Farscape

Apr. 1st, 2006 09:08 pm
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I don't get this show really. I've been dilgently watching it (I'm up to the fourth season) and I don't mind the puppets. And I really like Pilot and Aeryn Sun. What I do mind are episodes like 'Lava is a many splendored thing.' How could you actually write something this awful? It's the most appalling episode ever. Oh yes, and I say this as someone who has seen the one in the first season where Crichton grows a mad beard after being left on some planet and it looks like he stapled a beaver to his face.

I feel with this show that that there are some really great things going for it: Moya (I'm a real sucker for sentient ships), ill-sorted band on the run from superior forces, some fun characters, but it gets ruined by some really puerile writing every 5th episode.

Date: 2006-04-02 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peeeeeeet.livejournal.com
Shhh! Farscape fans hate it when you have a go at the writing instead of the puppets!

Date: 2006-04-02 11:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
The puppets are the easy part!

Date: 2006-04-02 10:12 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I've been thinking about how to respond to this. My love for Farscape is large and expansive. I can still rewatch this show easily and frequently. I often have it on late at night before falling asleep. At this stage Moya and her crew are wonderfully comforting. While other shows have held a place briefly in my heart, (AtS and BSG come to mind), Farscape is the only one that I can honestly say lingers there.

And yet I know that you're not wrong. I remember thinking, most esp. on my first viewing, that the writing was at times apalling. I think it may be one of those inexplicable things, where it either pings something and grabs hold of your heart or it simply doesn't.

I keep wanting to define what pings for me. I know that the writing often leaves gaps in the story. It challenges the viewers to fill in a lot of holes. At first I found this annoying, and later I came to value and appreciate the story-telling style. It is a story filled with creativity and imagination, not least of which comes from the viewer. Whether that was intentional design or piss poor planning and writing, who knows? For me it no longer matters. They crossed styles and genres pretty successfully, managing to do crack addled, humorous, angsty, horror, and touching. I can't really think of a lot of shows that pulled off the diversity of styles they did. That said, I know they didn't always pull it off.

I'm impressed you've stuck it out this far. You might as well see it through, if its not too painful. Then again, if it really annoys, I'd walk away. There's too much else to see and do, you know?

I fell in love toward the end of season 2 on my first watch, but I also confess my first watch through, I fell asleep during a lot of it. Heh. I have now re-watched all of it many times, it strangely gets more compelling for me, not less. Maybe it has some subliminal addictive quality that builds over time. It does seem like one long drug trip now that I think about it. Hrm...perhaps I'm just an addictive personality, scratch that, I know I am an addictive personality.

One other passing thought. Doctor Who reminds me a bit of Farscape. It does not seem as dark and edgy, but it brings the same creativity and imagination that I find so attractive. Sadly, it also has the same affection for fart jokes.

Date: 2006-04-02 10:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ehab-it.livejournal.com
Grrr. LJ keeps logging me out. That was me.

Date: 2006-04-02 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
Also looking at your icon reminds me I need Who icons. Very badly.

Date: 2006-04-02 11:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
And I posted a long reply to your anon comment below.

Date: 2006-04-02 11:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lesbiassparrow.livejournal.com
I stuck it out so far because there are some things that I really like about the show and it has great moments that I really enjoy. I'm not up on the episode names, but the one after the second John has died and Aeryn is on the planet, getting drunk in a hotel room for one. And I'll watch one of those and think, this is a great show, it really is.

But then they'll feel the need for yet another Crichton goes crazy and talks to Scorpius in his head for hours and bloody hours episodes or there will be 10 minutes humour based on Rygel's farting and I'll end up fastforwarding through most of the episode and wondering how anyone could put that on screen and think 'hey this works'. Do they ever change creative staff in the middle of seasons? Because it seems to jump around a bit like they do.

Anyway I am hanging on to the end - I do want to see what happens to these people. Well, I don't really care about some of the characters, but Pilot and Aeryn are dear to my heart. I am also surprisingly fond of Rygel (when the entire plot doesn't revolve around his body that is).

It does remind me a bit of Who - though the fart jokes on Who have the excuse that that is supposedly a children's show. But there are some terrible episodes there as well (Ghost Light comes to mind. I have no idea what the hell was going on there, and even though the writers insist there is some sort of plot I do not believe them).

Who is one of the few shows I will eternally go back to - something imprinted in childhood I think. Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett is the other. And one of the things with TV is that personally I think love for particular shows is rather irrational. You can rationalise it and have a million reasons for why you watch something but in the end what makes something click isn't really definable.

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