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"Help us build a wormhole weapon."

"Wormholes... No!
Weapons... No!
Killing... No!
- Scorpius and John Crichton

Yes, I'm still going on about Farscape. I keep re-watching it. Damn I love the interactions between those two, and Ben Browder just delivers the lines so well...

I am: awed
Current Media: TiVo: Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: October 21st, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
"Say please"
"Say pretty please"
"Pretty please"
"With a cherry on top"
"...With a cherry on top"
"Happy birthday, now get the hell out of my way."
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: October 21st, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
The really great thing about Scorpious, other than Harvey, who's fabulous in his own right as he contributes to John completely losing it, is that despite the fact that he's a complete and total utter bastard, he has a certain element of class. You've really just got the respect the guy's style. He's a lot like John, in that respect. You know, as they pointed out many times on the show, John isn't the smartest, fastest, strongest guy around, but he's got chutzpah up to here and the style to carry it off.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 21st, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Harvey was *fantastic*.

Scorpius starts kind of one-sided, but you really get some depth over time. In the end I felt that he wasn't a villian - just ruthless in pursuing his goal. And his goal was to do anything to stop the Scarrans and the war.
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: October 21st, 2004 10:54 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
"Come on John, shoot her, then we can go to that little Italian place I know and have margaritas and pizza."

Harvey was fabulous, he and John had some of the best interaction. But really, the ruthlessness was a trait John and Scorpius had in common in a lot of ways. Scorpy wanted the wormhole knowledge, John wanted to protect his friends and Earth, and they both ended up killing a lot of people to achieve (or maintain) what they wanted. Scorpius was just a little (or a lot) less concerned about the collateral damage he caused in the process.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 22nd, 2004 12:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I *LOVE* that scene! The Hawaian shirt added just the right touch!

I think that, in many ways, John and Scorpius were similar - the main difference being that it anguished John to make the hard choices, but he'd make them and feel bad about them even when he knew it was the best, or only, way. He especially felt bad when innocents died just for being near him when someone was after him for what was in his head.

Scorpius on the other hand could make the tough decisions coldly, and it just rolled off his back.

They'd both do things that killed many people - but it troubled John deeply, and he regretted every one.

Scorpius was very 'ends justify the means' - he wanted peace, and he didn't care who had to die to achieve it.

Which is why his dawning realization in TPW was so well done. This whole scene kicks ass:

John: "Come here... Closer. You want to see it? The thing you've been chasing my ass all over the universe for? Torturing me, my wife, my friends for? The wormhole weapon. You want to see it?"
Scorpius: "Yes."
J: "Beg."
S: "I beg you."
J: "That's not good enough, say please."
S: "Please."
J: "Pretty please."
S: "Pretty please."
J: "...with a cherry on top."
S: "...with a cherry on top."
J: "Happy birthday. Now get out of my sight."

