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From Dave Elsey: In season 4, [the Scarrans] are the best they have ever been, and you will understand how we artistically painted ourselves into a beautiful corner as season 4 plays out.

4.22 Bad Timing

Thanks to Bazza for this great spoiler!

John Crichton (Ben Browder) risks the future of Earth to demolish the wormhole in the acclaimed science-fiction series' riveting finale. Jarring plot twists and powerhouse action abound as the Moya crew tries to keep the Scarrans from using the wormhole---an interstellar shortcut---to invade terra firma, which is rich in a flora valuable to the aliens. Although Crichton concocts a way to collapse the wormhole, he doubts he can pull it off, an insecurity the Scarran-hating Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) tries to exploit to forge an alliance with his nemesis. And Crichton has more on his mind...namely, what the future holds for his relationship with Aeryn (Claudia Black). (VCR Plus+ 4100315) 

Guest Star: Kent McCord

Writer: David Kemper

From Bandicoot: Writing to give you a brief synopsis of Bad Timing, though Todie or someone has probably already sent you a review [click here for toadie's review

Anyway. The start was a good touch. "Previously, on Farscape". followed  by an onslaught of images from at the very least 30 different episodes,  probably half the series (maybe one from each episode, dont think it  lasted long enough though*. "And now, FINALLY, on Farscape..."

It's realised that the Scarans are going to enslave Earth to obtain the  flower that Chricton nukes on Katraski.

He has 2 options. Destroy the wormhole or agree to let the peacekeepers  protect Earth, starting a mass-war and subjecting Earth to any alien  interaction.

So he decides to destroy the wormhole, but its very precise. Pilot is the  only person who can do it (Who is already exhausted after an Extended  Starburst (3-in-1). So the DETACH (!!) Pilot from Moya and take him  through. Stark will look after Moya, but cannot keep up with the control  systems, so Chiana uses her foresight to help, and she loses her sight.  apperantly for good this time. The Scarens turn up, shoot moya a few  times (Stark takes most of the brunt in looking after moya), and enter  the wormhole, they pass Chricton, Pilot and Ayren comming the other way,  as the self-destructing wormhole is following them out. The Scaren  fighter flies right into the shockwave. boom. (Before hand, they call  Jack from the moon, and John says goodbye)

John and Ayren in a boat. Very romantic. Ayren tells John that the  scarens probing resulted in her baby leaving statis. Its Johns. John proposes to Ayren. She says yes.

A fighter appears out of nowhere. It's a race I don't recognise. John and  Ayren are vaporised. literaly (like, crumble - powder. dust. Imagine  Claudia in the chimney at the end of interview with the vampire).

To Be Continued....... 

But of course. thats not the case. thats it. the end. Chiana is blind.  Earth is cut off, ayren and John are dead.

From the BBC:

Synopsis

Safely back on Moya, the crew is horrified to discover that Scorpius has made contact with Captain Braca's Command Carrier. In response they strand both him and Sikozu, who pleads for him, in deep space, knowing they'll be picked up by Braca once Moya has Starbursted away.

In return, Braca reveals to Crichton the details of a transmission intercepted from the Scarran base, indicating that the Scarrans intend to invade Earth via a wormhole. Their interest in Earth is due to an innocent remark by Crichton, revealing to Emperor Staleek that a flower essential to Scarran brain development grows there.

Crichton feverishly studies his wormhole equations to find a way to collapse the wormhole, finally solving the problem theoretically. However, his primitive human reflexes prevent him from piloting his Module accurately enough for the split-second timing that will be required.

Only Pilot is capable of flying a ship into the wormhole at just the right millisecond to cause it to collapse behind them, but Moya is more afraid than ever of wormhole travel. It looks like there’s no hope of saving Earth – until Pilot confesses that he could detach himself from Moya and steer a Transport Pod on the desired course.

Though the operation could prove fatal, Moya and Pilot volunteer, and D’Argo and Noranti begin cutting Pilot free. With the Scarran attack ship fast approaching, Pilot, Crichton, and Aeryn, who refuses to be separated from Crichton in case he doesn't make it back, make the perilous journey through the wormhole to Earth. There, Crichton takes a moment to say goodbye to his father – knowing full well it’s for the last time.

As the Scarrans enter from one side of the wormhole, Pilot plunges in, causing it to collapse around him. The wormhole route back to Earth forever sealed, Moya recuperates in the nutrient rich seas of Qujaga. Out in a makeshift rowboat, Crichton proposes marriage to Aeryn, who gratefully accepts - after revealing that her child's pregnancy has been activated and that the baby is his.

The two embrace in happiness, but as D’Argo, Chiana and Rygel watch in horror a craft sweeps over, and blasts the two into tiny shards.

To be continued... ?

Review

There are two things that must be said about Bad Timing. Firstly, for a show finale that didn't even know it was a show finale, it was excellent - a worthy end to a wonderful series. Secondly, how could they do that to us, the evil frelling drannits! How could they leave us this way?

Tense, emotional, and conclusive, Bad Timing had everything a finale needs, including a sense of finality. The Scarrans were defeated, John said a proper goodbye to his father, and Pilot, wonderfully, got a little of the attention he's been so lacking this season. That's without even mentioning the scene even the hardest hearted of us has waited so long to see - John and Aeryn, no complications intruding, kissing and making up for evermore.

You could even believe that Kemper et al had actually meant this to be the end of the show. Whether through cunning planning or through good post-production, it seemed to tie up most loose ends, and paid due homage to events earlier in Farscape. Only a few stray threads left an irritating sense of incompleteness. Stark was woefully underused, and now we may be deprived forever of the battle of the bonkers between him and Noranti. Nor learn if Sikozu and Scorpuis’ relationship really has a future.

Yes, sad though the end is, we could have gone away relatively happy and content with the closure we’d had. That is, up until those last two horrifying minutes.  No compromise right to the end - how could we not have loved this programme?

Trivia

Final Flashback: Although filming on this episode was virtually complete when Farscape was cancelled by the US Sci-Fi Channel, the editing wasn't.  So Bad Timing's unhappy position as the last Farscape is reflected in the quick-fire flashback of everything that's happened so far, and the doleful voiceover from Ben Browder, "And now, finally on Farscape".

Although the circumstances surrounding Farscape's cancellation are bad, there has been worse. Twentieth Century Fox's sci-fi show Alien Nation ended abruptly, with a cliffhanger ending, when the show was cancelled between seasons.

To Be Continued...? The decision to end the episode with a To Be Continued message was also taken by the production crew after the cancellation news.  It's a mark of their determination that somehow the Farscape story will be continued.  After long thought, the BBC decided to leave the message on out of respect for the intentions of Farscape's producers.

Interviewed by Cult, Henson's [title] Juliet Blake told us that the company is looking into continuing Farscape in movie and in anime form. So there is hope yet.

Also determined to keep the show going is the Save Farscape campaign.  Watch an interview with some of the people involved with the campaign to see what they, and you, think can be done to bring Farscape back.

Full circle: Possibly as another homage to Farscape's short but very sweet history, Crichton reprises his message to Earth, as heard on every credit sequence.  There's a few differences - he states the time he got shot through the wormhole as four years rather than five, but basically it's the same.  Could this, perhaps, have been the season five title sequence voiceover in embryo?

First and last words: Cast out of the airlock, Sikozu's parting words to Crichton are "weak species."  So, her opinion of him hasn't really changed since they met in Crichton Kicks.  That's what she said to him then, too.

Don't Banik: Stark's back, and as mad as ever.  Still, his experience of controlling Talyn, back in Meltdown seems to have come in handy.

Walking on the Moon: John picks his father's landing site on the moon to leave his last message.  The site, Serenity Ocean, has never been the actual location of a manned lunar mission.

Quiet Exit: Uniquely, and in keeping with the sad occasion of this last Farscape episode, there is no music on the closing credits.

The John Crichton guide to pop culture.

I couldn't Kailish: John dubs Sikozu "Goldilocks" - an obvious one, and "Miss Brittanica" - perhaps feeling that her close hugging space suit gives her a resemblance to Britain's female emblem, as seen on the fifty-pence coin.  Commenting on her relationship with Scorpius, his advice is to dial 1-800 Counselling - probably an option not available in tormented space.

And all who sail in her: The command carrier is referred to as the Queen Mary by John, after the famous ocean liner.  The ship was one of the biggest and most powerful vessels for many years - so much so that while serving as a troop carrier during the Second World War, she crashed through a British cruiser and ripped it in half - sustaining only very minor damage herself.

Cracking the code: John says all he needs is a Rosetta Stone to decode wormholes, he says.  The Rosetta Stone, kept in the British Museum, is a huge piece of basalt engraved with greek, demotic Egyptian and hieroglyphics.  Its discovery in 1799 allowed the decipering of ancient Egyptian texts for the first time.

Evil egg hunt: Harvery pops up in his most ludicrous costume yet - this time as the Easter Bunny.  Not such a popular tradition in the UK, the Easter Bunny is an American staple, hiding chocolate for kiddies to find.

It's the final countdown: Once again, John counts to the wormhole's appearance in Italian.

