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I’m completely new not only to the ‘Farscape – re-watch posting’ title, but also to posting photo recaps in general, so a little leeway would be appreciated. I would also like to mention that throughout the course of this re-watch I have been sort-of-cheating: I did not actually watch even a single episode, because of various real-life commitments (what is that thing that you call ree-ul?). I have, however been completely hooked on reading all the posts taking us on this great journey through 4+seasons of a simply astonishingly good Sci-Fi series. My mind’s eye has been quite busy thanks to Edshrinker, Rolamb, and ManojMajhi.

That being said I decided to try my hand at this while I have a sliver of free time (that I apparently won’t be spending writing my novel). So why this episode? Well basically it was next in line. That being said, it’s one of Farscape’s two-parters so it can’t be just a throwaway, right?

Let’s look at some facts: we had the ‘Season of Death’ where everyone and anyone was out to kill our favorite rag-tag band of criminals (by official PK standards). They even succeeded in killing some of our more beloved (Zhaan) and most hated (Crais) characters, with a splattering of main character carnage (Talyn-Crichton), and having even Moya lose more than a passenger (Talyn himself). We won’t even mention the countless Scarrans, Peacekeepers, run-of-the-mill bad guys and innocent bystanders that got caught up in the crossfire.

A beat. A breath. Everyone scampering off to parts more-or-less known, and Chrichton almost left for dead.

Then we get the new season, with a half insane-with-solitude Crichton picking up a new companion (Soyuz made flesh and named Sikozu), and reuniting Rygel and Chiana (I’m guessing starting his reunion list from the bottom up), all the while on board a dying Leviathan. So where to now? I guess we start picking up the pieces while Crichton rebuilds himself from the wormhole up.

On with the FUN!



After tinkering, bickering (partly about Sikozu’s hand), breaking (cables from the left to add to the consoale on the right), and rewiring (with or without the electrocutions from time to time), off we go to the wild black yondera! (space is black so bare with me).



Oh, wait… we found some blue… Elak’s sensors are pretty much fried from old age and the botched harvesting job from the previous episode, so it can’t really tell what’s going on down on the planet, but according to Jool every few cycles there’s a few days worth of calm in the magnetic storms that make Anesk an uninhabitable wasteland to allow brief missions.
So off we go into the wild blue yonder to find our lost shipmates.



And of course it wouldn’t be Farscape (or any Sci-Fi show for that matter) if there weren’t some catacombs/sewers/Jeffrey Tubes to go through (I can reference as well as John can! Really! I can… aw, nevermind!)
After a bit of ‘Spidey-sense’ (two for the price of one!) uncertainty, our away team/landing party/'most likely to survive if anything happens' group of John and Chiana comes face to face with a not-so-friendly not-so-native.



Luckily from just around the corner Jool and D’Argo pop up and rejoicing is to be had! (I will NOT comment on the fanfic-generating hugs).



When the ‘new security’ guy asks why the Peacekeeper is hanging around with the tralk, both Crichton and Chiana don't take it well. (I love how their first instinct is to protect the other)





Apparently whatever it is they’ve found on the planet is important enough for many other races to kill and for courtesy to go flying out the window. D'Argo broaches the prickly subject.



After all is said and done, John starts looking around. Apart from the creepy crawly on the wall, there’s a painted eye staring right back at him.



He then tries a little tactile memory shake-up, only to once again be distracted by thoughts of HER. D’Argo understands a little better than he’d like, seeing as how the things between him and Chiana are as comfy as an Aurora Chair. Still, D’Argo at least seems to be turning a new leaf, with his ‘travels’





Just as we get ready to see/hear the intro, Jool decides to jinx it all to smithereens by boasting: ‘We’re here and nobody is trying to kill us!’ (EVERYONE on EVERY show should know better!)



Cue ‘new and improved’ title.

We’re back with Jool gushing about how cool the planet is, and how wonderful it is to work there, and how important the findings are, and how maybe untrained eyes can’t see (‘My eyes are fine Princess’), and on, and on, and on. Chiana decides to destroy something beautiful because…



Because she can’t really stomach people doubting her ‘untrained eyes’, or this archeologically-inclined D’Argo and especially how close he seems to be to Jool.





Meanwhile, at the other end of the tunnel system (I’m guessing), Jool keeps going on and on about the dig. The highlights being that this was the homeworld of some race that kept all the races at peace for 500 generations, only to disappear ‘in a microt’ with nobody knowing why.



And that’s when the Grey-around-the-temples eminence—instructor Vella—steps in to throw some barbs, play all superior, show her disdain for the ‘faux PK,’ and be an all around bundle of joy.



Apparently the brain cavity of humans appears smaller than that of Peacekeepers



Crichton doesn’t really buy in to all the hype, prompting the further show and tell of one of the Darnes Triangle probes which apparently are responsible for wrecking the ecosystem and killing all the priests. Crichton jokes he missed a couple of the big words, but it’s mostly a reflection of Vella’s hostility. Vella apparently already has two probes and only needs one more to maybe possibly undo the damage.



