Season 1, Episode 4:
Throne for a LossMoya's crew plan to meet with a group of Tavleks and make a deal to transport cargo for them. However, when the Tavleks arrive onboard Moya, they use their superior gauntlet weapons to overpower the crew, kidnap Rygel and leave, though not before Crichton manages to knock one out- which automatically detatches the gauntlet. It transpires that during the early negotations, Rygel had been bragging about being the Dominar of the Hynerian Empire, and now the Tavleks plan on ransoming him. Worse, Rygel took a crystal from Moya's neural links for his "royal sceptre", and now Moya will lose orbit and crash into the neighbouring planet without it.D'Argo tries on the captured Tavlek's gauntlet, but the stimulant it pumps into his system drives him to super-aggression and he tries to kill the rest of the crew. Crichton and Aeryn manage to knock D'Argo out; shortly afterwards, the two of them go down to planet to find Rygel. Rygel himself is faring very poorly, having been buried up to his waist in mud to keep him from running away; however, he does manage to start bragging about his empire again, this time to his cellmate, Jotheb (next in succession to preside over the Consortium of Trao), another captured royal. This bragging actually manages to save Rygel's life when the Tavlek leader Bekhesh loses patience with him- only for Jotheb, hoping to absorb Rygel's empire, to claim, "If the ransom is not paid by his people, it will be paid by mine."Meanwhile, Zhaan helps the captured Tavlek (Named Kyr in the script) through his gauntlet withdrawals and tries to convince him to give up the gauntlet altogether. Kyr is resentful for the "sermons," but begins to warm to Zhaan's treatments- and eventually learns not to mistake Zhaan's kindness for weakness.On the planet, Aeryn has a turn with the gauntlet and suffers similar effects just before D'Argo- who followed them down after recovering- knocks her out. Eventually, they find the camp where Rygel is being held, only to discover that Bekhesh is moving Rygel to a more secure location; worse still, D'Argo gets wounded in their attempt to leave. Aeryn has to stay behind to "pump" D'Argo's wound until the blood runs clear (not doing so will poison him), meaning Crichton has to go on alone after Bekhesh — with the gauntlet. Thankfully, he manages to catch up with Bekhesh and defeat most of his bodyguards, but the gauntlet's juice runs out barely seconds into the fight with Bekhesh himself. Crichton eventually manages to convince the Tavleks that Rygel is worth absolutely nothing- not even to the Consortium of Trao- proving this by allowing Kyr to speak to them via the comms and confirm the crew's poverty.As the part is returned to Moya and Crichton recovers, Zhaan recieves a message from Kyr. Though he's returned to using the gauntlet, he thanks Zhaan for her kindness.
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