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"Farscape" Premiere (1999)

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Farscape: Season 1: Episode 1 -- Astronaut John Crichton attempts to use the Earth's atmosphere to propel his module (Farscape 1) at high speeds but he is hit by a radiation wave and sucked through a wormhole into a distant part of the universe and straight into the middle of a space battle. After almost colliding another ship, which explodes shortly afterwards, he is brought aboard a ship full of escaping alien prisoners. After being partnered with a captured soldier (a Peacekeeper) Crichton is drawn into the prisoners daring plan to escape the clutches of the Peacekeeper forces and their insane military commander.


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19 March 1999 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Astronaut John Crichton's "Farscape-1" space module is swallowed by a wormhole and spat out on the other... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ben Browder ... John Crichton

Claudia Black ... Officer Aeryn Sun

Virginia Hey ... Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan

Anthony Simcoe ... Ka D'Argo

Kent McCord ... Jack Crichton

Lani John Tupu ... Captain Bialar Crais / Pilot (voice) (as Lani Tupu)

Murray Bartlett ... D.K.

Greg Blandy ... Peacekeeper Guard #1

Colin Borgonon ... Peacekeeper Weapons Officer
Christine Stephen-Daly ... Lt. Teeg

Damen Stephenson ... Bio Isolation Man #1
Lawrence Woodward ... Bio Isolation Man #2

Jonathan Hardy ... Dominar Rygel XVI (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandi Finlay ... Escort Alien (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Andrew Prowse 
Writing credits
Rockne S. O'Bannon (creator)

Rockne S. O'Bannon (written by)

Produced by
Matt Carroll .... producer
Richard Clendinnen .... line producer
Kris Noble .... executive producer
Rockne S. O'Bannon .... executive producer
Naren Shankar .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Braedy Neal  (as Subvision)
Chris Neal  (as Subvision)
Cinematography by
Craig Barden (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Mark Perry 
Production Design by
Tim Ferrier 
Art Direction by
Tom Brown 
Julian Parry (supervising art director)
Charlie Revai 
Set Decoration by
Karen Murphy 
Makeup Department
Adam Johansen .... special makeup effects artist
Shane Thomas .... makeup artist
Colin Ware .... creature designer and prosthetic makeup artist
Production Management
Ralph Belcher .... assistant unit manager
Pete Coogan .... executive in charge of production
Matt Jones .... unit manager: second unit
Laura Sivis .... production liaison: Fox Studios Australia
Laura Sivis .... studio facilities coordinator: Fox Studios Australia
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tigger Carroll .... third assistant director
Art Department
Marco Bittner Rosser .... draughtsman
Simon Clayton .... scenic foreman
Peter Cunningham .... art department electrician
Diana Freeman .... art department coordinator
Peter 'Babylon' Owens .... vehicle builder
David Russell .... storyboard artist
Kerrie Van Lambaart .... assistant to set designer
David Willis .... lab tech
Brad Diebert .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christian Bass .... dialogue editor
Rodney Berling .... adr & dialogue editor
Nick Breslin .... dialogue editor (as Nicholas Breslin)
Damian Candusso .... dialogue editor
Ella Fairbairn .... assistant sound editor
Phil Judd .... sound re-recording mixer
Linda Murdoch .... sound editor
Alicia Slusarski .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Billy Aziz .... special effects technician
Brett Beacham .... chief mould maker
Richard Darwin .... animatronic model designer
Chris Fitzgerald .... creature effects designer
Chris Murray .... special effects supervisor
Ronald Rametta .... special effects technician
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects technician
David Trethewey .... special effects senior technician
Visual Effects by
Emmanuel Blasset .... visual effects: Animal Logic
Felix Crawshaw .... visual effects coordinator
Diego Guerrero .... animator
Andrew Jackson .... digital artist
Steven James .... Co-3D Creative Director (as Steve James)
Paul Kirwan .... digital compositor
Simon Maddison .... visual effects artist
Dave Morley .... senior compositor
Robert Nicol .... technical director
Glen Sharah .... systems administrator
Josh Simmonds .... digital effects artist
Andy Tamandl .... animator
Ben De Luca .... systems administrator (uncredited)
Ray Anthony .... stunt performer
Ashley Fairfield .... stunts
Alex Kuzelicki .... stunts
Angela Moore .... stunt double
Brett Praed .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonas Juhanson .... additional grip (as Jo Juhanson)
Adam Kuiper .... best boy grip
Peter Stott .... focus puller: main camera
Animation Department
Graham Binding .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Barton .... set costumer
Andrew Infanti .... wardrobe (1999)
Jo Thorpe .... costume cutter
Editorial Department
Alicia Gleeson .... assistant editor
Al Hansen .... colorist
Noelleen Westcombe .... post-production coordinator
Location Management
Peter Harris .... location manager
'Aussie' Auslan Ismail .... location manager
Music Department
Aaron Symonds .... assistant to composer
Other crew
Royce Dunn .... script supervisor
Jonathan Hardy .... puppetry
Arwen Munro .... assistant production coordinator
Christine Robson .... production accountant
Laura Sivis .... security coordinator: Fox Studios Australia
Oksana Sokol .... script supervisor
Victoria Sullivan .... script supervisor
Emanda Thomas .... assistant to producer
Dama Claire .... production consultant (uncredited)
Martin Kosinar .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jason Mack .... set security (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Directed by
Geoff Bennett (episode "Perfect Murder, A")
Tony Tilse (episode "Look at the Princess, Part I: 'A Kiss is But a Kiss'") (episode "Look at the Princess, Part II: 'I Do, I Think'") (episode "Look at the Princess, Part III: 'The Maltese Crichton'") (episode "Til the Blood Runs Clear")
Ian Watson (episode "Into the Lion's Den: Part 1 - Lambs into the Slaughter")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rockne S. O'Bannon  creator