Back across the tunnels D’Argo and Chiana are still speaking without talking, both trying a bit too hard to avoid the elephant in the room (considering Anesk is supposed to be a barren world, any elephant would be difficult to ignore, no matter where it was). However the ‘working together’ that D’Argo has been doing with Jool doesn’t really sit well with our grey seer.



Chiana also does not like that D’Argo named his ship after his dead wife – ‘Lolah’ for Lolahnne. Even if the ship can become invisible, albeit for short periods of time!!!



On Elak, Rygel is trying to have a conversation over comms with John on the planet, when Sikozu decides that the cables powering the communications console would be much better used to power John’s module. Bya-bye comms!




Just in case the amphibious creature on the supposedly deserted planet and the annoying archeologists weren’t enough, we’re reminded that the Peacekeepers are still alive and well as an organization, with Grayza very much still up and about.



Cue them intercepting Valla ‘s message asking Moya to pick up the ‘intruders’ as fast as possible ‘Or we’ll have to take our own steps’. She really has no idea who she's dealing with, huh?


Grayza wants in and Captain Braka is all too eager to help.( Apparently she’s reconsidered her initial assessment of our intrepid band of misfits from ‘some criminals Scorpious is obsessed with for destroying his Gammak base’ to ‘there’s got to be something more here!’)





Shortly after the two Peacekeepers visit the Aurora Chair’s new permanent resident: Scorpious. The memories they extract are familiar to us, being his childhood and early PK days.



He doesn’t think too highly of their ‘ham-fisted attempts at torture’. That is until Grayza shows him a custom-made cooling rod. (I wonder if that’ll be good for him.) She also boasts about probably killing Scorpious once all his secrets are revealed, while Braka seems to have completely betrayed his former master, like he’d betrayed Crais before him, getting a promotion out of each deal.



Back on the planet John manages to find Grandma, who initially doesn’t seem to recognize him, only to later give him a stinky hug ‘Never bathe, washes off the juice’ she sais after John is about to pass out from her odor.





Under the watchful eye of the Creature, who apparently is very protective of her and very distrustful of John (I wonder why?), prompting our hero to pull out his gun.





The old woman seems to be particularly out of it, listening to voices that tell her everyone should get off the planet, and that they should not, under any circumstance, reactivate the Darnesk Triangle. Apparently the voices are especially leery of Valla and what she could do with such power.





She even has a solution for John’s Aeryn dilemma: crushing and snorting the crawling spider-like things on the planet makes one forget for a while. (500 microts)



John is not a fan.



‘If all the priests died here, why are there no bones’ Grandma asks in one of her seldom lucid moments, just before skipping away.

In a glimpse of how close Jool and D’Argo seem to have gotten, the former is helping the latter aim the wrist-weapon-type-thing that the initial planetary welcoming party had threatened Crichton and Chiana with.



It turns out it’s an energy beam that eats away at rock, leaving behind whatever it is that was hidden underneath by the centuries.



D’Argo seems to be a really big fan. He even tells Jool he’s not so certain he wants to leave with John again, since he really enjoyed the time he spent there. Jool seems touched.



As per usual, just when people start to appear like they’re having fun, in comes chief-researcher-lady Valla to rain on everyone’s parade (I’m completely unbiased, really!)



She hauntingly informs D’Argo (or as she put it ‘unskilled hands’) that he should never use the rock-eating-ray and proceeds to demonstrate how dangerous it can be by petrifying one of the one-legged-spiders (those things seem to last even less than a red-shirt!)



Going from yuck to yum we have a shot of what is sure to be a non-regulation Jacuzzi-like contraption that our new favorite queen-b**** is lounging in.



And just when you thought she couldn’t be any more overtly-sexually-manipulating, she trails her fingers between her- I mean on her chest, beckons Braka to come closer and makes him sniff whatever it was that she exudes, resulting in him becoming lost in a sort of lusty fog, all his thoughts trained on her, her every whim his command. And she wants to use the same ‘charms’ to make Scorpious’ enemy her ‘friend’.



On the planet once more and we get a chance to be taught alongside Jool that grave-robbers had tried to pick the planet clean long ago, installing some primitive booby-traps that affect only the eyes. (I wonder if that will be helpful in the future)



Since such moments are too close to actually building camaraderie and making us forget what a giant pain Valla can be, she immediately starts berating Jool again for including ‘the Luxan’ in their research, letting our red-head know she’d be held responsible if anything went wrong. She even calls Luxans a sub-species (although that really doesn’t mean what she wants it to mean from a scientific point of view).



While D’Argo listens in closely.



Jool does a wonderful job at failing to defend her friend.





Crichton is enjoying a day at the beachside-cliffs.



Overlooking the ancient temple.



Along comes Granny, apparently under arrest by the ‘interlon muscle,’ yelling at John to ‘shoot him’. She is convinced John will stop the digs and save them all by killing the Interlons, because they defiled the place and they lie about their true intentions for the probes.



John tries to explain that there will be no killing, while confessing that he doesn’t even know Grandma’s name. He maintains that he’s not a threat to the Interions.



And then knocks the guy out,



On the grounds that it’s not nice to point guns at people. (Irony, thy name is Crichton)



Granny re-knocks the Interlon out and then claims that Valla sent the dig team away so that she could get the Darnesk Triangle weapon for her own nefarious use. (Having seen Valla’s sunny personality, Granny may be on to something here!)



