So all of a sudden the episode's about John, even though it started out being pretty memorably about Chiana? Nope. When did the laka start? Right around the time John got raped. And now he's gone off the drugs, and all of a sudden he's depressed. It's got story logic and a spider lady behind it, but it's not the weirdest story ever told in space. It was always about both of them: facing up. This is John and Aeryn we're talking about; easy or hard: there's someone else in the room, and it's Grayza. Why on earth would he let her go again, coin toss or not? She pulled back, Harvey's Lovely Daughter, but she's been trying her damnedest all season long to get him back, and he's been standing behind a laka curtain, quietly drowning. Grayza took something from him, even adjusting for the difference in gender experience, and it was power. Did wonders for his wormhole abilities; wreaked havoc on his life. (For extra credit, compare Scorpius with Talikaa in this instance: the things he willingly traded to Grayza for what he wanted are the same things she took from John by force. John and Chiana are innocent; Scorpius and Talikaa are whores.) John laughed off Chiana's scary advances; he could only do it, without seeing the shattering beneath it, because it was too close to his own shit. "She likes me," he said. "Things are gonna be fine," he said.
Sikozu holds something up to Scorpius's mouth, and makes him swallow. His jaws close on her finger and he's very Scarran right now; Sikozu gasps but it could be a sex thing for all we know. "Wake up, Scorpius," she whispers. "We need you." I do believe they care about each other. It's nice to imagine that he's 100% like he is, but that doesn't fit this show at all. That's a square peg for such a wonderful character. We'll never know if he or Talikaa suffered in their own way for what they gave up, for what was lost: maybe it was just a transaction, maybe not, but we'll never know, and that's how it goes with bug people. Scorpius jerks and snarls and flops and comes around; he grabs Sikozu by the throat. "You don't want to hurt me, Scorpius," she chokes out. "I'm an ally." "Si...ko...zu?" he growls, in a whisper. "Yes, Scorpius." He growls and sits up; she gasps and whimpers quietly. "Arachnid?...Kill it." And Sikozu nods, and she is beautiful: "Yes, Scorpius. It's time to kill it." She smiles, he clambers to his feet. He picks her up in his arms like Frankenstein's Monster. At her small cry, he looks down at her: "Help." And with that, he carries her out of the fan room. I don't get those two.