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Farscape 

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Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.
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2003   2002   2001   2000   1999  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 12 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Ben Browder ...  John Crichton / ... 88 episodes, 1999-2003
Claudia Black ...  Officer Aeryn Sun / ... 88 episodes, 1999-2003
Anthony Simcoe ...  Ka D'Argo / ... 88 episodes, 1999-2003
Lani John Tupu ...  Pilot / ... 88 episodes, 1999-2003
Jonathan Hardy ...  Dominar Rygel XVI / ... 86 episodes, 1999-2003
Gigi Edgley ...  Chiana / ... 74 episodes, 1999-2003
Wayne Pygram ...  Scorpius / ... 61 episodes, 2000-2003
Virginia Hey ...  Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan / ... 50 episodes, 1999-2002
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Astronaut John Crichton, on an experimental space mission, is accidentally hurled across the universe into the midst of an intergalactic conflict. Trapped among alien creatures wielding deadly technology and hunted by a merciless military race, Crichton is on an epic odyssey more spectacular than anything he has ever imagined. Written by Dr. Jekyll

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Originally Gigi Edgley's character Chiana was supposed to be killed off after a few episodes. But the producers liked her so much they changed their minds and made her a regular cast member. See more »

Quotes

John Crichton: My name is John Crichton... I'm not your pawn.
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Crazy Credits

The series finale ends with the words "To Be Continued" (and a cliffhanger). The Sci Fi channel committed to five seasons, but backed out of the deal after the episode was written. (See Trivia) See more »

Alternate Versions

The Sci-Fi Channel has aired two versions of the episode "Dream a Little Dream". Originally, the episode was entitled "RE: Union" and was meant to be the season two opener. However, the broadcast was delayed and the episode was edited down to include bookend segments that told the episode in flashback. During a break in season three, the Sci-Fi Channel aired the original version of RE: Union as a special gift to the fans. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Stargate SG-1: 200 (2006) See more »

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Annoyingly enjoyable
30 April 2001 | by Ripe PeachSee all my reviews

I watched about ten minutes of each of a couple of series 1 Farscape episodes and hated it. Cliched plots, characters blatantly lifted from other shows, and *muppets*. Might as well watch the Phantom Menace.

However, after persistent nagging from a hooked friend, I gritted my teeth, sat down and actually watched a whole show. Oh wow. Oh WOW.

Farscape isn't a plot show, it's not a gadget show, it's not even an effects show. It's primarily a character show, and it's a great one, aimed squarely at adults. The characters are often space operatically heroic, but are also believably flawed. They are petty, affectionate, selfish and giving. They are also commendably consistent, and both bear grudges and remember debts.

I find the acting of *all* the main cast outstanding; expressive, genuine and naturalistic. They give it everything, and fully commit to every scene and every line. I understand that viewers in the USA might find this strange when compared to the mugging, grimacing and ostentatious emotionalism that passes for acting on domestic US shows. It's a matter of taste, and I find the reserved but expressive acting of Farscape far more palatable.

Possibly the biggest strength of Farscape is the chemistry between the cast. The amount of physical, emotional and sexual tension rivals that of gritty TV verite rather than fluff SF. Babylon 5 characters are as well written, but not (sorry Babfans) as well acted or as involving.

Farscape has justifiably been accused of having cliched plots and characters. This it does, but no more so than any Star Trek franchise, and even Babylon 5 occasionally lurched into genre hell. True, you'd be hard pressed to tell Andromeda and Farscape apart from a brief precis of the plot and characters, but this only illustrates that there are certain genre elements that are now classic rather than cliched. Farscape starts from a tried and trusted design and then implements it astonishingly well.

On the other hand, it *does* have muppets...


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19 March 1999 (USA) See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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| (88 episodes) | (Season 2-4)

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DTS (5.1 surround)| Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

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16 : 9
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