Season 1 Episode 4

Throne for a Loss

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 09, 1999 on Syfy
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When a group of Tavleks come aboard for trade negotiations, Rygel takes a vitally important crystal from Moya to make himself appear wealthy. The Tavleks kidnap Rygel to hold for ransom. Crichton, Aeryn and D'Argo attempt to rescue Rygel with the use of a Tavlek weapon. Meanwhile, Zhaan has interesting interactions with a wounded Tavlek left behind on Moya.moreless

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  • Great episode...

    I'm watching Farscape from the DVD's so this episode offically is episode 2, and i really enjoyed it. This episode builds on what we have seen from the pilot episode. This episode managed to give all the main charactors something to do.

    I liked how Aeryn and D'Argo joked about how weak the human race is, and how no one really cared that Rygel was in danger. I think also on some level Rygel realises that these people do not care for him. Zhaan got a little close with the prisoner.

    We also learn more about what Moya can do, and that Zhaan can help with pain, also D'Argo's blood thing, was weird but cool. I look forward to the next episode. This really is a great show, do not miss it.moreless
  • Entertaining viewing

    In my opinion this episode has a great fast paced opening where, basically Rygell gets kidnapped and takes a vital piece of Moya with him. The kidnappers leave behind one of their own and the crew all put on this bracelet thingy that makes them powerful. Queue lots of fighting over bracelet and a rescue on Rygell. We see that most of the characters dislike each other, and they all have a “Power Trip”. Throw in guns, a few thugs and you’ve got yourself a great Farscape episode. Great make up on the creatures; good story and character development lead to entertaining viewing.

  • Steroids in space

    Another excellent episode where Rygel gets captured and offered for money, the people who captured him though that he was a king or something. But the only reason why our heroes go back is because he has a crystal.

    This episode was downfall funny, great lines and great character interaction. This show continues to surprise me, I loved that drug thing and made me think of steroids. The way Dargo, Aeryn and John reacted to them. Dargo was a bit annoying and bossy, Aeryn wanted to do everything but John kept being smart and funny.

    My favourite scenes go to Zaahn, hands down. It’s a shame that she couldn’t change that guy, but she tried. She’s a strong character interesting and just simply funny. Her nude scene was hilarious and she kept me awake and alive through the whole episode. I just wish that guy would have said thanks at least.

    I didn’t care much for Rygel, though I did found him funny and it was great to see him getting kicked around and treated like filth.

    All in all, this was just another excellent example of this great show, laughs and everything.

    The fact why I saw the drug as steroids was because it made them feel stronger and better (but also mood-yer) but they couldn’t be without it.

  • When a group of Tavleks kidnap Rygel, its up to crew to come to the rescue.

    When a group of Tavleks kidnap Rygel, its up to crew to come to the rescue.

    I don’t have much to say about the episode, actually, other than the subplot of trying to get the captured Tavlek off of the addicting drug bored me senseless. I just simply didn\'t care. And why did she get naked?

    But since this episode focused so much on Rygel, I want to take a moment (and space) to applaud this show for its excellent usage of puppets. I have never seen a movie or TV show where even a single puppet was a main character. Farscape has two. Anybody that reads this review will likely think \"Hey, what about Yoda?\" Yoda rarely did much moving in the older movies and was thus fairly easy to perform. And in the new movies, he is all CG1. But Pilot and Rygel look wonderful and move wonderfully. But yet again, what do you expect when Jim Henson is involved.moreless
Jeremiah Tickell

Jeremiah Tickell


Guest Star

Zoe Dimakis

Zoe Dimakis


Guest Star

Api Bavadra

Api Bavadra


Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • This episode features one of the first nicknames Crichton gives Rygel, "Fluffy". According to Ben Browder, it was unscripted and was based on Rygel's eyebrows.

    • A running joke through the episode was that Crichton kept calling the Tavleks the "Tavloids", and everyone had to keep correcting him.

    • This episode is the first in which we learn about Zhaan's superior physical strength, and hints at a darker side to her than what first appears.

    • A Luxan will die from a wound if the blood is dark red/black, unless the blood flows freely until it runs clear. Keeping the blood flowing usually involves inflicting a great deal of extra pain on him, such as when Aeryn pounds on his wounded back in this episode.

    • This is the first and only mention of the Consortium of Trao.

