Farscape: Season 1, Episode 18

A Bug's Life (17 Sep. 1999)

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The crew encounters a group of Peacekeeper who have just captured a dangerous creature. An entity that can take control of someone with just a touch. The Peacekeepers want to take it to a ... See full summary »

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The crew encounters a group of Peacekeeper who have just captured a dangerous creature. An entity that can take control of someone with just a touch. The Peacekeepers want to take it to a secret Peacekeeper base to safeguard it. When the creature is released, the race is on to figure out who is being controlled by the creature. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Even though Crichton looks like Peacekeeper, he should be recognized as an alien species because he is speaking another language (English) and in spite of the Translator Microbes, his lips would not be synchronized with the translation. See more »

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Officer Aeryn Sun: Thank you.
John Crichton: Don't mention it.
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The enemy within
18 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When Moya is approached by a damaged Peacekeeper marauder Crichton comes up with a plan; he and Aeryn will pretend to be serving Peacekeeper officers, D'Argo, Zhaan and Rygel will be confined to their cells and Chiana will pretend to be Crichton's property… this fools the team of Peacekeeper special forces although it doesn't help as much as hoped as their leader takes command of Moya claiming that his mission has priority over everything else. His mission is to deliver a crate to a top secret Peacekeeper base deep within the uncharted territories. Crichton and Aeryn don't have time to find a solution to that problem because Chiana and Rygel decide to have a look what is in the crate; when opened we see that it contains a strange creature; it isn't a danger though, the danger is the virus it contains. It isn't a normal virus though it is intelligent and can jump from host to host; luckily it can only possess one host at a time in its first stage but after that it will release thousands of spores. We see Chiana get infected but she detracts attention towards Rygel and by the time people learn of the deception the virus is in Crichton and Rygel in stasis. As the hunt goes on paranoia rises as nobody knows who is infected… the only good news is that it can't re-infect anybody.

This episode doesn't contain as many laughs as most; instead we have action and a sense of paranoia permeates the story as the crew don't know who can be trusted. While we never see the secret Peacekeeper base its presence in the uncharted territories raises interesting questions for future episodes. The idea of an enemy that possesses a ship's crew isn't original it works well and is helped by the fact that there is little trust between the Peacekeepers and Moya's crew to begin with. The conclusion of the story is well handled and for the time being keeps the location of Moya and her crew from the peacekeeper command… the exact details I won't spoil though! As one would expect from this series the acting was solid; Gigi Edgley was even more feline than usual as the possessed Chiana! Overall this was an exciting episode with plenty of tense moments; certainly not one to miss.


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