December 23rd, 2005


Farscape? More Like Jurassic Parkscape!

Okay, so about three or four years ago, say, mrspremise (well, to me, she was, and always will be, Katie) told me I should watch this show called Farscape. She thought I'd really like it. There were aliens and stuff. It sounded Star Trek-y, and I'd never gotten into that sort of thing. She had lots of episodes on her computer, which, back in those days, baffled me. I wasn't used to watching TV on my computer. And navigating the network to get to those files was a hassle. So I didn't bother to check it out.

Over the years, however, it became clear this Farscape thing wasn't some weird show only Katie liked. It seemed to be pretty damn popular, and people kept singing its praises. One summer I had Netflix, and I thought, hey, I'll finally check out that Farscape show. I wanted enough time to get through the whole series, plus this miniseries that came after it or whatever. But instead I watched Dead Like Me and My So-Called Life and a whole bunch of movies. I did want to eventually see the show, though, really. Many of my friends really loved it.

Officially, I think the toaster goes to debetesse. cofax7 can use it on weekends, though. And ladydisdain225 can, I don't know, look at it. mrspremise gets an honorary toaster, though, for planting the seed so many years ago.

See, a couple months ago, WGN/WB started showing Farscape in syndication. Look! One episode a week, on my television, easy as pie! I could handle that. I decided to take the opportunity after debetesse's urgings.

The premiere was all right, but promising. The ensuing episodes were okay but not spectacular. The formula of A plot on some random planet and B plot on the ship became tiresome. But I was still interested in the characters and their dynamics. They all had such different backgrounds, and now that they were all forced to interact with each other as allies, they had to show certain cards and hide others. It reminded me of Firefly, in that despite all the inevitable space adventures, you could tell compelling enough stories on the ship itself.

Oh, and the ship is alive. Which is weird. And took me a long time to get used to. But I think it ends up working really well. I kind of *heart* Moya.

By about episode nine or ten, though, the show was getting really good. The character development was very impressive, as was the continuity. They didn't just forget their random space adventures; those adventures became a part of their shared past. The strange alien characteristics that appeared to be given for plot purposes in one episode carried throughout the season, becoming important when they needed to be. Characters constantly made quick, sly references to previous events, giving the impression—the kind of impression I love in my television—that this was one long story we were being told. This is where the medium of television trumps film, people. You can tell those long stories.

The last third of the season, the One Long Story really kicked into gear, and previous plotlines twisted together like twine into string to finally force me to declare my love for the show by the end of the finale. You do understand I'm being purposely vague to avoid spoiling people. The spoilers come afterward. I myself am almost completely unspoiled for the show, and I'd like to give a potential new viewer that luxury.

If you're on the fence about checking out the show, and my endorsement hasn't sold you on it yet, comment and I'll figure out what else I can say. Because I'm itching to get to the good stuff. Beware the comments, however, because I expect they'll be full of S1 spoilers. I DO NOT HOWEVER EXPECT THEM TO BE FULL OF SPOILERS PAST SEASON ONE.

So you want my more specific thoughts on the episode? Here they are, mostly culled from my posts at, with some additions:

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