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YMMV: Farscape
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Scorpius as a Hero Antagonist by way of Well-Intentioned Extremist, which stems from the fact his purpose behind his actions is sound and even justifiable — the Scarrans are not nice people.
    • Crichton's constant pop culture references, which he should know full well no one else is going to understand. Common theories are that it's a way to keep reminding himself of home, or deriving some satisfaction out of making his shipmates just as confused as they often make him.
  • Broken Base: Expect a debate on whether the mini-series was a satisfying conclusion or not. Likewise, the plots and characterisations featured in the comics have very much divided the fan base.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Selto Durka from the first two seasons is a captain of the ironically named Peacekeepers who is well-known for being a master of torturing people and enjoying Cold-Blooded Torture far more than is healthy. He had kept and tortured Rygel for years before the story begins and years later, his presence utterly terrifies Rygel beyond reason. Durka enjoys torturing nearly everyone he sees, and when he captures Aeryn, he leaves a comm channel open so the rest of her crew can hear him about to torture her and burn her face off. Even worse, he tried to forcibly abort the living and sentient spaceship Moya's child so she'd be capable of going faster to take him to safety.
    • Kaarvok from season 3's "Eat Me" is a cannibalistic Mad Scientist with a hand-held cloning machine on standby. He's willing to do anything to ensure that he has more food...or family; he's forgotten that there's a difference. This includes cloning his victims (before killing one in front of the other), keeping Rovhu's traumatized Pilot alive so his regenerating limbs can be harvested for meat, and forcing members of Moya's crew to breed with his degenerate clone army just so he'd have something tastier than clone-brains to look forward to.
    • Tauza from season 3's "Incubator" is a Scarran noble who oversees their breeding program, where the humanoid Sebacean women are kidnapped (any families or loved ones with them are killed) and forcibly raped by Scarran soldiers. Tauza subjected 90 Sebacean women to this, with none surviving. One woman had a child, later named Scorpius. Tauza sought to purge the young half-breed of all "Sebacan weakness" by torturing him physically and mentally. Tauza lied to Scorpius, claiming he had a Scarran mother who had been raped by a Sebacean, but she later revealed the truth when Scorpius sought to rebel, showing him a video of his mother's violation to hurt him. Cruel, arrogant, racist and vicious, Tauza embodied the worst of Scarran culture, and under her hand for all his formative years, it's no wonder Scorpius developed a genocidal hatred of the Scarrans.
  • Crazy Awesome: The show runs on insanity. Especially Crichton's.
    • By the end of the series, everyone has had their moments, particularly Crichton. Whenever things don't go according to plan (which happens most of the time), or even in the rare cases where things do (... doesn't really happen a lot), Crichton, Aeryn, D'Argo, Chiana, Pilot, Moya... okay let's just say nearly all of the main characters, end up a large tally on The Plan list . By the middle of season 3 you have entire episodes that are just Crazy Awesome. "Revenging Angel," anyone?
    • Although Crichton fits the bill more than the other characters, as he is on the razor's edge of sanity, if he hasn't already slipped over by the end of the first few episodes. Most of his Awesome moments come when a plan doesn't work out and he just wings it with a surplus of Confusion Fu.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Both of the theme tunes. Also, The Last Stand — The music that plays during the destruction of the Command Carrier at the end of season 3. Since the words are the "Dies Irae", it also counts as Ominous Latin Chanting.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Scorpius.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Sikozu. Okay, "evil" is a bit of a stretch, though she is the only character who ever warms to Scorpius and eventually joins him once Scorpius goes back to the Peacekeepers. But I think we can all agree on the "sexy" bit.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Frequently with fans of Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined). Due to the timing of Farscape's cancellation and the announcement of Battlestar Galactica, many fans of Farscape blame the latter series for the show's cancellation thanks in no small part to the more tactless comments by Sci-Fi channel about the announcement of Battlestar being greenlit because the channel needed a "sexy, dark and edgy space-based science fiction drama"...right as they cancelled their existing "sexy, dark and edgy space-based science fiction drama."
  • Fan Nickname: Gilina is sometimes also called "PK Tech Girl" by fans who can't remember (or don't know) her name, as she was the titular Peace Keeper Technician Girl in the episode... PK Tech Girl.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Maldis appears to be wearing Elizabethan clothing, complete with a ruff... only it's all rendered in leather.
    • Scorpius too, with his gimp suit.
  • Foe Yay: Crichton and Scorpius. "Insert the rod, John!" Crichton lampshades it a few times.
    Crichton: "Get a new girlfriend, Scorpy!"
  • Fridge Brilliance: Crichton, in one of his many flip-out moments in "Crackers Don't Matter," writes the name of the villain-of-the-week T'raltixx on a door. How does he know how to spell it, much less get it right? Then you realize: He doesn't! Nobody in the show technically speaks English except for Crichton, so he probably just made it up. Likewise when Crichton occasionally speaks in Spanish and the others have no problem understanding him (thanks to the Translator Microbes); an exception being "Crichton Kicks" where the microbes can't handle Klingon! This is explained by Sikozu not using translator microbes - her brain can't handle them, possibly because she's a bioloid. She learns languages extremely quickly but must be presented with their structure, rules, and alphabet. Because Crichton taught her English but dropped in the Klingon on a whim (actually a true-blue Throw It In by Ben Browder, which is why Raelee Hill had that look on her face after he said it), Sikozu wasn't able to process what he said. And there are actually a lot of subtle references and minor events that have significant impact episodes after they're introduced.
