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FarscapeCommander John Crichton is the first test pilot of Farscape One, a craft he designed in order to test a theory on gravitational acceleration. However, when the ship encounters a disturbance midflight, Crichton winds up sucked through a wormhole right into the middle of a prison ship’s escape from its military escort. Moya, the prison ship, brings Crichton on board, but not before one of the attacking Peacekeeper fighters collides with Farscape One and subsequently crashes. His first encounter with the escapees – the exiled priest Zhaan, the deposed ruler Rygel, and the warrior D’Argo – does not go well, and before long he and a captured Peacekeeper stage a prison break of their own . . . with the brother of the dead pilot on their trail and seeking revenge.

Season 1 Regular Cast: Ben Browder (Commander John Crichton), Claudia Black (Officer Aeryn Sun), Virginia Hey (Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan), Anthony Simcoe (Ka D’Argo)

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Guest Cast: Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais)

Notes: Lani Tupu also provides the voice for Pilot, one of Farscape‘s recurring animatronic characters. Jonathan Hardy voices the former Hynerian Dominar, Rygel.

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Back and Back and Back to the Future

FarscapeThe crew rescues two Illanics, longtime allies of the Luxans. After returning from the scientists’ shuttle, Crichton finds himself even more disoriented than usual. At first his visions merely find him in compromising positions with Matala, the female Illanic. In and of itself this is enough to set off D’Argo’s jealousy. But soon Crichton sees his own death, and must figure out whether he’s lost his grip on reality or gained a chance to avert disaster.

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Guest Cast: John Clayton (Verell), Lisa Hensley (Matala)

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Exodus from Genesis

FarscapeA giant swarm of space insects shields Moya from detection by a scanning Peacekeeper Marauder ship – but it also infests the ship. The bugs gather genetic material from the crew and construct physical doppelgangers of them as they transform Moya into a hive. The process raises the ship’s temperature past the tolerance level for Sebaceans, which poses a threat to Aeryn but may be the crew’s best defense when the Peacekeepers arrive.

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Guest Cast: Damian de Montemas (Melkor), Jodie Dry (Kyona), Geoff Barker (PK Commando #3), Chenoeh Miller (PK Commando #4), Tai Scrivener (PK Commando #5)

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Throne for a Loss

FarscapeRygel attempts to impress a group of aliens with his royal status in order to earn the crew some work hauling cargo. Unfortunately the Tavleks are much more interested in earning a ransom from his “kingdom,” so they quickly kidnap the deposed Dominar. The crew does take one of the attackers hostage, and capture his weapon: a gauntlet that pumps its wearer full of stimulants to boost strength and aggression. Zhaan tries to reach out to the prisoner, now suffering from withdrawal. Crichton and Aeryn manage to get the gauntlet from an on-the-warpath D’Argo only to find that Rygel had taken an important control crystal from Moya in order to pull off his ruse – and without the crystal, Moya cannot survive for long.

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Guest Cast: John Adam (Bekhesh), Jeremiah Tickell (Kyr), Zoe Dimakis (Hontovek), Api Bavadra (Nonk)

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PK Tech Girl

FarscapeMoya encounters the Zelbinion, a derelict Peacekeeper ship which served as Rygel’s first prison a hundred cycles ago. When Crichton and Aeryn board the ship looking for salvageable wares, they find it gutted, with a lone Peacekeeper tech on board. Gilina’s crew, sent by Crais, fell victim to an attack from local scavengers called the Sheyangs. While Gilina and Crichton attempt to get the Zelbinion‘s defense screen functioning before the Sheyang send another crew to finish the job (and wipe out Moya in the bargain), D’Argo trades on his race’s reputation to stall for time, and Rygel determines to enter the graveyard of his demons.

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Guest Cast: Jane Cook (Gilina), Derek Amer (Teurac), Peter Astridge (Lomus), Peter Knowles (Evran), David Wheeler (Captain Durka)

Notes: Oddly enough, this was the first episode of Farscape ever broadcast, as a “sneak preview” episode on USA Network five days before the series premiere aired on the Sci-Fi Channel; the episode was actually the seventh produced and the fifth aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.

