Farscape (1999–2003)
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Astronaut John Crichton attempts to use the Earth's atmosphere to propel his module at high speeds but is hit by a radiation wave and is sucked through a wormhole into a distant part of the universe.


Andrew Prowse


Rockne S. O'Bannon (created by), Rockne S. O'Bannon


Episode complete credited cast:
Ben Browder ... John Crichton
Claudia Black ... Officer Aeryn Sun
Virginia Hey ... Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan
Anthony Simcoe ... Ka D'Argo
Kent McCord ... Jack Crichton
Lani John Tupu ... Captain Bialar Crais / Pilot (voice) (as Lani Tupu)
Murray Bartlett ... D.K.
Greg Blandy Greg Blandy ... Peacekeeper Guard #1
Colin Borgonon ... Peacekeeper Weapons Officer
Christine Stephen-Daly Christine Stephen-Daly ... Lt. Teeg
Damen Stephenson ... Bio Isolation Man #1
Lawrence Woodward Lawrence Woodward ... Bio Isolation Man #2
Jonathan Hardy ... Dominar Rygel XVI (voice)




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 »


Anthony Simcoe's real nose can be seen beneath his prosthetic facial makeup several times. See more »


Aeryn Sun: What is your rank and regiment? And why are you out of uniform? Rank and regiment now!
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Alternate Versions

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")
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References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

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What SF should be
1 July 2001 | by AVickersSee all my reviews

Somehow, I missed many of the early Farscape episodes, so I'm seeing them in all sorts of orders as they are repeated on various channels. I first caught it - entirely by accident - whilst lounging in a hotel room. The first 10 seconds had me completely hooked - THIS is what SF is all about.

The characters are strong; and Moya/Pilot the living ship is what Lexx should have been. The plots vary in quality, but none falls below excellent in my opinion. And I have to mention Rygel - what a gloriously irreverent character! None of your smarmy sugar-coated Star Trek aliens here, this is the real deal - cynical, self-serving and replete with disgusting personal habits, Rygel is the creation of a genius.

Last week the SciFi channel showed "Out of their minds" (the body-swapping episode). A true classic, I couldn't stop laughing from start to finish...

Long may Farscape grace our screens!

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