Greetings gentle reader. A recent article brought up discussion of Sci-Fi shows, and reasons for watching them. Often on the net, these devolve into arguments and name-calling. So I thought, let’s give them a chance to make their case, in a reasonable fashion, as to why their favorite shows are worthy. Also, with so many shows on the air, and so many cancelled early, people tend to miss, or gloss over shows, or miss the first few seasons, then not bother to go back and catch up.
Here is the first of these cases, for “Farscape”.
I myself have seen only bits and pieces of Farscape, mostly turned off by the puppets and look and feel of the thing. But I’m ready to be convinced. After many years of trying to convince others that Babylon 5 is way better than most of the Sci-Fi they’re watching, I can get behind this idea.
So, today we have regular reader “Tomass” presenting a case for Farscape. Do us a favour and visit his site androgynouskelly.com, as a way of saying thanks.
Take it away, sir:
I’ll keep this as brief as possible. The best, initial, synopsis I can give is the opening voice over monolog from season 1 & 2 (the introduction is modified in both seasons 3 & 4 to reflect the evolving plot).
I know you, you’re thinking:
“Wormholes, I’ve seen that shit! It was called Deep Space 9.”
“Radiation… pfst! I have a Mirowave.”
“Aliens… BAH! I’ve seen me some aliens”
Well First off my poopy panted reader, Deep Space 9, was an incredible hunk of the afore noted material that is in your pants. Second the muppet aliens that are in this series are way cooler than the ones from Star wars! Which brings me to my first reason to watch Farscape.
1. Farscape has Muppets
Well kind of. No Kermit, no Gonzo, no muppets you know. And definitely not muppets in the traditional use of the word. But it is important to know that The Jim Henson Company (the muppet people) produced Farscape.
“I hate muppets! This sounds like a kids show, I’m out”
Hold on my fecaled pantalooned friend. Think deep on this one. Jim Henson was a wacked out hippy who made a fortune off having his hand up a frogs ass while making funny sounds. He made you think that a pig and a frog having sex was normal. Trust me this show is not intended for kids. It has all of the twisted Henson imagination and only as much PG as was needed to stay on network TV (see Exhibit A).
2. The colours children the colors!
Being produce by hippies incorporated would you expect anything less? The costuming, sets and effects are all so pretty. I will admit the show is very stylized, and has a kind of Cirque du Soleil feel to it at times. But for me it works. It isn’t distracting in a bad way, but more in a pleasant way (see Exhibit A).
“But I hate the french! I’m out!”
But hold on my little chum with the defecated in dungaree’s, the show has other saving graces. The crappy CG of the era is used sparingly, and when it is used it is well placed and believable. and um, ah, um, er… ah just look at “Exibit B” and shut up!
3. Moya doesn’t like you.
“Huh? That dosen’t even make sense! I’m out!”
“…sniff *snork* I can’t decide it’s all too painful”
Ya well what if The Enterprise was alive, sentient and Scotty was symbiotic and permanently attached to her?
“GASP! Your’re not killing Montgomery too!”
All of the characters on Farscape are interesting, including the ship “Moya” & Her symbiotic pilot “Pilot“. They add a nice depth that you don’t find in other Sci-Fi. Don’t get me wrong, I loves me the Falcon, Galactica, Serenity & every NCC-1701 to grace the screen. But they’re different than Moya & Pilot, those ships never really drove the plot, or stole scene’s.
“TYPE ENGLISH! Or I’m out!”
Oh sweet little mierda shorts, I am. Like I said before the characters on Farscape are interesting, but more then that they are useful and fun. All of them, not just the guys. I don’t have to sit through episodes where the girls all sit around talking about how dreamy Will Riker is. (mostly due to the fact that he’s not there I’m sure, but that’s beside the point).
5. Have you seen Exhibit A?
“You are just a pig of a man! I’m out!”
Hey (insert poop joke here), have you been to thecorrectness.com before? And besides I’m here to elaborate on the show with-out giving away plot. Sexuality is a big part of the show, and saying that doesn’t give away the plot. As the author of this little rant I am predisposed to elaborate on that part of the show by referencing my own sexual preferences. But saying that I’m told that the show is appealing on other levels…
Well there you have it my shaken’ bake elementary science fair like expo of Farscape. You either want to watch it now, or you want a lobotomy, either way I win!
So there it is. Convinced? Not sure? Think it’s terrible? Sound off below. If you have a case to make for your favorite show, past or present, write it up. Give us 5 reasons why we should love your show. We’ll pretty it up, post it here, and continue the discussion.