Season 1 Episode 11

The Needs of Earth

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 18, 1999 on TNT
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The crew searches for a criminal and hopes to find some information to help end the plague.

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  • Gideon goes on the hunt for a renegade alien who before fleeing his homeworld stole all his planets important information perhaps he has a cure

    Gideon goes on the hunt for a renegade alien

    who before leaving his homeworld

    stole all his planets important information

    earth officals hope that medical knowledge is amoung the secrets.

    Gideon must leave ISA territory for another world

    with no jurisdiction and illegaly break out the traitor from a slave prison before his own people catch him.

    I do like this episode

    it shows us the worlds beyond earth space and the alliance

    the domed city was a dirty sleazy zoo of aliens and criminals.

    kinda like what mos eisly should have been.

    the break out was good and dramatic

    and funny as gideon picks the biggest, nastiest alien to punch so dureena can do her thing unnoticed.

    When they finally get hold of the guy in question

    he aint what he appears and niether is his information.

    But as the doctor says it may still be of some use to earth and her people.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It seems unlikely that Natchok Var would be allowed to keep the forbidden data crystals with him in his cell on Praxis 9.

    • Why would the Moradi execute Nix by destroying his shuttle in front of everyone? Wouldn't it had been more subtle to kill him once he was brought aboard their ship?

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Gideon: I may have an idea.
      Dureena: I don't think you have recovered from your last good idea.
      Gideon: That would explain it.

    • Matheson: How odd, to know everyone's heart, but my own...

    • Gideon: (to Alien Ambassador's Aide) Do you do this a lot, lie to protect his ego?
      Nix: All the time. It's politics and self preservation.
      Gideon: Understood...

    • Matheson: It looks like we going by... Stand by...
      Gideon: Don't say "stand by", when we are one word away from good news!

    • Gideon: [pretty beaten up] Was that a big enough distraction?
      Dureena: It was very nice. Does that hurt?
      Gideon: Profoundly

    • Mattheson: When they said that Natchok would get a fair trial even though I was deliberately trying not to scan them telepathically I could sense they were lying, but I didn't go deeper. I just assumed that it meant that he would get a mock trial. I didn't even suspect the truth until ... I saw Natchok. He knew. He knew. By dying he saved a part of his world. And maybe even a part of Earth. If I would've said anything, I would've guaranteed that his dreams died with him, so I did nothing, as he would've wanted. Nothing. To save the souls of billions. I choose to believe I withheld that information from my captain for lofty reasons, and not because I was afraid that by revealing what I knew, I was violating the new rules for telepaths. Because it was right! Not because I was protecting my own ass. But I guess I'll never know. How odd to know everyone's heart, but my own.

  • NOTES (0)


    • The plot of this episode is similar to numerous short stories by Ray Bradbury which depict futuristic human societies disposing of art and literature they consider backward and superstitious.