Season 4 Episode 12

Kansas (1)

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 10, 2003 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

After accidentally returning to Earth, Crichton discovers it he is in 1985 and he has altered the time line, causing his father to be scheduled to fly on the doomed shuttle Challenger.

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  • Crichton is home but it is 1985...

    This was another great episode of Farscape. Finally after three and a half years Crichton is home but not as he imagined he is back in 1985 and things are not as they should be. But he realises that as long as he fixes somthing which is not right then everyhting else will fall into place. So he finally stops the future from going wrong but they get into some trouble present day when Grazer comes aboard Moya and lets loose some alien creature. Overall i thought this was another fantastic episode. I just love where this show is going why was it cancelled i will never know.moreless
  • John is finally back to Earth, but not quite as he imagined!

    There it is: Home. Kansas. But it is not the right time! It's 1985 and John risks to mess up the future because his dad is scheduled to board the doomed vessel Challenger!

    If this would happen, the Farscape Project would never take place and John would never end up at the other end of the Galaxy!

    We get to meet John's mother, the young John, and his old girlfriend.

    It is funny to have everyone from Moya on Earth! Especially Rygel! He gets Sugar-addicted!! Hilarious!

    This was a very nice episode to watch and it's exciting to finally be back on earth and see how this is gonna go on...

  • This one is so good, it'll make you weep...

    After a bit of a downer last week, we are back on top form. The script was witty, and the performances superb. I particularly enjoyed Rygel being described as a toy and thrown across the room. Although everyone put in a good turn, Claudia Black was stunning, - and not just when she changes into the hippy clothing. Watching her interact with Sesame Street, repeating the alphabet, was a clever piece of writing, beautifully delivered. Her human appearance with her other worldly style made you feel that aliens could be among us. The script writers did resort to a few old tricks to pull it off, like Halloween, sending a message through a mystic etc, but with Farscape you take that as a knowing wink to existing conventions, rather than a straight rip-off. Amid all of this we still have Grayza plotting, and the neat twist that Braca may not be as self-serving as he usually appears. It all ends with a cliff-hanger to die for – is it the Ancients, his father, or is someone messing with John's mind? In short, this episode shows a very special series doing something very special. If you don't love this, you might as well give up.moreless
Carmen Duncan

Carmen Duncan

Leslie Crichton

Guest Star

Jamie Croft

Jamie Croft

Young John Crichton

Guest Star

Tyler Coppin

Tyler Coppin


Guest Star

Raelee Hill

Raelee Hill


Recurring Role

Melissa Jaffer

Melissa Jaffer


Recurring Role

Kent McCord

Kent McCord

Jack Crichton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • What's interesting about this episode is that it's what Samantha Carter from Stargate SG-1 called an event preceding a cause leading to an event, meaning Crichton was meant to go into space, for if he hadn't, it would have caused a time paradox, since his younger self wouldn't have been able to be in the fire and his father wouldn't need to save him, so his father would have been killed in the shuttle and John wouldn't have gone into space.

      Also, in "Unrealized Reality", Einstein tells Crichton about changing the past so that John can (unknowingly) preserve history (as he remembers it), not realizing that this was meant to happen in the first place.

    • The police officer must have thought Aeryn was lying to him when she identified D'Argo as her brother. While under the influence of Noranti's hallucinogenic powder, he saw D'Argo remove his "mask" to reveal an African American man, not a Caucasian similar in appearance to Aeryn.

    • It's interesting that Noranti seems to be able to speak perfect English to the police officer without studying the language as Aeryn has. Maybe her species is as good with languages as the Kalish are, even though it's never stated that her species can't assimilate translator microbes like Sikozu's race. However, in the next episode "Terra Firma" Noranti makes several noticeable errors, (such as calling popcorn "cop porn", or her version of "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing"), so she still has a way to go before she's completely fluent.

