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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.

Order the DVDswritten by Justin Monjo
directed by Rowan Woods
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Guest Cast: Anthony Hayes (Molnon), Peter Scarf (Das), Michela Noonan (Vyna), Natasha Beaumont (Janixx)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Season of Death

FarscapeScorpius hides on the ice planet, looking to avoid any confrontation until his command carrier can retrieve him and the vital chip he has taken from Crichton’s brain. Jothee and Chiana get closer aboard Moya, while Rygel returns to the planet and discovers Crichton’s plight. Zhaan achieves a telepathic rapport with the still-mute Crichton, who begs her to kill him and free him from the Scorpius clone that still remains implanted in his mind. Instead his friends urge the Diagnosan, recovered from its injuries, to repair Crichton’s brain – a surgery that can only be performed with tissue from the bodies that remain frozen in the donor bank. A despairing Crichton earns a victory when he realizes that without the chip, he can mentally overpower the clone. It may be for naught, however, as a Scarran has arrived, chasing both the Moya crew and Scorpius. Crichton and D’Argo’s only hope may be Zhaan, who risks everything to summon help from beyond.

Season 3 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), Lani Tupu (Captain Bialar Crais), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius)

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directed by Ian Watson
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Guest Cast: Matt Newton (Jothee), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Thomas Holesgrove (Diagnosan Tocot/Plonek), Aaron Catalan (Officer Kobrin)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Suns and Lovers

FarscapeThe crew visits a commerce station to spend some of their profits from the Shadow Depository heist when a sudden storm hits, sending wreckage flying throughout the bar and trapping Moya in a mess of mooring cables. Aeryn raises the possibility of a physical relationship with John while Chiana and Jothee try to keep their own intimate encounters a secret from D’Argo. The crew discover that there are children trapped in another part of the station; Aeryn and Crichton set off to rescue them while Zhaan tends to the injured barkeeper. One of the cryogenic chambers from the ice planet opens; while Jothee is trying to figure out if the occupant overheard any of his most recent dalliance, said occupant has a sudden seizure and dies. He may not be the only one; another storm is heading their way, and it looks like someone on the station has a death wish – the storm is being summoned by a signal from inside.

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directed by Andrew Prowse
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Guest Cast: Matt Newton (Jothee), Leanna Walsmann (Borlik), Thomas Holesgrove (Moordil), Jessica Fallico (Alien Girl), David Lucas (Cryoman)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Self-Inflicted Wounds Part 1: Could’a, Would’a, Should’a

FarscapeMoya is searching for a planet on which Zhaan can heal when Pilot informs Crichton that they’ve detected a wormhole. While he knows the urgency of Zhaan’s condition, Crichton figures a quick survey of the wormhole to gather data can’t hurt. Unfortunately, that’s when another craft comes spinning out of the wormhole, crashing through and merging with Moya. The fused craft is bouncing through a series of wormholes, and Moya’s systems seem to be shutting down as a result. The crew also begin to see visions of a flying serpent-like creature. The commander of the other ship, Neeyala, reports that the only way to disentangle the ships and escape the wormhole is to have the ships push off against each other, with the result being that one ship will be sucked into the wormhole and destroyed. Moya’s deterioration makes her appear to be the logical candidate, to everyone’s grief, particularly Zhaan. As the crew prepares for the detachment, they accidentally open another of the cryopods – but this time, the occupant survives. As Crichton scans through the data collected from the wormhole loop, he sees a familiar transmission – an old television broadcast. A sign of home.

