Lambs To The Slaughter (Into the Lion's Den 1)
Production No. 320
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Lambs To The Slaughter (Into the Lion's Den 1)
"When it comes to my friends, I am infamous...for making really stupid decisions, yes?"
The crew ventures aboard the Command Carrier, where John has pledged to share his wormhole knowledge with Scorpius. While Aeryn and Crais find their old crewmates less than pleased with their return, more disturbing is the Peacekeeper crew's growing animosity for their current commander...animosity which a visitor from High Command is only too happy to employ for her own purposes.
Harvey seems to accept the rank -- and role -- of Private, in John's mental landscape. He claims that he no longer wants to die: he wants to survive, and will take whatever actions are necessary to promote that, and keep John alive.
D'Argo and Rygel apparently made fairly detailed arrangements for the truce with Scorpius. Both were already aboard the Command Carrier when Moya's transport pod arrived, and Braca was already making arrangements for the intelligence reports and surgery requested. Scorpius sent Marauders to meet the pod from Moya at a designated location, and escort it aboard the Carrier. None of this was discussed on camera in the previous episode.
Jool and Chiana were planning to jump ship prior to the Command Carrier mission, but weren't able to locate a populated planet within transport distance.
Four arns distance from Moya is still within clear comms range, with no noticeable lag in transmission.
The crew agreed Moya towed Talyn to the agreed upon rendesvous point.
Scorpius gave Moya's crew full diplomatic rights, immunities and courtesies while aboard the Carrier.
Lorrell was evidently a Leviathan specialist, during the time that Crais knew her in the Peacekeepers.
Discipline is noticeably crumbling on the Carrier: under their breath, significant numbers of the crew refer to both Aeryn and Crais as traitors, despite the fact that Scorpius has publically pardoned them.
Braca claims that Crais isn't important enough to rate surveillance devices in his quarters.
Aeryn used to gamble at cards with Henta, in the Officers' Lounge. On at least one occasion, Henta won the match.
Rygel was promised a full intelligence report on the current Hynerian political situation. D'Argo was promised surgery to remove the rings, and intelligence on Macton's current assignment. Crais manages to wrangle a makeover for Talyn. Aeryn, Chiana, and Jool apparently made no requests.
Peacekeepers apparently administer surgical anesthetics in the form of mist.
D'Argo's collarbone rings weren't designed to be removed. However, it apparently will not take long for the bone to knit, at the removal sites.
According to the surgeon, D'Argo is safe from infection if he stays in the misty grotto area next to the surgical platform.
Crais left the Peacekeepers without saying goodbye to Larrell.
Scorpius put Lorrell in the Aurora Chair and learned of her involvement with Crais.
Crais expected that everyone who knew him during his days as a Peacekeeper would be coerced into spying on him, on his return.
The latest approach by the research team is to create an external field that stabilizes the wormhole before entry. The entire ship's hull is employed as a wave repeater, and its mass acts as a multiplier. Co-Kura believes that if they knew the subharmonic formulas, they could create the right resonance pattern.
Scorpius gave John a datachip containing his personal background on it (as seen in "Incubator").
Harvey shares Scorpius's intellect, but not his passions or fears; he claims that this makes him more objective than his progenitor.
Harvey managed to normalize John's energy signature, to prevent Scorpius from detecting his lies.
Lorrell was apparently instructed to "confess" to Crais, so that he would take her into his confidence. She clearly led Braca to believe that she was spying as ordered, but her personal motivations and actual intent are unclear.
The Command Carrier contains about forty "planetary terrain reconstruction" areas, for combat training. When not in use for training exercises, they are apparently made available to the crew for recreational use.
According to Peacekeeper intelligence, calls for Dominar Bishan's abdication have spread to four of the primary Hynerian home planets.
A Marauder and two Prowlers are able to generate a Peacekeeper immobilizer pulse sufficient to stop a Leviathan attempting to starburst.
Henta seems to think that once Crais was thrown out, Aeryn could have been reinstated to the Peacekeepers.
Co-Kura was very fond of Linfer.
Lt. Reljik was thrice decorated by High Command.
The Council is exploring a truce with the Scarrans; they are working to unite the Uncharted Territories as much as possible, to strengthen their position at the bargaining table. While Grayza thinks the wormhole research project endangers those negotiations, Scorpius thinks the negotiations themselves are a fatal sign of weakness in front of the Scarrans.
This is the first indication we've had, that Scorpius' power within the Peacekeeper hierarchy has limitations of any significance. Grayza threatens him with a full Council sanction, and he appears to take this threat seriously, driving John to accelerate their research timetable.
