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Production No. 221

Best Viewed As 2.11

Aired As
2.12 (US)
2.11 (UK)

Original Airdates
28 Jul 2000 (US)
18 Sep 2000 (UK)

1.4 (US)
2.28 (UK)

I Do, I Think (Look At The Princess 2)
Abbreviations: LATP.2, IDIT
Alternate Titles: (none)

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Writer: David Kemper
Director: Andrew Prowse & Tony Tilse
Matt Day...................Tyno
Felicity Price.............Princess Katralla
Wayne Pygram...............Scorpius
Jonathan Hardy.............Kahaynu
Francesca Buller...........ro-NA
Tina Bursill...............Novia
Felix Williamson...........Clavor
David Franklin.............Lt. Braca
Nicholas McKay.............Voice of Cargn
Thomas Holesgrove..........Cargn
Aaron Cash.................Dregon
Bianca Chiminello..........Jenavian Charto
Jennifer Fisher............PK Nurse
Complete Credits

Note: The "Look at the Princess" trilogy was initially intended as a two-parter, carrying the production numbers 210 and 211. When the decision was made to expand it into three parts, it resulted in the middle episode receiving an out-of-sequence production number, 221.


It's a rocky road to the altar...

John discovers palace intrigue -- the hard way -- as he prepares to marry Katralla. While his comrades have mixed reactions to his decision, they provide some critical support, and additional help arrives from an unexpected ally. Meanwhile, Zhaan, Pilot, and Moya face a destiny of their own.


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The Peacekeepers have a Special Directorate, with agents called Disruptors, who perform deep undercover missions.

Some Disruptors have retractable blades similar to stilettos implanted inside their wrists.

The Builders can manifest themselves in bipedal form, as well as streams of gas or smoke.

The Builders claim to have given Leviathans not just intelligence, but souls.

The Builders intended Leviathans to be emissaries of peace. The existence of Talyn is very troubling to them; Leviathans and their offspring were never supposed to be creatures of war.

The Builders can cause Leviathans to will themselves to death.

Aeryn thinks that John is aware of how she feels, though she's never stated her feelings explicitly, and continues to resist doing so.

When Scorpius has the cylinder in his head replaced, it doesn't appear to cause a significant sensation until completely in place.

The Builders can give Leviathans the ability to vocalize, at least temporarily.

John likes Charlie Parker, and has a '62 T-Bird back home.

John has apparently watched Championship Wrestling at some point in time.

In moments of personal danger, John hears a voice that urges him to self-preservation.

Aeryn admires John's ability to keep fighting, no matter how many times he's knocked down.

Scorpius is not above a little melodrama every once in a while.

The machine that turns the rulers into statues is calibrated only for Sebaceans, and causes Humans great pain.

D'Argo and Chiana are quite happy with their sex life.


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Jenavian: "Clavor, I'm trying to bathe."
John: "Oh, my. The future Ms. Valiant"

John is, by proxy, referring to Prince Clavor as "Prince Valiant", the Arthurian-era hero of the late Hal Foster's famous Sunday newspaper comic strip, which has run continuously from 1937 (carried on by John Cullen Murphy and his son Cullen Murphy when Foster retired in the 1970s).

John: "Do we know...this...?"
Katralla: "I've never seen anything like it before."
John: "Obi-Wan had one. Except his is a lot smaller"

He's likening the gas-spewing globe to the Jedi training globe that Obi-Wan uses to help instruct Luke Skywalker in the use of the lightsaber in STAR WARS.

John [pointing to various places where Braca can shoot him, including the crotch]: "Here. John Wayne Bobbit. Vienna Boys Choir."

John Wayne Bobbit gained some measure of notoriety (and became the target of many jokes) back in 1993 when his penis was surgically reattached after being cut off by his wife Lorena in revenge for his allegedly having raped her.

The Vienna Boys Choir reference is most likely alluding to the practice -- not done by anyone these days, let alone the VBC -- of castrating choir boys before puberty so that their voices remain high.

John: "Get back. Get back, or the white boy gets it. Oh, man, don't let 'em kill me! Don't let... You people are so dumb!"

