When astronaut John Crichton accidentally flies into a wormhole during a research mission, he is thrown in the middle of a space battle between the Peacekeepers and a group of escaped prisoners. John finds himself face to face with aliens for the first time when the prisoners pull him aboard Moya, their sentient ship, also known as a Leviathan. To escape from the Peacekeepers, Pilot engages Moya in a starburst that places them somewhere in Unchartered Territories. One of the Peacekeepers' Prowlers is pulled along with Moya, making Officer Aeryn Sun an unexpected traveller on the journey. As the group travels through Uncharted Territories, their task of returning home is complicated by Bialar Crais who chases them in an attempt to recapture Moya and the prisoners, execute Aeryn for her extended contact with the aliens and seek revenge on Crichton for the accidental death of Crais' brother.
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Crichton was originally going to take off from NASA. NASA was approached, and they agreed, but NASA insisted on approving/reviewing the entire script for the episode, even though they were only going to be in the first few scenes. Producers declined, and they came up with IASA instead. See more
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The DVD and single VHS releases of Farscape episodes each include approximately 5 extra minutes of footage not used in the North American broadcasts. The extra footage is not cut from European airings of the show. Some of the cut footage includes:
- Zhaan (Virgina Hey) giving Crichton (Ben Browder) a "Delvian ear kiss" in Episode 1 ("Pilot")
- Scenes of D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) and Aeryn (Claudia Black) interacting during "downtimes" in Episodes 2 ("I, E. T.") and 4 ("Throne For A Loss")