Farscape: Season 1, Episode 5

PK Tech Girl (17 Apr. 1999)

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After finding the legendary Peacekeeper battleship, Zelbinion, dead in space and emptied of most of its useful technologies Crichton, Aeryn, and D'Argo find a Peacekeeper tech under Crais's... See full summary »

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After finding the legendary Peacekeeper battleship, Zelbinion, dead in space and emptied of most of its useful technologies Crichton, Aeryn, and D'Argo find a Peacekeeper tech under Crais's command, Gilina, who survived a raid on the ship. Under threat of another scavenger attack, they work to get the shield generator on board the Zelbinion working. As they share the work, Gilina and Crichton grow much closer. Written by trekkie4christ

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The Sheyang actually appeared in "Premiere", as background aliens talking to Zhaan on the Commerce Planet. David Kemper thought they looked cool enough to appear in an episode of their own. See more »

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General Ka D'Argo: This ship is legendary. Even in my culture, it was thought invincible.
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Sweet with Good Continuity
23 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"PK Tech Girl", the first episode of Farscape to be made on its own (as opposed to the previous episodes, which were made two-at-a-time), exhibits nearly everything that defines Farscape. It has bold alien costumes, interesting character conflicts, and fun action. That being said, "PK Tech Girl" is far from perfect, but it still comes across as a strong, intelligent episode.

"PK Tech Girl" opens with Moya encountering a derelict Peacekeeper ship called the Zelbinion, an extremely powerful carrier was lost years ago. Rygel was held captive and tortured on board the ship for years by the captain, Durka. Crichton, Aeryn, and D'Argo soon encounter a Peacekeeper technician named Gilina, who was left by Captain Crais. Soon, an alien race called the Sheyang, who breath fire and basically look like giant frogs, threaten to destroy Moya.

The main plot threads of the episode concern the Sheyang attacks on the Zelbinion, Rygel's attempts to overcome his horrible memories of Durka, D'Argo and Zhaan's attempts to bluff the Sheyang, and a romance between Crichton and Gilina. Each subplot more or less works. The Sheyang attacks had good visuals but were borderline underdone. Rygel searching for Durka's corpse is perhaps the strongest element of the episode, revealing a previously unseen sympathetic side of his character. D'Argo's speeches to bluff the Sheyang are well-delivered, but his problems with lieing to an opponent, despite adding more to his character, seem unnecessary and thrown in to add conflict. The romance between Crichton and Gilina is too predictable, and their relationship escalates way to quickly. On the other hand, the scenes with Crichton and Gilina reveal a lot about both of their characters. Aeryn's response and unhappiness in believable and well-written. Crichton and Gilina's conversation at the very end is a sweet highlight.

The production design of the episode, although an improvement over previous installments, is still somewhat sketchy, and the Sheyang costumes go a little too far over the top. Nevertheless, "PK Tech Girl" is a good episode. I enjoyed the interaction among the characters, and the episode introduces surprisingly many characters who will return later in the show. I also like the fact that Gilina wasn't predictably killed off at the end of the episode; her survival was pleasant and unexpected. "PK Tech Girl" is a strong early episode of Farscape. 3/4


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