A paraphrase of a scene from Mel Brooks's BLAZING SADDLES. New sheriff Black Bart (Cleavon Little) rides into town, and when he's met by the hostile, prejudiced townsfolk, he holds a gun up to his own head:

Bart [threatening voice]: "Hold it. The next man makes a move, the nigger gets it."
Citizen #1: "Hold it, men. He's not bluffing."
Citizen #2: "Listen to him, men. He's just crazy enough to do it."
Bart [threatening voice]: "Drop it, or I swear, I'll blow this nigger's head all over this town." [scared voice] "Oh, Lordy Lord! He's desperate. Do what he say. Do what he say." [And when he finally backs safely into the Sheriff's Office] "Oh, baby. You are so talented, and they are so dumb."

Braca: "We have got to get out of here now."
John: "Oh, really. Well, alrighty, then."

"Alrighty then" is a catchphrase started by Jim Carrey in the movie ACE VENTURA, PET DETECTIVE.

John: "Never get off the boat. Never get off the boat, man."

A reference to a line by Chef (Fredric Forrest) in APOCALYPSE NOW just after he and Capt. Williard (Martin Sheen) encounter a tiger in the jungle:

Chef: "Chief, you were right. Never get out of the fuckin' boat! Never get outta the boat. Never get outta the boat. I gotta remember, I gotta remember. Never get outta the boat. Never get outta the boat."

Translator Microbe Report

Barren Lands, the uninhabitable area on the Royal Planet
Birth-versary birthday
Disruptor spy (Peacekeeper)
Empress title of the female ruler of the Breakaway Colonies
Jekench a vaguely reptilian race which believes in serving others, and abhors personal possessions
Kahaynu the name, title, or species of the Builder(s)
Ka-li-ta-na nash-po-nay Zhaan's chant upon seeing the Builder materialize on Moya
Paladins in the Breakaway Colonies, the Empress's personal guards, frequently of the Jakench race
Pelgrinos a form of animal or bird that migrates
Regent title of the male ruler of the Breakaway Colonies
Special Directorate equivalent of the CIA (Peacekeeper)
Sub-pulse shielded frequency protected mode of communication
Transequence Ident Codes the identification signal broadcast by a ship
Transequence Ident Wafer method of storing a transequence ident code
Without Hesitation the traditional wedding vow response in the Empire of the Breakaway Colonies


"Do not try to kill me again. It makes me angry."
- John Crichton

"He needs a bath and a hug."
- John Crichton

"Look, all men are stupid. Men, stupid. If you want them to know something, you've got to tell them!"
- Chiana

"Now, don't feel bad, it's not you, it's me. I don't like you."
- Aeryn Sun

"I doubted you. I'm sorry."
"Oh, that's all right. It's just a burden being right all the time..."
- Princess Katralla, John Crichton

"Oh, to be there when the scales fall from John Crichton's eyes."
- Scorpius

"It's so so hard to conduct a conspiracy without privacy."
- Chiana

"So, if anything happens to John Crichton, expect retribution. Yeah. Retribution."
- Chiana

"Here! John Wayne Bobbitt! Vienna Boy's Choir! Ah-ohhhhh!"
"You're insane!"
"My sex life! Kill my sex life! ...Get back! Get back or the white boy gets it! Oh man, oh, don't let him kill me...you people are so dumb!"
- John Crichton, Lt. Braca

"We're so screwed! And we're gonna die!"
- John Crichton

"I...am...ready now. I...have seen...the stars."
- Pilot

"I had one request for a wedding present. That you be banned from this planet forever. Do you know what they said? 'Yes, Your Highness.'"
- John Crichton

"Magnificent, I smell power again."
- Rygel

"Pieces of different kindling often build the strongest fire."
- Princess Katralla

"All right, all right, enough with the kissing and the cuddling."
- Ka D'Argo

"Well, now I can only speak truth, and that comes as good and bad news."
"All right, give me the bad news first."
"The bad news is that you're married, and you must endure as a statue for 80 cycles in a strange world."
"What's the good news?"
"Chiana and I are having...fantastic sex."
- D'Argo, John Crichton

Comments from Cast & Crew

David Kemper, January 27, 2000

  • Moderator: <Demosthenes>: I know you're not going to answer everything regarding Leviathan origins, but could you at least tell us if Leviathans are natural space-dwelling creatures engineered for habitation or genetically built from the ground up (assumedly by Pilot's race).

