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Recap / Farscape S 01 E 13 The Flax

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Aeryn is giving John flying lessons in one of Moya's pods (he's a skilled pilot, but still new to Moya's technology). Aeryn is berating him for his slowness in picking up on her teachings when the ship is stopped cold by something. Meanwhile, a strange man named Staanz arrives on Moya, warning them that they were going to stumble into a restraining field known as the Flax (and hoping to be rewarded for his kindheartedness, naturally). D'Argo hires him to help rescue John and Aeryn, as well as to locate and board a Luxan ship that he discovers was lost in the area. Things become more complicated when a party of Space Pirates arrives, in search of Staanz.


  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Staanz towards D'Argo.
  • The Alleged Ship: Staanz's ship requires a bit of constant work to keep in operating condition. Also, it is somehow powered by what appears to be a coal-fired boiler, complete with a bellows.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Staanz isn't made from the same mold as the others. Staanz is also a girl.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: Aeryn revives John, in a bit of Ship Tease.
  • Damage Control: Aeryn and John have to repair the life support system. Two problems: They must purge the air from the cabin so they can use the welding torch without starting a fire, and they only have one spacesuit in working condition.
  • Distress Signal: Aeryn manages to launch a buoy to let the others know they're in trouble.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: D'Argo has time to either board a derelict Luxan ship and search for the star charts he needs to get home, or to John and Aeryn's ship to rescue them.
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  • Kansas City Shuffle: Rygel, of all people, pulls off a brilliant one against Kcrackic.
  • Hands-On Approach: Aeryn teaching Crichton.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Aeryn assumes that Sebacean medicine should work fine on John, since human physiology appears to be similar enough to theirs. John, however, insists that she learn CPR instead, not trusting that her revival shot will work on him.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Rygel, who is much better at bluffing than the Space Pirates give him credit for.
  • Mama Bear: The pirate captain mentions that the one time he tried to sieze a pregnant Leviathon he lost 80 men.
  • No Seat Belts: John and Aeryn are both sent flying when they collide with The Flax.
  • Out with a Bang: The result of Aeryn and John's shared Obi-Wan Moment. And then D'Argo comes to the rescue.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Staanz's ship requires someone to repeatedly beat on the engine, and Staanz claims that it only needs that because he's done such a good job fixing it up.
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  • Please Get Off Me: John tackles Aeryn to save her from falling debris. After a long heartfelt pause, Aeryn begins snarking about him lying on her.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The Space Pirates know that Moya is pregnant, and have no interest in trying to take her by force.
  • Separated by a Common Language: Sort of, as after hearing some of John's colorful Southern expressions, Aeryn says in disbelief that her translator microbes must be screwing up.
  • Signature Move: Rygel uses a move he learned from Staanz, tipping off Kcrackic that they knew where he could be found.
  • Space Pirates: Staanz is a former member, who isn't exactly well-liked by his former comrades. Unusually for this trope, they're not actually a threat to our heroes, but are instead looking for Staanz.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: "This is gonna hurt, isn't it?!"
  • Training from Hell: Aeryn mentions that in Peacekeeper flight training, if you fail on the last day of Simulator training, you die.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: It turns out Staanz's species are differently sexually dimorphic as most other races, and she has been nursing a crush on D'Argo for most of the episode. With this in mind, Crichton makes sure to ask Aeryn if she is actually female.
  • Variant Chess: Rygel passes the time by playing some sort of chess game, and as it turns out, the leader of the Space Pirates and Staanz are both fans.
  • We Need a Distraction: Zhaan tries and fails to convince the pirates to remain aboard Moya so they won't interfere with Staanz and D'Argo's attempts to rescue John and Aeryn. Rygel manages to convince Kcrackic to kill some time playing with him.

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