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Farscape: Back and Back and Back to the Future

Crichton jumps back in time over and over again, and discovers that a scientist who has come on board is hiding a dangerous secret.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x5
Production Number: #10105
Airdate: Friday April 02nd, 1999

Director: Rowan Woods
Writer: Babs Greyhosky

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Guest Stars
Episode Notes
Although the title derived from the Michael J. Fox film trilogy, it was also intended to emphasize the number of times that premonition appeared in the story.

Writer Babs Greyhosky is a highly-regarded American writer who has contributed to numerous fantasy series including Sheena, Swamp Thing and Tremors.

Director Rowan Woods debuted with this episode and became one of the mainstay directors of the Farscape team.

The Peacekeeper logo is taken from the Russian Constructivist painting "Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge." by El Lissitzky, and adapted by production designer Ricky Eyres as a mural.

Ben Browder described this as one of his favorite early episodes -- "a classic 'Kirk's Brain' episode." Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, and Virginia Hey also place it among their favorites.

Although there are numerous hints in the episode that the Scorvian/Ilanic conflict could be central to the Farscape universe, this is the only time that we encounter either race.

John Clayton who plays Verell, appeared in numerous Australian films and TV series and sadly died of cancer in September 2003.

Director Rowan Woods's previous credits include the toug drama The Boys. He's also had a career as an actor and would later play the male Zhaan in Season 4's John Quixote.

Episode Quotes
Aeryn: How did you know about that?
John: I saw it in the future.
Aeryn: What do you mean by that?
John: Look… You know what? Ask me later. Just ask me later when I've got more time. Of course I could be dead three or four times by the time you ask.

John: There is some crap going down here that just might be of interest to you.
Verrel: Crap?
John: Yes, crap. Crap like I know you're not out here in the Uncharted Territories doing research. Crap like you have enemies called the Scorpions and that your trusted colleague Matala is a spy for them.

Zhaan: He says he is experiencing the future.
Aeryn: The future? He can barely function in the present.

Aeryn: What's the matter with him ?
Zhaan: He is Crichton

Warning: Farscape season 1 episode 5 guide may contain spoilers
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