Trivia / Farscape

  • Acting for Two: Almost any episode featuring Crais, as the actor, Lani Tupu, also voiced Pilot. Also Wayne Pygram, who plays both Scorpius and his mental clone, "Harvey". While Harvey starts out being little more than a copy of Scorpius's personality, he later develops a personality of his own in seasons three and four, taking on knowledge and appreciation of popular Earth culture from Crichton's mind and becoming a less antagonistic character concerned more with his and Crichton's survival. Numerous episodes feature both Scorpius and Harvey. And in the "Look at the Princess" storyline, Jonathan Hardy, the voice actor for Rygel, appears onscreen as one of Moya's alien "Builders" (his eyebrows are the giveaway).
    • In addition, some of the guest starring actors and actresses who have played alien characters in one season end up playing other alien characters in a later season. One of the biggest examples is Francesca Buller, wife of Ben Browder, who has played in all four seasons of the show as alien characters (M'Lee from "Bone to Be Wild" in Season 1, ro-NA in two of the "Look at the Princess" three-parter in Season 2, Raxil in "Scratch 'n' Sniff" in Season 3 and Minister Ahkna in four episodes of Season 4. Minister Ahkna is the only character she has played for more than one season, having to have been included in "The Peacekeeper Wars" mini-series).
    • In Season 3, Ben Browder started pulling double duty as John Crichton during the episode "Eat Me" until one of the Crichtons dies in "Infinite Possibilities (2): Icarus Abides"
    • In the Season 2 episode "My Three Crichtons", Ben does triple duty as Crichton, Caveman Crichton and Future Crichton
    • In the Season 4 episode "Prayer" Jason Clarke is billed as the Scarran officer, Captain Jenek. He also played the role of Lechner (Aeryn's fake lover) in the flashback sequences in the same episode.
  • Actor Allusion: When the crew lands on Sykara, Crichton quips about how much it reminds him of Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. When Rygel goes, "Huh?", Crichton adds, "Don't worry, no one saw the third one." Jonathan Hardy, the voice of Rygel, was in the first Mad Max movie, and the actress who plays Zhaan, Virginia Hey, was featured in the second movie The Road Warrior.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • In "Won't Get Fooled Again," the Scorpius analogue is a drummer - a skill Wayne Pygram possesses and has put to good use.
    • In "Scratch 'N' Sniff", Chiana does some fire-twirling to wow a crowd of onlookers. Gigi Edgley possesses this skill in real life.
    • Does Claudia Black's lizard-like tongue trick count as a skill?
      • I suspect her husband would say yes.
    • In "A Human Reaction", Aeryn's language sounds to outsiders like Aeryn's speech backwards. The kicker is that this isn't a post-production effect: Claudia Black actually spoke backwards for the take.
  • Contractual Immortality: Usually avoided, but occasionally pretty obvious, as with each of Rygel's "deaths".
  • Development Hell / Vapor Ware: The webseries actually listed contracts for producing spots before promptly disappearing without a trace. Surprisingly, however, the trope by averted bigtime when the producers were able to mount the Peacekeeper Wars miniseries, complete with the TV cast (many of whom had gone on to other projects), and get it on the air within a year and half of the show's cancellation.
  • Dueling Shows: With Lexx.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Virginia Hey shaved her hair and eyebrows to become Zhaan, and suffered serious health issues because of her makeup that eventually forced her to — very unwillingly — leave the show.
  • Executive Meddling: A rare good example, as the newly-appointed head of the Sci-Fi Channel was a big proponent of Farscape's 'edginess'. This was partly due to the presence of Jim Henson's moniker, not to mention the family-friendly puppets; both of which were unnerving to a company that was re-styling itself as an adult network.
    • On a much less positive note, the heavily-derided opening of season 4 was the direct result of SciFi insisting on slowly reintroducing the cast for new viewers. Additionally, the series was under contract for a fifth and sixth season, but SciFi initially tried to back out of the contract by shortening the order to a 13-episode half season. When the showrunners attempted to fight for the original contract, the series was summarily canceled. And all of this after the fourth season finale cliffhanger had been filmed, leaving no time to write and film a new ending for the series.
  • Fake American: Whenever they had an American character who wasn't John or Jack, they were probably played by an Australian: two of the most notable were John's mom and his best friend DK. Also, Australian actors Gigi Edgely and Anthony Simcoe played their characters of Chiana and D'Argo with fairly passable American accents.
  • Fake Guest Star: An unusual example: Despite appearing in almost every episode, both Lani Tupu (Pilot) and Jonathan Hardy (Rygel) aren't even credited in the main titles. They only ever get a guest star billing if they appear as a live-action character (such as recurring character Bilar Crais and the Leviathan engineer). Lani Tupu was even Promoted to Opening Titles, only for his role as Crais.
  • International Coproduction: Filmed in Sydney, Farscape first ran on the Australian TV Channel Nine Network. As usual with shows filmed overseas, Australia, the UK, and Canada aired episodes months in advance, whilst Sci-Fi bludgeoned its viewers with long hiatuses.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Screwed by the Network: When Sci-Fi renewed the series for a fourth season, a fifth season was also apart of the deal. However, the fifth season never materialized - much to the outrage of fans and critics. The supposed justification was declining ratings, which suffered due to the network changing timeslots in the fourth season. While simply backing out of the deal was bad enough, what really enraged people was that Sci-Fi made and announced its decision with only days to go before the last episode wrapped - leaving production no chance to even attempt wrapping up the series.
  • Throw It In: Much of the more comedic lines were reportedly ad-libbed by the actors. Also other little things, such as Crichton's nickname for Chiana ("Pip") being Ben Browder's nickname for Gigi Edgley.
    • Chiana was originally not part of the cast, and her first appearance, she was supposed to die. However, the cast and crew liked her so much they let her live and made her a main character. A side effect of this was that Edgley decided to keep the exaggerated head movements she needed to do in her first appearance thanks to her restrictive contact lenses, despite them being replaced with more comfortable ones.
  • Trope Namer: Farscape is the Trope Namer for:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Zhaan was originally intended to have been a male character.
    • As stated above, Chiana was meant to have died in her first episode.
    • Scorpius was originally sketched out as a puppet character, and Crais's sidekick.
    • Plans for a series of sequel webisodes were derailed by the 2007 writer's strike, plus Rygel and Pilot's puppets having decayed since the show aired. Luckily, we got the comics instead.
    • Obviously, the never-produced Season 5. The Peacekeeper Wars summarizes the basic arc that the season would've been. Among the stand-alone ideas that have surfaced was a two-part time travel story to be co-written by Ben Browder.
    • Paul Goddard (Stark) auditioned to play Scorpius.
    • The series was originally pitched to FOX in 1991. (The series was, in fact, repeatedly rejected before being picked up Sci-Fi Channel, but Brian Henson loved it and pushed it whenever the opportunity arose.)
    • Originally, D'argo was envisioned as a much older character, a robot would have been part of Moya's crew, Zhaan was a Buddha-like male, and the Peacekeepers were formless, smoke-like creatures in humanoid armor. Moya's design also changed considerably several times.
    • Part of the original concept was for Moya to be a large ship with lots of crew, all of them bizarre aliens. Jettisoned early in the development process because of time, money, and effort constraints, the idea was that "every episode would be the Cantina Scene from StarWars."
  • Written by Cast Member: "Green-Eyed Monster" and "John Quixote" were both written by Ben Browder.
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