Season 1 Episode 12

The Flax

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 16, 1999 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

While taking a piloting lesson on a transport pod with Aeryn, Crichton gets caught in an energy field which is invisible to their sensors. Meanwhile, back on Moya, a strange guest docks and comes aboard to warn the crew about The Flax, an invisible energy net created to catch ships which are then plundered by pirates.moreless

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  • Crichton and Aeryn's first moment.

    This was a good episode and the first where Chrichton and Aeryn almost hit it off. I liked this episode a lot it was well written and intresting especally between Crichton and Aeryn. So Cricthon is learning how to fly a module when him and Aeryn run into a flax which basically is an energy field and they get trapped there. That is until Moya brings aboard an alen who claims to have helped to creat these flax's whoch have trapped some of their crew. So eventually they get Crchton and Aeryn out and they almost kiss before they are interupted. Very good episode liked it a lot. Definatly one of the best episodes this seasonmoreless
  • an energy filled episode

    The Flax is An Energy Net set by scavengers to trap ships .John and Aeryn get caught in it. Lots of Drama that leads to Death- but not perminant Death- if you know what i mean.

    Back at Moya, a scavinger shows up, leading to trouble and a way to rescue John and Aeryn as well as D'Argo to find a way home.

    And that basically sums up the episode. But what a good episode it is. We get character development from most of the characters- we see that rygel isnt that bad, John and Aeryn get it on, and D'Argo also puts his friends first.

    Overall this is a good episode, which is exciting.moreless
  • Something wicked this way tongues

    Another excellent episode.

    ‘The Flax’ was another Farscape success where John and Aeryn get trapped into some invisible thing. They can’t get out and their oxygen soon begins to end. Then only way for them to survive is being saved by D’Argo and the others but they seem to have different things on their mind.

    Back on Moya a strange hyper man arrives who tells them bout the flax, he knows a way to get in it and to find a ship for D’Argo so that he can go back to his world and back to his son. Eventually we learn about that strange little man that he wants to be D’Argo’s mate and is in fact the female of it’s species.

    Also there are others looking for the strange little man-girl. Rygel plays his little game with one of them and looses on purpose and gives them the wrong direction to find the little strange man-girl.

    Meanwhile John and Aeryn are getting out of oxygen and they start to look at each other desperately, Aeryn can survive it but the only way is by letting John die and she doesn’t want that. She prefers to die with him.

    Before they go they just start to kiss, their first kiss but when they want to undress each other they get interrupted by D’Argo who doesn’t seem to notice anything.

    Back at the ship John and Aeryn promise each other to never kiss again, while D’Argo mourns about his chance that he let go.

    I like this episode, mainly because of Aeryn/John’s moments. Also D’Argo comes through and shows that he actually does care for his crew members.

  • More to Rygel then there seems...

    Rygel purposly losing to an opponent so he could misdirect them and help someone else? Amazing! Though often forgotten in between Aeryn and Crichton\'s admittedly interesting and fun to watch interaction stuck on a pod.

    Overall a good episode - D'argo has a moral dilema - get the Luxon ship, and possible find his son, or save the lives of Aeryn and Crichton? Aeryn and Crichton finally admitting some serious attraction for each other - particualerly when they are convinced they are going to die... and most of all Rygel surprised me with what seems like genuine sacrifice!moreless
  • Aeryn and John get caught in am energy net.

    We learn quite a bit about Subaseans in this episode. Though they look like us, their total military society does not offer any hope. This conclusion is drawn from the fact that Subaceans do no believe in an afterlife.

    Also, this marks the first real 'shipper episode and as shipper, I was pleased.
Rhys Muldoon

Rhys Muldoon


Guest Star

John Bachelor

John Bachelor


Guest Star

David Bowers

David Bowers


Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Goof: Kcrakic seems to be unaware that Staanz is a female (he refers to Staanz as a "he"), in spite of the fact that Staanz says he's considered quite the Zenetan beauty, and therefore must be easily identifiable to others of his kind as to her sex.