  • Fridge Logic: In Look at the Princess, when the empress demands to know who defaced Crichton's statue, why didn't they just ask the princess? It's already been established that she can see and hear, and they have a technology that lets them speak to her. This is leaving aside the question of why you would leave the royal heir helpless and unguarded, without even a security camera.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With the Mass Effect fandom. Mass Effect shows a lot of influence from Farscape, and even had Claudia Black voice two characters in the games.
  • Genius Bonus: Crichton referring to Sikozu as "Sputnik". While at face value it's a reference to her spiky hair, the episode introducing her is peppered with Crichton demonstrating his knowledge of other languages. Sputnik incidentally means "Companion" in Russian, which is quite an apt nickname, since at that point, Crichton had yet to learn Sikozu's actual name.
  • Growing the Beard: It began as a fairly generic Space Opera with outstanding special effects and above-average writing. Most fans would agree that the show grew the beard toward the end of Season 1, when Crichton first donned Peacekeeper clothing. From then on it just got darker.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In the Season 1 episode "Back and Back and Back to the Future" (one of the earliest examples of a dark episode), Crichton's forward-flashes in time depict Matala aggressively performing sex acts on him, and the scenes very much come across as though she's raping him. Flash forward to the Season 4 two-parter "What Was Lost", in which Crichton is raped by Grayza.
    • From the same episode, the "ultimate weapon" Matala was trying to steal (and which gave Crichton temporary precognition) was a piece of a black hole. One whole series later, and the wormhole weapon Crichton deploys takes the form of... a black hole.
  • Hell Is That Noise: D'Argo's howls from the end of "Bad Timing" will haunt your nightmares forever, and are just made worse by the context.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Family Ties," D'Argo takes charge and issues orders—leading to an annoyed Aeryn grumbling, "You are not the captain here!" In Season 4's "Natural Election," D'Argo would be elected captain of the crew and Aeryn voted for him.
  • Ho Yay: Lots of it.
    • The most shameless example is Scorpius and Braca. Noted by Crichton in season four. "Yeah, feel the love, Mr. Burns."
    • Spoofed in "Scratch n' Sniff" with D'Argo and John denying they're a couple, while D'Argo later calls John (sarcastically) "sweetheart". Earlier on, when John asks D'Argo to be his best man in "Look at the Princess", D'Argo misunderstand's what "best man" means... and suggests that if he weren't in a relationship with Chiana already he wouldn't be completely uninterested in the possibility. In the later episode, given how Crichton wakes up from their hangover in stockings, Crichton and D'argo have a minor freak-out out that they might have done something last night.
    • In "Bringing Home the Beacon", Chiana and Noranti go undercover as a lesbian couple, and seem to enjoy themselves a lot. In the same episode, Chiana gets mildly tortured by a Dominatrix masseuse, but doesn't seem especially traumatised by it...
    • In Crais's last episode as John's Arch-Enemy, John plants a Take-That Kiss on him.
    • After Scorpius takes over as John's Arch-Enemy, there's a lot of this. Most notoriously in their fight around the cliffhanger of "Into the Lion's Den", which ends with Scorpius lying full length on top of John and looking as if he's about to kiss him. And in the final season, there's the infamous "Scarran blood vow" scene, where the actors outright say "screw subtext" (finger-sucking is involved).
  • Jerkass Woobie: Xhalax Sun was forced to kill her own lover and surrender her daughter to the torturous Peacekeeper training regime; following her only chance to see said daughter again, she was prompty shoved back into another twenty straight years of assassination- which she hates- in a process that slowly and inexorably destroys any trace of pity or compassion in her.
  • Les Yay:
    • Chiana and Jool get very touchy-feely in numerous episodes. Of particular note: their girl-on-girl dance in "Scratch n' Sniff", and their rather...intimate...placement of hands when Jool says goodbye in "What Was Lost Part 2: Resurrection".
    • After Jool leaves, Chiana and Noranti spontaneously decide to go undercover as a lesbian couple in "Bringing Home the Beacon". And seem very enthusiastic about their roles.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Scorpius, who has simultaneously convinced both the Scarran Emperor and Peacekeeper High Command that he's working for them against the other side, when his real intentions are to use the Peacekeepers to get revenge on the Scarrans for the hell they put him through.
  • Memetic Mutation: Fans like to refer to the Sci-Fi/Syfy Channel executives as "frelling blue monkeys" after the villains of one episode.
  • My Real Daddy: Rockne S. O'Bannon created the series, but stepped down as executive producer after Season 1 - leaving David Kemper to be showrunner for the next three seasons. Brian Henson also deserves mention - not because of any creative decisions, but because he spent the better part of The Nineties trying to sell the series despite constant rejection.