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Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Victoria Longley (Neeyala), Nicholas Hope (Kreetago), Dwayne Fernandez (Cresto), Kerith Atkinson (Shreena), Brian Carbee (Lastren)

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Self-Inflicted Wounds Part 2: Wait for the Wheel

FarscapeBefore the crew leave Moya for the separation attempt, they discover that their ship’s deterioration is not a natural phenomenon at all – the occupants of the other ship have been using a device to render themselves invisible and sabotaging the Leviathan, in order to ensure the crew’s cooperation in keeping the other ship intact. The crew decides to try and save Moya, but they must act quickly – as they spend more time within the wormhole, the serpent becomes more tangible. The two crews battle each other for the upper hand, and eventually Moya and company prevail. The moment of separation is at hand – but one person must stay behind on the other ship to operate the critical controls. Crichton and Aeryn argue over who will stay behind, until Zhaan steps in and reminds them that she is the logical choice – her life is already near its end. As the rest of the crew watches, Zhaan withdraws the other ship from Moya; as Moya re-enters normal space, Zhaan and her ship are destroyed.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Tony Tilse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Victoria Longley (Neeyala), Nicholas Hope (Kreetago), Dwayne Fernandez (Cresto), Kerith Atkinson (Shreena), Brian Carbee (Lastren)

Notes: This was Virginia Hey’s final episode as a regular cast member; she left the show because of adverse reactions to the makeup and prosthetics required for the role.

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Different Destinations

FarscapeThe crew visits a memorial to a moment of history where the Peacekeepers lived up to their names, arranging a truce that spared the lives of a group of nurses inside a besieged monastery. Stark’s powers interact strangely with the memorial, opening a crack in time that pulls the crew back to the siege. Upon their arrival, they learn that reality doesn’t quite match up with the legends Aeryn learned in her training; between that and the distortions they created with their very arrival, history soon experiences substantial revision. As Stark tries to find a way to recreate the tear so they can go home, Crichton keeps looking for ways to repair the damage – but this may be one of those occasions that proves the old saying about good intentions.

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directed by Peter Andrikidis
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Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Lucy Bell (Nurse Kelsa), Basia A’hern (Cyntrina), Marshall Napier (General Grynes), Dan Spielman (Sub-Officer Dacon), Terry Serio (Colonel Lennok), Alan Cinis (Officer Tarn)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Eat Me

FarscapeAboard a Transport Pod in need of refueling and repair, Crichton, Chiana, D’Argo and Jool encounter an older, diseased Leviathan named Rovhu. Moya has missed their scheduled rendezvous to pursue a distress call from Talyn – and eventually finds the warship badly damaged warship and her captain in a coma. All the four on the Pod know is that they need to dock sooner rather than later, so they decide to board Rovhu. They soon discover the ship has been overrun by scavengers that use the ship, its Pilot, and even themselves as food sources. A greater threat is Kaarvok, a fellow with an appetite for brains who appears to kill both Chiana and D’Argo. In truth, Kaarvok has the capability to “twin” people, creating identical genetic copies. Over time, the process causes degradation, explaining the primitive states of the other scavengers. But for now, that means there’s still a living Chiana and D’Argo, and the four Moyans need no persuading to find a way off this Leviathan from hell.

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directed by Ian Watson
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Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Shane Briant (Kaarvok), Lisa Griffiths (Belima)

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Thanks for Sharing

FarscapeThe twinned Crichtons continue to argue over which is the original while the crew tries to purchase material needed for Talyn’s repairs. Their request is quickly caught up in family and planetary politics, as rival heirs Sarova and Pralanoth argue over whether to help them. Crais recovers enough to give Aeryn a memento of her mother Xhalax Sun – and then inform her that Xhalax leads the retrieval squad hunting Talyn. The Crichtons manage to bluff the ruling family into delivering the Chromextin, although Sarova warns one that she thinks Pralanoth will try to interfere. A bomb critically injures both of them, although the other Crichton is able to put off any suspicion that John Crichton was involved by showing up on the planet uninjured. But someone continues to sabotage the repair efforts, and that retrieval squad gets closer by the minute.

