Season 1 Episode 14

Jeremiah Crichton

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 30, 1999 on Syfy
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Several heated arguments with the crew prompt Crichton to take his module for a cruise. While away from the ship, a problem with Moya causes her to Starburst without warning, leaving Crichton stranded. While separated from the others, he discovers a forgotten colony with an appalling secret- a secret that their religious leaders have gone to great lengths to conceal.moreless

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  • Crichton gets stuck on a planet.

    Crichton takes a ride in his module when he has an argument with some of the crew of Moya but as Crichton leaves Moya in his module Moya starbursts away leaving Crichton in the middle of nowhere....

    So Crichton is forced to take refuge on a planet that is very primative. So after three months D'Argo and Rygel come to the planet Crichton is on. Crichton wants nothing to do with them because he believes they left him, D'Argo explains thats Moya had to starburst because of her pregnacy.So eventually all of this is sorted out. The people on the planet worship Rygel as their God and finally the crew leave the planet and head back to Moya. Overall i think this was a great episode. It was very intresting and original more should be like it in the future.moreless
  • Rygel, thee holy vessle

    ‘Jeremiah Crichton’ is yet another excellent episode of Farscape with a great and adventurous feeling to it.

    It begins with John completely out of character and being pissed off at everyone without us watchers knowing why. He flies off but there is something about Moya that makes it jump and leave Crichton behind.

    Three months later John is in another world with a long beard and unable to leave. He thinks his friends left him behind but instead they are looing for him and Zhaan is the only one that wants to give up on him. D’Argo goes to one of the worlds together with Rygel.

    Y’know, even though it was an entertaining episode, the whole storyline seemed very unlikely. Rygel’s ancestors were the ones who wrote some freaky religion that kept them in their world.

    Soon they all get in trouble because a girl who is inlove with Crichton is also admired by a young man whose mother is the priesteress and she knows all about the lies.

    Anyway, eventually Rygel is chosen as king and he reads their bible and realised that it his ancestors made up a false god.

    Eventually they find out that it was in fact Rygel that would free them with his hands and make the devise open and would bring energy bac to them and so they all return to their own life.

    This episode was very well done though it’s simply a stand alone that everyone could have lived without. I understand why some people may not like it, but I think it’s one of the best so far.

Natalie Mendoza

Natalie Mendoza


Guest Star

Kevin Copeland

Kevin Copeland


Guest Star

John O'Brien

John O'Brien


Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Apparently the field dampening all power emissions only extends about 20 units above the planet's surface.

    • This episode gives us our first real insight into Hynerian society, and it's not as wonderful as Rygel makes out.

    • We learn in this episode that Luxans have more than one heart.

    • During the reign of Dominar Rygel X, the ancestors of the Aquarans were sent out to expand the Hynerians' influence. For some reason (which remains unrevealed), they were abandoned on Aquara, and a device was sent by the Empire to prevent them from ever leaving it. In the meantime, the priests of Aquara raised the Hynerians to the status of deities, and themselves to the status of priests who were the only ones capable of reading the sacred text, known as the Timbala, and then used this as the basis for their virtually unquestioned rule over the Aquarans.

    • Goof: Right after Rygel's chair shuts down you can see the puppeteer's arm and the side of his head.

    • Goof: With D'Argo's superior Luxan sense of smell, combat training, and innate distrust of the unknown planet, how is it possible that a bunch of primitive Aquarans managed to sneak up on him and entangle him in a net without him knowing?

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Crichton: So, you said we have much to discuss.
      Kato-Re: Yes. For instance, the impulsive flights of my daughter's heart. You see the way she comes alive when she looks at you?
      Crichton: When I look at her, I see a friend.
      Kato-Re: But if it should become more than that, you need to understand that...
      Crichton: Kato-Re, I deeply appreciate the way your people have welcomed me, but I chose to build my home away from the village because I do not want to interfere in your ways.
      Kato-Re: Amongst our people, it is the female who chooses which male she will mate with for life. It may be out of your hands, my dear Crichton.

