Farscape

Season 3 Episode 11

Incubator

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 13, 2001 on Syfy
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With his wormhole research stalling and his situation desperate, Scorpius inserts the original 'neurochip' into his own brain. He hopes to make contact with the clone of Crichton's personality that spilled in to the chip when it was in Crichton's brain. When they meet, Scorpius realizes that it's not going to be easy to get the clone to share information. Meanwhile, a defecting Peacekeeper scientist offers Crichton the secret of wormhole technology.moreless

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  • Scorpius needs to retrieve more information from the neural chip, so he puts it in his own mind and attempts to gain an understanding from Crichton's neural clone by showing him why he hates the Scarrans by using his own memories.moreless

    9.1
    This episode was a perfect story at the perfect time. We get an insight as to what influences the decisions Scorpius makes. Wayne Pygram does yet another brilliant portrayal of Scorpius. We get to see Scorpius' past and start to wonder whether or not he's that bad at all. The answer to how Scorpius is conceived is also revealed. Definitely a great episode in a great season. There is also a side story involving the Crichton on Moya and the others that ties in nicely, but the most attention should be paid to the times you get to see Scorpius. Beautifully filmed and acted, a must see episode.moreless
  • This one is all about Scorpious.

    10
    This episode was really a Scorpious episode, the first one to be honest. Although Scorpious has been a reglar for almot two seasons he never had a full episode and this one was his. It was really good. I never realised Scorpious had such a hard life before he was taken by the Peacekeepers. This episode told how Scorpious got to his position in the Peacekeeper army, and how the hunt for wormhole technology is driving him insane.



    Similarly the same thing is happening to Cricthon, who will find the technology first? I don't know. But the writing on this show is getting better and so are the charactors. The stories are so original, i just can't wait for the next one...moreless
  • It's all about Scorpy

    10
    ‘Incubator’ is my favourite of the season so far, exactly what it needed. Some Scorpy character development and background.



    This episode was all about Scorpy and wormholes. He puts the chip he took from Crichton into his brain, where he talks with a cell of Crichton who believes to be Crichton. Scorpy begins to show him memories of his first cycles of life. He was kept by a Scarron and tortured, she wanted to make him stronger and hate his family, that’s why she told him lies about his parents.



    Meanwhile someone who works for Scorpy goes to Moya, Pilot lets her in even though nobody trusts her. She wants to give him the secret of wormhole technique in exchange for Moya. But nobody wants that except Moya and Pilot, they like the woman’s kind because she can take them to places Moya and Pilot always wished to see.



    Back to Scorpy, he escaped because he had a good memory. He tried to work for peacekeepers and became one of them. He found the ship where his mom lived with her man only it was a trap from the Scarron who took him back. He was made by a Scarron raping his mom, and he killed her. During labour she killed him, he was the only one of the experiment that ever survived because they both usually died. They wanted to know if they could use peacekeepers but with Scorpy they found out that they are useless. Scorpy managed to escape when he injured the Scarron and let her to freeze to death. That’s how he eventually became a leader of the peacekeepers.



    Meanwhile the woman on Moya begins to melt, because she was wrong about what she thought was right. She leaves in her ship and explodes which leaves everyone upset. Then Scorpy tells Crichton in his head that he wants to revenge, the scarrons must be destroyed. But Crichton doesn’t want to help him, Scorpy has to figure it out for himself. Scorpy then feels like he knows what to do.



    This episode was very strong, Scorpy was being less interesting at the beginning of this season because he didn’t get much storylines, but this episode brought him back completely.moreless
Johanna Kerrigan

Johanna Kerrigan

Linfer

Guest Star

Amy Salas

Amy Salas

Tauza

Guest Star

Danny Adcock

Danny Adcock

Co-Kura Strappa

Guest Star

David Franklin

David Franklin

Lt. Meeklo Braca

Recurring Role

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Tammy MacIntosh

Tammy MacIntosh

Jool

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Scorpius finds some unusual flowers next to his mother's abandoned pod. They resemble the Earth bloom "Bird-of-Paradise", which looks very similar to the Scarran flower Crystherium. The Crystherium flower has incredibly important significance to the Scarran Empire.

