farscape: The Complete Series is available for purchase on Amazon, and everyone should watch it.