Recap / Farscape S 01 E 21 Bone To Be Wild
Following the birth of Moya's
offspring, and the escape from the Gammak Base, Moya
is hiding in an asteroid field, as Crais's carrier, now with Scorpius aboard, hunts them.Moya
receives a distress signal from an asteroid somewhere in the field, showing a young woman from a previously-unseen alien species being attacked by a monster. John and Zhaan have an impulse to help, and Aeryn points out that any inhabitants of the area may have maps that might help them escape from the Peacekeepers. John, D'Argo, and Zhaan leave for the asteroid, but Pilot asks Aeryn to stay.
On the asteroid, which is entirely covered with lush jungle, John, D'Argo and Zhaan find the young woman still fighting the monster and chase it away. The woman introduces herself as M'Lee and claims to be the last survivor of a colonisation party, and the three take her back to the transport pod to find the monster waiting for them. They drive it away again, but D'Argo is injured and stray shots temporarily disable the pod. Zhaan and John leave again to collect medicinal plants. In passing Zhaan reveals what has been hinted at before: Delvians are actually sentient plants. While searching for plants, Zhaan is kidnapped by the monster.
M'Lee offers to take John to the monster's feeding grounds to rescue Zhaan, but when they arrive nobody else is around and M'Lee attacks John herself.
A series of successive revelations then occur as the crew wander between the transport pod and a lab on the asteroid. First, the monster turns out to be a sentient botanist named Br'Nee, the last survivor of a harvesting party from a culture who seeded the asteroid centuries before, all the others having been killed by M'Lee. M'Lee is a "calcivore" that lives on other creatures' bones. Second, M'Lee reveals that Br'Nee's culture dumped a group of her people on the asteroid at the same time as they seeded it with plants, to kill all the asteroid's native animal life. When M'Lee's people ate all the animals, Br'Nee's left them to starve. M'Lee is the only survivor after they were reduced to cannibalism. Thirdly, Br'Nee turns out to be a complete psycho who miniaturises Zhaan so that he can take her back to his planet to be experimented on.
Br'Nee is killed in a struggle with John over the controls of the miniaturisation machine, as Zhaan is restored to full size and consciousness. D'Argo persuades M'Lee to let them leave the asteroid, promising that the energy discharge of their pod's take-off will attract a whole crew of Peacekeepers for her to eat. She staves off her imminent death from starvation by eating Br'Nee's corpse.
Meanwhile on Moya
, Pilot sends Aeryn down to the half-Peacekeeper baby starship, as Moya
is having difficulty connecting with him due to his hybrid nature and Aeryn is from his paternal culture. This succeeds completely, as Aeryn and the child rapidly bond and Moya
invites her to name him.
On the Peacekeeper carrier, Crais finds Scorpius rapidly stripping him of his authority and dignity. Scorpius finally takes over command, causing Crais to attack him and be completely overpowered. Crais is left broken, humiliated and near-catatonic.
As D'Argo promised, the Peacekeepers arrive on the asteroid. In the lab, M'Lee, returning to her distressed-damsel act, throws herself on Scorpius's mercy, apparently convincing him that it's a time that compassion is justified.
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