Though the Transport Pods are made of the same biomechanoid stuff as Moya, Pilot assures me they're not sentient like the Leviathan.
While they may be technically "alive," the Pods have no intelligence of
their own and require manual control in order to perform any of their
normal flight functions.
Moya grows multiple Transport Pods, all of which have direct access to her Transport Hangars. Pilot's control over each Pod is limited to monitoring onboard systems and communicating with passengers. Everything else depends on the flight crew.
took it upon herself to teach me the subtleties of space flight in one
of these babies. It was just me and Officer Sun out for a nice,
leisurely jaunt through the Uncharted Territories. Easy as pie, right? Let's just say it wasn't exactly Driving Miss Daisy.
The Pods actually require regular contact with Moya in order to remain
active. Otherwise they enter a state I like to think of as the
We can't get lazy and allow the Transport Pods to degenerate, though. They're essential to us. Without them we'd be limited to Farscape One and Aeryn's Prowler
as our only means of leaving Moya. Considering that our enemies have
sent out more than a few (dozen) Galactic APBs on both mine and Aeryn's
ships, the Transport Pods are our only way to reach most planets' surfaces without drawing attention (or Pulse Rifle fire).
Back on Earth, "blending in" meant wearing a baseball cap and some
faded jeans; now it means flying a biomechanoid shuttlecraft out of a
Leviathan's innards. And dad was worried I'd have a hard time adjusting
when I went to college.
JOURNEY LOG REFERENCES
Infinite Possibilities, Part 1: Daedalus Demands
Dog With Two Bones
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