Season 4 Episode 7

John Quixote

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 26, 2002 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

While on a transport pod, Chiana nags Crichton to try out a virtual reality game. A transmission comes through from D'Argo concerning a problem with Scorpius. Despite this, Chiana pulls Crichton into one of the games, where they become trapped., and the only way out is to complete the game.moreless

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  • A funny episode where Chiana and Crichton end up in the Matrix!

    Well, that was a funny episode! After the cartoon episode in Looney Tunes version, we get this Matrix Fairy Tale Story.

    While on a transport pod, Chiana wants Crichton to try out a virtual reality device. They both end up in it, and need to fulfill a mission inside to get out again.

    In the meantime, we hear that something happened with Scorpius on Moya, but don't really know what it is.

    After having found the 'green door' which is supposed to let them out of the matrix, the story goes on normally.

    Scorpius escaped his cell and has Aeryn on his side! He controls pilot with a brain device! So, is the bad Scorpius finally back? No! In fact John and Chiana are still inside the virtual world!

    Most of the episode made me laugh, especially the gay D'Argo or the ogre Crais! I didn't like the blond Aeryn though!

    I was also very captivated by Scorpius getting bad again, and thought: "My God, how are they gonna get out of that situation?" or "Aeryn, what the hell are you doing?"

    What a relief to know it was just all a dream... Or was it not?

  • Ben Browder's ego gets in the way or classic character development?

    So, after last season's homage to Chuck Jones & the 50's cartoon we get "Super Mario Farscape", Ben Browder's take on the video game industry, - a sort of Matrix with laughs. The episode was certainly entertaining with numerous tricks & turns.

    However, it isn't really acceptable to grab as many pop culture references as you can think of and shove them into 45 minutes and call it an episode. I spent more time trying to work out where the bits had come from, rather than enjoying the show.

    Were there any positives? Well, as usual the cast threw themselves into it all with skill and gusto, and seeing Claudia Black as a Simpering Southern Belle was a surprising pleasure.

    I think you could say that the episode was uncomfortably self indulgent, and had it followed on from the dreadful three opening shows of this season it would probably have been all over for me. Except, of course, for Aeryn's haunting last line, "I heard I was a Princess". It summed up perfectly how John & Aeryn's relationship has soured. Alas our beautiful Peacekeeper is no longer John's Princess. Another example of the priceless writing this series is gifted with.moreless
Rowan Woods

Rowan Woods

Male Delvian

Guest Star

Alyssa Jane Cook

Alyssa Jane Cook

Gilina Renaez

Guest Star

Virginia Hey

Virginia Hey

Zotoh Zhaan

Guest Star

Raelee Hill

Raelee Hill


Recurring Role

Melissa Jaffer

Melissa Jaffer


Recurring Role

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

The Ogre/Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: Just before the TV lands on Crichton, we see the screen of the TV, yet after the credits, the screen is facing up, instead of being on Crichton's face.

    • Goof: The VW van that houses the Delvian priest has its driver's side on the right of the vehicle, as is common in Australia where the show was filmed. But because this world is supposedly based on John's memories, the driver's side should be on the left, as it is in the USA.

    • Nitpick: The game Zhaan played by Virginia Hey is noticeably different than the real Zhaan played by the actress in previous seasons. The real Zhaan had gold scale-like markings on the skin of her forehead, but the game Zhaan's skin was a uniform blue color. The lines of the bald cap is also noticeable if you look, whereas when Virginia was playing the role as a regular cast member she shaved her head.

    • The horns on Ogre Crais are the same ones used for the sacrificed goat in "What Was Lost".

    • Ben Browder initially had Crichton and Chiana meeting Zhaan in an enchanted forest. However, filming at one wasn't possible on the episode's budget, so they decided to use a parking garage instead.

    • The carpark scenes were filmed at the Olympic Stadium and is the same location as that used for "Won't Get Fooled Again".

    • The Elevator travelling sideways and the 'Arthur frelling Dent' reference are Ben Browder's tribute to star Mark Wing Davey of Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, who was also Browder's Head at drama school.

    • If you look carefully at the TV when it falls from the tower onto Crichton, Aeryn's image as the princess is shown on the screen. Its origins, as well as the reason it shows her were explained in a line from Ogre Crais that was cut at the editing stage:

      Ogre Crais: Only this morning she made me throw out a perfectly good television set.

    • Stark is wearing his mask on the opposite of his face to usual. This was done intentionally however.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Zhaan: What is it that you wish of me John Crichton? A kiss? Have you wasted my death - and the deaths of so many others?
      Crichton: I don't know.
      Zhaan: Then I suggest you find out- before anyone else dies for the love of you.

    • Noranti: A warrior needs clarity.
      Crichton: I'm not a warrior.
      Noranti: You carry a weapon.
      Crichton: Second Amendment.

    • Crichton: (as they prepare to battle the ogre) You up for this? It's gonna be fun.
      Chiana: Let's screw the pooch- I'm all about fun!

    • Scorpius: (when Crichton writes the wormhole equations with his own blood) Your species has brutal flair.

