Season 2 Episode 2

Vitas Mortis

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 24, 2000 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

D'Argo takes part in a sacred ritual that helps an old Luxan, an Orican, to survive. During the ritual the Orican draws energy from who she thinks is D'Argo but is actually Moya. Consequently Moya starts to age rapidly.

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  • 100 going on 20

    Another episode filled with character development for the best.

    ‘Vitas Mortis’ was about D’Argo meeting some higher being for him who needs someone like him to guide her to death. But D’Argo has to b worthy and she has to chose if she wants him as her guide. But she doesn’t think she’s worthy because captain. Eventually she lets him to any anyway because he proves to be mentally and physically strong.

    Crichton isn’t too happy about this, he’s worried that something might happen to D’Argo. The storyline from this episode wasn’t the most exciting one yet,. But the love of the characters is what makes it so damn interesting. I really loved how much Crichton worried because he didn’t want his good friend to get harmed. But he doesn’t the ritual is going well until the old hag realised how powerful he is and decides to take some of his power which makes her much younger.

    Meanwhile on Moya, everything begins to go wrong at the same time. Chiana is frozen in some water and there comes a hole in Moya because she’s starting to deteriorate, but Rygel’s ass saved them by getting stuck in the hole.

    I didn’t like the old hag much, I liked her less when she became younger again. I didn’t buy the ‘good’ thing she had going and was slightly disturbed by watching her mate with D’Argo. Poor Chiana, I like her much more and it was obvious she was jealous and has a thing for D’Argo.

    Anyway, while Moya begins to die cause the alien-girl keeps sucking Moya’s energy but she claims she can’t control it. But D’Argo knows what to do, he forces her to do the ritual and he takes away her youth again after stabbing her with his sword.

    Moya comes back to normal and so does Pilot who was hurt by everything going around. I’m really loving the Pilot/Aeryn relationship. They are wonderful together, we also learn about Pilot that when Moya dies, he will follow her too. Which is sad because he’s a great guy.

    Anyway, this episode was excellent. It had some great writing and character development, besides that it also had great sets and special effects.

    ‘Vitas Mortis’ isn’t one of Farscape’s biggest and most memorable episodes, but it’s still pretty darn impressive and well done.

Melissa Jaffer

Melissa Jaffer

Old Nilaam / Voice of Nilaam

Guest Star

Anna Lise-Phillips

Anna Lise-Phillips

Young Nilaam

Guest Star

Lani Tupu

Lani Tupu

Voice of Pilot

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nilaam is the only female Luxan shown in the entire Farscape series.

    • During D'Argo's second battle campaign, his general was badly wounded, and his unit surrounded. Knowing his commander would not survive enemy interrogation, D'Argo took on the general's markings to save him. Before the enemy could see through D'Argo's deception, however, his unit was rescued and freed.

    • Luxans consider attending an Orican the highest honor for them to attain.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Chiana: (when Rygel's butt seals the breach in Moya's hull) Well, what do you know? He has made himself useful!

    • Crichton: This 'Ritual of Passing', how important is it?
      Nilaam: You mean, why don't I just die like any other being?
      Crichton: (laughing) Yeah, I mean, why don't you just die like any other being?
      Nilaam: I could. But I don't want to. Do you realize that I haven't even seen another Luxan for nine cycles?
      Crichton: Nine?
      Nilaam: And now I'm too frail to make the journey home. Have you any idea what it's like to be separated from your own kind?
      Crichton: Yeah, matter of fact I do.

    • Aeryn: Pilot, what is the normal lifespan of a Leviathan?
      Pilot: Ah, many have lived over three hundred cycles.
      Aeryn: What about your species?
      Pilot: Normally a thousand cycles or more, however, when we bond with Leviathans we live no longer than they do.
      Aeryn: So, when Moya eventually does die...
      Pilot: I will go as well. I would not have it any other way.

    • Nilaam: D'Argo it is just a ship!
      D'Argo: Moya is not just a ship! She's alive!

    • Rygel: Am I intact?
      Aeryn: You seem to be all there, but I can't say I looked too closely.

    • Pilot: Decompression has ceased. What happened?
      Crichton: We got lucky Sparky's got a big ass.
      Pilot: Pardon?
      Crichton: Butt, hole--I'll explain later, Pilot.

    • (Moya's amnexus fluid has solidified, trapping Chiana's lower legs)
      Aeryn: (throwing down a pry bar) Useless! I wonder if I've got any grenades left...?
      Chiana: She's kidding, right? Tell me she was kidding!
      Crichton: Well, with Aeryn, you never know.

    • D'Argo: Nilaam, what do you want to do now? (she gives him a very suggestive look) Besides that...

    • Nilaam: The spiritual realm frightens you?
      Crichton: Losing those I care about frightens me.

    • Chiana: (about Nilaam) How could she possibly help us?
      D'Argo: She's an Orican.
      Chiana: Oh, okay. I'll repeat the question.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Gigi Edgley had a wisdom tooth removed shortly before filming the scenes where Chiana was stuck in fluid.

    • Though two different actresses perform the role of Nilaam (Melissa Jaffer as Old Nilaam & Anna Lise-Phillips as Young Nilaam), Melissa Jaffer provides the voice for both versions.

    • International Air Dates:

      -This episode aired in Canada on December 23, 2001 on A-Channel (CIVI).
      -This episode aired in the UK on June 19, 2000 on BBC-2.
      -This episode aired in Australia on December 6, 2001 on Nine.


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