Upon learning of her brother's death, Chiana leaves Moya in Aeryn's Prowler. Crichton and Aeryn find her on royal burial grounds living with a group of people with some strange customs, ...
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Upon learning of her brother's death, Chiana leaves Moya in Aeryn's Prowler. Crichton and Aeryn find her on royal burial grounds living with a group of people with some strange customs, including throwing themselves off a cliff. Meanwhile Rigel loots what he can of the burial grounds, but finds the treasure is cursed. Written by
As this episode opens something is clearly wrong with Chiana; she tries to talk to Crichton but he is too busy. She proceeds to cut herself open and remove a glowing disc from her abdomen, as she does so the light goes out. She then leaves Moya in Aeryn's prowler; it turns out that the disc showed her brother was alive and when the light went out he died. The crew follow her and find she has landed on a royal burial planet. While Rygel sets about a little grave robbing Crichton and Aeryn search for Chiana; they find her but she is now with a group who look like a bunch of refugees from 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome'! She wants to join in one of their rituals which involves jumping off a cliff; some that jump are caught in an energy net but we see one crash to his death. Crichton is desperate to stop her jumping believing that she might have a death wish.
This was another fairly entertaining episode which gave us a chance to see a more emotional side of Chiana; once again Gigi Edgely does a fine job in the role giving a more emotional depth to her character. The youths on the planet were a bit too Mad Max 3 for my liking but that didn't spoil the episode; just made those characters a bit cliché. The cliff jumping scenes were pretty spectacular and even though one death wasn't unexpected it made me wince when it happened. I rather liked the fact that the locals ignored Crichton's advice that would have prolonged their lives, not because I particularly wanted them to die but because it reminded Crichton that he can't always help.
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