Farscape is back on TV! My DVR started pulling reruns out of syndication land a couple weeks ago. Perhaps you’re not familiar with the show… it might not be in syndication if you were. I don’t blame you, though. Farscape is a strange show for folks used to prime time fare. The characters don’t fall into neat categories. This week’s good guy could be stabbing his or her shipmates in the back next week. The main character goes insane more than once. He sometimes gets literally pulled in two. Many of the stories are told from the perspective of the mind. The physical action on the screen is meant to be a metaphor for a state of mind. The creature shop at the Henson Company created about half of the show’s characters. One of the stars of the show is a puppet. Rygel’s character suspended my disbelief almost instantly. One of the first things he does in the series is yell at John Crichton in a bizarre language, spit on him, and threaten him with a knife.
Here’s a quick synopsis. John Crichton is a scientist and astronaut here on earth. He’s flying a space ship of his design when a wormhole opens up near his ship. He falls through the wormhole and winds up on the other side of the Galaxy. Right in the middle of a battle. His ship is taken aboard a prison transport ship. The inmates are attempting to escape. Their escape sets the rest of the series in motion, as they’re pursued deeper into the uncharted territories. If you want more of a synopsis, follow the links above.
Farscape met an untimely end. If you’re interested in TV studio politics, Farscape’s history reads like a soap opera. Since I’m a fan of the show, I still hold a grudge against the Sci Fi channel, Hallmark entertainment, but not the Henson company. I think in a situation like this, blaming the creative forces behind the show doesn’t do any good.
One quick rant: WTF could a company like Hallmark possibly know about good Science fiction TV? They trashed the only serviceable Science fiction channel on cable. My grudge has extended to never watching Stargate SG-1, EVEN after they got Ben Browder (John Crichton) to star on the show. EVEN EVEN after they got Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun) (Wow-za!) to star next to him.
So, Crackers do matter, and Farscape is worth a look if you’re a fan of Science Fiction.