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Now safely back on Moya, Crichton learns of the Scarrans’ intention to invade Earth. He feverishly analyzes his wormhole data and comes up with a way to collapse the wormhole to Earth – but the method is not one that he can implement alone. Meanwhile, Braca demands Scorpius be released from Moya and returned safely to his Command Carrier – and Aeryn has a few surprises of her own, including the identity of her baby’s father.

The Scarrans plan to invade Earth. Moya's crew have been betrayed by Scorpius.

4.21 We're So Screwed, Part 3: La Bomba

Writer: Mark Saraceni
Director: Rowan Woods

After thwarting Crichton's escape plan, Scorpius denies that he's a Scarran spy, and demands Crichton's help to destroy a cavern of vital Scarran flora – claiming it will also provide them with a better means of escape. And while Rygel and Noranti fight an evil Stark, Sikozu must reveal her true colors if they are all to survive.

From the BBC:

Review

Going out, literally, with a blast, the conclusion to this three parter ties up a string-factory worth of loose ends, yet never seems contrived.  In an even smarter trick, the clouded motivations which have powered season four are suddenly made crystal clear.

What made this more admirable still was the chance the peripheral characters were given to shine. On most shows they'd be one-note ciphers, but here we saw the feelings, desires and dreams pushing them on.

Grayza's fall from grace, played with fine skill by Rebecca Riggs, was one stand-out moment.  As her cool, polished outer shell finally cracked, it was abruptly clear that she had been acting ethically all along.  Yes, she was manipulative and plotting, but she was also prepared to die for her beliefs. 

Better still was Braca's moment of glory.  His way could be seen as the coward's way, but by following his own star he saved his men, and did so with a kind of honour.  

Elsewhere, we finally had the enigmas of Sikozu and Scorpius explained - both revealing their true motives. Although not quite as stunning as the Grayza and Braca scenes, it was a real relief to finally learn just what was going on with the pair. It was also nice, if very creepy, to see them get together at last.

Amongst too many other good things to mention - Stark's return, the beautiful CGI, John's powerful fatalism - only one thing didn't quite work. For a major plot point, the explanation of the Crystherium's significance was very rushed and unclear.

That one tiny quibble apart, this was a wonderful episode, and would make a fitting finale to season four. But, even better than that, there's still another episode to go.

Synopsis

After Scorpius sabotages Crichton's escape plan, Staleek places Moya's crew under "protective" guard. Once alone, Scorpius reveals he’s only pretending to be a Scarran spy, claiming his real agenda is the destruction of the Scarrans, using wormhole technology as the means.

As Crichton won't give up his wormhole knowledge, Scorpius has had to formulate a different plan to halt the Scarran invasion. He explains that the plant Crystherium Utilia promotes Scarran brain development, and so is essential to the existence of the Scarran Ruling Caste.

The Scarran base at Katratzi is the only known source in this sector of the galaxy, and destroying it would put a halt to Scarran advancement for many cycles.

Crichton has no interest in helping Scorpius with his plans, and seeks to accept Commandant Grayza's earlier offer of protection and escape aboard her Command Carrier, but is prevented by hundreds of weapons trained on the Carrier. Then, when the Scarrans disarm Crichton's nuclear bomb and break the stalemate, Crichton has no option but to follow Scorpius’ plan.

Crichton, Aeryn, D’Argo, Chiana, Scorpius and Sikozu enter the Rabrokator, a drilling elevator, while Rygel and Noranti go in search of Stark. Once down in the Crystherium cavern, Crichton and the crew are unable to destroy the flowers, and are trapped by Scarran guards. They are saved when Sikozu reveals her true position as a genetically modified member of the Kalish underground, able to emit radiation lethal to Scarrans.

Meanwhile, Grayza is preparing to fire upon Katratzi in a last, fatal, gesture of honour, but is prevented by Braca, who relieves her of command in order to save his crew.

The crew members pile back into the lift, and drill their way to the surface, but are pinned down by enemy fire. Seeing only one way out, Crichton bows to Scorpius' plan and drops his rearmed nuclear bomb down the shaft, back into the cavern. The resulting explosion causes enough carnage for them all to escape.

Back on board Moya, the crew, now including Stark once again, celebrate, but Crichton feels less upbeat, berating himself for the lives he took.

Trivia

Radiation and Roll: The title is a pun on La Bamba - the title of a spanish tinged rock 'n' roll hit from Ricky Valance and a 1987 movie about his life.

Starking about: Stark actor Paul Goddard is given an on-screen credit this week, now his character's reappearance isn't a secret anymore. A theatrically trained actor, Goddard has had parts in movies including The Matrix and The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers movie.

Say my name: Two mysteries are cleared up this episode. Firstly, D'Argo's ship Lo'la turns out to be an Eradicator. Secondly, and more importantly, Captain Braca's first name is revealed to be Nikalou.

Scorpius so far: So, it seems that Scorpius is a half-Sebacean, half-Scarran Commandant in disgrace, but with friends on the inside still, pretending to be a Scarran spy pretending to be an asylum seeking Peacekeeper criminal. What a tangled web he weaves.

The John Crichton guide to pop culture.

NY Peacekeeper D: Harvey seems to be picking out a US cop series from John's head to argue in this week - complete with interview room, bad coffee and mention of doughnuts.

Holy Scarrans, Robin: John casually refers to the Chrystherium cavern as the Bat Cave - the nerve centre of Gotham City caped crusader Batman. The original Bat Cave set, made for the 1960s series, was destroyed when the show was cancelled. Sadly, this meant that although another network was interested in picking it up, the show became to expensive to rescue.

Bard Timing: "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well/It were done quickly:" quotes John from Shakespeare's Macbeth, just before agreeing to Scorpius' plan. In the play, the lines are spoken by Macbeth as he argues himself round to killing his king and relative Duncan. An act that didn't really turn out all that well for him, as John probably realises.

So, who's Huggy Bear?: Forced into an uneasy pairing, John refers to Scorpius and himself as Cadaver and Hutch, harking back to 1970s cop show Starsky and Hutch. That would give him the David Soul role.

Say it with neutrons: John writes "Hi there!" on the side of his bomb, following an old military tradition of putting messages on armaments. Usually they say things like "Die sucker" though.

Going underground: "Mind the gap," says John as he exits the Rabrokator, parroting the well known London Underground platform announcement.

 

Scorpius is revealed as a Scarran spy, but he may be a double agent. It becomes vitally important for Crichton to uncover the truth when he finds himself strapped to a bomb

Dean O'Gorman will be playing a Kalish (Sikozu's race) resistance soldier named Zukash in eps 20 and 21. Mr. O'Gorman played Iolaus in "Young Hercules" and Young Iolaus in "Hercules." He also guested in episodes of "Xena."

4.20 We're So Screwed, Part 2: Hot to Katratzi

Writer: Carleton Eastlake
Director: Carl Zwicki

From the BBC:

Review

Making up for the slightly underwhelming kick-off of this three parter, Hot to Katratzi was hot in every way - sexy, swaggering, tense and glowing with nuclear energy.

After dizzying the viewer with the most action-packed teaser in TV history, Hot to Katratzi was full of the same bravado and crazy confidence as its leading man. It was a lot of fun, especially when Crichton was on screen playfully needling his mortal enemies, threatening to explode and flirting outrageously with Aeryn.

In stark contrast with John's happy-go-lucky sensuality was Scorpius' dark, lecherous threat - Wayne Pygram's portrayal of the half-breed reaching new heights as he welcomed torture with lewd innuendo and a savage curl of his lips. This time Farscape, forcing us into an uncomfortable position, puts us on Scorpy's side. Whereas we'd normally laugh to see Scorpy minced and mangled, now we find ourselves really deeply worried about his fate.

While Crichton was back in control, and wanted to let everyone know it, neither he nor we bargained on the surprises awaiting him. Yes, it's Farscape, so nothing's ever going to go to plan, but Stark's arrival was still a real shock. Though not as much of one as Sikozu's personal revelations.

Finally, though nothing bad Scorpius does should ever be unexpected, his double, or possibly triple or quadruple cross caught me as off guard as it did John and Aeryn. Ending a programme this way should be banned for health reasons - the human body isn't meant to take a cliffhanger this tense.

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Synopsis The crew travels to Katratzi, a secret Scarran base, to stop the Scarrans from extracting wormhole information from Scorpius. They arrive during critical peace negotiations between Commandant Grayza and the Scarran Emperor, Staleek.

Crichton wears a nuclear bomb, rigged to explode should he come to any harm. He claims to have come to the base to sell wormhole knowledge to the highest bidder, hoping this will buy time for him to devise a plan to either rescue Scorpius – or kill him before he breaks.

The base itself is home to both Kalish technicians and Charrid soldiers working for the Scarrans. There is a historical antipathy between them, and Moya's crew pits them against each other, trying to create a confrontation as diversion for them to spirit Scorpius out of Scarran hands. The Scarrans, meanwhile, begin working out a way to disable Crichton's bomb.

Ahkna, the Scarran War Minister, continues her torture of Scorpius, and brings in an unexpected ally to assist – the Banik, Stark. Ahkna believes that by extracting Scorpius’s secrets she will increase her standing in the Scarran Empire.

