March of 1999. I had heard rumors about this show, a sci-fi show set in deep space starring actors and… muppets? Not The Muppets mind you but creations from Jim Henson Studios. Now I’m a bit of a sci-fi nut so it was a sure thing that I was going to at least watch the première.
That’s all it took. I was hooked.
We had seen great effects before way back in 1999, hell The Matrix opened the same month. What we weren’t prepared for was that a series would try to pull it off weekly. And pull it off they did, four full seasons, 88 episodes. And every one of them written, acted, and produced to the absolute limit of their ability. There were people (soon to be ex friends of mine) who didn’t love the series but I never heard anyone put down the production. The new collection has been re-mastered from the highest quality source material available and it shows. I expected to be disappointed in the fifteen year old effects but man this show aged well.
For those not familiar with Farscape let me set the scene, or rather let the main character, John Crichton, set the scene…
My name is John Crichton, an astronaut. A radiation wave hit and I got shot through a wormhole! Now I’m lost in some distant part of the universe on a ship, a LIVING ship, full of strange alien life forms! Help me, help me! Listen, please. Is there anybody out there who can hear me? I’m being hunted… by an insane military commander. I’m doing everything I can. I’m just looking for a way home.
An everyman (granted an astronaut everyman but still) flung who knows how far from home. He is literally the only one of his kind anywhere within his reach, this show took the “stranger in a strange land” idea to a whole new level. Ben Browder played that befuddle everyman well and with a modern twist, he often gets visibly frustrated with his situation. Very easy guy to relate to.
Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, and Virginia Hey play wonderful aliens. Each represent a different race and they all brought life and believability to roles that easily could’ve been played campy or just silly. And the puppets. Rigel and Pilot. I don’t like to refer to them as such because when you watch the series you truly forget that they’re not 100% as real as the rest of the cast…
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