Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by tomalak301, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Oxford, PA
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    Stargate, Eureka, and Warehouse 13 were discussed at length, complete with cast interviews. As were Farscape and BSG. Sliders was touched on, but only briefly. Ditto for The Invisible Man.

    And, of course, they mentioned Sharktopus!

    (Although Mansquito and the Flu Bird Horror went sadly neglected.)
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2012
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2008
    Location:
    Behind the mask of Donald Draper
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    I remember being angry in the earlier years because my local cable company did not carry the Sci-Fi Channel. It was a big deal when my family went on a trip that the hotel had it. It was the first time I saw the Star Trek cartoon.

    WHen I was a teenager with money to burn I actually got DirectTV just to get the Channel! Which looking back was crazy. It was mostly to see reruns of shows like The Flash. Which was really the big thing about that channel in the early years. This was before old genre shows were being released on DVD and the only way to see that old stuff at all.
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2012
  3. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    I watched this when on Monday (I think), and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a really fun look back at all of their different shows. I would have enjoyed it if they'd had some SG:A cast members though, and I was really disappointed that they completely ignored Merlin, and Doctor Who. I know DW is on BBCA now, but it did air on Syfy for four series/seasons. I also thought it was a little weird that they identified Contiuum as an import series, but not Lost Girl.

    As for Farscape, I would love to see more of it in pretty much any form. I haven't gotten a chance to read the comics yet, but I plan to. From what I read about them there were some pretty interesting developments during their run.
     
  4. TemporalFlux

    TemporalFlux Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2002
    Location:
    The End of Time
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    I found it interesting that First Wave (3 seasons) and Lexx were not mentioned at all; not even a two second flash of the title logo. I also thought we would see something of Tripping the Rift; Sci-Fi seemed so high on it at the time.

    And I did find it conspicuous that none of the BBC stuff got a mention. Sci-Fi Channel was, for a great many, their first exposure to the Russell T. Davies Doctor Who; it's where I first saw it and the only outlet I had to see it from.

    In any case, I enjoyed the special. It reminded me that Sci-Fi has done a lot of good despite itself.
     
  5. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2003
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    I forgot about First Wave and Lexx, but didn't those shows, along with Farscape, make up the original Sci-Fi Friday? It would have been nice to get even a feature on the original Friday Night Line-Up because like TGIF on ABC, the Sci-Fi Friday was a fixture for the channel for years before they acquired Friday Night Smackdown.
     
  6. TemporalFlux

    TemporalFlux Commodore Commodore

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2002
    Location:
    The End of Time
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    The very first Sci-Fi Friday line-up in March 1999 was Sliders, Farscape, Poltergeist the Legacy and First Wave. Sliders had debuted on Sci-Fi Monday nights in September 1998 (paired with Welcome to Paradox), but Sliders entered nearly six months of reruns so that the back half of Sliders season four could help premiere Sci-Fi Friday. Sliders was in the 2.0 ratings range before the reruns; it came back around 1.6 and never recovered.

    It should also be noted that Sci-Fi was so confident in First Wave that it committed to co-finance 3 seasons up front; it was this commitment that led to be a factor in Sliders season six not happening. Of course, that was probably a blessing for Sliders. Sci-Fi was planning on slashing the Sliders budget further and using the production model of G vs E (i.e. skirting union rules). The unions shut G vs E down because of the method (leaving it to return and finish the remainder of its obligated episode order as Good vs Evil).

    From what little I know, a Sliders season six was going to consist of the Sliders exploring only one patchwork world (the result of season five villain Geiger successfully collapsing the multiverse). This would have cut down on visual effects and set dressings and left the season somewhat like the first half of Andromeda season five. I've often wondered if Sci-Fi decided to take the Sliders cost saving model and just apply it to Andromeda that year; it seems like a big coincidence otherwise.
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2012
  7. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2001
    Location:
    Mr. Adventure
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    Ineteresting, never heard that before. Kind of funny as I don't think First Wave is remembered too well.
     
  8. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Oxford, PA
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    Anybody else remember THE CHRONICLE? I always thought that had potential, although I'm not surprised that they didn't mention it since it didn't last very long.

    And I'd completely forgotten about LEXX . . ..
     
  9. Kirby

    Kirby Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Alt: 5280
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    Browder can easily play 10 years younger than he actually is. In Stargate, I believe the actor that played Mitchell's Dad was actually younger than Browder.
     
  10. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    May 19, 2001
    Location:
    In the back of beyond
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    I like Face Off also. It is fascinating to me to watch the creative process. Also, for a reality show, the contestants often help each other out and though they do talk about each other, I haven't seen any attempts at sabotage. The fourth season starts in January. Hot Set is good too. 2 contestants have to lead teams to build movie sets to the set theme and, as in Face Off, they are given a short amount of time to accomplish it. I enjoy the creativity.
     
  11. cb31

    cb31 Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2008
    Location:
    Missouri
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    I thought The Chronicle was a great show and I was a little irritated it didn't last longer...but I thought the same thing about Special Unit 2 on UPN also! :(
     
  12. Greg Cox

    Greg Cox Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2004
    Location:
    Oxford, PA
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    Very true. This last season, in particular, all of the contestants were very supportive of each other. (Okay, there was that one nutcase in the very first episode, but he stormed off in a huff and never came back . . . not even for the finale.)

    And, yeah, HOT SET is fascinating, too, although I often disagaree with the judges . . ..
     
  13. Harvey

    Harvey Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2005
    Location:
    Los Angeles, California
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    IMDB says Ian Robinson, who played Frank Mitchell, was 2 1/2 years younger than Browder.

    Still, I saw Browder at a convention last year (November 2011), and he was starting to look his age. I haven't seen his Chuck or Doctor Who episodes, though, so maybe that doesn't come off on screen.
     
  14. Velocity

    Velocity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    May 19, 2001
    Location:
    In the back of beyond
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    Oh, I disagree with them too and sometimes with the judges on Face Off too. One contestant completely missed the concept and they eliminated someone else. I didn't understand that. Oh well, it's still entertaining.
     
  15. Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    Enjoyed the show, but thought the frenetic crazy miniseries really wrapped the show incredibly well.

    the story kind of feels "finished" to me. If they did it, and got the actors back, I'd of course watch, but I don't feel that it was a Firefly situation where a grave injustice was done (anymore).
     
  16. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2004
    Location:
    Arizona, USA
    Re: Syfy's 20th Anniversary Special and the Viability of More Farscape

    I remember enjoying The Chronicle, and I absolutely loved SU2. I probably would own it if had ever come out on DVD.