Order the DVDswritten by Clayvon C. Harris
directed by Ian Harris
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Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Rebecca Gibney (Sarova), Robert Brunning (Pralanoth), Sandy Winton (Tolven), Linda Cropper (Xhalax Sun), Julianne Newbould (Felor), Hunter Perske (Bloy)

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Green Eyed Monster

FarscapeStark, Rygel, Aeryn and one of the Crichtons are now passengers on Talyn, on the run from the retrieval squad. Crichton seems to be having particular trouble getting used to his new surroundings, and accuses Crais of using his control over Talyn to harass him. The argument is interrupted by the appearance of a Budong, which invites Talyn inside for lunch. Crichton and Aeryn manage to temporarily anchor the ship to the beast’s insides, but that’s a temporary solution at best. When Rygel and Stark attempt to rendezvous with Talyn in their transport pod, the sight of the Budong sends Stark into a panic. The sight of Aeryn and Crais consummating their relationship, which Crichton finds on a surveillance log, sends Crichton into a very different state, especially when Aeryn decides to accept a neural interface with Talyn. Stark eventually calms down enough to help hatch an escape plan. But for it to work will require Talyn’s cooperation, and Crichton soon learns that Crais is not as in control of the warship as he appears.

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Guest Cast: none

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Losing Time

FarscapeScorpius continues his wormhole research with mixed results and a growing sense of urgency; he tells Braca that the Scarrans’ fears that the Peacekeepers have wormhole weaponry is the only thing preventing an invasion. On Moya, the other Crichton remains equally interested in wormholes, to the annoyance of Jool, Chiana and D’Argo. When Moya passes through an electromagnetic cluster, he quickly gets other priorities – shortly after he sees a strange light creature, he discovers large amounts of his own blood on the floor, with nary a wound to account for them. At first his crewmates consider this merely more evidence that he’s going mad, but with the help of a DRD they soon realize that something aboard is knocking everyone unconscious for lengthy periods and subjecting them to some kind of violent examination. When they go to Pilot looking for answers, they find that he’s not quite himself; an energy rider has possessed him, searching for the smaller rider that Crichton saw before his first blackout. He tells them that the diseased rider has possessed one of them, and he’s not leaving until he finds out which one.

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directed by Catherine Millar
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Guest Cast: Tammy Macintosh (Jool), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Jo Kerrigan (Linfer), Danny Adcock (Co-Kura Strappa), Ian Bliss (PK Scientist Drillic), Tux Akindoyeni (PK Pilot Rinon)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Relativity

FarscapeTalyn lands on a planet with heavy gravity and vegetation with highly restorative powers in order to speed his recovery. His deep stasis condition makes him vulnerable when the retrieval squad led by Xhalax Sun lands nearby, so Crais, Aeryn and Crichton set out to divert their attention. They are successful, and during the ensuing firefight Aeryn is separated from Crais and Crichton. Aeryn manages to capture Xhalax, while the mercenaries pursue the others. Aeryn decides to bring Xhalax back to Talyn as leverage, but the senior Peacekeeper is able to escape and overcome her captors. She critically wounds Rygel and begins severing Talyn’s higher neural functions in order to bring him back under Peacekeeper control. She also reveals that the Peacekeepers punished her for revealing herself to Aeryn before – by making her kill her lover, Aeryn’s father Talyn. With the help of the Scorpius neural clone, Crichton realizes that the squad isn’t just after Talyn the ship – Crais, now injured, is himself a target, and has been manipulating the situation in order to enlist Moya’s crew as allies. Crichton also realizes that circumstances dictate they continue working together to overcome the mercenaries, but he’s perfectly willing to let Crais sweat that out a little. When Stark’s efforts to revive Rygel prove successful, Aeryn has a chance to force another confrontation with her mother – but can she do what’s necessary to ensure their safety? And can Crichton let her?