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Thank God It’s Friday . . . Again

FarscapeD’Argo storms off Moya in the midst of a Luxan hyper-rage. But when Crichton, Aeryn, Zhaan and Rygel follow him down to the planet Sykar, they find their much-mellowed shipmate celebrating the end of the work week and tomorrow’s rest day. Crichton and Zhaan stay with D’Argo in an effort to persuade him to give up his new life as a field laborer. Aeryn and Rygel return to Moya before the Sykaran sun brings the temperature above Aeryn’s tolerance levels; once there, Rygel encounters a threat of a decidedly internal nature. Morning comes, and a confused Crichton and Zhaan watch D’Argo set off for work, declaring that tomorrow is rest day.

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Guest Cast: Angie Milliken (Volmae), Tina Thomsen (Tanga), Ken Blackburn (Hybin)

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I, E.T.

FarscapeThe crew discovers a homing beacon installed inside Moya, broadcasting their location to the Peacekeepers. To muffle the signal, Moya buries itself in a bog, and Crichton, Aeryn and D’Argo disembark to gather an element needed to anesthetize Moya during the beacon’s removal. Crichton is quickly separated and finds himself in the hands of the natives, who have yet to journey into space or encounter visitors from other worlds. Because of the delay, Rygel begins the surgery to remove the crystal with only Zhaan’s empathic ability to draw away Moya’s pain.

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Guest Cast: Mary Mara (Lyneea), Cayde Tasker (Fostro), Boris Brkic (Ryymax)

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That Old Black Magic

FarscapeWhen a stranger appears to Crichton and claims to be a magician, Crichton is skeptical. When the stranger demonstrates his knowledge of Crichton’s predicament and offers to help him settle things with Crais, however, skepticism turns to interest. The deal is not quite what it seems, however – while the stranger does bring Crais and Crichton together, he does so by separating their spirits from their bodies, trapping the former in his stronghold. Crichton seeks to enlist Crais’ help in overcoming their captor, but Crais’s thoughts are only on revenge – and his corporeal form is a price he’s more than willing to pay. Crichton’s only hope may be in Zhaan reconnecting with a part of herself she hoped she had left behind for good, one that could cost her her very way of life.

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Guest Cast: Lani Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Chris Haywood (Maldis/Igg/Haloth), Grant Bowler (Liko), Christine Stephen-Daly (Lt. Teeg), Jake Blundell (Lt. Om), Wadih Dona (Tauvo Crais), Vic Rooney (Admiral Josbek)

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DNA Mad Scientist

FarscapeZhaan, D’Argo, Crichton and Rygel enlist the aid of Namtar, a famed genetic researcher whose database of 11,000 species might include star charts back to their home worlds. While Earth proves beyond even Namtar’s reach, he offers maps to the other three for a small price – one of Pilot’s arms. To Crichton’s shock and Pilot’s consternation, they agree, taking the limb by force. When the data crystal with the maps arrive, however, the three discover that Moya’s computers can not handle the avalanche of data, and that the only way to salvage even one of the maps is to destroy the other two. While Zhan, Rygel and D’Argo scheme with and against each other, the prospect of anyone returning home reminds Aeryn of her isolation from the Peacekeepers, and asks Namtar to find her a Sebacean colony somewhere where she might fit in. Instead, the scientist uses Aeryn as a test subject for a new genetic graft, by which he intends to assimilate Pilot’s multitasking abilities into himself. Crichton must find a way to rescue Aeryn before someone wins the battle of wills, and Moya departs the Uncharted Territories forever.

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Guest Cast: Adrian Getley (Namtar – Movement), Julian Garner (Namtar – Voice), Sarah Burns (Kornata)

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They’ve Got a Secret

FarscapeIn the midst of another search for hidden Peacekeeper devices, D’Argo triggers an explosion that hurls him outside Moya. Aeryn retrieves him in her Prowler and Zhaan revives him, but the injured Luxan suffers from hallucinations, believing his shipmates to be his family. Moya also seems to recover poorly from the accident, as life support and other systems begin to fail, the DRDs begin to attack the crew and Pilot himself loses consciousness. While the crew tries to unravel the mystery of Moya’s behavior, D’Argo’s delusions gradually reveal his own secrets, including the true nature of his crimes.

