Season 1 Episode 19

Nerve (1)

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 2000 on Syfy
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Crichton and Chiana try to infiltrate a Peacekeeper base to get a vital tissue graft for Aeryn, who will die without it. Crichton gets caught by Scorpius and imprisoned. He is tortured using a device called the 'Aurora Chair' which is able to look inside his mind and, as Scorpius wants, to reveal the secrets of wormholes.moreless

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  • Love this episode.

    Aeryn is dying, and John decides to become a Peacekeeper once again in order to save her. For me, the sweetest moment of this episode was when Chiana lied Gilina that John loves her, and not Aeryn. Although, every scene with Chiana in it is great, caracter and actress are both perfect. D'Argo is also very kind, he helps Aeryn, but don't want her to know - he wouldn't want to hurt her pride. Even though she knows it, Aeryn lets him keep her alive, and connect her to Moya. Scorpius is shown up first in this episode... He is the greatest villain in the show.

    In the end, Moya will make their roles in saving John even harder... But, long live babies !moreless
  • Everyone got some nerve

    Once again, a fantastically well written and acted episode of a superb show called Farscape.

    In this episode, hey continued Aeryn’s storyline about being stabbed in ‘A Bug’s Life’. Now she’s ill and going to die any minute now. John wants to save her and the only way is by bringing a donor thingy that will cure her again.

    John leaves with Chiana to the peacekeeper sector in the neighbourhood. Once again they act to be peacekeepers.

    In this episode we also meet two new characters, Scorpius and Stark. We also see two known ones back, Crais and Gillian.

    John and Chiana are almost caught plenty of times but saved by Gillian. She still has obvious feelings for John but he doesn’t have them back, he has already fallen inlove with Aeryn.

    Meanwhile there is someone there, Scorpius who sensed that John isn’t a peacekeeper.

    He arrests him and puts him on a chair, then he and a machine go into John’s mind, but something is blocking. They do find about the alien in ’A Human Reaction’ that gave him hints on how to make a wormhole and eventually took him where he is.

    But the machine can’t go back to earth. They also see the captain Crais that wants to kill John so they decide to call him.

    When John is put in a prison he meets Stark, he is also used on the chair and is completely nuts.

    Meanwhile Chiana escapes with the machine to help Aeryn, and they are right on time because Aeryn was dying.

    Gillian who has been helping them put the alarm and now they want to know who did it and go into John’s brains.

    To be continued…

    This was a very exciting and amazingly well acted episode. A great first part of a two-parter. And yet another Farscape classic.

  • Amazing acting. One of the best episodes of any show that I\'ve watched in a while.

    First I must mention that the scrip is brilliant. Old characters come back and new ones are introduced. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Guess who's back? Crais and Gilina. I really didn't see that coming until it "hit" me. Another great thing about the script was the Character development it had. Not only for one character but for all and also the development of their relationship with each other. We had the chance to see Chiana more like a member of the team and not like an "outsider".

    As Aeryn was dying we could see how much Ka D'Argo cared about her. I also loved the effort John made to save her.

    Great acting from all the actors but I must mention Claudia Black and Ben Browder. Claudia had to "pretend" she was dying and she really made it real. You could almost fell her pain. Ben had to be tortured. John was in the chair having in brain "read" and making an "experience" like that seem real has to be difficult but Ben made it. He even drooled and seemed really in pain. That's why I say that this is one of the best episodes of any tv series that I have seem in a while.moreless
Kent McCord

Kent McCord

The Ancient

Guest Star

Stephen Leeder

Stephen Leeder

Cmdr. Javio

Guest Star

Alyssa Jane Cook

Alyssa Jane Cook

Gilina Renaez

Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Captain Bialar Crais/Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Wayne Pygram

Wayne Pygram


Recurring Role

Paul Goddard

Paul Goddard


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When Crichton is being interrogated by Scorpius, Scorpius comments on the vast array of races Crichton has seen. However, one of the races shown was not directly seen by Crichton, but by Rygel – the alien Rygel conversed with in the first episode of Farscape on the commerce planet.

    • Nitpick: Crichton flies Aeryn's Prowler to the Gammak Base- wouldn't the vehicle have some sort of IFF beacon telling the Peacekeepers whose ship it was? It certainly wouldn't be registered to Larraq, and with Crais in the neighborhood, a plane squawking Officer Aeryn's Sun's ID would definitely be noticed. Chiana must have some pretty impressive hacking skills if she was able to alter it to remain suitably anonymous, an ability that was never mentioned.

