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"Farscape" Premiere (1999)

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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
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
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)
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)
Ashley Fairfield .... stunts
Alex Kuzelicki .... stunts
Angela Moore .... stunt double
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
Jo Thorpe .... costume cutter
Editorial Department
Alicia Gleeson .... assistant editor
Al Hansen .... colorist
Noelleen Westcombe .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Aaron Symonds .... assistant to composer
Other crew
Royce Dunn .... script supervisor
Jonathan Hardy .... puppetry
Peter Harris .... location manager
'Aussie' Auslan Ismail .... location manager
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
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial Effects

Additional Details

90 min | USA:50 min
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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 »
Aeryn Sun:It is my duty, my breeding, since birth! It's what I am!
John Crichton:You can be more.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Pearls In Your Pocket!!, 3 July 2001
Author: Ulrich Fehlauer ( from Lemgo / Germany

It's not easy to explain the charm of something utterly original without resorting to worn-out labels and clichés. But since it's one of Farscape's greatest strengths to take a cliché and wring its neck til something totally fresh drops out, I'll apply the same technique, here.

Imagine a show which starts like Buck Rogers with brains... for 7 minutes - until it slams you head-on into Star Wars for grown-ups... dips you into shrill comic book SciFi images and jumbles 'em up til nothing - absolutely NOTHING - is left of the drab TV SciFi routine we're used to since Kirk wrestled his first rubber-suited monster in 68. Trekkies, Gaters, X-Filers... yes, even some Babylonians will absolutely detest this show. On the other hand, people who loved such diverse movies as Dark City, Clockwork Orange, Brazil, Blade Runner, Dark Crystal, Excalibur or even Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas will love this show. This is SciFi with a very small Sci and the biggest Fi for bloody decades. LEXX only tried and failed to be what Farscape accomplishes with ease and VERY unusual grace for TV standards.

General pace and atmosphere are almost the anti-thesis to shows like Star Trek and Stargate, which suddenly seem extremely sterile, well-mannered, insufferably prudish and politically correct.

Imagine Jim Henson & Frank Zappa, young George Lucas and Terry Gilliam doing a pilot for an SF show, and you're getting pretty close to what awaits you on this show.

Visually, this show is classes above the competition. Technology is only the brush in a painter's hand. What you DO with it is what counts! And there, Farscape far exceeds the limitations of its comparatively small budget.

Sticklers for scientific possibilities will hate this show..., but fans of visual storytelling and the sheer joy of 'play' will adore it. In some respects, it's outrageous Fantasy in SciFi clothing.

The acting is easily the most fresh piece on the US TV menue. No wonder, though, since only the lead is American, and in this case very much and rightly so, which gives Ben Browder's superb work a new and highly enjoyable angle. (Your proverbeal Regular US Guy lost in space amongst the weirdest collection of Aliens constitutes the basic concept of the overall plot) It was a stroke of genius to leave all others to their own accents and acting styles. (mostly Australian, British and Kiwi) To call the general style of acting, editing and 'pacing' on this show only refreshing, would constitute the understatement of the decade. All genre trademarks aside is the acting of an unusually high standard, but almost reckless towards the codes of 'proper' TV acting. MAJOR discovery of a formerly hidden gem: Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun.

Having said all this of course includes the foregone conclusion that it's purely a matter of taste, in the end. But anyone game for an extremely enjoyable rollercoaster ride on the stilted clichés of SciFi is in for a hell of a journey!

Which reminds me, the UK DVDs (PAL) are easily the best TV releases in picture and tone quality I've encountered. The Stargate DVDs, for instance, seem like a grainy insult compared to those.

Ulrich Fehlauer

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