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directed by Peter Andrikidis
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Guest Cast: Linda Cropper (Xhalax Sun), Thomas Holesgrove (Vek), Dominique Sweeney (Thek and Kek)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Incubator

FarscapeTensions rise aboard Moya as Crichton continues to pursue his wormhole research and the others get a serious case of cabin fever. Meanwhile, turnabout is fair play for Scorpius; when his wormhole scientists realize that some of the wormhole information left by the Ancients is encrypted, he has the neural chip implanted into his own brain. Now a neural clone of Crichton exists in his mind, and he attempts to convince the clone to unlock the equations for him. When the Crichton-clone asks why he should help, Scorpius tries to convince him that the Scarrans are an even greater threat not only to Sebaceans but to all races, using his own history as evidence. His formative years were spent under Scarran control, where the Scarrans tormented him in the name of making him strong enough to overcome his half-Sebacean heritage. Realizing that the Scarrans were lying to him about the circumstances of his birth, the young Scorpius managed to escape, and eventually learned the truth: he was born as a result of a Scarran scheme to rape Sebacean women to produce hybrids that would give the Scarrans a better understanding of their enemy. Determined for revenge, Scorpius joined the Peacekeepers and began his pursuit of wormhole technology. When one of his scientists defects shortly after claiming to have unlocked the secrets of safe wormhole travel, it adds another level of urgency to his discussions with the Crichton clone. When that scientist shows up on Moya offering Moya and Pilot a chance at a new life of exploration and Crichton her knowledge, everyone must decide if they’re really prepared to stay together.

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directed by Ian Watson
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Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Amy Salas (Tauza), Evan Sheaves (Child Scorpius), Stephanie Jacobsen (Nurse Froy), Paul Shedlowich (Plint), Jo Kerrigan (Linfer), Danny Adcock (Co-Kura Strappa), Thomas Holesgrove (Wolesh), Sam Healy (Rylani Jeema Dellos), Nicholas Bishop (Ghebb Dellos), William Zappa (Captain Molayne)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Meltdown

FarscapeTalyn flies dangerously close to a nearby sun and resists Crais’ commands to pull back. Crais reports that some kind of signal from the sun is compelling Talyn to fly directly into the star, but the ship’s hybrid nature allows Talyn to resist just enough to settle into orbit. The crew begins looking for ways to further filter the signals, but the stress has caused Talyn to overproduce a stimulant called drexin, which begins to leak into the ship’s corridors and influence each one’s behavior. Rygel begins to compulsively overeat, Crais becomes even more aggressive and paranoid than usual, and Crichton and Aeryn find their libidos in overdrive. Stark watches a strange woman materialize in a recently-grown section of Talyn, a woman who is overjoyed to finally encounter someone who can see her. Named Sierjna, she has been trapped in the star for cycles, watching Leviathan after Leviathan plunge to its death in the siren star. Another being appears to Crais, Crichton and Aeryn on the bridge, claiming the siren star is a natural phenomenon and warning the crew to evacuate while they can. The crew don’t believe him, however, and continue to search for the source of the signals while trying to overcome the drexin. Sierjna’s joy is short-lived when Stark tells her that she is trapped between realms, and that the only help he can give her is to help her pass into the next world. Stark soon realizes that the new chamber is a vestigial Pilot’s Den; eager to help Sierjna and the ship, he joins himself with Talyn. But when he loses contact with Sierjna, he begins a search that brings Talyn ever closer to a fiery death.

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directed by Ian Barry
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Guest Cast: Susan Lyons (Sierjna), Mark Mitchell (Mu-Quillus), Linda Cropper (Xhalax Sun)

