Season 4 Episode 13

Terra Firma (2)

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 17, 2003 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Moya arrives at Earth in present day, Christmas. The crew show their ships and technology to Earth's scientists. Crichton starts writing a journal. The creature left onboard Moya by Grayza manages to get to Earth where it starts killing and hunting down Crichton.

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  • Don't get me wrong, I loved this episode, and the fact that some crucial loose ends were tied up. But what happens to Earth when Crichton leaves?!

    It was a great episode, but there was a point that I feel needs some thought, and was ignored as seemingly unimportant by the creators. That is, what haapens on Earth when Moya and Crichton leaves?! They set up that Earth in the wake of 9-11 was very insecure and untrusting, but Cricton finally convinces Jack that they all need to agree to work together, and that everyone should be invited along on Moya's educational trip. But Crichton knows darn well that trip will never happen, leaving Jack and the whole planet in the lurch! Can we seriously believe that all the paranoid people with their fingers on the triggers of the world's various arsenals are going to take Jack and the US' word for it that they didn't extract any secrets from Moya, and that they are unable to share?! And that NO ONE got to go along with Moya for the ride?! Talk about a setback! They'd be certain that the US got the jump (and in all honesty, they did, since their techies got to look at all of Crichton and the crew's toys, even if they didn't understand a thing). So some paranoid jerk out there has a whole new set of really good reasons to "do unto them before they get the chance to do unto me!" Call me crazy, but as much as I loved the episode, this is what I got out of it, in the end. If you can ignore these bigger questions, or say that in the grand scheme of things Earth doesn't matter, then hey, have a party, dude! But I couldn't, sadly. I took it at face value as much as I could, and it does lead into the final denouement suitably. But don't forget those of us homosapiens left behind...moreless
  • Crichton's home.

    This episode is probably one of my favourites out of the whole Farscape series. Everything about this episode was exciting and intresting. Finally after nearly four years Crichton is home. But he finds that his people are still hostile to the idea of aliens and they could never understand the dangers that the universe can hold. Also Crichton and Aeryn get a little more closer in this episode and she finally finds out why he is being so cold to her. I really this was a great episode to almost end the show but now Crichton realises he has to clear up the mess he caused and get rid of Graza and all those who are threatening earth. Overall this episode is definatly the best this season and i hope there are more like this to come.moreless
  • One of the best heart episodes through out the series.

    This was the episode that I have waited to see since John Crighton was first catapulted out into space. I thought that this episode had so much heart in it, as well as humor. The acting was superb on all the cast's part. I enjoyed all the special touches, one with Aeryn and John dealing with their relationship and where it stands. Rygel was a crack-up because of his love for our food and goodies. Chiana never changes; always looking for the party. I so enjoyed Noranti and Chiana who had really got into the Christmas spirit buy buying presents and singing Christmas songs. This was the dream and desire that kept John going, knowing that one day he would be able to find his way back home to earth. But, John's homecoming was not quite what he had envisioned. Through the last 4 years when John had been out in space on Moya accompanying his new alien companions, he himself had changed. John had grown past the differences that earth was still facing, especially since 9/11. Unknown to John a skreeth was aboard Moya when they arrived in Earth's atmosphere and had hid aboard the ship and came to earth as well. The skreeth had murdered on earth plus injured John's father and sister as well as doing a number on the family home. With that and the way the government was acting toward John and his alien friends, John realized he no longer belonged on earth and felt it was time to leave. Earth was not ready yet for any information from out beyond the universe, and John was not ready to in danger his home planet. John and the alien crew left but now the difference is, it is John's choice to be away from earth plus his family now knows that he is alive and he is out there protecting them.moreless
  • My favorite episode in the whole farscape series.

    My favorite episode of all of the farscape series. John Critohn finally returns to an unsuspecting earth after four years of adventuring in space with his alien friends. The "aliens", although they are treated with very special care, are met with suspition and fear(because all the fear and suspition was caused as his father says "9/11"). Unaware to John and his friends, a srkeeth, sent by a peacekeeper commander had stowed away on Moya and heads down to Earth, goes on to hunt down John, and is eventually killed, but not before killing his friends and some bodyguards, the skreeth is immune to bullets, and attacking his family and partially destroying his house. John,(to keep his defenseless planet safe)leaves Earth.moreless
  • Waited for for so long, the final, actual return does not disappoint.

    Several sci-fi series have looked at first contact situations, but none have done it as well as this. In a really taut 45 minutes the episode dealt with so many different subjects that I lost count, but without losing track. And with Chiana at the photo-op trying to seduce a senator, Noranti’s Christmas carols, and Rygel’s sampling of the delicacies of Earth, it had something for everyone. All the cast put in superb performances, but once again Claudia Black was stunning. Her wavering uncertainty, her being human without being human, were both handled superbly. There was a classic Aeryn moment, where with tears pouring down her face, she blazes away with her pulse pistol at an invisible alien. Beautiful, vulnerable and tough, she is convincing in all ways. The episode also took liberties with its target audience - the good old US of A. Presenting the "9/11" excuse so starkly, and so showing an unpleasant side of American thought ("We’re the only nation on earth that is trustworthy"), it seriously risked alienating its viewers Stateside. Maybe it wasn’t those poor episodes that dumped the ratings. Maybe Farscape just got too uncomfortable for some people.

