Farscape (1999–2003)
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Out of Their Minds 

An alien ship fires a weapon at Moya. Although the energy shield is active, some of the blast makes it through and causes everyone's consciousness to jump into another body.


Ian Watson


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Ben Browder ... John Crichton / Dominar Rygel XVI / Officer Aeryn Sun
Claudia Black ... Officer Aeryn Sun
Virginia Hey ... Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan
Anthony Simcoe ... Ka D'Argo / Chiana / Pilot
Gigi Edgley ... Chiana / Pilot / Ka D'Argo
Lani John Tupu ... Captain Bialar Crais / Pilot / Ka D'Argo / Chiana (voice) (as Lani Tupu)
Dominique Sweeny Dominique Sweeny ... Yoz
Thomas Holesgrove Thomas Holesgrove ... Tak
Jonathan Hardy ... Dominar Rygel XVI / Officer Aeryn Sun / John Crichton (voice)
Angie Milliken ... Yoz (voice)
Nick McKay Nick McKay ... Tak (voice) (as Nicholas McKay)


Moya is under sudden attack - an alien ship has locked weapons, is about to fire and is not listening to any white flag-waving messages. Crichton and the others are jolted from sleep and race from their rooms, while Zhaan flies out to the enemy ship to negotiate. On the very good assumption that she'll fail, D'Argo and the rest work on reactivating the defence shield they purloined from the Peacekeepers. They're right to try, as Zhaan can't stop the aliens from firing - and firing when the shield is only barely working. It is just powerful enough to prevent Moya from being destroyed. But the combination of weapons fire and a fluctuating, weak shield produces the very oddest of effects. For after the opening salvo, all of the crew on Moya find that they have swapped bodies.

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This was written by a freelancer Michael Cassutt who receives full screen credit. In reality, it had to undergo a heavy rewrite to fit it into the context of the Farscape world which was done by staff writer Justin Monjo. See more »


Aeryn Sun: [as Crichton] I'm a guy. A guy? Guys dream about this sort of thing.
Dominar Rygel XVI: [as Aeryn] I'll tell you one thing, Crichton. If I find you've been dreaming anything else to my body, I'll break your legs. Even if they are mine.
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References The Dark Crystal (1982) See more »

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Skeksis in Space!
23 June 2017 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

Jim Henson's Creature shop made use of two Skeksi puppets from "The Dark Crystal" to create the Birdlike Halosians in this episode. It was always amazing that you forgot that these characters were puppets, and that is not lost in this episode.

Using the Shield Generator they got from The Zalbinion, Moya's crew fends off an attack from the Skeks- Er, Halosian ship, where Zotoh Zhan had gone to try to negotiate a Truce. But because the Shield was at 60%, it not only protected Moya, but like in the Stargate SG- 1 episode "Holiday" or the Star Trek episode "Turnabout Intruder", the crews minds get switched.

What ensues is one of the best examples of character acting in any unrealized reality.

Claudia Black convinces us, she IS John Criton. Ben Browder channels Rygel, Lani Tupu (Pilot/Bialar Crais) becomes Ka D'Argo, Gigi does Pilot, and Jon Hardy becomes Aeryn. But Claudia wins with the most perfect impression of Criton, especially what a guy might do if ever in a woman's body.

The actors in this series really understood not only their own identities, but each others as well. And that is what makes it stand the test of time. It was believable then, it is now.

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7 July 2000 (Australia) See more »

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