Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars is a science fiction miniseries developed as a conclusion to the SyFy TV series Farscape. In the time since Earth astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) and ex-peacekeeper warrior Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) became statues, a full on war has broken out amongst the Peacekeepers, human-like warriors who do little peacekeeping, and the Scarrans, giant heat-breathing lizard-like creatures. Their goal in the war? To gain control over Crichton, whose mind contains knowledge of wormholes, which could be harnessed for great power. The living ship, Moya, and her crew, including the Luxan warrior Ka D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), an ornery deposed Hynerian ruler Rygel XVI, and the Nebari trickster Chiana (Gigi Edgley), set out to help Crichton and a very pregnant Aeryn in their efforts to make sure that the knowledge of wormholes would never be made into any type of weapon at the risk and cost of their lives.
War Minister Ahkna
Voice of Rygel XVI
Voice of Pilot
The introduction was a modified form of the three seasons of Farscape: "My Name is John Crichton, an astronaut. Four years ago I got shot through a wormhole to a distant part of the Galaxy. I ended up on this living ship populated by escaping prisoners who became my friends."
When Crichton is interrogated by the Eidolons and has to explain his situation, he says he does it for the 89th time. This refers to Ben Browder's voice over for the opening sequence in 87 episodes of the series, plus the beginning of the "Peacekeeper Wars" miniseries.
Yondalao's story about how Peacekeepers came to be suggests that they could very well be closer linked to humans than we thought before: "We found your kind primitive, barely clothed, far removed on the galaxy's outer spiral. Having brought some of you back, your evolution was accelerated with generous alterations."
Apparently Scorpius has some sort of connection, presumably through Harvey, that allows him to know whether or not Crichton is alive, even over vast distances.
Aeryn: (Speaking to the baby) See all these stars, their yours.
Crichton: (Pointing to the brightest star) Except that one. That one's yours.
This is a reference to Season 3's "Green Eyed Monster". At the end of the episode, Crichton was showing Aeryn his star chart, he said he always named the brightest star of the chart/his universe, Aeryn. The Crichton who told Aeryn this was the one who died, and fathered the baby. When Aeryn returned in Season 4, she said part of the reason she left was because she wanted to come to terms with that Crichton's death, and the surviving Crichton. By the star reference, he demonstrated to Aeryn that there really was no difference between the two Crichtons.
Nitpick: Scarrans are notoriously hard to kill, but Aeryn kills War Minister Ahkna with one shot of a pulse pistol?!
Goof: Stark asks Braca if Muoma is present in the Temple, and Braca replies, "Yes, he's here." But Muoma is a female.
For the second time, Chiana is called upon to birth a baby. The first was Moya's son Talyn.
Nitpick: While marrying Crichton and Aeryn, Stark tries both a Sheyang prayer for the dead, and a Delvian puberty chant, which were both recognized by the others as being wrong. How do D'Argo and Chiana know these specialized foreign rites so well enough to call him on his mistakes?!
Crichton: This woman could chew her own arm off, what the hell are you doing to her!?
This isn't as much hyperbole as it sounds. In the first season episode "The Flax", Aeryn's leg was trapped and she quite seriously asked Crichton to hand her an axe so that she could get free by chopping off her foot!
Nitpick: If the baby was crystallized when still in Rygel's stomach, how did it decrystallize and then start to gestate in him? And wouldn't Rygel's digestive juices break the embryo down and destroy it? And even if it didn't destroy the baby, how was the embryo able to thrive and grow in an organ without any nutrient or oxygen delivered to it as it would be in its mother's womb?
Goof: When we see the pile of crystals Crichton and Aeryn becomes at the end of "Bad Timing" only the ring and their pulse pistols are left... then where did the pulse pistols come from that they draw immediately after being put back together? Did they put the pistols in the pile of crystals before they were reformed?
When Rygel is collecting the crystals from Aeryn and Crichton, it's the first time in the series where we see him in his natural environment- Hynerians are amphibious, and he swims with much more grace and assurance than he walks.
Crichton and Scorpius have come a long way- when they are attacked by the PK mercenaries, John hands Scorpius a rifle. In all of their previous encounters as problematical allies, Crichton never trusted Scorpius enough to allow him to be armed. He did give him a weapon for one encounter with a group of bounty hunters in the episode "I Shrink, Therefore I Am", but the rifle was not loaded.
