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I Had Forgotten
      ...as I usually do, how incredibly, brilliantly, heart-breakingly good "Farscape" is. BB and I finally reached the S3 finale, "Dog With Two Bones" and it left me in tears. When people ask me about good skiffy, I'll immediately answer "Battlestar Galactica" and follow that up with "Doctor Who" and its relatives. Each of those exhibits, to one extent or another, some aspect of what I love about skiffy; the speculative, the fantastical, the mythmaking; the joy, the terror, the glee of discovery.
    But it seems to me that in Farscape, all of it comes together in such a crazy, glittering, near-disastrous jeweled jumble of acting, plotting, writing, music, color, world-building, character-birthing creation that it is impossible for me to even think of anything like it, or better than it.
   

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monkey_pants7
Sep. 6th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC)
I love Farscape so much. It was the first show that I really posted consistently about on TWoP--and maybe the first show I was really obsessed with, if you don't count Buffy and Angel. (that one was really mine--Buffy and Angel I shared with my family.)

Ben Browder is so consistently wonderful--as are all the other actors, particularly Claudia Black, but John's journey from innocent astronaut who wouldn't hurt anyone to hardened, cynical world-saver is pretty amazing. The show can be so heart-breaking and sweet and eye-opening and just amazing. And I love how Pilot and Rygel are really characters--that you forget really quickly that they're puppets.
kaffyr
Sep. 6th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
You are absolutely right about Pilot and Rygel - I do not think of them as puppets, and I've consistently wished there was a way they could have put the voice-actors' voices in the opening credits, perhaps with a very brief phrase underneath that stands for the puppetry team.

For instance, when they put "And xxxxxx, as Dr. Daniel Jackson" kind of on two lines, they could put, over the picture of Rygel or Pilot "Lani Tupu and Henson Team Two as Pilot." And so on.

Just me?
belsum
Sep. 8th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Why aren't you two playing along with the Great Farscape Rewatch?! It's been so enjoyable to discuss the episodes individually instead of the series as a whole.
kaffyr
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
You know, I'd love to, but I can't, for two reasons: 1) if I added one more "talk about it" television show to my queue, I'd never get anything done, and 2) I had forgotten about the rewatch. (Also, did I mention that I can't add one more discussion to my television obsession list? I did? OK. Heh.)

Edited at 2008-09-08 07:19 pm (UTC)
monkey_pants7
Sep. 11th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh shoot, I totally forgot you guys were doing that! I'll see if I can check in. I'm lame.
monkey_pants7
Sep. 11th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
You know, that would have been pretty awesome. I didn't know for ages and ages that Lani Tupu was Pilot as well as Crais.
kaffyr
Sep. 12th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't know it until FB pointed it out to me!
mjlayman
Sep. 6th, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Farscape is definitely my favorite of those three. I like Eureka, too, although it's much lighter. And I'm watching the SciFi showings of Jeremiah, which has become much deeper than I expected.
kaffyr
Sep. 6th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
I'd been watching Jeremiah, and will probably do so again when I'm home on Thursdays - not always a given, since a couple of my beats have meetings that night - but it has, more than occasionally, reminded me of J. Mike's weakness: melodramatic anviliciousness that makes Russell Davies sound like W. H. Auden.

That said, it's still pretty good!
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