Recap: Farscape S 03 E 16 Revenging Angel

D'Argo has an accident while showing off his new ship, and, in a fit of Luxan hyper-rage, begins blaming John for touching the ancient Luxan vessel. They argue, and D'Argo throws his Qualta blade down several decks and knocks out John, putting him in a serious, possibly fatal condition. The ship, believing it is being invaded by a non-Luxan, begins a self-destruct sequence. In order to stop the self-destruct (which would destroy Moya as well), the crew must find D'Argo's Qualta Blade. Meanwhile, John hallucinates a Looney Tunes-inspired Coyote-and-Road Runner scenario with D'Argo as the predator, while Harvey the Neural Clone tries to convince him to give in to his darker impulses, namely revenge.

Tropes present in this episode include:

  • Acme Products: All of D'Argo's products in Crichton's imagine spots bear the name "Ozme."
    • Stealth Pun: Given that the show is made in the Land of Oz.
  • Analogy Backfire: When John refuses to seek revenge, saying "Kirk wouldn't stoop that low", Harvey points out that being savage when he had to be was a big part of the character.
  • Breather Episode: Sandwiched in-between the "Infinite Possibilities" two-parter and "The Choice," fans greatly welcomed a chance to just laugh.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Pilot is resigned to being killed when the Luxan ship explodes and focuses on finding a way for the crew to survive.
  • Giant Spider: The first animated sequence ends with Crichton trapped in a web and being descended upon by a spider-D'Argo.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: "D'Argo, look down."
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In true Looney Tunes fashion.
  • Hope Spot: The last animated sequence ends with D'Argo beaten and Crichton about to blast off... only for a very painful re-entry into live-action and a waiting D'Argo.
  • Informal Eulogy: Harvey performs one, with Crichton by his side.
    "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to pay our final respects and to say farewell to our dear friend, Commander John Crichton. A schmuck. Mule-headed. Reckless. And probably brain-dead before I met him. Alas, his death is mine also."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: D'Argo at the end of the episode over what he did to Crichton and his anger issues throughout the season.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Jool messing around the Luxan ship.
  • Oh, Crap: After having fallen down a cliff twice and been shot by a cannon, Animated!D'Argo stumbles to the road and right onto an earlier explosive trap that is about to go off. Cue panicked scream.
  • The Power of Love: Crichton's love for Aeryn is what really keeps him going.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Harvey advises Crichton to "live to even the score" against D'Argo. Crichton eventually does within his imagination, but doesn't find it in any way satisfying.
  • Shout-Out: Animated!Aeryn appears dressed as Jessica Rabbit, Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra (thinking it was Juliet), Dorothy Gale, Madonna and a lifeguard.
  • Something Completely Different
  • Super-Persistent Predator: "You can run as much as you like, but I'm gonna catch ya."
  • Team Rocket Wins: The first two animated sequences end with D'Argo about to kill Crichton.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Chiana really lets D'Argo have it over nearly killing Crichton.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The animated sequences owe a lot to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, with a little Bugs Bunny thrown in for good measure.
    Crichton: Doctor Chuck Jones wrote the book on these situations.