a show where the writers like to take chances, to experiment. Early
in the third season, the writers borrowed a fairly common science-fiction
gimmick and turned it into a series-altering event. Basically, the
character of John Crichton was twinned, an event that would alter
his relationship with Aeryn and the course of the show through the
of the show are well aware of the events that brought about two
Crichtons, but occasional viewers probably find the story perplexing,
to say the least. To help, here is a brief explanation of what happened
on that fateful day onboard the dying Leviathan "Rovhu."
the sixth episode of the third season, Eat Me,
part of Moya's crew encountered a dying Leviathan drifting in space.
The ship was like a house of horrors, populated by a zombie-like
crew and ruled by a madman named Kaarvok. Kaarvok fed on the brains
of his victims, who were usually the dying Leviathan's crew. So
he wouldn't run out of crewmembers to kill, Kaarvok apparently developed
a method of twinning them. During their encounter with Kaarvok,
D'Argo, Chiana and Crichton were all twinned at one point or another
during the episode. Kaarvok killed one each of the D'Argo and Chiana
twins, but never got the chance to kill the Crichton twin. Moya's
crew, including the two Crichtons, escaped the dying Leviathan moments
before it exploded.
two Crichtons were identical, both physically and mentally. They
shared the same memories and possessed the same personality. Although
it was impossible tell them apart, each Crichton insisted that he
was the real Crichton and the other guy was simply a copy.
the end of Thanks For Sharing, it became
necessary for Moya and Talyn to go their separate ways. While one
Crichton was on a planet dealing with the locals, the other Crichton
joined Aeryn onboard Talyn. From this point forward, the man that
followed Aeryn is known as Talyn-John.
John is played by American actor Ben Browder. Born on December 11,
1962 in Memphis, Tennessee as Robert Benedict Browder. Ben spent
much of his younger years in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his
family operates at least two successful businesses. Ben graduated
from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Since moving
to Australia in 1998, Ben has been forced to change his lifestyle
greatly. Fortunately, Ben has acquired a love of surfing, which
seems to make up for Australia's lack of Crisco vegetable shorting,
Mountain Dew drinks, and Clark candy bars.
started his acting career playing the small roll of a WW2 pilot
in the 1990 film, Memphis Belle. Ben spent much of the 1990s honing
his acting skills on such films as Kiss Before Dying, Nevada, and
Boogie Boy. Ben also played various rolls on television programs
such as "Secrets," "Grace Under Fire," and most
notably, as Sam on "Party of Five."
Ben lives with his wife, English actress Francesca Buller, and their
children in the Sydney, Australia area. Due to the cancellation
of Farscape, and the fact that Australia has little tolerance for
unemployed American surfing bums, Ben has indicated that he will
pursue his acting career in the US.