Farscape

Season 1 Episode 7

I, E.T.

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 08, 1999 on Syfy
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A Peacekeeper beacon goes off and Moya has to land on an alien planet to prevent its signal being intercepted and Moya being discovered. Crichton, D'Argo and Aeryn leave Moya and explore the planet in search of a substance that can be used to numb Moya's senses so the beacon can be removed but Crichton gets separated from the group and meets up with some inhabitants of the planet who hide him from the authorities.moreless

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  • A very slow episode.

    9.3
    Most of this episode was slow moving and didn't keep my attention. Although it is far to say that some parts were ok, like were Rygel had to free Moya from the tranmitter. This was really a complete filler episode. Nothing vital or intresting really happened. We do learn though that the Peacekeepers have done awful things to Moya during her captivity. Overall i hope the next episode is a big improvement on this episode. This show has pleany of potential and episodes like this don't help. This episode was a slow start to the series, but atleast i know the show gets better.moreless
  • Exactly why this series got off to a slow start

    6.4
    This has to be my least favorite episode from a series that I love so much. It's interesting to go back and look at Farscape's humble beginnings. I felt that this was an extremely unoriginal story, which might not be saying much for a science fiction series considering that there are hardly any original storylines left in the world of scifi. The plot was sluggish and almost put me to sleep. Scratch that last statement because I did fall asleep the first time I attempted watching it. Ben Browder put in great effort as usual in Farscape, but this episode stands apart from the rest of the series in my mind.moreless
  • Not a favourite

    7.0
    Meah! A few Hardcore Farscape fans won’t like the next review. This episode is good, but not a favourite, it had some interesting concepts in it, but overall I was disappointed and a little bored. The crew find a peacekeeper tracking device thingy onboard that is giving out signals, they try to remove it, but it cause’s the ship to much pain(cause its alive), so they land on a planet to find aesthetic, Criton meets an Alien family, but they see him as the Alien. The government on the planet chases after the crew. The aesthetic is found. Rygell plays a vital part in the episode as he removes the device. The end. I probably missed out loads more but this episode just didn’t appeal to me. It kind of reminded me of Star Trek First Contact. But since your not me you will probably find this episode ok.



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  • From human to alien

    9.4
    An excellent episode that gave me what I wanted and expected from the first episode, a bit character development and understanding.



    The ship is stranded on a weird world and fall in the mud and get trapped in it, the ship is hurt. The Blue woman wants to cure if and absorbs her pain while the little annoying guy tries to fix something. The green guy really bothered me a lot in the first episode and at the beginning of this episode. But the writers went more into him and I found him less annoying at the end of the episode, hopefully they’ll keep that up.



    Meanwhile the other three go into the world, John is caught by a boy who looks a lot like him. He calls his mom and they shoot him and paralyze him. The monster is obsessed with aliens and always wanted to have this day when she meets one, she and John become friends and instead of her giving him to the government she helps him to escape and to free his other friend, the elephant guy.



    When John finally gets what he needs they make the ship and can fly away.



    Again, this episode gave me faith into loving this show. I am really exited to the next couple of episodes and hope to explore the characters more, the first episode failed into giving me an image of them but this one did that job. What would you do if suddenly you become an alien in another world? That was to me a very interesting perspective.



    Very neat interesting and adventurous episode.

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  • This episode finds the gang stuck on an Earth-like planet which puts Crichton into the role of being considered an alien.

    8.2
    This episode finds the gang stuck on an Earth-like planet which puts Crichton into the role of being considered an alien. Yeah, I know that’s worded weird. I just couldn't think of another way to say it off the top of my head.



    I liked this episode much more than I did the previous episode. Well, that’s only partly true.



    I liked having the characters "back to normal." IF you want an explanation, consult my review for the pilot. The dialogue, mannerisms and acting reminded me of the other episodes



    I didn’t care much for the storyline, especially Crichton dealing with the aliens. However, I'm so glad the characters are back to normal, that I'd take any storyline.



    Oh, and having Crichton speaking during the opening credits was very welcomed by me.moreless
Mary Mara

Mary Mara

Lyneea

Guest Star

Cayde Tasker

Cayde Tasker

Fostro

Guest Star

Boris Brkic

Boris Brkic

Cmdr. Ryymax

Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

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  • TRIVIA (12)

    • This is the first episode of the series in which another member of the crew (Zhaan) shares a scene with Pilot.

    • Nitpick: When Fostro says goodbye to D'Argo, he says his name "Da-argo", as if he was reading his name and guessing at the pronunciation, rather than speaking it as he had heard it said previously.

    • Nitpick: Right after Pilot explains the effects of Clorium on Leviathans, and specifically identifies it as one of the Six Forbidden Cargoes, why does D'Argo ask if there's any on board? Didn't Pilot JUST say "Leviathans cannot transport it because it numbs them?!"

