for the Scaper novice
is a science-fiction/fantasy series filmed in Australia and produced
by The Jim Henson Company. The series started production in late
1998 and filmed 88 episodes spanning four seasons through September
2002. A four-hour mini-series was filmed in December 2003 through
mid-March 2004 and should be broadcast sometime late this year.
series tells the story of a contemporary American astronaut John
Crichton (Ben Browder), who was sucked down a wormhole while testing
an experimental spacecraft. Click Here to
read my review of the first episode. Brought aboard an escaped prison
transport and quickly subdued by its inhabitants, John Crichton
plays the standard story of a stranger in a strange land. Fortunately,
the creative, sometimes twisted minds behind the show have produced
characters and stories that are anything but standard.
of the burdens placed on broadcast network television, and produced
far from Hollywood, Farscape is free to experiment with stories
and styles that one will not find on corporate science-fiction.
One of Farscape's greatest strengths, and the reason for its small
viewing audience, is that the show relies on complex story lines
spanning many episodes, even seasons. In other words, the series
is like a soap opera in that it can be difficult to understand what
is happening if one enters in the middle of the series. The good
news is that the show has inspired people from all over the world
to build a community of fans, called Scapers. We build fan sites,
discuss the show on forums and get together in person. It's within
our community that you will find the resources needed to understand
the characters and the story up to now.
fully understand the story up to now, I suggest visiting the episode
guide located on this site. If you are looking for a truncated
synopsis of everything that has happened on the show, you should
visit Farscape primers linked to the right of this page.