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The Locket

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Production No. 215

Best Viewed As 2.16

Aired As
2.16 (US & UK)

Original Airdates
25 Aug 2000 (US)
06 Nov 2000 (UK)

1.5 (US)
2.64 (UK)

The Locket
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Writer: Justin Monjo
Director: Ian Watson
Wayne Pygram...............Scorpius
Paul Goddard...............Stark
Alyson Standen.............Ennixx
Complete Credits


I'll go no more a-rovin'...in the mists of time, anyway

Stark returns to Moya in a flash of exposition -- with some important news for one of the crew. But then Aeryn's reconnaissance mission in an unusual stellar mist goes awry, leaving her to face a life without her crewmates. And, when John is marooned as well (along with his personal visions of Scorpius), the future begins to look dim for Our Heroes. But maybe it's just the onset of cataracts...


Farscape World


Terra Firma


Farscape Fantasy




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  1. At about the 16-minute mark, as Zhaan is supposedly meditating in the nude, we switch to a frontal shot -- and the top edge of her clothing can be seen at the bottom of the screen.


Farscape World
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Farscape World
Terra Firma


As he follows Aeryn through the grove, John sings a traditional sea shanty known as "The Maid of Amsterdam".

Aeryn: "Do you regret this?"
John: "What?"
Aeryn: "Spending the last 55 cycles here with me?"
John: "Aeryn. You are the one thing which has kept me from doing a kamikaze in the transport."

"Kamikaze" is the Japanese word meaning "divine wind", and was the name given to a typhoon that destroyed Kublai Khan's naval fleet as it tried to invade Japan in 1281 AD. It came to be used during World War II as a term for Japanese pilots who would make suicidal attacks against enemy ships by crashing their planes, loaded with explosives, into them. More colloquially, as in the above quote by Crichton, it refers to a person making a suicide attempt by crashing a plane or other vehicle, or to the attempt itself.

Translator Microbe Report

Barren Planet, the planet where a hole opens in the mist every 55 cycles
Bulla possibly, a deity: "She kept returning to this Bullah forsaken hellhole."
Center Halo mists where all dimensions meet, and time ceases to exist
Favored World, the where Aeryn raised her family while separated from Moya
Fellip juice perhaps an alternate name for fellip nectar: "Have you been drinking fellip juice?"
Galik an ancient being who theorized about center halos
Katin mines mines worked by slave labor
Sistik possibly, a large animal: "Like I've been kicked by a sistik."
Stellar mist spacial phenomenon Moya encounters that turns out to be a center halo
Zaccum leaf herbal remedy: chewing the leaf provides a potent neuralgesic effect



Comments from Cast & Crew

Richard Manning, June 1, 2000

  • Bouncer: Preface: is it fair to say you're the "keeper of the continuity, the Farscape universe's coherence?"

    FrooniumRicky: Me? Good heavens, no.

    Bouncer: Why I'm asking is: I really want to know who's responsible for losing Stark.

    FrooniumRicky: I put in my 2 cents, as do everyone else.
    FrooniumRicky: Stark who?
    FrooniumRicky: Oh, HIM.
    FrooniumRicky: He's not lost.
    FrooniumRicky: We simply decided not to bore you with explanations of what happened to him.
    FrooniumRicky: (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.)
    FrooniumRicky: Well... okay.
    FrooniumRicky: WE SCREWED UP!
    FrooniumRicky: We did have a line in "Bone to be Wild" covering Stark's having moved on, but somewhere along the line it got lost.
    FrooniumRicky: I take full responsibility.

Farscape Season Two Wrap, June 15, 2000

  • Moderator: <Jayce66> to <Moderator>: Mr. Kemper, having written a 'timeline re-set' episode of "Star Trek: Voyager", you're not planning to do a 'timline re-set' episode of "Farscape", are you?

    Kemper: Whatever we do, IF we do, it will be Farscape.

Ben Browder, July 27, 2000

  • Moderator: <Elnea> to <Moderator>: Ben, you have a nice singing voice! Will we be hearing you or any of the rest of the cast singing more this season?

    Ben: I will mangle at least one more song before the end
    Ben: when you see it you will know what I mean by MANGLE!!!

David Kemper & Ben Browder, November 12, 2000

  • Moderator: zaph!: Hi I have a question for Ben - Now that he has seen himself as an old man how has that made him feel about his old age?

