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Season 2 Episode 1

Mind the Baby (2)

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 2000 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Crichton, Aeryn and D'Argo are stranded in an asteroid field while Scorpius searches for them. Their safety depends on Crais, who is nearby in Talyn. Aeryn teaches Crais how to control the young Leviathan - the only thing she can offer in return for the lives of her friends. When Moya returns to the asteroid field to look for her offspring, and Crichton decides to remove Crais from control of Talyn, Scorpius finally sees his chance to strike.moreless

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  • Tough raising up a kid, specially when it's a ship.

    Excellent way to open the second season. The episode worked very well and turned out to be quite a lot better than ‘Family Ties’.

    First of all, I loved the way the characters on Moya responded to the loss of their friends. While Chiana and Rygel wanted to leave, they still felt like they should stay. And Zhaan going completely mad thinking that her friends died and that their spirits are now with her.

    Meanwhile Aeryn had a deal with Crais, he’d help her to find a place where Crichton and D’Argo could survive, but the catch was that she would help him to command Talyn who was out of control.

    The episode also had quite a lot of humorous lines, like Crichton and D’Argo playing rock-paper scissors. D’Argo playing the same game with himself after John is gone, Rygel’s reaction when the crew is back and ofcourse a crazy Zhaan.

    It was also good to learn more about Scorpius and what he has in his brain.

    Anyway, when John finds out about Aeryn’s arrangement he goes alone after Crais and captured him, the ship Talyn tries to kill him and all. But the screwed-up ship-kid isn’t happy about that and begins to attack Moya unless it gets back it’s captain. Aeryn and Crais are going to command the ship together but soon we learn that Tylon already chose Crais and together they make Aeryn leave the ship.

    Tylan really disappointed me and annoyed me in this episode. Even more than Crais.

    Anyway, Crais tells Scorpius that he killed John but Scorpius isn’t so stupid and doesn’t believe him.

    It was a nice episode, mostly. I loved Zhaan’s reactions on both John and Aeryn. Also when she realised it’s selfish of her to continue doing what she was doing and comes back to the crew. Also the talk about Crais, could he possibly change? Ofcourse not.

  • Brand New bright orange Dargo.

    After the catastrophic events of last series the crew return all well and good ,no harm, no foul.Which would be a relief if they didnt pull this trick evey single season opener.The seemingly inescapeable and bad situation the heroes find themselves in is wrapped up before the teaser ends and we go on with the show (feeling cheated and wondering WTF).

    The big one dargos make up is suddenly revamped and is never explained.Great as long as most of the vieewers are partially sighted .A little annoying and condesending when there not and just want an explanation.Sums up every thing thats wrong with the show.moreless
Jennifer Fischer

Jennifer Fischer

PK Nurse

Guest Star

Wayne Pygram

Wayne Pygram


Recurring Role

David Franklin

David Franklin

Lt. Meeklo Braca

Recurring Role

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot/Captain Bialar Crais

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Chiana displays for the first time her ability to leap prodigious heights and distances without any apparent effort when she jumps across the shuttle bay into Crichton's arms to welcome him back to Moya.

    • Crichton: Right. And how many times have you and I been close?
      Aeryn: Just the once....

      Aeryn's reply is a reference to their steamy encounter during the overnight stay at a motel in "A Human Reaction".

    • This is the first episode where we see the central feature of Scorpius's suit: a complex device that injects cooling rods straight into his brain. This exact explanation is not revealed until later in Season Two, "Look at the Princess". We learn how it was installed in "Season of Death".

    • Intonns is a Hynerian affliction- an airway seizure caused by very strong emotions, which is similar in effect to hiccuping.

    • Goof: When Talyn extends the Hand of Friendship, you can actually see the hand of the person holding it for a brief moment! This apparent lapse in production has been removed for the repeats and video versions though, so you'll only see it if you've got the original broadcast version. The "hand" is still evident in the latest Starburst edition of the DVD.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • D'Argo: My wife was a Sebacean. Tell me you approve of that.
      Crais: No. I find it repellent. That reaction- the concept of irreversible contamination- was instilled in me by the Peacekeepers. As such, it needs to be questioned. Re-examined.

    • D'Argo: You're not getting back aboard Talyn. Get used to the idea. Re-examine it.
      Crais: I shall. Before you were arrested, were you happy?
      D'Argo: Happier than you can ever imagine.
      Crais: Then I envy you.

    • Crichton: Crais, I don't like this plan and I never will. So you better behave yourself with Talyn... and Aeryn. 'Cause if you hurt either one of them... I'm going to hunt you down.
      Crais: You hunt me down. That would complete the symmetry nicely, wouldn't it?

