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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.
  • 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:
    • Captain Selto Durka. A Peacekeeper captain legendary among the ranks for "getting results", he spends a good deal of his appearances torturing people; not only did he torture Rygel for years long before the story began, but during his second episode, he also left the comm channel open so the rest of the crew would hear him burning Aeryn's face off. Oh, and then there was that attempt to abort Moya's child just so she would be capable of Starbursting to safety.
    • Natira, who was Scorpius' girlfriend up until she became too untrustworthy even for his standards. She clearly gets off on torture and mass-murder: when an unwanted shipment of slaves ends up in her hands, she has all but one of them executed for her own amusement. Then she takes aside Rorf and Crichton for a little game of "I love your lying eyes".
    • Kaarvok 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.
    • Commandant Grayza, who spent her second episode date-raping John Crichton before going on to sell out entire sections of inhabited space to the atrocity-prone Scarran Imperium. And when she screws up, she's not prepared to go down unless she takes everyone aboard her command carrier with her - men, women, and children.
    • Tauza from "Incubator". Not only was she in charge of a hybridization project that had at least ninety Sebacean women raped, but she also abused the surviving offspring, Scorpius, to an unbelievable extent - all in an attempt to purge him of "Sebacean impurities": torturing him with heat lamps, beating him savagely for using the word "please", and forcing him to watch a recording of his mother being raped.
  • 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.
  • Crowning Moment of Sadness: Talyn and Crais's sacrifice at the end of season 3, where they blow themselves up to save everyone, Crais waking Talyn up for just long enough for them to die together counts, especially considering the lead-up with Talyn trying and failing to control his psychological problems to the point where he attacks his own mother.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, most obviously between 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".
    • In the latter 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Many, including some of the most gut-wrenching Season Finales known to man. And "...Different Destinations". Anything involving Talyn where Moya is desperately trying to get her kid to listen (and he just doesn't...); anytime Moya is willing to sacrifice herself for her occupants; and when Talyn commits suicide. The last one has left people in tears. Then there's Zhaan's death. It's one for both the main characters and the audience. And the look of complete heartbreak on Stark's face is enough to make you cry.
    • Gilina's death. Especially her asking Crichton, "If things had been different, could you have loved me?" "Yes."
    • Most of the backstories for the main characters contain this as well.
      • Crais wants revenge on Crichton for the death of his brother, because the pair were conscripted into the Peacekeeper forces, and the last words his father said to Crais was to take care of his brother.
      • D'Argo's family, due to he and his wife being Star-Crossed Lovers due to her being a Sebacean, who was murdered by her brother for marrying a Luxan, and D'Argo was subsequently framed for her death.
  • 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.
  • 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 consistantly 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, 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 consistantly 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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