Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan
Voice of Dominar Rygel XVI
Captain Bialar Crais/Voice of Pilot
Apparently another of Zhaan's abilities as a Delvian Pa'u is to be able to blend into the local terrain completely, including masking her scent from Vorcarian blood trackers.
It's interesting that Rorf claims all he knows about Luxans, Delvians and Hynerians comes from Crais' briefing on their species' in the beacon's databanks, but Rorg identifies D'Argo's scent immediately as being that of one of their targets. Perhaps she only identified his scent as belonging to an unfamiliar species, and is signalling that this is possibly one of their targets, rather than identifying it as definitely being a Luxan. The Vorcarians certainly appeared soon enough to confront Crichton, whose species was likewise unknown to them.
Female Delvians undergo "photogasms" during exposure to intense ionic radiation. Zhaan claims it is due to her devotion to the Delvian Seek, though, given the true nature of the Delvian species, it seems more likely a biological factor, rather than a spiritual one. Virginia Hey was not initially happy about the idea of photogasms, but realized that they added an important clue to Zhaan's nature.
When tracking, it's the female Vorcarian that sniffs the scent of the prey.
Crighton: (Regarding the bill from Furlow) Do you take payment in food cubes?
Furlow: Excuse me?
Crighton: I'm not going to be able to pay for this.
Furlow: Well then, we have a problem.
Crighton: Let's see if we can get the ship repaired and get up there before--
Zhaan: No, John. The solar flares have stopped.
Crighton: Are you sure?
Zhaan: Yes, quite sure. If they hadn't stopped I'd still be... indisposed.
Crichton: (referring to his ruse of being "Alpha Male" and Aeryn his "bitch") You know, you're taking this pretty well. Figured you'd be killing yourself by now.
Aeryn: It's necessary. What made you think of it?
Crichton: It was a hunch. My dad had a couple of dobermans- dogs. They're pack animals. Biggest, baddest dog gets to be the alpha male- the leader.
Aeryn: Well, compared to a Vorcarian, you're neither the biggest or the baddest.
Crichton: Yeah, well, they don't know that. Any sign of submission, and you're lunch.
Aeryn: I showed no sign of submission!
Crichton: Didn't have to, you're female. (she glares at him) Sorry, I don't make the rules.
Crichton: This isn't going to work, is it? We're never going to be friends.
D'Argo: Friendship is a lot to ask.
Crichton: Then how about respect? We can be allies. (Crichton extends his hand to D'Argo) Warriors on Earth did this to show that they weren't holding weapons. (D'Argo shifts his Qalta blade to his left hand, and grasps Crichton's hand)
Rorf: (pausing in a gunfight with D'Argo after learning there's no bounty on him) No reward?!
Rorg: Then is there any point in continuing this?
Rorf: Are you hungry? (D'Argo shoots at them)
Rorg: Not that hungry.
Aeryn: How much longer is this going to take?
Furlow: Twice as long as if you weren't here. Why don't you go outside, take in some of the sights?
Aeryn: What sights?
Furlow: Well, if you go straight out that way, there's a truly outstanding expanse of sand...
D'Argo: I forbid this!
Crichton: You know what, D'Argo? Sometimes you're a real pain in the ass!
D'Argo: What is a pain in the ass?
Zhaan: Human speak, I believe, for someone irritating, stubborn, obnoxious.
Rygel: A simpleton, a dolt, idiot...
D'Argo: I get the idea.
Rygel: (about Zhaan) Uh, I don't think you want to go after her--she said something about leaving her clothes behind.
Crichton: You help me catch the prisoners and I'll split the bounty, seventy-thirty.
Crichton: Eighty-forty. You in or out?
Rygel: (hiding his eyes) Uh, Zhaan, are you fully clothed?
Zhaan: (teasing him) I'm not wearing a scrap. I'm as nude as a new-born baby.
Rygel: Then go away, and don't insult my eyes with your naked blue extremities!
Zhaan: Which ones in particular don't you like? (whispering into his ear) Show them to me.
Rygel: No, thank you! (Zhaan pulls his hands away from his eyes) Help! Help! A mad Delvian exhibitionist is forcing herself on me!
The set at Dam-Ba-Da was hit by hailstones during filming.
The set for Farscape-1 was originally built for Ben Browder to sit in alone and the crew had to break out a wall and jerry-rig it. In the end, Kemper stated that Claudia Black and Browder "were squatting together on top of a board in the most uncomfortable way to shoot what became a really good scene."
Blooper: Anthony Simcoe recalled that after "cut!" was yelled on set, Crichton and D'Argo embraced and gave each other a big fake kiss after shaking hands.
Furlow was originally scripted as a male character.
-This episode aired in Canada on December 1, 1999 on YTV.
-This episode aired in the UK on February 28, 2000 on BBC-2.
-This episode aired in Australia on September 23, 2000 on Nine.
The episode was shot at Stockton Sands in Newcastle, near Sydney. The temperature was high during filming, which made the episode difficult to execute. The same location was used a few years previously by the FOX TV show Space: Above and Beyond's Pilot (2) episode, portraying Mars' landscape.
Matt Carroll recalls that it was difficult to execute this location shoot, "because we had gone on location before but never for anything as big and dramatic as that. We were taking the puppets and everybody in the prosthetics out into the middle of the desert. Everything had to be taken in four wheel drive."
Furlow: Must be hard for someone as, ah...invulnerable as you to have to rely on the kindness of strangers.
An allusion to a line by Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, from the play by Tennessee Williams.
Crichton: Who's calling the shots here, Pluto?
A reference to Mickey Mouse's faithful canine companion.
Rorf: I am Rorf.
Crichton: (confronting the bounty hunters) I'm Butch, this is Sundance. We're the Hole in the Sky Gang.
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