A product of the late 90s, Farscape could – and should – be the definition of sci-fi in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. In some ways, it redefined the genre, and it definitely contributed to what it is today. And yet, this is another show that got the short end of the stick in terms of being cancelled before it was time.
The show, originally meant to run for 5 seasons, got abruptly cancelled after four, leaving the fans miserable. It seems that the life of a fan mostly consists of misery, but to be fair, the rest of the show was pretty damn great. With its gripping plot, decent-looking props (for the time), and just overall high fun factor, this one was good. Shame we never did get that fifth season. Or… but more on that later.
Farscape tells the story of an astronaut from Earth, John Crichton (Ben Browder), who was shot through a wormhole. He ended up in a distant part of the universe aboard a living ship filled with alien lifeforms. It wasn’t all peachy in that distant world – John landed right in the midst of everyone trying to escape a galactic military organization known as the Peacekeepers. What follows is a thrilling adventure filled with bright characters and an interesting plot.
Yeah, that fifth season. A real shame.
Fortunately for the fans, the creators of the show were passionate about it too. Co-producer Brian Henson, instead of giving up, managed to secure the rights to Farscape. This allowed him to produce a three-hour mini-series called Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. It tied up the cliffhanger the fourth season ended with and managed to cure some of the heartbreak we all had to go through a few years previous.
Since then, there have been numerous talks of a comeback. Brian Henson seems to not be ready to let go of the franchise, but sadly, nothing came of the exciting suggestions of a feature film or even a reboot of the show.
If you haven’t seen this true sci-fi classic, you’re missing out so hard. It’s your lucky day – to celebrate the show’s 20th birthday, it was recently released on Amazon Prime in a lot of countries.
Why are you still here? Go. Watch Farscape. You know you want to.
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