Recap / Farscape S 01 E 22 Family Ties

Season 1, Episode 22:

Family Ties

Moya and her offspring are still in the same system as the Gammak Base and Crais' Command Carrier, still being pursued by Scorpius who still wants the wormhole knowledge that Crichton possesses. Rygel takes a transport pod and goes to the Command Carrier, trying to cut a deal with Scorpius for his own freedom in exchange for Moya's location. The rest of Moya's crew realise what Rygel is doing and prepare to either flee or fight when the Peacekeepers come. Crais informs Rygel that Scorpius has ordered his execution and the two make a deal: he helps Rygel return to Moya and requests asylum with the crew. At the same time, Crichton comes up with a plan to fill a transport pod with explosives and make a suicide run at the Command Carrier's bridge.

Crais vetoes the plan, claiming that Scorpius will detect the explosives and destroy the pod instantly. They come up with a new plan: Scorpius' Gammak Base is located on a moon with an oil surface, so they will detonate the pod in the moon's atmosphere and literally ignite the entire planet, destroying the base in the process. If Crichton flies the pod and destroys all of Scorpius' wormhole research, it will keep Scorpius sufficiently distracted for Moya and her offspring to escape. D'Argo and Crichton fly the pod towards the moon and bail out at the last minute — Crichton in a spacesuit and D'Argo, being a Luxan, able to survive in vacuum for a quarter hour arn — and they wait for Aeryn to pick them up in her prowler. Scorpius redirects the Command Carrier to try and stop the pod, but they fail and the moon's surface is ignited.

However, while everyone else is distracted, Crais gets aboard Moya's offspring, which Aeryn has named "Talyn". Crais convinces Talyn to leave by flying into the asteroid field. Moya is initially unwilling to leave her offspring, but Crichton convinces her that the only way she can find Talyn is to save herself first. Moya starbursts away. D'Argo loses consciousness, having used up his quarter-arn of air, and Crichton is left to wait for pickup...


  • Batman Gambit: The original plan to escape was for someone to crash a transport pod loaded with explosives into the Command Carrier's bridge—something acknowledged as a long shot. D'Argo proposes his own idea: target the research base on the oil-covered moon. To ensure that Scorpius takes the bait, though, Crichton has to be on the pod.
  • Benevolent Boss: Scorpius demonstrates this when allowing Braca to speak freely—something Crais wouldn't allow with anyone when he was in command.
  • Book-Ends: Recording a message on his tape recorder, Crichton recalls what Jack said in the first episode about the chance to be his own hero. He says that time has come now at the end of the season.
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Moya is forced to starburst away with half the crew.
  • Cliffhanger:
    Crichton: Aeryn?
    Aeryn: I'm still here, but I still can't get to you.
    Crichton: May not matter. D'Argo's unconscious.
  • Enemy Mine: Rygel and Crais reach a deal to save themselves.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: The recurring theme is that the members of the crew who openly distrusted and despised each other have become True Companions.
    Crichton: A strange life here, Dad. It's different, but it's my own. I have people who rely on me, people who I care about, people who mystify me, and people who have become allies, friends; and people who teach me patience, and people who teach me other things.
  • I Owe You My Life: Chiana says Crichton saved her life.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: Inverted, Crichton scornfully tells Rygel he can have his possessions upon his death and Rygel is rather hurt by it.
  • Irony: Crichton admits Crais makes him homesick—being the closest thing he has to male-to-male human interaction.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Just before initiating the plan.
    Crichton: Hey, D'Argo. How come I'm not afraid?
    D'Argo: Fear accompanies the possibility of death. Calm shepherds its certainty.
    Crichton: I love hanging with you, man.
  • Life Isn't Fair: After it's revealed to the crew that Crais knew D'Argo was wrongfully imprisoned:
    Crais: There is much in life that is unfair. We are all proof of that.
  • Living Lie Detector: Scorpius can tell immediately when Rygel is lying to him.
  • Meaningful Name: Aeryn names Moya's baby "Talyn" after her own father.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: Discussed. Crais knew all along that D'Argo was innocent of the crime he was imprisoned for. He tries to excuse it by saying only a higher-ranking officer could've pardoned D'Argo.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Played with. Crichton tells everyone on Moya to starburst without them rather than risk being captured and, despite their reservations, they do. Aeryn has the option to try to return to Moya, but she refuses to leave Crichton and D'Argo floating out in space.
  • Not So Different: Crais and Rygel. Both have betrayed their respective groups and are fated to be executed for their actions, so they make a deal to save themselves.
  • Parental Abandonment: Aeryn notes she only saw her mother once and never met her father.
  • Pet the Dog: After Crichton chides him for trying to sell out the crew, Rygel lowers his head sadly. Crichton gives him a little kiss on the head.
    Rygel: Thank you... for the possessions.
  • Revenge Myopia: Crais admits this to Crichton.
    "I thought it was about my brother. It should have been about my brother. Somewhere along the way, my priorities decayed. I realized I became more concerned with my image and career."
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Crais informs Rygel that the moment Scoprius gets what he wants, Rygel will be executed as an example.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Crichton plants a spectacular one on Crais, an early sign of his Sanity Slippage.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Just before the suicide mission Rygel tells Chrichton "I'd do the same for you if it made sense." (Beat) "No, wait, don't read into that!"
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Deconstructed. The rest of the crew are openly angry about how Rygel tried to sell them out, regardless of his last-minute deal with Crais possibly giving them all a way out of this. Rygel spends much of the episode feeling guilty and regretful, with only Crichton showing him any kindness after seeing it's genuine.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Inverted after Crichton says Rygel can have his possessions (calling him "a material kind of guy") and chides him for trying to sell out the crew.
    Rygel: Look I-I know I can be selfish, but given a chance I can usually—
    Crichton: Do what? Do the right thing?
    Rygel: Yes.
    Crichton: Rygel, I figure the right thing starts at the beginning of the day. Not after you've been caught.