    • Interesting that the Peacekeepers had a large ident file on Staanz' criminal record, but when D'Argo and Zhaan check it for information about their guest, they fail to learn that Staanz is a female!

    • Oxygen is consumed by fire, so Staanz' ship must either have the greatest environmental system ever, or those "onnyxi play partners" he uses as fuel must be so full of oxygen that when they burn, they release more oxygen than is consumed by the chemical reaction.

    • Staanz is actually the female of his species, that's why when Rygel asks where his genitals are he says his species were not created from the standard mold.

    • The transport pods on Moya are actually made so that extra containers and other compartments can be added on to the end.

    • Rygel is very convincing at bluffing, he plays it perfectly as though he was desperate in the game and really thought he'd lost.

    • The unit of measure of a "zacron" is introduced, but never given a standard quantification.

    • Apparently, pregnant Leviathans are quite formidable, so much so that even Zenetan Pirates will not try to commandeer them. According to Kcrackic, the last time he tried, eighty men died.

    • The Flax magnetics are so powerful they absorb light before it can reach any trapped ships. This explains why everything outside a trapped ship appears black to its occupants.

    • Sebaceans have no beliefs of an afterlife. According to Aeryn, when they die they go nowhere, they see nothing.

    • The Luxan vessel shown in this episode is a Luxan Assault Piercer. D'Argo dreamed of serving on one when he was a boy.

    • If Staanz is female, why does she refer to herself as "daddy" to the ship?

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Rygel: (about Kcrackic leaving with false information of Staanz' whereabouts) You don't think he would have left unless he thought he was leaving with something of value, do you?
      Zhaan: You mean you lost to Kcrackic on purpose?!
      Rygel: You bet your blue ass I did, and believe me, it wasn't easy. He's an abominable player! A DRD could have been more than a match for him.

    • Crichton: Aeryn. you should have kept working, finished the repairs. At least one of us would have survived.
      Aeryn: To be sitting here alone now?! I chose not to.
      Crichton: I thought Peacekeepers were trained to fight alone, survive alone... die alone.
      Aeryn: Well, it appears my training is failing me. I don't want to die alone.

    • Staanz: (trying to persuade D'Argo to forget Aeryn and Crichton) The maps! You'll be able to find your son! You gotta be looking forward to seeing your son! Eh?
      D'Argo: Yes. But when I do, I want to be able to look him in the eye.

    • Zhaan: Commander Kcrackic, may I present Rygel the sixteenth, Dominar...
      Rygel: (interrupting) Yeah, yeah, yeah, heh-heh. How do you do, pleased to meet you and all that yotz!

    • Crichton: Aeryn, lighten up, have some fun.
      Aeryn: Fun? How am I to have fun?
      Crichton: (laughing) I don't know how you supposed to have fun, but this is fun. This is Top Gun, this is 'The Need For Speed'. You like this stuff, admit it.
      Aeryn: I have no need for speed.

    • Crichton: (referring to their "almost" sexual encounter) Heat of the moment.
      Aeryn: Exactly. Too much pure oxygen.
      Crichton: Affected our judgment. If had been you and D'Argo there, the same thing probably would have happened.
      Aeryn: Or you and Zhaan.
      Crichton: Anyway, one thing's for sure- it'll never, never happen again.

    • Staanz: I'm lonely. Everybody needs a mate, even you, Ka D'Argo.
      Crichton: A mate?!
      Staanz: I am the female of the species, you know that, don't you? In fact, false modesty aside, I am considered quite the Zenetan beauty.
      Crichton: You know, big guy, I think I'd better give you two a little time alone here...'cause you know, in a universe this vast, when two hearts collide...
      D'Argo: Shut up.

    • Crichton: (About Staanz) Is he dangerous?
      D'Argo: Merely annoying.

    • Crichton: (About CPR) It involves you breathing for me -- keeping my blood flowing so I don't die.
      Aeryn: Don't be ridiculous. It sounds far too complicated.
      Crichton: Well, it's a lot less complicated than learning to fly a transport pod.