    • Nitpick: Why is it Sebacean ships require special shielding to allow safe travel through wormholes, when every other ship, including Lo'la, seems to be able to navigate them without their crews turning into goo?

    • Nitpick: It seems strange that the local children are going trick-or-treating in the middle of the day, rather than waiting for early evening like most communities do.

    • Braca is Scorpius' spy on the Command Carrier. Braca tells him that Grayza is trying to create a Peace Initiative with the Scarrans, while Scorpius believes the Scarrans will go along with it until they are at full force, and will then strike.

    • Crichton is suspicious of the humans that appear on Moya at the end of the episode. He asks his dad if it was a bass or a trout before it says "to be continued." This is reference to season 1's "A Human Reaction". That's one of the questions the alien "Jack" asked Crichton.

    • In the first season, Crichton mentioned losing his virginity in the back of a truck with Karen Shaw. We find out that Chiana was Karen Shaw.

    • When Crichton is telling the others about getting trapped in a fire, he clearly said, "Afterwards when NASA called, he refused to leave." The mission NASA called about was the Challenger Mission but because John was in a coma, his father turned down the opportunity and later joined IASA.

    • Goof: Crichton's mother is always shuffling through her tarot cards, but she never has enough cards on the table. The modern tarot deck has 76 cards.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • D'Argo: Why do our plans never work?
      John: Murphy's Law.

    • Rygel: (On a sugar high after eating tons of Halloween candy) Crichton! How illegal is this dren? You gotta get me more! I don't care what it costs!

    • Crichton: (invisible, because his younger self's heart has stopped) Grandma, fix me!
      Noranti: Oh, just a nukey! Haven't you ever died before?!

    • Crichton: Now, we have one piece of luck. Tomorrow's Halloween.
      Noranti: What's that?
      Crichton: Well, that's something that means you're gonna fit in just fine, Grandma.

    • (Noranti and Chiana look at photos of a young guy showing the "finger")
      Noranti: What do you think this means?
      Chiana: Must be some kind of greeting. Yeah, to friends... (Chiana turns to Noranti and smiles as she shows the "finger") Hello, Wrinkles!

    • Noranti: (Popping up over the fence in front of a police officer) Hello Cookie Monster!

    • Policeman: You're a little old to be dressing up for Halloween, aren't you, pal?
      D'Argo: No... yes... bite... me.

    • Rygel: (explaining why he's scaring trick-or-treaters for their candy) But I love this... and you-you-you won't buy me anymore! I want Kit Kat, and M&Ms, and Pez, and Reese's Pieces!

    • D'Argo: (attempting to drive the police car) Machine... Go.

    • (Aeryn practicing her English along with "Sesame Street")
      Aeryn: L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S. S. D'Argo, you should pay attention to this.
      D'Argo: (glancing over at the TV screen) Chiana has already told me a few words. Yes. No. Bite me. That's all I need to know.
      Aeryn: Q, R, S... (the girl doesn't say S) This girl is slow!

    • Young Crichton: (showing Jack Crichton three fingers) Yo, hero, read the middle finger!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Crichton: (in a transparent state) I'm Casper the friggin' joke.

      Crichton alludes to the cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost which was created by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo in the 1930's and developed in comic book form in the 1950's by Alfred Harvey.

    • Sesame Street:

      Aeryn is learning English from Sesame Street, which was made by Jim Henson Studios. Brian Henson is the son of Jim Henson and the co-chair and co-CEO of Jim Henson Productions (along with his sister Lisa), the creators of Farscape. Apparently Noranti was paying attention to the show somewhat as well, since she called the police officer "Cookie Monster", one of Sesame Street's regular muppet characters.

    • Roswell Greys:

      The pumpkin Rygel carves creates the features of the classic "Grey Alien", which has an oval head, large eyes, and slits for nostrils. This is the form the Roswell aliens are said to take, and 75% of the alien sightings in the US are of Greys, while 20% in Europe are described as this type.

    • Title:
      The title is in reference to The Wizard of Oz.