Season 2, Episode 2: “Vitas Mortis”
**1/2 out of *****
“The spiritual realm frightens you?”
“Losing those I care about frightens me.”
We’ve seen Delvian mysticism, now it’s time for some Luxan mysticism! D’Argo runs into a Luxan Orican–basically an extremely revered spiritual leader-type–who needs his help to die in proper fashion and winds up sucking Moya’s youth to revitalize herself on accident. Gee, whoops?
This episode is alright, and has some good D’Argo moments, but it’s somewhat bland for me. The mystery of what’s happening with Moya feels a bit obvious, so it’s a little frustrating they all figure it out so slowly. Points for D’Argo for figuring it out first, though Aeryn does so at about the same time, too. Also, young Nilaam (not to be confused with Nilaam Young, the famous Luxan country western singer) gets on my nerves.
One thing about this ep, especially at the beginning: Crichton’s gotten very protective of his friends. He’s furious when she thinks Nilaam has hurt D’Argo and wrongly called him a fraud. Come to think of it, Crichton’s highly protective of D’Argo here and distrustful of this whole business. Given what happened at the Delvian temple with Zhaan, and everything else he’s run afoul of in the past cycle, one can’t really blame him. He’s also likely a bit hyper-sensitive after having just effectively lost Talyn.
“I do. But not yet.”
We see how laundry is done aboard Moya. Speaking of which, Chiana took a long time to do laundry, given how long she’s standing in that fluid before she’s stuck.
I’m not a fan of Zhaan’s new golden collar and gauntlets. Not earthy enough for her personality. Is she going to deflect bullets with those things?
Rygel has got one resilient butt, and that’s all I have to say about that.
 Never particularly answered: If she’s so damned revered, what the heck is she doing out there all alone? Did she lose a fight with Palpatine or something?
 Aeryn’s solution to the problem involves applying the biggest gun she can find.
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