“Exodus from Genesis” (season 1, episode 3)
Written by Ro Hume, directed by Brian Henson
This’ll be a truly fresh rewatch, because literally the only thing I remember offhand about this ep is “Kabuki Peacekeepers.” Roll it…
Dentics! Ah, I do remember Dentics. And here we begin the Farscape tradition of Putting Yucky Things in your Mouth.
Crichton calls Aeryn “Miss Sun” here! And pronounces it “Soon!” Is this the one and only time in the series he calls her that?
Zhaan touches Rygel! Is this the first time one of our actors touches one of our animatronics? We quickly discovered that “manhandling the puppets” really helped bring the latter to life as Actual Beings, so watch to see how much more often everybody “gets physical” with Rygel and Pilot as the series goes on…
Zhaan as Flash Van Gogh. A cool notion that we never played again, as I recall. Not much plot use for superspeed painting, although maybe we could’ve used it in “I, E.T.” (“Quick, Zhaan, as soon as Moya touches down, hop out and paint her in camouflage colors!”)
Critter! Love the Draks. Love Crichton jumping up on the table just as any sensible person would do.
Crichton gets beat up by Aeryn*. Take a drink.
Crichton gets beat up by Zhaan*. Take another drink.
*Okay, it’s not the real Aeryn and Zhaan, but still. Poor guy…
Jonathan Hardy truly gets to shine with his Rygel voice work in the ep. Wonderful stuff.
Rygel has a great Face of Shock and Disgust when he sees Mama Drak churning out eggs. Kudos to our outstanding puppeteers John Eccleston, Sean Masterson, Dave Collins, Graeme Haddon, Tim Mievelle, Mario Halovvas, and Damian Bradford for all their outstanding work.
And here come the Kabuki Peacekeepers! I kept expecting them to break into a Gilbert & Sullivan tune.
And D’Argo actually wins a fight! Go, Anth! Took out the slowest PK commando.
Virginia does a nice job playing Drak Queen Possessed. Add this to the Drinking Game list: take a sip whenever any of our people plays someone other than their character; that’s gonna happen a fair bit throughout the series. (But let’s not take a drink for all the silent Drak clones in this ep, lest we die of alcohol poisoning.)
While we’re adding to the Drinking Game list, let’s add “take a sip whenever Aeryn…
…wants to die, tries to die, asks someone else to kill her, or variant thereof, and…
…forces Crichton to promise her something outrageous.”
Ah, the Terrace! Great idea: a transparent ‘bubble’ outside Moya where we can stand and get amazing views of space. Except, natch, it’s ridiculously expensive to shoot there because every shot is a visual effects shot… so don’t expect to see a lot more of the Terrace.
Aeryn smiles! Good heavens, the Crichton/Aeryn relationship is working so well already. Ben & Claude’s chemistry is pure gold.
Love Crichton’s last line (on the Terrace, eyeing the view) that “there are worse ways to end a day.” Cheryl & I quoted that line quite a bit while sipping excellent Australian wine and watching gorgeous sunsets from the balcony of our Sydney apartment. (Thank you, Farscape.)