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[[caption-width-right:350:Exploring the frelling Frontier.[[note]]From left to right: Bialar Crais, Rygel, Chiana, Zhaan, Aeryn Sun, John Crichton, D'Argo.[[/note]] ]]

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->''"Boy, was Spielberg ever wrong. 'Close Encounters' my ass."''
-->-- '''John'''

''Farscape'', co-created by Rockne O'Bannon (''Series/SeaquestDSV'') and Brian Henson (son of [[Creator/JimHenson Jim]]), is an [[{{UsefulNotes/Australia}} Australian]] {{space opera}}. Originally airing on the Creator/NineNetwork, it became the flagship show on [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] from 2000-2003.

The show follows John Crichton, a [[SpaceMadness space-happy]] astronaut who finds himself stranded aboard a ship ("a '''[[SapientShip LIVING]]''' ship!") full of alien ex-cons. While en route to Earth, John and the crew find themselves targeted by both sides in an intergalactic war. At the end of the day, the half-mad (and therefore [[HumanityIsInsane half-sane!]]) John is able to save everyone because he's [[AchievementsInIgnorance the most deficient of all the species aboard]].

It was compelling for viewers of that time because of the adult themes. Similar to their Canadian and British counterparts (''Series/{{Lexx}}'' and ''Series/RedDwarf''), our "heroes" had more [[DysfunctionJunction sordid backgrounds and bad habits]] than usual, and the clean, well-dressed military served as the antagonist. Crichton (a pacifist who would get his ass kicked constantly) would often quibble over the "right" way to do things, but he [[BlackAndGrayMorality turned out to be wrong]] as often as not. To say nothing of the costumes: Whereas ''Franchise/StarTrek'' at times looked like they robbed a fabric store, ''Farscape'' went looking in actual [[{{Dominatrix}} fetish shops]]. War Minister Ahkna's boots were bought from such a store.

The Jim Henson Company went all out in designing [[StarfishAliens non-biped]] aliens, right down to the four-armed and [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep appropriately-named]] Pilot. While stupidly expensive, the puppeteering allowed them to do things that even modern sci-fi can't. There are plenty of scenes with the crew hugging Pilot, climbing on him or even [[GoodThingYouCanHeal slightly dismembering him]] that couldn't be done with CGI.

The premise of ''Farscape'' bears some resemblance to the '70s British series ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]''. ''[=B7=]'' fans see the character of Grayza (Rebecca Riggs) as an acknowledgment of it, judging by her strong resemblance to Servalan. The fact that Riggs is an avowed fan of ''[=B7=]'' doesn't hurt.

!!Tie-ins and Possible Reboot
Cancelled abruptly in 2002, ''Farscape'' was later resurrected for a two-part miniseries, ''The Peacekeeper Wars''. It resolved the "KillEmAll" cliffhanger from Season Four and gave fans [[WrapItUp a condensed version]] of the planned plot for Season Five. O'Bannon has also recently stated that he has had some discussions with the Henson company about a potential film revival, but nothing's come of it as of yet.

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 [[Literature/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 latter has since merged into the mainline comics as of the ''War for the Uncharted Territories'' storyline, soon to be followed by a pre-''PKW'' series following D'Argo.

This series has its own [[Recap/{{Farscape}} recaps]] page.
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* Farscape/TropesAToC
* Farscape/TropesDToG
* Farscape/TropesHToN
* Farscape/TropesOToZ
[[/index]]
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-->''"Frell me dead!"''