Season 1 Episode 21

Bone to be Wild

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 2000 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • This is the second time in which Zhaan seemed to disappear from the sight of those searching for her, the first from the bounty hunters Rorg and Rorf in the episode "Til The Blood Runs Clear" while walking through the desert. It is unclear whether this is one of her powers as a Priestess, or something all Delvians can do, however.

    • Scarrans apparently have great physical strength, since Scorpius uses that side of him to overcome a Sebacean (Crais).

    • This episode reveals the true nature of Delvians- that they are flora (plants), not fauna (animals).

  • Quotes

    • D'Argo: (when they are forced to leave most of the plants behind) Zhaan, those miracle plants will be found by someone else. In the great scheme of things it's all the same.
      Zhaan: Point well taken. When did our roles become reversed, sweet D'Argo?
      D'Argo: When you required it.

    • Zhaan: I cannot condone what his people did, but for all this unparalleled flora to flourish, it may not be unreasonable to...
      Crichton: (interrupting) To murder sentient beings in order to save a few stinking plants?!
      Zhaan: How animalcentric of you, John.

    • Crais: Your branch of the service gives you special privileges Scorpius, which does not include disrespect of rank. I want you off my ship!
      Scorpius: Of course you do. Candidly, Captain, you have continually failed in all your duties. Your vector for success has grown quite small. Stray outside it, and I fear this ship will soon be in need of someone else to command her.

    • Crichton: Bone appétit!

    • Scorpius: (to Crais) I've never understood the need of some warriors to memorialize their conquests. Does displaying this decaying flesh remind you of past instances when you were powerful?

    • Aeryn: (aboard Moya's baby) Amongst all these Peacekeeper systems I feel quite at home.
      Rygel: We couldn't be happier. Honestly, you deserve a home where you're wanted.

    • D'Argo: (to M'Lee, about the PeaceKeepers) There's a ship of beings out there, thousands...no one will regret their passing.

    • Chiana: (to Rygel) If your hand is still there in one microt, I'll snap it off and wear it as a good luck charm.

    • Chiana: A distress call directed at us?
      (Crichton and Chiana laugh)
      Crichton: How stupid is that?

    • D'Argo: I told you this was a miserable place!
      Zhaan: Where are you hurt?
      D'Argo: At the moment...everywhere.

    • Zhaan: Just swallow it!
      D'Argo: If you want to kill me, why don't you just shoot me?

    • Crichton: She said you were the monster.
      Br'Nee: Yes, my parents believed so too, but it was just a phase all children go through.

    • Chiana: (to Rygel) You ought to keep one foot out of your mouth--you may need it to run.

    • Scorpius: (to Crais) Why must you force me to display my physical superiority to your kind as well?!

    • Br'Nee: (talking about Zhaan) She is not dead, nor will any harm come to her.
      Crichton: She's in a test tube, Jack!

    • Crichton: (when Br'Nee is destroyed by his own device) What the hell am I looking at?
      Zhaan: Justice.

    • Zhaan: There is much cruelty in the universe.
      Crichton: Yeah... we seem to have a treasure map to it.

    • D'Argo: To put things in perspective Zhaan, you are the least thing on this asteroid that I am allergic to.
      Crichton: Big guy's got a point - my rashes have got rashes!

  • Notes

    • This episode was nicknamed "Monster Girl" during production. The cast and crew continued to refer to the episode by that name, long after the filming was complete.

    • The character M'Lee was meant to return in the second season "Won't Get Fooled Again", but did not do so. Actress Francesca Buller did reappear in three other roles during the series' run. An indirect reference to M'Lee is also made by Scorpius in the episode "Family Ties".

    • David Franklin was only signed for his role as Lt Braca on Farscape one day before he shot his first episode. That meant the costume department couldn't create a complete Peacekeeper uniform for him before the shoot, so they gave him a pair of galoshes instead of proper boots, and had him wear a borrowed costume.

    • This episode introduces the Peacekeeper Lieutenant Meeklo Braca, played by David Franklin. He acts as the chief henchman of each of the primary Peacekeeper commanders after Crichton, beginning with Crais, then Scorpius, and finally Grayza; though his true loyalties remain unclear until the end of the series.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on February 16, 2000 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on May 22, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on January 20, 2001 on Nine.

    • Ben Browder's wife, Francesca Buller, plays four different guest starring roles on Farscape: M'Lee in "Bone to Be Wild"; ro-NA in "Look at the Princess" and Raxil in "Scratch 'n' Sniff", all three as antagonists to John Crichton. In the Fourth Season, she comes back in the recurring role of the Scarran War Minister Ahkna, a major antagonist.

      Incidentally, this episode is one of Andrew Prowse's favorites of the first season, because he loved working with Francesca.

    • Gigi Edgley (Chiana) joins the regular cast in this episode.

  • Allusions

    • Bone To Be Wild
      This episode's title is a nod to the song "Born To Be Wild" which reached #2 on the charts for the Canadian band Steppenwolf in 1968. It's said to be the first "heavy metal" song ever written, and it's lyrics, which includes the phrase "heavy metal thunder" may be the source of the genre's name.

    • Crichton: One, two, three, four to beam down, Pilot.

      Crichton alludes to the show Star Trek, in which the ship's company left the vessel by "beaming down".

    • D'Argo: Zhaan, let me explain to you what is going on inside my nose right now. There's large pieces of green mucous and gunk and-
      Crichton: D'Argo, D'Argo--no no no no no, stop it with the Luxan poetry.

      This is an allusion to the Vogon poetry in Douglas Adams' book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where the Vogon poetry is known as the third worst poetry in the universe.

    • Crichton: ...ain't the Mr. Rogers scientist we thought he was.

      Mr. Rogers was the host of the children's television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and was the face of US educational TV for over 30 years.

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