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Farscape: Season of Death

D'Argo and Stark try to heal John, left with his head open on an operating table, while Scorpius attempts to avoid discovery. Zhaan makes a great personal sacrifice, while Jothee and Chiana commit an indiscretion.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x1
Production Number: #10301
Airdate: Friday March 16th, 2001

Guest Stars
Hugh Keays-ByrneHugh Keays-Byrne
As Grunchlk
Thomas HolesgroveThomas Holesgrove
As Diagnosan Tocot / Plonek the Scarran
Wayne PygramWayne Pygram
As Scorpius/Harvey
Episode Notes
Respected Australian actor Hugh Keays-Byrne, who plays the revolting Grunchlk, was originally involved with Farscape back in 1998 when he auditioned for the role of D'Argo.

Tocot's voice is provided by puppeteer Fiona Gentile. Her vocal performance in rehearsal for "Die Me Dichotomy" so impressed Executive Producer David Kemper and Director Rowan Woods that they asked her to provide it for the episode.

The brief for the voice was "a high-pitched harmonic warble, interposed with Kalahari bushman dialect."

A sequence showing Rygel threatening D'Argo was cut from the final version of the episode, although Ricky Manning included it in his Rygel-centered account of this episode for a short story in Farscape Magazine.

"Can I get a hell yeah?!" shouts John Crichton, as Ben Browder deliberately imitates "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's catchphrase and stylized throwing technique to give the Scorpius clone his come-uppance.

In an example of an actor fighting himself for his art, both Tocot and Plomek were played by Thomas Holesgrove, who filmed both sides of the attack against stunt players. The stunt players were then edited out of the final version.

Every time we meet a different Scarran on Farscape, Creature Shop Supervisor Dave Elsey makes it his mission to make it look slightly different. In "Season of Death," we see an Army Scarran for the first time.

Ian Watson shot two different versions of the finger-chewing sequence - the one not used was far gorier, and was "like a Monthy Python sketch."

The snow used for the live-action sequences on the Ice Planet was made from soapflakes, which became uncomfortable for the actors after three days of shooting in them.

The music for this episode follows themes set in "Die Me, Dichotomy." The "Requiem" from Aeryn's funeral is reprised, but in a subtly different form, as composer Guy Gross changes it from a minor to a major key.

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