Posted 03 February 2011 - 06:34 PM
Sometimes it relied a bit too much on bodily functions and sheer grossness to get humor, but overall I thought it was just a really smart, dramatic, sometimes hilarious, show. The science really, really sucked, but I rather enjoyed the whole idea of 'screw the science, we're telling a story here'. The only time it got really bad was during space battles, as well as the idea of a spacecraft sneaking up on another one. Also I never could tell how big that section of the galaxy was since it seemed like everyone kept on running into each other without ever going very fast (and if they were going FTL, what the hell was special about starburst?) But I just ignored that and enjoyed the show. Also no religion and no real dues ex machina (except maybe Einstein, but he wasn't even necessary unless Season 5 was going to be getting really metaphysical, in which case I'm glad things got canceled).
It seems to get mentioned a lot in same breath as Babylon 5, but I found B5 to be incredibly boring and out-dated, I figure its because I missed its heyday as well. I think Farscape has aged very nicely considering it ended 7 years ago. I'm gonna say its because they used puppets instead of cgi for their special effects (which was very smart, that cgi Rgyel in the miniseries was an abomination) and puppet effects have a much longer shelf life than computer ones.
I'm assuming lots of people here have seen it, what did you all think? And if you haven't I highly recommend it and at least keep watching until the Gammak Base episodes when I'm not sure its possible to not get hooked.
Any other great science fiction shows that I've missed? I disliked Babylon 5 and hated BSG, though I did like Stargate Universe (also Angel and Buffy if those are 'sci fi')
Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:09 PM
How far did you get with Babylon 5 before you gave up on it? It picks up in quality after the first season.
mid-season 2, so it was right in the 'good stuff' according to people, but it didn't just do it for me.
Farscape was a bit zany Season 1, but it really cut down later on; by the middle of season 3 most episodes were downright dark.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 07:49 PM
Where I am they only showed the first season and I didn't think that there were any more for a long time. I always remembered it because the season ending really stuck with me. I eventually bought all the DVDs and the rest is history.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 08:00 PM
It became like a weekly comic strip, stay tuned for the next installment of the PK war. Still was a great series after that but ultimatly I think that's why they started losing viewers and lost what was a great show.
Edited by TannerSack, 03 February 2011 - 08:00 PM.
Posted 03 February 2011 - 10:14 PM
Farscape is fucking awesome. Out of Their Minds, where they all switch bodies, is absolutely hilarious.
Here is a reasonably good article about Farscape's cancellation. Take from it what you will.
Edited by Talyn, 03 February 2011 - 10:15 PM.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 12:45 AM
I think what it has in common with Babylon 5 is that it can take the viewer quite a few episodes until they "get" the show (or until the writers did...), but if you stick with it it's a great experience.
You just used two words that mean the same thing. It's the "science" bit you need to replace if you want to make a distinction, and really the term you are looking for is "space opera".
Posted 04 February 2011 - 01:06 AM
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 03:22 AM
Another episode that I like for sherr zanyess is Revenging Angel. The other crazy episodes that they tried didn't really work for me. I also really like …Different Destinations but for very different reasons.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 05:19 AM
The show had outstanding characters. No one was entirely good. Practically all of the characters pursued their own selfish agendas while somehow surviving as a dysfunctional family. Even Crichton frequently put his own goals to return home and understand wormholes over the needs of the crew. Scorpius was one of the best well-crafted antagonists in sci-fi television. Meanwhile, aliens felt truly alien. The show is driven by this sense of alienation and insanity.
Best of the Crazy Episodes
* Crackers Don't Matter
* Revenging Angel
* Out of Their Minds (the skeksis homage was also nice)
* Scratch 'n' Sniff
In short, I think I'm going to go rewatch Farscape now.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 06:35 AM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 06:51 AM
Is there any SciFi TV that you and I disagree upon?
I even got my TV hating wife to watch Farscape. She liked the story between John and Aeryn.
Actually I think the high point of the series hinged around two words, "Tayln... starburst!" I think Craise and Talyn were to of the most unusual and interesting characters ever introduced in SciFi Television. I also loved Scorpius. It was wonderful to see a motivated, intelligent, sympathetic "villian" (I put that term in quotes because I'm not certain it really applies) who did things not out of a delight in evil but in a belief in the "greater good".
Edited by Ser Scot A Ellison, 04 February 2011 - 07:00 AM.
Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:17 AM
It's a shame the webisodes never turned up as at one stage it seemed the show may make a return, at least as a spin-off but it's fairly clear syfy hates sci-fi nowadays so i guess it will never happen. It's also a shame that O'bannon and co never managed to get their fantasy TV show with muppets off the ground either as that could have been really cool too (especially since Farscape had some strong fantasy elements to it). Maybe if AGOT, Camelot etc take off it could resurface?
Posted 04 February 2011 - 09:09 AM
Posted 04 February 2011 - 10:04 AM
I think my favorite thing about the show, besides having realistic characters with believable motivations, was that it almost always defied my expectations. Like how they actually managed to get to Earth and it wasn't a dream or an alternate reality or ending with a memory wipe, they went there, changed everything, and left; I didn't think that would ever happen before the end of the show. Or how the will they/won't phase of the John/Aeryn relationship lasted for a really short period of time; after the 'getting to know each other phase' it very quickly became 'they will, they just have to deal with everyone trying to kill them right now phase' and then 'they are, but we can't focus much on it because there's a war about to start/going on phase'. Or how the main characters really did some terrible things at times for selfish reasons and there was never any 'oh but its all okay because it was part of a plan', it was 'they did something bad, deal with it. They're fugitives, what do you expect?' Like the time Zhaan, D'Argo, and Rgyel cut off one of Pilot's arms for a map.
Edited by Fez, 04 February 2011 - 10:04 AM.