Farscape

Season 1 Episode 22

Family Ties (1)

3
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 28, 2000 on Syfy
9.6
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Rygel steals a transport pod and goes to the Peacekeeper command carrier to betray the others. However he ends up returning to Moya with Crais, who wants asylum. Meanwhile, Crichton decides to destroy Scorpius' Gammak Base.

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  • Tragic in space

    9.3
    A good episode, a good cliff-hanger, a good end to a season but not good enough.



    I couldn’t help but to feel completely irritated by Crais. He’s a stupid bastard, first with his lame obsession over his brother’s death. And then he becomes a coward and runs to his enemies and then he steels Moya’s kid? Gosh, I really despise him. He’s one of the worst villains in history.



    Anyway, what I did love about this episode were the family ties. When Crichton and D’Argo went to the ship, they all trusted each other, Well except mr. Selfish and mr. Hypocrite. But at least Rygal came through, I hated him for what he did at first and really wanted someone to throw a large object at him. But towards the end of the episode I loved him again,. Crais is just…worthless.



    Anyway, I loved Aeryn as well, she finally gave the baby a name. ‘Tylon’. I loved her conversation with John about father’s. And then we have Chiana, her character is also excellent. I didn’t like her kiss with John though, icky and wrong. But besides that, she did a great job and I loved that she cooked the gang a meal. Except for Crais, why the hell did she do that? She could have just let the b!tch starve to death.



    Anyway, Scorpius wasn’t exactly interesting either. He can’t kill Crichton because he wants what is in him, yadayadayawn.



    I also hate the depart of Stark, where is he? I loved him in ‘The Hidden Memory’ and ‘Nerve’, I want to see more of his character.



    Anyway, so D’Argo and John do something that felt a little pointless, but necessary while the lamo Crias went away with the baby. Moya had to starburst because they were in trouble and so it does and leave our heroes behind. Aeryn nearby while D’Argo is passing out in space and lets loose the lucky charm John gave to him.



    All in all, ‘Family Ties’ was a great cliff-hanger, but it could have been better. It should have, and they should have killed Crias.

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  • and what a great finale it was.

    9.2
    Vey well writen and the performances were just perfect. This episode was focused in the relationship that the characters have developed with each other over the year that they have been together. It was a great episode that showed just how much they all care for each other. It was a very sad episode because they were all saying goodbye to those that have become their family, they had no idea either they would live to see another day or not and that feeling was well captured by the actors. the special effects on this episode were amazing, specially the part where John and Ka' Dargo exploded Scorpios's base.

    The episode ended with Crais running away with Moya's baby,Moya having to run away leaving some of the crew and her baby behind, john and a passed out Ka'Dargo stranded in space and Arylin feeling hopless because she doesn' know how to save John and Dargo. This episode leaves many questions to be answered in season 2. Very well done.moreless
Wayne Pygram

Wayne Pygram

Scorpius

Recurring Role

David Franklin

David Franklin

Lt. Meeklo Braca

Recurring Role

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot/Captain Bialar Crais

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Nitpick: Rygel, a Hynerian, is aquatic, but Crais attempts to intimidate him by forcing his head into his bath. Could it be that the bath is not filled with water, but rather some cleansing fluid that doesn't contain sufficient oxygen for him to breathe? Or is Crais just demonstrating that he has Rygel trapped, and unable to escape his grasp?

    • "Tre bawk ru fishalto chenias prami bukeko!" (it doesn't sound like it, but it was written like that in the script!) This is an insult to Rygel from D'Argo; something about his corpse and a bodily function.

    • "...Ka dare-e sincono, apudax a-helio, frotar li pluro sincono." This is a Delvian blessing performed by Zhaan; roughly translating as, "In the eyes of the Goddess, all are equal, all are worthy."

    • Scorpius mentioned that the security officer assigned to M'Lee was missing, hinting that she had already started devouring the crew.

    • We learn in this episode that Hynerian physiology is not compatible with the mind-reading techniques employed by the Aurora Chair. Apparently, Hynerians die almost instantly if exposed.

    • Hynerians appear immune (to some degree) to Scorpius's lie-detecting ability. Scorpius claims that Rygel is lying about his offer to help capture Crichton, when it is quite clear that Rygel (at the time) was not.

    • Aeryn tells the story about her mother coming to Aeryn's bunk when she was a child and telling her that she was birthed out of love, not merely to fill Peacekeeper ranks. This scene was recorded by Peacekeeper security cameras and is played for Aeryn later in Season Three's episode "Thanks for Sharing".

    • "Kul tinaga chivoko" is Sebacean for "a crowning glory."

    • The Peacekeepers had tried several times to produce a Leviathan gunship like Moya's offspring, but they all ended disastrously, killing both mother and offspring. The key difference appears to be that all the other Leviathans were in captivity wearing control collars, whereas Moya was free when she gave birth.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Aeryn: So. Is there anything you want to say to me?
      Crais: I think we covered it all when you left me for dead in the Aurora Chair.