  • Nightmare Fuel: It's virtually a guarantee that everyone will find something.
  • Pandering to the Base: The Peacekeeper Wars is arguably this for the more hardcore John/Aeryn shippers.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Even by 2002 standards, the PC game is pretty much balls.
  • Recycled Script: "Through the Looking Glass" (written by David Kemper) was based on a pitch he made to Star Trek: The Next Generation years earlier.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: How some viewers see John and Aeryn's relationship in Season 4 and The Peacekeeper Wars.
  • The Scrappy: Exactly who qualifies as the scrappy may vary a great deal from viewer to viewer, but a lot of people hated Jool — including the other characters... at first, anyway. This was actually deliberate on the part of the writers, but Tammy MacIntosh stated in an interview that the hate Jool - and, in some cases, Tammy herself - received reduced her to tears.
    • Jool's actually a decent character. The problem with her is that she Would. Not. Stop. Screaming!.
  • Seasonal Rot: Season 3 is generally less well-regarded than the others and saw the show's ratings steadily decline as a result. Season 4, which took the series' inherent weirdness and dialed it Up to Eleven in a variety of ways, is also sometimes seen as this.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the first episode of the second season, when Crais is being hooked up with the neural interface to the baby leviathan you can clearly see a hand holding up the metal-tentacle thing, near the bottom of the screen.
    • Also, in the third season, "Jack" is switching between his human form and his actual Ancient shape and there is almost no similarity between the muppet and the CGI used for the transformation.
    • Crichton's beard in "Jeremiah Crichton". Good luck paying attention to anything else while watching that episode.
      • Funnily enough, in the DVD Commentary for "Jeremiah Crichton", Ben Browder relates how fans were angered that Crichton's beard in "Crichton Kicks" apparently looked more fake than the one used for the former episode. Browder genuinely did grow an actual beard for the latter episode.
      • The episode "Jeremiah Chrichton" also had a scene where Rygel's puppeteer is visible on the right side of the screen.
    • In "Picture If You Will", it is startlingly obvious when Zhaan's collar and gauntlets switch from hard and shiny to the dull, rubbery-looking stunt ones.
    • In just the third episode, we get a stunningly jarring CGI Rygel. Witness how much this improved by "Peacekeeper Wars."
  • Stoic Woobie: D'Argo.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For all that it's built up as a horribly dangerous area where even Peacekeepers and Scarrans fear to go, Tormented Space never once comes off as any worse than the places the crew usually goes.
    • The Nebari are established as a major, Borg-like threat who can and will perform mental cleansing on anyone they wish and have a plot to spread a virus throughout the galaxy to facilitate their impending conquests. And despite having no warships, a single host vessel is capable of annihilating a ship as large as a Command Carrier. There's also a resistance against the establishment, with whom Chiana's brother is an important member. This never comes up again after "A Clockwork Nebari" in season 2.
  • Ugly Cute: It's a guarantee that most viewers will see some characters as this. NamTar's original form is a good example, as it looks quite similar to Jabba's pet.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Until you hear someone use a male pronoun to refer to Pilot, it's difficult to determine if said character is male or female.
  • Villain Decay:
    • Crais when the Stern Chase got old and Scorpius stepped up to became the Big Bad, eventually leading to a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Harvey started out as another Scorpius who, by virtue of being in Crichton's head, could win a lot and be consistently scary. By the end, he's cracking jokes about E = MC Hammer. He was also created to avert this trope in the original Scorpius - it allowed Wayne Pygram to show up as often as the writers wanted and let him showcase his comedy skills, without forcing them to have Scorpius defeated each week, letting him keep his menace for when the original did make an appearance.
    • Almost immediately after her introduction, Grayza is getting stomped in the villain stakes by the Scarrans. Ironically note , this is what makes her so dangerous within the Farscape universe: the fact that she's got all the power of a Peacekeeper Commandant but consistently makes dumb decisions and punches above her villain weight, putting lives in danger by accident and allowing the real villains to cause far more havoc than they ever would have normally.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: YTV, a Nickelodeon-flavored Canadian channel was the first to pick up the show in the Great White North, probably misled by the fact that the show was made by Henson Studios. This did not end well, since they only bought the first season and edited the crap out of it
  • The Woobie: Just about everyone on occasion, but especially:
    • Stark. Damn. You just want to wrap him in a straitjacket and give him a hug. And although his status as a Bad Ass nearly disqualifies him, Rygel approaches Woobie territory on several occasions throughout the series.
    • Gillina earns this title following the events of her first episode. Not only is she the only survivor of her team, but she's been trapped on a Ghost Ship that's been claimed by the Sheeyangs and forced to hide under a corpse; then she's menaced by Aeryn and D'Argo, spat on by Rygel, almost gets incinerated when the Sheeyangs return, and then is forced to leave Crichton for her own well-being. And while she waits for Crais to retrieve her, she has to stay behind on the Zelbinion- not exactly the safest or the most reassuring environment.
    • Pilot. He spends the first season and a half in substantial pain because of his artificial grafting to Moya, feels every bit of damage done to her as pain to himself, and gets yelled at by everyone on board.


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