    DK: Just wrote the 2 parter on that. Eps. 10 and 11, 2nd season.
    DK: Moya's kind started as a mechanical ship. Then, a race known as The Builders
    DK: tinkered with things and gave Leviathans a soul and sentient intelligence.
    DK: Want to meet a Builder?
    DK: You just might.

  • Moderator2: <LadyJade> to <Moderator2>: Will there be an episode, on Aeryn Sun. I mean to give us information of her life before she came aboard Moya?

    DK: Ep. 2 next year. And 7. And 10. And 11.... You get the idea.

  • Moderator: <valleyofstags>: Now that you are "Executive Producer" will we be seeing any episodes in Season 2 "written by David Kemper"?

    DK: Tech correction: I've been Ex. Prod. since Ep. 7, first season.
    DK: To answer: Just finished writing the ep 10/11 2 parter. Will also script the season-ender.

  • Moderator: <Circa> : David, does the 2nd season also hold a more developing relationship between John and Aeryn?

    DK: As for the J and A relationship....
    DK: I just finished to 2 part episodes for 10/11 and... Yeah, you know what I mean.

Richard Manning, June 1, 2000

  • Bouncer: a pair for you:
    Bouncer: *dionisio* Will Scorpius be back any time soon? ...

    FrooniumRicky: Oh, you can count on Scorpius...
    FrooniumRicky: He's not letting Crichton off THAT easily.

  • Bouncer: *Elflore* Are there any upcoming eps that shippers in particular should look forward to? (Not that we don't look forward to all of 'em, of course.)

    FrooniumRicky: OOOOhhh, yeah.
    FrooniumRicky: There's a little epic entitled "Look at the Princess" by David "Boom Boom" Kemper himself...
    FrooniumRicky: Where more than ONE relationship on Moya undergoes a bit of a change.

  • Bouncer: *DaniRoyer* A question from my mom: Where the titles of the individual "Look at the Princess" episodes inspired from Humphry Bogart [sp?] movies? Or is it a big coincidense?

    FrooniumRicky: Hi, DaniRoyer's Mom!
    FrooniumRicky: I've had a brain freeze and can't even remember what they ARE at the moment...
    FrooniumRicky: Lessee... "I Do, I Think"... that's not a Bogart movie that pops to my mind...
    FrooniumRicky: (but then, nothing IS popping to my mind at the moment...)
    FrooniumRicky: Hang on a second whilst I go jog my memory.
    FrooniumRicky: (Talk quietly amongst yourselves.)

    Bouncer: *Gmmas* A Kiss is but a kiss is one; another is the Maltese Crichton

    FrooniumRicky: Oh. (duh!) Thanks. Yeah, I suspect David took a bit of inspiration from two wonderful Bogart films there.
    FrooniumRicky: As you may've noticed from the titles of other eps, we're certainly not above "borrowing" a title here and there...
    FrooniumRicky: or, worse yet, punning on a title.

Farscape Season Two Wrap, June 15, 2000

  • Moderator: <CHIANASGECKO> to <Moderator>: Kemper: any chance we will discover more about the origins of the leviathan ships this season?

    Kemper: Perhaps more about their origins -- perhaps more about their deaths.

Ben Browder, July 27, 2000

  • Moderator: <Kieriahn> to <Moderator>: So Ben...are we going to get to see you "win a fight with a chick" this season? <g>

    Ben: lemme think.
    Ben: YES!
    Ben: YES!
    Ben: you'll love it when you see it.
    Ben: it's soooo choice.

  • Moderator: <mish-1814> to <Moderator>: If you were stuck in JC's position, what would you miss most about Earth?

    Ben: If I was JC... I would tell you tommorow night.

David Kemper, with Richard Manning & Ben Browder ("Bruno"), August 17, 2000

  • Moderator: <Srynerson> to <Moderator>: In the second episode of "Look at the Princess", when Crichton is on-board the cargo ship and is challenging the Peacekeeper agent to shoot him, how much of that was scripted and how much was ad-libbed? I'm particularly thinking of the line about "ruining my love life".

