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: [to Rygel] You fart helium?
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Heavy Sci-Fi Light-Weight Believability
10 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I will probably watch the rest of this. More than likely due to the show's use of induction visuals accompanied by water-fall subliminal messages: "You love this show. You will watch this show every week. You will tell your friends how great this show is." And they would have had to induce people: the story gets off to a rickety start; not pausing to build a believable main character. Was it really all that necessary to have a fighter-jock-non-geek-scientist? I think things would have stayed interesting if he had been just a stick jockey OR a complete nerd. As it was I never believed him.

Which is probably why dialog gems like: "I wasn't just any anarchist, I was a leading anarchist" made it into into the shooting script. Can someone tell me how an anarchist would be a self-proclaimed "leading anarchist"? If they are a proponent of anarchy, wouldn't they understand that "leadership" would necessarily be eschewed? So how are they a "leading anarchist" if they don't even understand what anarchy is?

Okay. I'm being a little too critical. I just found it rather funny. Maybe I should give the writer credit for humorously creating a universe contradiction singularity?


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