Season 2 Episode 8

Dream a Little Dream

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jun 23, 2000 on Syfy
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While waiting inside a transport pod, to be picked up by Moya, Zhaan tells Crichton about being accused and tried for murder during his absence.

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  • The Big Blue Bore Yawn

    This wasn't a terrible episode. It just wasn't very good.

    This episode revolves around three of the weakest characters, Zhaan, Chianna and Rygel, and the episode suffers because of it. Let's take a moment to talk about the Big Blue Bore, aka Zhaan, since this is one of her big episodes. When I first started watching Farscape, I thought Zhaan was a fascinating character. She was mysterious, exotic and, for lack of a better word, alien. But as the show progressed, we've found a very simple, very predictable being underneath, not the complex creature we were first led to believe was there. The character of Zhaan worked better from a distance, when there was that element of mystery. Now that we've gotten too close, that's gone.

    We see Zhaan trying to hold everything together and failing. I'm a little tired of shows where everything goes to hell when a woman is left in charge. What happened to the always composed tough-as-nails Zhaan we met in the first episode? Now she could've held down the fort.

    The whole haunted-by-visions-of-my-missing-possibly-dead-friends thing could have been interesting, if we didn't already know that John (and by inference the others) had survived.

    Then there were some dreadful Chianna-Rygel scenes that tried very hard to be funny, but ended up just being embarrassing.

    The main plot was weak. It seemed like it was trying to be one of those fight-alongside-the-planet's-underdogs episodes that Star Trek often does, but we just didn't know enough about the planet or its people to care.

    We didn't learn anything new about the characters in this episode. It doesn't do anything to move the season arc story along. And it wasn't all that entertaining. If you skipped this episode you wouldn't miss a beat.moreless
  • A world full of lawyers.

    ‘Dream A Little Dream’ turned out to be a good episode, but it could have been so much more.

    The episode is about Zhaan dreaming of Crichton, Aeryn and D’Argo dying. She is still not quite over that and Crichton wants to talk about it but she doesn’t.

    It began with Zhaan going mad and searching for her friends in a strange world, while Rygel was drinking and Chiana making enemies Zhaan had to protect them. There is also someone watching her and decides to pick her for something, Zhaan then gets an accident and is accused for something she didn’t do. While she spends her time in jail she keeps seeing her three friends, which is definitely the best part of the episode.

    All those lawyers were pretty lame, Zhaan is then freed by the weird chick that picked her and outside Zhaan bumps into a dead body and is accused for murder this time but once again she didn’t do anything. She begins to loose her hope, everytime she sees one of her friends they tell her to move on. Zhaan decides to say that she was guilty and that she deserves to be executed, but she can’t unless her lawyers allow her to and Chiana and Rygel become her lawyers.

    The day where they are going to defend Zhaan, Chiana takes a pill and begins to make sense and impresses one of the lawyers. He tells her that day to let Zhaan loose or he will keep her as hostage as well but she doesn’t listen and plays with the rules he made. With that they win and Zhaan gets back her freedome.

    This episode was great with the cage scenes but all the other ones were very unmemorable, well Zhaan dreams were neat too.

    Rygel farting is also always memorable and the Zhaan/Crichton talk. But besides that, the lawyer thing was very uninteresting.

    The episode wasn’t the best way to continue the show, but I liked the Zhaan development and it wasn’t bad or near useless.

Steve Jacobs

Steve Jacobs

Ja Rhumann

Guest Star

Sandy Gore

Sandy Gore


Guest Star

Peter Kowitz

Peter Kowitz


Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Rygel: (To Chiana) How could you not tell me that? I...I thought we might even pull this off. But you and me, not lying? Are you mad?

    • Ja Rhumann: (to Chiana) It is not a lawyer's way to be long winded, so let's get to the point.

    • Rygel: This is a very ass backwards world! They don't have monarchs, no political parties, they have ruling law firms!

    • Crichton: You're a tenth level Pa'u. You get to eleven we get a TV ministry.
      Zhaan: If I may be honest, John, most of the time I have no idea what you're saying.
      Crichton: Neither do I.

    • Rygel: (to Zhaan as she questions a bartender about her lost comrades) Buy you a drink, beautiful?
      Zhaan: Getting dren-faced is not helping, Rygel!
      Rygel: Well, it's helping me!

    • Ja Rhumann: (to Chiana) Trust me. I'm a lawyer.

    • Chiana: Look, maybe we should get a different lawyer.
      Dersch: Well, you're welcome to try, there's plenty of them around. Ninety per cent of our population are lawyers.

    • Crichton: (singing) Sweet dreams 'til sunbeams find you. Sweet dreams that leave your worries behind you. But in those dreams, whatever they be, dream a little dream of me.
      Zhaan: I was. I keep seeing you die.

    • Chiana: You little toad! You had to go and fart helium now?
      Rygel: I'm nervous, it happens. We're in court, so sue me!

  • NOTES (7)

    • The script of this episode was one of the first written for the show, and helped sell the show to Sci Fi. They liked the idea that it didn't require the full main set for shooting, but later decided it didn't fit in the first season's story arc, and pushed it back to season two.

    • According to Ben Browder, the singing scenes in this episode were not in the script, but rather ad libbed. Ian Watson liked the addition so much he suggested that the production get the rights to use the song.

    • The episode's writer Steven Rae is a nom de plume for the series' creator Rockne S. O'Bannon.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 13, 2002 on A-Channel (CIVI).
      -This episode aired in the UK on August 14, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on December 10, 2001 on Nine.

    • The original cut of the episode, "Re: Union", eventually aired as a special presentation in the US on SciFi on 1st June 2001, during the third season reruns.

    • This episode was first filmed for the season premiere, however it was held to allow "Mind the Baby" to air instead. Several additional scenes were shot and the episode was aired later on as a flashback story, and it was aired as the 8th episode. Three major changes were made to the original episode for this version: an opening sequence in which Zhaan and Pilot comfort each other in their stress over the loss of Aeryn, John and D'Argo is cut, as is the original epilogue which established Zhaan's reentry into being a Pa'u. In addition, the original version of the episode had Rygel having the nightmare with John's head exploding.

    • The episode was originally called Re: Union.