    Kemper: Shoot my sex life was scripted as performed.
    Kemper: However, despite Ben's wonderful
    Kemper: nature in crediting that solely to me --
    Kemper: I must bow gracefully in his direction.
    Kemper: Long before I wrote the scene, I was eating dinner with him
    Kemper: and telling him what I saw in the scene. I went into an ad-lib
    Kemper: that eventually became the script. As we were hammering
    Kemper: it out back and forth, BEN suggested that John would be so bold as
    Kemper: to hold up his hand and talk about his sex life.
    Kemper: I will, however, take credit for typing the words on paper.
    Kemper: Some of the rest of the scene was ad-libbed in the moment (notably
    Kemper: the riff on Blazing Saddles), however, the rest was scripted.

  • Moderator: <Trinity26> to <Moderator>: Hi David. In LatP John mentions that Humans do not live as long as Sebeceans, Delvians, or Hynerians-- the latter living several hundred cycles. Just how old IS Aeryn?

    Kemper: In human years? I'm not sure.
    Kemper: She's probably a little younger than Crichton, with a great deal
    Kemper: more life-expectancy on actuarial tables that do NOT
    Kemper: include violence in space.

  • Moderator: <valleyofstags> to <Moderator>: Hey Ben, did they make a life cast of you for your bronze version on LatP or did someone just sculpt you?

    Bruno: The creature shop has a full body and head cast for me...
    Bruno: this is just so David and company can screw with Crichton whenever they want.
    Bruno: watch for it... there is more to come.

  • Moderator: <Oochi> to <Moderator>: If the Nebari vessels are as strong as they say...Why don't they just overrun the PK's? Did they even destroy the Zelbinion?

    Kemper: The Nebari and PKs are in completely different territories
    Kemper: like the US and China.
    Kemper: Peace is always preferable.
    Kemper: However, if you step into MY area...
    Kemper: Watch out.

    FrooniumRicky: and you don't know how many Nebari there are, compared to the PKs and those Other rowdies, the Scarrans

    Kemper: And......... keep watching for more Nebari lore.

Guy Gross, May 15, 2001

  • Moderator: <Cush> to <Moderator>: Do you assign certain "sounds/scores" the different characters/species?

    Guy: Only scopy
    Guy: he has a weird synth sound
    Guy: it's not even really musical
    Guy: I use is under what ever the score is doing
    Guy: I don't really like using recuring themes in TV work.
    Guy: I find it monotonous
    Guy: each ep has it's own feel whist still staying within that FS sound
    Guy: It's OK for features where you've got 90 mins

    Moderator: (scorpy, he meant....we'll fix that in post.) ;^)

  • Moderator: <GutPageant> to <Moderator>: Do you ever shake your head in amused disbelief at some of the scenes you need to score?"Look at the Princess" for example--'Hey! We need some alien lounge music here!'

    Guy: Absolutly!
    Guy: That's the great thing about FS
    Guy: you never know what's next

  • Moderator: here's another "stump the composer" question:
    Moderator: <MindCrazed> to <Moderator>: You used the same background music in the Jakench cockpit and LGM-part 3 (John trying to shoot Scorpy), was there another reason other than they were similar scenes? I loved that you did that.

    Guy: remind me, what was the Jakench cockpit?

    Moderator: Yeah, remind me too.
    Moderator: What's a Jakench?
    Moderator: LGM 3 was the last of the 3-parter at the end of the season.
    Moderator: <MindCrazed> to <Moderator>: Latp-part2 where john jumped off the ship
    Moderator: <Gmmas> to <Moderator>: Look at the Princess, ship Crichton goes crazy on , then takes walk in space

    Guy: Not sure what scenes you mean but I havn't meant to re-use things

    Moderator: Well, it sounds like it was within a multi-part episode, so that can't really be considered "reuse," can it?

    Guy: I guess it's the same composer it's going to sound the same sometimes

Farscape Wrap Day Extravaganza, July 26, 2001

  • Moderator2: <Dallascaper> to <Moderator2>: Tim or Marusha, In LATP where Crichton is floating in space, did you actually suspend Ben on cables or how was that scene shot?

    TimFerrier/MarushaKushnirukXeros: We have a greenscreen stage where we suspend our actors from wires for our exterior space sequences.