ship_manifesto | John Crichton/Aeryn Sun: Formulaic Love? Not in My Frelling 'Ship!
Talent Names - John Crichton, Claudia Black most of all, the incredibly interesting relationship between John Crichton, the human We should start a support group for brilliant characters who have mad science problems. Farscape characters: John Crichton & Aeryn Sun . Her relationship with Pilot – even more than the one with Crichton – will help expose her. John/Aeryn is the canonical pairing of John Crichton and Aeryn Sun in Farscape. John and Aeryn's relationship was central to the story of Farscape. Aeryn tries to help John deal with the neural chip placed in his brain by.
At the beginning of the show, she is a member of the Peacekeepers, a military that hires itself out for protection and not only discourages, but actively forbids emotional attachment.
It is revealed later in the show that suspected emotional bonding is punishable by imprisonment and even death. Aeryn is physically superior to John, having increased senses and a lifetime of intense military training. The trope of the strong, unemotional man and weaker, but emotionally more mature woman is turned inside-out with John and Aeryn — she can dominate him physically, and he is the one trying to help her get in touch with her emotional side.
As the show progresses, John and Aeryn grow closer and begin to even each other out somewhat. These changes are not sudden, but gradual over multiple seasons with various setbacks, allowing the viewer to appreciate that such things are not immediate or easy. Like River from Firefly, John is pursued relentlessly for the information inside of his brain. Grayza had herself implanted with a gland that excretes Heppel Oil, a substance she uses as a date-rape drug.
If that GIF existed. If I knew how to GIF, it would …. In so many formats, the tale of a hard, military man learning to care for others, getting in touch with his emotions, and embracing his inner nurturer is very common.
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A current example of the latter can be seen in the new SyFy show Defiance. A Human Reaction, wherein John assumedly makes it home only to find out that he's not really welcomed back with open arms. Instead, the military takes him hostage, dissects one of his shipmates, and prepping another for more knowledge.
It was here that John and Aeryn on the run from the military shared their first kiss. And maybe something more? Depends on who you ask. However, based on the kiss alone, you can see the walls coming down around Aeryn as she hesitantly presses her lips against Crichton's, both eventually succumbing to the moment.
It was the first meaningful gesture between these two. It wouldn't be the last. Fast forward to the second season, where we find our might be couple coming to terms with their feelings for one another.
Sure, there's intergalactic intrigue and space faring action, but there's also something else, something sinister lurking beneath the surface. It turns out John's slowly losing control of his mind courtesy of a Peacekeeper named Scorpius.
Apparently, both John and Scorpius are looking for the key to wormholes, Crichton to find a way home, Scorpius to develop a weapon to destroy the Scarrens. However, it turns out that John already has the holy grail to wormholes in his head, courtesy of a wormhole alien in the guise of his father.
All you need to know is that Scorpius wants this information, so he puts a neural clone of himself inside Crichton's brain, the clone beginning to take control of John when the second season begins. And, herein lies the dilemma.
John becomes detached from the rest of the crew because of this dichotomy, leading to misspoken words between he and Aeryn. What looked like a lock for romance and happiness becomes convoluted because of the neural clone, or as John calls him, Harvey. When it looks like John's about to let Aeryn in, Harvey inevitably steps in and pulls John away from her.
This is partly because of Harvey, and partly because of John, because he finds himself unable to trust his capacities around his friends, his mental faculties continually giving ground to Harvey. However, we finally get a glimmer of hope when John kisses Aeryn once more this time they're trying to escape a Shadow Depository.
John needs to tell her how he really feels about Aeryn before he totally loses himself to Harvey. However, he never gets the chance to because Aeryn tells him that she already knows, and their love continues to strengthen. Unfortunately, happiness rarely lasts long, and Harvey ultimately takes control of John, none of the shipmates the wiser. It's a shame really, because it's at this moment that Aeryn finally tells John that she loves him.
John's response to the admission? He slams her, head first, into a wall, knocking her unconscious. Their ship crippled from the previous encounter with the Shadow Depository, John tries to contact Scorpius as to his whereabouts, wherein a Peacekeeper Command Carrier will inevitably be on its way to retrieve John and destroy his friends in the process. So, what's a former soldier to do? She has to shoot down John's module, possibly killing John in the process.