Since John doesn’t seem to care, Granny has a brilliant idea and out comes the blowing dust into Crichton’s face so that what happened on Arnesk will not happen anywhere else.



Which promptly sends Crichton on an all sensor acid trip during which he sees the ancient priests sacrifice a weird looking goat, while chanting the song from the title scene.



Apparently they also really like children’s tiles (they look like playing pyramids to me), since they have one lying around for John to see and finally realize that there might be something familiar there.



He then sees the Darnesk Probe in action falling from the sky and marking the end of the temple.



What could be better when drugged out of your gourd and seeing visions of the past than a nice refreshing swim, courtesy of more dust in the face?



Even the creature seems to think it’s a bad idea and comes to revive Crichton, warning him that the old lady took his gun to go kill Valla, since she’s so close to finding the third probe.





The old Pilot seems to be dreaming of something that makes her hum what sounds like the same title tune. Rygel in the meantime is trying to find usable parts.





D’Argo confronts Jool about her thinking that all Luxans are morons, and her reply is basically ‘yeah, but you’re a bit less moronic than the rest.’



Then again, she apparently doesn’t believe anyone on Moya really cared about her, to which D’Argo informs her that he had cared, and he would have defended her (while pretty much giving her a list of all the things she could be called).



Sikozu manages to get the module running again, while Rygel keeps comforting the Pilot.



John is still reeling from the drugs / unplanned swim. In the meantime both Granny and D’Argo hold weapons and are apparently converging on Valla.



And most of all he’s pissed off that the old lady took Winona.



He hears something in one of the tunnels.



And on closer inspection he sees that someone used one of the rock-eaters to make the researcher into a rock part of the wall (the spiders are avenged!)



D’Argo knocks out the other Interion, pushes John away and threatens the creature (which all looks kind of damning from the outside, especially since we didn’t actually see who pulled the trigger, we just saw Valla recognize her killer).



While Noranti is apparently giving the last rites for ‘Instructor Valla, no matter how selfish, how evil’.



Chiana is fascinated by the end results, while D’Argo explains that it wasn’t him that did it, but that he had to knock the other guy out because of how it looked, since it would have made the trigger-happy ‘security’ jump to conclusions and D’Argo would have had to put him down in self defense – permanently. D’Argo’s money is on the creature being the culprit.



Back on the dying Leviathan, Rygel tries to get Sikozu to take him with when she escapes in Crichton’s module, only to have her lash out at him for being such a coward. (She DID do the calculations how far the fuel she’d synthesized would carry them, so maybe the thought wasn’t completely foreign to her). Sikozu is however fluent in PK code, so when she intercepts a message from the Grayza’s Command Carrier, she realizes the 3 Marauders are going to be on the planet soon. Winning even more brownie-points, she even manages to get Rygel to follow orders and decides to warn the ‘away team’.



John decides to take a stroll with their new captive, only to come upon the spot he’d ‘seen’ the playing tile (a pyramid is not a tile in my opinion).



On a hunch, he uses the rock-eater and finds the tile hidden in the exact same spot. The Interion confirms the signs are from all across the galaxy and they all mean one thing: peace. Just like the one Crichton recognized. (If I remember correctly the Eye of Horus wasn’t strictly meaning Peace, but I might be wrong and I’m too ill right now to search on Wikipedia.)



D’Argo goes for a pit stop on his ship to contact the Leviathan and/or the supposedly incoming Moya when Lolah’s sensors pick up the PK Marauders.



He goes out to save / warn his friends in typical fashion, while leaving the ship cloaked (that ship is seriously awesome, right up there with the Defiant and maybe even better because it’s frelling remotely-voice-controlled).



John meanwhile comes up on a strangely subdued Chiana that only manages to whisper ‘Peacekeepers’.



Before the last remaining archeologist gets it in the gut.



Sikozu manages to convince D’Argo that it’s pointless to try to fight now, albeit she can only do it down the barrel of a pistol while hanging off the side of a ledge thanks to her weird ability to control her gravity center.



Grayza walk in like she owns the place, which I guess isn’t that far from the truth given overwhelming odds.



She even brings a gift to John in the form of a Scorpious reduced to a drooling buffoon.



She even makes him lick her boots to prove how low he could go.



Once she offers John the ability to inflict whatever he wants on Scorpious he responds that he couldn’t do anything worse to him than her.



So out comes the cleavage graze. (hmmm Grayza’s graze)



Crichton – still not running on all cylinders from before, as well as from the sheer fact that he realized he’ll never be rid of the Peacekeepers – takes a good whiff.



After a bit of roughing around, he succumbs to Grayza’s ‘charms’ and they seal it with a kiss.



Although he doesn’t seem entirely pleased with the aftertaste.



Rygel keeps trying to wake up the Pilot so that they can warn Moya to stay away.
Unfortunately the Pilot is too weak, the comms are out, and the Leviathan is entering shutdown, so Rygel is useless and powerless. How the mighty have fallen!






