WMG / Farscape

FTL Propulsion in Farscape
  • "Hetch Drives"- Hetch probably translates as "warp," as in Hetch 1, Hetch 2, etc. A practical interstellar propulsion used presumably by Peacekeepers and other starfaring species, but Leviathans are also capable of traveling at Hetch velocities without using Starburst.
  • Starburst, unique to Leviathans, is an interdimensional drive that is faster than Hetch. Starbust involves riding an energy wave along the same between dimensions.
  • Wormholes- the ultimate in travel, tunnels through space, can take you anywhere if you understand the "art." Crichton learns to navigate wormholes safely. All others tun to goo.

Scarran weapons suck
Scarrans have relied so much on their brute strength and heat-projection ability that they never developed decent pulse weapons. Their rifles look awesome but are actually less accurate and less powerful than PK weapons, which most but not all Scarrans seem impervious to when at any setting less than a pulse chamber overload.

Ruling class Scarrans don't have the pulse-resistant armor of the warrior Scarrans.
In "The Peacekeeper Wars, Part II", Aeryn shoots Ahkna with a pulse pistol and she dies like any Sebaceanoid.

Translator Microbes don't translate cursing because
They're smart enough to realize that literal translation of curses are meaningless. Take English, almost all curses have nothing to do with what the words actually mean: they're just empty expressions of emotion. So the translator microbes skip them to avoid a Translation Trainwreck and because knowing exactly what 'Frelling' has to do with your sisters goat doesn't really add anything.

Talyn Needed A Pilot
Throughout the series, Talyn was prone to mood swings and fight-or-flight responses. Talyn would act on his own initiative, often with Crais screaming "Talyn! NO!" Except after Stark bonded to him as pilot in Meltdown. Talyn was able to resist Mu-Quillus' siren song and fly away. Crais' neural transponder wasn't a usable substitute for a naturally-bonded pilot.
  • I believe it's less Talyn needed a Pilot/naturally bonded pilot, and more, Talyn needed someone that wasn't as mentally unstable as Crais. IIRC, in one alternate universe, he bonded with D'Argo and turned out fine. Crais, this is a guy who threw away everything to chase down some random asshole across the Uncharted Territories for killing his brother, and outright murdered his second-in-command to keep this a secret.

Most Peacekeepers are cool
Most of the P Ks chasing Crichton are corrupt, and Grayza is a female Nero, but they're essentially the good guys (The Anti-Genocide Faction) when galactic war broke out, most other P Ks in the show are decent people who believe they're doing a good service... their combat ranks are brutal though
  • They are pretty intolerant and xenophobic though... just more oppressive than genocidal.
    • It's hard to know how xenophobic the average Peacekeeper actually is. It seems to be a philosophy enforced by the senior ranks but Peacekeepers' sole reason for existence is being hired out by other species which doesn't make much sense for an outright xenophobic people. Scorpius was able to get exemption from their purity laws so they're not that strict. While Macton had a problem with D'Argo and Lo'Laan, he was only one man and that doesn't prove everyone would have (in fact, Scarrans are the Peacekeepers' worst enemies whereas Luxans have a basic alliance so if anything Scorpius would find acceptance harder than Jothee). They also seem happy enough to socialise with other species in the Uncharted Territories when it's allowed and at least a few seem interested in Chiana. With the exception of their oppression of Leviathans, normally when they oppress the members of a species it seems to be the result of members of that species (those in charge) hiring them to do so and enforcing their laws. D'Argo was a convicted murderer, he may have been innocent but he was convicted (Crais may have known he was wrongly convicted but Aeryn didn't and nor would the average Peacekeeper). Zhaan killed the guy she was having sex with (to quote Crichton). Rygel's imprisonment was ordered by the recognised ruler of the Hynerian Empire. In effect, most Peacekeepers probably do feel they're enforcing the laws of individual planets and supporting peace. That's not to say there aren't some very bad Peacekeepers and that they don't do bad things (take that planet being used up to get tannot root). However, Peacekeepers do at least seem to think they're doing alright. The memorial in "Different Destination" celebrated Peacekeepers doing good things, so they did at least value this. In "Into the Lion's Den", Aeryn described loyalty, sacrifice and honour as Peacekeeper values. So many of them probably are decent people even if not always fighting on the right side.
  • "Einstein," the extradimensional baldie in a nice suit, is an Observer!
  • Further evidence: Farscape established that wormholes really, really can mess with the universe, and wormhole travel can lead to new "unrealized realities," parallel worlds spawned from imagination; this is rather like the degradation of the laws of physics (and resultant odd phenomena) that is occurring in both universes due to travel between them.
  • That would result in multiple shows qualifying as parallel worlds connected to Farscape, such as Revolution, Supernatural, Sliders, and so on.

