Chosen One of the Day: Revenging Angel, the animated episode of Farscape

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Mar 25, 2021, 9:00 PM EDT (Updated)

If you ever want to know what show really got me into modern science fiction - at least, modern sci-fi not intended for children - then the answer is Farscape. My dad introduced the show to me in 2004, and after getting over some of the weirder aspects (I literally referred to this show as "the one with that one chick who's grey" for years), I fell in love.

If you've ever had the opportunity to watch the series, then you know it wasn't afraid to push a few boundaries, try some new things, take a bunch of risks. Two of the main characters were puppets for crying out loud, one a lumpy frog-like royal with a personality to match his mottled exterior and the other a giant space wombat who controlled the living ship they all spent their time on.

One time, the ship got pregnant. This was a weird show.

But the show's third season was where things got really interesting. After your usual storyline wherein the main character, John Crichton, was accidentally cloned, one clone ran off with the love interest while the other was stuck staying behind on the ship. This offered an opportunity to tell some really dark and serious stories on one side - the Crichton who left literally died to radiation poisoning at one point - while sticking to sillier ones on the other. You got drunken "Hangover" type episodes - long before the "Hangover" became our reference point for such things - but the real highlight of the season was Revenging Angel. It was the season's 16th episode, coming immediately after the extremely emotional death of the other version of Crichton, and took a completely opposite approach. Instead of being dramatic, Revenging Angel was animated.

Literally. It was Farscape, the Looney Tunes adventures.

Naturally, it's all part of a hallucination brought on by being knocked unconscious, but the story involves a Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote type chase between Crichton and D'Argo (space shows do love their names with apostrophes), and a whole sequence starring Aeryn Sun, John's absent love interest, where she goes from herself to Jessica Rabbit to Marylin Monroe to Pamela Anderson (Baywatch years) and back again.

Only in a man's dreams, right?

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