After Braka gives the report: they caught John, Jool, Chiana, and Granny, he inspects the wall-mounted magnetic sensors that apparently give them 20 more arns before they have to abandon the planet. Scorpious is slowly regaining control of his mind and body.



Unfortunately for him Grayza notices this and has the perfect antiodote. ‘Change him!’



And Braka puts in another mind-numbing rod in his former master’s head. ‘For all the times I’ve had to say yes.’ Oh, how the mighty have fallen!



And the still free Creature apparently has both the probes Valla had found in his possession.



While being captured by Peacekeepers, Granny is shocked to find out John found a real tile.



Jool laments that while she’d previously stolen from digs to further her knowledge, she’d never stolen from Arnesk due to the sheer importance of it. Granny manages to get them to work together, despite the lingering tensions between them, so that she can save them all. (when she's your last hope, you're doing something wrong!)



And they manage to come up with something that, for once, doesn’t rely on Chiana’s body on display, but on the old woman’s small bladder (maybe going the other way would have kept the show on longer?)



John is still pretty stoned, Grayza’s repeated treatments of chest-excretions not helping matters any.



He isn’t even capable to grab for the weapon that’s left in plain sight. He does like her treatment more than Scorpious’ though.



Instead he gives in to Grayza while his tripping mind provides Granny telling him that peace needs sacrifices. (If that’s the kind of sacrifices peace needs, we’ll have that whole Middle Eastern thing licked in no time!)



Afterwards the arguably sexually assaulted Crichton is trying to get over it (maybe he’s also feeling guilty for cheating on Aeryn), when Granny comes along.



She decides that Crichton must die to prevent his knowledge from surfacing. And for once it’s not the one about wormholes, it’s that he actually saw the location of the third Probe, which would mean that he could retrieve it and the Peacekeepers would get a WMD. (Isn’t that a pretty thought!) So she blows more dust in his face, making him hallucinate a couple of priest-garb-wearing-Grannies that keep pushing him back.



He has flashbacks with everything he’s been through on this frelling planet as he reaches the edge of the cliff.



Then, in front of the helpless Braka, and while Granny prays for his soul, he takes a pretty long dive.



THE END.

Just kidding, it’s a to be continue one!

A few thoughts / existential questions to ask oneself:
-It’s been a while and I don’t remember the next episode that clearly, but if everything on the planet was supposedly dead, explain the one-legged spiders. For that matter, I don’t even remember where the Creature was from. Maybe we’ll find out in the next installment.
-They pretty much gloss over the fact that Moya went through a wormhole.
-Seriously, what’s the PK’s HR department view on sexual harassment in the ranks?
-How long does it take the average astronaut to recognize the eye of Horus? I mean it was right there, eye-level (if you will), as soon as he met the rest, right above where he tried his hand on for size. Then half an episode later he sees that children’s toy – pyramid and he’s all moody about the “one of the symbols, maybe, ancient Egyptian.”
-What are the odds that in an Universe so big one of the maybe 12 symbols featured on the golden playing pyramid would be ancient Egyptian?
-What is the actual capacity of a Marauder, since it apparently carries from 1-7 (and maybe more, since there were 3 Marauders that brought over Grayza, Braka, Scorpious, plus 20 PK grunts and I doubt she strapped in like the rest of the jar-heads.) Is it like the shuttle in Star Trek that was cramped as heck in one episode with just two people, and in the next could pick up about half the crew?
-Jool’s hair changes color when she’s excited from orange to bright red. Her hair was red throughout the episode, while the other two members of her species—Interions—had dark hair. Is the pigmentation genetic? Could they too have melted metal if push would have come to shove less suddenly?
-Considering the windy conditions, what are the odds that any of Granny’s dust actually got into Crichton’s eyes on any of the occasions?
-It’s interesting that the Granny decides to take John out because of his knowledge about the Darnesk Triangle probe, not because of the wormhole tech that could potentially be even more dangerous in Grayza’s hands.
-There was no Harvey, no shots of Aeryn, and most importantly, no scantily clad women (not counting members of the crew and/or Grayza), so basically the opposite of the previous episode in that respect.
-Crichton was once again stoned for most of the episode. I would save a seat in AA if I were him.
-Grayza looks half-Nebari half-Sebacean to the untrained eye. I wonder what the trained eye of the PK blood purity police sees.
-In the scene that shows the probes falling, there is no temple on the cliffs, although there should have been one there.
-Parting thoughts… This episode has everything except Aeryn and Harvey: it’s got a compelling story-of-the week in the mysterious disappearing temple; it’s got characters-of-the-week that we really don’t mind seeing get blasted out of existence; it’s got John running around like a lunatic; it’s got some great interactions between our characters that shows how close they are while at the same time revealing the cracks that the previous season left; it’s got the Big Bad doing Big Bad things; revelations and twists that you couldn’t really see coming, but get a kick out of anyway.
-Of course John isn’t dead. Apart from him having taken more or less the same tumble in the same episode, he’s the main character and we don’t have his double running around, so he’s safe.
-For some reason almost all the screen caps with Valla have her with closed, or half-opened eyes. I didn't like her enough to fix it.