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However, slipping into Peacekeeper mode also makes her slip back into her preconceived notion that she is indeed the superior pilot in this situation. Little does she know, John also knows a thing or two about flying, especially when gravity's involved. And, while it looks like Harvey's about to give up, he turns the tables on Aeryn. Aeryn loses her Prowler, ejecting safely. However, Harvey informs her that she's descending into a lake of ice.
Then, as to rub salt into the wound, John recovers control of his body, finally realizing in horror that he's forced Aeryn into this situation. With her last words, Aeryn tells John that she hopes he meant what he said about loving her when Harvey was in control.
Because she meant every word. Then she descends into the icy depths, John screaming in anguish over the loss of the woman he's truly fallen in love with. Wait, so she's dead? In fact, that's a pretty stupid ship. There's a reason I fell in love with this show, the fact that it doesn't pull any punches and assumes that the viewer has a modicum of intelligence. Take the third season premiere where Aeryn is brought back from the dead, but at a terrible cost.
If there's one rule that remains stringent in this show, it's that there must always be a balance. A life for a life. There are no shortcuts in the world of Farscape. So, when we pick up with our couple, John is finally rid of the neural implant and Aeryn is reunited with him. So, now is where we get the happy ending, right? If you said yes, you obviously haven't been paying attention to this piece and should go back to the beginning and reread every word.
That's right, every word. So, where was I? That's right, John and Aeryn together once again. However, there's a slight hitch. Remember that 'terrible price' mentioned earlier that was ultimately responsible for Aeryn's resurrection? Well, that event's weighing pretty heavily on Aeryn's conscience. So much so that she's unwilling to let anyone else get that close to her for the fear that they might sacrifice their life for hers once more.
And that, my friends, brings us back to square one. Okay, maybe one and a half.
Farscape characters: John Crichton & Aeryn Sun
But neither knows how to proceed from here. Distance begins to grow between our two intrepid starcrossed lovers. After laying to rest a friend, things get weird when Crichton and company come across a dead Leviathan think living spaceship.
Turns out there's a madman on board that can make exact duplicates of living matter. Neat trick if you feed off of brain matter. More food for you, less people to capture. So, while everyone on board the dead Leviathan is twinned, one being used as a food source, Crichton comes out ahead in the deal. Yep, you've guessed it. But surely they're different. One's less than another.
Turns out they're not. Each are John Crichton. How do we know? A simple game of rock, paper, scissors, wherein the Crichtons end up in a stalemate for every throw. While this is going on, Aeryn looks on in confusion, the relationship between John and Aeryn becoming more confusing than ever before.
Another jump ahead, and our crew is forced to separate under uncontrollable circumstances. So, we end up with John, Aeryn and half of the ship's crew on the run from Aeryn's mother long story while John and the other half of the crew starburst in another direction to escape the Peacekeepers.
The descriptors are simply the names of their respective ships at the time. Then we've got TalynJohn, who's extremely happy to be with Aeryn, even though they're being hunted by Aeryn's mother. Turns out TalynJohn's gotten the better of the deal, Aeryn's newly formed distance crumbling over time until we are absolutely sure how each feels about the other as we see them in a tangled mess under the covers.
Things between Aeryn and TalynJohn are going so well, that when TalynJohn brings up the matter of taking Aeryn back to Earth with him, she wholeheartedly agrees. She's made her decision at this point. This is it for her. Her life rests with this man.
But, this is Farscape, and everything has a cost. Her relationship with Pilot — even more than the one with Crichton — will help expose her softer and more feminine side and will be one of the constant links to her better instincts throughout the story arc. Everything revolves around rules and discipline.
Farscape has no fear of tackling this topic in a more serious manner. The surprising, uncharacteristic prayer she addresses to an old Sebacean divinity is just a last resort against despair, but is also quite emblematic of the person Aeryn is: This is one of the reasons she is such a fascinating figure, this amalgam of outer strength and inner fragility, this factual representation of a real, flesh and blood woman, with all her realistic contradictions.
As does another sentence uttered at the prospect of an hours-long delivery: She is transformed by her experiences, yes, but not altered: The discovery of feelings, love, motherhood does not change this extraordinary character but simply adds more layers to it, making it more complete.