Recap / Farscape S 01 E 02 IET

Season 1, Episode 2:

I, E.T.

A Peacekeeper beacon is activated on Moya that threatens to lead Crais' command carrier straight to their location. In order to muffle the signal, Crichton suggests they fly into the atmosphere of a nearby planet and submerge Moya in a bog, stifling the signal until the beacon can be removed. However, the beacon is attached to some of Moya's neural networks, meaning a dangerous operation must be performed in order to destroy it. Crichton, Aeryn and D'Argo go out onto the planet to get an anaesthetic: chlorium, an commonly occurring element that in large enough quantities can numb Leviathans.

It transpires that the planet's population is culturally similar to the people of Earth, and they've never met aliens before. Crichton meets a woman and her son who've spent their lives trying to make first contact with aliens, while D'Argo falls into the hands of the planet's military, which thinks he's a threat and wants to study him. Once Crichton has found a large enough source of chlorium (in a local food seasoning), he helps D'Argo escape, they take it back to Moya, and Rygel and Zhaan remove the beacon.

  • Adventure Planet
  • Alien Autopsy: A threat to Crichton.
  • First Contact
  • Government Conspiracy: Subverted. Our "truth seeker" is humored by the military.
  • The Greys: Basically, a shout-out to this.
  • Interspecies Romance: The local sees this possibility with Crichton.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A relatively benign case, as it's established that the crew still haven't quite gelled together when all of them individually stick their heads in the wall to see what's making the noise rather than just one of them telling the others.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The sides of the head are built up over the ears with pointed ears over them and the face completely clear. One of the aliens even comments on how wierd it is that they look so similar.
  • Series Continuity Error: The one time that translator microbes can't cover the communication issue, as these aliens haven't had any contact with other races.
  • Shout-Out: To ET and the X-files.
  • Throw It In!: That weird bit where D'Argo grabs something behind Aeryn's back is because of a scrapped effects shot where he would grab a bird flying by. Anthony Simcoe liked the idea so much that he kept it in the only way he could, even if no one would actually understand it without knowing this backstory.