    • Aeryn: (referring to Crais) ...he is a fugitive, just as we are, which means his goals and ours may no longer conflict.
      D'Argo: If he has deserted the Peacekeepers, then his loyalties lie only to himself, which makes him more dangerous!

    • Crichton: How many times have we saved each others' lives?
      Aeryn: I've lost count.
      Crichton: Safe to say more than once?
      Aeryn: Sure.
      Crichton: And how many times have you and I been close?
      (Aeryn looks quickly over at D'Argo and then back at Crichton)
      Aeryn: (looking a bit embarrassed) Just the once.
      Crichton: (realizing she misunderstood, whispering) No, no, no, no, not that kind of close.
      Aeryn: Oh, friend close.

    • Zhaan: (coming out of meditation) You have thirty microts.
      Chiana: (talking very quickly) Moya's got some farbot idea about going back to the asteroid field to look for her baby even though we're sure to get captured by Peacekeepers and I don't have to tell you what happens then. So, I was wondering if you could talk to Pilot so he could talk to Moya to convince her that this bad idea is, well, a bad idea. Did you get all that?
      Zhaan: Yes.
      Chiana: So you'll do it?
      Zhaan: No.

    • Zhaan: The Seek has reopened my eyes to the wonder of the spirits. I am now going to devote my life to enlightenment.
      Aeryn: Oh. Well, I think that's, um... really selfish, actually! You know, before you bliss off completely into oblivion you might want to have a little look around you, because Moya and Talyn are in danger!

    • Chiana: It's been a thrill, your frogness.
      Rygel: May your afterlife be almost as pleasant as mine.

    • Crichton: (to Crais) You wanna have a mid-life crisis? Fine, go ahead, just ditch the firm, head off to Maui, shack up with the super model, but you do not get to keep the Porsche!

    • Crichton: Do Sebaceans have a word for 'chutzpah'?

    • Crais: Demonstrate some of the formidable patience you're always bragging you possess.
      Scorpius: My patience is formidable, Crais...but it is not infinite.

    • D'Argo: (About Aeryn) You look after her while I go and break Crais's neck.
      Crichton: D'Argo, you couldn't break wind right now!

    • D'Argo: Again I win!
      Crichton: No, I win--paper wraps rock.
      D'Argo: No, paper cannot possibly beat rock.
      Crichton: It does, paper beats rock.
      D'Argo: Rock rips through paper.
      Crichton: D'Argo, that's not how it works: paper beats rock!
      D'Argo: That is not realistic!
      Crichton: Well, it's the rules, and it's not supposed to be realistic, it's supposed to be entertaining!
      D'Argo: My coma was more entertaining.

    • Braca: All patrols still report nothing, sir, uh, no signal from the Leviathan offspring, no trace of Crichton, nothing.
      Scorpius: I comprehend the meaning of 'nothing', Lieutenant.

    • D'Argo: As Crichton once said, I would rather go down on a swing!
      Crichton: Swinging--you wanna go down swinging.
      D'Argo: Swinging.

    • D'Argo: How long was I without oxygen for?
      Crichton: Long enough to scare the hell out of me.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Due to editing in some regions, it wasn't made entirely clear in "A Human Reaction" whether Aeryn and John actually slept together. This episode clarifies that they indeed did.

    • The new opening title sequence incorporated clips from upcoming episodes and some scenes from season 1.

    • D'Argo's appearance changes somewhat in this episode- mostly, a darkening of his skin tone. Dave Elsey, the creative supervisor of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, justified the changes as being due to D'Argo's exposure to space.

    • This is the first episode in which the effects are done by Animal Logic, who would do the SFX for the rest of the series' run. This was also the first episode shot at Homebush Bay, which is located west of Sydney.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on December 22, 2001 on A-Channel (CIVI).
      -This episode aired in the UK on June 12, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on December 5, 2001 on Nine.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to be the second episode of the season. An episode called "Re: Union" was supposed to be the premiere, however it was felt to be too weak and has been reworked into "Dream a Little Dream", which aired later in the second season. It's this episode that includes the trial of Zhaan which Chiana mentions.


    • Crichton: (to D'Argo, who's in a coma) Come on, Rock, get off the canvas, you can do it, rise and shine, up and at 'em, break through.
      When Crichton calls D'Argo "Rock" he's referring to the fictional boxer Rocky Balboa from the Rocky movies.

    • Crichton: Let's get that boy some guidance before he turns into a full-blown Menendez brother.

      Lyle and Erik Menendez were two Americans aged 34 and 31, respectively, who were convicted of first-degree murder of their parents in 1996. Motivated by greed, they murdered their parents in hopes of collecting on their vast fortune.