Farscape: Season 4, Episode 12

Kansas (30 Dec. 2002)

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Crichton has returned to Earth, but it's the 80's. And Crichton's father is supposed to fly the ill fated Challenger mission. They must save his father, or everyone on Moya will never have ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pilot (voice) (as Lani Tupu)
Commandant Mele-On Grayza (as Rebecca Riggs)
Carmen Duncan ...
Leslie Crichton
Jamie Croft ...
Tyler Coppin ...
Kim Kupperstein


Crichton has returned to Earth, but it's the 80's. And Crichton's father is supposed to fly the ill fated Challenger mission. They must save his father, or everyone on Moya will never have met. And some secrets are revealed about John's past Written by Jesse Sanchez

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30 December 2002 (Australia)  »

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What's interesting about this episode is that it's what Samantha Carter from Stargate SG-1 called an event preceding a cause leading to an event, meaning Crichton was meant to go into space, for if he hadn't, it would have caused a time paradox, since his younger self wouldn't have been able to be in the fire and his father wouldn't need to save him, so his father would have been killed in the shuttle and John wouldn't have gone into space. Also, in "Unrealized Reality", Einstein tells Crichton about changing the past so that John can (unknowingly) preserve history (as he remembers it), not realizing that this was meant to happen in the first place. See more »


After Chiana climbs into young John Crichton's truck, she grabs the radio tuning knob which turns up the volume... See more »


[as a teenager, talking to his father]
John Crichton: Yo, hero. Read the middle finger.
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References The Little Rascals (1955) See more »

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20 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The last episode ended with Crichton emerging from a worm hole and discovering that rather than returning to Moya he has found his way back to Earth. Initially he thinks he is going to die in orbit but D'Argo receives his transmission and is able to follow it in his ship, along with Aeryn, Chiana, Rygel and Noranti. It turns out this isn't present day Earth though; it is 1980s Earth and John remembers 'Einstein's' warning that visiting his time line in the past could have unexpected effects; he decides they must check that everything is as it should be but discovers his father is now due to fly on the ill-fated Challenger mission... he and the others will have to find a way to make sure his father isn't on that shuttle. Luckily it is Halloween so they might be able to pass as party goes so long as nobody pays attention to them too closely. Back on Moya Pilot, Sikozu and Scorpius must decide what to do when Grayza finds them; if they starburst they are unlikely to find the others again but if they stay they could be in real danger themselves.

I feared that this would be a weaker episode but I needn't have worried as it had a decent story and plenty of laugh out loud moments such as Aeryn watching 'Sesame Street', Rygel getting high on sugar, D'Argo confronting a police officer and best of all Chiana seducing a younger John Crichton! The John's efforts to save his father without anybody discovering that there are aliens on Earth were entertaining without getting silly... it was convenient that Aeryn and Chiana had picked up a usable amount of English though. The action back on Moya is only a small part of the story but does tell us more about Scorpius' relationship with Braca; the latter is still working for his former boss and Grayza's actions set up a threat for future episodes.

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