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Guest Cast: Alison Fox (Lo’Laan), Grant Magee (Jothee)

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Till The Blood Runs Clear

FarscapeCrichton and Aeryn take the Farscape One module out for a spin around a planet with massive solar flare activity. Crichton is delighted when his slingshot maneuver creates a proto-wormhole; less so when the resultant damage to the module forces Aeryn and him to land on the planet below and seek out the services of the local mechanic. Unfortunately, Crais has recently been in the area as well, sending a message beacon to advertise the bounties on Zhaan, D’Argo and Rygel, and a hidden offer for Aeryn. A pair of eager-to-collect bounty hunters suspect Crichton and Aeryn of having some link to the fugitives until Crichton bluffs his way into command of the entire hunting party. All goes well until Crais’ offer and an ill-timed solar flare combine to give Aeryn a very difficult time in seeing her own future, while an impatient D’Argo heads for the surface and is quickly captured, raising the stakes on Crichton’s bluff.

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Guest Cast: Magda Szubanski (Furlow), Jeremy Sims (Rorf), Jo Kerrigan (Rorg)

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The Flax

FarscapeWhen Aeryn takes Crichton out for a flying lesson in a transport pod, they become stuck in the Flax, an invisible energy net set up by Zenetan pirates. A scavenger boards Moya and offers to guide the ship past the Flax and help them find the pod – and secretly offers to help D’Argo board a derelict Luxan ship that was caught in the Flax, and which now sits disintegrating. But when the pirates board Moya and the pod is damaged, Rygel, Aeryn and D’Argo must all decide if they are willing to sacrifice some of their shipmates.

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Guest Cast: Rhys Muldoon (Staanz), John Bachelor (Kcrackic), David Bower (Goon)

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Rhapsody in Blue

FarscapeMoya initiates a sudden StarBurst when she hears a distress call from another pregnant Leviathan. Upon arrival, however, the crew learns that the signal was actually sent by a Delvian sect seeking Zhaan’s help. In their efforts to develop the power needed to free their world from the Peacekeepers, they have unleashed their own darker impulses; their leader is already insane, and his daughter and successor Tahleen is soon to follow. Only Zhaan has the knowledge and power to restrain those impulses, and Tahleen implores Zhaan to join her in mental unity in order to share that knowledge. Shaken by the memory of the last time she entered such a unity, and against Crichton’s better judgment, she agrees. But Tahleen has no plans for a peaceful exchange, and her betrayal may trap Zhaan in a state of madness and the rest of Moya’s crew in a prison of illusions and false memories.

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Guest Cast: Darlene Vogel (Alexandra/Lorana), Kate Raison (Tahleen), Max Phipps (Tuzak), Michael Beckley (Hasko), Aaron Cash (Pa’u Bitaal), Grant Magee (Jothee), Robert Supple (Young Crichton)

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Jeremiah Crichton

FarscapeA frustrated Crichton takes the Farscape One module out for a drive to blow off steam – just as Moya’s pregnancy triggers an unexpected StarBurst that leaves him stranded. He makes his way to the planet Acquara, whose natives remain in a primitive state since something on the planet quickly drains all artificial power sources. He strikes up a friendship with the natives, although a few Acquarans fear that he is a threat to their ambitions. At D’Argo and Aeryn’s insistence, the crew of Moya spends months searching for Crichton. But when they find him, the Acquarans mistake Rygel for a long-awaited deity. Rygel realizes that the Acquarans were once Hynerian subjects – but can he make them understand the truth before they are all executed as religious imposters?

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Guest Cast: Natalie Mendoza (Lishala), Kevin Copeland (Rokon), John O’Brien (Kato-Re), Deni Gordon (Neera), Tania Mustapic (Maid)

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Durka Returns

FarscapeWhen Moya damages a Nebari ship in another unintended StarBurst, she and Pilot insist on bringing its crew aboard to help them make repairs. Moya’s crew is less than thrilled to discover that the Nebari ship is a prison vessel, carrying a thief named Chiana back home for “rehabilitation” – a complete reworking of her personality to ensure her good behavior. Even more alarming to Rygel, the Nebari official Salis is accompanied by Captain Durka, the former commander of the Zelbinion. Salis insists that Durka, too, has been rehabilitated, and the former Peacekeeper expresses remorse for his actions. His apologies fall on deaf ears, however, and Rygel’s efforts to take revenge only compound the situation. Chiana escapes, Salis dies, and the crew must decide which criminal to trust.

