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Taking the Stone
Teleplay by Justin Monjo
Directed by Rowan Woods

It's a rule, seemingly, that every new season of a show must open with a set of episodes that re-establish each of the characters. They have to get their turn, basically, and this time the episode belonged to Chiana.

And about time too.

For someone who made such an impact on the show and the crew, Chiana had slid into a surprisingly domesticated role over recent episodes with no stealing, barely any lying and suddenly rustling up meals and washing clothes. So it was time that she was tested again, that she got to go out and do things.

But it is a shame that she had to do it against the backdrop of a rather familiar tale. Everything that she did, from the gruesome life disc removal through her emotional journey as she tried to overcome her grief was good. But a planet of young people and children is straight out of Star Trek and the elaborate suicides were just a knowing version of the Carousel in ‘Logan's Run’.

But it was good to see Aeryn restraining Crichton, instead of the other way around, and good to see Crichton lose control – most of the time he'd hardly be daft enough to eat those mushrooms on the off chance that they won't kill him.

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Taking the Stone

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