    • Rygel: (face to face with the guns of Moya's crew) Please don't shoot. Of course, I would have demanded the same precautions myself, but...
      Aeryn: Off the throne sled, Rygel, and face-down on the ground.
      Rygel: Well hardly. Then I'd miss your reactions for what is about to happen. And please, whatever your reaction, don't let it include weapons fire. (Crais appears behind Rygel)
      Crichton: My boy Crais!
      Crais: Clearly an awkward situation.

    • D'Argo: Rygel, listen to me. And listen very, very carefully. (He says something in Luxan)
      Crichton: What the hell did you just say?
      Chiana: Something about his corpse and a- body function.
      Crichton: Oh, that'll help.

    • Aeryn: (after D'Argo fixes the draw to go on the suicide mission with John) You are not the captain, here!
      D'Argo: No one is, it is anarchy. And today, it is my day to rule!

    • Crichton: (as Rygel's transport heads towards the Command Carrier) Let's talk about this!
      Rygel: And isn't that the whole point, Crichton? That's all your people ever do, is talk. I am a Dominar of action!

    • Crais: As you can see, I am unarmed.
      D'Argo: (handing his Qualta blade to Zhaan) As you can see, I am also unarmed. (he punches Crais in the gut)

    • Crichton: (as he watches the moon explode) Hey you bastards. John Crichton was here.

    • Zhaan: The instant I committed murder, I sacrificed my right to exist. Since then, I view every microt as a generous, yet undeserved, gift from the Goddess.

    • (Crichton's first attempts at leaving an audio postcard for his father are less than successful)
      Crichton: (frustrated) Why don't I just start screaming and leave him a really happy memory?

    • (Crichton rejects Chiana's offer of herself.)
      Chiana: (pleading) You saved my life.
      Crichton: Pass it on.
      Chiana: What?
      Crichton: When someone else needs it, return the favor. You pass it on.

    • Crichton: (on a suicide mission) How you doing?
      D'Argo: I have to pee. (they both laugh uproariously)

    • Crichton: Hey, D'Argo, how come I'm not afraid?
      D'Argo: Fear accompanies the possibility of death. Calm shepherds its certainty.
      Crichton: (smiling) Love hangin' with you, man.

    • D'Argo: (about Zhaan's prayers) I hate this stuff.
      Crichton: Chicks love it.

    • Crichton: Sparky, Spanky, Fluffy, Buckwheat the Sixteenth! You tried to sell us out.
      Rygel: But I didn't, did I?
      Crichton: They weren't buying it, were they?

    • Zhaan: You went there to sell us out, Rygel.
      Rygel: You bet your shiny blue ass I did. But I didn't, so make the most of it now.

    • Rygel: (trying to sell out Crichton for his freedom) Hardly simple. I also require a ship, a qualified crew, negotiable currency, a map to my homeworld, and a full pardon.
      Scorpius: You're lying.
      Rygel: All right, I could forgo the cash.

    • Scorpius: Dominar Rygel, my Gammak Base is but a short distance away. Once seated in my Aurora Chair your...hunger pangs will be the least of your discomforts.
      Rygel: With all due respect, wrong. You won't get anything out of me that way. Ask him. My physiology won't tolerate it.
      Crais: He would be dead almost instantly.
      Scorpius: Well, no need to travel to accommodate that.
      Rygel: Look, if I were afraid I wouldn't have come, would I?

    • Crichton: ...if we're gonna go down I wanna go down swinging.
      D'Argo: Then we shall do so together.
      Aeryn: Ugh! Just to be in the warm glow of all this testosterone!

    • Rygel: (to Scorpius and Crais) You want the Leviathan, the Leviathan gunship offspring, the other escaped prisoners, the defector Aeryn Sun -- and especially, you want the one called Crichton. Well, I want my freedom. Interested?

  • NOTES (2)

    • This was the final episode shot at Fox Studios in Sydney. The stage was required for shooting the new Star Wars movie. As such, the production moved to an old customs warehouse at Homebush Bay. It was also the last episode Garner MacLennan Design did the visual effects. They were replaced by Animal Logic.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on February 23, 2000 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on June 5, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on January 27, 2001 on Nine.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Crichton: (leaving a final message for his father) This is John Crichton, somewhere in the universe.

      John is mimicking the famous WWII war correspondent Edward R. Murrow, who often began broadcasts, "This is Edward R. Murrow, somewhere in London", etc., which was meant as a security measure against the Germans pinpointing his location and stopping his broadcasts.

    • Crichton: Yeah, but what if one of us did the same thing, but at the last second veered off straight into the bridge? A Trojan Horse.

      The legendary method of disguising an attack as a gift, as described in Homer's The Iliad, about The Fall of Troy.

    • Crichton: (just before he and D'Argo space themselves) Kirk and Spock, Abbott and Costello.

      Two famous duos, Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Spock from the sci-fi tv show Star Trek, and the two comedians and William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello, who performed in radio skits, movies, and tv.

    • Crichton: (when Zhaan says they have all become like family) Well, it's a Jerry Springer kind of family.
      Jerry Springer is, among other things, the host of a tv talk show famous for having dysfunctional guests, who often choose to settle their differences with fights on camera.

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