chance to get on board the best science fiction television
series ever! Farscape just started its fourth season on
the Sci-Fi Network and if you like sci-fi, or just like
smart, sexy television, then you're missing out if you're
not watching every Friday night.
Some people would
say to the Beefboy, "Hey Beefboy, we'll agree that
Farscape is okay, but the best sci-fi series…Ever!?"
Well, sit back, relax, enjoy, and let the Beefboy do, what
the Beefboy does best… and that's break it right on
down for you.
The Beefboy signed
onto the Farscape crew somewhere near the middle of the
second season. Ever since then, he's been treated to very
smart writing, cinema-level special effects, great acting,
many laughs and even a tear or two (yeah, even the Beefboy
can turn on the waterworks from time to time, and frankly,
the chicks dig it!). While other sci-fi series of the past
have had highs and lows, Farscape has learned from and topped
the prior pretenders to the throne. The only thing that
Farscape lacked was longevity, which has just been assured
by Sci-Fi Network's order of 44 new episodes, enough to
keep the Beefboy in hot alien chicks for five whole seasons!
So, you're still
not convinced, huh? Then let's take this step-by-step. What
are some of the acknowledged best of sci-fi? Star Trek (in
it's various incarnations) would come up a lot, as would
Babylon 5 and The X-Files. Some people would throw in Battlestar
Gallactica, the current spate of syndicated shows (Earth:
Final Conflict, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda) or perhaps a group
of British shows like Doctor Who, Red Dwarf or Blake's 7.
Farscape beats them all, hands down.
First off, the
writing on Farscape is excellent. The writers manage to
turn in scripts that are engaging, witty and unique. The
storylines and dialogue are first-rate. Babylon 5 suffered
from dialogue issues, the lines were dull and utilitarian;
the lines just basically served the plot. Writing is most
sci-fi series tends to be about as exciting as a back rub
by Strom Thurmond. Farscape bucks that trend by giving the
audience sharp work, consistently. X-Files is the only series
that meets and often surpasses Farscape with writing.
are the hallmark of any good sci-fi series and Farscape
delivers the best on television. While Star Trek, Battlestar
Gallactica (at least initially) and others gave us the best
they could, Farscape looks better than many films. While
we're on the subject of looks, the cinematography, set design
and costumes are cinema quality as well. Babylon 5 suffered
from being the first show to go digital, a worthy effort,
but too much too soon. Star Trek has always done it's best
and is a close second, but second nonetheless.
Acting in sci-fi
is typically sub-par. Star Trek has its good actors, but
it also has some real dogs. Babylon 5 was resplendent in
bad acting as was many of its kin. Again, X-Files is hard
to overlook here, the acting was excellent on that show.
However, Farscape has a cast of actors who perform like
they truly respect and enjoy their work. Ben Browder (Crichton)
and Claudia Black (Aeryn) stand out as actors who are a
rarity in sci-fi, both attractive and capable of delivering
their lines with conviction. Watch those two after Farscape
is over, they are going places (but hopefully not too soon).
in Farscape are interesting and manage to engage you in
their plight. Is there any way that the characters on Star
Trek: Voyager could have been less interesting? Not only
were they trapped in the wrong quadrant; they were trapped
with a group more boring than a convention of golf commentators.
If you aren't caught up in the triumphs and failures of
the Farscape regulars, then you're not breathing air.
In fact, it's
the tone of Farscape that sets it above the whole lot of
science fiction television. Farscape is filled with humor
and pathos, anger and love, conviction and betrayal, and
a whole universe of additional emotions. Farscape works
so well because, for once, the creators of the show have
fully trusted the audience to care about the characters,
follow the complex plot and be smart enough to appreciate
an epic tale, as adults who are starved for good sci-fi
stories. While other sci-fi series have attempted to create
a series that doesn't insult it's audience, Farscape not
only tries to make good television, but does so in such
a bold manner that it rises to a level that other series
have yet to attain.
is just plain sexy. There's a gaggle chicks running around
in mid-drift outfits with latex pants. Despite the fact
that these aliens are pretty funky-looking, the fact is,
these honeys are HOT! The weirdos on Farscape hook up regularly
and there's more than enough beefcake for any women too.
Actually, Farscape defies one of the big tenets of sci-fi;
it has a growing base of women viewers. So, for all you
pencil-neck geeks out there, Farscape is your best shot
at engaging a potential date in your closet nerd ways.
everything a good sci-fi series should have- great effects,
solid writing, an engaging plot and of course, sizzling
alien hotties! While other series have gotten close, Farscape
meets and beats all the rest. If you're missing this series
then you're missing good television, plain and simple.