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After Aeryn’s been kidnapped by the Scarrans on Farscape, Crichton tries to piece together her location from one clue, a single Scarran word, “Katratzi”. In the process, he obsessively watches a documentary from Earth about his alien friends.

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Season Four, Episode Seventeen: A Constellation of Doubt

David Kemper writes a more thoughtful episode about Moya’s crew on Earth than “Terra Firma”. The interviews depicted in the documentary having been conducted partly by John’s (Ben Browder) nephew Bobby (Joshua Anderson) during the events of “Terra Firma”. Aeryn (Claudia Black) is also interviewed by an amusing 90s style tabloid TV host (Nick Tate).

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We also see a series of experts commenting on the aliens, including one played by David Kemper and another by Brian Henson.

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Some of the opinions shared are a little cliche or dated, like Noranti’s (Melissa Jaffer) opinion on religious zealots or the depiction of a Buddhist monk being more understanding of Chiana’s (Gigi Edgley) frank sexuality than a Catholic bishop. But parts of the episode focusing on the casual alienness of the aliens, particularly Chiana, are sweet.

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Though I find it hard to believe Chiana has no concept of makeup. Maybe Nebari don’t wear makeup but I can’t believe everyone she encounters on this colourful series is supposed to have only their natural pigmentation. But Edgley does a great job with the scene, which, according to the wiki, she believed to be her last for the series. Scenes featuring D’Argo (Anthony Simcoe) focus on Earth’s military inferiority, providing an interesting contrast with Chiana’s alien vulnerability.

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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
Episode 13: Terra Firma
Episode 14: Twice Shy
Episode 15: Mental as Anything
Episode 16: Bringing Home the Beacon

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