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Scratch & Sniff

FarscapeWhen Crichton and D’Argo return to Moya two days into a forced ten day vacation (because their bickering is driving everyone crazy), Crichton tries to convince Pilot that the situation really isn’t their fault and they should be allowed to stay. See, everyone was having a good time in this bar, and these two girls came on to Crichton and D’Argo, but it was just a ruse, because the next thing you know the two of them are waking up without their money and Crichton’s wearing women’s stockings. Another patron from the previous night’s partying shows up to tell them Chiana and Jool are in trouble, and takes them to this goofy alien whose tentacles you can put up to your eye and it’s like a VR ViewFinder, and Crichton and D’Argo see this total sleazeball give Chiana a whiff of something, at which point she’s all over him, and that can’t be good. D’Argo heads to the sleazeball’s pad to get the girls, but they’re having way too good a time to scram. Only problem is, shortly after D’Argo gets his butt kicked out of the place, sleazeball hooks Jool and Chiana up to a machine that extracts their bodily fluids. Turns out those fluids are the source of freslin, the stuff sleazeball’s been using on the girls, and it has a bunch of freaky effects. Just for starters, their new friend uses it to turn D’Argo into a dancing machine and a totally weird looking alien. I mean, weird compared to his usual appearance. Like I said, this freslin’s freaky stuff. Long story short, Crichton and D’Argo have to get in and get the girls out. But when does anything ever go simply for these guys?

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Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Francesca Buller (Raxil), Tamblyn Lord (Fe’Tor), Laura Keneally (Theiadh), Anthony Martin (Mitols), Milan Keyser (Sarl), Jaye Paul (Heska Tinaco), Julia Trappe (Blue Girl), Rachel Sheriff (Green Girl)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Infinite Possibilities Part 1: Daedalus Demands

FarscapeCrichton gets a feeling that the Ancients are trying to contact him again, and guides Talyn to a rendezvous point. The alien that appeared to him in his father’s form materializes inside the ship, once more in the guise of Jack Crichton. He’s not happy, and wastes no time in pulling John into a telepathic exchange. The Ancients have found a safe homeworld. Jack, however, has chosen to stay behind to guard the others’ way, at which point he saw an alien in what looks like Crichton’s module flying out of a wormhole. Jack accuses Crichton of betraying the Ancients’ trust and letting wormhole technology fall into the wrong hands. But Crichton insists he knows nothing about it. Harvey (the Scorpius clone) takes a moment to remind Crichton not to let Jack know of his presence, and suggests that the guilty party is likely Furlow, the technician who helped Crichton repair his module after one of Crichton’s earlier wormhole experiments. Talyn sets course for Dam-Ba-Da, only to find it almost totally desolate. Crichton, Jack, Aeryn, Rygel and Crais head to the planet surface, where Furlow’s shop is under siege. They manage to get to the shop, but Talyn is exposed to the system’s intense solar flares and Crais is blinded as a result. Rygel mans a turret to defend the shop while Aeryn, Jack and Crichton enter to find that Furlow has been imprisoned and tortured by the Charrids, who want to use the wormhole tech she has developed based on Crichton’s notes as a weapon. They, along with the Scarrans, want Furlow’s tech, and when a Scarran dreadnought taps into Furlow’s computer to get the data, Jack says there’s only one solution – they must beat the Scarrans at their own game and build their own wormhole weapon, one that will destroy the dreadnought. But Jack can only do that with help from Crichton, by unlocking the wormhole knowledge in his subconscious. And that means that Harvey has to go . . . Crichton’s brain isn’t big enough for the two of them anymore.

Order the DVDswritten by Carleton Eastlake
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Guest Cast: Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Magda Szubanski (Furlow), Thomas Holesgrove (Alcar), Patrick Ward (Zylar)

Notes: The Ancient Crichton knows as Jack first appeared in season 1’s A Human Reaction. Furlow repaired Crichton’s module in that season’s Till The Blood Runs Clear, and in exchange Crichton provided her with schematics to the module and the data from his wormhole experiments to that point.