Nitpick: The Eidolons of the water planet and Arnessk have a very different appearance from the priests seen in Crichton's vision of the past, and then later when the lost priests returned to Arnessk, in the season four episode "What Was Lost: Resurrection".
Nitpick: Pilot's voice, which is provided by actor Lani Tupu as always, is different than that used during most of the run of the series. It's much deeper, more similar to Lani's natural voice, which he used when playing his other role, Crais.
In Farscape's Season 2's premiere episode "Season Of Death", after Scorpius takes control of Grunchlk, he makes him bite off his index finger, yet in this movie, the finger is back. His species must be able to regenerate lost body parts.
Rygel: (learning he's pregnant with John & Aeryn's baby) I want this thing removed immediately!
Crichton: It's not a thing!
Rygel: Fine, I want this miracle of life the frell out of me!
Crichton: (as a Peacekeeper transport arrives) You know who it's gonna be, don't ya?
D'Argo: I know who it is.
Crichton: Bet me. C'mon D, bet me. How much?
D'Argo: You're on your own, my friend.
Scorpius: Hello, John!
Crichton: Easy money.
Stark: What about me?
Aeryn: How best can you help?
Stark: I can stay out of your way.
D'Argo: Excellent. I'll be able to stop them cold with three perfect shots!
Chiana: Why three? You usually slay me with just one.
Crichton: (to Ahkna) It's a question of balls. Ball's in his court.
Sikozu: You should be dead.
Crichton: And how was your day?
Staleek: You will die when I order it.
Crichton: (Staleek is stopped, frozen motionless by Einstein after trying to maliciously advance towards him) Humbling, ain't it?
Scorpius: So, how have you been, Crichton?
Crichton: I'm good, Bob. You? The wife? The kids?
Crichton: Yeah, I hear business is booming.
Scorpius: You are right. The Scarrans and Peacekeepers are at war, and the Scarrans will prevail unless you help us to build a wormhole weapon.
Crichton: Gee, that all sounds reasonable, Bob. Only two problems. No matter what you may believe I can't do it. And just as important - I don't think that the Peacekeepers are any better than the Scarrans. So make sure you validate your parking on the way out.
Scorpius: You will find no serenity during this conflict, Crichton. Examine your choices.
Crichton: You are not listening. Wormholes - no! Weapons - no! Killing - no! Crichton - no.
War Minister Ahkna: I promise you, you will never be re-united with your baby.
Aeryn: I'm sure your mother wished for the same thing.
Aeryn: (Hearing shots, contacting Crichton over their comms) Who's taking fire?
Crichton: Huh, Who isn't?
Aeryn: Are you all right?
Crichton: Well, other than being shot at by The Electric Mayhem... I'm fantastic!
Rygel: (As Jool is trying to make out with Crichton) Get your own fantasy, Driblox. They're having MY baby.
Aeryn: (voice over in opening scene) You did it, John. All the fighting has stopped. There's no more dying. And all of a sudden, three is not such a scary number. But no matter how wonderful this is, I will not accept it... as a trade-off... for losing you.
Aeryn: In the temple you said, 'Peacekeepers do your duty'. What did you mean?
Yondalao: I had forgotten that you had forgotten. At the dawn of our period of usefulness, 27,000 cycles ago, we developed need of a guard, a race no one had quarrel with, a force to ensure harmony prevail once negotiations had finished.
Yondalao: Apparently your forebears attempted to carry on once we vanished. However, lacking our mediation abilities, they kept the peace the only way they could: at the muzzle of a weapon.
Aeryn: And that's why they're hated.
Yondalao: It wasn't such at the beginning. We took great care to choose a species no one had met before. We found your kind primitive, barely clothed, far removed on the galaxy's outer spiral. Having brought some of you back, your evolution was accelerated with generous alterations, until you became our trusted acolytes.
(Aeryn and Crichton are uncrystallized, surrounded by armed aliens)
Crichton: (referring to his proposal to Aeryn) You said yes!
Aeryn: I did?
Crichton: Sixty days, any regrets?
Aeryn: No, it's going really well.
Crichton: I have to protect the people I love. And you owe me for putting that crap in my head.
Einstein: It may soon be prudent to remove it.
Crichton: Amen. I wanna be blonde again.
Crichton: (as Aeryn walks down the aisle in a dress and a flower in her hair) You look great.
Aeryn: You owe me.
