Monday, August 2, 2010

Come Monday...Farscape

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about, websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

The first few times I tried to watch an episode of [Farscape], I thought that it was just a little too far out for me. I mean, we’re talking about something that [Animal] and [Fozzie Bear] might brew-up in [Beaker’s] lab here.

Yeah, those were some [Muppets] references. For the very same [Jim Henson], who created the [Muppets], is also the creator of [Farscape].

No, I couldn’t believe it, either. For aside from some of the characters being somewhat Muppet-like, the rest of Farscape is bonafide science fiction—at its best, might I add.

Oh yeah, I finally got up to speed about what Farscape was all about, and from then on, I was hooked. Hey, even my wife got with the program, and that should tell you that the show is really something special. For she doesn’t go for a lot of computer-generated stuff, but this is not to say that the show doesn’t have enough of that sort of thing to wet the appetite of even the pickiest of geeks.

In a nutshell, the show is about an American astronaut, by the name of [John Crichton], who is flying an experimental space module that is meant to replace the Space Shuttle when he encounters a wormhole, which spits he him out in a galaxy far, far away. (No, as a matter of fact, I couldn’t resist.) Moreover, Crichton quickly finds himself in the middle of a battle between some Peacekeeper fighters who are trying to prevent the escape of some prisoners in a living ship by the name of [Moya]. Crichton accidentally clips one of the fighters, which results in the death of its pilot, who just happens to be the brother of a fairly unstable Peacekeeper Captain, who is under the command of the diabolical [Scorpius]. Crichton eventually manages to land his module in Moya, and the rest of the show covers her crew trying to get away from Scorpius, who is convinced that Crichton hold the secrets to developing a wormhole weapon.

No, that doesn’t even come close to being an adequate description of this truly amazing sci-fi masterpiece. For each character is explored to great depths, and I found tears in my eyes when [Ka D’Argo] volunteered to stay behind so that the rest could get away in the series finale.

Aside from Crichton, perhaps the most colorful of the characters is [Aeryn Sun], who is played to the hilt by [Claudia Black]. Oh yeah, did I fail to mention that John Crichton is played by [Ben Browder], and that he is reunited with Claudia as [Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell] and [Vala Mal Doran] in the last years of the [Stargate SG-1] television series?

Getting back to Aeryn in Farscape, she was born a Peacekeeper, but came to realize that it was anything but peace that they wanted. So, she broke with them to join Moya’s crew, and before it was all over with, had a baby with Crichton.

As side-note, the birth of Aeryn’s and John’s baby is most definitely must-see-TV. For it occurred in the middle of a firefight with the Scaarans, who made the Peacekeepers look like a bunch of hippies with flowers in the hair, and when the baby wasn’t coming out as quickly as she wanted him to, Aeryn screamed for a knife so that she could cut the baby out herself.

Okay, I suppose you will just have to see it for yourself. Be assured that you will not be sorry if you do. [Here] is a place where you can watch it online for free, but since I have not actually tried it yet myself, I cannot say for sure that it will work.

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  1. Farscape used to be one of my favourites... I never did see the final few :-(

  2. Never heard of farscape, pretty interesting though that it was created by Jim Henson, I thought all he did was the muppets. Learn something new every day

  3. I have never heard of them either - but know of Jim Henson - died too young. sandie

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear John!!! I hope you can watch "The Peacekeepers Wars" on one those sites. For they ended this series as well as any has.

  5. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! You might have the same trouble as I did the first time or two you try to watch an episode, but if you will hang in there and get to know a few of the characters, you might be surprised at just how much you find yourself enjoying the show. Hey, Crichton even has some dream sequences where the characters of the show are depicted in Looney Tunes Cartoon character fashion in some earlier episodes.

  6. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Sandie!!! Yes, he did go fairly young, but the pain and sufferings of this world is over for him now.

  7. Oh! That is quite interesting. I never knew that Farscape was by the same guy who did the muppets. Maybe I'll give it a try now...

  8. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Emm!!! I hope you like it if you do.


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