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Guest Cast: Gigi Edgley (Chiana), David Wheeler (Durka), Tiriel Mora (Salis)

Notes: Rygel encountered what he thought was Durka’s body aboard the Zelbinion in PK Tech Girl. Gigi Edgley joins the cast with this episode, although she would not be listed in the opening credits until season two.

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A Human Reaction

FarscapeWhen Moya discovers a wormhole that appears to lead right to Earth, an overjoyed (if somewhat hesitant) Crichton attempts to make the journey home. His homecoming is not quite the happy event he anticipated, however, as the military doesn’t trust that he is who he says he is, or that he still has Earth’s best intentions at heart even if he is. Over time, and with some help from his father, he starts to convince his former colleagues and current captors that he can be trusted – until Aeryn, D’Argo, and Rygel show up looking for him. The military’s paranoia kicks into even higher gear, and when Rygel and D’Argo meet unfortunate ends, Crichton decides his loyalties lie with his former shipmates and tries to escape. Things aren’t quite right with the world outside the compound, either, and Crichton starts to wonder if he really made it home after all.

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Guest Cast: Gigi Edgley (Chiana), Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Phillip Gordon (Wilson), Richard Sydenham (Cobb), Frankie Davidson (Newsstand Guy), Albert Mensah (Dialectic), Andy Cachia (Technician), Selina Muller (Woman On Beach)

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Through the Looking Glass

FarscapeWith Moya’s behavior becoming more unstable due to her pregnancy, the crew begins to wonder if it’s not time for them to find another home. Overhearing these remarks, Moya tries to prove herself and StarBursts before her systems are fully prepared. When the ship returns to normal, Rygel is missing, even though Pilot’s scans show him to be still onboard. Soon D’Argo and Aeryn disappear as well. Eventually, Crichton discovers that Moya has somehow gotten stuck in the border between dimensions, creating four Moyas all existing within the same space. The missing crew have each found their way onto one of the other Moyas, almost overwhelmed by the sensory distortions they encounter and being chased by some sort of clawed energy creature from beyond the barrier. Crichton develops a plan to try and reintegrate the Moyas, but time is of the essence. Not only is the creature still after them, but the Moyas themselves have begun to disintegrate.

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Guest Cast: Gigi Edgley (Chiana)

Notes: This episode’s original title was The Fifth Reality.

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A Bug’s Life

FarscapeWhen a Peacekeeper special ops team experiences a fuel leak, its commander demands that Moya bring them aboard and take them to a secret Peacekeeper base nearby. The crew decides to bluff their way through the encounter, as Rygel, Zhaan and D’Argo return to their cells while Crichton and Aeryn don Peacekeeper uniforms. Fate – and the size of the captain’s uniform left aboard Moya – demand that Crichton pose as the ship’s commander, and the charade goes reasonably well at first. When Rygel and Chiana decide to find out what’s so precious about their guests’ cargo, however, they unleash a sentient virus capable of possessing its host. The virus leaps from host to host, trying to buy time until Moya arrives at the base and its spores are ready to release, at which point hundreds of worlds will fall victim to it. With their cover blown, the crew must work with the Peacekeepers to figure out who can be trusted and how to recapture the virus, before its latest host kills them all.

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Guest Cast: Gigi Edgley (Chiana), Paul Leyden (Larraq), Richard White (Thonn), Zoe Coyle (Hassan), Michael Tuahine (Rhed)