Hope you enjoyed as much as I did!
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"Afterwards the arguably sexually assaulted Crichton is trying to get over it (maybe he’s also feeling guilty for cheating on Aeryn)"
Would you be saying this if it were a female character, and not a male one? John was raped and the fact that you downplay it, because he's male is gross. "Arguably"? I didn't realize there was an argument to be had. John was drugged and raped. And by saying maybe he feels guilty for cheating, implies he was either a willing participant or had it coming. So please explain this to me. http://youtu.be/XmJec-I07qA
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I think the whole part with him having visions of Noranti telling him he has to make sacrifices before he actually "goes all the way" shows at least some part of him was holding out and gave in only to lure Grayza in.
That being said, I agree that he was raped (both women I mentioned used mind-altering drugs on him), but then again how many times have victims not blamed themselves? There are tomes and tomes of papers written on this subject, so him blaming himself, even in part, is not to say he is to blame in any way.
I'm sorry if I seemed to condone the actions here, or that I tried to "downplay" them in any way. It was a horrible experience all around and it will haunt him for the rest of the season.
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I always thought it was funny that all the bad guys thought John had some special powers or training to resist mind control. Its like those spy comedies where the character doesn't even know he's involved in a spy job.
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When Chricton finally runs into Grandma (almost literally) it is naturally accompanied by a Chricton-esque flourish ...



'Whoa! Damn! Grandma! Whoa! Damn! Creature of the Black Lagoon ... sort of ..."

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Just looking at this picture I had an epiphany: Grayza is the opposite of Aeryn.
Perfectly made up and impecably dressed where the first image we had of Aeryn was with that frazzy helmet-hair; devious and willing to do anything to get by and get through whereas Aeryn is much more up-front and reliable; finally a disaster as a leader (season-wide, PK Wars, and comics, from what I understand), whereas Aeryn is a born Commander; and the list goes on and on.
Also... yeah... what you said :)
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Now we're back on track after a so-so start of the season.What can you say about this episode except it will always be remembered for Scorpius being on a dog leash and licking Grayza's boot.What an image.How the mighty have fallen.It was also good to see everyone back together,it really is an ensemble cast that gives Farscape it's charm.
This episode had a little Trek in it with the archaeology dig mystery,usually the gang is on the run or fighting off crazy aliens,so it was nice to see them try to solve a mystery of the planet's past.
Overall a good episode.
And nice job putting this together on your first try,Andrei.You got a knack for this,who knows,you might replace Ed as Farscape head honcho.
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After how the previous season ended it could only have started with "Crichton kicks". It needs to build up again, to gather momentum, to gather the crew from the middle of nowhere that we left them in.
As for the dig... it's another one of those juicy Farscape "throaways" that ends up haunting us in the future. (like Furlo, the Flax, the Blood hunters, and so on).
Thank you for the praise, but with having just started a new job, the time for me to take a more active part in this simply isn't there. Not to mention that I don't really think anyone can replace Ed, even with all the time in the world.
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Good review, but like Mog says below, slow down the gif's, I felt like i was having a seizure LOL. And to answer one of your comments at the end, the Egyptian symbol is explained more when you reach PK Wars.

The spiders (makes me think more like a snail with a leg) could just be immune to the effects that destroyed most life on the planet, just like if we nuked the world, roaches would run wild.

The wormhole thing comes up later in the season.

This season has some wierd episodes but also good one.
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THis whole season ...best way I can say it is that it kept me totally off balance.

Imagine if PK Wars was a 23 ep season (as it was originally supposed to be Season 5). All these awesome revelations on why Humans and Sebaceans are alike and how Peacekeepers were born and became a distortion. All the cool eps we missed that this storyline would have been a part of.

Grrr
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I agree. They didn't do enough with the reveal that Humans, Sebaceans and Interons (spelled right?) were similar species. I think John just mentions it a few times but we never find out how it all happened.
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IN PK Wars (which should have been season 5) the Eidelons explain how they took a lower humanoid lifeform off earth and enhanced them to become thier allies, their Peacekeepers. That would have been such an epic story and revelation. But due to having it in the mini ...it was like 3 lines.
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Thank you. I had totally forgotten about that. Probably because "it was like 3 lines."
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I know. Then again I liked that they kept the Earth-centric ideas to a minimum in this series so less dwelling on what Humans did/do/mean to the Uncharted territories, the better imho.
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I know what comes next, but where we stand right now, that's how things look. Also what you're referring to should pre-date the Eye of Ra (unless we push back the date it appeared on Earth). So, no I don't think it belonged there, no matter the future developments.
And sorry about the gifs, if I ever have the time to do this again, I'll take more care.
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Photoscape is free, Andrei and SO easy to use and make GIFs with. Youcan do full, normal motion GIFs (like our girls doing the kick) or the "fade to black/transition Gifs" ...just by changing the speed with one click. It is awesome freeware - and so much easier than Photoshop
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If you're a Linux user like myself, Mplayer and Gimp make the animated gif process pretty painless. Gimp is available for Windoze as well.
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those were my first-ever gifs, so yeah, next time it will be a lot better.
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YOu just have to decide which gifs you want to do ...the full motion ones or the transition/fade in and out to black ones that are just the still shots. Once you decide that - you'll be good with Photoscape. Its the 1st program I have used that made GIFs really easy to do
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I think it was put there with the intention of future deveolpements and those jsut changed a bit for PK Wars maybe. And while it may be the Eye of Ra to us now, even if it predated the history your talking about, the symbol may of been adopted from something before Egyptian time. The stealing of symbols is a veyr human tradition.
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That's a retcon of Human history that I would have preferred left out of Farscape. They already had SG1 to play around with Egyptians, why use Farscape too? That's my main point of contention. They could have just had some random symbols, then had the big reveal, and had the 'hand' symbol John touched actually represent the nascent PK and be done with it. Throwing in the Eye of whatever was in the camp of 'one too many' Earth-centric crap that all Sci-Fi shows are at least in part guilty of. (I know, it's where we live, so it's natural). Maybe that's why my favorite shows take place as far away as possible. (B5, ST:DS9, ST:Voy, BSG, FS)
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The Sg-1 thing with english definitely did not make sense. I love the show but I disregard that aspect as much as I could. Least Farscape dealt with the different languages uniquely. Even Star Trek didn't really do much except say that there was a universal translator. Only DS9 ever really explained it in any way in the episode where Quark gets sent back in time.
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I think Farscape has always been good about NOT beating us over the head with Earth based things. We had flashes of the 3 Stooges and the faux earth in A Human Reaction and Won't Get Fooled Again ...but Farscape pretty much plays with the toys on this side of the Universe. SG-1 constantly had every "alien" civilization that looked exactly like us and spoke English ...that drove me nuts a little.

