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Old 06-07-02, 10:55 AM
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Season Preimieres: Farscape & SG1: Fri 6/7

Just a reminder -- since it's notoriously easy to miss new SciFi episodes amidst all the drek. I haven't been watching anything on the channel for months...

All-new eps of Farscape (4th season premiere) and Stargate SG-1 (6th season premiere) begin tonight...

SG1 vaguely spoiler-ish:
Spoiler:
Corin Nemic (Parker Lewis) joins the SG-1 cast starting tonight as Daniel Jackson's replacement... Did those of us who were watching via syndication MISS the episodes where Daniel Jackson either leaves or dies? Our local broadcasts have had nothing but reruns for months, and I never saw any obvious cliffhanger. Did we see all of Season 5? Or-- if syndication was lagging behind Showtime, where did they leave off?)

Farscape:
Spoiler:
Farscape is rumored to have 2 or 3 new semi-regulars -- there are pix of several new "crewmembers" floating around -- although the Season starts with the crew completely disbanded and Crighton alone again...

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Edit: I made a new thread for discussion of the Stargate SG-1 season premiere... please discuss it there. Thanks! - Static

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I am looking forward to this tonight.
By the way, heres a great article that appeared in the S.F Chronicle this morning saying that if you havent been watching, now is a good time to start because it's so good....


Sci-fi 'Farscape' is worth the trip TIM GOODMAN Friday, June 7, 2002


I just fell down the rabbit hole! It probably won't come as a surprise to any current die-hard science- fiction fans, but most television critics are not on board, so to speak. Oh, there's appreciation for the "Star Trek" brand and even, last season, a kind of surprising initial embrace for "Enterprise," the "Star Trek" series that let in newcomers. And there was "The X-Files," which was kinda-sorta sci-fi. And what would you call "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which still is a critical darling? The point is, loads of sci-fi shows come and go, and not all of them get reviewed. Part of the bias against them comes from a lack of interest among critics in the dramatic structure. Other times, especially when it concerns a current series, there's the feeling that only a small circle of people will be interested and that, if you wade into that pool and God forbid make some kind of mistake in the show's history, you'll find out exactly how loud that small circle really is. Anyway, jump back three seasons to the introduction of a new series, "Farscape." At a biannual gathering of critics, where a cable offering such as that would normally be a low priority, there was a buzz. It was a good show -- funny, smart, not cheesy, and with a sarcastic hero at the center. It seemed to have a lot going for it, including a sexy cast. Despite said buzz, many critics ended up passing on it or maybe just mentioning it in passing. I was one of those. Now, as "Farscape" starts its fourth season tonight on the Sci-Fi Channel, I was prodded into revisiting the series by a few fellow critics who weren't sci-fi fans and, most important, by a very, very persistent local fan named Karen Loos. (Please, don't try this at home.) Loos wasn't crazy-persistent. She was nice persistent. Effective persistent. She even sent the last three episodes of Season 3, after finding out that I'd taped a few episodes but then forgotten to watch them before my TiVo killed them out. (Replaced by episodes of "The Job," if you must know. A series now dead. A point Loos didn't have to make to illustrate the folly of some critics. ) OK, already. So I watched the first two episodes of this coming season as well. And when I say I've fallen down the rabbit hole, it's because "Farscape" to a non-fan is so "Alice in Wonderland" there may be no turning back. Though I was thoroughly confused, as you will be if you make the leap, it was all well worth it. Any time you come into a current series as it's about to start its fourth year, there's going to be history you don't understand, characters that are missing, references you'll never get. But isn't that kind of like having Thanksgiving dinner with your extended family? The point is, "Farscape" is a superb little series. So good, in fact, that it will become a regular Friday-night must-tape on the TiVo. What else is on then, for one thing? And besides, with the lackluster performance of last season's "Buffy," a fresher show that still has that wonderful sense of pop culture and surprising smarts could be a welcome addition. "Farscape" was recently nominated for five Saturn Awards -- that's science fiction's highest award -- which matched the total garnered by "Buffy." For other neophytes, there's little use trying to get super-detailed about what has happened the past three seasons. It's best to jump, or fall, down the hole as I did and just soak it up. But here's the basics, a mini-primer: U.S. astronaut John Crichton (the superb Ben Browder) gets the surprise of his life when "a freak accident during a low-orbit test flight" shoots him "through a wormhole to the far side of the universe." Now joined by a band of renegade aliens aboard a "living ship" (it can actually breed, I'm told), Crichton is desperately trying to get back home, but also trying to survive in his new world. He's got plenty of able cast mates. There's Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), an "estranged military Peacekeeper" and fiercely independent woman who's now vanished and carrying his child. Crichton's alien muscle Ka D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe). A strange-talking but intriguing (and cute) thief named Chiana (Gigi Edgley). A few Jim Henson Creature Shop characters that are as cleverly cool as any "Star Wars" offering. A sinister opponent in Scorpius (Wayne Pygram), an alien named Sikozu (Raelee Hill) who seems to be channeling Bjork. A seemingly crazy mystic dubbed "The Old Woman" (Melissa Jaffer) -- every show should have one. And a fierce female nemesis named Commandant Grayza (Rebecca Riggs) who has even fiercer cleavage. On a Friday night, you want more than that? "Farscape," for non-sci-fi fans (the assumption here is that if you're into this stuff already, you're a loyal viewer), is addictive. You're going to have to be confused for a while until you get up to speed. But the journey is worth it because, first, there's something inherently fun about being clueless and mystified but also entertained. And second, the acting and writing is top- notch. There's a witty undertone that's much appreciated and enough pop culture asides to keep you going through the arcane structure. So it took three seasons. There's still plenty of room on the bandwagon.

