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Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan
Voice of Dominar Rygel XVI
Maldis / Igg / Haloth
Young Bialar Crais
Captain Bialar Crais
Crichton tapes another voice log at the end of the episode, but unlike the other entries, this one was addressed to DK, rather than his father.
This is the first time we hear about Crichton losing his virginity to Karen Shaw.
Having raised her darker impulses to deal with Maldis, Zhaan is now having trouble controlling them.
In this episode we finally see something that can make a Luxan warrior worried and scared- the supernatural magic of Maldis.
Crais wasn't chosen for Peacekeeper duty, but he and his brother were taken from their homes by the Peacekeepers.
Terms: -A Dekka is a level, directional vector, or area designation; Crais gives orders to "widen the search to dekka three, deeper into the Uncharted Territories."
-The Docking Bay is a hangar area on a Command Carrier, where Prowlers and Marauders are kept.
-Gavork is an aromatic herb, stored in dried form.
-Jikset Root is a medicinal herb.
-Klendian Flu is an illness characterized by excessive phlegm and respiratory difficulty.
-Ointment of Yuvok is a topical preparation to help clear breathing passages.
-Trellon Oil is a sensual stimulant which enriches the conjugal experience.
-First Command is presumably, the headquarters for Peacekeeper High Command.
-High Command is the authority which issues orders to Peacekeeper assets in the field.
-Hynerian Ceremony of Passage is a litany recited for a dead comrade.
-Trat, possibly vulgar, is an unpleasant-smelling substance; Rygel says the yuvok ointment "smells like trat."
-A Trelkez is a multi-headed, bird-like creature; because their raw brains are considered a delicacy, their value goes up according to the number of heads they have.
Liko: You cultivated your power to help others. Can you use it as a weapon?
Zhaan: I can try, if you guide me.
Liko: Can you be guided? It's not just a matter of skill, it's intent. You must want to do harm, cause pain, even kill. You are a ninth level Pa'u. You simply aren't capable of that.
Zhaan: I once was.
Zhaan: I am a Delvian Pa'u. Nothing can frighten me if I do not wish it.
Liko: You can't wish your fear away. Face it, admit what it is you're scared of. Are you afraid of Maldis? You can destroy him!
Zhaan: That's what terrifies me.
Crais: I am here, Crichton...
Crichton: To talk.
Crais: To kill you.
Aeryn: Wait, you can smell Crichton in all of this?
D'Argo: Yes. His odor's even stronger than yours.
Aeryn: I don't have an odor.
Rygel: Shouldn't Zhaan be doing that?
D'Argo: She says that she is busy.
Aeryn: She's helping by applying some Delvian mysticism to the situation.
Maldis: What's the matter with you, Crichton? Are all the species on your planet this dim? It's kill or be killed.
Aeryn: Zhaan, I feel I must apologize to you for mocking your courage. I see now that you're more of a warrior than I ever thought. (Zhaan walks away) What is the matter with her?
D'Argo: You called her a warrior. You could not have cut her more deeply.
Rygel: (to a comatose Crichton) I don't know your customs for these situations--not that I care! So I'll give you the Hynerian Ceremony of Passage and be done with it! John Crichton, valued friend...no, wait a minute. Valued friend is a bit of a stretch. John Crichton, unwelcome shipmate, may you have safe transport to the Hallowed Realm. Actually, not OUR Hallowed Realm--no, that's for Hynerians! Go find your own Hallowed Realm! With the Ceremony of Passage complete, I declare you officially dead, and claim all your possessions for myself!
Aeryn: If I overload this pulse rifle, then the resulting explosion should be enough to take out this entire wall.
D'Argo: It won't work.
Maldis: (observing them without their knowing) It might work...can't have that.
Aeryn: (outside Maldis' stronghold) What are you waiting for?
Zhaan: A third choice, even though I know there are only two: let that evil flourish, or unleash another evil against it. How would you choose?
D'Argo: I suppose I would choose the lesser evil.
Zhaan: (making her decision) Well then, there's no reason to delay, is there?
Maldis: You know what I think John? You can talk until your tongue falls out! He's gonna kill you regardless!
Crichton: You think I attacked your brother? Yeah, I popped into the middle of giant space battle and decided to go one-on-one with a total stranger in a far superior ship. Does that make any sense?
Crais: You rammed his Prowler!
Crichton: He ran into me!
Crais: You killed him!
Crichton: It was an accident! Why do you keep blaming me? I did everything I could to avoid it!
Crichton: (about Crais) What'd he offer you?
Maldis: Much bigger stakes than you can, and the bidding's closed. Here you are, here he is...now deal with it.
Crichton: This is a scam, right? Right? Yeah, you must have heard Zhaan or D'Argo telling someone all this, right?
Igg: How could I have overheard this? Your mother's maiden name was MacDougall, you skipped third grade, and you lost your virginity to Karen Shaw in the back of a minivan!
Crichton: No, it wasn't a minivan, it was a four-by...
Rygel: I'm very sick...I'm dying!
Zhaan: You only have a touch of Klendian Flu, it's not fatal.
D'Argo: We only wish it were.
Maldis: I admit it, I feed on death. But don't we all? Some eat plants, some meat. I consume the life essence itself. Preferably medium rare!
Crichton: So why not just kill us? Why all the foreplay?
Maldis: Death is the main course. All this is the appetizer.
Maldis' name cropped up in many story meetings after this episode. O'Bannon stated "The joke in later episodes was that whenever we were plotting a story and couldn't get past some problem, we'd just say, 'this is all a Maldis fabrication anyway.' " He felt that they had created a character like Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Lani Tupu and Anthony Simcoe both felt the episode was important for their characters. For Tupu, the episode allowed him to show that Crais was able to deal with his childhood conscription by defying authority. Simcoe felt he was able to show the spirituality of Luxans and how they are scared by the supernatural and magic.
Virginia Hey lists this episode amongst her favorites.
-This episode aired in Canada on November 3, 1999 on YTV.
-This episode aired in the UK on January 31, 2000 on BBC-2.
-This episode aired in Australia on September 15, 2000 on Nine.
Lani Tupu is credited as voicing Pilot in this episode, but Pilot plays no part in it. Lani's also listed in the credits in the role of Crais, and does perform as that character.
Much of the fire on the set had to be added digitally, since the real fire couldn't have been that big and stay safe.
That Old Black Magic:
The episode's title comes from a song released in 1942, which has been performed by many people over the years, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Sammy Davis Jr, among dozens of others.
Crichton: Yeah, right. You're a regular Laurence Olivier.
Sir Laurence Olivier was one of England's premier Shakespearean actors before coming to Hollywood in the late 1930s, where he played a number of roles as a leading man.
Crichton: (to Rygel, upon waking up) Well, it's not Kansas, and you're way to homely to be Auntie Emm, but... come here, Toto!
This is the start of a running theme of allusions to the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. Crichton makes many references through the whole Farscape series, especially in the episode "Won't Get Fooled Again".
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