    • Crichton: Share with me?
      Lishala: In Aquara, the offering of food by a man to a woman signals his fondness for her.
      Crichton: Well, how do you take it? Boiled or barbecued?

    • Lishala: You've done nothing to harm us since you came. Why do they wish to hurt you?
      Crichton: Lishala, Rokon believes that your heart strays my direction.
      Lishala: Perhaps he's right.

    • D'Argo: Rygel, look at them out there. They aren't preparing for the return of a worldly king. They're preparing for the return of their Saviour.
      Rygel: Then we're frelled.

    • Aeryn: (after siding with D'Argo to temporarily continue the search) You know, D'Argo, there will come a time when we may have to acknowledge that Crichton has met his destiny, and we are just not part of it.
      D'Argo: Then I will wait for you to tell me when to abandon the search- when we abandon Crichton!

    • Aeryn: You were a lot more agreeable as a peace loving priest.
      Zhaan: As I assume were you as a Peacekeeper pilot.

    • Crichton: Look around, D'Argo. There's a lot worse places. Since I've left my home I've been hunted, beaten, locked up, shanghaied, shot at. I've had alien creatures in my face, up my nose, inside my brain, down my pants. This is the first place where I've found peace.

    • Rygel: (seeing the Aquarans kneeling before him) Crichton, what the frell is going on?
      Crichton: I think they think you're God.
      Rygel: No, not a God, but a sovereign.

    • D'Argo: How did you know about the sacred text?
      Rygel: Where were you brought up? Every religion's got one.

    • Aeryn: What's going on?
      Crichton: I'm getting some space, Aeryn, and I'm not talking about the space outside of the ship.

    • D'Argo: My hearts are private places. Stay out of them.

    • Zhaan: John, is something wrong?
      Crichton: Yep. I'm fed up.
      Zhaan: Fed up? Does...?
      Crichton: (interrupting) Oh, I'm sorry. Is this gonna be another translator microbe hiccup? 'Oh, John. You're fed up, does that mean you've had too many food cubes, today?' It was cute. It was vaguely, vaguely amusing the first six billion times!

    • Zhaan: What we need to do is isolate the most highly developed organisms.
      Aeryn: Well, that rules out the three we're looking for.

    • Rygel: We're stuck here? No power, no comforts, no defenses! Sounds like paradise!

    • D'Argo: (on seeing Crichton) You smell like dren. You look like dren.

    • Crichton: Why is it always my fault?
      D'Argo: It is not always your fault, just almost always your fault.

    • Aeryn: Look, this is hardly the time for human nonsense, Crichton.
      Crichton: Oh, god, that is it -- you are so damn smart. There's no time for stupid human anything. And I'm sick of it, Aeryn. I'm sick of Napoleon XVI. I'm sick of Blue. I'm sick of Tentacle Boy. And guess what? I'm sick of you. I'm sick of this whole turd-burp end of the universe.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode is one of the least favorite of the entire cast and production crew, and the DVD commentary was entitled "When Good Shows Go Bad".

    • The episode marked the largest usage of the CG version of Rygel.

    • Rygel's original puppeteer John Eccleston can be seen on-screen as the native running with Rygel on his arm.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on December 29, 1999 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on March 20, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on September 30, 2000 on Nine.

    • The episode's filming was hit with problems: a hail storm hit and threatened to destroy the sets, with stones the size of cricket balls coming through the creature shop windows and roof.


    • Title:
      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1972 movie Jeremiah Johnson starring Robert Redford. It's about a man who leaves behind civilization to become a trapper in the Rocky Mountains. This is Ben Browder's favorite movie.

    • Crichton: The Slug Who Would be King.

      The Man Who Would Be King is a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, written between 1885 and 1888. It is the tale of two vagabonds who attempt to establish a kingdom among primitive tribesmen, and is both a classic of high adventure and a searching parable of Empire.

    • Crichton: Hakuna matata, Messatah!
      "Hakuna matata" was the motto of the characters Timon and Pumbaa, and the title of a major song, in the award-winning Disney movie, The Lion King. The phrase is Swahili, and roughly translates as "There are no worries."