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Old February 13 2009, 01:38 PM   #16
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Re: Watching Farscape for the first time (limited spoilers please)

Farscape introduced some of the best and most complete alien characters ever to grace the small screen. Equally bizarre, horrifying, and eye catching. Keep watching you will not be dissapointed.
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Old February 13 2009, 01:55 PM   #17
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I don't know why they call it Farscape.

A better title would be "The John Chriton Show" because that's essentially what it is.

I'm a fan of Farscape, but I can't stand Ben Browder's crappy overacting in this series. It makes me feel very conflicted.
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Old February 13 2009, 04:26 PM   #18
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I thought Browder was an excellent actor in Farscape. I always remember the scene where he's being tortured and driven insane and he's sitting there in the cell quietly saying "Danger Will Robinson, Danger, Beware of the Chair", it sounds like horrible dialogue but when he delivers it you can really see him slowly going insane and breaking his will in his teary ice blue eyes.
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Old February 13 2009, 04:48 PM   #19
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I think once you get past "Jeremiah Crichton" the show really takes off.
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Old February 13 2009, 04:52 PM   #20
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I didn't "get" the show when I tried to watch it occasionally on SCIFI. Years later I had to forcefeed myself three or four episodes a day on disc through most of the first season until I started loving it, but at first that was kind of like someone holding my head underwater.
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Old February 13 2009, 05:53 PM   #21
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Re: Watching Farscape for the first time (limited spoilers please)

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I don't know why they call it Farscape.

A better title would be "The John Chriton Show" because that's essentially what it is.

I'm a fan of Farscape, but I can't stand Ben Browder's crappy overacting in this series. It makes me feel very conflicted.
That's funny. Browder's "overacting" as you call it was one of the more memorable things about the series for me. I thought that it was a perfect thing for the character, showing his increasingly unstable mental state. I mean, anyone who was put in his situation would start to come a bit unhinged.
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Old February 13 2009, 09:16 PM   #22
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That's one of the many cool things about Farscape, the slow evolution of Chricton's character. I don't want to spoil where he goes, but he does NOT stay an idealistic peacenik scientific explorer forever!
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Old February 13 2009, 09:27 PM   #23
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I don't know why they call it Farscape.

A better title would be "The John Chriton Show" because that's essentially what it is.
That's dumb.

Are all movies and TV shows only supposed to be titled after the main character?

"Why do they call it Star Trek? They should call it "The Captain Kirk" show!"

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Old February 14 2009, 12:28 AM   #24
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I think once you get past "Jeremiah Crichton" the show really takes off.
Ha! That's the next episode I'm supposed to watch...I've gotten as far as "Rhapsody In Blue" (1x13...though some websites list it as 1x12).

There's a website that ranks tv show episodes by votes cast (www.geos.tv), so I went to check out Farscape--out of 90 episodes (88 episodes + Peacekeeper Wars which they count as 2 episodes), "Jeremiah Crichton" is ranked dead last, at #90.

At least this is the worst the series gets, and they get it out of the way early on in the show's run.
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Old February 14 2009, 12:51 AM   #25
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It offers a unique take on fantasy meets reality.

Someone already mentioned Crichton's personality morph to what they considered overacting, but many fans saw as a rational character evolution.

In fact, Farscape offers a unique take on just about all of the scifi conventions, and as most've said, pretty much gets going around A Bug's Life. But the story arcs never reach the heights of, say, a Babylon 5, when it comes to complexity.

Also, each season is pretty different from what went before (what the creators likened to a 'different flavor'), so a lot of viewers became put off when the flavor continued changing past the point they found sweetest.

It can get pretty "out there" at times, but even the weak ones have worthwhile scenes (Jeremiah Crichton starts with 5 minutes of valuable character interaction, and Crichton and D'Argo later share a decent moment, although in fairness even the devoted find this one mostly shite).

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Old February 14 2009, 01:08 AM   #26
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I loved Zhaan, and Chiana, and even Sikozu, but John Chriton and his retarded personality with moronic pop-culture references really dragged down the fun and enjoyability of the show.
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Old February 15 2009, 06:03 AM   #27
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If nobody's bothered to answer yet...It's called Farscape after the spaceship Crichton used to get thru the wormhole in the first place.
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Old February 15 2009, 04:19 PM   #28
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Farscape, Babylon 5 and Firefly, three of the absolute must see gems in space opera/science fiction and just damn good TV storytelling, period. All three defy the conventions of their genres and approach their characters as PEOPLE, rather than just plot devices.

Beautiful stuff.
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Old February 15 2009, 05:25 PM   #29
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I just finished 1X20, 'The Hidden Memory' and whomever upthread said it took till around the last quarter or so of season 1 to get good was absolutely right. Now I'm definitely liking this show.

I was particularly impressed with Scorpius as a villain--he has a quiet menace about him I find pretty chilling.

Going to most assuredly keep watching this...
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Old February 15 2009, 06:04 PM   #30
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