Farscape (1999–2003)
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Premiere 

Astronaut John Crichton attempts to use the Earth's atmosphere to propel his module at high speeds but is hit by a radiation wave and is sucked through a wormhole into a distant part of the universe.

Director:

Andrew Prowse

Writers:

Rockne S. O'Bannon (created by), Rockne S. O'Bannon
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
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 Greg Blandy ... Peacekeeper Guard #1
Colin Borgonon ... Peacekeeper Weapons Officer
Christine Stephen-Daly Christine Stephen-Daly ... Lt. Teeg
Damen Stephenson ... Bio Isolation Man #1
Lawrence Woodward Lawrence Woodward ... Bio Isolation Man #2
Jonathan Hardy ... Dominar Rygel XVI (voice)
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Storyline

When astronaut John Crichton accidentally flies into a wormhole during a research mission, he is thrown in the middle of a space battle between the Peacekeepers and a group of escaped prisoners. John finds himself face to face with aliens for the first time when the prisoners pull him aboard Moya, their sentient ship, also known as a Leviathan. To escape from the Peacekeepers, Pilot engages Moya in a starburst that places them somewhere in Unchartered Territories. One of the Peacekeepers' Prowlers is pulled along with Moya, making Officer Aeryn Sun an unexpected traveller on the journey. As the group travels through Uncharted Territories, their task of returning home is complicated by Bialar Crais who chases them in an attempt to recapture Moya and the prisoners, execute Aeryn for her extended contact with the aliens and seek revenge on Crichton for the accidental death of Crais' brother.

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Dominar Rygel XVI: I am Rygel XVI, Dominar to over 600 billion people. I don't need to talk to you.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD and single VHS releases of Farscape episodes each include approximately 5 extra minutes of footage not used in the North American broadcasts. The extra footage is not cut from European airings of the show. Some of the cut footage includes:
  • Zhaan (Virgina Hey) giving Crichton (Ben Browder) a "Delvian ear kiss" in Episode 1 ("Pilot")
  • Scenes of D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) and Aeryn (Claudia Black) interacting during "downtimes" in Episodes 2 ("I, E. T.") and 4 ("Throne For A Loss")
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References Harvey (1950) See more »

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Outstanding & Underrated show that re-defines Sci-Fi
5 January 2005 | by InfiniteInertiaSee all my reviews

Not many television shows appeal to quite as many different kinds of fans like Farscape does...I know youngsters and 30/40+ years old;fans both Male and Female in as many different countries as you can think of that just adore this T.V miniseries. It has elements that can be found in almost every other show on T.V, character driven drama that could be from an Australian soap opera; yet in the same episode it has science fact & fiction that would give even the hardiest "Trekkie" a run for his money in the brainbender stakes! Wormhole theory, Time Travel in true equational form...Magnificent. It embraces cultures from all over the map as the possibilities are endless having multiple stars and therefore thousands of planets to choose from.

With such a broad scope; it would be expected that nothing would be able to keep up the illusion for long, but here is where "Farscape" really comes into it's own element...It succeeds where all others have failed, especially the likes of Star Trek (a universe with practically zero Kaos element!) They ran out of ideas pretty quickly + kept rehashing them! Over the course of 4 seasons they manage to keep the audience's attention using good continuity and constant character evolution with multiple threads to every episode with unique personal touches to camera that are specific to certain character groups within the whole. This structure allows for an extremely large area of subject matter as loyalties are forged and broken in many ways on many many issues. I happened to see the pilot (Premiere) in passing and just had to keep tuning in after that to see if Crichton would ever "Get the girl", after seeing them all on television I was delighted to see them available on DVD & I have to admit that it was the only thing that kept me sane whilst I had to do a 12 hour night shift and developed chronic insomnia...Farscape was the only thing to get me through those extremely long nights...

Do yourself a favour; Watch the pilot and see what I mean...

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1999 (USA) See more »

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