Farscape: Season 1, Episode 1

Premiere (19 Mar. 1999)

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Astronaut John Crichton's "Farscape-1" space module is swallowed by a wormhole and spat out on the other side of the universe into the middle of a space battle. Taken on board "Moya", a ... See full summary »

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Astronaut John Crichton's "Farscape-1" space module is swallowed by a wormhole and spat out on the other side of the universe into the middle of a space battle. Taken on board "Moya", a huge bio-mechanoid living ship, desperately trying to escape Peacekeeper captivity. On board Moya is a group of alien fugitives trying to escape from the ruthless Peacekeepers, a local military regime. While managing to escape the immediate threat, John Crichton forms friendships with the prisoners and continues to look for a way home. But later a race of beings called, "The Ancients" implanted knowledge about the power of wormholes in his mind and this knowledge makes him a wanted man throught the Uncharted Territories. Now, John and his crewmates are on the run from ruthless alien races that want his knowledge so they can make wormhole weapons to take over the universe. Despite all that happens to him, despite his friendships and relationships with the crew, at the end of the day he wants to get home... Written by Laurian Luis

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Crichton was originally going to take off from NASA. NASA was approached, and they agreed, but NASA insisted on approving/reviewing the ENTIRE script for the episode, even though they were only going to be in the first few scenes. Producers declined, and they came up with IASA instead. See more »

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Anthony Simcoe's real nose can be seen beneath his prosthetic facial makeup several times. See more »

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John Crichton: How about we show them a little compassion?
Aeryn Sun: Compassion? What is compassion?
John Crichton: Compassion? Wha... you're kidding, right?
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A real breath of fresh air.
20 April 2000 | by (Alberta) – See all my reviews

In Canada, 'Farscape' is only aired on the children's television network, YTV, which has alienated many science fiction fans. I feel that this does not do the show justice. Excellent characters made real by near perfect (if not necessarily brilliant) acting, high quality special effects, and exciting plots come together to make one of the most exciting science fiction series of it's kind in a long while. If they were to kill off a permanent cast member this season, I would actually be upset, as opposed to a 'Star Trek' series where I constantly find myself wishing the annoying characters to die. I rate it highest in terms of atmosphere and makeup; it's been a long time since a mainstrean show maintained as much power to frighten me, and the use of Jim Henson's fabulous puppets and the amazing alien makeup jobs put the show's realism in another level entirely from the pitiful aliens of 'Star Trek.' So I'll continue to watch 'Farscape'; it may be on a children's station, but it's still infinitely better than 'Lexx,' 'First Wave,' 'Stargate,' or any other of the pathetic sci-fi offerings this decade.


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