From Far to Firm

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The crew of Farscape finally make it to Earth—for real, this time, and in the right time. Aeryn’s fears of not fitting in on John’s home, which she voiced back in seasons one and two, seem to be well founded but not just for her. Crichton has become an alien, too.

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Season Four, Episode Thirteen: Terra Firma

Set and broadcast in 2003, the episode emphasises not just how John (Ben Browder) has changed by how America has changed as well. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Jack Crichton (Kent McCord), John’s father, is no longer the optimist he once was, no longer a believer in sharing America’s discoveries and technology with other countries. Ironically, John’s experience over the same period of years has seen him witness greater destruction and brought him even closer to deadly peril many times but he still wants the technological discoveries he brings back with him shared openly with the rest of the world.

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Is that really such a good idea? I don’t recall ever finding out. But the situation bears an interesting resemblance to Scorpius’ (Wayne Pygram) preoccupations about wormhole technology. Considering how strongly Crichton feels that neither side should have the power of wormholes, it’s curious that he’s so blasé about world changing tech falling into the hands of humans here.

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Of course, the episode inevitable encounters territory already covered in previous episodes where Crichton has been tricked into thinking he was back on Earth—”A Human Reaction” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. It’s no wonder the story rushes over a few details. I do like how it focuses more on the experience of being alien on Earth, something that will be explored more in a future episode.

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“Terra Firma” ends with a pretty effective action sequence which sadly cuts off some relationship drama between Aeryn (Claudia Black) and John. But the stunt work, squibs, and editing are so good, I almost forgive it.

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Farscape is available now on Amazon Prime.

This entry is part of a series I’m writing on Farscape for the show’s 20th anniversary. My previous reviews can be found here (episodes are in the order intended by the show’s creators rather than the broadcast order):

Season One:

Episode 1: Pilot
Episode 2: I, E.T.
Episode 3: Exodus from Genesis
Episode 4: Throne for a Loss
Episode 5: Back and Back and Back to the Future
Episode 6: Thank God It’s Friday Again
Episode 7: PK Tech Girl
Episode 8: That Old Black Magic
Episode 9: DNA Mad Scientist
Episode 10: They’ve Got a Secret
Episode 11: Till the Blood Runs Clear
Episode 12: Rhapsody in Blue
Episode 13: The Flax
Episode 14: Jeremiah Crichton
Episode 15: Durka Returns
Episode 16: A Human Reaction
Episode 17: Through the Looking Glass
Episode 18: A Bug’s Life
Episode 19: Nerve
Episode 20: The Hidden Memory
Episode 21: Bone to be Wild
Episode 22: Family Ties

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Season Two:

Episode 1: Mind the Baby
Episode 2: Vitas Mortis
Episode 3: Taking the Stone
Episode 4: Crackers Don’t Matter
Episode 5: Picture If You Will
Episode 6: The Way We Weren’t
Episode 7: Home on the Remains
Episode 8: Dream a Little Dream
Episode 9: Out of Their Minds
Episode 10: My Three Crichtons
Episode 11: Look at the Princess, Part I: A Kiss is But a Kiss
Episode 12: Look at the Princess, Part II: I Do, I Think
Episode 13: Look at the Princess, Part III: The Maltese Crichton
Episode 14: Beware of Dog
Episode 15: Won’t Get Fooled Again
Episode 16: The Locket
Episode 17: The Ugly Truth
Episode 18: A Clockwork Nebari
Episode 19: Liars, Guns, and Money, Part I: A Not So Simple Plan
Episode 20: Liars, Guns, and Money, Part II: With Friends Like These . . .
Episode 21: Liars, Guns, and Money, Part III: Plan B
Episode 22: Die Me, Dichotomy

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Season Three:

Episode 1: Season of Death
Episode 2: Suns and Lovers
Episode 3: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part I: Would’a, Could’a, Should’a
Episode 4: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part II: Wait for the Wheel
Episode 5: . . . Different Destinations
Episode 6: Eat Me
Episode 7: Thanks for Sharing
Episode 8: Green Eyed Monster
Episode 9: Losing Time
Episode 10: Relativity
Episode 11: Incubator
Episode 12: Meltdown
Episode 13: Scratch ‘n Sniff
Episode 14: Infinite Possibilities, Part I: Daedalus Demands
Episode 15: Infinite Possibilities, Part II: Icarus Abides
Episode 16: Revenging Angel
Episode 17: The Choice
Episode 18: Fractures
Episode 19: I-Yensch, You-Yensch
Episode 20: Into the Lion’s Den, Part I: Lambs to the Slaughter
Episode 21: Into the Lion’s Den, Part II: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
Episode 22: A Dog with Two Bones

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Season Four

Episode 1: Crichton Kicks
Episode 2: What was Lost, Part I: Sacrifice
Episode 3: What was Lost, Part II: Resurrection
Episode 4: Lava’s a Many Splendoured Thing
Episode 5: Promises
Episode 6: Natural Election
Episode 7: John Quixote
Episode 8: I Shrink Therefore I Am
Episode 9: A Prefect Murder
Episode 10: Coup by Clam
Episode 11: Unrealised Reality
Episode 12: Kansas

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