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Infinite Possibilities Part 2: Icarus Abides

FarscapeHarvey appears to have won the battle for control of Crichton’s body. Aeryn reluctantly prepares to shoot him when Jack intervenes – the clone is in control for a moment, but it’s a last, dying gasp. Crichton is free, and he quickly grasps the wormhole information flooding his mind. An advance Scarran scout boards Talyn and demands that Stark instruct the ship to prepare a neural interface that will let it take control; Stark and a recovering Crais plot to eliminate this threat. Furlow turns on the others, killing Jack and planning to sell the tech to the Scarrans, including the new wormhole weapon. Crichton and Aeryn chase her through the desert. Crichton eventually overtakes Furlow; during their fight the weapon is tossed from her vehicle, where the weapon’s power supply is exposed. Furlow once more urges Crichton to run away with her, where they can profitably exploit their knowledge. But Crichton knows the Scarrans are coming. He has to get the weapon aboard the copy of his module and into space – even if it means exposing himself to the weapon’s massive radiation.

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directed by Ian Watson
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Guest Cast: Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Magda Szubanski (Furlow), Thomas Holesgrove (Alcar), Noel Hodda (Charrid Leader 2)

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Revenging Angel

FarscapeD’Argo demonstrates the progress he’s made with his vessel to Crichton, when something goes wrong. Blaming Crichton for interfering, he pushes Crichton against a stack of containers; the containers come crashing down on him, knocking him out and causing a dangerous level of internal bleeding. The crew can’t entirely focus on his problems, however – whatever happened to D’Argo’s ship, it’s getting ready to self-destruct, and Moya’s circuits are so fried she can’t eject the ship safely. An enraged D’Argo tosses his blade into the ship’s depths. Pilot and Moya suggest that the crew hide in one of the farther chambers, where they might be able to survive for a few days, but the crew want to try and find a way to save the ship. Harvey, meanwhile, wants Crichton to save himself – and the clone – by focusing on his need to take revenge against D’Argo. Crichton doesn’t want to go that route, but he needs to find some solution to his problem, something that will help him muster the will to fight his way back to consciousness. He begins an animated internal dialogue with D’Argo, trying just about every trick he can think of. Jool confesses to D’Argo that she may actually be responsible for the ship’s problems; she decided to investigate it in hopes they’d have something to talk about. That actually helps D’Argo’s mood somewhat, but he’s still a bit snappish when Chiana gets under his skin – fortunately so, because his cursing in his mother tongue sets off the ship’s voice recognition systems. It’s an ancient Luxan ship, and the self destruct can be stopped by one of three ancient Luxan items – including a blade.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Andrew Prowse
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Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool)

Notes: The internal dialogue between Crichton and D’Argo is often literally animated, as a cartoon D’Argo chases a ‘toon Crichton in a send-up of Road Runner cartoons while a pen-and-ink Aeryn makes a brief homage to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The soundtrack to this episode, complete with merry melodies from series composer Guy Gross, is available in a limited edition CD.

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The Choice

FarscapeAeryn has locked herself away on a planet of supposed spiritualists, drowning in grief for the deceased Crichton and hoping perhaps to contact his spirit, or the spirit of her father Talyn. In her dreams, she begins to have flashes of memory from the timeline in which she and Crichton grew old together on a world shrouded by time mists. While awake, she encounters a deformed creature claiming to be her father, and offering blood tests to prove it. Xhalax had allowed him to fake his death, the creature says. Perhaps now they can form a relationship. He offers to help her contact her lost loved one, and promises to bring her a seer. When Stark and Rygel come down to the planet to look for Aeryn, they discover that Xhalax is still alive. They accuse Crais of betrayal, and Crais says that he took the only option available – he spared Xhalax so that she would report that they were all dead, to prevent another retrieval squad from coming after them. All three try to warn Aeryn that her mother is alive – with good reason, as Xhalax is plotting with the creature to emotionally destroy Aeryn before killing her. But to a large degree, Aeryn is already emotionally dead, and she thinks she just might welcome someone finishing the job.

Order the DVDswritten by Justin Monjo
directed by Rowan Woods
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Guest Cast: Linda Cropper (Xhalax Sun), John Gregg (Talyn Lyczac), Stephen Shanahan (Tenek), Raj Ryan (Hotel Owner)

Notes: Stark leaves Talyn’s crew in this episode in order to accommodate Paul Goddard’s schedule on other projects.

