John Crichton struggles to learn the location of the mysterious Katratzi, whilst watching a television documentary about himself and the aliens, produced on Earth based on film clips from the crew's recent trip there. Crichton's friends discover what 'humans' think of them. Concurrently, Crichton himself is agitated with everyone, for their failure to help him determine Aeryn's location... until he remembers where he heard "Katratzi" before, shaking him from his obsessive trance enough to logically plot his next move. Written by
If a species understands the others by being injected with translator microbes, the voice recorded by a camera should be in the original language. Moreover, only people with the microbes should be able to understand the recording. See more »
After the surprise at the end of the previous episode John and the crew are trying to find Aeryn; they have only one clue; the name Katratzi. John is convinced of two things; firstly it is the name of the secret base the Scarrens have taken Aeryn to and secondly that they have heard the word before. The others are adamant that they have not heard the name before and none of Sikozu's contacts in Scarran space has heard of it either. While the crew search for information John spends his time watching a recording of a television broadcast they have received some time after leaving Earth; it details what some people think of Moya's crew; largely based on video footage they allowed Crichton's cousin to take. This is quite disturbing as the commentator is keen to twist what we see to show them as a danger; both militarily and morally.
This is an interesting episode despite the fact that very little actually happens; at the end they are only slightly closer to finding Aeryn but still don't know anything about Katratzi; John just has an idea where he might find out. The way the people on the television show viewed Moya's crew was hardly surprising but it was interesting to see humanity depicted as small minded and paranoid yet also arrogant enough to consider itself morally superior; this can of course be seen as a metaphor for how we view different cultures here on Earth. There were some balancing views but it was clear that the dominant views were negative. When the end credits begin don't turn off as there more of the broadcast is shown over them.
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