Upon arriving at the rendezvous coordinates with minimal life support in their transport pod, Crichton, D'Argo, Chiana, and Jool are forced to dock with a nearby Leviathan bearing a ...
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Upon arriving at the rendezvous coordinates with minimal life support in their transport pod, Crichton, D'Argo, Chiana, and Jool are forced to dock with a nearby Leviathan bearing a Peacekeeper control collar. They find the Leviathan is incredibly sick and its pilot is unresponsive, but cannot easily find the needed parts for repair. Written by
With their pod crippled Crichton, Chiana, D'Argo and Jool are pleased when they spot Moya... at least they initially think it is Moya; it soon becomes apparent that this leviathan is fitted with a control collar which means Peacekeepers. With oxygen leaking they have no choice but to land and when they do, they immediately realise something is very wrong. There are no Peacekeepers to meet them and no sign of other pods or DRDs; the ship is dying. They begin searching for the parts they need but soon discover they are not alone; they ship is inhabited by creatures that look almost human but act like ravenous beasts. There is one exception to this; Kaarvok, he appears to be of normal intelligence but is the real danger. We see him shoot D'Agro with a device that leaves him encased in a cocoon; later Crichton and Chiana see him kill D'Argo by sucking his brain out through a straw! D'Argo isn't his last victim; she shoots Chiana with the same device; this time we see the cocoons divide and a Chiana hatches from each of them! A D'Argo is still alive and Kaarvok explains how he can make multiple copies; although making copies of copies ultimately leads to the creatures inhabiting the ship. If they are to defeat Kaarvok Crichton will have to get the pilot to starburst then get everybody back to the pod with the parts before the leviathan breaks up.
If that wasn't enough excitement Moya has starburst after receiving a distress call from Talyn; when they get there they find Talyn damaged and Craes unconscious... clearly anything that could harm Talyn like that is very dangerous.
This was another superior episode that kept me gripped from start to finish; the scenes aboard the dying leviathan were genuinely disturbing and felt like something out of a horror movie. Kaarvok was a good villain but his 'family' of Peacekeeper copies were more frightening as they devoured anything they could sink their teeth into and couldn't be reasoned with. The acting was impressive as always; I particularly liked Gigi Edgley's portrayal of Chiana when she realises that she has been doubled and one runs off leaving the other to its fate reasoning that it is just a copy but still accepting that she might be the copy. The ending impressively left a couple of major questions to be answered; we still don't know who or what attacked Talyn and two copies of one of the crew are left alive; it will be interesting to see how long both survive as part of the show.
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