Farscape: Moya and Pilot’s symbiotic relationship

The symbiotic relationship between Moya and Pilot are very interesting to me. At first we are introduced to Pilot as this amazing creature that somehow flew a living ship. I questioned why a living ship like Moya would need a pilot in the first place. It seems that Pilot acts as a symbolic conscious for her and therefore Pilot becomes and extension of Moya, who cannot speak words that the crew understands. Moya, on the other hand, understands the crew when they speak.

Pilot takes on two major roles for Moya. At first, he is a symbolic conscious, where at times Moya feels to act in a certain way but Pilot feels the best thing to do in the scenario is to starburst and live another day. Pilot counsels Moya on hard decisions especially when it comes to Talon, her son. Moya, like many mothers, want to constantly protect their offspring regardless of how much they may be capable of protecting themselves. Moya’s pregnancy was very difficult but with the help of the crew and Pilot, Moya was able to give birth to a healthy hybrid ship; that in their world has not been birthed before, being part Peacekeeper and part Leviathan. Pilot, many times have reasoned with Moya to change her decision to alternatives in order to keep all parties alive. Moya may be irrational when scared, but when calmed down by Pilot, with his counseling, he speaks to her and together they come up with better plans in order to either defeat the villains that are chasing them or the said danger they encounter. Pilot gives Moya advice on her son as well. Talon becomes very destructive and is hard to control. He doesn’t listen to Moya and continues to fly with Captain Crais, which is another complicated relationship.

Secondly, Pilot seems to be the referee between the crew and Moya. The crew, consisting of Criton, Aeryn, D’Argo, Zhaan, Rygil, Chiana, and later on Stark, Jool,  Sikozu and Scorpius, they are all very different beings with many strong opinions. Pilot seems to be able to listen to all and yet come together with Moya to discuss the best-case scenario. Of all the crew, Pilot speaks with D’Argo, Zhaan and Criton the most when jumping back and forth between the crews’ needs and Moya’s needs. Inevitably, Pilot finds common ground and brings peace within the ship.

Pilot is an exquisite creature that is raised to be bonded to a Leviathan yet, also creates multidimensional relationships with Moya. He also heeds to the needs of the crew without causing serious damage to Moya. All and all, Pilot is an imperative being on board Moya.  


The women of Firefly

Inara, River, Zoe and Kaylee: The four intelligent, strong, and kick-ass women aboard Serenity. It is hard to choose a favorite. This entry consists of a quick glance into the females of Firefly/Serenity.

There have been many disputes if Firefly is feminist or misogynistic. I feel that Joss Whedon’s world of Firefly creates a positive reflection of women.

One can easily say, well Inara, the companion, which is the field of escorts and sells her time to men and women who are willing to pay high prices for her companionship. Yet, as much as she continues to do so, she is madly in love with Captain Mal. She has on many occasions used her money and contacts to help the shipmates of serious situations.

River, who is known to be a bit maladjusted, is the most intelligent one. At first, the audience is shown that River throws tantrums, screams, barely speaks, shows antisocial behaviors but as we get deeper into Firefly, it is revealed she was used as a guinea pig in lab tests to suck out this extreme knowledge in various torture methods. As a young woman blossoming, earlier ages, where women learn what it means to be a female, how their body changes, how to socialize with others in an adult manner… she underwent tremendous trauma! It is common for those who have been exposed to extreme trauma to show signs of maladjustment. It may take them longer to get acquainted with others. Also, seem to be introverted, maybe even seem to be a hermit. Although, River went through a lot, she is strong woman. She has beaten up numerous “bad guys” and saved the team. It shows to me that although seemingly introverted, she shows care for her shipmates when they are in trouble. How can she be seen as a negative person if she is able to help even the strongest of characters?

I really enjoy Zoe’s character. Not only is she a powerful woman of color, in an interracial marriage, but also one of the best fighters on the ship. Zoe fought alongside Mal in the independence wars and continues that relationship on Serenity, with their Robin-hood-esque-steal from the rich and gives to the poor-mentality. At a quick glance, Zoe may be seen as a brute, but she is kind, loving and nurturing to her husband as well as her shipmates.

Lastly, Kaylee who is the engineer/mechanic of their ship, Serenity but, also the most optimistic of the bunch. She brings a positive attitude to the ship and is quite the peacemaker as well. She has a caring heart to people and even shows this kindness to the ship, which to some may just be a transportation vessel, but she treats Serenity as a fellow woman and delicately fixes issues aboard. Kaylee has great relationships with the other females and also employs Mal to admit to his true feelings about Inara. She is also quite the innovator, able to put together mechanical creations to help the ship run better, also fixes weapons and such.

Whedon poses that without this pronoun women, Serenity would not be able to fly as well as the shipmates, the males would not be able to continue fighting and stay alive. Each woman is seemingly different but they are all intelligent and strong in many aspects. Each bring a different prospective to the group as well as teach each other how to be more productive as a team. River learns to trust, Inara learns to be honest with her feelings, Zoe learns to be more patient and Kaylee learns its okay to dress more feminine and still be the same person she is.

Each of the above mentioned lessons are realistic ideas on how a woman transitions into society and culture, with many other notions. Whedon poses that these women are not just characters but are reflections of positive young women in society.



Welcome to my new blog!

Greetings to the wonderful people of the internetverse that have stumbled upon my humble blog.

First off, I’d like to explain the word “PsyFicology“, which is Psychology + Science Fiction (sci fi) melded together.

I’m creating this blog to discuss psychological aspects, various scifi media, and my opinions. I consider various genres of the huge scifi spectrum ranging from comic books/graphic novels to mainstream, popular and cult.

If you have any suggestions on certain TV series, comics, etc that you would like to be featured, feel free to leave a comment!

Pady N.