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Old 06-07-02, 12:22 PM
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I love this show and didn't think twice in buying season one that came with 2 shows per DVD (11 alpha). I didn't do STOS but I did FARSCAPE, and it is starting its 4th year. Shoot me now.

The only other series that had me so crazy for the main couple, John and Aeryn was Babylon 5 with John and Delenn. What is it about the name John?

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Ok, I was right about crazy 3 eyed woman becoming a character, but they really brought her in rather haphazardly it seemed. I'm also wondering since I missed quite a bit of seasons 2 and 3 -- has there been any mention of bringing Zhaan back and will Stark be showing up again at all?

I'm hoping Crichton having stopped Scorpius will try to go after those other wormhole guys (can't remember names).

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Old 06-07-02, 04:55 PM
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Zhan no, Stark probably... and they ain't finished with Scorpy yet (note the way I said that..)
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I met Viginia Hey at a Convention a few months ago and she said her kidneys were bleeding because of the makeup so don't bet on it.

I bought Season two on Region 2 so I could see them and not have to wait for Region 1.
I have a non region DVD player.
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Man, I thought psycho Scorpy was wacky enough in the WWII getup, but seeing him doing Baywatch was a riot. ;p


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Weird show and a bit jumpy. Was the stuff in his mind or was he dreaming or what??
I am guessing Jool is not going to be back. I didnt see her in any of the cast pics.
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I think I saw Jool in the preview for next week. She's probably just not being credited as a regular yet.

I think I like this new redheaded alien. I like her ability to climb walls and what-have-you. Plus, that was a nice fight between her and Chiana.

I'm just waiting patiently for Aeryn to be back w/ the rest of the crew.
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I thought Rygel, Chiana, and Jool were all still on Moya when they hit the wormhole in the season finale -- if so, why did the separate, and why wasn't there any sort of explanation on where Moya ended up and whatnot? Just trying to remember who was where in that whole mess -- Aeryn flew away or wormhole?, Daargo left, everyone else was still on Moya when she hit the wormhole right?

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Let me just say this...

Aeryn in a swimsuit.

'nuff said.
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Originally posted by Tuan Jim
I thought Rygel, Chiana, and Jool were all still on Moya when they hit the wormhole in the season finale -- if so, why did the separate, and why wasn't there any sort of explanation on where Moya ended up and whatnot? Just trying to remember who was where in that whole mess -- Aeryn flew away or wormhole?, Daargo left, everyone else was still on Moya when she hit the wormhole right?
I'm pretty sure just Jool, Pilot, and that old woman were on Moya when they went through the wormhole. Chiana went to go find her brother, and Rygel tried to get back to Hyneria.
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I'm a Farscape faithful....and I was slightly confused and disoriented for the majority of the episode.

Hell, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Jool was indeed in the teaser for next weeks episode...strange how bare the credits seem now....no more Lani Tupu (damn!) no more Paul Goddard, no Virginia Hey......but we still have Wayne Pygram, so all is good. As much as I love Scorpius, i think I like Harvey even more.

I'm still not sure about the new girl...but time will tell. Still not sure about Chiana's new powers either.

I have faith in Kemper and crew though, I don't think I've ever been disspointed in the show....it has a less than awesome episode every once in a while, but it picks up again the following week.
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Originally posted by clemente
As much as I love Scorpius, i think I like Harvey even more.

I'm still not sure about the new girl...but time will tell. Still not sure about Chiana's new powers either.
Chiana's powers had me confused...specifically when she was getting shot at.

Harvey should get his own show .

Oh...did i mention...Aeryn in a swimsuit ?
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Ok - I missed something significant plotwise.

How exactly did Chianna and Rygel get on the dying leviathan? I realize that there's now a price on the head of the whole Moya crew because of their destruction of the Command Carrier. But how exactly did Chianna and Rygel just happen to get to where Crichton was?

And thematically, what exactly did the "Overture of 1812" have to do with the episode?
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Chiana and Rygel were never shown getting onto the dying Leviathan, the only assumption I can make is that they were on a transport pod and seeing that they couldn't go anywhere because of the PK bounty, they backtracked to where they had last seen Moya and came across the dying Leviathan. Maybe it was part of the four minutes of Farscape we never get to see in the US.
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