Suns and Lovers
Production No. 302
Best Viewed As 3.2
Suns and Lovers
"Very little pillaging"? Yeah, right...
During a trading stop at a station in disputed territory, the crew discovers that they're getting a reputation in the Uncharted Territories. Before they can enjoy it, however, the station takes a hit from a strange storm, leaving everyone up to their eyeballs in rescue efforts, while hunting a religious zealot. Jothee and Chiana's betrayal is exposed, driving D'Argo to the breaking point.
Rygel has found a way to spy on other areas of the ship, using a portable clamshell viewer.
The crew is now rich; evidently they never had to render payment to Grunchlk.
Stark has great empathy with the servant class, believing them never to be adequately rewarded.
The gamma disturbance was powerful enough to destroy three of the station's five pods, leaving no survivors in those areas.
Moya has brought aboard a small, unmanned ship, but the crew is unable to penetrate its defensive screen.
The station is located near the twin suns of Qell. Two companion stations have already been destroyed: one by asteroids, and the other by fire. The Kampeks call this area the Sacred Stillness, believing it to be "where the great gods were born". Borlik claims that the station has been cursed, as "Gezma's revenge for buying and selling in his sacred stillness".
The Interion was part of an expedition looking for the Dimordis Tomb in the Berger Nebula. He and his companion got sick, but "Jool" found them. He has no memory of being placed into cryostasis.
The station was apparently used to families visiting; they maintained a nursery in the lower pod, where parents could leave their children while they shopped.
Even in space, you can still wind up trudging through sewers. The gamma disturbance destroyed the passageways between the bar and the lower pod, but portions of the station's infrastructure remained intact, allowing access via filtration vents and waste conduits.
Chiana considers Jothee capable of murder, accusing him of killing the Interion because he witnessed them having sex.
D'Argo's Luxan olfactory senses are sensitive enough to smell Chiana's scent on Jothee, even after he bathes twice.
Pilot is able to determine, via a residual storm graph, the path that a gamma disturbance has already followed.
Gamma storms can be attracted by flux broadcasts.
Kampeks are religious zealots; Borlick describes them as noble warriors, but Moordil claims they're insane. He claims he tried to bribe them (presumably, to be left alone) when the other two stations were destroyed.
The process that activates Borlik's bio-magnetic force, and keeps her stuck to a reactor coolant pipe, also causes her eye color to change from yellow to white.
Zhaan is developing open sores all over her skull, and deteriorating at a faster rate than Stark expected.
Union tattoos are Luxan symbols of courage, honor, and loyalty.
DRDs can be reconfigured to detect flux broadcasts.
The DRD John repaired with blue tape, back in the Premiere, has still not been permanently repaired. The crew apparently has nicknamed it "One-Eye".
Chiana may have deliberately sabotaged their relationship, but she has not ceased caring for D'Argo, and is distraught at D'Argo's suicidal actions.
A flux broadcast cannot carry into normal space from a vessel in starburst.
However Borlick manages to magnetize herself, she has some control over the process, and with effort is able to reconfigure it when needed.
Stark was able to locate some maps on the station, which he hopes will allow them to find a planet where Zhaan can heal.
The portable clamshell viewer is now common knowledge among the crew, not just a secret toy of Rygel's; D'Argo uses it to watch Jothee saying farewell to Chiana.
Chiana didn't want D'Argo's vision of marriage and a farm; knowing he would never take no for an answer, she chose to end the relationship by doing something he could never forgive.
John: "Hey, yo, Heavy D!"
In the bar, the manner in which John is lying back, while slowly unsnapping Wynonna from the holster, is reminiscent of Han Solo in the Mos Eisley Cantina.
John: "Whoa, whoa. Where...where do they get these stories? Let's set the facts straight. First off, there was no raping, very little pillaging, and Frau Blücher popped all the eyeballs."
Aeryn: "Well, in Peacekeepers, it was common practice to, ah...reduce fluid levels."
Rygel: "I don't give a sisil's ass about a trapped girl."
John: "You sure One-Eye's workin' right?"
