Season 1 Episode 11

Till the Blood Runs Clear

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jul 09, 1999 on Syfy
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Crichton comes across the same conditions that created the wormhole that sent him to Moya. He and Aeryn leave Moya in his module in an attempt to create another wormhole and return home. Although a wormhole forms, it is unstable and damages the module. Crichton and Aeryn are forced to make an emergency landing on a planet to make repairs. There, they encounter a holographic message sent by Crais, offering rewards for: D'Argo, Zhaan and Rygel.moreless

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  • Meet Furlow.

    This episode wasn't bad. It introduced us a little more. Crichton and Aeryn get stuck on a planet when the farscape 1 module breaks down. While the ship is being repaired by an alien woman named Furlow. Chrichon and Aeryn see a transmissing from Crais' ship which tells a load of bounty hunter that Rygel, D'Argo and Zhann are in the area. The recording also offers Aeryn a deal which she considers.

    Eventually D'Argo comes down to the planet but gets caught by some bounty hunters so Crichton has to pretend he is also a hunter to rescue D'Argo. Eventually the ship is fixed and Crichton rescues D'Argo. Aeryn later tells Crichton that she considered the deal but realised that Crais would rpobably still see her again. Crichton makes a deal with Furlow to give her wormhole technology a deal which he will later regret in season 3. Overall i liked this episode, it was intresting and exciting. We also learned a little more about Zhaan and sunlight.moreless
  • star wars??


    “Til the blood runs clear” see’s Crichton and Aeryn stranded on a planet after their ship messes up. Whilst on the planet they see a message sent by Crais for bounty hunters. In the end D’argo gets captured and tortured, leading Crichton and Aeryn to impersonate other bounty hunters to save his ass. This is another good episode, filled with nice touches for each character, which leads to some character development. The story is good and the alien characters are good to. The planet reminds me of Star Wars as the inhabitants have to wear Tuscan Raider like goggles. Overall a good episode. 8 out of 10

  • Bounty hunters, allays and blind peacekeepers

    Another excellent episode filled with character development and hilarious lines.

    The big problem were those annoying bounty hunters and that irritating storyline, This episode would have been much better without it though I don’t know a different way to have filled those empty places with then.

    But still, the best scenes were definitely in Moya, the Rygel/Zhaan scenes to be more specific and when he though she was naked and when she was just playing./teasing him.

    So anyway, it starts in a very interesting way when John and Aeryn go in a wormhole but it wasn’t good enough so they had to go out of it. Aeryn is mad at him for just making her come and D’Argo is also mad at him and John says that he can be a big pain in the ass sometimes.

    So anyway, on that place they see a peacekeepers sign to arrest the three prisoners and there they meet some lion-ish people. John was hilarious with his ‘Aeryn is my female’ thing.

    D’Argo goes to that world too because he wants to leave, but instead he gets captured and tortured, also by John. When D’Argo escapes he wants to hurt John but John tells him why he did it and that they are probably never become friends but John just wants to be his allay.

    Anyway those creatures soon come to know about Zhaan also being in the planet and then they see John and D’Argo and shoot them. But Aeryn came up with a plan and put something on that the peacekeepers don’t want the prisoners anymore and the bounty hunters leave.

    The other funny part was some strange woman who was fixing John’s ship and where Aeryn also got half blind. The woman asked a lot of money but John couldn’t pay it and he left her all the information about the wormhole and then they leave.

    ‘Till Blood Runs Cold’ was a very interesting episode throughout but could have been better if some scenes were erased. I did like the D’Argo/John handshake scene a lot.

Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski


Guest Star

Jeremy Sims

Jeremy Sims


Guest Star

Johanna Kerrigan

Johanna Kerrigan


Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Captain Bialar Crais/Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • 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: Moron....

    • 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.
      Rorf: Seventy-forty!
      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!

  • NOTES (6)

    • 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.

    • International Airdates:

      -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."