Farscape

Season 1 Episode 1

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

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  • 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • 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.

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