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Nerve

FarscapeCrichton is surprised to learn that Aeryn has not fully recovered from her injuries at the hands of the Peacekeeper commandos. While the muscle damage has healed, her paraphoral nerve, which helps to eliminate toxins from her system, has been irreparably damaged. Without a graft from a compatible donor, she will soon die. Crichton decides to try to pose as a Peacekeeper one more time, and find a donor at the Gammak base. With help from Chiana and his old friend Gilina, he manages to get a synthetic graft. But just as he’s ready to make his departure, the base’s deformed commander Scorpius realizes his energy signature is distinctly not Sebacean. As he’s captured, Crichton manages to smuggle the graft to Chiana, who gets it back to Moya and Aeryn. Scorpius places Crichton in the Aurora Chair, a device that allows Scorpius to bypass a verbal interrogation and access the subject’s memories directly. Searching for Crichton’s true mission aboard the base, Scorpius learns of Moya and its escape from Crais, but encounters a neural block when he tries to access Crichton’s encounter with the wormhole aliens. Pushing past the block, Scorpius – and Crichton – learn that the aliens placed the equations for wormhole travel into Crichton’s subconscious, to help guide his research. This is quite a find for Scorpius, whose own research seeks to unleash wormholes’ potential as weapons. To help convince Crichton to give up what he knows, Scorpius summons Crais, but Crichton won’t budge. What Scorpius doesn’t realize is that it’s not wormhole information Crichton is trying to hide – it’s Gilina, who’s still hiding in the base as Scorpius places Crichton in the Aurora Chair for one more go-round . . .

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Guest Cast: Gigi Edgley (Chiana), Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Alyssa-Jane Cook (Gilina), Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Paul Goddard (Stark), Imogen Annesley (Niem), Stephen Leeder (Commander Javio), Anthony Kierann (Lt. Heskon), Christian Bischoff (Bixx), Pete Walters (Crais’ Guard)

Notes: Gilina encountered Crichton and Aeryn aboard the Zelbinion in PK Tech Girl. Crichton’s encounter with the wormhole aliens occurred in A Human Reaction. Paul Goddard makes his first appearance as Stark in this episode; he would later join the cast as a regular crew member. This episode was considered the first of two parts, with a “To Be Continued” slug at the end, although unlike future multi-part stories, the title does not reflect this.

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Hidden Memory

FarscapeA barely-recovered Aeryn insists on leading a mission to rescue Crichton, while Moya’s labor shuts down all her propulsion systems. At the Gammak base, Crichton gradually befriends his cellmate Stark, while Gilina patches into the intercom long enough to tell Crichton that the next time Scorpius puts him in the chair, he should recall their kiss aboard the Zelbinion. Crichton is a bit confused by this, as that’s exactly the memory he’s been trying to hide, but Gilina insists that she trust him. When Crichton recalls the kiss, he triggers a flood of false memories that Gilina programmed into the chair – “memories” that implicate Crais in a conspiracy to use wormhole technology against the Peacekeepers. When Crais denies this, Scorpius orders him into the chair to prove his innocence. With help from Aeryn and company, Stark, Crichton and Gilina make their break. As they try to escape, Chiana and Rygel must try to survive the birth of Moya’s child – a Leviathan/Peacekeeper hybrid complete with weaponry that blocks the offspring’s exit from the birth canal. But the baby wants out, and if he has to fire on his mother to do it, so be it.

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Guest Cast: Gigi Edgley (Chiana), Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Alyssa-Jane Cook (Gilina), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Paul Goddard (Stark), Imogen Annesley (Niem), Anthony Kierann (Lt. Heskon), Pete Walters (Crais’ Guard), Nicole Roma (Blonde Technician)

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Bone to Be Wild

FarscapeScorpius accompanies Crais back to his Command Carrier to continue the hunt for Crichton, who along with the rest of Moya’s crew is hiding in an asteroid field. With their power shut down to escape detection, the crew faces two problems: they can’t navigate the asteroid field, and they have no idea if Moya’s offspring will ally with them or with the Peacekeepers. Aeryn boards the new ship to help Moya bond with her child, while Crichton, D’Argo and Zhaan follow a distress signal to one of the asteroids, hoping they can find someone with a map. They find M’Lee, the sender of the distress call, apparently on the run from a creature that she claims massacred the rest of her family. Crichton soon discovers that M’Lee is the actual predator, and the creature is in reality a botanist named Br’Nee. That does not necessarily mean that he’s the most trustworthy resident of the asteroid, however, as the botanist has an agenda of his own – one that centers on Zhaan, who, like all Delvians, is a sentient plant. The three quickly find themselves trapped between M’Lee’s hunger and Br’Nee’s curiosity…and all the while, Crais and Scorpius are closing in.

