SciFi Revives FARSCAPE
As Webisode Series??
I am – Hercules!!
I gather this is from a press release disseminated at the SciFi Channel’s Television Critics Association event:
Sci-Fi.com has ordered a 10-part webisode series based on the multi-award-winning “Farscape” the fan and critical darling that has been widely recognized as one of the greatest sci-fi series in television history. Executive-produced by Brian Henson and Robert Halmi, Jr., and produced by The Jim Henson Company, in association with RHI Entertainment, the series will revive and expand the beloved “Farscape” universe.
Now webisodes are by their nature really short, right?
Also, does “expand” mean the webisodes will not feature the adventures of John Crichton?
Read all of Will Harris’ Premium Hollywood story on the matter here.
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July 15, 2007, 7:50 p.m. CST
It's either all or nothing for me, damn it!
July 15, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST
The end of the future of entertainment!
July 15, 2007, 7:57 p.m. CST
This came out of nowhere. i loved farscape, but figured it was gone for good as all the actors are off on new projects... I sure hope the webisodes are interesting, at least. the farscape universe was very compelling, twisted and strange... too bad it was so expensive to produce! i would have loved to see it last as long as stargate has.
July 15, 2007, 8:02 p.m. CST
There are quite a few shows like Farscape that many of us hold in our minds as really amazing television, but you ever wonder if we maybe think of them that way because they were cut short? All of the really good ones that people are fond of, FireFly, The Original Star Trek, FarScape, they all ended prematurely.
July 15, 2007, 8:03 p.m. CST
by The Fanboy
This would be awesome it if had the original cast. Fuckin hated SciFi for ending Season 4 on a huge ass cliff hanger, then rushing to finish the story with a meager 3 hour mini series ;\
July 15, 2007, 8:08 p.m. CST
non-scifi shows like freaks & geeks, wonderfalls...
July 15, 2007, 8:23 p.m. CST
You heard me.
July 15, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST
I hate Sci-Fi and its ridiculous half-assery.
July 15, 2007, 8:47 p.m. CST
I hope that it has the cast but isn't Browder scheduled to be in some other show about a modern take on the Odyssey or Illiad?
July 15, 2007, 8:52 p.m. CST
<p>You're 4 years short and a proper budget short of my admiration.<p><p>What's the budget going to be for this new 'web-ivision' series? $10k an episode?</p><p>I'm sorry – do it right, or don't do it at all.</p><p>If you're really desperate for viewer now that your beloved SG-1 is gone and your other new series aren't drawing an audience – Painkiller Barbie and the Dresden Circular File – you're just going to have to do better.</p><p>And I'm pretty sure the advertising revenue on webisodes is pretty weak.</p>
July 15, 2007, 8:54 p.m. CST
I will watch this of course. But it pretty much ended with the mini series, didn't it?
July 15, 2007, 9:04 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
...too easy to make fun of.
July 15, 2007, 9:22 p.m. CST
by CBS Exec
Leviathans are long lived, so Moya and Pilot would still be there. They could base a new series around D'Argo Sun-Crichton, Jothee and a new crew. The only reason I suggest this is because with SG-1 off air, BSG going into its final season Sci-Fi is going to need something that will actually draw viewers. Farscape has a vocal, rabid built in audience. There's hope for something more coming, whatever form it may take.
July 15, 2007, 10:15 p.m. CST
I dare you. This is awesome news.
July 15, 2007, 10:21 p.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
No offense. My statement is more loaded than it appears.
July 15, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST
If this is directed/produced by Henson, it should be pretty cool. Webisodes are only teeny-tiny bites of shows, but SciFi's just dipping its toes in the water to see how wet the audience is.<p> Crichton and Aeryn most likely won't be cast. And they shouldn't be. They're more associated with SG-1 now, though I'm sure Farscape fans would argue this.<p> I'd like to see a whole new angle on the Farscape universe. Something unusual, something unexpected. Hopefully that's what these webisodes will be. I'll check it out.