However, neither Crichton nor Ahkna are truly aware of the extent of Scorpius’ duplicity. Crichton soon learns the hard way; when his rescue attempt is just about to succeed, Scorpius sabotages it, revealing himself to be a Scarran spy.

Trivia

The real me: A lot of personal secrets come out - Sikozu is a bionoid, Stark is still alive and bent on revenge, and Scorpius is... a Scarran spy? If we can believe even that, of course.

Floral food: Oddly, the favourite food of Scarrans isn't live rats or still-beating hearts, but a flower, Chrystherium Utilea. What's actually used in the show is the Bird-of-Paradise flower, a South African plant with spiky red blooms.

The John Crichton guide to pop culture.

The dark side: Katratzi looks awfully like a certain Death Star.

How Crichton learned to love the bomb: John's possession of a thermonuclear device leads to many references to Earth's nuclear history.  He names it Fat Man after the bomb dropped on Nagasaki at the end of World War II, a bomb which many believe was unnecessary.  He calls himself Johnny Radiation - probably a reference to kid's cartoon Jimmy Neutron. 

Having put everyone in a position of mutually assured destruction if anyone attacks, he says "Welcome to my cold war,"  and after facing down War Minister Akhna, he retorts "Get ready to kiss your ass goodbye, Castro." It's a reference to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, when Kennedy forced the removal of nuclear missiles from Cuba by threatening to use his own nukes.

Scarran blues: "It'll be John Lee Hooker time." says John.  John Lee Hooker was one of the most famous US blue musicians, with a career spanning over four deacades.  John may mean that they'll all be feeling blue if his bomb goes up, or it may be a reference to Hooker's 1961 hit Boom Boom.

Captain America: "I can leap whole galaxies with a single bound.  I can scorch planets with a wave of my hand," Crichton tells Staleek, Akhna and Grayza.  He's either imagining himself as a superhero, or remembering the classic Playstation advertising campaign "I've commanded armies."

As to why he's there, he announces it's "Because I am an American."  And as such, he wants capitalism.  No doubt utterly confusing the aliens, he compares his offer of wormhole knowledge for money to a supermarket style "blue light special in aisle three," and offers that favourite catalogue free gift of "a set of steak knives" along with the knowledge.

Robo-ho: John refers to the Aeryn bionoid as a fembot - probably a reference to the sexy female robots who attempt to seduce Austin Powers in the first Powers film, International Man of Mystery. (1997)

A fatal exception has occured in your wormhole: Assured by the Staleek that his safety will be guaranteed, John points out that "Bill Gates can't even guarantee Windows," referring to the well-known tendency of Microsoft products to crash.

Oooh, Smithers: "Feel the love, Mr Burns," says John when Braca saves Scorpius.  He's comparing Braca to Smithers from The Simpsons, a slimy yes-man who sucks up to his boss relentlessly.

 

Crichton and the crew travel to Katratzi, a Scarran base where Scorpius is being tortured. The planet is the home of two unfriendly alien races, who may hold the key to Scorpius's rescue.

Moya's crew travels to Katratzi, a Scarran base where Scorpius is being tortured for wormhole information. The base is home to both Kalish and Charrid forces – underlings for the Scarrans. The crew plans to incite a confrontation between these two contingents, hoping this diversion will allow them to free Scorpius, and prevent wormhole knowledge from falling into Scarran hands

4.19 We're So Screwed, Part 1: Fetal Attraction 

Writer: David Peckinpah
Director: Geoff Bennett

From the BBC:

Review

As Moya heads further and further into the danger of the Scarran territories, so this season keeps turning up the tension. Almost too much, in fact. While this episode nervewracking plotting was top-knotch, after two solid episodes of nailbiting edginess tension fatigue begins to set in.

Where it excelled was in the chances it gave the more peripheral characters to take centre stage. Melissa Jaffer was again wonderful as the scatty, scheming, crazy-like-a-fox Noranti, her scenes with Rygel a particular joy to watch.

Even better was the glimpse we saw of Sikozu's fellow Kailish, a race of bureaucratic jobsworths. Once again Farscape has established an entire, utterly convincing alien culture in just a few key scenes - anyone who's ever had to deal with a government agency will have recognised their type.

John posing as a sex-crazed Sebacean separatist was another good moment, but somehow, for such a crucial episode, Fetal Attraction was rather underpowered. The frankly horrifying threat to Aeryn was strangely less upsetting than last week, and the mortal threat to Rygel never felt serious. Disturbing revelations about the motivations and abilities of the characters abounded, but their sheer quantity undermined their individual impact.

Only with Harvey’s return in the final minutes did the episode suddenly leap into overdrive, leaving us craving more. Still, as the first part of a three-parter, there’s bound to be much plot thickening to come.

Synopsis

Moya's crew arrives at a Scarran Border Station, where the freighter holding Aeryn is docked for inspection. Scorpius masquerades as a Scarran Captain with Crichton, Rygel, and Chiana as spies working for him. Sikozu discovers that Aeryn's ship is due to leave for Katratzi, a Scarran base, in barely half an arn - insufficient time to stage a rescue.

To keep the freighter at the station, Rygel feigns symptoms of the deadly disease known as Hynerian dermaphollica, forcing Trayso, the Kalish medical officer, to impose a lockdown. When Trayso starts to doubt the authenticity of the disease, Noranti poses as a medical expert and gives Rygel the real thing. As she races to concoct a cure for it, innocent bystanders succumb to the ravages of the deadly disease.

On board the freighter, Aeryn is kept under sedation by the sadistic nurse, Vreena. Crichton manages to infiltrate the freighter by pretending to want sex with Vreena, but is thrown out before he can rescue Aeryn.

Sikozu plans to cut the power on the station so that a rescue can be mounted. Meanwhile, Jenek captures Noranti and brings her in to examine Aeryn, concerned that she may succumb to dermaphollica.

As the rescue plan gets underway, Jenek decides to secure the safety of Aeryn's foetus by transplanting it into Chiana, who is immune because she's a Nebari. Noranti tries to stall, but the operation is about to go ahead when the lights go out and Crichton bursts in.

Aeryn is rescued, and all escape back to Moya, bar Scorpius, who is captured by the Scarrans. The crew would be happy to leave him behind, but for Harvey, who reappears in Crichton's head and convinces him he must return for the half-breed.

Trivia

Pre-watershed worries:  The three-parter starting with Fetal Attraction originally had the overall title We're So Screwed - a title chosen after the cancellation decision.  Sadly, this wasn't quite within BBC guidelines for transmissions at 6.45pm, so we Brits just get the individual episode titles.

Bunnies beware: Fetal Attraction is a pun on the title of 1987 movie Fatal Attraction, starring Glen Close as an obsessive woman determined to ruin the life of the man who dumped her.  Its most famous scene concerns the boiling of a family pet rabbit.

Welcome back: Shane Briant, who plays officious desk-jockey Trayso previously played the very different role of mad scientist Kaarvok in Eat Me.

Dulcet tones: Claudia Black's breathy voice is heard announcing "previously on Farscape."  Amongst Claudia's many talents is music - in her younger life she was something of a jazz singer.

Triplicate tribe: Sikozu's people, the Kailish, are seen here in their natural environment - as bureaucratic jobsworths administrating the Scarran Empire.  

Back and back and back to the past: References to other episodes include John dressing up as a Peacekeeper, as in Nerve, and a mention of Diagnosians, previously seen in Die Me Dichotomy and Season of Death.

1812's big brother: Scarran DRD's, fittingly, are the hard-nuts of the robot world - big, bulky and heavily armed.

Tongue spotting: D'Argo's tongue saves the day once more, dropping a Charrid soldier in the nick of time.

Spooks: Scorpius has accurate identification codes for a member of the Scarran Ministry of Dissimulation - the Scarran spy corps.  Now, how did he come by such a thing?

Rygel's got the lergy: We learn that Hynerian dermaphollica is a highly contagious, non-species specific illness that causes vomiting, sloughing of skin, and sudden death in Kailish and Sebaceans.

The John Crichton guide to pop culture.

Snurch and display: John describes the security clearance beacons as window-stickers - comparing them to a valid tax disc or parking permit.

Harvey has risen from his grave: John's mental conversation with the returned Harvey takes place in a classic Hammer-horror style vampire's crypt, with Harvey even describing himself as Nosferatu - a famous film bloodsucker.

Moya's crew track Aeryn to a Scarran border station, where they attempt to free her from imprisonment. However, Aeryn's captor, the cunning Jenek, is a force to be reckoned with.

The Moya crew visits a Scarran border station to uncover Aeryn's whereabouts and mounts a rescue operation.

The crew docks at a Scarran Border Station in an attempt to rescue Aeryn from her captors.

Crichton and Moya's crew try to infiltrate a Scarran border station to rescue Aeryn from captivity

4.18 Prayer 

Writer: Justin Monjo
Director: Peter Andrikidis

From the BBC: 

Review

Easily Farscape at its saddest, Prayer pushed our heroes further than ever before in forty-five minutes of the tensest, scariest and most affecting science fiction television ever seen.

From Aeryn’s desperate appeal to a god she doesn’t believe in, to John’s appalled horror at the destructive consequences of his trip to alternate-Moya, the episode hits the viewer with one finely honed shock after another.

