A Snurcher's Guide to Farscape

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Production No. 118

Best Viewed As 1.18

Aired As
1.18 (US & UK)

Original Airdates
17 Sep 1999 (US)
17 Apr 2000 (UK)

1.4 (US)
2.62 (UK)

A Bug's Life
Abbreviations: ABL
Alternate Titles: (none)

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

Writer: Stephen Rae (Story by Doug Heyes, Jr.)
Director: Rowan Woods
Paul Leyden................Larraq
Richard White..............Thonn
Zoe Coyle..................Hassan
Michael Tuahine............Rhed
Gigi Edgley................Chiana 
Complete Credits


Draks would be preferable to this bug, and less lethal to Aeryn.

The crew pretends Crichton is a PK Captain in order to keep a Marauder crew from commandeering Moya. But the Marauder's cargo is far more dangerous than the PKs themselves: an intelligent virus that moves from host to host, and will kill to protect itself.


Farscape World


Terra Firma


Farscape Fantasy
Farscape World




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  1. Around the 44-minute mark, as Chiana is thrown off Larraq's back, you can briefly see the blue stunt mat she lands on.


Farscape World
Farscape Fantasy
AV Club
Tourist's Guide


Farscape World
Terra Firma


The title is taken from the Disney-released film from Pixar Studios.

John: "Rygel has been possessed by some Mensa-member virus..."

John is playing on the term "intellivirus", by comparing it to the Mensa society, which describes itself as a group of "people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population".

John: "And what if you don't? You might kill Rygel. You might think your magic pill worked, and then Rygel's up, walkin' around the ship, coughin' up spores, cats and dogs living together..."

From a line by Bill Murray in the film GHOSTBUSTERS, during the scene in the New York City Mayor's office:

Venkman: "Or you could accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of Biblical proportions."
Mayor: "What do you mean, Biblical?
Ray: "What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor. Real wrath-of-God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky. Rivers and seas boiling."
Egon: "Forty years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes."
Winston: "The dead rising from the grave."
Venkman: "Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria."

(Rockne S. O'Bannon confirms this line was added by Ben Browder, and is one of his favorites of Ben's ad libs.)

John: "Look, as soon as I leave here, I'm goin' straight to Hot Lips."

John's nickname for Lt. Hassan is a reference to Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan of M*A*S*H fame, played by Sally Kellerman in the original 1970 Robert Altman film, and Loretta Swit in the later TV series.

Translator Microbe Report

Access points doors on Moya
Access shafts Moya's crawlspaces
Apothecary Zhaan's collection of herbs, spices, and oils
Article 414 Decca Peacekeeper regulation that allows Larraq to commandeer Moya
Black ghosts Peacekeeper nickname for Special Ops members
Cesium fuel what powers the Marauder's engines
Delvian High Council ruling body of Delvia
Freezo gun John's nickname for a stasis gun
Frog-boy Chiana's nickname for Rygel
Gammak base Peacekeeper military science base
Hamman side right or starboard
Ident signal signal from Marauder that indicates it is not from Crais's carrier
Intellant virus a non-airborne viral entity
Jinka pole "You damage the Captain's prize and he'll have both your heads on jinka poles."
Kinkoid kinky: "Is everybody aboard this ship kinkoid?"
KL-80 type of ship Aeryn flew as a young teenager
KL-81 type of ship Aeryn flew as a young teenager
Nerfer derogatory term: "I guess he's not as big a nerfer as I thought he was."
New Technologies Peacekeeper R&D division: "So you recaptured them, out here on a New Technologies training flight."
Pervo pervert
Priority red-one priority designation of Larraq's mission
Prowler Attack School where Aeryn received her Prowler training starting at age 16
Scrub runner ship Aeryn started flying at age 14
Shivvies idiomatic equivalent of knickers: "Don't get your shivvies in an uproar."
Snurch to steal, or to procure by illicit means
Special Ops Larraq's unit of commandoes
Stasis gun used for capturing, not killing; it puts the target into cryo-stasis
Throne sled Rygel's levitating chair
Tinked nuts, insane: "Are you tinked?"
Ugarian table spud a slow-baked foodstuff
Ustar Regiment regiment Aeryn claims to be assigned to
Your Royal Frogness Chiana's nickname for Rygel



Comments from Cast & Crew

David Kemper (& Ben Browder), September 23, 1999

  • Moderator: <GrandLady> to <Moderator> Ben, how did you end up in Australia and was it hard to work on last weeks' accent?

    BlackTee: The trick with last week
    BlackTee: was keepin the accent off a bit
    BlackTee: when John was doing it
    BlackTee: and more on when it was the virus

  • Moderator: <truthseekr> to <Moderator> Is the virus in "A Bug's Life" really dead?

    DavidKemper: That one is, but he/it/she was part of a "species," of which there are more.

  • Moderator: <GrandLady> to <Moderator> Will we ever learn more about Aeryns' childhood years and those that helped form it?

    DavidKemper: Definitely. We're all over that one.

  • Moderator: <RoguePlanet1> to <Moderator> Will we be seeing more of The Virus?

    DavidKemper: Again -- a possibility.

    BlackTee: Yeah Dave... I wann do more Evil John
    BlackTee: Hehehehehehehe