Production No. 311
Best Viewed As 3.11
"Truth is never crap."
Stymied by an encypted section on the neural chip, Scorpius takes a neural clone of John on a little trip down memory lane, hoping to persuade him to assist in unlocking it. Meanwhile, a surprising bargain is offered to Moya and her increasingly cranky crew.
Linfer believed that phase negative shield deployment and correct phase progression would negate the effects of rantath flux (tissue liquification), and that the final PK pilot to dare the wormhole only perished because he failed to recalibrate his phasing before exiting the wormhole. However, her own attempts, which included a unique spectrum of negative phase shielding, only postponed the same end result, rather than preventing it.
The neural clone evidently located the wormhole information in John's mind, but was unable to directly access it. Data was contained in a hidden region of the chip, highly encrypted and resistant to analysis; Scorpius believes this information was the sole key to successful wormhole travel.
The neurochip, when mounted in a socket in Scorpius' coolant rod assembly, enables him to access a clone of Crichton's psyche because neural spillover replicated some elements of John's personality. However, the clone's "memories" end at the point in time when the chip was removed from John's brain.
Scorpius' first 12 cycles -- and his earliest memory -- consisted primarily of pain. During this period, he was kept in an environmentally isolated area aboard a Scarran Dreadnought, and saw no one but Tauza, who taught him that he was weak because his Sebacean father had forced his Scarran mother to birth him. Tauza forced him to build his strength and endurance by means of abusive and torturous Scarran "usual incentives"; he was harshly punished for showing any form of weakness, including use of the word "please".
Even a "less than optimum" temperature for Scarrans is too hot for Scorpius. According to Tauza, he was born with the Living Death.
Moya enjoys opportunities for free flight.
Moya and her crew have now been flying around for almost 15 days, trying to locate a wormhole.
Moya and Pilot trust Relgarians, as a species -- perhaps more than they trust their own crew. They have no hesitation in ignoring D'Argo's and Chiana's orders to avoid any contact with Linfer.
The wormhole task force members evidently know the source of the neural chip. Linfer came looking for John, believing she has the secret to wormhole travel; she must have known something about his obsession and circumstances in order to create her plan.
Scorpius' wormhole task force is currently based on a Command Carrier.
Per Scorpius, his hybrid physiology gives him a unique talent: the ability to perceive energy signatures from living beings. Every species has a different signature, and signatures often change when the subject is being less than honest.
Scorpius engineered his own escape from the Scarrans: he used his memory of Tauza accessing data to pull up information he could trade later on, then jumped ship in a neutral system, using an evacuation pod. He hid on a Commerce planet.
Moya's crew now knows that Scorpius is still alive.
The wormhole being studied by Scorpius' task force is part of a nexus of wormholes; Linfer was able to check several exit nodes until she found Moya.
Linfer believed Scorpius would kill her, regardless of the outcome of the task force's efforts.
Linfer thinks that the lack of phase shielding on Farscape 1 means that John would not have survived if he had been traversing a wormhole with an unstable rantath flux variance (which most wormholes have).
Linfer offers the secret to wormhole travel, in exchange for Moya and Pilot. While Moya and Pilot would not abandon the crew, all else being equal, they would love to accept her offer. Relgarians are peaceful race of explorers, who use Leviathans to explore deep space, something Pilot and Moya would love to do.
Scorpius spent several cycles at large in the Uncharted Territories; while he learned nothing of his parents, he did aquire a rudimentary coolant system, using a single, large coolant rod mounted in an external backpack. Eventually, he flew into Peacekeeper space and surrendered to the first Command Carrier he encountered, in hopes of bartering for information. In exchange for information about his parents, he offered data on Scarran behavior, ship design, and security arrangements.
Scorpius selected his own name. Apparently he had none while in the custody of the Scarrans.
At the time of Scorpius' birth, Sebaceans were establishing colonies in the Uncharted Territories, separate from Peacekeeper installations. Scarran forces were already engaged in hostilities with Peacekeepers, including attacking colonization convoys.
Scorpius' mother and her husband were apparently the sole survivors of the initial massacre, landing their transport pod on Motak Four (at "approximately mid-sun", according to his mother's log entry).
Scorpius' mother, Rylana, was born on New Heather, and disappeared at age 22.
Peacekeepers located the transport pod, but never salvaged it. It contained only a single male corpse; there was no trace of Scorpius' mother.
The Scarrans used the transport pod as a lure and trap, to recapture Scorpius -- who later blamed himself for falling into it.
The need to rely on an exterior coolant system was offensive to Tauza, who considers all other races to be "lesser species" than Scarrans.
Female Scarrans seem to have a different cranial structure than males.
Linfer accessed restricted datafiles before her defection.
Pilot and Moya accept Linfer's assertion that her condition is untreatable, and permit her to self destruct.
The rape of Scorpius' mother shattered her fragile psyche; she pleaded for death during her pregnancy, and died during the birth of her child.
In 90 other attempts to create a Sebacean/Scarran hybrid, the Sebacean female and her offspring perished.
Tauza claimed that Peacekeepers were weak, and wanted to hybridize their species with Scarrans in order to gain strength. In reality, Scarrans were trying to find out if Sebacean genetics could be useful to them. They eventually decided that since there was no benefit to a hybrid, and since the Sebaceans had no value, even as breeding stock, the Sebacean species must be eradicated.
The coolant rods Scorpius used in his external backpack system evidently contained something more solid than liquid; he is able to break one in two for his attack on Tauza, without any apparent spillage.
The same environmentally isolated chamber that allowed Tauza to raise the temperature uncomfortably high for Scorpius, allows him to lower it to a level his Scarran captor cannot survive; he can monitor her energy signature from outside, to determine her condition.