Prayer made good on the promise of Unrealized Reality - turning that episode’s mixed-up freaks into real people you cared about and didn’t want to see get hurt. This could so easily have gone badly wrong, ending up no more than an exercise in oddness, but brilliant performances by Raelee Hill as Sikozu/Stark and Claudia Black as Aeryn/Chiana avoided that, and then some. Seeing Scorpius show his true colours at last was also a joy.

Saddest, and scariest, of all was Aeryn’s horrifying captivity. By turns tortured and drugged, slowly having all her defences stripped away until she betrays the person most dear to her in the universe, yet she still never gives up, never breaks down.

In a brilliantly cruel and clever twist, the writers tricked us, the fans, by giving us the answer we’ve all clamoured for - who is the father of Aeryn’s child? Yes, they’ve given it to us alright, but in a way that makes us wish we’d never asked.

Synopsis

Aeryn is being held captive aboard a Scarran freighter captained by Jenek, a ruthless and ambitious Scarran of the Ruling Order. Along with a traitorous Sebacean nurse, Vreena, Jenek questions Aeryn, using powerful drugs and Scarran heat torture.

After discovering that Aeryn is pregnant, they want to know the identity of the father. Aeryn is able to resist only by recounting stories of her time away from Moya – apparently spent with other lovers.

Meanwhile, having made a deal with Scorpius, Crichton travels back to the mixed-up version of Moya that he visited in Unrealized Reality. Crichton believes that Sikozu/Stark on this alternate-Moya knows the location of the secret Scarran base called Katratzi.

Back on normal Moya, a Command Carrier appears in the distance. The crew decide, with much argument, to hold their ground and try to disguise themselves, although some think that they should starburst immediately.

Through the wormhole, Crichton finds the alternate Moya and her crew, but he and Scorpius cannot extract the information they need from Sikozu/Stark unless she is crossing someone over to the next life.

On the Scarran freighter, Aeryn meets Morrock, a pregnant woman who has been imprisoned there for cycles. The Scarrans have been impregnating her over and over again, hoping to harness and enhance the unique traits of her species in her offspring. Jenek kills Morrock's unborn child while Aeryn watches in horror.

Morrock assures Aeryn that hoping for rescue is futile, but Aeryn is determined to protect her unborn child. At first she withstands the Scarrans' relentless drugging and torture. Finally, though, she confesses that her only true love is John Crichton – the father of her unborn child.

On alternate-Moya, Scorpius cold-bloodedly kills one of Sikozu/Stark's crewmates, but discovers she can only cross over those she loves - forcing John into a decision to kill alternate–Moya's Aeryn/Chiana. It works, and they return to normal Moya in time to escape the Command Carrier.

On the Scarran freighter, Aeryn gives a final display of her tenacity by forcing Morrock to admit she is a Scarran spy and killing her. She is then thrown into a cell to await arrival at Katratzi, where surgeons are awaiting to remove her unborn child.

 

Speech so evil: The voiceover this week is in the chilling tones of Wayne Pygram, aka Scorpius.

Unrevealed realities: References to other episodes include Unrealized Reality, of course, and Aeryn-centred story The Way We Weren't. We also get to find out a little about what Aeryn was doing immediately before her return in Promises.

Putting it about: There's a sly reference to season one episode PK Tech Girl when Aeryn says that her sexual behaviour gave her the nickname "PK tralk girl".

Destructive deities: According to Aeryn, it's said the Sebaceans once had a deity - Jan'ke'brue. Omnipotent, but not good, this goddess destroyed the six worlds of her worshippers, just because she could.

Fruits of success: What Scarrans want is palaces and virgins, apparently.

The John Crichton guide to pop culture.

The DC Territories: John describes the mixed-up Moya he saw as "Bizzaro Moya". A reference to Superman comics, the Bizarro world is a malevolent, back-to-front version of the real world.

Bloody Scarrans: "Nosferatu" says John to Scorpius, as the haggard hybrid offers him a blood oath. Nosferatu was a 1922 film about a hideous, tight-skinned vampire, made by F.W. Murnau. Silent but terrifying, the film was nearly destroyed by the widow of Bram Stoker, writer of Dracula, because of copyright infringement.

Shakespeare Scorpius: Rather ludicrously, John refers to himself and Scorpius as a "regular Romeo and Juliet." He's really talking about the end of the play, where the lovers lie dead together. Surely he doesn't see Scorpius that way?

Drinking hombre: Apparently John's drunk enough mezcal in the past to make his head spin. It's a sort of tequila which comes with a worm at the bottom of the bottle - the gimmick is that the worm has eaten mescalin cactus, a hallucinogenic.

Anything could happen in the next half hour: John explains the unrealised realities as a space where any possibility could occur, even a world where "the Cubs are winning the World Series." By the Cubs he means the Chicago Cubs, who haven't won the World Series since 1945.

David Kemper: "eps 418-422 will just about twist you up, down, and inside out. Some of the best acting I have personally ever been around is delivered as the season draws to a close.

Aeryn resists the Scarrans' interrogation, and John's search for her leads him into an unrealized reality.

Crichton and Scorpius travel through a wormhole to try and locate the Scarran base where Aeryn is being held hostage.

Crichton and Scorpius travel through a wormhole to a mixed-up version of Moya in search of Aeryn.

 

4.17 A Constellation of Doubt

Writer: David Kemper
Director: Andrew Prowse


David Kemper: "...will leave you as mystified by what we eat and drink behind the scenes as did the cartoon ep.  

A Constellation Of Doubt: It seems that the Scarrans have taken Aeryn to their secret base, Katratzi. Moya's data banks have no record of it, but Crichton's sure he's heard the word before.

A tabloid TV show attempts to expose Crichton's alien comrades as menaces to Earth in a tense episode peppered with riotous satire.

Looking for clues to Aeryn's disappearance, Crichton spends the trip back to the Uncharted Territories watching Alien Visitation. The sensationalistic program juxtaposes offbeat footage of Moya's crew shot by Crichton's nephew with obnoxious sound bites from spiritual, military and scientific talking heads. After screening it, Rygel concludes that Earth “is full of superstitious, xenophobic morons.” Crichton hates the show too, but it may be his only lead in the search for Aeryn.

Scorpius traps Crichton and the others on a Scarran base and reveals his true agenda.

DK Wrote this episode He compares this to the animated episode. its his what the frell episode. this episode was shot over 7 months. Karls speculation that this is the time travel. I think this episode places all those part together in earlier episodes.

From the BBC: 

Good reception:  Either the Alien Visitation broadcast that Pilot intercepted took a short-cut through a wormhole somewhere along the way, or he's got one hell of an ariel.  Radio and TV broadcasts travel at the speed of light, and it seemed that Moya and co. are a bit further away from Earth than a few light-months.  Still, at least that means John's got something other to watch than his American Football video.

Grand old man: The reassuringly authoritative presenter of Alien Visitation, R. Wilson Munroe is played by Nick Tate. He's an old hand at this sci-fi game, having played Alan Carter in Space 1999, as well as numerous smaller roles on Star Trek. He also guest-starred in US drama Party of Five - on which a younger Ben Browder had a recurring role before Farscape.

Tongue spotting:  Bobby insists on getting a tongue lashing, despite D'Argo's reluctance.  We learn that D'Argo's tongue carries adaptive venom that will only knock out his victims.

Taken: (Ex) Sheriff Robert Shumacher of Orlando, seen in Kansas reappears, with his account of meeting the aliens in 1985.  He believes that the aliens implanted a chip in his head, and are broadcasting instructions to everyone to eat fatty foods.  To block out the transmissions, he wears a foil-lined baseball cap. 

All shook up: One psychologist sees John's emotional state as being due to post traumatic stress syndrome - a condition that people can develop after a shocking event or long period of stress, such as war or disaster.  She may be right - he has been through a lot.

Saturday Night Luxan: D'Argo was a guest on the ever-popular David Letterman talk show during his stay on Earth, where, he thought, the crowd laughed with him.

The John Crichton guide to pop culture.

Hollywood hokum: D'Argo's seen a lot of Earth films where the evil aliens are beaten by the good humans.  Sadly for us, he doesn't think they're very realistic.  Hmm... would one of them have been Independence Day, perhaps?

Long Trek home: Bobby describes Crichton as the only human to really have boldly gone where no man has gone before, in a little nod to Star Trek.

Glittering rewards: "Bet this sumbitch wins an Emmy," grumbles John about the presenter of Alien Visitation.  Prestigious media awards, Emmys are given out by the US Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Wipe that smile: John claims there is an utter lack of toilet paper in space.  If it's true, that's just too much information.

Eat it up, yum: Rygel is shown in junk-food paradise. Surrounding him are burgers, ketchup, waffles, marshmallows, crisps, pretzels, licorice allsorts, popcorn, and cakes, and he grips a big lollipop.  Sugar, it turns out, is considered a poison on Hynerian worlds, and is hard to obtain.  Other Earth things he appreciates are telephone gambling, and sex lines - 1-900 slut girl seems to be a favourite of his.