The entire series is set in the far future, and all the "aliens" in it are descended from humanity.

Wormholes are explicitly capable of time travel, and the only contact between Earth and the rest of the galaxy that occurs in the series proper takes place through wormholes. Also, this provides an elegant explanation for why just about everyone in the Farscape universe is bilaterally symmetric, eats similar food, is interfertile, and so on.

Given what we learn about the origins of the Peacekeepers in The Peacekeeper Wars, this does imply that either: a) the ancestors of the Eidolons had wormhole tech, or b) Sebaceans aren't actually any closer to humans than anyone else; when the Eidolons uplifted the "savages from the edge of the galaxy", those weren't Stone-Age humans but descendants of a Lost Colony.

This also implies that, when Crichton sticks all that information about alien tech on the moon, he's setting up one heck of a Stable Time Loop.

  • It's worth noting this theory was brought up on Community.
  • Doesn't explain Zhaan though. Humans aren't plants.
  • It doesn't explain Pilot, either. Or Rygel, for that matter.
    • Maybe not all aliens are descended from humans? Although this still doesn't explain Rygel's diet being human-like or Zhaan's very human physique.
      • Humans in the far future will spread other lifeforms from our planet, and there will likely be genetic engineering, so maybe a combination of evolution and genetic engineering explains these things. The Farscape universe might be ripe with unintended consequences. (Breed a hardy plant that's aggressive for a hostile, barren planet, and maybe it eventually evolves into a sentient plant, who mimics the form of its predator.)
    • Just a thought on this theory, the humans made Sebacean were described as "barely clothed". So if these weren't stone-age humans but were in fact from an advanced (though primitive by Farscape standards) Lost Colony, it's possible they just knew how to have a good time.
The Sebaceans have an extremely large number of different languages, which they speak interchangeably due to Translator Microbes.

Consider the following facts:
  1. Crichton can pretend to be a Peacekeeper by affecting a really bad English accent—or, in at least one case, without altering his speech in any noticeable way.
  2. Crichton can tell when Aeryn is speaking English.
  3. Sikozu's first conversation with Crichton makes it clear that Translator Microbes act on the listener, not the speaker (she doesn't take them; he can understand her and she can't understand him).

Unless Crichton spent a great deal of time off screen learning the Sebacean language, presumably he's speaking English when he's pretending to be a Peacekeeper. Unless Crichton is considerably better at noticing which language someone's speaking than your average Peacekeeper, they must notice that he's speaking a language they've never heard before. Since this doesn't cause them to immediately figure out that he's an impostor, it must be a fairly common occurrence—that is, there must be so many different Sebacean languages that if some random Peacekeeper walks through the door speaking one you've never heard before, you won't be particularly surprised.

