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Season 1 has a special joy. Obviously, this article contains some significant spoilers for the entire first season of Farscape.
For the uninitiated, the premise of Farscape is that an all-American astronaut named John Crichton falls through a wormhole and ends up on the other side of the universe, where he throws in his lot with a group of escaped prisoners. Season 1 deals with the early phases of the escape, as they bounce from planet to planet and learn to work together—more or less.
Season 1 has maximum opportunity to showcase the sheer vibrant variety of the Uncharted Territories and it goes for it with abandon. The colour palette is anarchic. The character design is equally vibrant—multiple eyes, tendrils, mandibles, antennae.
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This is a show about the ad-hoc, the off-beat, the unpolished, and the occasional dodgy-looking prop is exactly the seasoning it needs. A lot of the conflicts in season 1 are, in essence, ecological.
The crew manages to communicate with the new arrival and negotiate a compromise, allowing the swarm to remain for long enough to complete its reproductive cycle before leaving. The crew are stranded in a forest which has only two inhabitants: one delicately beautiful and helpless alien woman, one monstrous and aggressive plant-man.
Of course, appearances are deceiving. Farscape sometimes gets dark. This never entirely goes away in later seasons—one of my favourite elements of the series is the way the antagonists are gradually brought on-side as fully-realised individuals, without writing out their original motives—but as more time is devoted to arc plot, the show has fewer chances to construct these moral puzzle-boxes.
Further, as John develops from a peaceable scientist into a more hardened and pragmatic fugitive, the series as a whole seems to become more willing to use violence as a tool for resolution. The attention lavished on Zahra's brother Ahmad as a child reflects the masculine ideals of the patriarchy and the strength of its grip on society.
Zahra remembers the behavior of her mother towards her brother. Such a masculine mentality continues to manifest itself later in the book, in Ahmad's addiction to hashish, masturbation, and goods stripped from the bodies of the dead. Zahra recounts how her own face and her inner psyche become scarred as a result of her society's descent into the abyss of war.
In Zahra's early years, we also observe that her brutal father rejected her because she had acne, a symbol of her inner scars.
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Within this context, Ann Adams elaborates further how the conflicts in Zahra's home truly register on her body: "Zahra's abject and acne-filled face not only makes visible the emotional scars this upbringing has had on the sensitive young girl, but also literalizes the ever increasing gender conflict carried on in society--the 'battle' between men and women for the control and regulation of female bodies" It is a problem that Zahra's father thinks might make of her a spinster with no marriage prospects.
This drives him to beat and abuse her mercilessly every time he sees her fingering her pimples. Zahra's father's cruel behavior succeeds only in intensifying Zahra's sense of isolation in a patriarchal society in which she feels discriminated against, unwanted and unloved by the people closest to her. It also reinforces to some degree the patriarchally constructed notions of beauty and idealised femininity. With her nails, Zahra intentionally disfigures her face until the blood starts to ooze from her pimples to such extent that it has become her only reason for waking up early each morning: " m y pimples were my only reason for waking each morning.
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