    • Terms:

      -A Solar Day is a measure of time equivalent to an Earth day.
      -Corvinium is a substance with varying levels of purity (at least as high as 9), which is apparently of some value as the Tavleks demand it as ransom payment for Rygel.
      -The Docking Web is a mechanism used to pull smaller vessels aboard Moya, which Crichton refered to as the tractor beam.
      -A Gauntlet is a Tavlek weapon worn on the forearm, which injects the wearer with an addictive stimulant; capabilities include firing, blocking incoming fire, and increased physical strength.
      -The Maintenance Bay is an area of Moya roughly equivalent to a garage; it includes a lab section.
      -Occulars are a high-tech version of binocculars, which feeds visual input directly into the brain.
      -The Consortium of Trao is a galactic nation-state, to which Jotheb is the heir; possibly also his race, which has tentacles and four larynxes, and an ability to reanimate the odd Hynerian or two.
      -Creosh is derogatory name, possibly vulgar; while in the Tavlek cell, Rygel demands to speak to the creosh in charge.
      -The Hynerian Navy is the main military space force of Hyneria.
      -A Morlian Death Spider is presumably, a dangerous arachnid.
      -A Pantak Jab is a Peacekeeper hand-to-hand fighting move used to knock out an opponent.
      -The Tavleks are a species which supports itself by kidnapping wealthy and/or powerful individuals for ransom.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Crighton: (regarding the gauntlet) How does the weapon work?
      D'Argo: It just... does.

    • Crighton: (putting the gauntlet on) I don't think it's working, I don't feel any different. I just feel... good. (pause) Very good... okay. It's working.

    • Aeryn: This is my turn. My plan. Now let's go.
      Crichton: No! Absolutely not! There are other things that we can do. We can try negotiating with the Tavloids, we can....
      (Aeryn hits John and knocks him out.)
      Aeryn: Tavleks!

    • Jotheb: (referring to Rygel) Why was he killed?!
      Bekhesh: Why not? Who'd pay to get him back?

    • D'Argo: Now, we don't even know what this Tavlek cargo is. It could be contraband, vermin infested, even toxic.
      Rygel: Well, let's hope so, we could charge more!

    • Kyr: I'm not afraid of you. You're soft and weak.
      (Zhaan slams him into a wall)
      Zhaan: Soft, yes. Weak, no.

    • Crichton: (talking to Aeryn and D'Argo) If the gauntlet brings out the real you... both of you: Think long and hard about therapy.

    • Aeryn: Enjoying yourself?
      Crichton: Oh, yeah. Marching through a smelly, bug-infested jungle. If this is your idea of a good time, I bet you don't get a lot of second dates.

    • (After Aeryn collapses on top of D'Argo)
      Crichton: Nice blanket you got there!
      D'Argo: Lovely blanket. Now get her off!

    • Rygel: (on a podium) I need them to look up to me.
      D'Argo: Why? We don't.

    • Aeryn: (about humans) Who would of thought that there was a race more clumsy and pathetic than the Luxans. (D'Argo, who had been supporting her up to that point, drops her) Ow!
      D'Argo: I'm sorry. You know how clumsy we Luxans can be.

    • (after Rygel steals one of Moya's control crystal)
      Crichton: His scepter, the little hairball took it to decorate his scepter!
      Aeryn: I'm gonna kill him.
      Crichton: How long can Moya maintain orbit without the crystal?
      Pilot: Her orbit's decaying even now.
      Aeryn: I'll torture him, then I'll kill him!

    • Rygel: (after crapping out the jewel) I did wash it. (Aeryn takes it) Or, I think I did.

    • Crichton: (about the crystal) Did you swallow it?
      Rygel: Swallow it? Yes, yes! Which means you're gonna have to take me back as I am or disembowel me here.
      Crichton: Don't you tempt me, Fluffy.

    • Bekhesh: It's been so long since anyone's told me the truth, I don't even recognize it anymore.

    • Rygel: He's right! I'm unloved, unwanted, unpopular...(Bekhesh kicks him)...unconscious.

    • Jotheb: Rygel should be informed that his ransom will NOT be paid by the Consortium of Trao--his presence has been decided to be too...disruptive.
      Crichton: I can dig that.

    • Rygel: You multi-throated moron! I don't have any subjects! I was deposed over a hundred cycles ago! Ransom me if you want, but all you get is me!
      Jotheb: Just you?! No subjects?!
      Rygel: No! My traitorous bastard of a cousin stole my throne and imprisoned me!

    • Rygel: (to Jotheb) Pull! Pull! (Jotheb wraps a tentacle around Rygel's neck) Maybe around the throat isn't a good idea!

    • Zhaan: He insists on helping us adjust the sensors, despite his fatigue.
      D'Argo: Only because you'll do it wrong.

    • Rygel (to the skull bowl): Stop looking at me.

    • Jotheb: Is there a problem?
      Rygel: This bowl...it's a skull.
      Jotheb: That could be no one you knew.

