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I had a loverly weekend at home. Rac and Megan and Stew all went with me to my uncle's for BBQ and fireworks, though they weren't quite as spectacular as I'd hoped. But friends and family and blowing up a chunk of the country--what's better? ;)

That is not, however, what this post is about.

I've managed to watch all of S1 Farscape, save for the episode that wouldn't play. I thought now would be as good a time as any to gush over it, seeing as how I'm about to start S2. ;)

In the very beginning, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief. I like how they got the language thing out of the way right from the beginning, but the fact that everyone in the universe breathes oxygen? Nuh uh. But every time I start to think like that I have to remember that my favorite show ever features a 240+ year old vampire as the lead character, and then I'm usually okay with it. ;)

The first episode I really really liked was Back and Back and Back to the Future. Time jumpy stuff makes my head hurt, but this actually worked for me. Plus the alien chick was incredibly creepy, and that was pretty cool. When John said something about becoming unstuck in time, though, I knew I was gonna like this show. (Then of course in the next episode with Aeryn's woody comment. Any shred of resistence was gone right then. :P)

After that it was probably DNA Mad Scientist that I really liked. The episodes in between were good, but they kind of run together for me. This one, however, kind of really upset me. When Zhaan and D'Argo cut off Pilot's arm, I gasped such that I'm glad my roommate was not here at the time. :P At first I thought it was entirely out of character for both of them, but as the episode (and obvioulsy the season) wore on, it became more believeable for me. And with the layers! Like ogres and onions! Plus Aeryn and the Pilot DNA melding thing was really freakish, to say the least, and I loved how that gave her and Pilot a special kind of relationship for the rest of the season, especially when Moya's baby was born.

I really liked They've Got a Secret and Rhapsody in Blue because of the insight into D'Argo's and Zhaan's characters we got. The Flax was great, because the kissage was hot (HOT), and D'Argo's face when he walked in on them was priceless. I obviously loved A Human Reaction, the way that John pretty accurately pictured what it would be like to return home, the fact that Aeryn and D'Argo and the rest came after him, and mostly for the scene in the beginning when he was leaving--it made me cry cause I'm a big wussy baby.

I loved Through the Looking Glass, and I don't think I could tell you why. It was just cool. Well, I suppose the combination of the ship splitting up and John once again saving the day (which I think is hilarious, the one who knows the least about the universe always ends up saving everyone else. Hee!), and the family aspect probably did it. All my favorite movies and television shows have this created family between a group of people that are misfits or excluded from society or whatever for whatever reason. And the fact that they really show this family being forged and staying together and laughing together makes me like it all the more.

I pretty much liked every episode after that a whole lot (except for John's really terrible British accent. Why did he feel the need to do that? Because all the Peacekeepers sound British to him, did he think he'd be more believeable with a British accent? It probably just made him feel cool. :P). Rygel's betrayel, and Chiana cooking for everyone, and the suicide mission, and finding out that Zhaan is a plant. :P Good stuff.

As far as characters, I'm having a really hard time deciding who I like the best, cause I think they're all cool. Chiana has taken the longest to grow on me, but I think I like her a lot now. Zhaan is very obviously butt-kicking cool, and John appeals to the part of me that enjoys a good fun-loving Southern boy. And while I know in the near future the John and Aeryn relationship will become my favorite, as I'm a sucker for a tragic/angsty love story, I think in this season what I liked the most was the transformation in D'Argo and his relationship with Aeryn. I loved that he came to care so much for his shipmates, that at one point it was him convincing Zhaan to go looking for Chrichton, and that he and Aeryn had such an understanding of each other, as warriors but also as friends.

Also? In the last two or three episodes I really liked Crais. Most of the season I didn't really care about him or his stupid vendetta against Chrichton other than as a means to infuse drama into certain situations, but in the last few episodes where he was beaten and broken and admitting to Chrichton how wrong he'd been? Awesome. And then with the stealing of Moya's baby. I'm excited to see where this goes, because I'd just assumed he'd be dead by the end of the season.

So, with all of that said, I'm going to settle in with the season two episodes [ profile] saava sent that I was able to retrieve this weekend and see how that whole cliffhanger thing turns out. ;) (And is it just me or did D'Argo's face change?)

And finally? New icon. ;)

Date: 2004-07-05 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whee! Farscape post! It's so cool to see people reacting to the show for the first time, especially since your reactions are a lot different than mine were.

B&B&BTTF is still one of my least favorite episodes. (And I didn't know the line you quoted was pop culture reference. *g*) Zhaan has always been my least favorite of the main humanoid characters (Rygel's my least favorite character fullstop.) and it took a long time for me to warm to D'Argo.

