Season 1 Episode 17

Through the Looking Glass

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 10, 1999 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Moya tries to Starburst to prove to the crew that she still can. It goes badly wrong, though, and she gets stuck in Starburst with reality split into several different and strange dimensions.

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    This episode really blasts you with a classic sci-fi puzzle that really gets you going. Through the Looking Glass is probably my favorite episode of the first season by far, I've watched it more times than any of the others and it's still a fun idea that the cast and crew looked like they had a lot of fun making. It expresses Chiana, D'argo and Aeryn's strengths and weaknesses as well as putting the entire crew to the test to get out of the dangers hidden within their very own method of travel. The lighting was really unique and strong, the sound effects were really good, I'd expected the blue "sound" dimension to get really annoying after a while, but they simply muffled the voices over a hum that wouldn't bother the audience, a really good use of that effect.

    I give this my full attention and I suggest anyone reading this check it out too! Thumbs up.moreless
  • More Farscape than you'll ever get.

    A big smack in the face of all sci-fi shows.

    If you want a very confusing and complicated episode, then watch this one.

    The writing is superb, for someone to be able to make something like this, you just have to have a huge brain.

    It’s excellent all around, it’s about Moya feeling threatened by the crew because they all want to leave cause she can’t use starburst anymore.

    There are three different dimensions in this episode, without counting the normal one.

    After Moya starburst it gets stuck while doing it.

    D’Argo goes to some place where they get headache and John has to vomit everytime he comes by.

    Aeryn goes to some irritating one with a lot of sound.

    And Rygell disappears to one where he has to laugh all the time (they cut him slack.)

    Anyway, the episode was very fascinating while John had to go through all those different dimensions all the time.

    He also got character interactions with all, including Chiana who stayed behind with Rygell and seemed to enjoy each other’s company.

    Meanwhile there is some strange monster in it and when John communicates it tells him what to do to get away.

    Eventually everyone pushes forward in their own space and escape leaving them all together and laughing.

    This episode really showed how close they were all starting to become, except Pilot didn’t get it.

    They end up having some sweet dinner at a table enjoying themselves as friends and family.

    This was yet another fantastic episode.

June Salter

June Salter

Voice of other-dimension Creature

Guest Star

Gigi Edgley

Gigi Edgley


Recurring Role

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • It's established that Nebari have more acute hearing than humans in this episode.

    • According to Chiana, the Nebari's weapon scientists once poked a hole into another dimension, but eventually lost control of the experiment, decimating the entire solar system, including four populated planets.

    • Zhaan goes back to wearing her priestly vestments during this episode because she realizes that while she has forsaken the practice of her religion she hasn't given it up in her soul.

    • The parallel Moyas are supposed to exist in the base elements of light and sound, but the base colors of light are red, blue, and green not red, blue and yellow.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Chiana: Are you sure about this?
      Crichton: Just go up!
      Chiana: What if the creature's waiting?
      Crichton: Then piss it off!
      Chiana: How?
      Crichton: Pretend it's me!

    • Crichton: I've got to find a way out of here. It's hard, you have to listen for a weird, strange noise, something out of the ordinary.
      Rygel: Hmmm, weird noise... does my stomach count?

    • Crichton: You'll be happy to know we have a plan.
      Chiana: I'll be happier to know if it works.

    • Rygel: Reverse? T'chah! No Dominar from the House of Rygel ever travels in reverse!
      Crichton: Well, turn around. Pretend you're going forward.

    • Rygel: (as they prepare to Starburst out of the rift) Shall I disrobe so it's memorable?

    • Zhaan: My dear, I've kicked more ass than you've sat on.

    • Crichton: You did NOT say that!
      D'Argo: I did! I was very shameless in my youth.
      Crichton: And that worked?
      D'Argo: Of course not! The girl screamed and I was almost arrested.

    • Rygel: (singing) 'Oh, there is no expanse of the mind the Will cannot traverse; Or physically, the distance laid across the Universe. There's blessings many in the stars, save one lamented curse; That Sixteenth Rygel, glory me, must travel in reverse!' (speaking normally) There's a little dance that goes with that, but I can't do them both at the same time! (he and Chiana laugh hysterically)

    • Crichton: It's gonna be harder to doubt you in the future.
      Aeryn: Well, I apologize for my strengths.

    • Aeryn: Why did you not shoot at that thing?
      Crichton: I don't know.
      Aeryn: Brilliant instinct, Crichton.

    • Pilot: Starburst is technically the seam between space-time dimensions. Moya's power cells allow us access, and we simply ride out the energy stream, at random.
      Chiana: Pushed out at random?!
      Zhaan: Not now, Chiana.
      Chiana: What do you mean, not now?! We go into this star-lurch thing and we don't even know where we're going?!
      Pilot: At the next appropriate moment, you're welcome to leave...

    • Crichton: I gotta get outta here before I end up like you!
      Rygel: What? Handsome with a great sexual prowess?

    • Crichton: Rygel is on Tier Eight, you'll have to find him on foot.
      Chiana: Me? Get frelled!
      Crichton: Listen, Sunshine, you wanna be part of this crew?
      Chiana: On the good days!
      Crichton: This IS one of the good days.

    • Zhaan: Rygel, what do you think?
      Rygel: Well, Moya has been, for as long as I can remember, our protector, our home, our companion, and our friend.
      Crichton: Amen.
      Rygel: However, as relationships grow, they also change. Do you think we can trade her for a faster vessel?

    • Crichton: Ugh! Aww, salmonella, what is that?
      Rygel: That's kroll-dar, a delicacy--even for pagans.
      Crichton: Yeah? Well how long was it under your butt getting delicate?

    • Crichton: I thought you were Junior Miss Tough-Chick of the Universe.
      Chiana: Yeah, when I can kiss or kick or cry my way out of it. This is way way way way different.

    • Chiana: You got it wrong, four-arms.
      Pilot: Your inability to locate them does not negate the fact that they are there.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The working title for this episode was "The Fifth Reality"

    • International Airdates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on January 19, 2000 on YTV.
      -This episode aired in the UK on April 10, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on December 16, 2000 on Nine.

    • This episode was one of the hardest episodes to produce; hence it's placing near the end of the season, because of the difficulty in conceptualizing it. It was difficult for everyone to grasp exactly what the creature and multiple dimensions would look like.

    • "Through the Looking Glass" was originally pitched by David Kemper as an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, in which the Enterprise comes across a derelict ship, which an away team finds empty, but there's actually a creature on board that leaves slime on the walls and has taken over the ship. It gets larger, and so it has to move on to the Enterprise. Of course, the idea went through many re-writes before becoming the episode you see here.


    • Crichton: Salmonella...what the hell is that?

      Salmonella is a variety of food poisoning.

    • Crichton: You ready Pip?
      Chiana: Aah... 'Pip' means?
      Crichton: My favorite traveling companion.

      A reference to Adam Warlock's companion from the Marvel universe, Pip the Troll.

    • Crichton: Still auditioning for Star Search, I see.

      Star Search was a competitive talent search tv show from 1983 to 1995 hosted by Ed McMahon, which included stand-up comedy as one of its categories.

    • Title:

      The title "Through the Looking Glass" is a reference to the 1871 sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which was called Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There.