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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Sikozu Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu (called Sikozu) is a Kalish who grew up in Scarran-controlled space. She first appeared in "Crichton Kicks" and made her last appearance in "The Peacekeeper Wars Part 2". She becomes an expert (albeit a book expert) on Leviathans, and eventually goes to work for a pirate group who harvest toubray (nerve) fibers from Leviathans. She meets up with Crichton while he is aboard the Leviathan Elack in the Leviathan's sacred burial space; she led the pirates there and they subsequently try to kill her to prevent her telling anyone where the burial area is. Crichton nicknames her "Sputnik" due to the sputnik like shape of her hairstyle when she initially met Crichton. There is initial confusion at their meeting because she cannot tolerate translator microbes and so must learn all languages by hearing them. This may not be a species trait, given that she is later exposed as a Bioloid agent, and could be a consequence of that process instead. She is extremely intelligent and picks up information very quickly. She can "change her centre of gravity" so that she can walk on walls and ceilings, and she can easily reattach limbs that have been severed. She has to eat only a few times a cycle (year).

She is extremely arrogant, a self-styled polymath who constantly belittles those around her. Shortly after meeting John Crichton she used the epithet 'Weak species', which was used once again upon her 're-introduction' in Unrealized Reality. It should be noted, however, that while her knowledge about technology, species, history, and the galaxy in general is vast, it is mostly academic. She is, in fact, extremely naive and unknowledgeable about how things function outside of a controlled environment.

Shifting allegiance is a specialty of Sikozu, often switching sides in a battle with no notice and seemingly no premeditation other than at-the-moment judgments on who currently holds the greatest advantage. This has the net effect of total uncertainty as to where Sikozu's loyalties (if any) truly lie. Ironically, she is often the most surprised when her repeated betrayals of everyone around her are either turned around on or simply turned on her.

Sikozu accompanies Crichton as he reunites with his crewmates from Moya, and she gradually allies herself with Scorpius, who she initially seems intrigued by both because he saves her life and because he is arguably the most powerful and intelligent person on Moya. They eventually become lovers and she takes a place at his side when he is kicked off Moya. Just prior to the Scarran-Peacekeeper war, it is revealed that she is a bioloid and a double-agent. She is working with the Kalish resistance to free the Kalish from Scarran servitude, and as such was specially bioengineered to be able to hover in the air and release heat rays from her hands that destroy Scarran heat producing glands, rendering them weak and vulnerable. A further revelation comes late in the war when it is revealed that she is really a Scarran spy (in exchange for a promise from them to free her people from servitude). Scorpius has long known this but has not acted on it for some time. Finally, though Scorpius assaults her after revealing his knowledge about her betrayal and leaves her for dead on the water-planet Qujaga, though her future is left open, whether she allies with Grunshlick, or alternately, due to her earlier allegations, Grunshlick chooses to rape, or torture Sikozu.

Sikozu's true alliance with the Scarrans was actually foreshadowed in the middle of Season 4 when — under the guidance of the Ancient "Einstein" — Crichton attempts to better understand wormhole travel. In a visit to an Unrealized Reality, Crichton — in that reality, a ranking Peacekeeper officer — is forced to execute Sikozu after she is revealed to be a Scarran spy. Whether Crichton dismisses this as an event in one reality which might not hold true in his own is not mentioned. At their first meeting, as well, Chiana thinks she is a spy because she has Scarran currency and speaks Scarran. Sikozu explains this away by saying that she's been living in Scarran-controlled space. Nevertheless, Chiana takes a dislike to her and nicknames her "Psycho Zoo".

In the episode Twice Shy, Talika, a spider that feeds on emotions, attacks Sikozu but refrains from harvesting her. Sikozu claims this was because she was immune to the spider, whereas in truth she is a machine and thus inorganic and inedible. Her intolerance to translator microbes could be due to this, instead of her ersatz Kalish nature

Sikozu was engineered to be a Scarran killing weapon. She can generate radiation tuned to specifically kill Scarrans, as a burst from her body, or in smaller quantities from her hands. This radiation seems to still be harmful, although to a lesser degree, to Scarran hybrids, such as Scorpius. When using her power in his presence, she instructs him to take cover and not to look at her.

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