    • It is revealed in this episode that the Ancients put the information of how to create wormholes in Crichton's subconscious mind, believing if he couldn't discover it on his own, he couldn't handle it wisely. Crichton's unconscious knowledge was supposed to guide him along the correct path to its discovery. Unfortunately, it seems to have led him directly into the clutches of Scorpius, whose Gammak Base is devoted to the creation of wormhole weapons. This plotline will be central to the remainder of the series.

    • This episode is the first appearance of Scorpius, the Peacekeeper Scarran-halfbreed. He will have an important and central role for the remainder of the show.

    • This episode marks the appearance of Stark, a Banik slave. Like Scorpius, he too will play a major role through the remainder of the series.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Stark: (when John is thrown into his prison cell) This is my side! That's your side. You stay on your side. My side, your side! My side, your side! My side, your side!

    • Crais: I order you to give me Crichton!
      Scorpius: Your adherence to orders is often selective...

    • Gilina: I've programed a blind spot into the targeting sensors. Keep your Prowler on this trajectory and they won't even see it.
      Chiana: Well, how will I know if it works?
      Gilina: You won't get blasted out of the sky.

    • Zhaan: (referring to D'Argo's suggestion that they use Moya to stabilize Aeryn) Why didn't you want me to tell Aeryn it was your idea?
      D'Argo: Earlier on Aeryn told me she wanted to die alone. As a warrior I should respect her wishes and not interfere.
      Zhaan: You did a good thing. You may have saved her life. Despite her words she really didn't want to die.
      D'Argo: I do not even believe she wants to die alone.

    • Crais: You are dead, Crichton. But you have one choice - do you wish to save the lives of your shipmates on Moya?
      Crichton: What are you talking about?
      Crais: Why do you think I'm here? I've recaptured the Leviathan. The fugitives are back in my custody. However, whether I deliver them alive or dead is up to me.
      Crichton: How do I keep them alive?
      Scorpius: Stop resisting the Aurora Chair. Allow us to probe freely...for any information we wish.
      Crichton: That's not a very good option.
      Crais: You are not in a very good position.

    • Crichton: (flashback) You're teaching me how to-
      Jack: No. You cannot access this data consciously. You won't remember this part of our encounter. We will not give you wormhole technology.
      Crichton: Why not?
      Jack: If you're not smart enough to discover it on your own, you're not smart enough to handle it wisely.

    • Stark: (in the Aurora Chair) Again, Scorpy! Frell me again!

    • Aeryn: I'm not going to die?
      D'Argo: As you once said to me, you will die, but not today.

    • Rygel: Oh! I, I came to see how you were doing.
      Aeryn: You came to see if I was dead so you could start going through my possessions.
      Rygel: Ugh! I resent your unfounded accusation! Furthermore, you have no possessions worth taking!
      Aeryn: How inconsiderate.

    • Javio: (about Chiana) What did you pay for her?
      Crichton: You don't want to know.
      Javio: Does she give good...value?
      Crichton: She has her moments.

    • Crichton: What the hell are you doing? You acting like a trollop was not part of the plan.
      Chiana: They bought it, didn't they?
      Crichton: You're drawing a lot of attention.
      Chiana: The more they look at me, the less they look at you.
      Crichton: Do you think that before they elect you centerfold of the year, we can get on with the business of saving Aeryn?

    • Chiana: You sure you don't want me to fly this thing?
      Crichton: You know how?
      Chiana: Yeah, you?

  • NOTES (7)

    • Paul Goddard researched his role as the insane Banik slave Stark by watching Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Brad Pitt in 12 Monkeys.

    • "Nerve" is the first Farscape episode to end with "to be continued..."

    • Kent McCord, who plays The Ancient in John's memory, shot his scenes for this episode while filming "A Human Reaction".

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on February 2, 2000 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on May 8, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on December 30, 2000 on Nine.

    • Scorpius was originally designed as a fully animatronic puppet, in the form of an insect-like creature.

    • In the original ideas for the series, creator Rockne O'Bannon had written Scorpius as a regular for the show, introduced in one of the first couple of episodes.

    • In the original script, Scorpius and Crichton had more conversation following Crichton's attempt to provoke Scorpy the first time he's put in the chair. It reveals Scorpius is half Sebacean, half Scarran. His mother was part of Scarran breeding experiments when they invaded his home, the Motak Four colony. It's obvious why the next bit of dialogue was removed, as Scorpius reveals that he killed his father, and his entire race. He made Scarrans extinct with a deadly virus. This information preceded the line "I long ago learned the advantages of patience". Of course, the Scarrans are not extinct and do appear in season 2.