Season 4 Episode 17

A Constellation of Doubt

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 14, 2003 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Crichton watches a documentary that Moya receives from Earth about their recent visit showing interviews with Crichton's relatives and other people who interacted with the crew.

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  • A documentary from Earth confirms John’s worst fears.

    This was a fascinating way to examine how Earth reacted to the crew’s visit.

    No wonder John is obsessed. As Rygel pointed out, John has many obsessions, but watching the documentary over and over is typical. How many times did John warn them? Full disclosure is the only way Earth can unite to fight what could come. But the American Government does what they always do – quote ‘National Security!’ and classify everything! Now the paranoia takes over and conspiracy theorists are having a fabulous time! It’s quite frightening to see how Humans have reacted to the visit, the prejudice and the small-mindedness, never seeing that John was trying to prepare them, give them what they needed without scaring them. Now John knows he should have told them everything because now various groups are filling in the gaps. Instead of preparing the planet for a potential war, Humans are too busy arguing about the morality of Chiana, the dangerousness of D’Argo, the possibility of inter-species babies… it’s only far later that they finally take the hint and unity begins.

    It was fascinating to watch the home movies that Bobby made, a behind the scenes look of their trip to Earth. Quite scary how conversations can be taken out of context and put together. Though some of the ‘points’ were well done and actually not out of context.

    It’s great to see the aftermath of their ‘vacation’. Often with an episode like 'Kansas', you don't know what happened afterwards. A very interesting episode.moreless
  • Another class episode.

    Finally another great episode. And i ahve to say that Farscape continues to make some of the best episodes ever in season 4. I am so glad that this show is going out with a bag as it deserves. This episode really was a documentary about the time Crichton and the aliens visited earth. In the episode Crcithon tries to work out where they are holding Aeryn. I was also shocked to learnt hat Crichton offered to give up all of his knowledge to Scorpius as long as he helps him to get back Aeryn. I hope this is a deal Crichton is not intending to live upto. But yet again another fantastic episode from season 4.moreless
  • Probably the best ever show about how earth would deal with a real alien landing. This episode has everything right in it. it merits a perfect 10. Aeryn on a talk show? What's not to like?moreless

    There are barely words to express how good Farscape is when it is good. I thought they had done the definitive first contact stories with Kansas and Terra Firma, but this was the business several times over and in spades. The episode not only moved the plot on and developed the characters, but did what good sci-fi should - it held up a mirror to ourselves. Ignoring the practical issues involved in picking up the transmission through the worm-hole, the off-worldly review of a very on-worldly documentary was perfect. Aliens come to Earth, and what do we do? We get them on chat shows. And when we’re bored with that, we make a TV documentary about them. Not only that, but it’s revealed that the FBI has a secret file on them. Now there is a serious crossover we need to see - Mulder and Scully investigate the Moya alien cover up! What really made your flesh creep in this one was that you knew this is how it would be if first contact really happened. A paranoid press that just wouldn’t understand that the rest of the universe simply wouldn’t care about us. We want to be threatened, otherwise we aren’t important. Excellentmoreless
David Kemper

David Kemper

Mr. X

Guest Star

Nick Tate

Nick Tate

R. Wilson Monroe

Guest Star

Tyler Coppin

Tyler Coppin

Robert Schelmacher

Guest Star

Raelee Hill

Raelee Hill


Recurring Role

Melissa Jaffer

Melissa Jaffer


Recurring Role

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • D'Argo's tongue contains adaptive venom- the victim takes in only enough to lose consciousness, so it cannot be used to kill.

    • While on Earth, D'Argo apparently made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, not the first reference to that show, where he thought the audience were laughing with him.

    • There are several references in this episode to the earlier "Kansas", such as the returning Sheriff describing his experience, and "Terra Firma", which featured Bobby filming his footage and Olivia Crichton in a prominent role.

