The crew takes their gains from the Shadow Despository to an ice planet that serves as home to the Diagnosan Tacot, a surgeon of great renown that they hope will heal Moya’s burns and remove the chip from Crichton’s brain. The neural clone, however, has gained the ability to assume control of Crichton’s body for periods of time, and exploits the other’s desire to help and trust Crichton to make its escape and signal Scorpius. When Aeryn pursues him, Crichton/Scorpius rams her Prowler, and although she ejects, the seat is damaged. She is unable to break free as the seat crashes into a frozen lake, killing her. She is entombed in Tacot’s cryogenic chamber, along with other recently- and near-deceased specimens that the Daignosan uses for transplant organs. After Aeryn’s funeral, the others ponder their next step. D’Argo plans to propose to Chiana and retire to a farm somewhere, but neither Chiana nor Jothee seem enthused by the idea as they grow closer. Rygel tries to buy his way off planet. Zhaan and Stark choose to stay with Moya, while Crais regrets that Aeryn never joined him aboard Talyn. A shackled and grieving Crichton undergoes the chip removal surgery, which temporarily removes his capacity for speech as well. And that’s when Scorpius himself shows up to collect his goods.
written by David Kemper
directed by Rowan Woods
music by Guy Gross
Guest Cast: Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Lani John Tupu (Crais), Matt Newton (Jothee), David Franklin, (Lt. Braca), Hugh Keays-Byrne (Grunchlk), Thomas Holesgrove (Diagnosan Tocot)
LogBook entry by Dave Thomer