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Guest Cast: Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Francesca Buller (M’Lee), Marton Csokas (Br’Nee), David Franklin (Lt. Braca)

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Family Ties

FarscapeRygel decides that it’s time to save his own skin, and takes a transport pod to Crais’ Command Carrier to trade his life for the rest of Moya’s crew. Rygel quickly realizes he is dealing from a position of weakness – but so is Crais, who soon loses command of his crew to Scorpius. Crais and Rygel escape back to Moya, where Crichton and the others are decidedly less than thrilled to see them. Crichton decides to buy time for Moya to escape by piloting a transport pod full of explosives directly into the Gammak base, knowing that Scorpius won’t kill him before he has the chance to access the wormhole equations in Crichton’s mind. D’Argo chooses to assist Crichton, and while the crew hatches a plan to try and bring everyone back alive, they know it’s a long shot at best. When Crais takes Moya’s offspring – newly christened Talyn by Aeryn, in honor of her father – the odds get even longer.

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Guest Cast: Lani John Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), David Franklin (Lt. Braca)

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Mind the Baby

FarscapeThe remaining crew aboard Moya has all but given Aeryn, Crichton and D’Argo up for dead. However, thanks to a deal with Crais, Aeryn has managed to smuggle her two shipmates into an abandoned industrial facility inside a minefield. Crichton and a still-recovering D’Argo try to figure out how to escape Scorpius’s continuing search – and why Aeryn seems to be hiding something. Crais is determined to establish control over Talyn, and he’ll deal with anyone he thinks can help him – including Scorpius. But Moya isn’t quite ready to give up on her offspring yet . . .

Season 2 Regular Cast: Ben Browder (Commander John Crichton), Claudia Black (Officer Aeryn Sun), Virginia Hey (Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan), Anthony Simcoe (Ka’a D’Argo), Gigi Edgley (Chiana)

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Guest Cast: Lani John Tupu (Capt. Crais), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), David Franklin (Braca)

Notes: This episode was originally intended as the second episode of season two, but became the season premiere when the original premiere, Re: Union, was held back and transformed into Dream A Little Dream.

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Vitas Mortis

FarscapeD’Argo, Crichton, and Zhaan discover a dying Luxan elder, a holy woman known as an Orican. The Oricans enter death through a ritual that can only be performed with the aid of another Luxan, but at first Nilaam refuses D’Argo’s aid. When she eventually reconsiders, she is surprised by the apparent strength of D’Argo’s life force, and performs a renewal ritual that leaves her young and healthy. The two quickly become lovers and plan their return to Luxan space. Those plans are quickly compromised when Moya and Pilot begin aging rapidly, and it soon becomes clear that D’Argo’s was not the only life force being tapped.

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Guest Cast: Melissa Jaffa (old Nilaam), Anna Lise Philips (young Nilaam)

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Taking the Stone

FarscapeA distressed Chiana is looking for some reassurance from her otherwise-occupied crewmates; their apparent disinterest motivates her to take a shuttle and head off of Moya. The others soon discover the source of her troubles – a life-disc that had kept her aware of her brother has blinked out, indicating his death. When Crichton, Rygel and Aeryn track her down to a nearby cemetery planet, they find her in no rush to return. Indeed, she’s found comfort with the group of young daredevils that live beneath the surface, and announces her intent to join in one of their rituals, a chasm dive called “taking the stone” that is sometimes but not always fatal, thanks to an intermittently functioning forcefield generator. For the natives, even death by the stone is an attractive option, since radiation poisoning means everyone will soon die a slow painful death anyway. Crichton refuses to accept any of this, searching for a way to prevent the radiation sickness and talk Chiana out of jumping. But it doesn’t seem like anyone’s interested in what solutions he might offer.

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Guest Cast: Anthony Hayes (Molnon), Peter Scarf (Das), Michela Noonan (Vyna), Natasha Beaumont (Janixx)

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Crackers Don’t Matter

FarscapeWhile buying food on a commerce planet, the crew meets Traltixx, an alien who claims he can make Moya undetectable. A demonstration on Crichton’s module convinces the crew to bring the ship through a set of pulsar lights to his transformation yard, even when Traltixx warns them that the intense light can have a strange effect on many species. Zhaan certainly has no complaints, as the light brings her such intense pleasure that she soon shuts out everything else around her. Everyone else, however, gets more paranoid than ever, and unusually attached to the dry, flat wafers they’ve added to their food supply. Traltixx is no help, either. Indeed, he encourages Pilot to turn against the rest. Crichton must overcome his paranoia and the delusions that go with it – including visions of Scorpius – to rally the crew together and save the ship.