    Whatever your view, this episode had everything, - witty, intelligent writing, beautiful performances, taught, fast paced action and brilliant special effects. What more can you say.moreless
Murray Bartlett

Murray Bartlett

Douglas "D.K." Knox

Guest Star

Geoff Morrell

Geoff Morrell

T.R. Holt

Guest Star

Sarah Enright

Sarah Enright

Olivia Crichton

Guest Star

Raelee Hill

Raelee Hill


Recurring Role

Melissa Jaffer

Melissa Jaffer


Recurring Role

Kent McCord

Kent McCord

Jack Crichton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Nitpick: In this episode, Caroline calls John "Buck Rogers" because of his trip to space. However, John's experiences more resemble that of Flash Gordon. Buck Rogers went back to Earth, but in the 25th century, while Flash Gordon went to another galaxy inhabited by many different species of aliens.

    • Nitpick: It seems unusual that Sikozu gets a purple bruise on her forehead due to her bumpy ride through the wormhole. Humans bruises are purple due to the fact that tiny blood vessels under the skin burst, and the coagulated red blood looks purple through the layers of skin. However, Sikozu's "blood" is white, making it seem strange that her bruising appears so similar to that of a human.

    • There are birds of paradise flowers in the mansion where Crichton and the crew are staying. Noranti eats one, while Sikozu watches with wide eyes. The Earth's birds of paradise flowers strongly resemble Scarran Crystherium Utilia, and will be of great importance in later episodes.

    • Crichton has finally gotten home to Earth in his proper time, completing one of his main goals throughout the series.

    • Americans, and subsequently the whole world, now have access to information about alien species and alien technology.

    • Aeryn has discovered that Crichton is using the laka, and doesn't seem too happy.

    • Caroline was previously seen in "Unrealized Reality" as Crichton's girlfriend. Laura was also seen in that episode, talking about past work with Crichton and him once trying it on with her.

    • Braca is still unaware of Grayza's full plans, and had no idea of her deploying the Skreeth. As such, Scorpius was also left in the lurch.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Aeryn: (after D'Argo kills the Skreeth) Well. Merry frelling Christmas.
      Crichton: Amen.

    • Chiana: (drunkenly flirting with a dignitary) So, are you as bored as I am?
      Holt: I'm sorry, senator, she's still learning our customs.
      Chiana: Spank you very much! (leering) Maybe you could teach me.

    • Jack: I've always supported you as much as I could, son. You're not looking at the bigger picture here.
      Crichton: You don't see the big picture. You can't conceive it. Earth has to work together on this.
      Jack: Yeah? Well, you're asking the impossible on that one.
      Crichton: Impossible. 'Impossible is not in our vocabulary.' Who said that? You. You did. Four days before you set foot on the moon. You taught me to believe that. That belief kept me alive. Please tell me you still believe in it.
      Jack: I'm not sure what I believe anymore.

    • Crichton: And everyone is telling me... how different I am. They're right. But they don't have a clue why. They can't know what I've seen... what I've done... what's been done to me. They can't know what's out there waiting for them and I can't tell them, because they wouldn't believe me. Hell, if I tried they'd lock me up. Frell. I'd lock me up.

    • Crichton: Space travel was your dream to unite mankind. When did that change?
      Jack: September the 11th. This isn't the same world you left four years ago, son.

    • Holt: Congratulations! You have accomplished something truly momentous. Earth's first contact with extraterrestrial life.
      Crichton: (laughs) Well, T.R., it's your lucky day. (calls over his shoulder) D'Argo! Aeryn! (back to Holt) Just don't make any sudden moves.

    • Noranti: Rygel, have you tried this?
      Rygel: Oh, another delicacy! What's it called?
      Noranti: It's called... cop-porn.

    • Jack: (holding up Christmas ornament) Remember this, John? You made this when you were five years old. Your mother loved it.
      Crichton: So what's next? We break out the bare-assed baby pictures?
      Jack: Hey, that's not a bad idea!
      Olivia: Yeah, let's take a vote. Aeryn?
      Aeryn: Of course!

    • Jack: I don't want to lose you, son. I can't shake this feeling that you're not coming back.
      Crichton: I'll be back. That's a promise. You take care of my home.

    • Sikozu: (on telephone) Biologic examination? I said no, and I don't care how many of the others have consented. You can go stick your probes in one of them. I'm not interested.
      Chiana: Well, you never know. You might like it.
      Sikozu: (still on phone) No, I will not have an x-ray. I don't care how much it advances mankind's xenobiological knowledge. N... Leave! (throws the phone into the garden)
      Rygel: Eat something. You'll feel better!

    • Jack: This isn't the same world you left four years ago, son. It's about survival now.

    • Sikozu: Chiana, you know the humans won't let us out unescorted. And the way you make friends, who can blame them?

  • NOTES (3)


    • The Grinch
      The Skreeth was colored green as a deliberate nod to the Dr. Seuss character The Grinch.

    • Caroline: (speaking to Crichton as he writes in a notebook) Hey, Buck Rogers.

      Caroline is referring to Crichton as the fictional astronaut, who like Crichton had many space adventures, most recently in the 1979 TV show Buck Rogers In The 25th Century.

    • Title:

      The Title, "Terra Firma," is Latin for "solid earth". The title indicates that Crichton has finally reached his true home on the real planet Earth, rather than an illusion of one such as the one created by the Ancient Jack in the first season episode "A Human Reaction".