Recap / Farscape S 03 E 06 Eat Me
Season 3, Episode 6
Moya encounters a sick, Peacekeeper-controlled Leviathan that houses criminally insane prisoners, and a villain capable of "twinning" people in order to use them as food. The crew manage to escape the Leviathan in time, but thanks to the twinning, Moya now has two completely identical John Crichtons aboard.
Tropes in this episode:
- Ambiguous Clone Ending: Discussed at the end when the D'Argo and Chiana who survived wonder whether they are real or copies, and if it matters.
- The twist, as explained by Kaarvok and later explored by the two Crichtons, is that both copies have equal claim to be "the original". The machine doesn't really "clone" a person, it makes one person into two identical people. This is obvious from the special effect which shows the original turned into a ball of light which then divides in two, each side becoming a copy.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Jool tries to shoot herself out of sheer terror. John and Chiana are... dubiously uncaring.
- Brain Food: Kaarvok has a slightly more hi-tech way of doing this.
- Cloning Blues: The two Crichtons at the end, obviously, but D'Argo also wonders if he is just a copy and the real D'Argo is dead. Struggling with this possibility herself, Chiana insists you just know if you're the real one or not and doesn't want to talk about it anymore.
- Clone Degradation: The mutants are the result of Kaarvok twinning the Peacekeeper crew too frequently.
- Epic Fail: Jool's never touched a gun before this episode, but that doesn't explain how she's able to miss herself while holding the pulse rifle to her head!
- Expendable Clone: Played with - one Chiana has no hesitation in fleeing while Kaarvok kills the other, but feels guilty about it afterwards. Played straighter when neither John nor Chiana seem to care much about the D'Argo who died after they find the surviving one.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Being twinned and repeatedly having one of your duplicates killed and eaten until you're a mindless cannibal. Also, the Pilot having his arms repeatedly chopped off and eaten every time they regrow.
- Faux Affably Evil: Kaarvok is the "prattle casually about the hideous things you're going to do to people" kind of serial killer.
- Talyn is found adrift and damaged, while Crais is unconscious. Aeryn openly wonders what happened.
- The crew spends most of the episode split up. Those that find Crais and Talyn are Aeryn, Rygel, and Stark, while those away in the transport pod are Crichton, D'Argo, Chiana, and Jool. Barring the extra Crichton, these are how the crew will be split up for half a season after the next episode.
- Genre Shift: This episode is pure horror, and does a sub-genre shift within that as well - it starts off as a Zombie Apocalypse story and becomes a Slasher Movie when Kaarvok is introduced.
- Ghost Ship
- I'm a Humanitarian: Kaarvok feeds on those he twins. He's quite content to stay on this damaged Leviathan—having everything he wants and certain more will come to join his "family."
- Late to the Tragedy
- Mercy Kill: Begged for by Rovhu's Pilot, and finally given to Rovhu by Crichton.
- Not Quite Dead: We learn partway through the episode that Kaarvok twinned D'Argo—killing one and locking the other up.
- Reset Button: The two Crichtons' survival is the most triumphant aversion of this in the whole of Farscape.
- Rock-Paper-Scissors: The two Crichtons at the end of the episode, and they keep getting tied.
- Spanner in the Works: This Leviathan was basically a one-man insane asylum to keep Kaarvok locked up. Then the Scarrans attacked their convoy, which freed Kaarvok from imprisonment and left them all adrift in the Uncharted Territories.
- Tailor-Made Prison
- Teach Her Anger: Chiana tries to do this to Jool by Pistol-Whipping her. It doesn't work.
- Wham Episode: Kaarvok twinning Crichton deeply affects the rest of the series, particularly the relationship with Aeryn.
- What Does This Button Do?: Jool causing all the episode's problems by messing with the transport pod's controls.