July 15, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST
by Larry of Arabia
You are partly on to something. Because they were short they didn't get a chance for the writers to run out of ideas. It's still the characters that attract us to the show. Chrichton's loyalty and spirit, Spock's humanity, Zoe and Wash's love, Jayne Tyler's begrudging and baffled acceptance of her situation, and even the long lived whimsical Britishness of Dr. Who. They could have all gone on forever and, as long as the characters remained true to themselves, we'd still love them and their show. Hell, Dr. Who has gone on forever now, hasn't it?
July 15, 2007, 10:39 p.m. CST
The webisodes will about be all about Rygel's litter box. He hasn't cleaned it in 97 arns...
July 15, 2007, 10:45 p.m. CST
And he somehow crosses over and brings D'argo and Zhaan back from the dead for a future movie. <br><br> I miss that "blue bitch".
July 15, 2007, 10:51 p.m. CST
Hopefully it's popular enough that we get a new show or a movie, or SOMETHING. Farscape was a brilliant, mind-blowing television event. Sometimes a show is just magic and Farscape is a sterling example of this.
July 15, 2007, 11:29 p.m. CST
Seeing any sign of this universe continuing makes me a happy little dren.
July 15, 2007, 11:39 p.m. CST
by Ka Dargo
Whats the point of doing stupid little episodes on the web? If you don't have high speed then wont it suck trying to watch? They need to bring the show back in some form. It was the greatest show ever!!!!!!!!!! The hotness of Aeryn!!!....Frell the rest!!!
July 15, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST
Stargate just ended... yeah it's time for a new series. Although I would be curious to see what the backdrop of a new Farscape show would be with all the wormhole business seemingly over... Technically we didn't see Dargo die! YEE-HAW!
July 16, 2007, 12:11 a.m. CST
considering how many characters came and left that ship over four seasons, I couldn't really complain if the original cast wasn't all there and the universe definitely has more potential. Until Battlestar Galactica arrived and blew us all away, Farscape was SciFi channel only great series. Webisodes sound a little like a half-assed revival though. Considering how expensive I imagine it would be to rebuild those sets or create new ones, it seems like they should either commit to something for tv or not at all. I just don't see the point in doing all that work for what would probably end up being about 20 minutes worth of online video.
July 16, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST
that this is a way to see if direct-to-DVD movies would be viable (ala Stargate). They measure the response, and they make the call. Thoughts?
July 16, 2007, 2:57 a.m. CST
by Mace Tofu
And this web crap will help promote sales seasons 1-4 to new fans of the webisodes... I guess Peacekeeper Wars didn't do that great on DVD so no more new DTV movies : (
July 16, 2007, 3:58 a.m. CST
...and that you're wrong, Tofu. I know at one point, Brian Henson said he had his eye keenly on Serenity to use as a barometer for whether feature films could be a viable future for Farscape. Bugger. :(<p>However, with Babylon 5 and Stargate SG1 returning as DTV productions, I really hope these webisodes are a precursor/testing of the waters for some larger new Farscape project, but we'll see. At least there's going to be *SOME* new Farscape! Now we just need D'Argo to come back to life. :(
July 16, 2007, 4:44 a.m. CST
...girth is MUCH more important then length
July 16, 2007, 6:36 a.m. CST
After all the re-releases it's time for some bluray or HD up in this piece!
July 16, 2007, 7:23 a.m. CST
Crichton : Good thing we managed to escape from the Pepsi nebula. <p> Dargo : Indeed <p> Crichton : Say, did I mention we had a delicious low calorie soft drink on my planet with that name? <p> Dargo : Many times now. <p> Crichton : Man, I could do with a long cold Pepsi right now.
July 16, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST
Was actually pretty cool.
July 16, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST
by Abin Sur
The geek generation's Coke vs. Pepsi.
July 16, 2007, 7:50 a.m. CST
by Abin Sur
Acting chops (not shown on Stargate, unfortunately) AND HOT! Please, if not here, let's see her somewhere.