Nebari Prime 90210: Chiana seems quite innocent to one human commentator.  "After all, you get more juice on Dawson's Creek," he says, referring a teen relationship soap where everyone has gone out with everyone else.

 

Sikozu checks her contacts for any clue as to the location of Katratzi, where Aeryn has been taken, but without success.  Meanwhile, John watches a documentary on the aliens' visit to Earth, intercepted by Pilot.

The documentary consists of talking heads and video footage of the aliens, shot by John's nephew Bobby.  Psychologists, sociologists, priests and others all give their opinion of the aliens' characters, and whether they present a threat. 

While some commentators are positive about the aliens, there is much in the broadcast which disturbs John.  The documentary contains strong reactions to Aeryn's revelation that Earth could easily be taken over by hostile aliens, and horror at D'Argo's tongue.  Chiana is dismissed as deeply troubled, and John as suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.

There is also speculation about whether Aeryn and John are having a relationship in the programme, and some commentators make xenophobic comments about human-alien hybrids. 

The rest of Moya's crew try to stop him watching the programme, but with no luck. As the documentary unfurls, John becomes more and more depressed at Earth's unreadiness for contact with aliens.

Racking his brain, he realises he has heard the name Katratzi before. He asks Chiana where they heard it, saying she was there at the time, but she has no idea.

On the documentary, the presenter welcomes the Sheriff that Moya's crew ran into in 1986 (in Kansas). Now half-mad, the Sheriff does clearly have evidence of the aliens' earlier visit - evidence that the presenter takes as proof that there has been a cover-up.

Sikozu comes to John's room, and is nearly shot by him when she will not admit that she knows anything about Katratzi. Suddenly an image on the TV screen makes John realise why he remembers the word - Stark/Sikozu said it in one of the unrealised realities John visited via the wormhole.

Storming to Pilot, John asks him to set a course to the wormhole leading to Earth. Pilot and D'Argo agree to do so. John then visits Scorpius, and tells him he will swap the wormhole knowledge for his help.


Review

It reportedly took longer to make A Constellation of Doubt than any other episode. Not a moment of that time was wasted.

This tour-de-force by David Kemper uses the inspired device of framing the episode within a documentary about the visit of Moya's crew to Earth. We get the fun of seeing a brilliantly observed, utterly realistic recreation of American documentary TV, complete with self-important talking heads and gravitas-heavy presenter. Then there's the incongruous glory of seeing John, Chiana, et al watching themselves on a widescreen TV while sitting in the bowels of Moya.

Excellent, emotion laden performances, particularly from Ben Browder and Raelee Hill, heighten the tension. John Crichton's decline into deep, unpredictable despair by Aeryn's loss, and the clear inability of Earth to accept alien contact is particularly affecting. Sikozu's snippy desperation when pleading against his accusations of treachery brought her character fully to life as well.

Better even than this, though, was the documentary itself. Showing our aliens from many different viewpoints, but ultimately giving a warped view of them as an inevitable threat, it subtly and uncompromisingly aligns the viewer against humanity. We know what the aliens are like - what humanity says, as presented on the documentary, is so wrong that we have no choice but to put our sympathies with the opposing side.

Rounding off a ten out of ten perfect episode is John's final realisation of where he must go if he is to rescue Aeryn. Once again a Farscape set up pays off in an unexpectedly elegant and thoroughly wonderful way.

 

4.16 Bringing Home the Beacon 

Writer: Carleton Eastlake
Director: Rowan Woods


David Kemper: ..."will leave you stunned"

The women of Moya stumble upon a secret meeting that will change the future of the Uncharted Territories.

On a trip to a planet in the badlands, Aeryn witnesses the arrival of Grayza and her henchmen. It soon becomes apparent that she has a secret meeting with a Scarran.

Female members of the Moya crew observe a secret meeting that will have a drastic impact on the future of the Uncharted Territories.

From the BBC: 

Very punny: The title follows the long-established Farscape tradition of using puns on well known phrases - here a little change to the term bringing home the bacon.

Nepotism can be fun: Francesca Bueller, the wife of star Ben Browder, plays Ahknar, the Scarran commander.  She's previously been seen as M'Lee in Bone to be Wild, ro-NA in Look at the Princess, and Raxil in Scratch 'n' Sniff.

Murderous massage: Pressing on the mela nerve can paralyse Nebaris from the neck down apparently.  Must make a nice back rub a bit of a risk on Nebari Prime.

Transfigure me beautiful: Chiana's pretty clear what she wants from a genetic transformation - big loomas.  She and Noranti look little different after the change though - surely Braca would recognise them instantly?

Below the belt: Ahknar makes a reference to Commandant Grayza's man-controlling heppel oil glands as an underhand method of getting ahead.  Grayza just thinks she's a bit too squeamish though.

Decisive weapons: There's also a reference to the events of Infinite Possibilities part two.  As Ahknar suggests, the wormhole weapon that destroyed a Scarran dreadnaught was operated by someone else - Crichton.

Takes me back: "Ah, the mother tongue" muses Scorpius, on hearing Scarran spoken aloud.  After the treatment we saw him get in Incubator, it's surprising he's so pleased about it.

Make do and mend: Plenty of Moya sets are redressed to act as the dead leviathan locations in this episode.  We see a derelict Pilot's den, and overgrown atmospheric scrubber room.

Easy install: Adding new hardware to Moya is a piece of cake - you just plug, and Pilot plays.

Porky pies: Grayza seems to have been lying about the Peacekeeper Command Carrier.  There's no sign of it, and surely the Scarran Dreadnaught would have done something about it if it were there.

 

The women on Moya head down to a trading station on a derelict Leviathan to buy a sensor distorter for Moya. While it's being customised, they have four arns to kill.

Wandering through the station, Aeryn and Sikozu are shocked to see Grayza and Braca, with a squad of Peacekeeper commandos. As they hide, another ship arrives - carrying a Scarran delegation.

They follow the two groups to a clandestine meeting, at which it becomes clear that Grayza is prepared to strike a deal with the Scarrans in return for peace - and her own advancement. The price is the handing over of the Luxan territories to the Scarrans. As Grayza signs a treaty, Aeryn prepares to assassinate her. Before she can, the Scarrans turns on the Peacekeepers, killing the commandos and taking Grayza and Braca prisoner.

Meanwhile, Noranti and Chiana have hidden themselves from the Peacekeepers by having full genetic modifications - changing their species and DNA. They meet up with Aeryn and Sikozu, who are attempting to reach Grayza to kill her. If they do not, the Scarrans will learn that the Peacekeepers don’t control wormhole technology from her - the only thing preventing them from an all-out attack.

Chiana returns to the transport pod, and the rest of the group defeat the guards around Grayza. They are forced to rescue her and Braca by Graza's threats of a patrolling Peacekeeper Command Carrier. Aeryn holds off the Scarrans while the others escape. On the way to the pod, Grayza tricks Sikozu, and she and Braca make a break for it.

Aeryn returns to the pod in the nick of time, and the four women return to Moya. Pilot immediately starbursts as a Scarran Dreadnaught is in pursuit, but they travel only a short distance and the Dreadnaught remains on their tail. The ship and the girls are checked for a homing beacon.

John and Aeryn decide to leave together so that the others are safe, but when John asks if the baby will be all right, Aeryn doesn't understand. John realises she is the beacon, and shoots her, to reveal a bionoid replica.

The sensor distorter is installed and fools the Dreadnaught. Moya's crew realise that the Grayza that escaped was also a replica, and the real one is in Scarran custody. D'Argo assures John that they will search for Aeryn, and find her.

4.15 Mental as Anything
David Kemper: ..." will leave you stunned"

D'Argo faces the Peacekeeper (Blair Venn) who killed his wife and then pinned the crime on him when he, Crichton and Rygel accompany Scorpius to an advanced training camp where students learn mental discipline.

From the BBC: D'Argo, Rygel, Scorpius and John visit a mental arts training camp to obtain information from the leader, Katoya. One of the other trainees turns out to be Macton, the Peacekeeper who killed D'Argo's wife Lo'lann, his sister, and framed him for the crime. He accuses D'Argo of beating Lo'lann to death. D'Argo vows to kill him.

Scopius loses a mental duel with Katoya. Outside, John runs into Macton, who claims that D'Argo killed Lo'lann in a fit of blackout-causing hyper-rage. Whilst Rygel takes on a Charrid in the arena, John asks D'Argo whether these blackouts happen. A flashback shows him raging at Lo'lann, and he admits they do. John decides to leave when he is prevented from helping Rygel.

D'Argo does badly in the arena because he is unable to control his rage at Macton. A flashback shows him pleading with Lo'lann to tell him if he ever hurts her. Meanwhile, John wakes up in a tiny cell over a pit of burning coals - remedial training. Katoya tells him he can come out when he can catch a key - but each one falls into the coals. Scorpius appears, and tells John that he is undergoing anti-Scarran training - training Scorpius himself has undergone.

After meeting Macton once more, D'Argo begins to wonder if he did really hurt Lo'lann. He asks Katoya to help him find out. Using the arena, he relives a burst of hyper-rage, and realises that he did hurt Lo'lann, but she hid it from him. Suddenly, Katoya disappears from the arena, Macton taking his place.