  • You known, one could assume that the translator microbes help someone learn a new language faster
  • Actually considering how far apart a lot of the Peacekeeper colonies are (and the fact that each planet probably has a multitude of different dialects), that's not actually implausible. And it would make sense. For all they know Crichton could just come from a far away Peacekeeper colony. I mean, think about it. What are the odds that an entire empire spread all that way across the galaxy would have just one language? THAT would be Wild Mass Guessing!
    • Considering that Sebaceans have had audio recordings since their creation and the odds go up. Not that the Peacekeepers control more than a fraction of the galaxy; there are large chunks under control of the Nebari and Scarrans, for starters, as well as some fairly large regions like the Uncharted Territories and Tormented Space that nobody controls.
  • It's possible the reason he can tell when Aeryn is speaking English is because she doesn't quite do it right, so when she says something that almost, but not quite makes sense.
    • It might also be that the reader/listener perceives the microbe-translated languages slightly differently than naturally understood languages. This could be an in-universe explanation for why many aliens speak english with a few accents ... and why Crichton affects the accent, at first, when he impersonates the Peacekeepers; it's the accent he always hears from Sebaceans.
      • Both could be right. In a "Prefect Murder" Aeryn said she was getting a really bad "bribe" (instead of vibe) and John realised she was speaking English. In "Coup by Clam" she said "Jirl Power" (instead of "Girl Power"). Mistakes like that are probably the quickest way to pick up someone speaking in a language they don't know. However, in "A Constellation of Doubt" Crichton asked Sikozu, when she was looking for the location of a Scarran base, if she was asking "in Scarran" and she insisted she was. This makes sense if Scarrans would be able to tell the difference. I'd speculate that the microbes don't apply a particular set of accents, rather they choose from accents the listener knows and finds easy to understand (so for John that's going to mean, American, English or strangely enough quite often Australian and New Zealander). Therefore everyone speaking to a Scarran through translator microbes might sound like someone from their homeworld, which can stand out if they're supposedly from somewhere else in the empire (and of course if two Scarrans from two different worlds compared the accent they'd quickly pick up the discrepancy).
This makes sense since Sebaceans/Sebaceanoids seem to have a wider phenotypical variation than terrestrial humanity. It's very likely that the Peacekeeper idea of a Sebacean differs from the biological definition.
  • Just to add to this, when Sikozu first met Crichton she fell under suspicion because she had Scarran currency. She then pointed at the others and said "Nebari, Hynerian, and you. All from the Peacekeeper realm." The you in this case was Crichton. She didn't seem surprised at all that someone she thought was a Sebacean from the Peacekeeper realm spoke a language she'd never heard before (in the next episode when she runs into Peacekeepers she doesn't have to learn their language, meaning it's not like there's just one Peacekeeper language and she doesn't know it). So this adds credence to the idea that at least some Sebaceans and probably some Peacekeepers do speak different languages.
Crichton read Snow Crash before he left Earth...

...and that's how he knows that, if you want to be the baddest motherfucker in the worldgalaxy, you have to carry around your own private nuclear bomb on a Dead Man Switch.

Note that Snow Crash was published in 1992 and Crichton didn't fall into his wormhole until 1998, so there's no problem with the timeline.

"Einstein" is in fact the creator of the Universe.

Well, him or one of his predecessors. They live in an alternate dimension outside of the space-time continuum within what we determine as the "universe." He OWNs time (I mean these guys made time their bitch a long time ago). And if you own time, you can own space. So it's probably not beyond their capabilities to go: "hmm... hey there's a lot of emptiness out there. I wonder what would happen if I just flick this switch over here...". And they sent the Ancients in because they didn't want some idiot fucking up their masterpiece (which happens to be linked to their own "universe-thingy"), and hence messing up their universe-thingy as well.

John Crichton is an alternate universe John Michael Crichton.
Hmm... a pop-culturally aware tech-savvy hero who knows that "everything breaks", or a doctor who writes stories about pop-culturally aware tech-savvy heroes who know that "everything breaks". Name's the Same, even!

Crichton wasn't making a joke in "Bone To Be Wild"
Luxan poetry really is all about mucus and phlegm. The more disgusting it is, the better it's considered. Then, the poetry is set to music. This is done so they can prove that anything can sound beautiful when accompanied by shilquen.

Maldis is a rogue Ancient
Omnipotent reality warper from another plane of existence, who can take on any form he wants. It makes more sense than accepting that he is really a wizard who uses magic to achieve his ends.

  • Except that Farscape is not a "spiritually dead" or "magically dead" universe.
    • Plus, Ancients are not intangible, nor do they feed on emotions or souls.
      • He could be a rogue Ancient who's also a wizard.
      • ???

The interdimensional creature in "Through the Looking Glass" was Einstein's true form.

