Farscape

Season 4 Episode 1

Crichton Kicks (2)

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 07, 2002 on Syfy
8.8
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Crichton, who is now aboard a dying Leviathan named Elack, works on his theories of wormhole physics. But when a female alien named Sikozu lands on the ship, she is followed by a squad of Grudek mercenaries who want to harvest the Leviathan's neural cluster tissue. Crichton struggles to save his new home but gets some welcome help when two old friends rejoin him.moreless

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  • 5.0
    Funny how quickly the Farscape crew COULDN\'T be apart. Your left in a cliffhanger at the end of season 3 as everyone goes their seperate ways and all of a sudden in season 4, half the crew is back and they are intorduced to a new playmate. Sikuzo is a great character so in this sense, this is a good episode. Her constant schemeing and seeming side switching throughout future episodes makes her introduction a good one as she\'s quickly walking the wire between good and evil. Beyond that, you really got nothing. The tenseness at the end of season 3 is gone and this is another stand alone episode that really doesn\'t advance any of the larger themes of the series along to any significance.moreless
  • Chaos! The Series is picked up in very weird way!

    7.5
    What was that for an episode?!

    I must say I thought the first episode of this new season would be a bit better than this!

    Crichton with a beard? Oh please...

    A new character is introduced. She is a bit strange, just like everyone of the gang, and will fit in perfectly!

    Chiana can see the future! Well, not exactly, but she can slow down the present, which makes a blind by the way! I wonder if she will stay that way?

    But wait, where were Rygel and Chiana? I thought they had left or were aboard Moia! And they all seem so desperate, so worn out! How come they changed so drastically from one season to another?

    There are no indications about D'Argo, Stark or Aeryn yet.

    Hope the next episode will be better...

    7.5/10moreless
  • The start of season 4...

    9.2
    Wow this really was quite a good episode, maybe not fantastic but it was pretty good considering that D'Argo, Aeryn, Pilot and Jool never appeared in it. So this episode takes place some time on from the season 3 final, where John was left in the middle of nowhere. In this episode Crichton reveals that luckily a dying Livathan came along and Crichton boarded it. So Crichton has pretty much figured out wormholes in the time he has been aboard the ship.



    Anyway we are also intoduced to a new alien and finally Chiana and Rygel come back, they rid the ship of bad guys but they are still no closer at finding the rest for mpya's crew. Overall i think this was a great episode. It certainly let lots of ideas for season 4. This season is promising to be a good one lets hope it stays like this.moreless
  • Yet another cliff hanger that leads to nothing

    1.9
    Last time everyone departed moya for other places.but hold on 5 minutes and the gangs all back together .None of them having gone where they said they were going to.And not really bothering to explain.Its a news season ,and they signed a contract so its all aboard for a new exicting series of episodes.The words non sequitur were invented for this.

    Its not like its the first time thyve pulled this trick.The season two opener had a similar cop out .I actually like the show but they do it to me everytime and everytime i fall for it.It seems like they are desperately trying to maintain interest in the show to stave off cancellation and then dont have the first clue how to resolve the plot threads theyve set up.But they could have at least triedmoreless
  • Crichton has been living in a dying Leviathan when suddenly a pod arrives. A young woman reveals she is running away from the people who hired her to find Leviathans.

    8.0
    Ben Browder shows his funny side. This is how I would rate this episode. I guess he must have had a great time making it.



    Again he's making references to Star Trek. All is done in a great unforced way. This is what I like about Farscape, it's all in the interaction of the characters.

    Even when he tries to attracked the attention of the monster, he keeps being witty and funny.



    It's a completely other side of Crichton we see than the one in the previous episode.moreless
Dinah Shearing

Dinah Shearing

Voice of Elack's Pilot

Guest Star

Bob Nisevic

Bob Nisevic

Nukana

Guest Star

Mark McCann

Mark McCann

Grudek #1

Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Raelee Hill

Raelee Hill

Sikozu

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Chiana's psi powers have changed from precognition to speeding up her perception, making what she sees appear to slow down so much that she's able to actively affect the outcome of them. The drawback of this is that it leaves her temporarily blind, with each use of her powers increasing the length of time needed to recover her sight.

    • Nitpick: Sikozu tries to get Crichton to "shift his gravity center" to walk on walls the way she can, as if she believes that this is something many species are capable of, and yet later when she and Chiana are trying to escape from danger, she tells Chi that she can do things that Chiana can't- ie, shift her gravity to walk on walls. Either she knows Nebari pretty well, or this is a significant discrepancy. She doesn't speak Nebari, so she has no first hand knowledge of that species, but she might know them from her studies, as she knows Leviathans- of course, that knowledge was lacking in many ways, as well.

    • Commandant Grayza has put out beacons almost everywhere possible offering rewards for the capture, dead or alive, of Moya's crew. Notably, Chiana has a bounty of 5 million currency pledges, while Rygel has a price of 7 million on his head.

    • New character Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu is Kalish, and although she grew up in Scarran territory she despises them. She was working as a "Leviathan expert" for an organization hired by the Grudeks before breaching the contract and having to flee. She has the ability to re-bond flesh and to shift her gravity center so she can scale walls and such. Her brain cannot tolerate translator microbes so she must learn new languages by hearing them.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Crichton: (ordering Rygel to go retrieve Sikozu's dismembered hand) Yeah, she says her flesh will rebond, so Ryg, you go fetch her hand. Pip, you're with me.
      Rygel: Why me?
      Crichton: Severed heads, severed hands- it's a motif.

    • Elack's Pilot: The returning Grudek ship would have destroyed us... if we hadn't left the sacred space. And we would like to repay our debt... before we pass.
      Crichton: You don't owe us anything.
      Elack's Pilot: Nevertheless, if we are able, you shall arrive at the planet where we think your friends may be.
      Crichton: It was your dream... yours and Elack... to die there.
      Elack's Pilot: No dream is guaranteed, Commander. The grace of age is... we learn to accept.

    • Sikozu: Make them think you're dead!
      Crichton: Okay, Sputnik. (Running out and firing at the Grudeks) You missed!

    • Sikozu: I studied harder than you can imagine, I sacrificed more than you will ever attain. Do not presume to moralize with your narrow perspective.

    • Dream Aeryn: I'm not right for you, John. I was just the best of limited choices.

    • Sikozu: They know we're here.
      Crichton: Oh, nothing gets by you, does it?

    • Crichton: (to Sikozu) Don't worry, I'm not gonna hurt you. Told Chiana she could do that.

    • Crichton: (Bleating like a sacrificial lamb) Maaaah maaah. Come see the tasty human goat. Staked out like an idiot. Maaah.
      Rygel: (being pursued by a creature) Ohh oh ohh! You wanted him, you got him!
      Crichton: (continuing to call the hunting beast to him) Maah, what's the matter? You not hungry? Red rover, red rover, send Cujo right over!

    • Sikozu: Chiana, I've told you, I can go places you cannot.
      Chiana: I'd love to send you to one place.
      Sikozu: It's sarcasm. The hallmark of the sub-educated.
      Chiana: The only hallmark you're gonna be is a small, small smudge on the wall after I shoot you.

    • Chiana: (to Sikozu) OK, you go first, in case I have to shoot you.

    • Crichton: (about the baby) Maybe it's not mine at all.
      Dream Aeryn: You just won't let that rest, will you?
      Crichton: Nah, maybe it's got a little pony tail and a teeny tiny goatee.
      Dream Aeryn: Maybe.
      Crichton: Maybe there's half a metal face on it.
      Dream Aeryn: Maybe.
      Crichton: Maybe it's a royal pain in the ass, eats all the time and farts a lot.
      Dream Aeryn: Then we'll know it's yours.

    • Rygel: (holding Sikozu's severed hand) Wormholes, Aeryn, Earth, Aeryn, Scorpius, Aeryn. (He laughs and lifts the hand) I'm out of fingers. Want me to keep counting on hers?

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Apocalypse Now:
      John moving about in the muck, with just his eyes (and above) remaining unsubmerged is a visual reference to the finale of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film, Apocalypse Now in which Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) slips through the water in the same manner while on his way to terminate Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando).

    • Crichton: All right...here's the deal. We're gonna be really, really quiet so the Pirates of the Caribbean don't hear us. Okay?

      One of the better known of the amusement park rides found at Disneyland, the Pirates of the Caribbean is obviously based on the long history of piracy in the Caribbean Sea.

    • Crichton: What's the matter? You not hungry? Red Rover, Red Rover, send Cujo right over.
      Red Rover is a children's game, in which one side chants "Red Rover, Red Rover, send _____ right over." The named person on the other team then has to break through the barrier formed by the first team. Cujo is the rabid St. Bernard from the 1981 Stephen King novel and the 1983 film made based upon it. In the time since the novel's publication, "Cujo" has become virtually a generic name for any vicious and/or mad dog.

    • Crichton: It's beautiful. You're Picasso.

      Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is the Spaniard who's considered one of the most notable artists of the 20th Century. He's primarily known for developing the art style known as Cubism.

    • Crichton: You guys go find the Slaughterhouse Five. Make sure we're ready to move.
      Slaughterhouse Five is the title of a 1969 SF novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., adapted into a movie by George Roy Hill in 1972. John is being a bit metaphoric in using the phrase to describe the Grudeks' harvesting of organic material from Leviathans.

    • Crichton: We get outta here, we find someone to fix it. Before then, we gotta find a way to screw the pooch.

      The expression "screw the pooch" is a phrase used by test pilots to refer to accidents which result in destruction of the aircraft, and/or death of the pilot. Its use came into popularity with the publication of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff. Here, John is using it in a more literal sense of dealing with the Grudeks' Brindz Hound.

    • Crichton: Sputnik, we don't work together, we die. That's all the need-to-know I need to know.

      John is probably likening Sikozu's hairdo to the antennae on Sputnik, the first space satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957.

    • Crichton: Hey, man, you don't like the Baywatch thing, head inland.

      Another reference to Baywatch, the TV series about lifeguards on the beaches of California.

    • Crichton: Absolutely correct, Tinkerbell.
      Tinkerbell is the fairy companion of Peter Pan in the 1904 play Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, as well as the novel version, originally published in 1911 as Peter and Wendy, and the various films adapted from it, mostly notably the 1953 animated feature film from Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg's 1991 film, Hook.

    • Crichton: Besides, I've almost cracked 'Wormholes for Dummies'.

      A series of books, "for Dummies" became popular in the late nineties, explaining everything from computers to finances to games in layman's terms, so that anyone could understand the basics of the subject.

    • Crichton: (on Sikozu coming to the Leviathan sacred burial ground) So you Jacques Cousteau'ed your way upstream to where they die.

      Jacques Cousteau is a famous deep sea diver who had a TV show The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau which ran from 1966 to 1976.

    • 1812:

      The DRD known as 1812 has been taught by Crichton to sing the "1812 Overture", which commemorates Napoleon's unsuccessful invasion of Russia. 1812 has also been painted blue, white, and red, the colors of the French flag.

    • Crichton: Mother Teresa of the uncharted territories.

      Mother Teresa is a nun who was known for her self-sacrifice for others.

    • Crichton: (in Klingon) Get off my Ship!

      When Ben Browder saw the Grudek actors in their makeup he thought that they looked like Klingons, the alien race first introduced into pop culture on the the sci-fi series Star Trek. So he got Rick Manning to do some research, and shouted out his line in Klingon. Interestingly, he told the director he'd be doing this, but didn't tell Raelee that he'd be yelling in Klingon.

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