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Farscape: Lava's a Many Splendored Thing

And now, on Farscape...

If you are a fan of gags involving bodily fluid, then you are in luck — this episode is for you.

I’m not a particular fan of watching other people regurgitate onscreen, so this is not a story that I re-watch very often. It does amuse me when Rygel releases gas and everyone talks in squeaky voices, though. John is also fun to watch as he acts extremely exasperated with Noranti. There are lots of jokes to enjoy, which helps make this episode a little more appealing.

Our crew are on their way to reunite with Moya, yay! They have a few problems, though. It’s been three days without anything to eat and they spot a planet that they can land on; hopefully one with some food. Sikozu is the only one who doesn’t seem to care if she eats anything, but Noranti gives everyone else a special substance from her innards (gross) that is going to take the hunger away. Well, along with many other things.

There is a treasure trove of precious items, various bad guys, some good guys, handfuls of vomit, and caves of amber. After some shooting, running, belly dancing (don’t ask), and more jokes, the gang make it off the planet, safely.

Inside Lo’La, there is a transmission to be heard. It’s Pilot! That’s great news as our faithful crew is finally going to go home to Moya.

Space Oddities:

There are lots of Abbott and Costello references. Also mentioned is The Three Stooges. Sorry, I’m not a big fan of those guys, either.

Sikozu and Chiana are amusing together as they try to operate Lo’La to help in the rescue.

The Wizard of Oz gets a mention. This is a great mash-up image. It’s from Stargate SG-1’s episode “200.”

Also, here is the dialog in the Farscape sequence from “200."

Vala: (as Aeryn) “Call me fahrbot, but they're gonna have our mivonks on a platter if we don't Starburst the draz out of here.”
Daniel: (as Crichton) “The cluster's been damaged. We're not goin' anywhere.”
Carter: (as Chiana) “Oh, dren.”
Teal'c: (as D'Argo) “Hezmana!”
Vala: (as Aeryn) “Frell.”
Mitchell: (as Stark) “Son of a hasmot!”
Asgard: (as Rygel) “Yotz!”

Cosmic Quotes:

John: (talking about Noranti) “D, we may have to stick granny in a home.”
D'Argo: “I think we should burn her.”
John: “You burn your old folks?”
D'Argo: “No. Just sounded like a good idea.”

D'Argo: “Okay, I'm with you. I just have, uh, one small little question. Who is Lou Costello?”

Noranti: “Right. And they're gonna keep shooting at us until we die unless we talk to them, so let me mediate!”
D'Argo: “You know, maybe we should let her try.”
John: “Nah, she's gonna get shot.”
D'Argo: “And that would be bad?”

D'Argo: “I think we should try it out. Do you have any small appendages you don't need?”
John: “Small appendages?”
Noranti: “Try his buttock, that's big.”
John: “Hey lady, that's sexual harassment! Not the butt! The butt is off limits! How about a heel or something... and why don't we shoot you, D'Argo? You have a small appendage.”

There are just too many large piles of smelly substances for me to enjoy this episode, very well. I do appreciate the humor and the acting is once again, top-notch. I just don’t like the method that most of the humor is delivered by. The ending is very sweet, though. Everyone has misty eyes as they listen to Pilot. John, especially, has a very nice reaction. Is he thinking about meeting up with Aeryn possibly, once again? Hold on tight, guys, the ride has not come to a full stop.

Two out of five piles of dren. Is that good or bad? Who knows?

Mallena does not like watching anyone spew anything, anywhere.


  1. It may be a not-great one, but the episode title is one of their nuttiest. And that's saying a lot.

  2. Another filler episode that doesn't advance the main story arc until the very end and the much welcomed comms link with Pilot & Moya.

    More bad guys again, which makes me think the galaxy is a very dangerous place given that nearly every planet our guys have visited they've had to face up to villains of one sort or another. The guys here were instantly forgettable, but the writing was pretty good and there was plenty of humour thrown in: the best of which was Noranti's "belly dance" and the reactions of John & D'Argo when she went smokeless!

    The bitching between Sikozu and Chiana on board the Lo’La was funny, especially when they had to cover their hands on D'Argo's vomit to convince the ship that D'Argo was in control via DNA fingerprinting. That said, I hope this bickering stops soon because we had all this with Chiana and Jool for most of S3.

    The season desperately needs some edge!

  3. To quote Willow "I think this lines mostly filler"! I agree with Diane C, far too much juvenile humour, too many bodily functions, no major story progression until Pilot's message right at the end.

    Would skip this one in a third rewatch to get to Promises, 4 epsiodes without Aeryn is far too much.


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