    • Crichton: You sure this thing's going to work?
      Aeryn: Mm-hmm. It should kill you.

    • Aeryn: The distress buoy got away.
      Crichton: Well, I guess we just wait for D'Argo and the others to come rescue us.
      (They look at each other.)
      Aeryn: I'll deal with propulsion system.
      Crichton: I'll take environmentals.

    • Staanz: Garbage? I don't touch garbage. I'm a professional scavenger. I only pick up the gems of what others throw away. I've got 9 million onnyxi play partners. They particlelize, they levitate -- everything! One day I'm gonna sell these babies and make a killing. (Staanz kisses the onnyxi play partner and tosses it into the furnace) They burn good, too.

    • Zhaan: If you are truly interested in helping us, our transport pod is still out there. Two of our complement are aboard and we've lost contact.
      Staanz: They're not family?
      Zhaan: No.
      Staanz: Good. There's nothing worse than losing family.

    • D'Argo: I've never heard of anything called The Flax.
      Staanz: And what species are you?
      D'Argo: Luxan.
      Staanz: Luxan? Never heard of it. Doesn't mean you don't exist.

    • Staanz: That pretty little female here's not gonna look at you in quite the same way when she learns you've killed the only person who could've saved you.
      Zhaan: Saved us from what?
      Staanz: You see how much you need me? You're headed straight for it and you don't even know it's there.

    • (Crichton puts on a burst of speed. Aeryn cuts off power.)
      Aeryn: Now, you do that once again and I'll kill you.
      Crichton: Oh, sorry. I almost hit that big sun out there.
      Aeryn: There's nothing out there, John.
      Crichton: Exactly, Aeryn. That's why we picked this spot. Nothing for me to hit. Perfect for a driving lesson like a big mall parking lot on a Sunday morning.

    • Aeryn: Can you pass me that axe?
      Crichton: Yeah. What are you going to do with it?
      Aeryn: I'm going to hack my foot off.

    • Crichton: (to Aeryn) One thing. Just to be absolutely certain, you are the female of your species, right?

    • Crichton: (after Aeryn revives him) You did it, Aeryn...you did it...but you lied like a dog! God, that hurt like hell!

    • Rygel: (about Staanz's naked body, and apparently missing genitalia) Where are your, um...your um...your....
      Staanz: My uh...?
      Zhaan: For an anthropoid biped, there seems to be something missing.

    • D'Argo: (about approaching ship) Is it armed?
      Pilot: That depends.
      Rygel: What do you mean it depends?
      Pilot: Moya's scan has found traces of weapon pieces.
      Zhaan: Pieces?
      Pilot: But nothing that constitutes a whole weapon, and certainly nothing operational. It seems a most...curious vessel.

    • Zhaan: Teaching Crichton takes time, D'Argo.
      D'Argo: Teaching Crichton is a waste of time!

    • Crichton: Slicker 'n snot.
      Aeryn: My microbes had to have translated that wrong.

    • Aeryn: You know you're picking this up more slowly than the dumbest recruit.
      Crichton: But I am picking it up, Aeryn.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode was filmed after "Rhapsody in Blue", but aired before it. This was the final episode filmed out of order in the first season.

    • Claudia Black joked that this was her favorite episode from the first season because she got to kiss Ben Browder.

    • Director Peter Andrikidis had Rygel smoke a hookah with his ear. The next time Rygel was seen smoking, in the second season episode "Won't Get Fooled Again", it was done "normally."

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on December 15, 1999 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on March 6, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in the Australia on September 23, 2000 on Nine.

    • At the end of the scene when Crichton asks Aeryn if she is the female of the species, neither one of the actors was scripted to turn around and look at the other. It was a complete coincidence that they both ad-libbed the look over their shoulders at the same time. The director liked it and kept it.


    • Crichton: This is Top Gun, this is 'the need for speed'.
      Top Gun is the 1986 movie starring Tom Cruise. In the film Navy pilots attempted to prove themselves at the "Top Gun" school, and Tom Cruise's character said that he felt "the need for speed".