Macton shows D'Argo his version of events, in which the Luxan beat Lo’lann until she killed herself. Driven to hyper-rage, D'Argo becomes helpless, but manages to use the training Katoya gave him to regain control. He forces Macton to show the truth - that he killed his own sister, then beat the corpse to frame D'Argo.

John finally wrests a key from the bed of coals and escapes. On the way back to Moya, Scorpius tells him that the creature they encountered on Earth may have revealed its location to Grayza.


BBC Review: In a season that’s been pretty much all about John, it’s nice to get an episode that concentrates on another character. Mental as Anything gives D’Argo a moment in the spotlight, but even a heartfelt performance by Simcoe as the big guy fails to raise this tale of warrior discipline and in-law rivalry out of mediocrity.

This story has a lot in common with Mark Saraceni's other Farscape credit, A Prefect Murder. Both feature flashbacks, and a central truth approached from multiple angles.

Sadly, Mental as Anything suffers from a lack of the imagination and mystery that graced A Prefect Murder, leaving us with a slow plod to a strangely uninteresting conclusion. D’Argo’s a nice guy - watching him go through this emotional wringer ought to have been a lot harder than it was.

Despite some nice set design, Katyoa’s alien dojo was horribly derivative of a thousand cheap martial arts films, without any of Farscape’s usual irreverent sense of homage to lighten the atmosphere.

Katoya himself was a cardboard cut-out sensei, having more in common with Mr Miyagi from The Karate Kid than the series’ usual colourful, believable aliens.

Still, we did get to see that Farscape rarity - a loose end tied up. And D’Argo got to keep his dignity. Just for once he didn’t say, "I will not be taken prisoner again," immediately before being clapped in chains.

From Entertainment Weekly: D'Argo meets the man who murdered his wife and framed him for it.  They don't sit for tea.

Scorpius takes Crichton, D'Argo and Rygel into an advanced training camp where students learn mental discipline. D'Argo is confronted with the arrival of Macton (Blair Venn), the Peacekeeper who murdered his wife, Lo'Laan (Rachel Gordon), then framed him for the crime. When Scorpius forces Crichton into torturous anti-Scarran training, D'Argo must face the demons from his past ... alone

4.14 Twice Shy
David Kemper: "Edge of your seat" 
David Kemper: ..." will leave you stunned"

 

From Entertainment Weekly: Crichton and the crew free a sex slave and then watch her become master of their ship. (Not in a kinky way, but in a I'm-gonna-slowly-kill-everyone-here-and-there's- nothing-you-can-do-about-it way.)

A fiend that feeds on personalities takes a big bite out of Moya's crew

When the crew rescues a girl from slavery, they learn that no good deed ever goes unpunished.

Chiana (Gigi Edgely) rescues a slave girl (Paula Arundell) from a trade ship, but as her Moya crewmates begin to disappear, Chiana becomes suspicious of her new friend.

Chiana purchases Talikaa (Paula Arundell), an abused slave girl from a passing trading ship. When the crew starts acting strangely and Talikaa disappears, they realize she may not be as innocent as she seemed

4.13 Terra Firma
David Kemper: "Eps 412 and 413 will surprise the dren out of you. They are clever and sparkling.  Yay, Ricky, Justin, Rowan and Peter.  

Crichton comes home and introduces Earth to his new friends — unaware of a new enemy in his midst.

Crichton and his comrades encounter Earth dignitaries eager to introduce the aliens to the public. while Crichton's efforts to readjust to terra firma are complicated by a rift with Aeryn and a hidden menace aboard Moya. Jack: Kent McCord

The crew returns to Moya - in orbit around modern-day Earth - to find Jack and a contingent of Earth dignitaries waiting for them. The aliens are introduced to an amazed and aprehensive public, but soon find life in the public eye difficult. As Crichton tries to readjust to life on Earth, his relationships become strained, especially with Aeryn. Meanwhile, a monstrous assassin is sent by Grayza to hunt for Crichton.

Contact has been established between Earth and the aliens from Moya, but Crichton refuses to share alien technology with only one nation, even if that nation is his own. 

Click Here to read Toadie's review of Terra Firma

4.12 Kansas
David Kemper: "Great episode" Eps 412 and 413 will surprise the dren out of you.  They are clever and sparkling.  Yay, Ricky, Justin, Rowan and Peter.  

This episode begins a cycle of stories returning Crichton (Ben Browder) to Earth, along with his cosmic cohorts. This first story involves time as well as space displacement, though the mod fashions don't quite match the time line in question.

The crew of Moya arrive at Earth in the year 1985, where Crichton has somehow altered the timeline and caused his father to be on the doomed Challenger mission. The crew tries to lie low in Crichton's hometown, while Crichton tries to restore the timeline and keep his younger self out of danger.

Crichton tries to prevent his father's untimely demise in a thrilling tale that kicks off the last run of episodes of the series' fourth and final season.
Crichton (Ben Browder) was last seen drifting in space, just above Earth. Here, D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe)---joined by Aeryn (Claudia Black), Chiana (Gigi Edgley), Noranti (Melissa Jaffer) and Rygel---navigates the wormhole to retrieve Crichton. The group soon realizes they've arrived on Earth circa 1986, where Crichton learns history has changed when Jack Crichton (Kent McCord) accepts command of the doomed Challenger mission. And while Crichton tries to keep his dad grounded, the aliens are discovered by a nosy neighbor. (VCR Plus+ 8804869)

Season Four continues as the Moya crew finally gets to Earth, 1985. Unfortunately, Crichton discovers that he has somehow disastrously changed the course of time - his father Jack is now slated to fly the doomed Challenger mission. Lying low in Crichton's hometown, the "aliens" use the timely Halloween celebrations to remain (almost) anonymous, while Crichton tries to revert the timeline - in the process putting his younger self in mortal danger.

Click Here to read Toadie's review of Kansas

01/05/03 Here are some bits on upcoming episodes from David Kemper's interview with Interstellar Transmissions from Dec. 3. Click Here to download the entire interview in MP3 format or to listen to a streaming version. 

Here in a nut shell what he has said as far as the upcoming episodes.

412: Great episode
413
414: Edge of your seat

The following is heavily linked.
415
416

What the Frell... He also mentioned that they were planning a musical but after seeing buffies it was tabled. Too bad although i can't imagine it I would have loved to seen it.

417: DK Wrote this episode He compares this to the animated episode. its his what the frell episode. this episode was shot over 7 months. Karls speculation that this is the time travel. I think this episode places all those part together in earlier episodes.

These are a two parter heavily linked to the last three

418
419

420
421
422: They have not altered the ending due to cancellation. they are keeping the ending the same.

12/30 Karlsweb's own toadie has written a unique and interesting review of "Kansas" Click Here to read it.
12/30 Click here for another Kansas review at Pilot's Chamber
12/30
Farscape
BBC Two Mon 6 Jan, 18:45 - 19:30 45 mins

Terra Firma: Contact has been established between Earth and the aliens from Moya, but Crichton refuses to share alien technology with only one nation, even if that nation is his own. W/S.

More on this ep below

12/27/02 Episode description from TV Guide for Kansas

Crichton tries to prevent his father's untimely demise in a thrilling tale that kicks off the last run of episodes of the series' fourth and final season.
Crichton (Ben Browder) was last seen drifting in space, just above Earth. Here, D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe)---joined by Aeryn (Claudia Black), Chiana (Gigi Edgley), Noranti (Melissa Jaffer) and Rygel---navigates the wormhole to retrieve Crichton. The group soon realizes they've arrived on Earth circa 1986, where Crichton learns history has changed when Jack Crichton (Kent McCord) accepts command of the doomed Challenger mission. And while Crichton tries to keep his dad grounded, the aliens are discovered by a nosy neighbor. (VCR Plus+ 8804869)

12/15/02 From Kent McCord's website: "FARSCAPE begins airing new episodes right after the first of the year. I have a two part episode that begins the last 11 shows of the series. I am also in the final episode. I hope you will watch and enjoy the wrap up of this terrific television series."
12/08/02

From the alt.tv.farscape newsgroup

Here are the ep descriptions from the Sci Fi Channel press kit for the new January eps:

Friday, Jan. 10, 8 p.m. "Kansas":
Season four continues as the Moya crew finally gets to Earth, 1985. Unfortunately, Crichton discovers that he has somehow disastrously changed the course of time -- his father Jack is now slated to fly the doomed Challenger mission. Lying low in Crichton's hometown, the 'aliens' use the timely Halloween celebrations to remain (almost) anonymous, while Crichton tries to revert the timeline -- in the process putting his younger self in mortal danger.

Friday, Jan. 17, 8 p.m. "Terra Firma":
The crew returns to Moya -- in orbit around modern-day Earth -- to find Jack and a contingent of Earth dignitaries waiting for them. The aliens are introduced to an amazed and apprehensive public, but soon find life in the public eye difficult. As Crichton tries to readjust to life on Earth, his relationships become strained, especially with Aeryn. Meanwhile, a monstrous assassin is sent by Grayza to hunt for Crichton.

