Season 1 Episode 13

Rhapsody in Blue

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 23, 1999 on Syfy
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Moya responds to a distress call from another pregnant Leviathan. The crew learns, upon arrival at the planet from which the call originated, that they've been deceived. The call actually came from a group of exiled Delvians who want to learn -- forcibly, if need be -- how Zhaan overcame the madness caused by giving in to her anger.moreless

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  • More about Zhaan

    This episode was really a Zhaan based episode and it was very good at that. Not a lot of major stuff happened but we got to see a little more of Zhaan and her kind. Also we learn more about Zhaan's darker side. In this episode Crichton and Zhaan are forced to bond minds which brings the two closer together. Zhaan also expressed that Cricthon means a lot to her. Meanwhile D'Argo, Aeryn and Rygel suffor from false memories as a result of Zhaan's people. Zhaan also learns that some of them have a dark motive which she must stop. I really liked this episode a lot because we finally get to find out about Zhaan. Overall really liked this one.moreless
  • brilliant

    Summary: Moya finds a delvain colony, where inhabitants' lack of discipline are leading them to embrace dark impulses.

    Review: When i first started watching farscape i didnt make much of Zhaan as a charater, i thought she was the boring hippy one- so i when i found out this episode was mostly about her i was a bit unsure. But how wrong i was. This is a great episode, with lots of character development as it reveals out characters historys. We see Zhaan as we've never seen her before and its pretty weird. But overall this is a brilliant episode which must be viewedmoreless
  • The Smurfin and all of her friends

    ‘Rhapsodomy In Blue’ Is exactly the episode I needed to see.

    I embraced Zhaan into my heart from the first episode, but then ‘DNA Mad Scientist’ came along and I sort of lost my interest for her. Also I was starting to feel like this show was going no where.

    Thankfully they finally made a Zhaan-centric episode which explains her dark past/secret and reveals why everyone HAS to love and worship her.

    It begins on the ship when a woman asks Zhaan for help and she goes together with Aeryn and John on land.

    The strange woman wants Zhaan’s help and the ability to kill, that we learn about Zhaan. We already knew she had a dark past and now we know what she did and why she was prisoned, she had killed her lover in the past.

    Meanwhile they all start to have memories and are mind tricked by another woman who doesn’t want them to keep Zhaan from leaving, John sees his old girl who he wanted to marry. Now she’s there with him and he believes that he’s married with her and everything. Aeryn goes back to Moya and sees her gun in pieces and doesn’t know how to fix it, D’Argo sees his son and Rygel thinks he’s shrinking.

    Anyway, the bad monk tricks Zhaan into melt into each other (which is beautiful btw) and steals her ability to keep from getting mad and then kills the father.

    When Zhaan starts to go completely mad John has to do something about it, the woman who was playing with his mind stops and warns him. He goes to Zhaan and they mind melt, he shows her how much he cares about her and how how gentle he sees her to be.

    Zhaan is back after that interaction and she stops the evil monk from causing any harm and goes bacl into her own world.

    The flashes and mind meltings were superb and very powerful. This episode made Zhaan my favourite again and turned me back into my Farscape addiction.

Kate Raison

Kate Raison


Guest Star

Max Phipps

Max Phipps


Guest Star

Darlene Vogel

Darlene Vogel

Alex / Lorana

Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: If Aeryn is wearing Crichton's underwear, and Crichton is also wearing a pair of boxers, does that mean he brought an extra pair of shorts with him on the module in case of emergencies?!

    • We hear the shocking revelation as to why Zhaan was imprisoned: she murdered her lover, who was also one of the Delvian spiritual counselors.

    • Delvia is now under the imposition of the Peacekeepers. The conservative Pa'us that refused to give up their control when the tenure was up brought the PKs in, and Delvia has never been the same since. The Peacekeepers refuse to give control up easily.

    • This episode marks Zhaan's ascension from a ninth-level Pa'u, to a tenth-level one. She now has the power to protect others.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Zhaan: The urge to give retribution is intoxicating. I have missed it!

    • Tahleen: (referring to D'Argo and Aeryn) Stop them! Let nothing distract Zhaan from what I want her focused on!
      Lorana: The one Crichton is challenging her with questions- I can send them back to the ship...
      Tahleen: No! She wants him here. Their minds are weak. Reoccupy them all as you would children. Attack them with their own hopes and fears.

    • Zhaan: Why did you lure us here?
      Tahleen: Search yourself, Zhaan. You know why.
      Zhaan: I do not. What I do know is you invaded my soul last night and you left me bitter.

