Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 19, 1999 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Astronaut John Crichton attempts to use the Earth's atmosphere to propel his module Farscape 1 at high speeds but he is hit by a radiation wave and sucked through a wormhole into a distant part of the universe and straight into the middle of a space battle. After almost colliding with another ship, which explodes shortly afterwards, he is brought aboard a ship full of alien prisoners attempting to escape custody. After being partnered with a captured Peacekeeper soldier, Crichton is drawn into the prisoners' daring plan to escape the clutches of the Peacekeeper forces and their vengefully obsessed military commander.moreless

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  • Farscape Needs to be Remembered

    Always one of my favorite shows I started rewatching it on Netflix last night and I've come to the realization that there need to be more shows like this;

    When Farscape first aired a lot of us into SciFi at the time had really only Star Trek to compare it to. Unlike its clean-cut, more wholesome counterpart, Farscape had a unique offering. It wasn't perfect, it didn't always end perfectly neatly at the end of each episode. It was dirty, it was gritty, it was the wrong side of the tracks. It was crude, it was disgusting it was immoral and had its evil qualities along with the good qualities of each character who were also far-from-perfect traveling companions.

    As they grew, this dysfunctional family unit grew closer together, it was often in an often irreverent growth, but they survived and they thrived and they saved the day. The writing was spectacular the series was well early in her prime when she was pulled from the markets. I miss this show greatly and I really hope that it is rebooted, or next generationed sometime in the future and just be as good at being bad as ever!moreless
  • AlienScape

    Guys goes on a flight and has to abord but then disappears

    Guy comes into a ship

    The guy is naked with a woman

    A good start to a show.

    I have only seen this show twice before and I didn’t know what to think of it. I decided to give it a shot and it’s interesting.

    Even though the pilot wasn’t near perfect, it had it’s moments and it did a good job to make you want to see more.

    I’m not that good with names so I’ll call the characters

    The Human AKA John

    The Peacewoman

    The Elephant man

    The Blue Woman

    The Annoying Green

    The Pilot

    The Enemy

    It’s about a guy named John who is send out of space but then comes into a worm hole and into a very different dimension filled with Aliens. A chip draws him in and instead of him being scared he says ‘My world made movies of you guys’ or something like that, seemed very unlikely. Anyway, so those ‘Aliens’ take off his clothes (why?) and put him in some sort of cell with a woman who looks human but turns out to be a peacemaker or something.

    So anyway, the episode is pivotal, the characters are mostly interesting. Still, the storyline really needed much more to be more successful, I have the feeling that it could have been much better.

    One of the peacemakers, the enemy. Is pissed off because John accidentally killed his brother and now he wants revenge, well BOOHOO.

    Eventually John starts to like the peacemaker woman and he saves her.

    There isn’t much to add to this episode besides that, I wish the writers tried to explore the characters better. What were those machine things anyway? And I certainly mostly disliked the little green guy, what a pain in the ass.

    I’ll continue watching this show and find out if it will use it’s potential.

  • A daring pilot for a great Sci-Fi show

    Farscape’s pilot episode- the one that started it all off. And what can be said about it? Well quite a few things really. The first thing that got me about Farscape was that it wasn’t a Star Trek clone. The characters all have dark secrets and just when you think you know them they take a drastic turn, anything could happen and I liked it. Another thing that got me was the look of it- Muppets in space? Some people (my dad) found this stupid and off putting, but I found it quite quirky. Anyhow, the pilot episode- John Criton, Space, Worm hole, Alien craft, Aliens, Cold blooded humans, and a man with beard that was after him. That about sums up the episode. But I have to say compared with the following episodes, the pilot is mediocre. But I have to say, a daring pilot for a great Sci-Fi show that will remain one of my favourites (the series, not the episode).moreless
  • Welcome to Farscape everyone.

    Meet John Cricthon a test pilot for the Farscape Project, John gets shot through a wormhole and ends up in some distant part of the universe. But when he arrives at his new location he realises that he is nowhere near earth and he immidiatly makes enemies. Luckily John is brought aboard Moya a Liviathan ship, he meets the crew but is but in a holding cell, with a peacekeeper female Ayren. When they escape the comander of the Peacekeepers Crais, is shocked to find John acidentily killed his brother. This sets Crais off on a rampage after John and the rest of Moya.

