Production No. 102
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ET, phone home!
The crew discovers, the hard way, that the Peacekeepers have left a locator beacon on board Moya. To get rid of it, they must make planetfall on an uncharted world, locate a specific substance to use as anesthesia, and perform surgery on their Leviathan -- all while avoiding contact with the local population, which has never before encountered extraplanetary life.
There are six "forbidden cargos" for Leviathans; clorium is one of these, because it has a numbing effect.
Paddac Beacons are activated if they do not receive a regular signal from a Control Collar, and have a range of approximately one quarter lightcycle. Metal objects used in their proximity will activate their defense mechanisms. On Moya, the beacon was located in a storage compartment on Tier Seven, and Pilot was not aware of its presence.
When Peacekeepers capture a Leviathan, they immediately administer a very potent sleeping agent; the weak and old do not survive, which may be an intentional part of the process. While the ship is sleeping, the control collar is set in place, and modifications are made in propulsion and guidance.
Hynerians are aquatic.
Zhaan is a Ninth Level Pa'u priest, able to share another being's pain.
Zhaan's eyes go opaque when she draws on large amounts of spiritual energy.
Clorium is used as a seasoning. Rygel eats some of it as he's spreading it over Moya's neural nexus.
The title is a play on Steven Spielberg's 1982 film E.T., and possibly Robert Graves's I, CLAUDIUS or Isaac Asimov's I, ROBOT (or some similar title).
John: "Kinda like Louisiana. Or Dagobah. Dagobah -- where Yoda lives."
John: "Pilot said you press this, this, and...this. What? It's just like a VCR...except easier."
(see also www.crichtonisms.com)
Translator Microbe Report
"The sound frequency's doing something to my eye...feels like its melting my brain. It couldn't actually be doing something to my brain, could it?" - John Crichton
"The device itself is still broadcasting some kind of signal into deep space, using Moya's hull as a maximizer."
"Look, I'm new to all this escaped prisoner crap, all right?" - Aeryn Sun
"Well if she can't, she can't. We can stick our heads between our legs and kiss our asses goodbye...[strange looks from crew]...It's a saying." - John Crichton
"When leviathans are young, they often play with a planet's gravity...see how close they can come. There's a tale told about an adult male, who once touched down on a planet's surface...though no one knows if it's true or not." - Pilot
"We're in the mud...under the mud!"
"With apologies, but that is Moya's primary neural nexus. It is an intensely sensitive area."
"The Peacekeepers - "
"It's kinda like Louisiana...or Dagobah...[blank look]...Dagobah -- where Yoda lives."
"Pilot said you press this, this, and...this. What? It's just like a VCR...except easier." - John Crichton
"Oh! This is a tokaar knife! [Do] you know what ceremony young Luxan males use this for? On themselves? At that...certain age?!?"
"Your greatest fear will come to pass, Hynerian. Someday, you will die at the hands of a Peacekeeper." - Aeryn Sun
"Don't tell me you're going to miss that rock?"
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