Season 1 Episode 18

A Bug's Life

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 17, 1999 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Goof: At 42:56 when Chiana is thrown to the floor you can see the blue mattress the actress lands on to dampen her fall. At 43:17 this is not visible on the floor and therefore should not have been shown previously.

    • Terms:

      -To Snurch means to steal
      -A Gammak Base is a top secret Peacekeeper science and research installation
      -Kinkoid means crazy or weird
      -Tinked is an expression of disbelief, as in "Are you tinked?"

    • Nitpick: Everyone knows that the virus transfers from host to host by close physical proximity. And yet when they attempt to subdue Crichton, its current host, everyone dog piles on him, including Larraq and Thonn who have been chasing this dangerous adversary for a over cycle and would know better.

    • Zhaan's bedcover contains litmus fibers, and is a clue to Zhaan's true nature.

    • We learn in this episode that the Peacekeepers are active in the apparently mis-named "Uncharted Territories." Their activities in the Uncharted Territories are left vague at first, but it is later revealed that they are preparing for the increasing hostilities with the Scarrans. Also, they are researching wormhole technology.

    • When the Sergeant in Larraq's team sees Chiana he calls her an "honorary server." Apparently, the Nebari had been classified by the Peacekeepers, and therefore wouldn't be subject to the "purity regulations" mentioned by Crais in the premier.

    • Nitpick: From a strictly biological standpoint, viruses do not "lay/incubate spores." Certain bacteria, fungi and sporophyte plants use spores as part of their reproductive cycle. Viruses are bits of DNA packaged in a protein capsid, and do not use a "spore" as part of their replication cycle. This may actually be a translator microbe malfunction, however- the microbes may have used an inaccurate term for the so-called "Intellant Virus" because there was no other term in English that was similar enough in definition to use.

    • Goof: After the "Mexican standoff" scene, the Peacekeeper captain escapes then Crichton orders all the access door closed. If you look closely at 41 minutes 14 seconds in, you can clearly see the stage hand close the "automatic" door manually.

  • Quotes

    • Aeryn: (referring to Larraq) He stabbed me, didn't he?
      Crichton: Yeah. You got lucky, he missed your heart.
      Aeryn: (to herself) Closer than you think...

    • Rygel: What are you doing down here, anyway?
      Chiana: Me? You're the one who's supposed to stay in his cage.
      Rygel: Well, Pilot said they were bringing something on board, and I thought I'd come down here and see if I could, erh...
      Chiana: You're here for the same reason I am: to see if there's anything inside worth snurching.
      Rygel: Snurch?! I don't snurch! I procure!

    • Larraq: Awful big ship for one little girl.
      Aeryn: Nah. I can handle big.

    • Crichton: Let's find Sparky before he screws this up.
      D'Argo: Yeah, let's find him before you screw this up.

    • D'Argo: If there is one thing I've learned from this fiasco it is that I will never be chained up again.
      Zhaan: I pray that will be the case.
      D'Argo: You can pray all you like. I was expressing a fact, not a hope.

    • Crichton: Okay, so the virus is inside one of you...and you all got guns, great!

    • Rygel: Oh! How dare you sneak up on me like that! I should make you wear a bell round your neck!
      Chiana: Keep your fantasies to yourself, frog boy.
      Rygel: Fantasies about you? Uggh!

  • Notes

    • Hints were dropped in the episode that foretold the virus' reappearance in future episode, but the idea never came to fruition.

    • With Crichton portraying a Peacekeeper in this episode, Ben Browder came up with the idea to play it with an accent to lend credibility to the role.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 26, 2000 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on April 17, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on December 23, 2000 on Nine.

  • Allusions

    • Crichton: Rygel has been possessed by some Mensa-member virus...

      Crichton is playing on the term "intellant virus", by comparing it to the Mensa society, which describes itself as a group of "people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population".

    • Crichton: Look, as soon as I leave here, I'm goin' straight to Hot Lips.
      Crichton's nickname for Lt. Hassan is a reference to Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan of M*A*S*H fame, played by Sally Kellerman in the original 1970 Robert Altman film, and Loretta Swit in the later TV series.

    • Crichton: You might think your magic pill worked, and then Rygel's up walking around the ship, coughing up the spores, cats and dogs living together.
      This line is one of the many ad libs by Ben Browder in season one. It's actually a line from the movie Ghostbusters.