Crichton: I know it.
Rygel: So often I've proclaimed having a belly full of Crichton and Aeryn. Never thought it would be so literal!
Maryk: Where the Hezmana in my orders did you find the phrase 'preemptive attack'?!
Scorpius: The Scarrans are massing for an impending onslaught we all know is coming! A conflict we are ill situated to win. By challenging them before they are prepared, we have a fighting chance.
Maryk: You were sent to gather surveillance...
Scorpius: With all due respect, sir, I was sent here to perish at the vanguard of this inevitable conflict. I simply refuse to participate on their terms, or yours!
Stark: (after learning that their hosts are Eidolons) D'Argo, D'Argo, a miracle! Eidelons, Jool, Arnessk, peace! (D'Argo tongues him to stop his raving)
D'Argo: (to Noranti) Okay, what's he talking about?
Noranti: Eidelons, Jool, Arnessk, peace!
D'Argo: (rolling his eyes) Thank you.
Rygel: (when asked to perform the wedding ceremony) Carry their baby. Marry them off. What next? Let them move in? (sighs, then sees that they're annoyed) What?
Crichton: You know, forget about it. This is all wrong.
Aeryn: Stop! (she points her pulse pistol at Rygel) YOU, are ruining my wedding!
Crichton: You're pointing a gun at the baby. (Aeryn considers this, and reluctantly re-holsters her weapon)
Braca: You're the reinforcements?
Crichton: No, we're the band. Looks like Kiss was your opening act.
D'Argo: Frell, I'm in the wrong band.
Jothee: Sgt. Learko, you go with them. Stark is now our number one priority.
Rygel: Stark? How's that for an inversion of normalcy?
Crichton: Is there anything I can do to help?
Aeryn: Oh, I think you've done enough already. If this was a Sebacean child, a pure one, it would've been born long ago. So how long is this going to take?
Crichton: Well, on Earth it can last days.
Aeryn: I have killed men for less.
Crichton: (Aeryn groans aloud in pain) This woman could chew her own arm off, what the hell are you doing to her!?
Crichton: The first Scarran you see, you tell him who his Daddy is! You tell him, D'Argo! (After everyone has left, and the Scarran re-enforcements arrive)
D'Argo: I'm your DADDY!!
Crichton: Aeryn, we have to get ready.
(Hands Aeryn a knife. Aeryn grabs the knife and aims it towards her stomach)
Aeryn: Great! I'll cut it out! (Crichton grabs her wrist)
Crichton: No! It's for your clothes, ... and the cord. (Lets go of Aeryn's wrist)
Aeryn: Oh, right.
Chiana: (to Crichton, after D'Argo's death) Hey, come here. Kill the frelling shliznats! And kill their mothers, too. An-and if you can kill 'em slowly, do it!
Rygel: Back off, Chiana.
Chiana: (grabbing a hold of Rygel) Keep away! D'Argo's dead. Do you think I frelling care what I do to you?!
Rygel: (looking her in the eyes) Yes.
Crichton: A monumental black hole. A swirling headstone marking the spot where we used to live and play and slaughter the innocent.
Crichton: Wounds all heal.
Crichton: Rosemary and...
Crichton: Time ends.
Crichton: You're the closest friend I have.
D'Argo: You could have done better.
Crichton: Not in the entire universe.
Crichton: Wormhole weapons do not make peace. Wormhole weapons don't even make war. They make total destruction, annihilation, Armageddon. People make peace.
Grayza: (as Crichton's wormhole starts to swallow everything) You will not go through with this.
Crichton: I ALREADY HAVE!
Staleek: I agree. You are weak. You will not sacrifice the woman and your offspring.
Aeryn: Our son will be raised in peace.
Crichton: Amen. You hear that, you bastards? All or nothing. (pause) Wormhole doubles two more times. Moya goes first. Twenty seconds later, you join us. Either way, this war is over!
Rygel: I would like you to name the baby Rygel.
Aeryn: Maybe. If it's a girl.
Crichton: (to baby D'Argo) Shh. Crichtons don't cry. Often, or for very long.
D'Argo: I saw the most amazing thing before I almost died.
Chiana: What? A vision? The light? Your ancestors?
D'Argo: No. I saw a big wall of water and the ground as my nose was scraping along the floor. (they both laugh hysterically)
Rygel: (as everyone waits for Staleek to agree to peace) If it's the largest black hole, then it's a death worthy of a Dominar!
