Farscape (season 1)

{3.5/5} “Since I left home I’ve been hunted, beaten, locked up, shanghaied, shot at. I’ve had alien creatures in my face, up my nose, inside my brain, down my pants. This is the first time, the first place, where I’ve felt peace.”

John was performing an experiment when his ship went through a wormhole — he has no idea where he is in relation to Earth. He’s been taken aboard Moya, a living ship — but the beings on it are all escaped prisoners. The people they escaped from are called the Peacekeepers, and John is on the run from them too. An important person in the Peacekeeper hierarchy thinks that John killed his brother.

In “Back and Back and Back to the Future” after they rescue a couple of people in an escape pod John starts having flashes of the future. In “Jeremiah Crichton” John crashes on a planet and is unable to leave — so he builds himself a new life among the people there. In “A Human Reaction” John goes through a wormhole and returns to Earth — but is greeted less than enthusiastically.

Farscape season 1 originally aired in 1999-2000.

It’s about a diverse group of people banding together to solve problems and stay away from their pursuers.

It didn’t grab me as much as I expected it to — the show is just a bit silly, a bit melodramatic, a bit simplistic. It gets a little better as the season goes along.

The banter between John and Aeryn is the best part of the show. They also do a good job at creating aliens who have characteristics different from humans.

Ben Browder (the last 2 seasons of Stargate SG-1) plays John and Claudia Black (the last 3 seasons of Stargate SG-1) plays Aeryn.

Anthony Simcoe (Nim’s Island) plays Ka D’Argo and Virginia Hey (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior) plays Zhaan. Two of the main characters are Henson muppets — Lani John Tupu (The Punisher) voices Pilot and Jonathan Hardy (Mad Max) voices Rygel.

Gigi Edgley (the TV show Rescue Special Ops) plays Chiana.

The show was created by Rockne S. O’Bannon (SeaQuest DSV).

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