Season 3, Episode 2
Suns and Lovers
The crew stops at a commerce station
, hoping to pick up supplies and find information on a planet they can take Zhan to so she can heal from her injuries. While Crichton drowns his sorrows
and exposits to a bored bartender, Aeryn goes shopping for some bare necessities
, and Chiana and Jothee share an illicit tryst
while D'Argo is elsewhere. The station is struck by a massive space storm which tears it apart, causing hundreds of deaths and entangling Moya in the wreckage. The crew works to disentangle Moya
and work to rescue any survivors on the station
Tropes present in this episode include:
- Adult Fear: The children trapped in the nursery after most of the station is destroyed. If they aren't rescued soon, they will most likely die in the next storm.
- Cutting the Knot: When Borlik attaches to a bulkhead in order to destroy Moya, Crichton calmly walks out, closes the door, and lets Pilot detach the bulkhead and eject it into space.
- Damage Control: The crew must disentangle Moya from the station's wreckage before another storm hits. Things are furthur complicated when they realize there are survivors trapped elsewhere in the station.
- Driven to Suicide: D'Argo goes out to disentangle Moya from the wreckage, and takes no care for his own safety after discovering what Chiana and Jothee have done.
- Harmful to Minors: The nursery full of children. Their parents are most likely dead.
- Heroic Sacrifice: D'Argo. John is able to rescue him in time, despite D'Argo's intentions.
- Indian Burial Ground: The three commerce stations were built in the birthplaces of the local gods, or so it's said. Two of the stations have been destroyed, and it's believed that a religious cult is behind it.
- Loose Lips: John exposits at length about his recent troubles and exploits, but clams up when the station security asks if he's John Crichton. They proceed to go through the list of things the Peace Keepers have accused him of, including the destruction of a Gameck Base, raiding a Shadow Depository, and raping a bunch of people and popping eyeballs. John suddenly interjects that there was no raping, and someone else did the eyeball popping.
- Mission Control: Moordil, the bartender, helps Aeryn and John find a way to the nursury, but he dies of his injuries just before they get there.
- The Mole: Borlik is actually the one responsible for the station's destruction.
- Oh Crap: Chiana, when see looks out a window and sees a trapped kid frantically waving for help from a window in the station.
- Borlik upon realizing that the bulkhead she is attached to is detachable.
- Precision F-Strike: "Frell me dead!"
- Pulling The Thread: D'Argo doesn't immediately suspect that Chiana is cheating on him, but picks up on some weird details in what he is told before putting it all together.
- Sinking Ship Scenario: The station has been all but destroyed, most of the remaining survivors are aboard Moya, in the station's bar, or trapped in the nursury.
- Shoot Out the Lock: The hatch to the nursery is locked shut. Aeryn has no idea if it will work, but she has no time to try anything else. She seems genuinely surprised when it works perfectly.
- Shout-Out: Debatable. When the Backstory of the three commerce stations is related, and you learn that two of them have been destroyed and the third one is possibly doomed, you can't help but think of Babylon 5 (in that case, it was three stations destroyed, one gone missing, and the last one a popular topic of betting pools.
- Trap Door: Aeryn falls through a weak spot in the floor at possibly the most awkard moment she could have picked.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Discussed by Aeryn and John. Aeryn is inclined to resolve it, but John is hesitant.
- Your Cheating Heart: Chiana and Jothee are having an affair behind D'Argo's back. They're found out first by Rygel, then by D'Argo.