Aeryn: You went there, didn't you?
Crichton: I went the whole way there.
Aeryn: I didn't want you to do that.
Crichton: Yes, you did. Everybody wants to see the great big wormhole weapon.
Aeryn: I want to see war turned into peace.
Crichton: War and peace. War and peace. Did you know that Woody Allen's version is better than Tolstoy's because it is funnier? And absolute power corrupts absolutely. Where the hell's my pen? Where's my pen?
Aeryn: This is what you want. This is what you want!
Crichton: No, Aeryn, it is not what I want! It's just that fate keeps blocking all the exits. And no matter what I do, I just keep circling closer to the flame!
Aeryn: We should disassemble the weaker munitions, make our own shock grenades.
Crichton: Arts and crafts. She's gonna be a great mom.
D'Argo: (after the mortally wounded Luxan says his last goodbye to John) Do me a favor.
Crichton: Name it.
Crichton: I'll look after her. I'll take care, nothing's gonna happen to her.
D'Argo: Go away! I want to speak to Chiana! (they both laugh together)
The Peacekeeper Warswas televised asa four hour mini series split into two, 2 hour parts. It aired over two nights, October 17 and 18, 2004.
The DVD version includes an extra 30 seconds or so than the TV version, a few lines inside the Temple on Arnesk and then outside when Crichton and Aeryn are talking.
Grayza was not originally scripted as pregnant in the mini-series, but the script was adjusted to reflect Rebecca Riggs' condition.
*Linal Haft, who plays Grand Chancellor Maryk, appeared as the Zenetan pirate Zelkin in the season 2 episodes "Liars, Guns and Money: With Friends Like These..." and "Liars, Guns and Money: Plan B".
*Sandy Gore, who plays the role of the Eidolon Muoma, was also the Judge in the third season episode "Dream A Little Dream" and Nurse Vreena in the fourth season episodes "Prayer" "We're So Screwed: Fetal Attraction".
*Kim De Lury, who plays the Peacekeeper Captain, was also Tarnat in the fourth season episode "What Was Lost (1): Sacrifice".
When the complete Farscape series was originally released into DVD, this movie was not included. The rights to the movie were sold to Lionsgate Production (in the US) and Contender (in the UK), and they did not allow it to be sold with the rest of the series. Later, in 2010, they released Farscape: the Definitive Collection, which included the movie, among other bonus features.
Noranti was going to have a bigger part in the mini-series. However, Melissa Jaffer had an allergic reaction to the make-up, and couldn't continue with the project. In the original script she was supposed to officiate at Aeryn and Crichton's wedding.
Viginia Hey was asked to reprise her role of Zhaan for this movie, but turned it down.
The Jim Henson Company, which made the Farscape series, considers The Peacekeeper Wars to be the 23rd through the 26th of season four.
Crichton: Hierarch, listen, these are not chirpy, Saturday morning Sleestacks coming!
Sleestacks are the reptilian humanoids from the Saturday morning live action cartoon Land of the Lost.
Crichton: Well, other than being shot at by The Electric Mayhem... I'm fantastic!
Crichton: No I'm just a guy without a brain. The Lion here would like some courage. Tin Man, he just needs a heart. Toto here just wants an easy birth! And Dorothy here, she just looking for a way home.
Crichton talking to the Eidelons about peace using The Wizard Of Oz. He refers to Himself (Scarecrow), Stark (Lion), Scorpius (Tin Man), Rygel (Toto), one of Eidelon descendants (Dorothy).
When Crichton says "I'm hearing dead people!", this is an allusion to Haley Joel Osmet's "I see dead people."
Crichton: War and Peace, War and Peace... did you know that Woody Allen's version is better than Tolstoy's?
Harvey: Yes, mein Fuhrer!
In the scene where Harvey is dressed as Einsten, he mimics the scene in Dr. Strangelove where Dr. Strangelove's arm uncontrollably lifts upward in a Sieg Heil when talking about the use of nuclear weapons as a deterrent, which is reflected in Harvey's want of worm-hole weapons.
2001: A Space Odyssey:
The scene with Crichton and Harvey in the white room with the bed is a replica of one of the final scenes of 2001: A Space Odyssey, complete with the famous black monolith from that movie. In addition, the final scene with the baby may be an allusion to the final scene of 2001.
For Whom the Bell Tolls: