Season 2 Episode 9

Out of Their Minds

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 07, 2000 on Syfy

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  • In typical Farscape fashion, a common sci-fi cliche is used in an original and humorous way

    When I think of qualities that I love in Farscape, near the top of the long list are Farsape's use of humor and its use of sci-fi cliches in original ways. Out of Their Minds may be the best example of these two elements put together.

    The "MindSwap" or "BodySwap" has appeared numerous times in the sci-fi genre on televsion (such as Star Trek ("The Turnabout Intruder"), Buffy The Vampire Slayer ("Who Are") and the X-Files ("Small Potatoes")), in movies ("Face/Off") and in comic books. Like other common cliches, it is used so often that it has becomes predictable: a villain switches minds, bodies, or appearances with a hero, incapacitates the hero, and then uses the hero's body for their own nefarious purposes.

    In Out of Their Minds, Farscape frells with this cliche by having multiple mind swaps in the episodeice, swapping minds only between the heros, and making the point of the episode to let the hijinks ensue. And it works perfectly for several reasons. First, it's done with humor at the characters themselves, putting each character in hilarious situations caused by the switches. For instance, Crichton's experimentation with Aeryn's chest. Wow. This scene was one of the reasons I love Claudia Black. In a very small time, she captures a man in a woman's body perfectly, while also being sexy and funny. This scene was one

    Second, the actors themselves are able to make the swap believable by adopting the tics, habits, mannerisms and speech patterns of the usual actor portraying the character. The performances by Ben Brower, Claudia Black, and Anthony Simcoe in this episode stand out, but the other members of the cast (including the voice actors and puppeteers), also did a remarkable job.

    Third, while the episode could stand on its own, it does progress the overall storyline and relationships of the characters. Because of this episode, D'argo and Chiana get together, and Crichton and Areyn get closer in a funny and realistic manner of two person who clearly love each other and are attracted to each other. The episode also provides further insight into Pilot's character and underlying feelings.

    All in all, one of my favorite Farscape episodes not only of season two but also of the entire series.