    • Nitpick: It seems strange that when D'Argo goes to meet Linfer in the hanger bay, he does so with a large assault weapon rather than his Qalta Blade, his usual choice in possible combat situations. He didn't even have it slung on his back as a secondary weapon.

    • The Scarrans in this episode had a different look to how we have previously seen them.

    • In addition to cooling him, Scorpius' suit does, quite literally, hold him together. Without it his skin sags from his body.

    • The crew now finally know that Scorpius is indeed alive and kicking, having been presumed dead since "Season of Death".

    • As speculated in "Losing Time", the neural chip taken from Crichton's brain did indeed contain part of Crichton's personality, a result of neural spill over.

    • Scorpius was one of 91 experimental attempts to breed Sebaceans with Scarrans. The females always died, along with the offspring. Scorpius was the only one saved, so the Scarrans could learn if Sebaceans could be useful to them. In a way, it's Scorpius' fault that the Scarrans have decided to eradicate the Sebacean race. Tauza told him that he was the only Scarran-Sebacean hybrid to survive in their experiment, and his supposed weakness proved that the Sebaceans had nothing to offer the Scarrans, even as breeding stock.

    • Scorpius' bodysuit has evolved over time. Originally it was a different material, and he had to carry a backpack that contained a cooling system, which was attached to the device in his head.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Crichton Clone: Sweet move. Join the army, get them to pay for your pet project.
      Scorpius: You think I want wormholes to betray Peacekeepers and to conquer the universe myself? I don't want power. I want revenge!

    • Scorpius: (referring to his mother) You killed her!
      Tauza: Your birth was difficult. You killed her.

    • Jool: It's funny how you support Pilot only when you both want the same thing.
      Crichton: That's crap, Jool.
      Jool: Truth is never crap!

    • Scorpius: I was taught that I'm the product of a forced birthing between a Peacekeeper male and a Scarran female. I believe that to be false. I want to know the truth.
      Captain Molayne: Why? So you can find out who you are?
      Scorpius: To find out who I should be!

    • Crichton Clone: (after Scorpius shows Crichton his childhood) Is this fairy tale over with yet?
      Scorpius: Everything I show you is true!
      Crichton Clone: No doubt. Scorpy, the teenage hero outwits the Scarrans, makes it look easy. You going for pity or applause?

    • Scorpius: (when the clone refuses to help him) I will not let you leave!
      Crichton Clone: Do you think neural clones go to Heaven? Well, wherever I wind up, when I see your momma, I'll be sure and give her your regards!

    • Crichton: (about the Talyn and the threat of the Retrieval Squad) You're the one who decided we should stay away and let them deal with it.
      D'Argo: Which suits you perfectly so you can indulge yourself.
      Crichton: Fine, I'm indulging myself. Maybe I'm entitled once in a while.
      D'Argo: Yep, once in a while.
      Crichton: You wanna push this? Mr. 'Let's Go Find My Son'?!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Evan Sheaves plays Young Scorpius, but Wayne Pygram voices the role.

    • Claudia Black and Paul Goddard are credited but do not appear. Lani Tupu voices Pilot as always, and is listed as such in the closing credits, but does not appear as Crais, which is a listed as a separate credit at the beginning of the episode. And Jonathan Hardy does not voice Rygel, even though he's listed in the closing credits.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Crichton Clone: (after Scorpius tells him he's not the real Crichton) All right, Scorp, then what am I? Bootleg, a ghost, Holo-Deck Crichton, a wandering soul that ain't got no body?

      Crichton refers to the Star Trek franchise of shows with his guess of 'Holo-Deck Crichton', since the shows beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation featured a number of guest and recurring characters that were computer generated holo-images.

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