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Production No. 111

Best Viewed As 1.11

Aired As
1.11 (US & UK)

Original Airdates
09 Jul 1999 (US)
28 Feb 2000 (UK)

1.3 (US)
2.53 (UK)

Till the Blood Runs Clear
Abbreviations: TTBRC
Alternate Titles: (none)

Wassup? · Backstory · Reactions · Annotations · Microbes · Quotes · Cast & Crew

Writer: Doug Heyes, Jr.
Director: Tony Tilse
Magda Szubanski............Furlow
Jeremy Sims................Rorf
Jo Kerrigan................Rorg
Complete Credits


Male Bonding, Uncharted Territories-Style

John and Aeryn create a proto-wormhole using the Farscape 1 module, which is damaged by the event. They set down on the local planet for repairs, only to discover an announcement beacon left by Capt. Crais advertising a bounty for the capture of Zhaan, D'Argo, and Rygel. While the crew plays cat and mouse with a team of bounty hunters, Zhaan enjoys the side-effects of solar flares, and John and D'Argo forge a new alliance.


Farscape World


Terra Firma


Farscape Fantasy
Farscape World




Questions (none)

Observations (none)


  1. During the battle scene in the square, Crichton pushes off against a cement pillar -- which flexes at the pressure.
  2. The rods operating Pilot's arms are visible in one scene.


Farscape World
Farscape Fantasy
AV Club
Tourist's Guide


Farscape World
Terra Firma


John: "I'm Butch. This is Sundance. We're the Hole in the Sky Gang."
Rorf: "Butch. And Sundance. I am Rorf."
John: "Worf?"
Rorf: "RORF!"

Three references in one. John is, of course, referring to the title characters played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in 1969's BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.

Hole In The Wall was a popular hideout (in Johnson County, Wyoming) used by Butch & Sundance, Jesse James and others. Hole In The Wall the place led to the name "Hole In The Wall Gang" for the outlaws who hid out there. John's version, "Hole in the Sky", perhaps is drawn from the fact that he's looking for a wormhole.

"Worf" is YASTR (Yet Another Star Trek Reference), to the character portrayed by Michael Dorn.

(The part of the above quote following "This is Sundance" appears only in the longer version of the episode available on DVD/VHS.)

John: "Who's calling the shots here, Pluto?"

A reference to Mickey Mouse's faithful canine companion.

Furlow: "Must be hard for someone as, ah...invulnerable as you to have to rely on the kindness of strangers."

An allusion to a line by Blanche DuBois in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (see also http://www.filmsite.org/stre.html), from the play by Tennessee Williams:

"Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

(The above episode quote appears only in the longer version of the episode available on DVD/VHS.)

Translator Microbe Report

Blotching an intensifier: "Twice as blotching long as if you weren't here."
Bonosphere atmospheric layer where Furlow detected unusual gravity waves
Brell phase distortion the Farscape 1 module shows signs of this following Crichton opening a wormhole
Cyber-manipulation the ultimate photoshopping: changing the content of a hologram
Dam-ba-da planet where Crichton and Aeryn opened a wormhole
Fahrbot nuts, insane: "She's gone completely fahrbot!"
Frangle component on the Farscape 1 module that Furlow suggests has been ionized
Furball Crichton's mishearing of Furlow's name
Grezz conductor component on the Farscape 1 module that Furlow suggests has been damaged
Hetch drive common form of propulsion for spaceships
Occular physician an opthamologist
Personal encoding sequence Peacekeeper equivalent of a login; Aeryn uses hers to access secret information on the wanted beacon that was intended solely for her
Photogasm Delvian equivalent of orgasm, triggered by solar flares
Plasma injectors component on the Farscape 1 module that Furlow suggests has been damaged
Pleebig an intensifier: "You're not a pleebig ocular physician."
Pluto Crichton's derogatory nickname for Rorf
Propulsor propulsion mechanism of the Farscape 1 module
Radiation-induced brain fever means of inflicting the Living Death on a Sebacean
Retro-thrusters reverse-propulsion mechanism in the Farscape 1 module
Slingshot maneuver flight path Crichton was following which led to the creation of a wormhole
Vorcarion Blood Tracker alien species, with superior olfactory senses; social structure is pack-based and male dominant
Wanted beacon Peacekeeper equivalent of a wanted poster, displaying holographic images with accompanying narration
Welnitz idiot: "No, other way, you dumb welnitz!"



Comments from Cast & Crew

Virginia Hey, August 19, 1999

  • Moderator: <crowman186> to <Moderator>: What does solar flares really feel like to you?

    VirginiaHey: (laughs)
    VirginiaHey: Oh, what a question!!
    VirginiaHey: Like a sugar rush. :)

  • Moderator: <Lynyrd> to <Moderator> Virginia : What did you think when you first learned about Zhaan's reaction to bright light ?

    Virginia: A slight cringe LOL but I have now become accustomed to it, and I'm learning to love it as every good little plant does LOL XXX

Dave Elsey, July 19, 2001

  • Moderator: <GrumpyGrrl> to <Moderator>: In episodes like "Premiere" and "Til The Blood Runs Clear", there have been some interesting looking characters lurking in the background - do you have names for them?

    DaveE: Yes.
    DaveE: Most of those characters were thrown together in Season 1 in about 2 or 3 days which was at the hight of my 'how the hell am I going to do this show' panic.
    DaveE: I actually woke up, I remember, at about 4am with a plan. I said I'm going to make 10 aliens today. And I did.
    DaveE: However, I never want to have to do that again, ever!!
    DaveE: One of the characters we see again and again 'cause she's kind of cool looking is one that we call "fish-girl".
    DaveE: And one day, I want to do the ultimate fish-girl version as a character on Farscape. Are you reading this David???