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Fractures

FarscapeMoya receives a signal from Talyn to meet up. But at the rendezvous point, Moya doesn’t meet Talyn – instead it encounters a transport pod of escaped prisoners and a captured Peacekeeper tech. The prisoners had been used as test subjects for an experimental weapon when they escaped; in the escape, one of the prisoners dissolved into many pieces. Fortunately, this particular creature is able to reassemble and heal itself, with a little help. Meanwhile, the crew escorts the remaining prisoners. Chiana befriends a Nebari imprisoned for being an androgyn, or hermaphrodite; Rygel enjoys the charms of a Hynerian female, and D’Argo accompanies a mutilated Scarran. When Moya and Talyn do finally meet, Crichton eagerly greets the crew in the hangar. But the reunion turns sour when Aeryn can barely look at him and Crais explains that his counterpart is dead. Amongst the deceased Crichton’s personal effects is Stark’s mask, which contains a message for the living Crichton. But before he can receive it, the reunited crew must deal with the crisis at hand – one of the prisoners is betraying them all, sending signals to the Peacekeepers. And an increasingly prescient Chiana is sure that this will not end well for everyone.

Order the DVDswritten by Rockne S. O’Bannon
directed by Tony Tilse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Kate Beehan (Hubero), Matt Doran (Markir Tal), Thomas Holesgrove (Naj Gil)

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I-Yensch, You-Yensch

FarscapeHaving decided to try and board Scorpius’ command carrier to sabotage his wormhole experiments, D’Argo and Rygel arrange a meeting with Scorpius and Braca at a diner on an out of the way planet to negotiate terms. Scorpius demonstrates the means by which the two sides can enforce their agreement – neural bracelets that ensure that whatever one wearer feels, the other experiences as well, up to and including death. He demonstrates the bracelets on Braca and D’Argo – which is unfortunate, because two robbers bust into the diner and, in the process of shooting up the place, hit Braca in the leg. With Braca and D’Argo both out of commission, Rygel and Scorpius must find a way out of their predicament. Talyn, meanwhile, is acting more and more out of control, inadvertently firing on a hospital ship. Crais realizes the only thing that can be done is to disable Talyn’s higher functions and remove his weaponry – but first he must convince both Moya and Talyn of the virtues of his plan.

Order the DVDswritten by Matt Ford
directed by Peter Andrikidis
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Ben Mendelsohn (Sko), Anthony Hayes (Wa), Inge Hornstra (Essk), Salvatore Coco (Voodi), Thomas Holesgrove (Naj Gil)

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Into the Lion’s Den Part 1: Lambs to the Slaughter

FarscapeCrichton and company board the command carrier. While Crichton quickly goes to work in the lab – after asserting his status as equal partner – the others set about ensuring Scorpius meets the rest of their demands. D’Argo wants the rings implanted in his body removed and the location of the Peacekeeper who killed his wife. Rygel wants an update on the Hynerian political situation. Crais wants Talyn brought on board so he can be repaired. This demand raises eyebrows, but Scorpius agrees, and assigns one of his lieutenants to work with Crais – a former lover who has agreed to spy on the disgraced commander. Aeryn realizes how unlike the Peacekeepers she has become, while the carrier’s crew is less than happy with having to coexist with the former prisoners. When one of them attacks D’Argo, he, Jool, Chian and Rygel choose to return to Moya. Their safety is short-lived, however. Another group of Peacekeepers surprise Moya, immobilize her, and bring her back to the carrier. Commandant Grayza informs Scorpius that the Peacekeepers are no longer interested in Scorpius’ apparently-fruitless project. Instead, they have begun building an alliance and even opening talks with the Scarrans. And the last thing they want is for the Peacekeepers to continue to be made fools of by a band of renegades with a growing reputation. Scorpius throws Grayza off his ship, but it’s only a matter of time before she returns and puts a permanent end to Scorpius’ career. He needs results, now. Confronted with the threat of the Scarrans, Crichton is even beginning to reconsider whether he should truly help Scorpius. And if that’s not enough incentive, Scorpius has more: he’s found Earth. It’s 60 cycles away by conventional means, but if Crichton won’t help him, then Scorpius will take revenge by destroying Crichton’s homeworld.

