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Old July 7 2012, 07:05 AM   #31
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Re: Farscape... I am liking this series...

Mmmm, I watched the first series or two, but it failed to gel with me. I may have to try again.

The thing about Farscape is, the like of us get it, because we're into SF. But the people who originally made it (Channel Nine in Australia) wanted a big mainstream success, because Nine is always, always chasing the big bucks, and this show was so far out there the audience soon fell away. If it had been closer to a ST type show, it may have been on longer.
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Old July 7 2012, 03:48 PM   #32
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Mmmm, I watched the first series or two, but it failed to gel with me. I may have to try again.

The thing about Farscape is, the like of us get it, because we're into SF. But the people who originally made it (Channel Nine in Australia) wanted a big mainstream success, because Nine is always, always chasing the big bucks, and this show was so far out there the audience soon fell away. If it had been closer to a ST type show, it may have been on longer.
Ah, but then it wouldn't have been special.
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Old July 7 2012, 03:55 PM   #33
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Re: Farscape... I am liking this series...

l've never seen it, but l blind-bought the first season on blu-ray a while back. l'm hoping its gonna be good, but from what l hear it has a lot of Muppet action. Hmmm...
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Old July 7 2012, 05:04 PM   #34
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Mmmm, I watched the first series or two, but it failed to gel with me. I may have to try again.

The thing about Farscape is, the like of us get it, because we're into SF. But the people who originally made it (Channel Nine in Australia) wanted a big mainstream success, because Nine is always, always chasing the big bucks, and this show was so far out there the audience soon fell away. If it had been closer to a ST type show, it may have been on longer.
For some reason it didn't gel with me until the late first season. Give it time.
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Old July 7 2012, 05:04 PM   #35
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l've never seen it, but l blind-bought the first season on blu-ray a while back. l'm hoping its gonna be good, but from what l hear it has a lot of Muppet action. Hmmm...

It does not have Muppet action. It has action by animatronic characters that were created and designed by the Jim Henson Muppet Company. That's a very different thing.

And if you give it even a little bit of a chance, you will see that those animatronic characters are better performed and more interesting than half the flesh-and-blood characters on some other shows I could name. In fact, by at least the end of the first season and probably a lot sooner, you won't even notice they are animatronic characters anymore.

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Old July 7 2012, 05:09 PM   #36
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Mmmm, I watched the first series or two, but it failed to gel with me. I may have to try again.

The thing about Farscape is, the like of us get it, because we're into SF. But the people who originally made it (Channel Nine in Australia) wanted a big mainstream success, because Nine is always, always chasing the big bucks, and this show was so far out there the audience soon fell away. If it had been closer to a ST type show, it may have been on longer.
4 years is a fairly decent run, shame TPTB decided to cancel the fifth season after they said they were going to do one. We eventually got Peackeeper Wars to round out the story.
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Old July 7 2012, 05:20 PM   #37
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Re: Farscape... I am liking this series...

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l've never seen it, but l blind-bought the first season on blu-ray a while back. l'm hoping its gonna be good, but from what l hear it has a lot of Muppet action. Hmmm...

It does not have Muppet action. It has action by animatronic characters that were created and designed by the Jim Henson Muppet Company. That's a very different thing.

And if you give it even a little bit of a chance, you will see that those animatronic characters are better performed and more interesting than half the flesh-and-blood characters on some other shows I could name. In fact, by at least the end of the first season and probably a lot sooner, you won't even notice they are animatronic characters anymore.

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Sweet. l didn't mean to seem so disconcerted about the "muppet action". l'm actually a big fan of animatronics and old-school effects, and would prefer these over any sort of CGI type assiness. Gonna have to check this out soon.
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Old July 7 2012, 05:20 PM   #38
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Yes you quickly overlook the puppet aspect and come to admire the characters for being far more visually interesting and multi-faceted than soooo many bumpy-headed aliens. The show also has more female characters than most of its contemporaries so it scores points there too. They also throw quite a few curveballs at you throughout the shows run too.

My main criticism is the amount of unnecessary shouting Ben Browder does. If I was Dargo I'd have shot him during season one.

They have a fairly decent cast but maybe a few more recurring characters would have given them some more cannon-fodder like in NuBSG.

Overall though it was a hugely enjoyable ride.
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Old July 7 2012, 06:58 PM   #39
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It's funny how often the animatronic puppets get brought up with Farscape and yet people give a pass to all the half-assed unconvincing CG out there.
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Mmmm, I watched the first series or two, but it failed to gel with me. I may have to try again.

The thing about Farscape is, the like of us get it, because we're into SF. But the people who originally made it (Channel Nine in Australia) wanted a big mainstream success, because Nine is always, always chasing the big bucks, and this show was so far out there the audience soon fell away. If it had been closer to a ST type show, it may have been on longer.
I'd heard the story was channel 9 heard "puppets" and thought they were getting a kids show.

And when show aired they just didn't know what to do with it.

But probably hte biggest travesty was the cuts the bastards made to show in a G rated time slot which were pretty brutal.
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l've never seen it, but l blind-bought the first season on blu-ray a while back. l'm hoping its gonna be good, but from what l hear it has a lot of Muppet action. Hmmm...

It does not have Muppet action. It has action by animatronic characters that were created and designed by the Jim Henson Muppet Company. That's a very different thing.

And if you give it even a little bit of a chance, you will see that those animatronic characters are better performed and more interesting than half the flesh-and-blood characters on some other shows I could name. In fact, by at least the end of the first season and probably a lot sooner, you won't even notice they are animatronic characters anymore.

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Sweet. l didn't mean to seem so disconcerted about the "muppet action". l'm actually a big fan of animatronics and old-school effects, and would prefer these over any sort of CGI type assiness. Gonna have to check this out soon.
The two animatronic main characters, Rygel and Pilot, are IMO two of the show's best characters.
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Old July 8 2012, 10:59 AM   #42
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Mmmm, I watched the first series or two, but it failed to gel with me. I may have to try again.

The thing about Farscape is, the like of us get it, because we're into SF. But the people who originally made it (Channel Nine in Australia) wanted a big mainstream success, because Nine is always, always chasing the big bucks, and this show was so far out there the audience soon fell away. If it had been closer to a ST type show, it may have been on longer.
Ah, but then it wouldn't have been special.
That is very true, I concur. I just don't know if it will linger like TOS, if you see what I mean.

Don't get me wrong, I do recognise a good show, even if I think it's not for me, and that's why I will persevere with it. Right now, I'm catching up on another neglected show, Fringe. Maybe after that.
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Old July 8 2012, 09:21 PM   #43
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The Peacekeeper wars should be viewed after season 4 am I correct???
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Old July 8 2012, 09:32 PM   #44
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Correct.
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Old July 8 2012, 10:12 PM   #45
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Yes, but you need to wait two years after viewing Season 4 before you are allowed to watch The Peacekeeper Wars. It's only fair.
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