Back in the cell, John's trying desperately to contact the Raisin Queen. By yelling into the air. "We aren't the ones attacking you! Speak with me, dammit!" Aeryn whispers to him: "It's up to you..." He shushes her, tries to put her off, but she won't be quieted: "Before the Living Death takes hold, you have to be prepared to kill me. Promise." A world of no, for about a billion different reasons, but she gets him anyway: "Look, you said I'm not alone. A friend would do this for me." FOUL! "Family would do it swiftly." TOTAL FOUL! He cannot handle the idea of this conversation, much less actually having it. Me neither! John looks over at D'Argo, who made this happen with the power of the jinx.
Caspar mentions the heat as the Commandos continue toward command, and Melkor tries to switch a valve in the corridor, but is defeated by blue gunk. Sadly, there is no Delvian around to kiss him on the stupid forehead and give him something to prove. Melkor's convinced that "the prisoners" did it, as their only defense, and Caspar wonders aloud what the goo is. "We must resist," says Melkor, all flinty, and another Commando is like, "Fuck that." Melkor long-jumps at him and slams him into the wall. "I'll attribute that to heat delirium, Officer!" He shoves the guy toward command, and they continue. These guy don't even have a chance.
Rygel stands in front of the nest, on comms with John. I basically love the little shit here. "I can't do this. I can't." John's sorry, but there's no other option. The way it's shot, you don't really see how gross this is going to get yet, so you have to use your imagination as Rygel's like, "Do you realize how hideous this thing is?" Which: it's gotta be pretty bad if Rygel's grossed out. "You wanted to negotiate, now's your chance!" Zhaan (maybe a bit on the nose here) says to ask him what Rygel the First would do. John starts to ask, but Rygel just hangs up and turns his comm off. That's my boy. I couldn't be more impressed if he were capable of actual change or growth. Rygel walks regally (and CGI-liciously) up to a birth canal, meeting briefly with a bug at the entrance. It's all about the slo-mo and zany music, but this is actually a hugely symbolic moment, so I don't mind.
"I am Rygel. Sixteenth of my lineage, Dominar of the Hynerian Empire. At once your equal, and your humble petitioner. Requesting an audience." (Not to get graphic here, but he just basically did the entire plot of "A Human Reaction" in a few seconds, complete with reconnect to the father archetype: I'm guessing whatever goes on in there, we won't see it happen, because it's his journey alone.) And he's right, it's pretty ooky unless you're really into biology, which I am really not: straps and flaps of skin, the Original California Raisin staring at him through the veils. The Grail, on a not-so-fresh day. After a few moments, the soldier bug grants him entrance, and he moves into the oogy area. We see his silhouette as he makes his way in to her. Somewhere, Jonathan Riker breaks out in a cold sweat. If you can make it through this episode, you're good to go. Feel free to be just as proud as Rygel in this moment.