Produced by
Richard Manning .... executive producer (episode "Self Inflicted Wounds. Part I Could'a, Would'a, Should'a")
Sue Milliken .... consulting producer (episode "Self Inflicted Wounds. Part I Could'a, Would'a, Should'a")
Justin Monjo .... supervising producer (episode "Self Inflicted Wounds. Part I Could'a, Would'a, Should'a")
Lesley Parker .... line producer (episode "Self Inflicted Wounds. Part I Could'a, Would'a, Should'a")
Andrew Prowse .... co-producer (episode "Self Inflicted Wounds. Part I Could'a, Would'a, Should'a")
Emily Skopov .... consulting producer (2001-2002)
Tony Winley .... producer (episode "Self Inflicted Wounds. Part I Could'a, Would'a, Should'a") (as Anthony Winley)
Makeup Department
Annie Single .... makeup supervisor (season 4)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Cole .... second assistant director: second unit (1999-2001)
Daniel Palmisano .... assistant director
Art Department
Damien Drew .... draftsman
Paul Matthews .... art department electrician
Sound Department
Jo Mion .... sound assistant (season 1)
Special Effects by
Stephen Bettles .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Vaughn Arnup .... digital compositor (third series)
Marcus Bolton .... lead compositor
Chris Cooper .... lead animator
Sarah Dowland .... visual effects producer
Gregory W. McKee .... animatronics
Sunit Parekh .... animator
Matt Town .... assistant visual effects editor
Brendan Lonergan .... creature finisher/painter (uncredited)
Glenn Suter .... stunt rigger: decelerator, ratchets
Daniel Stevens .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Burdett .... key grip
Luke Thomas .... focus puller
Animation Department
Chris Cooper .... lead animator
Other crew
Kerry Fetzer .... caterer
Jackie Hallatt .... creative supervisor: Costuming
Piers Hampton .... project producer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Joyce Hsieh .... production accountant
Karen Jacobson .... voice artist
Reza Mokhtar .... caterer
Suzy Vaughan .... clip clearance
Suzy Vaughan .... script clearance
Mak Wilson .... puppet master
Jonathan Wolf .... studio representative
Megan Worthy .... assistant to producer
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Additional Details

90 min | USA:50 min
Sound Mix:
Dolby | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1) | DTS (5.1 surround)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: Anthony Simcoe's real nose can be seen beneath his prosthetic facial makeup several times.See more »
Dominar Rygel XVI:I am Rygel XVI, Dominar to over 600 billion people. I don't need to talk to you.See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A lot of fun, 10 April 1999
Author: Robin Sizemore from Morgantown, WV

I'll admit that the first time I managed to catch Sci-Fi's "Sci-Fi Prime" was last week, but despite the fact that I was a huge Sliders fan coming into the experience, Farscape is now easily my favorite of the four shows.

Unlike most modern Sci-Fi shows (including, regrettably, the two new Star Trek series), this show manages to be fun without coming across as fodder for MST3K.

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