Farscape (1999–2003)
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Rhapsody in Blue 

The crew finds a colony of Delvians. Z'han goes down to be with her own people for a while, but one of them wants something from Z'han and will do almost anything to take it from her.

Director:

Andrew Prowse

Writers:

Rockne S. O'Bannon (created by), David Kemper (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Ben Browder ... John Crichton
Claudia Black ... Officer Aeryn Sun
Virginia Hey ... Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan
Anthony Simcoe ... Ka D'Argo
Kate Raison ... Pa'u Tahleen
Max Phipps ... Pa'u Tuzak
Lani John Tupu ... Pilot (voice) (as Lani Tupu)
Darlene Vogel ... Alexandra / Lorana
Michael Beckley Michael Beckley ... Hasko
Aaron James Cash ... Pa'u Bitaal (as Aaron Cash)
Grant Magee Grant Magee ... Jothee
Robert Supple Robert Supple ... Young Crichton
Jonathan Hardy ... Dominar Rygel XVI (voice)
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Storyline

While learning some basic piloting manoeuvres from Aeryn in a transport pod, Crichton flies into the Flax, a large magna drift net set by Zenetan pirates who board and scavenge from any ship caught in their trap. The rest of the crew is alerted to their plight by a Zenetan defector who offers to guide D'Argo through the Flax. However, the guide navigates poorly and his craft is soon caught in the net as well. As the pirate commander searches for the defector, it is up to Zhaan and Rygel to distract him long enough for D'Argo and the defector to free their ship, rescue Aeryn and Crichton and return to Moya.

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Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1999 (Australia) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| DTS (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Goofs

In the opening dream sequence, while addressing his ex-girlfriend 'Alex', Crichton calls her "Aeryn". See more »

Quotes

Dominar Rygel XVI: I like my wives pregnant and my ships cold to the touch. That way my feet stay warm and my slumber is uninterrupted.
John Crichton: Wives plural? Big fella!
[high fives him]
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Featured in Farscape: Bad Timing (2003) See more »

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Best Episode of Season 1
23 October 2019 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

And it has something that many people overlook: This episode has some of the best music by Braedy (Spelling?) and Chris Neal aka "SubVision".

Subvision offered Farscape an appropriately outrageous soundtrack for each of the episodes they provided content for. When Guy Gross took over during "The Way We Weren't", the music suddenly took a traditional turn that did not match the imagery or tone we were seeing. He did create new Theme music for the show that had interesting Homages to SubVision, but Gross was basically a traditional composer, while SubVision created not only musical sounds, but interesting textures of sounds and sound effects that matched the strangeness we were seeing week after week. It was a stark, unexpected and unwelcome change for the show. When they left the show, they were missed, and they also unexpectedly vanished from existence, they did no more work after Season 2's "Crackers Don't Matter". That was it, no more SubVision. I've never heard any reason why they suddenly vanished, it's a mystery.

This episode had the strongest SubVision music, 2nd only to to "Jeremiah Criton" as far as 1st Season soundtracks go.

Regarding this episode, it begins with a surreal , shared set of soggy dreams accompanied by an elongated Starburst from Moya.

It seems Moya's crew were summoned by one of Zotah Zha'an's people, a "Woman" who wanted something from Zha'an but went about asking for it in the most utterly wrong way possible. Criton starts remembering a woman he was having a fling with before he became an astronaut, and those memories keep changing. As do the perceptions of Aeryn and Ka D'argo and Rygel. Something is rotten, but this is not Denmark.

We learn things about Zha'an that make her less Goddesslike, more Human. Her kind and giving nature this time puts her in a spot of real trouble.

But mostly we get to see how Delvian conflicts are resolved,: With Delvians, things are never how they originally seem. There is a lot of subtlety in this episode, that's how Delvians are. There is also Hypocrisy. But it is all hidden beneath a false presentation of Piety.

Ironically, it's Criton who sees the impropriety, even through the constantly changing memories of the woman "Alex".

Thanks to the Blue Ray version of this show, there is some startling imagery in this escapade of the Uncharted Territories.


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