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Guest Cast: Wayne Pygram (Scorpius), Danny Adcock (Traltixx)

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Picture If You Will

FarscapeChiana and Rygel return to Moya from a trading expedition with an added gift, a picture that appears to depict Chiana. The picture unnerves Zhaan, especially when it changes to depict Chiana with a broken leg and Chiana breaks hers soon after. When the next change shows Chiana burst into flames, everyone shares Zhaan’s concerns – but they’re too late to stop Chiana’s combustion. As the portrait begins to depict the rest of the crew’s demise, Zhaan manages to deduce the picture’s true purpose. Instead of killing them, it’s drawing them into another dimension, where the sorcerer Maldis waits for his chance to avenge his previous defeat and, just as importantly, regain corporeal form.

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Guest Cast: Chris Haywood (Maldis/Kyvan)

Notes: Zhaan defeated Maldis in order to save Crichton in season 1’s That Old Black Magic.

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The Way We Weren’t

FarscapeChiana discovers an old recording that reveals the fate of Moya’s previous Pilot – he was killed by a squad of Peacekeepers under Crais’ command, a squad that included Aeryn. The discovery forces both Aeryn and Pilot to re-examine how they first came to Moya as part of Crais’ project to breed a Leviathan warship. Aeryn, stuck on guard duty while pursuing assignment as a fighter pilot, became involved with Velorek, the Peacekeeper Leviathan expert in charge of the project. Pilot, eager to be bonded with a ship, allowed the Peacekepers to mechanically bind him to Moya when she did not immediately accept him. In the present, overcome by guilt, Pilot demands that Aeryn leave the ship and detaches himself from Moya.

Order the DVDswritten by Naren Shankar
directed by Tony Tilse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Alex Dimitriades (Velorek), Lani John Tupu (Capt. Crais)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Home On The Remains

FarscapeLow on supplies, the crew follows Chiana to a mining colony harvesting the remains of a Budong. Their situation is becoming extreme; a starving Zhaan has started to sprout as a defense mechanism, and the resulting pollen threatens to overwhelm everyone, including Moya. Although Chiana knows the colonists, she left on good terms with only a few – and one of those is quickly killed by a predator called a Keedva. The colony’s leader, B’Sogg, is not inclined to offer Chiana any favors. As Zhaan worsens, the crew pursue their own methods to mine enough crystals to buy some food, but the Keedva and its owner have very different plans.

Order the DVDswritten by Gabrielle Stanton & Harry Werksman, Jr.
directed by Rowan Woods
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: John Brumpton (B’Sogg), Justine Saunders (Altana), Rob Carlton (Vija), Hunter Perske (Temmon), Gavin Robins (Keedva)

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Dream a Little Dream

FarscapeZhaan tells Crichton about the time she, Chiana, and Rygel spent searching for him, D’Argo and Aeryn after their destruction of the Gammak Base. Desperate to find her friends, Zhaan found herself increasingly giving in to despair. Matters became even more dire when they searched on the planet Litigara, a society in which only ten percent of the population – a derided minority called Utilities – were not lawyers. Moya was becoming increasingly hard to control, as she sought to find her missing offspring. Zhaan, however, soon found herself imprisoned on a trumped-up jaywalking charge, then lured into an alley by the promise of escape, and ultimately framed for murder. Unable to find any Litigaran willing to defend her, Zhaan could only turn to Rygel and Chiana for help. And since the Litigaran legal code forbids lying, it was no surprise that the case started badly. Soon, Zhaan had withdrawn far into her own mind, overcome by hallucinations of her missing friends.

Order the DVDswritten by Steven Rae
directed by Ian Watson
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Steve Jacobs (Ja Rhumann), Sandy Gore (Judge), Simone Kessell (Finzzi), Marin Mimica (Dersch), Peter Kowitz (Tarr)

Notes: Originally titled Re: Union, this story was intended as the second season premiere. When the producers chose not to delay revealing Crichton, D’Argo and Aeryn’s fate, new framing footage was filmed and the episode was moved down the schedule.

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer