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Season 1 Episode 9

DNA Mad Scientist

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 18, 1999 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

A scientist extracts DNA from several of Moya's crew, promising them that with it he will be able to find the locations of their home planets. Conflict arises when he asks for a sample from Pilot -- specifically, one of his arms.

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  • Strange.

    This episode was very weird. Moya's crew go to a planet and meet an alien who says that with a DNA sample he can map each of the crews way home, this works for everyone except Crichton, because the alien has never heard of earth. Also Aeryn and Crichton get a little closer when he says to her that she came come back to earth with him.

    This episode saw a lot of fighting between the charactors. Also Aeryn is very isolated in this episode which helps us to understand what it must really be like for her. Overall this was a very good episode.moreless
  • Mad

    “DNA Mad Scientist” is another great Farscape episode. A geneticist offers the crew maps back to their home worlds but in exchange for Pilots arm. He also injects Aeryn Sun with Pilots DNA and she slowly starts to change into Pilots race. The characters and make up in this episode are great and one again we see that the characters are so unpredictable, with their own plans in mind. We also see character development in Aeryn Sun, as we see she feels like an outcast, and we also see Crichton looking after her (first signs of romance?) 9 out of 10moreless
  • Evolution in space

    A pretty good episode with an interesting storyline and with lots of depth.

    Still not that impressive as the past episodes, I was disappointed in Zhaan’s character and the way she reacted on everything, tried to manipulate, kill, hurt and everything her character didn’t stand for in the past. Also it’s a shame that they didn’t continue with her character where the last episode left her, all in all. Her character disappointed me in this episode.

    Also both D’Argo and Rygel irritated me and lost their respects again, both are cowards and damn selfish. I disliked both and didn’t care for their storylines at all.

    I also had mixed feelings for the mad doctor, I felt bad for his suffering but what he was doing was wrong, also he turned into a rabbit looking creature at the end, what was that all about? Bad ending for his character without any conclusion, closure of development.

    But anyway, I still liked this episode. Made me notice the Pilot which had hardly done in the past, also cared even more for Aeryn. She was great and I felt bad that she didn’t have a home to go to, she shows emotions and sadness (kind of like a human) and her character depth and interactions with John were superb.

    All in all, neat episode but definitely not that memorable.

  • The crew has a chance to get informtion but they must sacrafice one of their own to do so.

    These early episodes are the ones that set up the characters and lets us have insight into their characters.

    When the crew is offered a map of the unchated territories, from a scientist, they find that the payment is one of pilots arms. The group dynamics are shown in it's full light and we might not like how things turn out.
Adrian Getley

Adrian Getley


Guest Star

Sarah Burns

Sarah Burns


Guest Star

Julian Garner

Julian Garner

Voice of NamTar

Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • It's perhaps indicative of her true nature that despite being a priest and all for loving everyone, Zhaan never apologizes to Pilot for what she did. Of course, neither does Rygel.

    • This is the first mention we ever hear of the Sebacean Breakaway Colonies, though they are not specifically named as of yet. These are Sebaceans that fled the Peacekeepers in favor of a less militaristic lifestyle.

    • D'Argo completes the device we first saw he was working on in "Back and Back and Back to the Future." It is a "shilquen," a musical instrument (which Pilot at first mistakes for some sort of weapon).

    • Never before or after this episode do you see a pulse pistol doing so much damage to a living being- it normally doesn't take a chunk out of someone killed by it. Perhaps there is someone particular in NamTar's physiology that would account for this abnormal reaction.

    • Terms:

      -Weekens is a unit of time possibly analogous to a week.
      -A Cartographic Crystal is a data storage medium, where cartographic information is recorded on a clear crystal.
      -Frell is vulgar for copulate; used as both an expletive ("frell you!") and an intensifier ("frelling idiot").
      -A Mellet is possibly a food item analogous to liver, apparently served chopped, and not considered of high value; "What am I, chopped mellet?"
      -A Shilquen is a Luxan musical intrument

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Rygel: The crystal is well-hidden, and will remain so until you and Zhaan are ready to listen to reason.
      D'Argo: 'Reason' being that we return you to Hyneria.
      Rygel: That's the very definition of reason.

    • Aeryn: I was born a Peacekeeper soldier. I've always been one among many, a member of a division, a platoon, a unit, a team. I've never been on my own, John, never been alone. Ever.
      Crichton: When I find a way home, if I find a way home, I'll, I'll take you with me.
      Aeryn: Me, on a planet full of billions of you?

    • Crichton: (when Aeryn appears to be ill) Are you sweating? This isn't a Sebacean heat thing, is it?
      Aeryn: This is not a Sebacean thing.
      Crichton: Well, you gotta give me a clue here, Aeryn. Is this something new or is this just your usual P.M.S. -- Peacekeeper Military Shi..?
      Aeryn: Frell you!

    • NamTar: You are in the latter part of phase one, I suspect.
      Aeryn: Phase one of what?
      NamTar: Please...I don't want to ruin the surprise of phase two for you.

    • D'Argo: (about chopping off Pilot's arm to trade it to NamTar for star charts) You understand why I did what I did?
      Pilot: Your motivations were perfectly clear.
      D'Argo: And you understand that if I was faced with the same choice again, I would do exactly the same.
      Pilot: I have no doubt whatsoever.... I also know that Luxans are not given to apologies.

    • NamTar: All species are seeking perfection. That's what evolution is: the road towards perfection. How many generations of your species have lived and died to lead to you? How many will die after you? All in the name of achieving a state of perfection.

    • Crichton: You're a long way from perfection, NamTar.
      NamTar: But nearer, possibly, than any other corporeal being has ever come! Give credit where credit is due.

    • NamTar: (to Crichton) If you've come to attack me yet again, I warn you: I don't have time for you now. I will need to simply kill you.

    • NamTar: (after Aeryn shoots him) That's quite an impressive weapon you've got there....

    • Crichton: Whatever you've done to her, NamTar, it wasn't part of our deal!
      NamTar: Deal? You felt we had a deal? A deal denotes reaching some point of equality. I'm afraid there's never been anything equal about us.

    • Rygel: (to Zhaan) You honestly believed that I could find you appealing? I mean, you're so...so...blue!

    • NamTar: (after Aeryn wrenches his arm) I have temporarily turned my nervous sensors from pain to pleasure.
      Aeryn: This is not like what you did to the others!
      NamTar: Oops!
      Aeryn: What have you done to me?!
      NamTar: Please push harder!

    • Rygel: What am I? Chopped mellet?
      Zhaan: Of course not: I can stomach chopped mellet.
      Rygel: (under his breath) Blue-assed bitch.
      Zhaan: What did you call me?
      Rygel: A blue-assed bitch!

    • D'Argo: If NamTar's knowledge had extended to Crichton's pathetic homeworld, you can wager that he would have offered up his own mivonks, useless as they are.
      Zhaan: Would you if that had been the price demanded?
      D'Argo: Fortunately it was not--only a female would make light of such thoughts!

    • Aeryn: How could you? Pilot is defenseless.
      D'Argo: Compassion? From a Peacekeeper?
      Aeryn: For a comrade. You attacked one of your own--would you do the same to the rest of us?
      D'Argo: Of course.

    • Crichton: How can you not be angry? Insanely angry?
      Pilot: When one of my species is bonded to a Leviathan, we give our lives to the service of others. Ship first, then those who travel aboard her.
      Crichton: No matter what those aboard do to you?
      Pilot: My species is incapable of space flight on our own. If we wish to journey beyond our home planet, this is the trade-off we make, for the chance to see the galaxy. I consider it a perfectly equitable arrangement.

    • Aeryn: (to Crichton) You and the others are trying to get home avoiding Peacekeeper territories. My home is Peacekeeper territory, it's just that I can't ever go back there...ever.

    • NamTar: You arrived here aboard a Leviathan ship, did you not?
      Zhaan: You want our ship?
      NamTar: My interest isn't in your ship, but in your ship's pilot.
      Aeryn: What do you want with him?
      NamTar: My research will be greatly enhanced by genetic material from such an extraordinary species.
      Crichton: You mean, a sample like you took from us?
      NamTar: A sample, yes. But I'm afraid I'm going to need a bit more than I asked of you.
      D'Argo: How much more?
      NamTar: I will require... one of your pilot's arms.

    • Zhaan: Are you all right, John.
      Crichton: Yeah, sure, no problem, happens all the time--needle in the eye, no sweat.

    • Pilot: It appears your crystal is useless. Lucky for you, you didn't trade anything of real value to get it.
      Zhaan: We can access one of the maps, but only if we destroy the other two.
      Rygel: Well we'll just have to go to NamTar and ask him for three individual crystals.
      D'Argo: Ask NamTar for further help? What will he demand from us then?
      Pilot: If he should ask for it, what body part are you willing to offer, your eminence?

  • NOTES (6)

    • Getley had some issues with temperature inside the NamTar suit, stating, when he was sweating and told to drink water, "I can't. I can't go to the toilet; I have to wait until I'm out of costume!" Virginia Hey remembers telling the costume designer, Terry Ryan, about the problem so Ryan cut "a little escape hatch."

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on November 10, 1999 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on February 14, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on September 16, 2000 on Nine.

    • NamTar is Rat Man backwards. Namtar also happens to be the name of a Sumerian God of Disease and Pestilence.

    • The NamTar creation was partly animatronic, including his whole head. Not only that, but Adrian Getley was on stilts for the entire time the episode was filming.

    • This episode was originally entitled "Apogee".

    • David Kemper came up with the idea for this episode when he first saw the Pilot puppet. He asked Matt Carroll if they could cut off an arm in a story, so he would re-grow it later, and when he was told yes, the story was born.


    • Crichton: The map thing, Nam Tar's magic crystal? Well, Larry, Curly and Moe just found out they can only use one of the maps- two of them ain't going nowhere.

      Larry, Curly and Moe are The Three Stooges, an extremely popular comedy act in the movies for over three decades, beginning in the thirties.

    • Crichton: Believe it or not, we've had men like you on my planet...educated men. Men of science and medicine. Men who were searching for some self-described ideal and willing to maim and murder untold thousands to find it. There was one. His name was Mengele. To him, anyone was fair game as a subject of his experiments -- the weak...the handicapped...men...women...children...

      This refers to Dr. Josef Mengele, an infamous NAZI doctor in Auschwitz. Nicknamed the Angel of Death he experimented on prisoners, as well as deciding who was to be gassed and who would live when the prisoners got off the trains.