Here we are! 88 episodes of Farscape behind us and only the movie to go. The Peacekeeper Wars ties up most of the loose ends left in the series and give things a dramatic send-off. John finally builds a wormhole weapon, one that puts the piddling bridge to a star built in Infinite Possibilities to shame. The FX department really sells just why it is that it was so imperative to keep this tech away from Peacekeepers and Skarrans alike.
We get some closure on the Eidelons, introduced in the early S4 two-parter What Was Lost. We witness the birth of John and Aeryn's son and
the dramatic death of D'Argo, There's plenty for the Rygel and Stark to do, which is good because they're
sometimes hard to write for. It almost goes without saying that there's plenty of delicious John / Scorpius
interaction. Jothee makes a welcome appearance, which helps bring extra poignancy to D'Argo's death. Little time is wasted on the reconstruction of John and Aeryn, which is good. I have no doubt it'd have made a fine episode, but it wasn't germane to what the PKW was trying to accomplish.
"Next Ferengi we see, we run," he commands, nodding yet again to Star Trek. When the Eidelons later achieve some early success in negotiating with Staleek, John happily notes that they're "walking into federation-ville here."
When Scorpius reveals that he's being hunted by Peacekeepers and Skarrans alike, John ask "what the hell did you do when you left the fatherland, kill the goose that laid the golden egg," nodding to Jack and the Beanstalk while calling the Peacekeepers Nazis.
There is, of course, an extended Wizard of Oz sequence while John tries to convince the Eidelon's to help teach the gift of peace to their descendants. "I'm just the guy without a brain." (Points at Stark) "The lion
here would like some courage. (Points at Scorpius) "Tin man... he needs
a heart." (Points at Rygel) "Toto here just wants an easy birth."
(Takes the arm of the Eidelon's descendant) "And Dorothy here, she is just looking for a
way home. Now, we're not going to be here tomorrow, so I suggest you
take a long, hard look at our broomstick." He later lists all the threats facing them and includes "lions & tigers & bears."
He also tells the Eidelons that the Skarrans are not "chirpy, saturday morning sleestacks," a Land of the Lost reference. He then calls Emperor Staleek 'Godzilla' to his face.
There's some repeated Geek too. In referencing the events of What Was Lost, he again calls the aquatic monster 'The Creature from the Black Lagoon.' While meeting Einstein in the snow, John calls himself 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.' He then repeats the Time... sequence ('sup, flies, Bandits, wounds all heals, rosemary and...') only to conclude it differently with "time ends."
When Braca asks if Crichton and crew are reinforcements, he replies "No we're the band. Looks like KISS was the opening act." Whew! Almost went all of Farscape without a KISS reference. (Aside: I love that Braca gets wounded and Scorpius puts himself in harm's way to save him. Braca didn't have much to do this extended episode, but nice to see he wasn't forgotten. Trulys, his character peaked in We're So Screwed pt 3.)
As we pull into the home stretch, we get a Star Wars nod, when John asks Staleek how the wormhole weapon looks "from the Death Star."
And, for the not-really-geeky stuff, we have a bit. John tells Staleek that he is "asking for a kilo of pure wormhole tech," a drug reference. He later references the infamous 'this is your brain on drugs' PSA when he crumbles up a snowball in his fist saying "this is your universe, this is your universe on wormholes."
"Things are looking grim in mudville," John narrates, alluding to the poem Casey at the Bat.
John calls Stark (containing the death-energy of the last
full-blooded Eidelon) "the Johnny Appleseed of détente," recalling that
little bit of American folklore.
Lastly, during his wormhole
weapon demonstration, John addresses his announcement to "Ladies and
gentlemen and all the ships at sea," the last bit taken from radio
commentator Walter Winchell's opening address.
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