This episode was all over the place, like a groom having cold feet and running wild on the night before his wedding day. I hate to say it, but it's all Aeryn's fault.
I'm not gonna harp on this for very long, but I have to bring up the singular fact about the entire situation. It all could have been stopped if Aeryn had just told John the truth about her feelings. She's had several chances so far, and he would've happily run away with her. Instead, he got frozen in carbonite.
The whole statue stuff wasn't the only impossible sci-fi gimmick used in this episode, but it was definitely the most disturbing. The other, John's spacewalk sans suit was absurd. He would've died in seconds. However, neither of those things really bothered me that much.
In fact I ended up liking a few things about this one. I thought the political stuff was kind of interesting, and that John's choice wasn't entirely based on his own survival. He knew that Katralla was the only way to maintain a delicate peace between these neutral colonies and the inevitable war brewing between the Peacekeepers and the Scarrens. I liked Chiana's and Aeryn's attempts to intimidate the various sides into revealing their complicity in John's brief disappearance. And I loved John's break down with Braca. It may have been an act, but at the same time it kind of wasn't.
John's mental state is an interesting subject. Here is a guy totally removed from everything he's ever known, without more than a handful of Earthly possessions. He's found a new group to be a part of, and they have become his family, but they are strange and are constant reminders of his distance from home. He's been put in a situation without an obvious escape, except for one that is no longer appealing because of Aeryn's reluctance to express her feelings for him. Also, he's hearing voices now. And it isn't just any voice, it's Scorpius whispering in his ear. I'm honestly surprised he isn't already a nutter.
I should probably mention the side stuff. It was revealed in the first few moments that Jena is actually a Disruptor, a Peacekeeper Special Directorate operative. The servant ro-Na was working for Scorpy because he provided her with an opportunity for massive wealth, which was something her species was prohibited from ever pursuing. Rygel is a surprisingly effective, albeit manipulative diplomat... who knew. And finally, the builders of the Leviathans are a peaceful race that built the massive ships for the sole purpose of conveying that peace throughout the galaxy.
The whole Moya/Zhaan subplot was interesting in one respect, and that was having Zhaan argue with basically a god about the value of Moya's life. But it didn't really mesh too well with the other plot. Even with common themes, it felt off every time the show cut to those scenes. That being said, I loved Zhaan's goodbye to Pilot. It was very touching.
I would've liked to have seen more of D'Argo and Scorpius. Their scenes in the first episode of this trilogy were fun.
There was a parallel theme of Moya shutting down physically and John shutting down mentally. Of course Moya thinks of the Builders as her gods, and she willingly shuts down because she is capable of giving birth to ships of war.
Moya's voice was appropriately haunting.
Aeryn going off with Dregon at the end of the episode was disappointing, but I won't restate my opinion on her actions.
Aeryn: "Don't feel bad, it's not you, it's me. I don't like you."
Aeryn: (To Katralla and Jena) "I don't know what game is being played on this little planet of yours, and I don't care. What I care about is that a good friend of mine is not hurt, in any sense of the word. And if he is, I will personally take revenge on both of your overly made up faces."
John: "Gimmie the bad news first."
D'Argo: "The bad news is that you're married, and you must endure as a statue for eighty cycles on a strange world."
John: "What's the good news?"
D'Argo: "Chiana and I are having fantastic sex."
A bit uneven, but it had some elements that I liked. I'm a bit surprised that I'm not feeling as negatively about this trilogy as I did the first time around.
An unknown number of living statues out of four.
J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.