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Mar. 19, 1999
60 min.
SyFy TV Network

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Five years ago, astronaut John Crichton attempted to use the Earth's atmosphere to propel his ship, Farscape 1, at great speeds across the solar system. He was sucked down a wormhole to a distant part of the galaxy and into the middle of a battle. He was rescued by a group of escaping prisoners and taken aboard their ship, a living ship.

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John Robert Crichton, Jr. is an International Aeronautics and Space Administration (most commonly referred to on the show as IASA) astronaut who, in the opening few minutes of the pilot episode, is accidentally catapulted through a wormhole across the universe, thus setting the scene for the show as a whole. As the only regularly appearing human on the show, he is the main focus and (arguably) the main character as he narrates the weekly credits and is the only character to appear in every episode. Along with Michael Shanks' character of Daniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1, Browder's Crichton has been called one of the sexiest male characters in science fiction.[citation needed]

Information about John Crichton's life before the first episode is only revealed slowly over the course of the series. He was the middle child born to Jack (an astronaut) and Leslie Crichton. He has two sisters, Olivia (his younger sister) and an older sister, Susan. He has a childhood friend named Douglas "D.K." Knox. John's mother died of cancer four years before his Farscape One accident. John Crichton followed in his father's footsteps by becoming an astronaut and achieved the rank of Commander.

In the first episode of season one, during a test flight, a wormhole appears, and John and his 'Farscape One' module are pulled into and through it. On his exit from the wormhole, he finds himself in the middle of a spaceship dogfight during which he accidentally causes the death of Tauvo Crais, the brother of Peacekeeper Captain Bialar Crais. Crichton's craft is pulled aboard a large spaceship named Moya, a Leviathan (a biomechanoid, ie, a 'living ship'), where John meets his first aliens (Zhaan, D'Argo, Aeryn Sun and Rygel). Shortly after, John meets Bialar Crais, who wants revenge for his brother's death. John has to adapt rather quickly to a life with aliens, guns, and space travel, without the comfort of Earth culture. Toward the end of season one, Crichton encounters a mysterious alien race known only as The Ancients, who gift him with a hidden wormhole knowledge, beginning a series-long chase by a Sebacean-Scarran hybrid Peacekeeper called Scorpius who hunts John and the rest of the Farscape crew to obtain that information.

Early in season two, Crichton learns that Scorpius has implanted a neural chip into his head, which causes hallucinations of a 'neural clone' of Scorpius, whom he dubs "Harvey". These hallucinations influence Crichton in an effort to get at the hidden wormhole knowledge. As a result, Crichton's behavior grows more erratic and unpredictable, even as he continues to have romantic feelings for Aeryn Sun. With the beginning of Season three, the neural chip has successfully been removed, but a 'neural clone' still remains in Crichton's head. A few episodes later, Crichton is "twinned" by another alien. Neither of the Crichtons can be called a copy, and neither is the original. Eventually, the crew of Moya is split across the two Leviathans, Moya and Talyn, and they are subsequently separated from each other. Each ship has one Crichton. One Crichton begins a romantic relationship with Aeryn, but he is killed. When the survivors of the two crews are reunited, Aeryn (in her grief) is very cold to the remaining Crichton. The crew members of Moya start going their separate ways at the end of season three. Just after Aeryn Sun leaves Crichton, seemingly for good, he learns that she is pregnant.

Early season four leaves Crichton with nothing but time to work on his wormhole theories. He eventually reunites with the crew members of Moya (and Aeryn and Scorpius, who has fallen out of favor with Peacekeeper high command). Halfway through the season, Crichton finds his way back to Earth, but he voluntarily gives up the dream of Earth and returns to Moya. After a series of dangerous events, Crichton and Aeryn find time alone together. Aeryn tells him he is the father of her child, and Crichton proposes to her. The moment she accepts, an alien craft apparently kills the two and ends the season. Crichton and Aeryn are revived at the beginning of The Peacekeeper Wars mini-series, and Crichton uses his wormhole knowledge to successfully force a peace treaty between the warring Peacekeepers and Scarrans. Also during the mini-series, Aeryn gives birth to their son named D'Argo Sun-Crichton in honor of their late comrade.

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