It was Zhaan who killed Salis in "Durka Returns", not Durka or Chiana
She was the last person he spoke to before his death, she was outraged by the idea of Nebari mind control (and he made an explicit threat to do it to her), she was alone when the killing happened and she has a record of being willing to kill for ideology. Durka's response to a direct question about whether he did it or not is evasive in a way that suggests he didn't do it but is embarrassed to admit it, and the weapon Chiana is seen with immediately afterwards was blunt, whereas Salis's corpse looked as if he'd been either slashed or stabbed in the throat.

Not only do the translator microbes translate numbers but also units of measurement.
Words like ahn and metra are only used to indicate that the speaker has used a unit from a different system. This would explain why John understands what hetch means in the first episode.

The standard units of measurements have a vulgar basis.

The only words we don't hear translated by the translator microbes are units of measurement (arn, microt, hetch), and vulgarities (meevonks, dren, frell). There ought to a reason for both. Perhaps like Earth's Smoot the units are based was based on a body or body part.
  • Or they're simply too different from Earth measurement. Metra looks like meter and half, or five feet, for example. That would be like translate one foot as one meter, and vice versa.

The Scarrans are somehow related to the Koopas.

Think about it. They are giant reptiles who can breath fire and get their power from flowers. Maybe fire flowers? They also have a caste system, just like in Mario. In Mario it is Koopa Troopa->Various Koopa Mutations->Bowser and his family. In Farscape it is Basic dumb Scarran->an intermediate form seen in the background sometimes->High Scarrans.

Grayza is a Nebari/Sebacean hybrid.

Her complexion has a distinct grey-blue tint, and her built in roofie power has distinct overtones of the Nebari "mental cleansing".

When Stark came back from the dead, he Came Back Wrong.

Prior to his execution in "The Ugly Truth," he freely admitted that most of his insanity was an act to stop the Peacekeeper jailers from bothering him, and barring the odd flutter of panic in his second-season episodes, the characterisation follows the line pretty well up until "Ugly Truth." When he's resurrected in "Liars Guns and Money," he's clearly not as stable as he once was: first, there's the console-smashing breakdown when the heist goes wrong, then the conversation with Scorpius which ends with Stark yelling that he should just kill Jothee (the person Stark returned from the grave to rescue), and of course, his attempt to break up an argument by shrieking "MY SIDE, YOUR SIDE!" a lot. And it only gets worse from there- at one point, he goes so far as to try and Mind Rape Jool in one episode; clearly, he lost a sizeable chunk of his sanity (or self-control, take your pick) in his return to corporeal existence, making him a Type 2 example of Came Back Wrong.

The Scarrans are an Eidolon uplift project that went wrong.

It's a bit weird that the plant that boosts the Scarrans intelligence grows on certain Scarran worlds, and also on Earth on the far side of the galaxy. But once it's revealed that the Eidolons created the Peacekeepers from proto-Earth-hominids, an explanation appears obvious. At the same time as they took hominids from Earth, they also did a bit of natural-product bioprospecting for Earth plants with pharmaceutical uses, and they discovered an Earth plant that had intelligence-boosting effects on a primitive reptilian species they were aware of. So they introduced the Scarrans to the crystherium, probably with a rose-tinted view of sentient-lifeform-nature that led to the belief that increased intelligence would naturally lead to a more peaceable worldview.
  • Or, perhaps the Scarrans were the Eidolons' first attempt at creating a private military. Scarrans are strong, resistant to pulse fire, have heat beams, and can breed with many races, making them adaptable to most environments. Unfortunately, they went rogue, and the Eidolons started over with Sebaceans.
    • That doesn't seem too likely, since the head Eidolon didn't know anything about Scarrans.

Grayza's pregnancy in "The Peacekeeper Wars" is by her rape of John in "What Was Lost".

