Farscape: A Prefect Murder   Rewatch 
April 20, 2016 2:44 PM - Season 4, Episode 9 - Subscribe

The crew of Moya get caught up in a planetary coup, [spoiler stuff redacted] and Aeryn almost kills John.[via]
posted by cshenk (3 comments total)
I have a small pet peeve with space based sci-fi shows: I really kind of grimace whenever there's a "member of the crew is framed for/unconscious actor of murder." This happens a lot, and technically, this isn't even the first time for Farscape (remember the lawyer planet?). With that said, it's not a terrible episode, just one where I immediately grumble over from a personal perspective.

Kudos for the puppet head, essentially flying around in a floating accordion box with little horns on his head, who even gets to skewer someone. I would like to see a B-story of him and Rygel flying around and solving a crime or something.

Wasp Nest Head Dude. I wonder if that was inspired by Ninja Scroll? (In that case, the hornets came out of the dude's back, not his neck type thing.)

Weirdest element? The romance angle. Erm.
posted by Atreides at 11:33 AM on April 21, 2016

First, I love the name of this episode, such a great play on words. I wouldn’t be surprised if they came up with the name and then said, “How can we have a story where a prefect is murdered?” Second, what is the deal with the Sikozu plot? How long have they been on that planet? A few days? But Sikozu finds some guy who looks about 14 and decides to have some fun with him? Ugh. And I didn’t think it advanced the story at all. Or maybe now he’s a man and can take his father’s place? Whatever.

I kind of liked how they played with time and perception in the beginning, although it is very confusing and makes you wonder what the heck is going on. Which I think is the point.

I, of course, love everything shippy about this episode: Aeryn and John still trust each other even though they are not back together. John knows there is more to the story about her shooting everyone and Aeryn reveals herself to him alone when they go looking for her. And at the end he is comforting her. Plus, the whole not being able to shoot each other and holding hands on the floor. So great. The other thing that was just crazy but cool is the priest with the buzz saw. Why would he even have that on his chair thingy? Who thinks up this stuff?! The rest of the episode is meh, though.
posted by cshenk at 9:07 AM on April 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

> "Second, what is the deal with the Sikozu plot?"

My theory is that the episode was written a long while before it aired and the part was originally written for Jool, and when they used it they just plugged Sikozu into that role even though it's completely out of character for her and makes no sense.
posted by kyrademon at 10:56 AM on November 26, 2019

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