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[[caption-width-right:350:Exploring the frelling Frontier. From left to right: [[WildCard Crais]], [[ManipulativeBastard Rygel]], [[LovableRogue Chiana]], [[TeamMum Zhaan]], [[TheLancer Aeryn]], [[TheHero John]], [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy D'Argo]]]]
->"''Welcome to the Federation Starship'' SS Buttcrack."
-->-- '''John Crichton''' [[DeconstructorFleet summarizes the show]]
->"''My name is John Crichton. An astronaut - a radiation wave hit and I got shot through a wormhole. Now I'm lost in some distant part of the universe on a ship, a ''living'' ship, full of strange, alien lifeforms...''"
-->--'''The introduction'''
->"''I am not [[Franchise/StarTrek Kirk, Spock]], [[Franchise/StarWars Luke]], [[Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury Buck]], [[ComicStrip/FlashGordon Flash]] or [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Arthur frelling Dent]]. I'm [[Film/TheWizardOfOz Dorothy Gale]] from [[FishOutOfWater Kansas]].''"
-->-- '''Crichton, experiencing one of ''many'' identity crises.'''

''Farscape'' is a SpaceOpera that ran from 1999 to 2003 on the SciFiChannel. It was produced by the JimHenson Company and co-created by Rockne O'Bannon and Brian Henson (son of Jim). Production took place in [[InternationalCoproduction Sydney, Australia]], to take advantage of lower costs. As a result, nearly the entire cast hails from the LandDownunder, with the exception of Ben Browder, who is American. Several of the aliens went far beyond RubberForeheadAliens into the realm of StarfishAliens, thanks to puppets and animatronics created by the Jim Henson Creature Shop.

The story follows John Crichton, a hapless astronaut who winds up stranded in a distant galaxy aboard a ship -- a ''living'' ship! -- named Moya. While en route back to Earth, John and the crew -- including disgraced stormtrooper Aeryn Sun, proud warrior D'argo, destitute king Rygel, space punk Chiana, vegetable-based mystic Zhaan, deranged soul-ferryman Stark, and the symbiotic, appropriately named [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Pilot]] -- find themselves the target of both sides in a war between the [[LawEnforcementInc Peacekeeper]] military complex and the reptilian Scarrans. Meanwhile, John is looking less the plucky human these days and more like a [[BreakTheCutie shellshocked anti-hero on the edge of sanity]].

At the end of the day, the half-mad (and so [[HumanityIsInsane half-sane!]]) John is able to save everyone because he's [[AchievementsInIgnorance the most deficient of all the species aboard]].

Conceived as a madcap and [[HotterAndSexier subversive]] take on the genre (similar to its Canadian and British counterparts, ''{{Lexx}}'' and ''RedDwarf''), ''Farscape'' became heavily serialized in its second year, which coincided with a sharp turn into 'gritty war drama.' Even at its darkest, the show gleefully skewered the standard science fiction tropes of its time, and has been referred to as the "[[ThisIsyourPremiseOnDrugs anti-]]''Franchise/StarTrek''." Our so-called heroes tended to have more [[DysfunctionJunction sordid backgrounds]] and bad habits than usual, and the clean, well-dressed military served as the antagonist. Actions had consequences, bad judgments were often made, and plans [[DespiteThePlan tended to go stupendously wrong]]. The series is also notorious for its mantra of DeathIsCheap, to the point where John Crichton expired no less than seven times (not counting numerous deaths in [[AlternateUniverse parallel worlds]]). On the flipside, it was also not afraid to [[KilledOffForReal kill off prominent characters permanently]].

''Farscape'' bears some resemblance to the '70s British series ''Series/BlakesSeven'', which was also centered around a group of escaped convicts challenging an evil dictatorship from their high-powered ship. Many ''B7'' fans see the character Grayza as an acknowledgment of this, because of her strong resemblance to Servalan, ''B7'''s own BigBad. The fact that actress Rebecca Riggs is an avowed fan of ''B7'' doesn't hurt.

Canceled in 2003, ''Farscape'' was resurrected on the SciFiChannel for a two-part miniseries that resolved the cliffhanger from season four and gave fans [[WrapItUp a condensed version]] of the planned plot for season five. In 2008, BOOM! Studios started publishing ongoing -- and canonical -- ''Farscape'' comics, from stories written by Rockne O'Bannon and scripted by Keith R.A. [=DeCandido=] and [[StarTrekDestiny David Allan Mack]]. There were two ongoing series set post-''Peacekeeper Wars'', one following Moya's crew (''Farscape'') and one following Scorpius (''Farscape: Scorpius''), the spin-off since merged back into the ongoing story as of the ''War for the Uncharted Territories'' StoryArc, as well as a pre-''PKW'' series following D'Argo. O'Bannon has also recently stated that he has had some discussions with the Henson company about a potential film revival.

This series has its own [[Recap/{{Farscape}} recaps]] page.

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!!'''Farscape''' is the TropeNamer for:
* EEqualsMCHammer
* HumanityIsSuperior
* {{Microts}}
* TranslatorMicrobes

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[[index]]
* Farscape/TropesAToC
* Farscape/TropesDToG
* Farscape/TropesHToN
* Farscape/TropesOToZ
[[/index]]
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-->''"Frell me dead!"''