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Old February 17 2009, 07:55 PM   #1
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Farscape - anything I need to know?

I'm about to watch this series straight through . . . anything I need to know before I start?
I caught several episodes while it was airing, but I never watched it with any regularity.
I know it's one of science fiction's best shows so I know it's going to be good . . .
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Old February 17 2009, 08:33 PM   #2
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My advice is to start with the first episode and work your way from there.
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Old February 17 2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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The DVDs have the correct order, which isn't that different from the aired order, anyway. After the pilot, which I think is a strong episode, it struggles a bit, as most first seasons do, before it finds its voice. If you watch the last four episodes of season one, though, and aren't interested, don't bother continuing. But I'm guessing you will want to continue after that.
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Old February 17 2009, 09:38 PM   #4
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The DVDs don't quite have the right order. The season 2 finale is put on the second to last disk in order to keep the Liars, Guns, and Money three parter on one disk. But the DVDs warn you about that before you play the episode, so you won't have trouble forgetting.
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Old February 17 2009, 09:40 PM   #5
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Well, that's fixed on the Starburst DVDs, although those are out of print now.
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Old February 17 2009, 09:52 PM   #6
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Re: Farscape - anything I need to know?

I haven't started watching yet, so I'm nowhere near season 2
I guess I'll burn that bridge when I come to it . . . or however that saying goes
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Old February 17 2009, 10:09 PM   #7
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About the only comment I'd offer is that Farscape is an acquired taste - it definitely isn't for everyone (although one can say that about any show). The first season is stronger than most in that the characters are well established from day one and the actors absolutely owned their characters from the beginning...but in other ways the first season wanders about a bit. As HA said if you get to the end of the first season and aren't hooked, it's not for you.

Give it a go and be sure to let us know what your impressions are.
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Old February 18 2009, 12:27 AM   #8
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The only things you need to remember while watching Farscape are that crackers don't matter, time wounds all heels, don't talk about the window and of course that's not a moon, it's a Budong!
Keep that in mind and you'll be fine.
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Old February 18 2009, 12:34 AM   #9
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Re: Farscape - anything I need to know?

Backstept:

One thing I'd suggest is you should think of Farscape as a modern heir to Flash Gordon or Buck Rogers, only with dolllops of sarcasm and intelligence. At first, I had a hard time getting into it, partly because of the "muppets" like Rygel and Pilot. But once I ignored that, I really got into it.

I also think when they added Chiana is when the show finds its voice. Ben Browder as Commander Crichton is one of the funniest action characters ever. He's a wise-cracking Southern tough guy with a penchant for quoting from 20th century movies and TV shows.

I think you'll enjoy the shows, Backstept!

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Old February 18 2009, 12:52 AM   #10
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If you like Star Wars, I don't see how you could not like Farscape! One of my favorites.
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Old February 18 2009, 01:02 AM   #11
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He's a wise-cracking Southern tough guy with a penchant for quoting from 20th century movies and TV shows.
You know, I'd be bloody impressed if he was able to quote any movies or TV from any other century. Show being made in 1999 and all... Just something random that crossed my mind while reading.
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Old February 24 2009, 11:47 PM   #12
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Re: Farscape - anything I need to know?

I just finished Durka Returns
love the show

I thought it was funny how sometimes they said Durker instead of Durka
and it was cool how Chiana was introduced

I don't have a favorite character at the moment . . . they are all so great
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Old February 25 2009, 02:10 AM   #13
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Re: Farscape - anything I need to know?

I just finished the 'Liars Guns and Money' trilogy and I have to say, I love this show.

I like every character in the cast, a definite rarity for me. Even Rygel and Pilot--I was a little wary at the start of the show about puppets being so prominent, but both the voice actors and puppeteers pull off the feat of turning them both into fully realized characters.

Scorpius is one of the greatest villains in televised science fiction, and Crichton--damn has he gone through some changes! Someone in another thread said that Crichton's never the same after he puts on a PK uniform, and I have to agree. I never thought much of Ben Browder's acting chops while he was on Stargate (then again, I never thought all that much of SG-1 at all), but he is very impressive here.

Going to watch 'Die Me Dichotomy' and then start season 3 tonight.

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Old February 25 2009, 03:56 AM   #14
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Going to watch 'Die Me Dichotomy' and then start season 3 tonight.

I hope you don't need your heart, because that episode is going to break it.

Fuck, I miss this show.
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Old February 25 2009, 07:56 AM   #15
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Going to watch 'Die Me Dichotomy' and then start season 3 tonight.

I hope you don't need your heart, because that episode is going to break it.
I just finished it. Probably the best episode I've seen so far.

Fuck, I miss this show.
I'm only halfway through the series and I'm already dreading the day I finish the Peacekeeper Wars. Which won't be too far off, at the rate I'm watching this show.
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