I was OK with that small call back to Earth and the Sebacean/HUman connection id CRUCIAL to the reveal of who Peacekeepers are
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Great point. The Egyptians could have developed their symbols from elsewhere.
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I wonder if they are impling Grayza was once a concubine. Wow - she sure moved up.

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Wherever she started, she sure ended up on top.
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Literally and figuratively. Although - you gotta admit she would up on the bottom


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.................................Boobs!!!!


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Commander Cleavage!
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@edshrinker replied''TWO OF THEM''

Good things come in pairs!!!
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TWO OF THEM!
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I think it was more like, she had this done to give her more power.
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Like - she took the idea and added the gland to help her career?

It worked
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As she herself said at some point, "would you have a weapon in your arsenal and not use it?" or something the like. She decided she wanted to use her wiles to further her insatiable powerlust ('cause that's what she's 'suffering' from), so she went all the way!
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She had 2 beautiful wiles
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that is what i was thinking... for the most part until her, you saw mostly men in power and the women were assistants or subordinates. And while you had Aeryn who was and is clearly a strong female and you see several of them in the Peace Keepers, you didn't really see many in such high positions. Now I could go into a reflection of the male dominance and all that, that exists in our world, but I really do not want to get into that debate. All I will say is my parents raised me to treat women as equals and with respect.
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It is even sadder that the strongest females in the series (bar the Moya crew) kind of slept their way to the top - Grayza and the Scarran War Minister what's-her-face.
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I don't think you can talk around this anymore than saying this was rape by Grayza. Uncharted Territories roofies

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I got it, it was the "Season of death", now we have the "Acid Trip from Hell"!
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a few episodes feel that way.
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no other way of putting it.
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Great job! Slow down those gifs and it's perfect!(Though accidently watching the two last one to the second half of In The Hall of The Mountain King was awesome).
I really liked how this planet looked.
The eye of Horus/Ra(I'm pretty sure that's not just a sg1 thing)is a symbol mostly for health and protection. Also power, because everyone likes that shit.

-The spiders could have laid eggs before that may have gone into some hybernation thing or something. they could have also come from a part of the island that was covered in water or something. To be fair, I think one of the departments made a mistake in having John's island vision look exactly like today's island. I mean that place didn't look to be a place you'll find goats in. Spiders and black lagoon creatures, yes though. I mean it's catacombs. Those things are mandatory.
-Yes, that annoyed me a bit, but since it's my first watch ever I'm counting on future episodes to fill in that hole.
-Really wondered that myself. They would also want to make sure that she's being promoted for her talents and not for getting to the decision makers. Right? Right???
-Yeah, I thought he recognised it until he saw it again. I mean come on, what would Daniel say?
-Slim to none. Espcially considering that it would mean that someone once thought Earth is a big player and it was completly forgotten. Though it seems that most of the players there were forgotten, I mean if the cheif archologists can't make anything of it...Call Daniel.
-It was mentioned by Aeryin in the first season, but I forget. Maybe five? Though Grayza's hot tub would take some place.
-It does stay red. I think D'argo put her in a state of excitment for the rest of her life.
-lol. Didn't think of that.
-She might not know how big that power is. Last time she saw John, his wormhole obsession was running low.
-ok.
-He needs a lot of seats in a lot of places. Guy is insane. Bonzo. No longer in possession of his faculties. Three fries short of a happy meal.
(When he was in the water, John looked a lot like Daniel so I may be having a relapse now).
-I wondered about it myself. The eyes were wierd though.
-yes. Oh and I loved that they used the music from the opening.
-John is a lunatic, which is why he's running around like one in each and every episode.
-True.
-That's ok, nobody did.
Excelent recap!