(see also www.crichtonisms.com)
Translator Microbe ReportWeights and Measures: Nilits: [sp?] measure of speed (e.g. "winds reaching speeds of 300 nilits") Parsims/Parrisans: [sp?] measure of distance (e.g. "storm funnels six parsims wide") Technology: Energy exchanger: component of a DRD Flux broadcast: transmission which can be used to attract gamma disturbances Gamma disturbances: variety of interstellar storm Hydro-honium steel: metal substance used in cooling technologies, such as cryochambers, coolant pipes, and Moya's neural cluster cooling rods Inertial field: field Moya can project onto her external skin, which enables crew to "walk" on her surface in space Monin: main artery in Mordlan's species Pulse rechargers: cables linked to the station's power source Residual storm graph: Selic acid: corrosive acid; Borlik suggests they burn her remains in it Tarik deployers: variety of sidearm Cultural: Berger Nebula: region where the Interions were looking for the Dimordis Tomb Cacking: [slang] dying; analogous to "croaking" or "kicking the bucket" Dimordis Tomb: target of an Interion expedition 22 cycles previous Fenik: [sp?] form of currency; Zhaan says that a 300 fenik tip is more than a year's wages Frekik: [sp?] [vulgar] presumably, a body orifice, as in, "rip out your tongue and shove it up your frekik" Frelnik: [sp?] [vulgar] pejorative adjective, as in, "smells completely frelnik" Gezma: central deity (Kampek) Kampeks: cult of religious zealots; viewed variously as noble warriors and insane, they can't be bribed Khamsin/Campshan: [sp?] presumably, some sort of mess or mayhem, as in, "we're in the middle of a massive khamsin" Lak-ma-ruka-be: chant used by the Kampek Borlik Manin: [sp?] presumably, fiance or life-partner (Luxan) One-Eye: crew's nickname for the DRD John repaired with blue tape, back in "Premiere" Perfumed wash: scented wash used in bathing Qell: area around a pair of twin suns where the Sacred Stillness is located Sacred Stillness: region where "the great gods were born"; considered holy space (Kampek) Sisil's ass: [sp?] [vulgar] analogous to "rat's ass" Trasnak/Trasnik: [sp?] analogous to "jerk" or "idiot", as in, "one dumb trasnak" and "I know I've been a trasnik" Union tattoo: interlocking pair of skin brands; symbol of courage, honor, and loyalty (Luxan)
"Hey, man, have you tried one of these things? They're terrible, but once you get past the blue slime, underneath, pure aviation fuel."
"Look what I got me and Chiana! They're union tattoos; they are burned into our skin."
"Just buy me an intoxicant, that's all I need to recuperate."
"So, what'd you buy?"
"...Are you Crichton?"
"Moordil, intoxicants for Crichton and his, his grunt!"
"Just make sure he's okay. All right? Crichton wants to talk to him, he thinks he's, he thinks he's some kind of relative."
"Keep your lips shut."
"Well, in Peacekeepers, it was common practice to, uh, reduce fluid levels."
"Something smells completely frelnik down here, so I suspect I found the waste conduit Moordil said we had to find."
"I don't give a sisil's ass about a trapped girl."
"I will find you a planet, a planet with the right soil and moisture--"
"You have betrayed me, with my own manin--"
"You sure One-Eye's working right?"
"Worm, are you ready to die in the cleansing apocalypse?"
"Well, why don't you get Chiana and Jothee to do it, they like working together."
"What the hell were you thinking?"
"See, I see your fear, worm...but the holy Gezma will embrace even you, if you repent!"
"Hey, fridge magnet! I got something for you to feel!"
"Pilot, why the hell did you let him go out?"
"Frell me dead!"
"Aw, man, what are you doing? ... Hell ... I'm not going in without you, Dargo.
"Commuter forecast on your travel day, storms expected just for you..."
"You're too smart."
"Been, uh, thinking about that thing we talked about, about charity, and uh, maybe--"
"Tell my father -- if he'll let you -- that I'm sorry, and that one day I'll return and make it up to you both."
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