    Ben Browder: I'm not THAT old!!!
    Ben Browder: am I?
    Ben Browder: Look...
    Ben Browder: that was weird.
    Ben Browder: What struck me most
    Ben Browder: was the way other people treated me
    Ben Browder: for the most part they seem to shy away from older people

    David Kemper: That day -- with Ben looking like he did -- made it okay for him to forget things and gave an excuse for him taking more bathroom breaks than usual. ga

    Ben Browder: I guess the trick to growing old is to not see yourself through other peoples eyes
    Ben Browder: I did get away with some rude behaviour

Justin Monjo, February 08, 2001

  • Moderator: <stargatetravler> to <Moderator>: Which type of ep do you like to wirte best - a "shippy" ep (The Locket), an action ep (LGM3, "plan B") or a crazy one (Crackers Don't Matter)?

    JustinMonjo: Oh, I have to say its either a crazy one or a shippy rather than an action, to be honest. I love the crazy ones
    JustinMonjo: I do love to do stuff like the Locket.
    JustinMonjo: Action ones are more of a technical exercise.

Paul Goddard, May 10, 2001

  • Moderator: <olincoln> to <Moderator>: Question: Paul, Did you know that the character Stark would be a regular on the show or did this come as a surprise?

    PaulGoddard: When I did the double ep. in Series 1, some of the cast were keen to see me come back and I got some good feedback from the writers and producers.
    PaulGoddard: Shortly after that it became clear that they wanted to bring Stark back at some point.
    PaulGoddard: But...he was not created as a character that would return initally.
    PaulGoddard: I was very pleased that they considered him enough of a success to bring him back

  • Moderator: <shokoti> to <Moderator>: And I have another question... Stark and Zhaan have great on-screen chemistry, and I loved their interactions. Did you and Virginia have good chemistry off-screen too?

    PaulGoddard: I'm glad you asked me that shokoti.
    PaulGoddard: I'm pleased that you think there was on screen chemistry. Sorry to say we weren't entwined romantically in real life.
    PaulGoddard: We worked hard to develop a great working rapour and did spend a good deal of time rehersing the scenes together and trying to establish a bond and connection on screen
    PaulGoddard: It was a great pleasure working with and off Virginia.

  • Moderator: <StaRMS-JennHi> to <Moderator>: Hello, Paul! Jennhi of the Stark Raving Mad Society here (StaRMS.org). In almost every episode that has Stark, you have at least one scene where he just goes wild. We at StaRMS call it a "Stark Moment". It's fabulous! How much of that is scripted, and how much is improvised?

    PaulGoddard: Well Jennhi (love the idea of a SRM Society), do you realise that Stark is of the Raving Mads. It is my belief that there is a long line of Raving Mads who have an illustrious and noble past.
    PaulGoddard: The words are carefully scripted, I may add a few here and there as we do, but I guess what I do with them is where sense of play and improv comes in.
    PaulGoddard: When Stark returned in the second season it was my concern that the feigned madness from the first series would go, leaving Stark with just his calm spiritual side.
    PaulGoddard: What I thought was fantastic about the character was the polarity.
    PaulGoddard: The writers were keen to keep both elements and for a while we played up the craziness.
    PaulGoddard: But when the idea of Zhaan and Stark getting together was muted, Virginia said one day, when Stark was being particularly demented. Oh my God! Zhaan gets together with that! or something along those lines and I thought.. she's quite right.
    PaulGoddard: I have to find the part of Stark that Zhaan would respond to positively and make him more that man when he is with her.
    PaulGoddard: So Zhaan came to have a calming effect on him and he became someone who when, with her, was a more attractive mate.

Guy Gross, May 15, 2001

  • Moderator: <RydraWong> to <Moderator>: What's been the hardest scene to score?
    Moderator: <QBall> to <Moderator>: What was the most difficult / challenging ep you've done, and why?
    Moderator: <stargatetravler> to <Moderator>: Hi Guy! Which one of the eps have been the easiest to score for, which the hardest and which one your favorite?
    Moderator: (three similar questions, all in one shot)

    Guy: The work I'm most proud of is on Die Me Dichotomy, particularly the dog fight and Aeryns death scene and of coarse her funeral
    Guy: the hardest was that ep that took place on earth
    Guy: forgot the name
    Guy: mad??
    Guy: mod?

    Moderator: Not Human Reaction...Won't Get Fool Again, that's the one.

    Guy: yah, that's it.
    Guy: there was styles that were really out of my confort zone
    Guy: I was also really happy with Eat Me. I recorded a whole bunch of new samples for that one. Tenor Horn, Shakahatchi and violin.
    Guy: Also the locket was great too do. Real human emotion is terrific to work with.