Matala has her own agenda
|First appearance||(1.05 "Back and Back and Back to the Future")|
|Last appearance||(1.05 "Back and Back and Back to the Future")|
|Species||Scorvian posing as an Ilanic|
|Portrayed by||Lisa Hensley|
Matala was a female Scorvian spy who was altered to look like their archenemies the Ilanics. During the Ilanic/Scorvian War, she infiltrated the Ilanic ranks, attaching herself to their military research division. She was the assistant of scientist Verell, with whom she worked with for at least a cycle while he was involved in a project to develop a superweapon using a black hole.
In the weapon's first field test, a problem occurred that destroyed the Ilanic cruiser that was conducting it. Matala and Verell managed to escape the destruction with the weapon in a shuttle and were discovered and rescued by the Leviathan Moya. There she seemed to develop an attraction for the ship's Luxan crewman Ka D'Argo, though after exposure to the weapon, his human crewmate John Crichton began experiencing flashes where Matala seemed to come onto him sexually. As these flashes continued, they became more ominous as he began experiencing visions where Matala killed those aboard Moya or manipulated them against each other. After sparring with former Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun, Aeryn realized that she was Scorvian after recognizing one of the moves she used as a neural stroke.
After Crichton realized that visions he was having were in fact short trips through time, he and D'Argo confronted Matala. She was ready, however, stabbing Verell and escaping in her shuttle with the completed weapon. In his dying throes, however, Verell deactivated the weapon's containment, releasing the black hole aboard the shuttle. As Moya starburst away, the black hole consumed Matala's shuttle and the Scorvian cruiser that had arrived to pick her up.
- I suppose Peacekeepers don't need to know that much. Their females have no need for science or culture. Or even the art of attracting males.
- We need you, D'Argo. Whatever the risks to the ship, it must be taken. Without this weapon, millions more Ilanic lives will be lost.
- (About John): D'Argo! Help me! He knows the truth! He threatened to tell the others, make them turn against me unless I pleasured him!
- Ka D'Argo. You have already proven yourself a hundred times over.
- It matters not what has become between you and your people, D'Argo. War does not recognize multiple loyalties. On the battlefield there is only them... and us.
- (1.05 "Back and Back and Back to the Future")