Farscape

Season 1 Episode 7

I, E.T.

3
Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 08, 1999 on Syfy

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  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • Crichton: Pilot said you press this, this, and... this. What? It's just like a VCR... except easier.
      Refers to the c frustration of otherwise intelligent people, whose VCRs perpetually are blinking "12:00".

    • Crichton: It's kinda like Louisiana... or Dagobah; it's where Yoda lives... he trains warriors.


      Crichton is comparing the planet they are on to Dagobah where the Jedi Master Yoda lives in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back.