July 16, 2007, 8:50 a.m. CST
I think we fans love these shows because they are little bit different and a lot more complex than the standard Lite Beer programming that takes of the majority of screen time. Unfortunately, that doesn't catch on with a mass mainstream audience. Especially in a Reality TV generation that is unconforable with anything they can't drunk, lobotomized and unconscious and still follow. A good Stout, sadly, is a little much for many palats. And networks are even less comfortable because they don't know what pigeon hole to fit Firefly or Farscape, or The Original Star Trek in its day, into.
July 16, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST
Dark times are ahead, brotherns.
July 16, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST
by Lost Prophet
i vaguely remember seeing farscape years ago on TV, and could someone tell me what happened after Crichton and Aeryn were vaporised on the lake? or was that the end of the series?<p>On length- The reason short lived series are loved is that the shorter the series, provided it was well made, then there is a high chance of the quality being consistently high without any burn out. This is especially true of comedy. Course the flipside of this is that sometimes programmes need to find their feet.
July 16, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST
Frak dominates. Though Frell is cool as well.
July 16, 2007, 10:48 a.m. CST
*SPOILER* What you are describing is the end of season 4 - after which The Peackeeper wars mini series concluded the story (and brought Crighton and Aeryn back to life'. On another note, I wouldn´t call 88 43-minute episodes + a 3-hour miniseries ``short-lived`. It was cut short by cancelation - not short lived. By the way, I find it odd that sci-fi would cancel a series, only to revive it several years later out of the blue. Perhaps they finally realized they were wrong.
July 16, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST
"The Adventures of Ploppy, Ploppy the Spaceship"
July 16, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST
by Lost Prophet
I was curious about that. <p>I know it was cancelled, I just didn't know when. <p>Wasn't me that bought up the short lived thing- but there is a grain of truth to it.
July 16, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST
I watched this show front to back when my first son was in the hospital during his premature birth. That was 5 years ago and i try to live the lessons i learned then. I even called my estranged father after "kansas". Good stuff.
July 16, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST
series Life. As the lead characters's ex-wife. Don't know if it'll be a recurruing role. And i can't say I know much about the series in general. But it could be good exposure for her. I'd love to see her on something as well written Lost so she could really show her acting chops. Of course seeing her on Farscape again really be the best for me anyway. Little iffy on the Webisode angle though. Farscape always had seriously big production values, hope they keep that up here, especially for Rygel and Pilot's sake.
July 16, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST
Don't care what you haters say. Long live the Muppets.
July 16, 2007, 11:55 a.m. CST
Farscape news in the future. Like a big screen movie.
July 16, 2007, 11:59 a.m. CST
by Abin Sur
Life looks a little bit like most crime/procedural dramas, but it's got a great cast in Damian Lewis and (WOWZERS) Sarah Shahi.
July 16, 2007, 12:27 p.m. CST
Watch the webisodes a few hundred times. We want new Farscape movies on DVD!
July 16, 2007, 2:18 p.m. CST
July 16, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST
by Ka Dargo
I will be back if they somehow get their heads out of there asses and put my show back on!!! They don't want my Luxan rage to take over!!!
July 16, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST
I would not mind if the series came back in some way (web, TV, Cable) if it was in the animated style as seen in the episode Revenging Angel.
July 16, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST
by Fuzzinate It
A bit late to the party on this one, but I'd suggest that anyone who doesn't have high speed internet really isn't a member of Sci-Fi's target market, y'know? If you can afford it, you HAVE DSL these days. It's just how it is. If you can't afford it... Then why would any potential future Farscape Sci-Fi channel advertising spot customers care about your viewership? If you aren't willing to fling 20 bucks a month at high speed, then Best Buy, Sony, and Samsung (Big advertisers on Sci Fi, at least as of a few years ago) know you won't be buying their products. As a Farscape fan and a marketing professional (who doesn't work in TV, just knows how the industry runs) I think this is awesome.
July 16, 2007, 5 p.m. CST
damned puppets farting helium!!
July 16, 2007, 5:01 p.m. CST
Don't make assumptions based on your life experience only. <p>There are many of us who have expendable income without high speed internet for various reasons. <p>I for one live in an area that makes it difficult to get anything but dial-up, <p>and a friend of mine is married and can't justify the cost of DSL to his wife, yet she's cool with buying dvds.