    • Paddac Beacons are activated if they do not receive a regular signal from a Control Collar, and have a range of approximately one quarter lightcycle. Metal objects used in their proximity will activate their defense mechanisms. On Moya, the beacon was located in a storage compartment on Tier Seven, and Pilot was not aware of its presence.

    • The Luxans apparently fought a prolonged war with some species called the "Grazolians." Who exactly won is never made clear, but we do know that at last count, the Luxans slaughtered thousands of Grazolian women and children, after the Grazolians had killed thousands of Luxan women and children.

    • We learn in this episode that the standard procedure for Peacekeepers capturing a Leviathan involves the administration of a sleep agent so potent that it kills off the weak and the old. While the Leviathan sleeps, the control collar is set in place, and adjustments are made to the ship's propulsion and guidance.

    • The first of Six Forbidden Cargoes for Leviathans is identified here: Clorium, which numbs Leviathans. It's a fairly common element, being an atmospheric-induced isotope of "trillium." The Denean name for it is Onlux.

    • Zhaan is a Ninth Level Pa'u priest, able to share another being's pain.

    • Hynerians are aquatic.

    • Goof: We have not yet discovered "dren" in this episode. Aeryn says "crap" instead.

    • Goof: It seems unlikely that the aliens of the planet have translator microbes since they have had no contact with extraterrestrials. Thus, they should not be able to understand Crichton.

    • Terms:

      -A Lightcycle is a measurement of distance equal to a lightyear.
      -Hezmana is a vulgar expletive (analogous to "hell"), as in "What the hezmana was that?"
      -A Tokaar Knife is a small bone blade used in a ritual by young Luxan males.
      -A Tronkan shrill singer is a two-headed creature capable of making a loud or piercing call.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Aeryn: (furious after Rygel bites her arm) Your greatest fear will come to pass, Hynerian- someday you will die at the hands of a Peacekeeper!

    • Aeryn: Well, look, I'm new to all this 'escaped prisoner' crap, all right?

    • Pilot: With apologies, but that is Moya's central nerve nexus. It's extremely sensitive.
      Crichton: Well, how sensitive is sensitive?
      Aeryn: Look, she's just going to have to endure it.
      Crichton: Could YOU be a little sensitive?

    • Aeryn: (as they leave the planet) Don't tell me you're going to miss that rock.
      Crichton: No, not that rock.

    • Crichton: I wish there was something more I can do.
      Lyneea: You've altered the perceptions and beliefs of an entire planet.
      Crichton: Yeah, I guess that's enough for one day.

    • Aeryn: Are you laughing at me?
      Zhaan: No, no my dear. It just seemed for a moment that you were concerned for me.

    • Aeryn: Crichton, he says this primordial rock actually reminds him of his Earth.

    • D'Argo: (when Aeryn pushes his hand away) Careful, Peacekeeper.
      Aeryn: Peacekeeper? If I was still a Peacekeeper would I be sitting on this planet next to you?

    • Crichton: If she can't she can't, but we can stick our heads between our legs and kiss our asses goodbye...it's a saying.

    • Rygel: What is this thing I have to cut with?
      Zhaan: Well, you can't use a metal tool, I found that in D'Argo's quarters- I believe it is made of bone.
      Rygel: Ugh! This is a Tokaar Knife! You know what ceremony young Luxan males use this for? On themselves? At that... certain age?
      Zhaan: Then I suspect that D'Argo will want it back unharmed.

    • Rygel: This is an awfully big ship.
      Zhaan: Don't I know it....

    • Aeryn: (about Rygel) What's taking him so long?
      Zhaan: Give him a moment: it's a big responsibility riding on those not-so-large shoulders.

    • Zhaan: (after sharing Moya's pain) Ouch.

    • Crichton: (referring to a siren going off) It feels like it's melting my brain.... Couldn't actually be doing something to my brain, could it?

    • Rygel: We're in mud! Under the mud!
      Aeryn: You're Hynerian. You're aquatic, what's your problem?
      Rygel: Aquatic, that's water, not mud! Mud is... mud! You can't breathe in it, you can't move in it. It holds you, it grabs you, it sucks you down! You wanna know about mud? I know about mud!
      Crichton: The guy knows mud.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The water in the swamp was completely CGI by Paul Butterworth and his team at Garner MacLennan Design.

    • Series creator Rockne O'Bannon admits that whilst the episode suffered in execution because it was filmed so early in the series, he stands by the script since it keeps Crichton down-to-earth and serves as a touchstone for the writes for all the episodes that follow.

    • This episode was part of the second block of back-to-back filmed episodes, which is how they filmed the first six.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on September 22, 1999 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on December 20, 1999 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on June 10, 2000 on Nine.

    • This episode was broadcast out of order during Farscape's first run- it is actually the second episode of the season, hence the odd conflicts in character continuity during this episode if watched at a later stage: references to the control collar from "Premiere", Aeryn yearning for Peacekeepers and little functionality between the crew.

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