"Iím Butch. (at Aeryn) This is Sundance. We're the Hole in the Sky gang."
—John, "Till The Blood Runs Clear"
"If Star Wars and Red Dwarf had a baby, and then that baby ran off to join the circus, that's Farscape."Farscape, co-created by Rockne O'Bannon and Brian Henson (son of Jim), was the flagship show of Sci Fi Channel from 1999-2003. Production took place in Sydney to take advantage of lower costs. As a result, nearly the entire cast hails from Australia and New Zealand, with the exception of All-American Ben Browder. Several of the aliens went far beyond Rubber-Forehead Aliens into the realm of Starfish Aliens, 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 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 Pilot — find themselves the target of both sides in a war between the Peacekeeper military complex and Scarran marauders. Meanwhile, John is looking less the plucky human these days and more like a shellshocked anti-hero on the edge of sanity.At the end of the day, the half-mad (and so half-sane!) John is able to save everyone because he's the most deficient of all the species aboard.Pitched as a madcap and subversive take on the genre (much like its Canadian and British counterparts, Lexx and Red Dwarf), Farscape became heavily serialized in Season Two, coinciding with the sharp turn into 'gritty war drama'. Even at its darkest, the show gleefully skewered the sci-fi tropes of its time, and has been referred to as the "anti-Star Trek": Our heroes tended to have more sordid backgrounds and bad habits than usual, and the clean, well-dressed military served as the antagonist. Actions had consequences, poor judgments were
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