the centuries, there have been literary - and much later, cinematic
- characters blessed with the guidance and companionship if invisible
friends, like guiding angels. Crichton's invisible friend, however,
is no angel. Regular viewers have come to accept Crichton's companion
as simply one of the show's quirky embellishments. Occasional viewers
are probably left stumped as to who or what Crichton is always interacting
with. Here is a brief explanation of what is happening.
the episode titled, Won't Get Fooled Again,
it is learned Scorpius implanted a neural chip inside Crichton's
brain while the human was a PK prisoner during late season one.
The chip contained a clone of Scorpius' personality. The neural
clone was charged with the task of keeping Crichton safe, preventing
Crichton from ever harming Scorpius, and locating the wormhole knowledge
locked in Crichton's brain. This was all to occur in Crichton's
subconscious; the human was never to have known the clone was in
his head until it was too late. However, early in season two, during
an encounter with an alien named Traltixx,
Scorpy's plan went somewhat awry.
was a bad guy who distracted his victims by changing their personalities.
Although he was defeated, the alien's devious work on the human's
mind allowed Crichton some awareness of the Scorpy neural clone.
At first, Crichton thought he was hallucinating; seeing Scorpy in
beach shirts, drinking margaritas and eating pizza. As the season
progressed however, Crichton's Scorpy sightings were becoming more
realistic and disturbing. It's during this period that Crichton
named the clone Harvey, as in Harvey
the invisible Rabbit. In late season two, Crichton finally became
fully aware of the neural clone and its sinister plan. Unfortunately
for Crichton, his discovery came too late. The clone had done its
job, finding the valuable wormhole data, and had already made arrangements
for Crichton's capture by the real Scorpius.
neural chip was removed from Crichton's brain, but the neural clone
was inadvertently left behind. Now powerless to harm Crichton, "Harvey"
the clone first wanted Crichton to commit suicide so they wouldn't
have to live with each other. However, over time, the clone developed
a personality different from the real Scorpius. More willing to
help Crichton when it can, the clone has become a valuable advisor
to the human. In a way, the clone has become less like an invisible
rabbit to Crichton, and more like Clarence,
the guardian angel.