    • Crichton: (after being released from the illusion of Lorana) So now what, kill me, cage me, teach me tricks?

    • Tuzak: I know who you are.
      Zhaan: I know who you are. I do respect your teachings Pa'u Tuzak.
      Tuzak: I respect your choice of murder victims.

    • Zhaan: Should I give Tahleen what she wants?
      Tuzak: Oh, she would like that!
      Zhaan: Will she use the ability I give her to hurt people?
      Tuzak: Certainly. But she may also free your planet from tyranny.

    • D'Argo: Something Crichton said is disturbing me.
      Rygel: Finally! I've been saying that since he arrived.
      D'Argo: It's what he said about us all having the same dream.
      Rygel: It wasn't the same. Mine was better than yours.

    • (Crichton is disturbed staring into a mirrored surface at his reflection.)
      Aeryn: You are the most bizarre creature I have ever met.

    • Crichton: (to Aeryn) It's so perfect, my teeth ache.
      Aeryn: No, that's from all the sincerity.

    • Aeryn: It amazes me how people mistake theosophy for superiority.
      Crichton: You know, I don't think so, Aeryn. I don't think anything amazes you.

    • Crichton: Delvian coup d'etat. Didn't think you people had it in you.

    • Crichton: (nodding at Pa'u Tuzak walking past) Is that what happened to our man Pa'u Loony Tunes?

    • Aeryn: Any more from Crichton?
      D'Argo: He says they want Zhaan to participate in some ceremonial mating.
      Aeryn: This is such a bad combination. I never should have left them. Zhaan distracted. Crichton confused--
      D'Argo: Crichton is always confused.

    • Crichton: The part of Tahleen in tonight's Unity will be played by John Crichton.
      Zhaan: You wish to share Unity with me?
      Crichton: You guys are always going on about how hot it is, I thought I'd give it a go.

    • (Crichton tries to convince Zhaan to share Unity with him)
      Crichton: Buck buck buckawk! (making chicken noises to taunt her for cowardice) Your translator microbes handle that one?
      Zhaan: Although...I have always wondered what could possibly go on in there...
      Crichton: Not a lot, I'm a guy. C'mon, Zhaan. What are you afraid of?

    • Crichton: Oh, my. What is that?
      Zhaan: Unity.
      Crichton: (laughing) It's like...Disney on acid. Like ten years of really great sex all at the same time.

    • Zhaan: (when the guys compare their erotic dreams) I am unimpressed by your masculine memories.

    • Rygel: I was just dreaming about my final mating session when our gestating Goliath decided she needed some exercise.

    • Rygel: D'Argo almost stepped on me!
      Pilot: Your Eminence, you were never any smaller than your current stature.

    • Crichton: You killed the guy you were having sex with?!
      Zhaan: I admit I have not revealed all parts of myself to you.
      Crichton: No, no you haven't! You killed the guy you were you having sex with, Zhaan!
      Zhaan: I need you, John. I need you!
      Crichton: For what? Target practice?

    • Rygel: I like my wives pregnant, and my ships cold to the touch, that way my feet stay warm and my slumber is uninterrupted.
      Crichton: Wives plural? Big fella!
      (high-fives Rygel)

    • Crichton: Little long for a starburst, don't you think?
      Rygel: Hail prince of the obvious!

    • Crichton: I'm not a Peacekeeper.
      Tuzak: Yes you are. I am insane.
      Crichton: Yeah, that would've been my next guess.

  • NOTES (5)

    • In an internet chat before the episode Ben Browder promised that the question of "boxers or briefs" would be answered in it, but he admitted that he personally thought that Crichton should "go commando".

    • This episode was Virginia Hey's favorite.

    • Eight makeup artists were needed to prepare all of the Delvians for this episode.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on December 8, 1999 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on March 13, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on September 30, 2000 on Nine.

    • Originally, Unity was going to be depicted prosthetically as the one hand inside the other, but that was dropped from the script. The special effects team then came up with what we see, the very effective shot of the two people going into each other, so to speak, when they join.


    • Crichton: That's my underwear.
      Aeryn: What does this say?
      Crichton: Calvin.
      Aeryn: Well, then, they're not yours.
      Crichton was wearing Calvin Klein boxers when he left Earth; Aeryn is looking at the tag in the back of the waistband, which carries the brand name. This is a reference to a scene in the 1985 movie Back To The Future.

    • Title:

      The title is taken from American composer George Gershwin's most famous composition.