For me it's always been Aeryn. The character, the way Claudia Black plays her, the romance, etc. Mmm, Aeryn. Crichton's my second favorite, with Chi in third.

And yes, BB cannot do a British accent at ALL. It's sorta terrifying, isn't it? (Especially how he keeps enunciating LUFtenient.) Out of all the actors he's undeinably the worst at accents. He does more of them. *g*

Yay for S2! It's clunky at first but picks up steam and then towards the end... wowza. The pain! The angst! The funny! The romance!

Date: 2004-07-07 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think it's funny how much different episodes and characters can strike different viewers.

I do, however, see what you mean about Aeryn, or more specifically about Claudia Black. I think it's her voice. She has such a sultry, raspy, take-no-shit-from-anyone-but-I-can-still-cry-if-I-want-to voice. And that British accent doesn't hurt. :P

I've been implored by a friend of mine (who I didn't even know liked the show) to take S2 a little more slowly, and plus I haven't been in my room much this week, so I've only watched the first two episodes, but yay. I'm looking foward to the angst! And of course the funny. ;)

Re: Off topic:

Date: 2004-07-06 09:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know! I was just reading that. Yay!! :))

Wooo! Farscape!

Date: 2004-07-06 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Man, I was addicted to Farscape for so long. I know it's going to be hard for you to believe this, but the first season of Farscape is mediocre at best. In season 2 though, everything clicks together. Farscape goes from pretty good to awesome. That's why I implore you to take it slowly. You'll enjoy it so much more if you can limit yourself to an episode a day.

Collin :)

p.s. I heart "Crackers Don't Matter" S2E4

Re: Wooo! Farscape!

Date: 2004-07-07 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, yay then! I've actually only thus far been able to watch the first two episodes, so I've been limiting it. I've heard good things about S2 and even better things about S3, I like that it will only get better.

I should have known you were a Farscape fan. ;) And hey, have you heard much about the Serenity movie? I've seen some costumes and a little bit of writing from cast members, but that's all. I'm excited!! :)

Re: Wooo! Farscape!

Date: 2004-07-09 02:22 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Well, when I was a lot younger, I watched a lot of ST:TNG, and then ST:Voyager. Then I just sort of lost interest in it. Watching those episodes now, I can see why. After Gene Roddenberry died, the whole thing just went downhill. You can tell the writers didn't really care; they knew it didn't have to be good 'cause the fans were rabid. Hell, Enterprise has recently been picked up for a fifth season, and everything I've heard says it sucks hardcore.

With that said, I've always had a soft spot in my heart for SciFi. I'm willing to forgive mediocre writing and gaping plot holes that would cause me to spurn shows in other genres.

I thought that after I lost interest in ST, I had probably lost interest in SciFi. I assumed that ST had the largest fan base, the highest budgets, and the most mass appeal. I assumed that having the most money allowed them to afford the best writers. I assumed that other other shows were much lower budget, and trying to ride on the coattails of ST, appealing to the hardcore SciFi audience.

How wrong I was. Other SciFi shows kept being produced because ST sucked so much. People kept saying "Hell, I can do better than that", and they did. ::sigh::

So one day I was bored at work, and someone evangelized Firefly on a forum, so I downloaded an ep. I was stunned. Flabbergasted, even. And hooked. It took me about a week to download and watch the 12 aired eps. Hell, I think I watched them all twice.

At that point, it dawned on me that perhaps some other SciFi wasn't as bad as I'd assumed. So the next stop was Farscape, which I'd heard good things about but never checked out because I knew they cancelled it after the fourth season on a cliffhanger. But hey, I was on a kick, so I got some eps. They first few eps weren't great. They weren't bad, but coming straight off of Firefly they just weren't up to snuff. I almost stopped halfway through the first season and gave up entirely. Into the second season I went, though, mostly for lack of anything better to do. Wow. Incredible. It was leaps and bounds better than the first season, IMHO. And I wouldn't say that season 3 is again that much better than season 2, but you do start to love the characters. You feel like you know them, and the show takes on a dimension that Firefly just couldn't .

I say all that because you said you should have known I was a Farscape fan. I just wanted you to know that I almost wasn't. Oh, and I rarely reccommed Farscape to people, because it's so much more "traditional" SciFi than Firefly, and thereby appeals to a smaller audience. Plus, I don't want to have to tell people "Watch Farscape, but don't be put off by the mediocrity in the first season. You're gonna have to watch twenty hours of it before it gets to be really good."

So yeah, that was way more info than you wanted, but it's five AM, and I'm rambling.


p.s. - I haven't heard anything about the Serentity movie, and I'm passively trying to avoid information. I know it's going to be good. I know I'm going to see it opening night, and I'll probably see it more than once. More info than that is just going to dilute the experience, IMHO.


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