    This series shows so much promise. The story is complex and intresting. The writing on the show is fantastic and the aline creatures are also good. Can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • Farscape

    Welcome to Farscape a sci-fi show about an astruant that was testing his theroy and then got pulled into a wormhole and came out the other side of it and saw this ship. John Crichton journeys through this glaxy and makes powerful enimies. This show is very good and is a daring show. The effects are very good and the puppets are awesome, John is just a man who wants to find a way home but with that he needs to find a wormhole that can do that but on the way to do that he has many adventures on the way. He falls in love with Aeryn and makes long life friends

    Farscape is AWESOMEmoreless
Greg Blandy

Greg Blandy

PK Guard

Guest Star

Colin Borgonon

Colin Borgonon

PK Weapons officer

Guest Star

Murray Bartlett

Murray Bartlett

Douglas "D.K." Knox

Guest Star

Kent McCord

Kent McCord

Jack Crichton

Recurring Role

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot/Captain Bialar Crais

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Goof: Anthony Simcoe's real nose can be seen beneath his prosthetic facial makeup several times.

    • When Zhaan learns that D'Argo has safely returned to Moya after his capture by the Peacekeepers, she says, "Thank Kahayna." Usually when Zhaan thanks her deity, she says "Thank the Goddess." The name she speaks here, however is very close to "Kahaynu", which is the name of a being who is worshiped as the Creator God of Leviathans.

    • D'Argo is 30 cycles old and he says that he has been imprisoned on Moya for 8 cycles for killing his commanding officer.

    • Aeryn has been declared irreversibly contaminated by her former commanding officer Captain Crais.

    • Before his throne was usurped by his cousin Bishan, Rygel ruled an empire of over 600 billion subjects.

    • John Crichton's father (also an astronaut) knew Yuri Gagarin, the first Human in space, and carries the puzzle ring Gagarin gave him as a good luck charm.

    • D'Argo can knock people unconscious using his extraordinarily long tongue as a weapon.

    • Prior to being liberated, Moya was headed for Terran Raa, a lifers' colony.

    • Goof: During the scene where Crichton, Aeryn, and D'Argo are escaping from Peacekeeper captivity the guard mispronounces Aeryn's last name. He refers to her as Officer Sun (pronounced like its spelled) instead of Soon.

    • Nitpick: When we first hear D'Argo and Zhaan speaking in their native languages, it sounds more like garble than a definitive language that we hear when they speak later.

    • In the scene where Zhaan is meditating naked in her quarters, she is chanting the same mantra she uses throughout the series.

    • Terms:

      -A Cycle is a measure of time equal to an Earth year.
      -Hetch is a measure of speed.
      -A Metra is a measure of distance.
      -A Control Collar is a device installed on the exterior of Leviathans enabling Peacekeepers to control them as transport ships.
      -A DRD is maintenance robot on Leviathans; short for Diagnostic Repair Droid/Darter/Drone (the definition given in "Crichton's Notes" for the final "D" has evolved over time).
      -A Food Cube is a standard food ration on Moya.
      -A Frag Cannon is a Peacekeeper weapon on Command Carriers with a range of 45 metras.
      -Iriscentent Fluid is fuel of sorts, required to run Moya's drive.
      -A Prowler is a single-pilot Peacekeeper attack fighter.
      -A Pulse Rifle is a Peacekeeper personal energy weapon.
      -A Qalta Blade is a Luxan weapon that is a combination of a sword and an energy weapon.
      -Starburst is the sole defensive capability of a Leviathan; a type of fast, inter-dimensional travel not available to other forms of transports.
      -Translator Microbes are microbes injected into all space faring species, which colonize at the base of the brain, and act as interpreters for spoken language.
      -A Commerce Planet is the equivalent of shopping malls in the Uncharted Territories.
      -IASA is most likely, an acronym for "International Aeronautics & Space Administration."
      -The Peacekeepers (PK) are a Sebacean military force, hired as mercenaries.
      -The Uncharted Territories are an area outside of PK jurisdiction that has not been accurately mapped.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Crichton: Oh, please, let it all be a dream. A very bad, very twisted dream.

    • Zhann: How old are you?
      D'argo: Thirty cycles
      Zhann: Why you are just a boy.
      D'argo: I am not a boy! I am a warrior! I've already seen two war campaigns.
      Zhann: Only two?

    • Zhaan: The others, where are they?
      Rygel: There are no others. I've checked every cell level. I found the manifest. We were scheduled for transfer to Terran Raa.
      D'Argo: That is a lifer's colony.
      Crichton: You're prisoners? You're escaped prisoners?
      D'Argo: I will not be taken prisoner again.

    • Crichton: There's life out here Dad. Weird, amazing... psychotic life. And, uh, in Technicolor.

