Recap / Farscape S 04 E 02 What Was Lost Sacrifice

Season 4, Episode 2:

What Was Lost, part 1: Sacrifice

Elac brings Crichton, Chiana, Rygel and Sikozu to the planet Arnesk, where D'Argo and Noranti are helping Jool and her people to excavate the home of a long-lost civilisation of galactic peacemakers. The planet's magnetic fields are weakening to dangerous levels, giving the archaeological team a limited amount of time to excavate, and worse, the Peacekeepers are on their way, led by Commandant Grayza, her new second-in-command Braca and their tortured captive pet, Scorpius.

Tropes present in this episode include:

  • And This Is for...: Braca when changing the rod keeping Scorpius under control.
    "This is for all the times I've had to say yes."
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Jool reveals she was actually a thief on the run before being frozen.
  • Fantastic Racism: Interions in general don't think much of Luxans. Vella doesn't even bother trying to mask her contempt for D'Argo, while Jool begrudgingly admits she thinks he's unusual for a Luxan.
  • Foreshadowing: The setting and Crichton discovering proof that humans and Sebaceans are related will be revisited.
  • Humiliation Conga: Scorpius is on the receiving end of this—tortured in an Aurora Chair and reduced to crawling around on a leash like a dog.
  • Man Hug: D'Argo gives one to Crichton.
  • Meaningful Name: D'Argo has given his ship from last season a proper name, Lo'Lah.
    "It's short for Lo'Laan. In memory of my wife."
  • The Reveal: Crichton discovers an artifact shaped like a pyramid that proves three species are linked. Each side has a particular symbol: one is Interion, another early Sebacean, but the third?
    Tarnat: Do you recognize any of the symbols?
    Crichton: One maybe. Egyptian. From my home world.
  • Stealth in Space: D'Argo's ship is revealed to have a cloaking device, if only for a short time. He used it to successfully avoid Peacekeepers and any bounty hunters.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The chanting is the vocal part of the show's theme song.
  • Visible Invisibility: Averted when D'Argo's ship cloaks.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: D'Argo condemns Jool for not defending him to Vella when he would've gladly defended her to anyone.