Scorpius considers hubris to be the primary Scarran failing.
By providing information about the Scarrans, and aiding the Peacekeepers in the destruction of the Scarran Dreadnought, Scorpius proved himself of sufficient value that he was exempted from all purity regulations (due to "unique status and clear loyalties") and allowed to enter Peacekeeper service. He rose through the ranks to create a special task force, to develop wormhole technology.
Scorpius claims he has no desire for power, merely for revenge, and he joined the Peacekeepers to further that goal; he seems genuinely angered at John's suggestion otherwise.
Scorpius believes Scarrans will stop only when they're the last sentient species left.
The neural clone of Crichton not only refuses to unlock the encrypted data (citing the Ancients' comment of, "if you're not smart enough to discover it for yourself, you're not smart enough to use it wisely"), he destroys it permanently.
As his conversations with the neural clone conclude, Scorpius overheats to the point where the chip's circuits are destroyed. Braca burns his hands removing Scorpius' cooling rod, suggesting that on this occasion, it was much hotter than normal.
John is concerned about Scorpius being farther along in wormhole technnology than he is; in particular, he worries that the fact Linfer was able to find him indicates that Scorpius can do likewise.
The data Scorpius could recall from the chip consisted of "Voken nine, exponent nine, devra, four, three, one, equivalence mastered, nine, palonic square, equivalence integral, nine, volker hypercube, brellmatic, six, lerg, one."
Peacekeeper scientists evidently have their own version of Palm Pilot.
In his quarters, Scorpius keeps a flower identical to the variety he found growing around his mother's transport pod on Motak Four.
Additional information (canon questionable): an appendix to the Journey Log for this episode at SciFi.com states that Scorpius was "born with severe, endemic physiological problems induced by conflict between high body temperature of Scarran physiology and low body temperature of Sebacean physiology," lived "in isolation within environmental chamber on board Scarran dreadnought for approximately 15 cycles," and then was "at large in neutral systems and Uncharted Territories for approximately eight cycles".
John: "All right, Scorp. Then what am I? Bootleg? A ghost? Holodeck Crichton? A wanderin' soul that ain't got no body?"
(see also www.crichtonisms.com)
Translator Microbe ReportTechnology: Coding Section: component of wormhole task force responsible for decrypting data from the neural chip Cybernetics Section: component of wormhole task force responsible for analyzing physical structure of the neural chip Dreadnought: large Scarran military vessel, possibly equivalent to a Peacekeeper Command Carrier Evacuation Pod: outer space lifeboat found on Scarran Dreadnoughts Ionization Indicators: presumably, part of a Prowler's telemetry system, as in "ionization indicators holding steady at 4-0-9" Phase Progression: shielding technique developed by Linfer to enable wormhole travel; eventually found ineffective Rantath Flux: an energy variation encountered in most wormholes; exposure may cause tisue liquification Tissue Liquification: the reduction of organic matter to a fluid state, as a result of rantath flux exposure Cultural: Flibisk: smallish ten-legged creature which, if prevented from mating, becomes "disagreeable"; prepared as a food dish Purity Regulations: restrictions pertaining to Sebacean cultural or biological purity (Peacekeeper) Relgarian: species of peaceful, inquisitive, deep-space explorers, with historically friendly ties to Leviathans Sour as an unmated flibisk: saying or expression meaning cranky, unpleasant, frustrated Hiccups: Taka hi, taka ho: Linfer's farewell words to Pilot and Moya
"Oh, n--...he screwed up? I kicked it on the table? I am in Hell!"
"Scorpy, go away. Go home. I do not even want to hear it; I'm sick and tired of having people clomping around inside my head!"
"You're not John."
"You know so little of me. Let's remedy that."
"Yes, Commander, I'll wake you the microt Moya senses anything."
"What's a Relgarian?"
"Scorpy, the teenage hero, outwits the Scarrans, makes it look easy -- you going for pity or applause?"
"Scorpius' obsession with wormholes is making him irrational."
"I want to know the truth."
"Too feeble, to conquer your own deficiencies without help. You are a Scarran, or you are nothing. We tried to make you one of us. How could you reject that for a lesser species?"
"All right, all right, enough already! Scorp, take five!"
"He survived. He always survives."
"I hate to break it to you guys, but Moya and Pilot are for it."
"We're all guests here, and if Moya wants to go with them --"
"Terrific, this is what we're arguing about? The chance to stay cooped up together? You know, if I was Moya, I wouldn't want us here."
"Thank you, Pilot, for granting my request. I'm sorry we won't travel together. Taka hi, taka ho!"
"There was nothing we could do."
"Preachin' to the choir, Scorpy. I got no love of Scarrans."
"You killed her!"
"Scarran hubris. Their primary failing."
"Sweet move. Join the army, get them to pay for your pet project."
"I've already lost people I care about, because of you. Where is my revenge, Scorpy?"
"They plan to exterminate the Sebaceans, but they won't stop there. Nor with Luxans, Delvians, Baniks, or a thousand other lower life forms. They'll stop when they are the only sentient species left. And if they discover wormhole technology before we do, the galaxy is theirs. And eventually, John, they will find Earth. Your race is defenseless. They'll be raped and slaughtered unless you help us."
"Go on, unlock it. Give us the weapon we need to defeat the Scarrans."
"Well, thanks for the slide show. Gotta go."
"Do you think...that neural clones go to heaven? Well, wherever I wind up, when I see your mama, I'll be sure to give her your regards."
"If you are here to give me another lecture, go away."
"You ever think we've been on this boat way too long?"
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