    • Crichton: (when Aeryn tells him to go first down the trail) You shanghai my ass down here, now you want me to lead?! Give me one good reason!
      Aeryn: Lots of reasons: land mines, fire snakes, razor grass, night vision snipers, Morlian Death Spiders....

    • Zhaan: (to Tavlek boy upon his exposing himself to her) Quite respectable for your age.

    • Crichton: When this is over, you and I are going to have a serious talk.
      Aeryn: When this is over, you and I will probably be dead.

    • Jotheb: The Hynerian Empire is not familiar to me.
      Rygel: Yeah? Well I never heard of the Consortium of Trao!
      Jotheb: The imperfection is yours.
      Rygel: How big is it?
      Jotheb: Ten thousand.
      Rygel: Ha! I have six-hundred billion subjects!
      Jotheb: Ten thousand planets, each averaging per planet four billion Trao.
      Rygel: I don't believe you!
      Jotheb: The imperfection is yours.

    • Jotheb: My sleep cycle has been disturbed.
      Rygel: As if I give a gorantib's rax!

    • (D'Argo kicks DRD)
      Pilot: Was that necessary?
      D'Argo: It felt good.

    • Crichton: Pilot, get a tractor beam on that shuttle.
      Pilot: 'Tractor beam?' What's that?
      Crichton: Graviton field, attracto-ray, super glue! Whatever it is you yanked me aboard with!

    • Rygel: If you must address me, do so as 'Your Supreme Emminence'...which you should be doing anyway.

    • D'Argo: All of you, shut up!
      Rygel: Yes, that's right! Shut up! Now, the Tavleks believe-
      D'Argo: 'Shut up' includes you!

    • Zhaan: Am I the only species in creation that doesn't thrive on conflict?

    • Aeryn: Crichton should be back by now.
      D'Argo: Well he's probably at the wrong end of some Tavlek weapon somewhere.
      Aeryn: Imagine, somewhere out there there's a whole world full of Crichtons. How useless that must be.

    • Zhaan: Is nudity a taboo in your culture? It really is nothing to be ashamed of.
      Kyr: It would be if we looked like you!
      Zhaan: I doubt that. (removes her robes, causing Kyr to stand with his mouth hanging open)

  • NOTES (7)

    • Anthony Simcoe suffered from make-up removal chemicals in his eyes during the episode, but fortunately, they had no lasting effects. Simcoe remembers the incident, saying, "One day we were taking the make-up off, and I mistakenly opened my eyes, and all this alcohol went into them, and actually burned the corneas. It was completely my fault – we have wonderful, very responsible make-up people – but I was rushed to hospital, and blindfolded for two days, with friends leading me round the house."

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on October 6, 1999 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on December 6, 1999 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on May 27, 2000 on Nine.

    • Ben Browder complained that he didn't have time to work out, so they found a way to let him work out while filming. One instance of this is the scene in which Crichton is running through the woods to save Rygel.

    • Originally, the script had Crichton still conscious after Aeryn hits him, but this was changed after a discussion on set. Ben argued that his character wouldn't get on the Prowler with Aeryn after she had assaulted him, so they came up with the idea that Aeryn's punch would knock him out cold and he'd just wake up in the Prowler.

    • The cell floors were artificial and raised, so the puppeteer could stand half inside Jotheb to control the complex puppet.

    • John Adam, who played the Tavlek leader Bekhesh, could only see out of the metal helmet through the artificial bullet hole, dents and the screw holes. The helmet was made of fiberglass.

    • This episode was another shown out of order in the UK, originally shown second, and although broadcast fourth in the US, the episodes around it are out of order, causing some continuity errors.


    • Crichton: Pilot, get a tractor beam on that shuttle.

      Crichton confuses the docking web with the tractor beam from Star Trek.

    • Crichton: Kung Fu. Kung Fu never carried a gun.

      He's referring to Kwai Chang Caine, hero of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu.

    • Crichton: We do know that they'll pay us to haul cargo, which they're not gonna do if you go in there doing your John Wayne impression.

      Crichton is referring to the iconic western star John Wayne. He continues to name some of this movies including True Grit, The Searchers, and The Cowboys. The film reference he mentions is Genghis Khan. That was not the name of a movie but the character Wayne played in The Conqueror.

    • Crichton: (figuring out how to use the Tavlek gauntlet) Right, willpower, like the Green Lantern's ring.

      The Green Lantern is a superhero in the Justice League of America from the DC Universe. He gets his super abilities from a power ring that can only be wielded by someone with sufficient strength of will.

    • Crichton: Goodnight, sweet prince.

      This comes from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

    • Crichton: Wile E. Coyote could come up with a better plan than that!

      A reference to the Looney Tunes character whose plans to catch his prey (the Road Runner) grow increasingly ridiculous and dangerous as his previous ones fail.