Order the DVDswritten by Richard Manning
directed by Ian Watson
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), David Franklin (Lt. Braca), Rebecca Riggs (Commandant Mele-On Grayza), Danny Adcock (Co-Kura Strappa), Sean Taylor (Lt. Reljik), Lenore Smith (Lt. Darinta Larell), Marta Dusseldorp (Officer Yal Henta), Lewis Fitz-Gerald (Tosko), Mark Mercedes (Officer Vonk)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Into the Lion’s Den Part 2: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

FarscapeCrichton’s getting closer than ever to unlocking wormholes, but Scorpius’ threats against Earth have just increased his resolve to destroy the project. He meets with the others out of eavesdropping range to settle on a new plan: they’ll destroy the carrier itself, in such a way that the crew will have a chance to escape. Before they can get too far in their plan, however, Crais betrays them. All but Aeryn and Crichton are imprisoned, and Scorpius demands that Crichton work harder or they will face the consequences. Crais and Aeryn manage to get Crichton away long enough to tell him the truth – Crais’ betrayal was a ruse, to get into Scorpius’ confidence and get access to Talyn. There, Crais plans to initiate Starburst within the carrier – a process that will destroy them both, but set off a chain reaction that will destroy the carrier as well. Crichton takes Scorpius aboard his module and into a wormhole to buy Crais time. With Aeryn’s help, he succeeds in his plan. As the carrier destructs around them, Moya’s crew must find their way to safety while Crichton seeks to eliminate the last vestiges of the wormhole project once and for all.

Order the DVDswritten by Rockne S. O’Bannon
directed by Rowan Woods
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), David Franklin (Lieutenant Braca), Danny Adcock (Co-Kura Strappa), Lenore Smith (Lieutenant Darinta Larell), Marta Dusseldorp (Officer Yal Henta), Sheridan Rynne (Brenna), Terrence Hepburn (Armak)

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

Dog with Two Bones

FarscapeHaving destroyed Scorpius’ carrier, Moya’s crew has a final task: Moya wants to deposit Talyn’s remains in a sacred Leviathan burial ground. A rogue Leviathan, grieving over the death of her own offspring, refuses to allow Moya entry, going so far as to ram the ship. Pilot learns that this rogue has destroyed other Leviathans as well, which leads Moya, Pilot and D’Argo to one conclusion: the rogue must be destroyed. Crichton has trouble getting his head into the game; wormhole information is still spilling out of his subconscious, and he can’t stop daydreaming about the possibility of life on Earth with his friends – daydreams that never turn out well. Further confusing matters is the presence of an odd old woman, a refugee from the command carrier, who keeps offering her services without being very clear about how she can help. The crew works together a final time to repair Moya and destroy the rogue. With their work complete, they begin to say their goodbyes. Crichton tries one more time to convince Aeryn to stay, but the still-grieving ex-Peacekeeper simply isn’t ready for that. As a morose Crichton floats in his module outside Moya, Harvey unlocks one more piece of information in his subconscious – one which makes it even harder for Crichton to let Aeryn go. But it may be too late for him to go anywhere at all.

Order the DVDswritten by David Kemper
directed by Andrew Prowse
music by Guy Gross

Guest Cast: Tammy MacIntosh (Jool), Kent McCord (Jack Crichton), Melissa Jaffer (Old Woman)

Notes: The Old Woman, whose arrival on Moya happens off-screen after the events of Into The Lion’s Den, continued as a recurring character in season 4, where her name was revealed as Noranti. Jaffer also played the old Nilaam in the season 2 episode Vitas Mortis

LogBook entry by Dave Thomer

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