Recap / Farscape S 03 E 18 Fractures

Season 3, Episode 18:

Fractures

In the midst of the usual crisis, Moya and Talyn are reunited and the two crews get a chance to talk about what's happened since their separation. Aeryn in particular is still in the midst of a Heroic B.S.O.D. after having lost and grieved over the man she'd fallen in love with, only to be reunited with someone near-identical. Most important of all, Crichton receives a message from his deceased double, who reinforces how dangerous the wormhole knowledge is and charges Crichton with the task of protecting it. Realising what he's got to do, he comes up with a plan and asks the crew for help:

Crichton: So that's what I'm doing. You don't have to come along. You don't have to like it. I just wanted you to know.
Pilot: Moya and I are against this idea in totality. I am sure Captain Crais is aware that Talyn resists also.
Chiana: You don't know how far Scorpius is in his wormhole research. You don't know where he keeps it. You don't know anything. How are you gonna stop him?
Jool: I'll pass if you don't mind.
[...]
Crichton: Guys... I don't see another option. Scorpius has the knowledge from my brain and I'm not gonna let him shaft the universe with it.
[A beat. Then Aeryn stands up and joins Crichton. A moment later, Crais does the same.]
Chiana: You're all gonna die.

Tropes

  • Bloody Hilarious: The Boolite exploding when it was shot by the Peacekeeper, and the panicking head landed right next to Jool and Crais, which caused them to start panicking too.
  • Brain Bleach: Most of the characters are clearly unsettled at the idea of Rygel and Orrhn making love on the ship.
  • Call Back: Aeryn attempted this when she tried to remind Crichton of the first time they used make-shift anchors, before remembering he's the wrong Crichton.
  • The Cameo: Stark, in his last appearance of the season, briefly appears as a recording to tell Crichton he has a message for him.
  • Cloning Blues: Aeryn is cold to Crichton due to the death of the other one.
    Crichton: He died.
    D'Argo: And now Aeryn thinks that you're the copy.
  • Deus Exit Machina: When a Peacekeeper signal is first detected, Moya starbursts and Talyn does so along a similar trajectory, which keeps him out of the action when the villains later try to escape in a transport pod.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Almost all of the inhabitants of the pod have paralells with the crew of Moya, except gender-flipped. The inhabitants included A male peacekeeper, Androgen (intersex) Nebari and female Hynerian. The only exception is the friendly Scarran (a counterpart to D'Argo) and the Boolite.
  • Hidden Villain: Orrhn Pak
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Up to Eleven. The Boolite started the story as living gibs before being slowly put back together by Jool and Crais, then ended the story as gibs again.
  • Mood Whiplash: This episode is filled with it; such as the first time Crais screams due to Ludicrous Gibs landing on him to Crichton playing scissors-paper-rock with the hologram of his dead duplicate.
  • Take Up My Sword: The dead Crichton tells his counterpart that the Peacekeepers are his problem and implores him not to let Scorpius obtain wormhole technology.
  • Token Heroic Orc: A friendly Scarran is a crew member of the escape pod.
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