In two days, I go back to school (yeah, I'm real excited about that, only not), with a fantastically hard workload ahead of me.
Hmm. Perhaps I should share in one of my obsessions, Farscape. Now, I've been pleased with S4, which hasn't always been the case fandom-wise, before the cancellation announcement, the fandom seemed to dislike the early S4 episodes. Which isn't surprising because Farscape is notorious for starting off slow (the fan-favorite Season 2 had several early clunkers and Season One was shaky until "DNA Mad Scientist").
Yet, I was head-over-heels in happiness with my Farscape. The premiere S4 episode was fantastic and considering I hooked most of my friends around that time, that was a very good thing.
I think what amazes me most about Farscape is that the attention to canon and detail is perfect. Farscape's creative crew, the writers and producers, do not forget, and that is why I love them so much.
The last ep aired in the US, "Terra Firma" not only brought the main goal of the series and the main character's journey to a sort of completion, it kickstarted a new climb towards a dizzying spiral of new goals and missions and so many more complications.
"My name is John Crichton...I'm just looking for a way home." (credits voice over, S1 and S2)
"Wormholes. I...I must have come through a wormhole." (John Crichton, "Premiere")
Then, there's "A Human Reaction" which jumpstarts John into his realization that he may not fit in at home and that his journeys are quite dangerous. "Nerve" and "The Hidden Memory" reveal that John's been given the key to going home, yet it's also the most dangerous weapon in the universe: the ablility to make wormholes.
So he gains a new enemy (the fantastic multi-dimensional Scorpius)and a new mission (figure out how the hell to unlock the knowledge).
But there are complications. He's suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and has a nasty little chip in his head that's slowly driving him insane, causing him to lose the one thing that's managed to keep him alive: his mind.
In "Won't Get Fooled Again" these things are revealed in an achingly beautiful and horrific character study of John, as he's push beyond the limit and everything is mentally and emotionally destroyed inside of him...just because some nasty aliens (Scarrans) want to know why he's so valuable to the infamous Scorpius.
Then it's time to take out the big guns. The "Liars, Guns, and Money" trilogy shows that this is a show that's willing to pack a punch and kick some major ass. And at the center of this firestorm is John, slipping away, losing all sanity as he fights for others.
And then he kills Aeryn. Well, it wasn't really him; in "Die Me Dichotomy," he's taken over by a nasty little chip-induced clone of the villianous Scorpius and in a stunning scene, causes the eventual "death" of one Aeryn Sun, aka his love. Deciding to get the chip out of his brain, John opts for some dangerous surgery...
And then in S3, Scorpius gains the wormhole tech via the discarded chip, John gets split in two (and yes, they're both the original, neither is a copy) and one is happily involved with Aeryn (who is brought back to life at the cost of another person's life)while the other John drinks and parties himself into misery, and it turns out that the race for wormhole knowledge could lead to the war to end all wars for the known universe and...
then the John (the one with Aeryn) gets a massive dose of radiation, destroys a giant ship of "the bad guys" (Scarrans) by using his now-working wormhole info (he can basically make a black hole), and dies, a hero, a beloved man:
"They say, it's a lucky or unambitious man who goes when he's ready. That said, Scorpius is gone. And I'm at peace. I don't -- hurt. I... I did some good things. I'm proud of my life -- and I'm with you. Don't worry about me. I've never felt better."
(John Crichton, "Icarus Abides")
It gets even better. The surving John has to learn how to use wormholes, get entangled with Scorpius again because he realizes that Scorpius could actually be the lesser of two evils, and then Aeryn leaves him...
because she's with child. His child.
And that's all before Season 4 even starts.
God, I love this show.
"Terra Firma" cements the bonds between John and his father, John and family, John and Earth, John and his capacity as a human to take in the world/universe, and his ablility to use his gifts/curses in the best way possible.
John has a mission now. He has several. He's got to save and protect the universe.
But he's still no Arthur frelling Dent.