Friday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m. "Twice Shy":
Chiana purchases Talikaa (Paula Arundell), an abused slave girl from a passing trading ship.When the crew starts acting strangely and Talikaa disappears, they realize she may not be as innocent as she seemed.

Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m. "Mental as Anything":
Scorpius takes Crichton, D'Argo and Rygel into an advanced training camp where students learn mental discipline. D'Argo is confronted with the arrival of Macton (Blair Venn), the Peacekeeper who murdered his wife, Lo'Laan (Rachel Gordon), then framed him for the crime. When Scorpius forces Crichton into torturous anti-Scarran training, D'Argo must face the demons from his past ... alone.

12/08/02
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Some more preview pics from Kansas

12/07/02

Yeah, right D'Argo! That 
disguise is fooling everybody.

From SciFi Magazine for January

"You have a lot of plot threads going all the way back to season one, beginning with 'Human Reaction,' which are sort of tied together in that episode," says Browder. "And they're major arc questions relating to wormhole travel and time and space and John Crichton and the ancients. So you have a lot of big questions which are answered. It also raises other questions, of course. Some of them relating to wormholes," he adds, "some of them relating to making babies and some of them relating to. ..the meaning of life. " At this point in the conversation, it's becoming clear that Browder is starting to have a little too much fun with the whole coy act. "Who was it that had that joke about the meaning of life?" he asks. "The answer is three, but you're not asking the question correctly?" Then Browder notes that he has all the remaining episodes on tape and hints that perhaps he can be bought "I can tell you that Crichton's situation at the end of the year is radically different from his situation in the middle of the year, in typical Farscape fashion," he says. "I can't tell you what's coming up, but 1 can tell you we're going to see some new critters. We're going to see some old critters. We're going to see episodes that have a lot of critters. I can say we've got new aliens, new spaceships. I can tell you that the last moments of Farscape are in some ways as twisted as any moment in Farscape. There are some things that you might see coming and there are other things that, quite frankly, you wouldn't see coming in a million years." 

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12/06/02 Some pictures from the preview shown during "Taken"

Thanks to Un4scene for allowing Karlsweb to use them.

11/24/02 From both Gigi Edgley and David Kemper on Sunday afternoon at the Burbank convention: Chiana will be in a bathroom or bathtub some time in the last 11 episodes. Gigi said that it was the last scene she filmed, but didn't say which episode she was shooting for. DK said, "Lots of white make-up that day."
11/23/02 It looks like Aeryn is going to be wearing some new clothes in future eps, according to Claudia Black. Click on the image at left to see one of here new outfits. Click here for another.

Kent McCord will be in several of the upcoming episodes. He told fans at the convention to slow down their tapes from Unrealized Reality to see some scenes from these eps. (Click here for some vidcaps)

11/22/02 It looks like Harvey will be back. At the con in Burbank, Wayne said that they put Harvey to bed for a while, but then he came back again later in the season.
11/10/02 A few little gems from talks at UFC (United Fan Con):

1 - From Anthony Simcoe: The cliffhanger ends on a disaster, but it ends the way Farscape should end – in a big disaster.

2 - From Gigi Edgley: the last scene she filmed, she was doing the Chiana-type movements while Chiana was looking around and checking out the planet earth

3 - From Anthony Simcoe: The original thought on Jothee is that it was supposed to turn out that Jothee wasn't D'Argo's real son and that D'Argo kills him. This wasn’t going to be revealed until near the end of the series. 

11/04/02 FROM CINESCAPE NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

Rockne O'Bannon what might happen after episode 4.22. Click here for the rest of the story. 

But a final Farscape finale might be different than what fans are expecting.

"Getting Crichton back to Earth is certainly one possible ending to the series;' admits O'Bannon. "But I don't think it's the only one. It's not necessarily the best one either. One of the things I like best about the pilot is when Crichton's father says something along the lines of, 'You never know what kind of hero you will be called on to be.’ I think that's true. There are people who become heroes in non-traditional ways. There are people who are heroes because they are the best possible father that they can be, or  the best possible husband. Maybe Crichton doesn't have to be the conquering hero who comes back home. Maybe he doesn't have to come back and become a professor at MIT. Maybe other things will become more important to him.”

10/27/02 Remember this conversation between Crichton and Scorpy from  ..Different Destinations? "All modern research... points to the elasticity of time, rather than a brittle framework." Then John ask him if it can be corrected and Harvey says, "Hmm. If nudged closely enough to course... events have a way of restructuring themselves. If the participants are the same, the venue's the same, the motivation's the same, then well... the outcome is likely to be the same." 

In Unrealized Reality, Crichton gets a flashback to DD and realizes that, "Harvey knew! Scorpius knows!"

Okay, now Kemper has hinted several times that there will be something that fans won't catch, that has been hinted at many times and that when it happens, everyone will go, "Oh, yeah!" 

So is Crichton floating  in  space above earth the beginning of  events restructuring themselves? 

How about all that stuff that Aeryn woul love to tell John but can't? Does she know they're living in an alternate relaity? She's had a "I know something you don't know" smile on her face more than once, and she made that huge turnaround from wanting nothing to do with him to wanting them to be together.

Click here for my original theoy on all this time travel dren

10/26/02 From the ultimate bb: 

I've been convinced all along that Scorpius didn't remove Harvey for benevolent reasons. 

I think there are two ways this can be played out. One, Crichton comes to really regret losing Harvey - another frelled choice he has made. Two - Harvey isn't dead after all and someone - Scorpius? - is going to try using him. I've been looking at "Promises" again, and I notice that neither Scorpius nor Harvey uses the word "kill" - Scorpy offers to "remove" him, and Harvey pleads that he doesn't want to "leave". 

My guess he is in that neural spike Scorpius shoved in the back of John's neck.

More from the ultimaet bb about Sikozu:

RYGEL Do you know why this plan is going to fail?

D'ARGO Rygel--

RYGEL Sikozu will betray us again. Do you really think you can trust that female to do her part?

D'ARGO I have no choice.

Is Rygel referring to something that happen in another timeline? Is everyone aware of that this is an unrealized reality but John? Is that why they have been so guarded and secretive? I believe that is what is motivating Aeryn. I never believed the others were also involved until now.

10/19/02 From a magazine article interview with Claudia Black: "I did two takes of a documentary scene for Ep 17. Aeryn had to make a tuna sandwich." 

Sounds to me like they're still on earth in Ep 17.

10/7/02 **Stark will be in the final eps of Season Four. Paul Goddard mentioned in an interview that he had just finished filming on the last episode. 

Sadly, according to Lani Tupu, Crais won't be around again for the rest of Season Four.

09/13/02 ** <Ploppy> [Ploppy is Anthony Simcoe's chat id] 

<Ploppy> All I can say is that D & C have a future - what that is and in what form will be part of the fun of the end of this season Remember the D'Argo Jool kiss? D'ARgo is in serach not only of love but HOW to love

9/12/02 ** <Ploppy> [Ploppy is Anthony Simcoe's chat id] Fourth season finally allows the Macton stuff to resolve - if you love D'Argo this ep will now be his swan song ( I think it's 15). ga
09/03/02 **Words from Dragon*Con: Paul Goddard wasn't thier because he was called to film and he expects to ber there until the end of Septemver. Lani said he's expecting Kemper to call him down to Australia for shooting soon.
09/02/02 Acording to one of the "Farscape Facts" on the latest UK DVD: "David Kemper has hinted that the Seer [from The Choice] may know more about the dead crichton than has so far been revealed."
09/01/02 **Insider info from Dragon-con as posted to the NG

"Kent McCord let slip a little bit of juicy info...

First, he just got finished shooting 3 shows...episode 12 and 13 which he mentioned was to be a two-parter. He also mentioned that while no one else had done any work on the last episode of the season, while he was down there, Rockne (director?) had him shoot a scene for the last episode. 

He also gave a little info about this shoot..kinda vauge but it answers a few questions. ..He was telling us about this 'last scene' and "his reflection on where his son was"...and heres the wierd part...'Somewhere on the dark side of the moon'"

9/01/02 **From TV Guide's Returning Favorites: 

Time travel lands the Farscape (premieres January 2003) gang on Earth in 1985

08/31/02  ****WARNING WARNING DANGER DANGER: The following spioler isn't from a regular source it was posted on the Scifi BB by DRAyKE and could be simple conjecture. Or not. CWARNING WARNING DANGER DANGER****

Written By Justin Monjo**

**From TV Guide's Returning Favorites: 

Time travel lands the Farscape (premieres January 2003) gang on Earth in 1985

 

**WARNING WARNING DANGER DANGER**
The following spoiler isn't from a regular source it was posted on the Scifi BB by DRAyKE and could be simple conjecture. Or not.
From the ScfFi BB as posted by DRAyKE:

**WARNING WARNING DANGER DANGER**

Ok...We waited 5 frellin months for this puppy. But now we have Finally seen it!
Is it worth it!?!
Does a Moose SH*T on ice?
Speaking of ICE we find John in a very frosty part of earth.
Kansas in Mid winter...
But how???
Seems John was locking in on a "familiar" signiture during his passage through a Wormhole.
UnFortunately "HOME" still means "EARTH" to John, not Moya...
It seems "wormHoles" are a State of Mind.
If you don't BECOME the Wormhole, you become JELLO like the PK test pilots who tried to traverse the holes in Prowlers.
John no longer needs a ship. He can WILL himself anywhere. He just has this little control problem.
Also he is wearing a PK battle space suit. OF COURSE the frellin thing can survive re-entre into Earth's orbit. It's made by the best!
So John lands on earth in a pile of snow in the State Park.
He is knocked out of course.
A "Forest Ranger" finds him and takes him to his cabin.

