They Were Stars - Pa'u Zhaan
Australian Mafia don
who find Zhaan's performance in Farscape an example of fine
acting are not aware of the dark truth behind her performance.
years ago, Zhaan was anything but a peace loving priestess.
She was a don in one of the most powerful Mafia families in
Australia. Feared by enemies, respected by allies, and trusted
by fools, Zhaan headed one of the most notorious crime syndicates
familiarity with Clorium in I, ET was
no accident - her nefarious empire was built upon the illegal
exportation of the little known element. Ruthless in her control
of Clorium, Zhaan wasn't called the "Blue don" for
nothing. Her reputation as a merciless crime lord was well
earned; she seemed impervious to prosecution from the authorities.
Zhaan's fortunes took a dramatic twist when she was indicted
March 19, 1991 on racketeering charges, participation in organized
criminal activity, and the nonpayment of a $2 parking fine.
the survivor, Zhaan cooperated with prosecutors and turned
state's witness. Within months of her arrest, Zhaan's testimony
managed to bring down Australia's criminal underworld.
for her life, Zhaan entered the witness protection program
and started a new life as a peaceful member of society. Ignoring
advice to remain out of the public eye, Zhaan pursued an acting
career by trying out for a TV show called Farscape.
in the belief that Farscape was never intended for broadcast
in Australia, Zhaan freely accepted the coveted roll of Delvian
Priestess. To her surprise, Farscape was scheduled for broadcast
in Australia on January 8, 2000
shortly before the scheduled premiere of Farscape, the show
was rocked by a previously unknown threat. Farscape's producers
received anonymous messages threatening harm to the production
staff if the show was broadcast in Australia. Stunned by the
terrorist claims, channel nine delayed The
Premiere several months --May 20, 2000--until all facts
could be investigated.
no one was ever arrested in the case, several cast members
have privately raise issues of their own. Questioning whether
Zhaan may have resorted to some of her old ways to keep the
show off the air, many Farcape employees no longer trust the
woman. The unusual turn of events make Farscape's behind the
scenes antics fascinating as anything written into the show.
to Before They Were Stars
was quite generous to those loyal to her empire. However,
those unfortunate souls that managed to get in her way didn't
fare as well.
Blue don arrested. The next stop for Zhaan would have been
the "big house," but she turned state's witness
and avoided a long prison term.
she up to her old tricks? Farscape's cast and crew no longer