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sf farscape pilot

i apologize for my strengths.

It's all beatriceeagle's fault, like so many things in my life. We got to talking about television last night, and I was singing the praises of (brilliant, flawed, erratic, unpredictable, schizophrenic) Farscape (1999) to her.

Which means, of course, that I will be watching them again, as I've meant to do for a while, because somebody has to keep her company. (The hardship!) I've seen nearly the entire series, with a few episodes off for good behavior, but I watched it as it aired, so my memory is a bit foggy. Of course, the DVDs are barely available and cost both legs and an arm, stealing it off the internets is naughty and anyway takes too long, Netflix doesn't have the first season, and it's been off the air since 20034. What's a girl to do?

TV Links!

Ahem.

So you're not going to get in-depth reactions like I do for Criminal Minds, because while Farscape is crack, it's a different kind of crack But I thought it would be fun to write down what I'm seeing as I'm watching it, because man, it's been a long time.

Go ahead and spoil me, I know how it ends. But you might want to mark those comment threads "Spoiler" for people who haven't seen the whole thing already.

These are likely to be somewhat flip, but it's a flipness founded in loooove.



In which John falls halfway across the galaxy, promptly causes a fatal accident by piloting his spacecraft into oncoming traffic, and gets tossed around by a girl half his size and a Luxan twice as big. Also, Crais chews scenery but is smarter than he looks on the actual planet--so he actually DOES catch Aeryn and John making lovey eyes at each other--Rygel bargains ineffectively, and Zhaan and D'Argo flirt.

Did they ever get their irridescent fluid? I'm not sure, but the ship works now, so maybe Rygel had it under his toga. Did John ever get Yuri Gagarin's puzzle ring back? I didn't see it, and I don't recall if he got it back in a later episode, but I'm pretty sure it makes further appearances.

Not much Pilot in this one, though John does refer to him as "the transparent blue guy."

Farts: 1 (Rygel)
Bodily fluids: Vomit (Rygel)
Random muppets: 1 (Beetly guy on the commerce planet.)
Worldbuilding weirdness: if Peacekeepers have no family relationships, how come Crais is so hung up on his brother? Maybe there's something a little unsavory going on here?
Deaths of named characters: Crais, Nofirstinitial
Moments of sheer love: The rings welded around D'Argo's collarbones, D'Argo's original painful makeup, nekked Zhaan, Aeryn with the joystick, and an unsettling flash of the Man John Crichton Will Become, as he hunkers down on Moya's floor with a bic pen and starts writing on the linoleum.

A little stiff and rocky in the beginning, what with the expositin' and all. John is so cute and widdle and sane in this one, and no leather pants. It picks up once he gets on board Moya, and just put your fingers in your ears through the sciency bits. La La La.

Zhaan, how I miss you already.



And now, I have to eat something and get ready to go to the gym. More later, maybe.

(For those of you reading the tags, that's "rape" in the "rape of the lock" sense.)

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*sniff* I miss Zhaan too.
:-(

It is, yes, hard on the characters.
The thing about Farscape is that it's completely fucking experimental, and completely mental, and logical consistency is somewhere way DOWN their list of values.

So one has to (a) suspend one's reliance on linear thought, (b) soldier on through the occasional abysmal episode, and (c) just take a nice big hit of the crack pipe and relax to enjoy in thoroughly.

*g*

Mostly, it exists to swing genre conventions around its head by the tail like a series of very dead cats, and then thwack them into available objects. Also, to do ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE THINGS to its characters.

I would LOVE to come watch it with you.
Oh, they're adorable together. I had the pleasure of sitting in on a ComiCon interview in which Claudia was attempting to eat a hershey bar, and Ben kept stealing pieces from her.

And yeah, it's pretty obvious the show was FULL of geeks. Just John's jokes, alone--
The Starburst editions of Farscape are actually affordable. $16 per half-season.

http://www.deepdiscount.com/viewproduct.htm?productId=5736522
Hey! Thanks!

Not actually affordable to me this month, but I have a couple of delivery/publication payments coming, I hope...
Did you hear that there are going to be new webisodes of farscape?

Personally, I could care less, but a huge chunk of my friends are all up in their 'scape fandom.
Yeah.

My base assumption is that they are gonna suck. :-P
I have every single episode (including the miniseries) on my hard drive, so if you need 'em, just holla.
Thanks!

I have been planning on buying the damned things once I get another big check. *g* Hopefully soonish, as I just delivered four novels...
Thank you! But I'm planning on buying the DVDs once I get my next delivery check. It's just I NEED FARSCAPE NAO.

Fortunately, this TV Links thing is da bomb.
Sweet! Finally something to fill my Battlestar Galactica void in my heart. Thank you so much for posting this.
Ahhhh, Farscape. One of my favoritest things EVER (and would be even if Claudia Black weren't in it, tho maybe not quite as much ;).
Mmm. Yes.

Ah, all that leather.
I thought I was the only person in the world who really liked this!

I think I was the only person in the UK who liked it, when the first series aired here (on BBC2 in an early evening slot, on Thursdays, I think).

I lost track of it, later - and got hopelessly muddled when I tried to dip back in. But I still remember it with a warm glow.

Time for a revisit, soooon....

It's one of my favorite TV shows, along with the Venerable Man from UNCLE and The Avengers, Criminal Minds, and a couple of other things.

some spoilers, maybe

I miss Farscape. And Zhaan. And, sometimes, the nice guy Crichton who insisted that you don't point guns at people, (although he didn't last long).

fwiw, I think the boxed season-sets are still out and about, and far more economical than acquiring each of the groupings of episodes.

Re: some spoilers, maybe

Oh yeah.

John Crichton never came home from the war.
I have a complete set of high-quality off-air tapes of Farscape (filled in with a few DVDs as necessary). If you'd like it, I'd be happy to send it to you for postage.
No need, but thank you!
I never said downloading TV off the internet was immoral.

I said it was illegal. *g*
A couple of days ago I found out they're airing out-of-sequence season 3 eps on BBC2 in an early morning slot, and though I didn't really have a clue what was going on in the two I watched, it made me quite eager to get back to watching the series in order. (I was watching online a few months back, but the links I had went dead when I was just starting s2.) I spotted the DVD box set of s2 in store today: £160, pretty much guaranteeing I won't be paying any money for this series for a while yet.
So the timing of your post couldn't be more perfect for me.
I love it with the love, really.

I understand some people can't get past the muppets.
I’m a physics geek; the physics in the premiere was bad enough that I ignored the show for a good while. (Whereas Babylon 5 snared me with Soul Hunter, when they actually showed attitude jets firing when a Starfury matched its tumble to that of a spaceship on a collision course with the station.) Later on, when I found that there was a plot building up, I went back and watched Farscape from the beginning and was hooked.
I found myself unable to watch B5 due to issues with the acting. Or lack thereof.

but attitude jets would probably win my heart, even so.

Farscape is fantasy with SF trappings, really. It has sorcerers, fer chrissakes.
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