    • The crew apparently believe Aeryn has been taken to Katratzi, the place Aeryn and Sikozu overheard the Scarrans say they were taking Grayza in Bringing Home the Beacon. Despite asking around, no one had ever heard of Katratzi, and the crew seemingly gave up hope on finding Aeryn rather quickly. Crichton persisted, having heard it earlier from Sikozu-Stark in "Unrealized Reality". Now, Crichton must find out the location, presumably from Sikozu-Stark.

    • In "Terra Firma" Crichton refers to Bobby as his cousin, but here we learn he is in fact his nephew.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sikozu: Crichton...listen to yourself. Everything lives and everything dies...whether you wish it or not, and you have to deal with it.

    • Dr. Walker: (of D'Argo) Look...you see only differences...tentacles, a tongue with venom. Everything about him screams 'Alien'. Now... close your eyes. Listen. General Ka D'Argo could easily be you or me.

    • Chiana: When do you give up?
      Crichton: I don't.
      Chiana: Well, you got to give up sometime.
      Crichton: No. I don't.

    • Crichton: They never even gave it a chance.
      Rygel: Well, what do you expect.
      Crichton: It's not what you expect...it's what you hope for.

    • Rygel: (being interviewed by Bobby) If Earth is remembered at all, it will most likely be for the quality of it's manual labor.

    • Sikozu: A stupid as you must think them, the Scarrans have managed to build one of the most extensive empires in the galaxy, in part, and I shall repeat this because it does not seem to sink in, by not advertising the locations of their secret bases.

    • D'Argo: I've seen lots of your movies, and in every film, the aliens are always evil and Earth always is victorious.
      Bobby: You mean we have to learn that there are good aliens?
      D'Argo: No. I mean you have to learn you won't always win.

    • Bobby: You've spent three years in deepest, darkest space, battling aliens and evil races. What was the worst part?
      Chricton: The worst part, um, was the complete and utter lack of toilet paper.

    • Bobby: Do religions hate each other where you come from?
      Noranti: Oh, good heavens, no. Religions are grand, lofty ideas. Religious followers, now that's another story.
      Bobby: Wars?
      Noranti: Unspeakable.
      Bobby: So we're not so different.
      Noranti: That's nothing to be proud of.

    • Crichton: What's my 'tell'?
      Olivia: Your lips. When you see Aeryn they soften just a bit.
      Crichton: She has a word for us, it's called 'yesterday'.
      Olivia: Yeah, right.
      Crichton: She have a tell?
      Olivia: Yeah.
      Crichton: What is it?
      Olivia: Her eyes. She's waiting for you.

    • Rygel: It's a backward planet (Earth) full of superstitious xenophobic morons. Nothing makes sense if they didn't think of it first, and even then it's simplistic drivel. (remembering he's talking to Crichton) Beg pardon, how rude, are you from there?

    • Bobby: So, all in all, you could live here?
      Rygel: As long as I get to keep my slaves.
      Bobby: They're servants. They get paid. You don't own them.
      Rygel: What? You're kidding. They come running when I call.
      Bobby: The government wants you to feel at home.
      Rygel: Then give me slaves.
      Bobby: OK, besides eating, what's your favourite thing to do?
      Rygel: Uh, gamble. You can do it over the phone. You can call females, too. 1-900-SLUT-GIRL.

    • Noranti: (about humans) You're so ignorant but you never give up, even in the face of insurmountable odds.

    • Chiana: You can't tell when I'm lying.
      Sikozu: Yes we can. We all can.
      Chiana: How?
      Sikozu: You open your mouth and words come out of it.

    • Crichton: Sikozu Shanu?
      Sikozu: No.
      Crichton: Nothing?
      Sikozu: A reasonable interpretation of the word 'no'.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Bobby: I'm here with IASA Commander John Crichton, the first and only human to boldly go where no man has gone before.

      Bobby uses the line from the opening sequence of original Star Trek television show, which was about a ship of humans exploring the galaxy.