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Some thoughts on Farscape

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 2nd 2010 5:02PM
FarscapeFarscape went off the air before TV Squad even materialized into existence. Being the prompt person I am (note the sarcasm), I finally had the chance to watch the complete series right before the new year. What struck me most about the show was its spiritualism and fantasy elements.

The science behind it was crap. Even the scientist character of Jool made note of this in one of the episodes. Farscape was more of a fantasy with some scientific window dressing, much like the Star Wars movies. It speaks volumes when the central hero has the initials "J.C." like some religious icons we know.

Unfortunately, the show suffered poor ratings and its fifth season was cut short to a min-series called The Peacekeeper Wars. While the show suffered from minor character and plot inconsistencies (such as all the super-powers that Chiana seemed to acquire at certain moments), the narrative was pretty solid. In fact, it was the most well put-together science fiction show since Babylon 5 and didn't even have for the most part a single writer like that one did.

I'm sure more deep and meaningful analyses exist for this program elsewhere, as I was going for brevity. Did you watch this program while it was on? What did you think of it?

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An epic ride that was short lived This is si fi adventure in it's purest. In this vehicle I don't equivocate between fiction and science fiction this is the singularly the best show ever produced for television.

The serial format is seamless the genesis of plots and characters evolution is genius. Animatron, animation, computer graphics, set designs made it like a beautiful children book brought to life with all of the extravagance of Broadway and splendor of Hollywood.

Moya glided through an improbable galaxy not unlike our own and millions of others in the universe with her pilot and her crew and put a stamp on imagination unimaginable.

January 15 2010 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the to main characters had the best "relationship" on tv. hot, sensual and this without sex. HOT!

January 09 2010 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved Farscape! Almost as much as Babylon 5... ;D These 2 rank as my favorite TV series ever. The chemistry between Claudia Black and Ben Browder was as hot as anything and the writing was (usually) just superb!

January 06 2010 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOVED Farscape. The writing, the characters, all of the cultural references by Browder's character just awesome. I don't Sci-Fi promoted this show as much as they could have, you know like Scare Tactics. Very sad to see it go, but at least they wrapped it up, unlike SG Atlantis.

January 05 2010 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Laker Tim

Loved the 'Scape. Did any show have a better (and more heartbreaking) solution to the will-they-or-won't-they tension that sinks other shows. Plus, the Muppet with blood on his teeth after biting the hero.

January 04 2010 at 10:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

One of the top sci-fi shows of all time. Great writing, great evolving cast and hung together very consistently through the whole run. I'm always amazed that Stargate got better numbers than Farscape during their simultaneous runs.

January 04 2010 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

LOVED this show! One of my favs.

January 04 2010 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Science wasn't the reason anyone watched Farscape. The acting was superb, the writing terrific, and the characters compelling. One scientific touch I did love, however, were the translator microbes. It was one of the things that continually bugged me about the Stargate series'. Why did every world the SG teams visited speak modern English? Even with an apparently common impetus, language would have developed independently and vastly different on different worlds throughout the centuries. Farscape solved that dilemma with simple translator microbes that - once injected - colonized at the base of the brain and allowed other races to understand one another. Simple, efficient, and clever, as was most everything on Farscape. As TV Guide once said, "that ain't your grandfather's sci fi!"

January 04 2010 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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While cool, the translator microbes weren't as cool as the babblefish of the Hitchikers guide to the Galaxy.

January 04 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Started off good, but turned into lame-o leather, guns and sex by the end. Great puppets, though.

January 04 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great, fun series well missed.
Just b4 Christmas Amazon had the whole series on DVD for less than $50.00. What a bargain.

January 03 2010 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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