Season 1 Episode 20

The Hidden Memory (2)

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 2000 on Syfy



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: Gilina insists that Crichton not face the cell's camera while she talks to him, since she is overriding the sound, but not the picture, and presumably she's worried that someone might be able to lip read what he's saying. But John is speaking in English, not Sebacean. Do translator microbes bestow the ability to lip read unknown languages as well as the spoken word? He certainly couldn't lip read Aeryn in the earlier episode "Through The Looking Glass", nor she him.

      As a side note to this, surely any of the Peacekeeper guards or officers would notice that what they see Crichton say and what they hear is out of sync, and tag him as an imposter from the start? The same would apply to the earlier episode "A Bug's Life" when Crichton again poses as a Peacekeeper captain.

    • Instead of her usual Peacekeeper uniform, Aeryn wears that of one of Larraq's commandos as she infiltrates the Gammak Base, presumably because as a member of such a unit she would be out of the normal chain of command, making it easier for her to avoid being questioned too closely if stopped by the Base's security forces.

    • Nitpick: When Aeryn needs an ident chip of a senior officer, she ends up taking Crais'. But Crais was in the Aurora Chair being interrogated by Scorpius at the time- surely they would have rendered his chip nonoperational. After all, Scorpius wanted to get the wormhole technology out of him, and if he managed to escape the Chair the chip was his ticket off of the base. At the very least they should have confiscated it to help keep him a prisoner.

    • According to D'Argo, long ago there was a race more feared than the Peacekeepers called the Te'loks. The Te'loks laid siege to the Luxan homeworld for over one hundred days, and when the final battle came, all the Luxans had were their Qalta blades to fight with, and thus was born the tradition of wielding the Qalta blade. Luxans believe that when the Final Days come, their Qalta blades will lead them to freedom.

    • The revelation that comes at the start of the episode regarding Moya's child not being a normal Leviathan was originally written as the tag for "Nerve". It was written into the beginning of this episode due to time constraints.

    • When D'Argo broke the contraceptive wall over half a cycle ago ("They've Got a Secret"), he released a Peacekeeper catalyst that contained the DNA sequences for weapons. Thus, Moya's offspring is bristling with them, and more will grow as he does.

  • Quotes

    • Stark: I'm able to hide thoughts that their chair can't touch. It's almost ironic- what made me a slave now keeps me alive.

    • Aeryn: (to Crais, in the Aurora Chair) Do you know what I learned while I was away from you? Everything I lost wasn't worth a damn.

    • Aeryn: Where is he?
      D'Argo: Crichton is still on the Gammak Base. He's been captured by the Peacekeepers. They're probing his mind using something called an 'Aurora Chair'.
      Aeryn: (angrily) Why didn't anyone tell me? Why haven't you gone after him?!
      D'Argo: There are hundreds of Peacekeepers down there, Aeryn. I could not infiltrate that base without being detected.
      Aeryn: (sitting up painfully) Well, I can!

    • Stark: Who is she?
      Crichton: That...is the radiant Aeryn Sun.
      Stark: How many Peacekeepers do you know on this base?

    • Pilot: Starburst is not available, nor is propulsion. We will be fortunate just to maintain orbit.
      Zhaan: But, Pilot, I thought Moya was prepared for one more Starburst.
      Pilot: She was...but no longer. She has gone into what appears to be full labor!
      Rygel: She chooses now to go into labor?! It's a little inconvenient!

    • Pilot: Moya tells me this is not a natural birthing cycle. She is now certain that there is something wrong with her child... it is not a normal Leviathan....

    • D'Argo: (to Aeryn) If you can be an idiot, I can be an idiot.

    • Rygel: I've conceived hundreds of progeny! And those are only official ones with my wives.
      Chiana: Well then you should know something about this; you should be able to help us.
      Rygel: I was never present at the birth!
      Chiana: Not one?
      Rygel: Well of course not! I think this is a trifle different, don't you? My progeny were tiny...tiny and handsome, like their father.

    • Chiana: That's Moya's child?
      Pilot: Yes.
      Rygel: But it's covered in weapons...

    • Scorpius: What won't you tell me? I already know everything else. I know you're living on a stolen Leviathan with escaped prisoners, and I know that Leviathan is pregnant.
      Crichton: Do you know who the daddy is?

    • Crais: (in the Aurora Chair) Turn it off!
      Scorpius: Don't you like your past, Crais?
      Crais: Turn it off!

    • Chiana: (when she and Rygel are stuck in a tiny box together) Where's your hand, slug-face?
      Rygel: It's, it's down there....
      Chiana: (not believing it's Rygel's 'hand' she's feeling) I know. Keep it in your caftan, pal!

    • Aeryn: You know what I give you, Crais? Your life. I will make you watch your life.... (she turns on the Aurora Chair)

    • Aeryn: What about Moya's child?
      Pilot: He's okay.
      Chiana: He? It's a boy?
      Pilot: Yes.
      Rygel: A male...excellent.
      D'Argo: But what kind of a beast is he?

    • Crais: (when Scorpius says Crais must go into the Aurora Chair) No captain has ever been subjected to such an indignity.
      Scorpius: There's always a first for everything. (to Niem) Get Crichton back to his cell.
      Crais: You overstep yourself, Scorpius. You haven't got the numbers to put me in the chair.
      Scorpius: Don't I? (he addresses Crais' men, who obey him) Put Crais in the chair.

  • Notes

    • Sebacean writing, as seen in some of the graphics of the security cam monitoring Crichton's cell, uses characters that resemble Cyrillic (they actually used real Cyrillic characters for the scene), which is used in Russia. And this isn't the first time Peacekeepers have been linked to the Soviet Union. Peacekeeper banners use a piece of Soviet art which represents the Reds defeating the Whites, who were Tsarist partisans.

    • The filming of this episode didn't go off completely without a hitch- after the scene with Aeryn and Crais in the Aurora chair was taped, the studio lost power.

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on February 9, 2000 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on May 15, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on January 6, 2001 on Nine.

  • Allusions

    • Crichton: (when Stark threatens to kill him) Give it a couple of days. Scorpy and Peacekeeper Barbie will do it for you.
      Barbie is an internationally famous doll which has become a fashion icon in her own right. "Peacekeeper Barbie" refers to the fact that thousands of special editions of her have been released, such as "Workout Barbie" and "Career Girl Barbie". As a side note, the Peacekeeper Barbie reference was added by Ben Browder when he saw the actress in her costume.

    • Crichton: (when asked about a "memory" discovered by the Aurora Chair) I don't know. But it looks like an episode of Melrose Place.
      Melrose Place was a steamy night time soap following the lives of a group of twenty-somethings who lived in the same apartment complex. The show was produced by Aaron Spelling, and aired on the WB network (later known as the CW network) from 1992 to 1999.

    • Titanic:
      During the birth of Moya's baby, the ship has to be depressurized. To be able to survive the process Chiana and Rygel have to share a pressure tube. Whilst in the tube Rygel runs his hand down the steamed up window in a reference to the love scene between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the 1997 movie Titanic. The nod to Titanic was the idea of Rygel's puppeteer John Eccleston.