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11 August 2011 @ 11:44 am
On Farscape losing its innocence (plus service announcements)  
Yesterday was the day we watched Farscape 1.18 to 1.20, the three episode demarcation line consisting of "A Bug's Life", "Nerve" and "Hidden Memory" which so clearly announces the show's official loss of all innocence. And, good grief, can I tell you, even if you are able to brace yourself against the raw emotion being portrayed in these eps because you already know what's in store - the violence, the pain and the madness, Ben Browder's grand tour de force on the Aurora Chair - absolutely nothing of it fails to hit home.

What I failed to notice, though, during my first viewing about eight years ago and which now strikes me as all the more obvious is how much these elements are actually just the logical consequence of a long consecutive series of little steps and decisions, each of them adding level upon level, layer upon layer. Seemingly harmless details like the gradual introduction of Farscape-specific vocabulary such as "frell", "dren" or "fahrbot". The repeated probing of characters' borders, the things D'Argo, Rygel, Aeryn, Zhaan and Chrichton are truly capable of doing and the things they are not. Oh, and of course we have the continuous theme of mental and physical violation that has been there as an undercurrent practically ever since day one, sometimes played more humorously like in "Thank God, it's Friday. Again", sometimes as serious and chilling as can be like in "Durka Returns".

So much for Farscape, now for the service announcements...


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Selena: whativedone - hmpfselenak on August 11th, 2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing when doing my first Farscape rewatch (must be under the Farscape tag somewhere) - that season 1 really has a theme of violations which culminates in that last triad of episodes, and I only noticed the second time around.

So, what does cavendish think now?
Bimo: DRD_bewarebimo on August 12th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Well, his reaction is still kind of lukewarm, but I do get the feeling he's slowly warming up to the show and the characters. (A first unmistakable sign is probably that he's asked me to order the S2 DVD box set as soon as possible so that we can watch the first bunch of episodes before we are leaving for Scotland next Tuesday *g*). When I asked him about his favourite episodes so far, he named quite a few, among them "Human Factor", "Durka Returns" and "Nerve". So I guess there's hope ...