Evidently the reputation of John et al has continued to grow. Grayza herself refers to John as "infamous", and Moya's crew as "a handful of escaped prisoners, whose exploits are becoming legendary"; she clearly considers it a significant problem with regard to public perception of the Peacekeepers. Nonetheless, Kor Tosko claims that half the worlds he visits are afraid of the Peacekeepers.
John has no illusions about the quality of his judgement where his friends' well-being is concerned.
Moya would rather be dead than accept another control collar.
Scorpius is obviously frustrated with the more political aspects of his role in the Peacekeepers, and with due cause. Grayza's involvement of Reljik in an assassination plot demonstrates that military hierarchy does not always rule out intrigue.
Henta believes without question that the Peacekeepers are a positive force, with ideals of loyalty, sacrifice, and honor.
D'Argo is stunned that the Luxans signed a pact with the Peacekeepers, even though Scorpius claims it's only an agreement to stand with the Peacekeepers against the Scarrans, and not a diminishment of Luxan autonomy.
John is starting to see a viable research path, courtesy of the Ancients' gift. But ethically he is no longer sure of his actions, struggling to weigh the danger posed by Scarran expansion against the evils of Peacekeeper domination; this begins to differentiate him from his twin in Aeryn's (and his own) eyes.
Larrell encourages Crais to give Scorpius information about Crichton (and presumably his plans), as a way to prove Crais' loyalty to Scorpius, paving the way for a return to Peacekeeper service.
The generator seems to reverse pulse energy discharges, sending the attacker's shot back to the originating source.
There are at least four (and possibly five or more) tiers to the generator, in rows at least seven deep. Maintenance crews apparently use personal jet packs to service the upper level components. Contact with the energy inside the framework of a component block is apparently fatal.
Despite Harvey's ability to cloak John's energy signature, Scorpius still suspects John of noncooperation.
Scorpius may have located Earth. Although John suspects that Scorpius is bluffing, and simply pulled the image of Earth out of John's memories on the extracted neural chip, Scorpius claims to have triangulated the stars from Earth, and obtained a visual confirmation. He claims that Earth is reachable, even without a wormhole, in just over 60 cycles at top speed, and that he can keep John alive long enough to witness its destruction.
If necessary, John is willing to shoot Scorpius (thereby killing himself as well) to protect Earth.
Scorpius: "I'm sorry, John, but we must move faster. The equations we need are in here."
Master Po: "Close your eyes. What do you hear?"
Master Kan: "As quickly as you can...snatch the pebble from my hand." [Caine tries and fails] "When you can take the pebble from my hand, it will be time for you to leave."
John: "Look, Scorpy thinks that Scarrans are Public Enemy No. 1. They want to wipe out other, lesser species. Is that true?"
John: "Hey, Hopper, let 'em go, or I will kill you, bracelet or no bracelet."
Scorpius: "I suspect you're stalling. Either through ignorance or by design. I hoped you'd see reason."
Translator Microbe Report
"Turn back, John."
"Let's test the jewelry."
"At last. The rift between us is finally bridged."
"Moya, Pilot, Aeryn, D'Argo...they've been through hell, in large part because of me. It's time I did something for them. Do not screw with them, Scorpius. Give them what they want. It's a good deal for you."
"Your shipmates have been invited to refreshments in the officers' lounge. Shall we join them?"
"I don't assist."
"Lt. Braca...I predicted your rise in this organization. I stand by that prediction. You are a consummate Peacekeeper."
"D'Argo. We didn't come here to fight."
"Will you have a drink with me?"
"Fellas. Open the bag or call me a cab. I cannot work blind."
"Have you decided on a plan?"
"Perhaps you're holding back."
"You say you're only after Scarrans. I'm cool with that. As long as it's true."
"Linfer suggested this formula. I disagreed."
"[...] half the planets I visit fear Peacekeepers."
"The very existence of this project imperils a truce."
"Hey, Hopper, let 'em go, or I will kill you, bracelet or no bracelet."
"And you must be the infamous John Crichton."
"All right, Scorpius, we'll do this the hard way. I'll return with a full Council sanction. You shouldn't have made me into an enemy. [turns to John] And you shouldn't have pointed a weapon at me."
"John, now you know what stupidity I have to deal with. You must not fail!"
"Lt., I intend to remove Scorpius from command."
"Then you've rejected our ideals?"
"The other John gave up his life to stop the Scarrans from getting this information--"
"Aw, hell, karate man..."
"It's just not fair..."
"Grayza's arrival drastically changes our timetable."
"It took quite some effort, to triangulate the stars from your planet. More, to gain a visual confirmation."
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