S01E06, "Thank God It's Friday, Again"
The one with the brainwashing/explosive plants.
Hey, Crichton got snaked! Well, wormed, okay, and for much less sinister reason, but still.
I watched this over three different very late nights, so it might just be me, but when the reveal came that the plants were being harvested for the Peacekeepers, I thought it meant that they were also using it for mind control purposes, or at least planning to. The weapons thing was a surprise, though in retrospect I can see how Rygel's difficulties were meant to signpost that. It will be interesting to see what long-term consequences there are from this.
Aww, Aeryn, baby scientist!
Also, I liked that they ultimately talked their way out of the problem with honesty. (I thought that they were going to hack into the PA system and change the brainwashng message.) IIRC this also features in "Exodus from Genesis" and "Throne for a Loss," and this is a good theme to have.
S01E07, "PK Tech Girl"
The one that's a horror flick on a derelict spaceship.
I liked this a lot, though I admit Rygel's bit felt somewhat disconnected from the rest. I liked the title character, Gilina, and while her & Crichton's connection was a little fast in the TV-necessary way, it also made more emotional sense than usual for such things. Also, Aeryn, you adorable spacetoaster, you, far more comfortable facing down a literal fire-breather than confessing to once finding someone attractive!
(I think I'm calling him Crichton and her Aeryn because John is so nonspecific a name to me and also because of the disconnect between the way Sun is spelled and pronounced. (If IMDB can be trusted Zhaan and D'Argo are both last names.) I may change this merely because I find Crichton absurdly difficult to type.)
I don't know if I only noticed it in this episode, but there were a lot of camera angles that subtly tilted side-to-side, which did a very effective job of giving an off-balance feel. But the shot of Crichton standing alone outside the closed door after Gilina left was too much, the black door closing between them should have been the last visual there.
Also, eyebrow kisses, sure, why not. (Actually I thought that was a kind of a great little detail.)
Spoil me and have your rest day taken away.
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