And in the next generation, D'Argo Jr. and any other Crichton offspring will have a Mordred-style Bastard Bastard as their Arch-Enemy.
  • Entirely possible but I doubt it for one reason; If that was the case she would have used it to gloat over Crichton. She'd never miss a chance to mess with him.
    • Unless she thought that it would be better not to tell him until it was dramatically appropriate.
  • Or, she may have been raped by Scorpius off screen during Season 4 after she was dethroned from her command as payback for what she put him through. When Scorpius asks Bracka about how she was doing, he described her as being in "hysterics." Also, in the mini-series, when she looks at Scorpius after signing the peace treaty, she turns away with a bitter look on her face. It was almost as if something more had happened between the two.
    • In a word, no. Braca's exact words were "she's having difficulty adjusting to confinement" - another Villainous Breakdown in other words. Plus, in this scene, Braca's addressing Scorpius as if he's just arrived on board. But even once we put all that shit aside, Scorpius has never made use of rape - of the physical kind - at any point in the show outside Crichton's nightmare scenarios. As for the look on Grayza's face, she's just been forced into a truce with the Scarrans and gotten humiliated by Crichton once again in the process. And another thing, would Grayza really be stupid enough to cozy up to Grand Chancellor Maryk after that? By all appearances, Maryk believed that the child was his own, and he could very well have been wrong about that, but there's no way in hell Grayza would be dumb enough to try and pass off a Scarran-Sebacean hybrid as his baby. Even the 1/4th hybrids tend to stand out, as Unrealized Reality demonstrated.

Grunschlk was a Grudek
Grubby, lumpy, unkempt but other Sebaceanoid alien? Grunschlk must have been a Grudek outcast from his former pirate crew, who then went out on his own, representing the Diagnosans as a business agent, because unlike the rest of his species, he didn't have the chops for piracy. Alternatively, he could have just been a really ugly Sebacean.

Neither Moya!Crichton or Talyn!Crichton is the real one
The real Crichton was killed during the cloning process, thus the reason why they are shown to be identical even at a cellular level, is because the samples tested were both from copies.
  • More likely Kaarvok was just telling the truth when he said that there is no original and there is no copy, just two made from one.

The executions involved in being "Irreversibly Contaminated" is to keep people from realizing how much Peacekeeper society sucks
A short stint with aliens is enough to serve as a death sentence even when they do everything they can to reunite with command. This probably means they don't want people to get new ideas. After all, Peacekeepers are forcibly trained from a young age, even bred for the military, and yet they consistently suck. Morale is probably a major concern, and the prospect of leaving for a less craptastic existence is on everyone's mind. So, Peacekeeper Command has to stamp out any and all seditious thought.

The space plant that attacked Moya in Natural Election was Zhaan
. Moya was floating beside a wormhole when the space plant attacked and latched itself onto her surface. Zhaan, who was a plant, died in a wormhole. The space plant was a mutated form of Zhaan that locked onto Moya and attached itself to its surface. The plant has blue colouring, like Delvians, and although Zhaan would never harm Moya, it is already established that her spirit had moved on and so she is not responsible for the plants behaviour.

Emperor Staleek is Scorpius's father
Rule of Drama demands that Scorpy's dad be a character of narrative significance, rather than some anonymous grunt. Plus Staleek is relatively more tolerant of Scorpius than every other Scarran.
  • Scorpius' father is shown as an anonymous grunt, a horse-faced soldier-type Scarran in "Incubator", but it is entirely possible that's just how Scorpius imagined the events, without any evidence.

The game in "John Quixote" was nothing to do with Maldis, or even deliberately booby-trapped
John and Chiana being trapped in it is entirely the result of John's mental instability, and in particular his survivor guilt over the people who've died thanks to getting mixed up with him. It's significant that Gilina turns up briefly for no reason in what's almost a re-enactment of her death, that the people who are most hostile to John in the game are Crais, who died to save him, and Stark, whose beloved Zhaan died because of him and Aeryn, and that his final escape from the game comes from a forgiveness-coded encounter with Zhaan.
  • It's pretty much stated outright in the episode that the game was made by Stark to mess with Chricton, in revenge for him getting Zhaan killed, in Stark's perception.