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answers will be coming

and with SG1, earth was a big player cause it got cut off from the rest of the universe for a time and grew more powerful, but even in that show, the powerful allies they do find are many time hesitant to really help them all the time. All the characters are humans or descended from humans (Teal'c). Whereas on Farscape you got one human and while he is the main character, the show focuses much more on aliens and their cultures. (I hope I made some sense, my brain feels fried right now and I was seeing SG1 and earth comments and stuff somewhere LOL)

Much is explained in the season as it moves forward and even more about the connection to PeaceKeepers and Humans and why they look similar comes up in PK Wars.

Stay Tuned, your in for a ride lol
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I already know about the Sebaceans ;)
I meant I disliked the overpowering of the Tau'ri in SG1. Even cut off, the whole universe had superior everything, but just because we're the good guys, we win.
Anyway, that's my ranty brain in overdrive.
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(Imagine this comment below AndrieLazu's ... yet another complaint about the forum software).

Claudia inhabits both Aeryn and Vala very comfortably and convincingly despite wildly different personalities. A tribute to her talent as a comic actress.

Some of the Aeryn scenes I like best in the series are those wherein she drops her guard and looks a little goofy ... like when mangling the English language.
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they had the will and luck and in the end other culture's technology to win.
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it was an attempt to seperate them from their previous characters. I will always like SG-1, but the last 2 season were not as good, despite liking the actors.
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They mostly had the writers rooting for them ;)
Also isn't it funny that in SG1 Ben plays the straight-arrow soldier and Claudia the loony other-worlder?
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Whoah! I really liked your answers to my nightly terrors :D
One thing I thought I mentioned, but in the end apparently didn't was my complete dislike for the new title song. It's much more combative, alert and in tune with how the show is picking up more and more speed, but I liked the initial version more.
I get your SG1 references, but I didn't watch the show myself, not even when they brought Claudia and Ben on. Something about the whole "Earth uber alles" prevailing throughout just rubbed me the wrong way. And it wasn't even in the future or in outer-space :D
Thank you for the praise.
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Also, I liked answering them! With my own subjective answers!
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Wow, did I mention in there that I also really didn't like the new title song? The pace of what John's says and the words themselves were perfect last season. I don't like these new ones.
That's ok. I didn't mention it to impose or start wars. I just had sg1 flashes through the episode because of that water moment. Also that sea monster which looked a lot like one from an episode where daniel got wet. So those got my sg1 referneces surfing again.
I love writing this and having the gif of Crichton Kicks play on the side. So much better than that gif of the ugly thing from The Choice. This just brings a smile to my face every time I can't ignore it again.
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LOL. That thing was uber creepy. Sorry. There were no decent cover pic GIFs in that ep!
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Not Star Wars, more Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (both old and new), and some Star Trek thrown in for good measure :D
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-What are the odds that in an Universe so big one of the maybe 12 symbols featured on the golden playing pyramid would be ancient Egyptian

Who says the Egyptians created it? Maybe it is much MUCH more ancient and they borrowed it. That is where the SG-1 references were going
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First Grandma steals Winona ...then tosses her in the ocean. Crichton was pretty restrained. She seemed pretty chill about killing him too!

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Spoiler will follow.
And that's not even her worst offense in this episode. I consider drugging him over and over to be worse. (especially in the future) &- spoiler
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Grandma is definitely of the tough love school ... not to mention decidedly senile. Wise, but senile ...
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She gave him the option of drugs. He chose to use them
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True, but I still consider her dust-in-face trigger-happy attitude to be a sort of 'gateway drug'. Not that Grayza helped any with her "chest gland juice". It was the perfect combination of weakened will and opportunity.
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Ah, but Chricton has already demonstrated a curiosity and willingness toward experimentation, e.g., "Taking The Stone" (2x03). Just a hippie at heart ... on the trip of his life.
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That IS what I was referring to, that's what all of us were referring to, i think, but I still consider he wouldn't have gone there had he not been bombarded with mind-altering drugs already since the last season's finale.
Not to condone his actions, just to explain them in part.
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I thought you were referring to later on when he keeps sniffing. You're right about the dust blow ...that was way out of line
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anyone who abuses anything always has a choice. He chose wrong and anyone who tells me it is a sickness or they had no choice either is fooling themselves or not had to deal with those consequences of someone in their life abusing substances. Sadly, I know what this can do with family from direct experience. It is one of the things this season that I truly disliked, and I don't mean the story aspect as much as seeing a character you love going down the wrong path.

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As an on again, off again addict, I get your point. Addiction is a horrible thing. But it doesn't completely destroy one's sense of humour. My conversations with other alcoholics are continuously punctuated with humour.

As for the notion of choice, well, that comes down to semantics. Do we choose to be fingernail biters or anorexics? Do we choose to be shy, or obnoxious? Do we choose our phobias? No one ever consciously made the choice to become an alcoholic. But when it happens, some are strong enough to beat it. Some are not. In my mind, judgementalism is a far worse thing than addiction. We can choose or choose not to judge quite easily.