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 22nd, 2004 12:24 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
J: "Behold, the wormhole weapon."
S: "That?"
J: "Yeah, ain't it beautiful?"
S: "Is this some kind of joke?"
J: "Cosmic. Keep watching. Blink and you'll miss it. There. Isn't that sweet? Baby's gonna grow."
J: "Pilot, are my comms open? Its time for a birth announcement."
Pilot: "Comms are open commander."
J: "Attention ladies and gentlemen and all the ships at sea. If you look out your front window you will see, by special request, your very own wormhole weapon."
Chiana: "Crichton, what's happening?"
J: "The end of all this crap... Hey, Emperor Sleestack, you big upright iguana, what's it look like from the Death Star?"
Scarran Crewman: "Sir, do you wish to respond?"
Emperor Staleek: "Yes, increase firepower."
SC: "Increase rate of fire."
ES: "And begin reverse thrust, pull us out of here."
SC: "Reverse thrust, one quarter."
J: "Can a get a 'huzzah' from the Grand Peacekeeper Bitch? Wormhole at twelve o'clock Lucy."
Commandant Mele-on-Grayza: "Ignore that hail! Continue all guns against the Decimator."
Peacekeeper Crewman: "Ma'am that object is beginning to exert a gravitational pull on us."
CG: "Steady retreat while continuing to fire."
J: "Unbelievable, nobody has anything to say."
Rygel: "How big is that thing going to get?"
J: "Big."
J: "OK boys and girls, here're the rules. Find a penny, pick it up. Double it. You've got two pennies. Double it again, four. Double it twenty-seven times and you've got a million dollars and the IRS all over your ass! Round, and round, and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. But it all adds up... quick."
ES: "What do you mean we cannot reverse thrust?"
SC: "We can't sir, its just not working."
PC: "We're trapped here ma'am."
J: "Pilot, how're you doing?"
P: "Acceptable commander. Though Moya and I are beginning to question whether it makes any difference. We have tried to retreat from the wormhole, but are unable to escape."
J: "I know, I know Pilot. Our destinies are no longer in our own hands."
ES: "Cease fire. CEASE FIRE!"
PC: "Ma'am, your orders?"
CG: "Hold all salvos. Silence the guns."
R: "What have you done Crichton?"
J: "What did you ask me to do, Sparky? 'Crichton, please, make the wormhole so we can all have peace', 'Crichton, you gotta make the wormhole, we all want peace', 'Crichton, make the damn wormhole, we gotta have peace!' How many times did you say that, Sparky?! Pip, wormhole - peace, peace - wormhole? How many times Mr. I-beg-you-please-with-a-cherry-on-top?"
J: "I'm sorry. I tried to explain it. I tried to tell them all."
Aeryn: "You do, what you have to do."
J: "Kiss me."
J: "Here's how it lays out. Are you listening Staleek?"
ES: "I am listening."
J: "Grayza?"
CG: "Yes."
J: "Wormhole weapons do not make peace. Wormhole weapons don't even make war. They make total destruction. Annihilation. Armageddon. People make peace."
C: "Crichton, can you stop it?"
J: "I don't know Pip. Maybe it eats the whole galaxy. A monumental black hole. A giant swirling headstone marking the spot where we all used to live and play and slaughter the innocent."
S: "This is insane Crichton."
J: "God, four years on and you're finally getting that."
CG: "You will not go through with this."
ES: "I agree. You are weak. You will not sacrifice the woman and your offspring."
A: "Our son will be raised in peace."
J: "Amen. You hear that you bastards? All or nothing. Wormhole doubles two more times, Moya goes first. Twenty seconds later, you join us. Either way, this war is over. Peace."
CG: "For the sake of our children, I will agree to a settlement."
Stark: "May the spirit of peace descend on Staleek. May the spirit of peace descend on Staleek."
C: "Save some for me, I don't know anyway."
R: "If it is the largest black hole, then its a death worthy of a Dominar."
ES: "Peace. Agreed."
J: "The Eidelon's participate, a real peace?"
ES: "Agreed."
CG: "Stop this thing."
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: October 22nd, 2004 12:58 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I think that moment right there epitomizes the change John went through as the series progressed. I mean, obviously he lost his grip on what most people would call sanity more and more thoroughly, though he was never really out there, he was just flamboyantly eccentric. Anyway, the more he got pushed, the more he pushed back, until he finally got to the end, the "I ALREADY HAVE." That seems to me, to be the end of John's Journey to Crazytown. And, well, with the wormhole knowledge out of his head, he can go back to what he's good at, shooting shit with Aeryn.
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: October 22nd, 2004 01:09 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
On an almost completely unrelated note, there are three scenes from Peacekeeper Wars that I really what screencaps of for wallpapers. The first is from the first episode, with Aeryn sitting on John's lap and they both have their pistols drawn, the second from near the end when John's running out of the smoke from the temple with both his pistols out, and the third with John, Aeryn, and the baby from the very, very end. I really loved that, I do hope that's not the end of Farscape forever, though I'd be hard pressed to think of what else they could do with it.
etherial From: etherial Date: October 22nd, 2004 03:25 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

re: ES

You know, I always (since, like, a month ago when I first saw his episodes) spelled it Starlique. Staleek is a lot more butch.