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With death approaching in the form of Peacekeeper search parties, those aboard Moya say their final goodbyes, and share a last feast together, before enacting a plan to save Moya and her baby, named Talyn.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Captain Bialar Crais / Pilot (voice) (as Lani Tupu)


As a diversion to let Moya with her baby starburst away, the crew destroys Scorpius' lunar base. But while everyone is distracted, Crais escapes with Talyn. Moya wants to go after her son, Crichton and D'Argo are in orbit without much air, Aeryn can't reach them in her Prowler, and Peacekeepers are on their way. Written by Jesse Sanchez corrected by Victoria Alaya

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28 January 2000 (Australia)  »

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Did You Know?


Coincidentally, Ben Browder and Claudia Black would later appear in a Stargate SG-1 (1997) episode of the same name: Stargate SG-1: Family Ties (2007). See more »


Crais tortures Rygel by holding his head under water. However, it is established in other episodes that Rygel is amphibious. He should not have been affected the way he was. See more »


Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan: The instant I committed murder, I sacrificed my right to exist. Since then, I view every microt as a generous yet undeserved gift from the Goddess.
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Season One ends with a cliff-hanger!
23 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As the first season draws to a close things don't look good for Moya and her crew; they are still among the asteroids hiding from the Peacekeepers... at least most of them are; Rygel has taken a transport pod and is heading for Crais' command carrier. Once there he wants a deal; he will give them Moya, her armed offspring, the prisoners and most importantly John Crichton and the wormhole technology he possesses! His plan has one flaw though; Scorpius is not to be trusted; Crais tells Rygel that he will be killed as soon as Scorpius has what he wants, Crais also says that he himself is doomed to be court-martialled so the two of them escape in the transport and return to Moya... where they don't get a friendly welcome! Their position is no better than before but they do come up with a plan that might help them escape; if it is to work everything must go exactly right or they will be lost. The plan is to distract Scorpius with an attack on his base... the attack goes well but as the episode ends things are looking far from good for the crew; Crichton and D'Argo are floating in space, Aeryn is trying to get to them, Crais has stolen Moya's child and Moya herself has starburst away!

This was a fine end to the first season, which gets the viewer keen to see how their problems will be resolved. There were some nice surprises early on; I knew Rygel was self-serving but I didn't expect him to head off to the Peacekeepers to sell out his shipmates, nor did I expect Crais to leave the peacekeepers; no doubt now he has taken Talyn, as Moya's child has been named, his role in the series will change... for good or for bad it is impossible to say yet. Most of the episode was spent setting thing up for the attack on the base, which while not as action packed as I'd expected was impressive and lead to a great conclusion; I'm certainly looking forward to watching the second season.

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