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it gets much worse before things get better.
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NO doubt on the Fanfic. If folks have resorted to Win-cest with Supernatural with the 2 bros - can't even imagine what that looks like with Big D and Crichton.

I have NO problem thinking of the Sikozu/Jool/Chiana fanfic however!

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I like the video you posted in your last review in the comment, you gonna include it in recapping pt 2? Where i believe that scene takes place. Don't need fanfic, my imagination is plenty filled with those 3 and Aeryn lol
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OUR GIRLS!
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The one on the right and left are mine,the rest you can have!!!!
And we have officially made this a 100 + comments post! :)
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I won't be thinking of Aeryn when MY hand is on Sikozu's boob
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@edshrinker @mdoz34
Mdoz steals Aeryn,Ed reacts badly!!!!



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Poor Ed will just have to suffer wiht the other 2... i'm sure the suffering will be too much for him.
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Watch out Ed,Mdoz is after your woman!!

&Red; Alert*Red Alert&

There's a Captain Kirk loose on this site,lock up your women!!!!

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Yeah,but the one you are taking is Ed's main squeeze!

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@DSniner & @edshrinker What is there to fight over, I am giving him 2, just taking 1
:)
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@edshrinker & @mdoz34

Boys,boys,boys,no need to fight over the women,just come up with a weekly schedule to share.
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@edshrinker oh hell no, Aeryn is mine.
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I get Sikozu Aeryn and Jool! Sweet. All at one might be a bit much though.

I plan to make Jool melt metal (scream)
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You are missing the blue one, but the actress who plays Grayza is good looking but sorry, that outfit just doesn't do it for me.
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dont tell you.... dang.... ok... its not far into the season lol
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We hear her voice I remember ...but do we actually see her?? Don't tell me!! I still remember the Sci-Fi preview ad for that episode with the voice over going "...something borrowed, something BLUE)
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now, you know that is not completely true, she appears briefly in season 4 :)
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Well were are in Season 4 - so...NO big blue Butt. :(
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We're only missing a bit of blue :D
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Damn skippy! I have it done already but I want this to have the floor for a day or two before I put it up. But just to get the netheregions saying "Hmmm?!?"


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So....are we going to see this recap, or are you stuck on this gif? 'cause you've been teasing us with it for at least two weeks.
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This is Andrei's time in the sun. I wanted to give his recap a couple days. I am putting it up today
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i just keep rewatching this lol
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no rush, just hoping you use it
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Watch Jool as she leaves the screen. She does these little pouty lips that make me do a Dude Squee
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I know what you mean. Throw Aeryn into the mix (any of them, really), and it only gets better!
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I almost forgot to let people know this is up :D

@mdoz34 @johnPeterson5 @TrevPlatt @mog253 @edshrinker @Wig257

@Snyltesoppen @RazorX696 @slayme3 @DSniner @Henninggirl
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I have dropped a note to @TVcom_Editorial It is why I said it was cool if they skipped "Crichton Kicks" so this could be featured. Hopefully they give us some love!
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This was just promoted! Another win for the Farscape team! :D
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I hope so, be kind of weird if say pt2 gets the love and pt 1 didn't.
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I used to drive Manoj and Rolamb nuts wanting a new Farscape up every 2-3 days. Our Post were always featured... but because Pat and Co were so on the ball with promotions - we could bet our previous one was already off the front page. Now ...I put up "Dog with 2 Bones" and "Crichton Kicks" and "Into the Lion's Den Part 2" was STILL up there.

I need to keep my pace before work kicks in Sept 1st so I can get through PK Wars. I can't count on them promoting stuff anymore
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just let us know when it is up and hopefully they will get some, hopefully a lot, of these featured.
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Awesome work my friend! Absolutely love having your voice contributing to this. I know folks sometimes wonder why Posts take a while to finish and get up ...and you now have 1st hand knowledge of the time you have to invest to do these properly. So much fun - but so much work.

On a show you love, however, these are a joy to do! Much appreciated!
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Seriously! I watched the episode capturing screens left and right. Then I wrote the story to go with the pictures. Then I watched it again and tweaked the story/took more/other/better pictures. Then I had to learn how to make gifs (thank God my wife is a Photoshop wizard). Then I skip-watched the episode again to get the quotes.
Then came the uploading. It took more than an hour to actually upload the pictures in the appropriate places.
All in all I think it took at least 10 hours or actual work.
I loved it though!
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nothing good is ever easy, but when it is finished, you feel like a million bucks.
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Doz is spot on. That finished product is worth it. NO doubt 10 hours is about right until you get a method to your madness. I use the Farscape Wiki to measure against all my images to get a flow of the story, names, quotes...all the details. They are great.

It is amazing to see all the caps you have when you finish ...what your brain told you is an image that needed to be in the story. Then you look and you have 120 images! Jeebus - I'll even do video clips and have that many!

Just a great job, though, Andrei!
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Thank you. As for the numbers of pictures, sounds about right!
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This would have been up sooner, had I not had to deal with changes in the program at work, draconian firewall rules at the company which prevented me from posting while there, a really slow netbook, and a really powerful stomach flu. Still, I hope I did a good enough job.
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YES!

Suck it up soldier! Farscape recaps always take priority! LOL
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