July 16, 2007, 5:39 p.m. CST
Well maybe someone will post the episodes in an ultra compressed state that won't overlord your dialup modem. It's understandable that not all areas have high speed (aka the Midwest or the boonies), but it's something you need to get used to...like the fact media stores don't carry cassette tapes of music anymore.
July 16, 2007, 6 p.m. CST
I love that show. Maybe they'll cancel Eureka and that Superhero shit and put the series back on.............. hahahahahaha, wooooo! I crack myself up sometimes. Speaking of jokes, I haven't looked recently to see if they've lowered the prices on the DVDs yet.
July 16, 2007, 6:09 p.m. CST
Any new farscape is better than nothing!
July 16, 2007, 6:13 p.m. CST
the X-Files without Mulder. You can't remove the heart of the show. Crichton is central to the show. I'd say he's the only non-expendable character. I'll definitely check out the webisodes though. SciFi canceled this show at least one season too early.
July 16, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST
In response to your inquiry, I'd say Farscape is on par with Firefly and not as good as BSG. The premise of Farscape is John Crichton, an astronaut, gets shot through a wormhole into a different part of the galaxy. The show is basically him trying to survive in an odd, sometimes seriously fucked up part of the universe. The underlying plot is him wanting to find a way home.<p> The group of characters (and living ships) Crichton encounters are entertaining, often in subtly dramatic ways. Each character has his or her own backstory, thus Farscape is akin to Firefly with its group dynamics.<p> Farscape is definitely worth Netflix-ing because Farscape's DVDs are so rediculously overpriced. I'm not sure why, but they're some of the most expensive television DVD sets ever. Go with Netflix. You'll probably dig Farscape more than you anticipate. I certainly did.
July 17, 2007, 12:04 a.m. CST
by Ka Dargo
In my humble Luxan opinion, it's better then BSG and all other Sci-Fi shows. BSG is mostly drama, not much humor. Farscape has it all, with the drama, humor, action, cool effects and makeup/puppets, hot women. Not to mention the Chricton/Aeryn angle!!! It really does need to come back in some form of series.
July 17, 2007, 4:32 a.m. CST
Dial-up? Sometimes I pity americans... I don't think you can even get that if you wanted in the rest of the world. If there are copper lines, the companies could if they wanted bring you DSL. And don't bring me any shit about sparsely populated areas, Scandinavia is similar to the midwest in pop. density. Farscape for the people!
July 17, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST
Who wants to see a LEXX web series?
July 17, 2007, 6:20 p.m. CST
Adventures aboard Baby Lexx? It could work...although they would probably revolve around Xev getting naked, Stanley not getting any sex, and 790 plotting their demise for it's entire run! For the cliff hanger, His Divine Shadow could infest 790 and turn himself into the new harbinger of death...and then promptly ingested by Lexx somehow, at which point she would declare "Stan...I don't feel too well...I think I ate something bad" "Well darn it, Baby Lexx, I told you not to just eat random stuff floating around in space! You just don't know where it's been!"
July 18, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST
infrastructure and building public education system that actually educates people. Seriously, we live only a few miles from town and the onluy high speed we can get is the HughesNet for $60 a month, and that woulsd probably go out every time it rained. Doesn't make much sense eithert, it's the folks who live farthest from who'll want to buy crap on the net instead of driving an hour to get to the nearest Mall or WalMart. Instead the people who get to have cheap high speed live about five feet away from every kind store you can imagine, so why pay shipping. The world's right. We are idiots.
July 18, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST
Definitely closer too Firefly than BSG on the humor scale(sometimes even more outrageous). But, like Firefly it doesn't short you on the Drama either, there episodes and scenes as serious and heartbreaking as anything on BSG or Firefly. It also gets better and better as the series progresses. Once the characters and their relationships start to gell, about nine episodes into the first seasomn it really develops into something special. By the season finale, if you loved Firefly, I expect you'll be hooked on Farscape.
July 18, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST
...fans will have to launch a campaign to get the remaining fifth posted.
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