Chiana has a sexual fetish for the elderly
There's definite innuendo about her past relationship with Altana in "Home on the Remains", she ends up flirting with Paroos in "A Prefect Murder" despite the fact that he looks like a cross between Father Jack and Davros, and she gets far too enthusiastic about posing as Noranti's lesbian partner in "Bringing Home the Beacon".

The Halosians evolved from Skeksis.
They lost their vestigial arms since they were useless and grew wings, but those later became vestigial as well.

Translator Microbes are telepathic
Which explains how they work with all but the most "complex" living languages but recordings of dead languages don't work with the normal microbes.

Pilot's voice changed because...
He was going through space-puberty at the time. The elders did say he was too young to bond with a leviathan.
  • The truth is actually simple: from the making-of documentary on the two-disc DVD of the mini-series because after the show's completely, the preset file for Pilot's audio alternation was deleted without a backup. When the mini-series was greenlit, the post-production crew tried their best to recreate the setting, thus the end result we get in the show.

Farscape is a prequel to Event Horizon
When John Crichton went missing, IASA investigated how to create wormholes. Eventually they discovered how to create an artificial singularity to fold space, which went horribly wrong. This is supported by the fact that Dr. Weir works for IASA - the same entity that Crichton works for.

D'argo is alive after The Peacekeeper Wars.
Though D'argo's injuries appear to be very serious, he still manages to stand his ground to cover his friends. However, D'argo could have survived the "last stand", and afterwards was rescued by Sikozu and Grunslck and were taken to the shuttle left in the bay, taking off and getting clear before John initiated the Wormhole Weapon.

Translator Microbes sometimes "translate" names
Some of the names in Farscape seem to make sense if you speak Earth languages. Why would a Dentic (an apparently non-English word) have a name that sounds like dentist? Why would Litigara have a name that sounds a lot like litigation? Why would Leviathans just happen to have the same name as Biblical sea monsters? Pilot's term of address clearly isn't "Pilot" but whatever everyone's local translation for Pilot is. This also suggests that a lot of the names for things we hear in the show may not be their real names but rather names translated to take on the same meaning (in the same way that Peacekeepers probably don't have an actual rank called Captain but whatever the equivalent rank is called is translated as such). In fact, if everyone's getting a different translation then when John says Leviathan, D'Argo may hear "Luxan Sea Beast" while Rygel probably hears "Giant Tadpole".

The Scarrans' ultimate aim in The Peacekeeper Wars was wiping out the Peacekeepers
The events at the end of season four with destroying the bird of paradise was supposed to set them back for hundreds of years and Scorpius even saw it as worth more than wormholes. Yet come The Peacekeeper Wars they immediately decided to go ahead and have a war anyway. The loss of the flowers may have prevented them from being able to expand their territories and meant they couldn't conquer the galaxy. At first, this calls into question what advantage they'd have for going to war with the Peacekeepers if they couldn't hold the worlds they'd take from them. However, given their current numerical advantage, the fact that Crichton had basically told them the Peacekeepers didn't have the wormhole weapons they'd been claiming and that they were already getting ready for an attack (whereas the Peacekeepers weren't prepared), the Scarrans were still in the best position they were ever going to be to wipe out the Peacekeepers. Then, even if it's a long time before they can expand their territories again, by the time they do they'll be no force around capable of standing against them. In effect, destroying the flowers actually may have sped up the war rather than slowing it down.

Terms like "Solar Day", "Cycle" and even "Arn" originated with the Peacekeepers
Any standardised units must have originated somewhere. It makes sense that a powerful species spread across multiple worlds, known to have dealings with all of the species we see in the show, could be the ones to first start using these terms (and a military society functioning in space would have the most need for standardised units of time which aren't tied to individual planets). Given the revelation that Sebaceans were originally taken from Earth, they may have based these units originally around units of time from Earth (possibly not arn because while I don't believe hours existed 12,000 years ago, though there are apparent reasons why Ancient People chose to divide the day into 24 hours and so it's reasonable to think these same reasons still would have applied). This would explain why Solar Day and Cycle seem to fit neatly with Earth units of time (perhaps not fitting exactly given people all that time ago wouldn't have exactly had watches to time how long a day was and couldn't rely on the sun in space).


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