MEANWHILE!!!!

D'ARGO and Chiana jump in the Luxan ship and flies to the same spot John first dissapears. "Einstein" seeing John's BOO BOO, has the worm hole come back and snurch them and send them to Earth to rescue John. They follow John's suit to the Park.( John's many delerious jokes about the Forest Ranger and Little BOO BOO will be classics!)

The Ranger, a young guy, manning a station on his own, is forced to leave john and starts to go for help. He unfortunately runs into D'ARGO who is FREAKIN cause he is on a PLANET oF CRICHTONS!

As most humans on earth the Kid does not have "translator Microbes" in his BRAIN . So D'Argo's speach sounds a lot like a constipated bear.

So you get to see the confrontation of a Quanta Blade VS a Double barrel shot gun...

Fortunately Chiana breaks this up. Though the Ranger does not know her language, he DOES know a HOT CHICK when he sees one.

Love will find a way...

John wakes up.

He is back home.

It's REAL This time!

But the phone is out. This is why the Ranger left to radio for help from his car.

All 4 meet up. John catches up with Mr Ranger over what he has missed.

"The Ravens won the 2001 SUPERBOWL!!??!! Who the FRELL are the RAVENS?!!??" gasped Crichton.


It appears that John's mission was hushed up. The newspapers were told that the shuttle has broken up. John is toast.

"But the POWERS THAT BE."

Got enough info from Nasa that something REALLY big has happened!!!

Too bad Mr. Ranger did not know this when he reported the Good News about John's return to his superiors!

The Men in Black show up with their Black choppers and capture Chiana and the Guy. John and D'argo rescues them and escape Just In Time to D'Argo's ship. They return to earth's orbit where a worm hole snatches them up and drops them off at Moya.

The helpful young ranger HAD to go with them or he would have spent the rest of his life in a abandoned missile silo questioned by an old cigarette smoking man.

SSSSOOOO John has a new crew member, Chiana has her own eurpman to play with, MUCH closer to her age than John.

Moya is definately getting smaller...

Well, THAT's the review, let's see what NEXT friday will bring!

Love

Emperor DRAyKE!

**WARNING WARNING DANGER DANGER** The above is not from a usual Karlsweb source and may be pure speculation on DRAyKE's part. Or maybe not!

 

08/28/02 Possible previews of * Kansas? *
8/23/02 Kansaa - From scifi.com:**
Crichton returns to Earth, only to learn that coming home might be the biggest mistake he's ever made.
08/21/02   Check out the pics from 411's preview All is not what it seem
08/07/02 Here’s a quote from David Kemper from SciFi magazines October 2002 issue:  

“Episodes 408 to 411 find our newly reunited crew wrestling with the addition of Scorpius to their roster, as well as the simmering romantic tension between Crichton and Aeryn. Running once again for their lives, the gang departs the now-familiar Unchatted Territories for a much darker, more dangerous region of space, where their adventures become correspondingly more tortured. This batch of episodes culminates in a remarkable personal adventure for Crichton, who comes face to face with someone who can change the course of his life in the blink of an eye. As the middle part of season four catches fire, we hit our stride, and once again push the boundaries of our own show outward. Here’s hoping the adventure moves you, also.”  

08-04-02  Coming up sometime in Season Four - some interesting stunts in the desert for Ben & Claudia. Does this mean a little trip back to Dam-Ba-Da? 
07-26-02   We have the episode descriptions for eps 408-411. Is that the same Interdimensional Being from Through the Looking Glass?
07-23-02  A few words from David Kemper 

There's a good chance that viewers will be seeing the return of Stark (Paul Goddard), the half-masked mystic, who left the group last season after Zhaan's death. "Stark is not dead. He went away looking for Zhaan, so he may even come back with pieces of her. Maybe he'll find a molecule of her to bring back. Stark is one of our family and we're pretty loyal to our people."

Sci-Fi plans to run 11 episodes in a row before going into repeats. In response to this, DK said, "I can't tell you how our scheduling processes work but we're reactive to the network. When they lock in their schedule, I design the rest of the season. When I'm plotting the story, if I know there's going to be a long break, I try and set up some kind of situation that will keep people interested.

"The pace of this year is, 'I want to be in charge of my destiny so I'm going to make some moves, so this is what I'm going to do! Holy crap, now I'm stuck with the consequences.' You can't go back. You can't un-ring the bell, as they say. So you're going to learn much more about our characters, things you didn't know before. Crichton and some of the others are about to make choices thaat they'll then have to live with as they go along."

 

07-14-02 OK Now my prediction!!!!!

John Crichton generated the worm whole at the end of last season and used Moya for a reason. What it is unknown but Aeryn was involved. His wormholes might be able to travel though time as well. Just conjecture but its VERY much like a major plot in Babylon 5.

John from the end of season one creates the worm hole But John of the latter part of this season goes back to change things. I think later in the season he finds out he must go back in time to set all that we see now in motion. Perhaps he finds that he must retrieve Scorpi to save Aeryn and he needs Moya's help so he travels back sucks up Moya and gets Scorpi then sends him to save her. has Granny mind wipe Rygel and Jool. I don't know but it sure would work. LOL Temporal dren is always fun!

07-23-02 

A few words from David Kemper 

There's a good chance that viewers will be seeing the return of Stark (Paul Goddard), the half-masked mystic, who left the group last season after Zhaan's death. "Stark is not dead. He went away looking for Zhaan, so he may even come back with pieces of her. Maybe he'll find a molecule of her to bring back. Stark is one of our family and we're pretty loyal to our people."

Sci-Fi plans to run 11 episodes in a row before going into repeats. In response to this, DK said, "I can't tell you how our scheduling processes work but we're reactive to the network. When they lock in their schedule, I design the rest of the season. When I'm plotting the story, if I know there's going to be a long break, I try and set up some kind of situation that will keep people interested.

"The pace of this year is, 'I want to be in charge of my destiny so I'm going to make some moves, so this is what I'm going to do! Holy crap, now I'm stuck with the consequences.' You can't go back. You can't un-ring the bell, as they say. So you're going to learn much more about our characters, things you didn't know before. Crichton and some of the others are about to make choices thaat they'll then have to live with as they go along."

07-14-02

OK Now my prediction!!!!!

John Crichton generated the worm whole at the end of last season and used Moya for a reason. What it is unknown but Aeryn was involved. His wormholes might be able to travel though time as well. Just conjecture but its VERY much like a major plot in Babylon 5.

John from the end of season one creates the worm hole But John of the latter part of this season goes back to change things. I think later in the season he finds out he must go back in time to set all that we see now in motion. Perhaps he finds that he must retrieve Scorpi to save Aeryn and he needs Moya's help so he travels back sucks up Moya and gets Scorpi then sends him to save her. has Granny mind wipe Rygel and Jool. I don't know but it sure would work. LOL Temporal dren is always fun!

 

07-23-02 Update what we know so far

 
 10411 Unrealized Reality

 Written By David Kemper**

Online TV Directories are saying: 

Believing that Crichton's wormhole knowledge threatens the universe, an inter-dimensional being plans to execute Crichton.

An inter-dimensional being believes that Crichton's wormhole knowledge threatens the universe. 

 10412 Kansas** Written By Justin Monjo**

**From TV Guide's Returning Favorites: 

Time travel lands the Farscape (premieres January 2003) gang on Earth in 1985

From scifi.com:**
Crichton returns to Earth, only to learn that coming home might be the biggest mistake he's ever made.

Were those flashes that John saw during Unrealized Reality actually previews of Kansas?

 

 10413 *Terra Firma* Written By The Froonster Ricky Manning**

According to David Kemper, 413 requires a very complicated and extensive set build

 10414 Written By RSO*
 10415 Written By Mark Saracini **

<Ploppy> Fourth season finally allows the Macton stuff to resolve - if you love D'Argo this ep will now be his swan song ( I think it's 15)

 

 10416 Written By Carleton Eastlake **
 10417 Written by: David Kemper**  

From a magazine artile interview with Claudia Black:I did two takes of a documentary scene for Ep 17. Aeryn had to make a tuna sandwich.

 10418 Written By David Kemper **
 10419 Written By
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 10421 Written By
 10422 Written By David Kemper

June 27, 2002

Dreamwatch will be having an interview with David Kemper in the next issue (#27, published June 27th in the UK and 3 weeks later in the US) - for more information on the article go to Karlsweb Newscape. Exclusive to Karlsweb is the following spoiler quote that didn't make it into the article:

 
David Kemper: "Carlton Eastlake, who did the two-parter where Crichton died [Infinite Possibilities], is doing another one for us this year and we¹re working on a really cool story. That's ep 16. Justin¹s doing 17, I¹m doing 18."

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