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.
  • Animesque: Cartoon Aeryn was drawn by a Japanese animator, and so moved like a Japanese anime character.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Interruption
    Cartoon Aeryn morphs into Nancy Reagan
    Nancy Reagan: Johnny, just say—
    Crichton: No!
  • Bait-and-Switch: Cartoon Aeryn is not amused by John imagining her in scanty clothes. When he re-draws her as Jessica Rabbit, she's still not amused, but more over his lack of imagination.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Harvey entices John to take revenge. John obliges by dropping an Anvil on Head.
  • Breather Episode: Sandwiched in-between the "Infinite Possibilities" two-parter and "The Choice," fans greatly welcomed a chance to just laugh.
  • Dramatic Irony: Harvey telling John that his counterpart on Talyn will get Aeryn if he dies from the injuries D'Argo inflicted on him. Of course, by this point, the John on Talyn is already dead.
  • Easily Forgiven: At the end of the episode, D'Argo says he would understand if Crichton wanted revenge, but Crichton makes he would never want to avenge himself on his friend.
  • 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.
  • Fanservice: In-Universe with a scantily-dressed Cartoon Aeryn. She's not amused.
  • Freudian Trio: In Crichton's mind, Pilot functions as the Id—advocating that primal instinct to flee at the slightest sign of danger. Jool is the Superego—suggesting rational discussion with D'Argo and finding common ground. Chiana (while normally the Id in the real world) is the Ego here—balancing the other two by suggesting using speed and brains to go on offense against D'Argo.
  • 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.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Jool
  • 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:
  • Something Completely Different
  • Super-Persistent Predator: "You can run as much as you like, but I'm gonna catch ya."
  • Tap on the Head: Averted; Crichton's head injury endangers his life.
  • Team Rocket Wins: The first two animated sequences end with D'Argo about to kill Crichton.
  • This Is Reality: When Harvey points out that Kirk could be savage when he had to be, Crichton counters by saying Kirk was fictional.
    Crichton: I'm real. I have to live with what I do.
  • 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.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: D'Argo asks what Crichton saw when he was 'dead'.
    "D'Argo, I could never explain it to you."