    • Scorpius: (to Crichton) You resist because you have hope- hope that your friends will save you. This time it will be different. One by one I will extinguish all your hopes and little by little you will begin to see reason.

    • Chiana: (after they escape the game) Hey, hey, we're not dead! How drad is that?

    • Stark: (after Crichton kisses Game Aeryn, but nothing happens) Hey, I know! Maybe you have to do more than kiss her, maybe 'kiss' is a metaphor for showing her a really good time. Hey, maybe Chiana has to kiss her. Can I watch? I really like to watch!
      Chiana: (figuring it out) She is not the princess.
      Game Aeryn: What? Oh. Well, I'm not the princess you seek, but we can still have a really good time...?

    • Crichton: He's not the ogre?
      Game Aeryn: What, Harvey? Oh heavens no, he's just an incorrigible liar... and the butler. So can I help you find some place to sheath that sword?

    • Rygel: None shall pass!
      Crichton: Haha, check this out! Brave Sir Knight, I am King Arthur of Camelot. This is my loyal vassal Patsy.
      Rygel: Bollocks! You're a pimped out arrogant fleshie who wants to use my road where none shall pass.

    • Chiana: Stop being such a welniz. Brain damage and death is...
      Crichton: Brain damage!?!
      Chiana: ...Is very rare!

    • Game Jool: What am I, chopped liver? How come nobody ever wants to eat me?

    • Crichton: (choosing button in elevator) Eeny, meeny... (screen shows his face as John Headroom) ...Me?

    • Aeryn: (over comm) Scorpius, we have Rygel.
      Scorpius: (to Crichton) Lovely girl. I hear that one quarter Scarran-Sebacean offspring are quite handsome. (Crichton goes to stab him) You harm me, you harm her.

  • NOTES (3)

    • At one point, Stark's voice comes out of Scorpius' mouth. One of the insiders' reasons for this is because Paul Goddard originally read for the role of Scorpius, trying out for it before Wayne Pygram auditioned.

    • Male Delvian: (to Chiana) Very good, little nixa!

      The only time the slang term "nixa" was previously used in the series was in the episode "Taking the Stone". Rowan Woods, who plays the Male Delvian in this episode, was the director of "Taking the Stone". Woods actually filmed his scenes for this episode while directing "I Shrink, Therefore I Am".

    • This episode was the second episode written by star Ben Browder, the first being season three's "Green-Eyed Monster".

  • ALLUSIONS (11)

    • Stark: When your body is dead, your mind will live here, with us, to strut and fret forever, you poor player!

      Stark is paraphrasing from Shakespeare's MacBeth Act V, Scene 5. MacBeth, upon learning that his wife is dead, says "Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

    • Spyro the Dragon:

      The Castle and its grounds were designed, based on the Playstation game Spyro the Dragon as Tim Ferrier thought that John Crichton would have played it.

    • John Headroom: That's a nice sword. Ever slay any dragons with it? You should give it a name. Like Cameron. Or Uma-Uma-Uma.

      This is most likely a reference to Cameron Diaz and Uma Thurman. Coincidentally, Cameron would later be the name of Ben Browder's character on Stargate SG-1.

    • Max Headroom:

      The stuttering version of Crichton on the broken TV is the Farscape version of Max Headroom, a character played by Matt Frewer on the show of the same name.

    • John Headroom: Your mission, if you choose to accept it...

      This is a reference to the line repeated constantly on Mission Impossible.

    • The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg:

      The bird laying the golden egg when it flies out of the cabinet is a nod to The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg - one of Aesop's fables.

    • Rapunzel:

      The opening scene with Aeryn crying for help atop the tower is similar to the story of Rapunzel (again by the Grimm Brothers), where Rapunzel is locked atop a tower and cries out for help, and is saved by a hero when she lets her hair out the window and he climbs up it.

    • Hansel and Gretel:

      The level featuring D'Argo, with Jool and Chiana in the cage ball, referenced the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel (by the Brothers Grimm), in which Hansel and Gretel are lost in the woods, and come across a house made of sweets. There they are continuously fed by a witch pretending to be an old lady, to make them plump and ripe for eating. The in-game story book says "A Grim Fairy Tale" on the cover, and appears to be a reference to the well known authors (despite the mis-spelling, which was probably intentional).

    • John Headroom: Yes, I know. This elevator sucks. My job sucks. Day after day, the same thing. Up, down... just once it'd be nice to go sideways.

      In the lift, John Headroom asks Crichton why he is always asked to go up and down, and never sideways, a reference to a line in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by the late Douglas Adams.

    • Title:

      The title of this episode is a homage to the story Don Quixote, written by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

    • Rygel: None shall pass.
      Rygel's line, along with Crichton's talk of King Arthur of Camelot was likely inspired by this scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, in which King Arthur is on a quest for the Holy Grail and a lone knight guards a path, saying "None shall pass." Arthur reluctantly fights him and cuts off one of his arms. Thinking he's pretty much won the fight, Arthur starts to pass by but the knight refuses to give up his guardianship of the bridge. Arthur casually cuts off his other arm. This goes on until all 4 of the knight's limbs are severed and he's a bloody torso on the ground, still calling Arthur a coward for walking away when he can still fight.

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