    • Crais: (to Crichton) A human? That will require some study. I will personally enjoy pulling you apart to see what you are made of.

    • Aeryn: (to Crichton) Listen to me. If you want to live, choose your allegiances carefully. That's not to say there are any guarantees, though.

    • Crichton: Look, I... can't be your kind of hero.
      Jack: No, you can't be. But each man gets a chance to be his own kind of hero. Your time will come and when it does watch out chances are it will be the last thing you ever expected.

    • Crais: And, where are you from, John Crichton?
      Aeryn: Sir, he claims to be human from a planet called Earp.

    • Aeryn: No. I will not come with you.
      Crichton: You've been irreversibly contaminated, remember?
      D'Argo: It means death.
      Aeryn: It is my duty, my breeding. Since birth. It's what I am.
      Crichton: You can be more.

    • Crais: You know something about this... alien?
      Aeryn: Only that I have spent time with him, sir, and I believe him when he says what happened to your brother was an accident. I don't believe that he is brave enough or intelligent enough to attack one of our Prowlers intentionally.
      Crais: Exactly how much time have you spent with this human?
      Crichton: Not a lot. Not much at all.
      Crais: Because as you know, Peacekeeper high command has very clear parameters regarding contact with unfied alien life forms. You may have very well exceeded those parameters, Officer Sun.
      Aeryn: No, sir.
      Crais: Which makes you irreversibly contaminated.
      Aeryn: No, sir!
      Crais: Take them away! Take them all away.

    • Pilot: Those synapses you are tearing out are not wired to the control collar!
      D'Argo: Then I shall keep pulling until I find the ones that are!

    • Crichton: (when everyone suddenly starts talking in squeaky voices) What just happened?
      Rygel: It's a perfectly natural bodily function. And it's odorless!
      D'Argo: So your subjects tell you.
      Crichton: You fart helium?!
      Rygel: Sometimes, when I'm nervous... or angry!

    • Rygel: I am Rygel XVI, Dominar to over six hundred billion people. I don't need to talk to you.

    • Zhaan: Pilot, does Moya know where we are?
      Pilot: Yes, of course. We're someplace else. I'll...get back to you on the specifics.

    • Crichton: They haven't hurt us! How about we show them a little compassion?
      Aeryn: Compassion... what is compassion?
      Crichton: Compassion? Wha... you're kidding right? It's a feeling you have when you see someone else's pain, and instead of taking advantage of their weakness you help them.
      Aeryn: I know this feeling.
      Crichton: Yeah, well it is a fairly common human feeling.
      Aeryn: I hate it!

  • NOTES (8)

    • The DVD and single VHS releases of Farscape episodes each include approximately 5 extra minutes of footage not used in the North American broadcasts. The extra footage is not cut from European airings of the show. Some of the cut footage from this episode includes Zhaan (Virgina Hey) giving Crichton (Ben Browder) a "Delvian ear kiss".

    • The IASA Space Shuttle Collaroy was named after a beach in the northern suburbs of Sydney by Andrew Prowse, the episode's director.

    • In the scene where Aeryn manually pilots Moya, the shot that pans out to show Moya "slingshoting" into Starburst is the same shot used in the opening titles.

    • This episode was originally much longer as a script, but many scenes were re-worked and change from the script due to time constraints.

    • Crichton was originally written to be a NASA astronaut. However NASA was changed to IASA because NASA wanted to review/approve the entire script. But they were only involved in the first few minutes of the show. Producers didn't want them to edit the entire script, just the parts that they were mentioned in.

    • In the original script, Zhaan was called "Pa'u Zotah Zenn"

    • This is the only episode where the voice over was not used during the intro credits.

    • International Air Dates:

      -Canada: September 15, 1999 on YTV.
      -UK: November 29, 1999 on BBC-2.
      -Australia: May 20, 2000 on Nine.


    • D.K.: Uh, oh -- one small step, bud.

      D.K. is using the famous line, spoken by the United States astronaut Neil Armstrong as he made the first human step out onto the Moon's surface.

    • Crichton: (snatching a gun and turning it on his captors) Don't move! Or I'll fill you full of.... little yellow bolts of light.

      A reference to the old western cliche: "Don't move or I'll fill you full of lead." Obviously, Peacekeeper weapons don't fire bullets.

    • Crichton: Boy, was Spielberg ever wrong. Close Encounters, my ass!

      An obvious comparison to director Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind in which the aliens are benevolent toward humans in their First Contact. Crichton makes this comment from the cell in which his First Contact aliens (the crew of Moya) have imprisoned him.