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The Slap, Seen Around The World

October 22nd, 2011 | Category: Farscape Alumni

British Farscape afficianados get a chance to see the Alex Dimitriades, the actor who played Lt. Velorek (in the season two episode “The Way We Weren’t), when he appears in an Australian drama being broadcast on BBC Four on Thursday 27 October 2011. The series, called The Slap, is an 8-part drama, based on a novel by Christos Tsiolkas. The series is also currently airing on Australia’s ABC1 network. You can read more details about it at Suite101.com. Australia’s ABC1 also has a handsome website for the series.

In the opinion of this ChicagoScaper, all of the actors who appeared on Farscape were topnotch, and their other efforts are always worth a look, even if only to see them elevate their material. From a review in the Sydney Herald, this series looks like it’s well made, and is based on a popular Australian novel, making it likely to be an interesting story to watch. Sadly, this doesn’t seem like something that will ever air on American TV, and it might be a wee bit too obscure to get a torrent feed.

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Human-Animal Clone Again

October 01st, 2011 | Category: Farscape Alumni

Claudia Black, (Our Beloved Raven Haired Goddess) finds another voiceover gig. This time she’ll be playing the role of Cheetah, one of the baddies out to get The Justice League, in a new, animated, direct-to-video movie project.  The movie, titled Justice League: Doom, will also feature Nathan Fillion as The Green Lantern, and Tim Daly as Superman. The story is expected to be loosely based on the Tower of Babel arc which ran in issues #43-46. In it, the files Batman keeps on his fellow teammates that lists each member’s powers, strengths and weaknesses are stolen and used against the team members one at a time, creating a major threat to the Justice League.

In the animated version of The Justice League world, Cheetah is what resulted when biologist Barbara Minerva spliced cheetah genes with her own. (Sound familiar??) In an effort to find funding to continue her experiment, she turned to crime, eventually joining Lex Luthor’s Injustice Gang.

According to IGN, Warner Brothers Home Video will premiere the movie at the New York City Comic Con festival, on October 14th, 3 – 4 PM at the IGN Theater.

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Hell. Yeah.

June 14th, 2011 | Category: Farscape Alumni

What if the bad kids had a breakfast club?

Filming has begun on the movie version of the graphic novel, Bad Kids Go To Hell, and according to CinemaBlend.com, Ben Browder has joined the cast. (You can also read it here, on the Facebook page for Bad Kids Go To Hell.) The movie also will star one of the original Breakfast Club cast members, Judd Nelson.

So, what’s this story about?

From the Amazon.com blurb:

A construction crew unearths a primal, supernatural force when they break ground for a new, commemorative library for Crestview Academy, a prestigious Midwestern prep-school and home to the spoiled offspring of the city’s social elite. Three years later, six of Crestview’s richest (and hottest) students are brought together early one Saturday for detention inside the newly completed library. Bored, the kids talk about their school’s infamous “dark presence,” and goad one another into a half-hearted seance. However, the joke turns deadly when they rouse an angry spirit, and start to die, one-by-one, in horrible accidents! Yet, as the kids drop like flies, are the murders really the work of an evil phantom, or has one of these six spoiled brats secretly conspired to bring them all together for detention in order to “level” the social playing field and do away with the competition? The Breakfast Club meets The Grudge in this sexy, dark, comedy-thriller mini-series from scribe Matt Spradlin, co-creator of True Believer for the Sci-Fi Channel and visual effects coordinator for X-Men 2 and Beowulf, and hot new comic artist Anthony Vargas!

It looks like if you want the book, you’re SOL, as it has long since sold out — unless you have deep pockets and can afford the high price that any available remaining edition commands.

Let’s hope this movie not only will be well-made, and blessed by the casting gods (for the other non-Browder-acted characters, that is), and based on a sharp script, but that it will be more than just another cult film.

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It’s a Game! It’s a Show! It’s a GameShow!

June 04th, 2011 | Category: Farscape Alumni

So, the Big Huge Thing that Rockne O’Bannon tweeted about last month is the conflagration of gaming and TV, with a multiplayer on-line shooter game tied together with a scripted live-action TV show. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the game and show, called Defiance, “introduces players and Syfy viewers to a world ravaged by decades of conflict, where humans and aliens live together in a world the likes of which no one has seen. The game combines the frenetic action of a top-tier console shooter with the persistence, scale, and customization of an MMO, while its TV counterpart exudes the scope, story, and drama of a classic sci-fi epic. The game’s story will take place in the San Francisco bay area, while the TV series will be set just outside of St. Louis, MO. Because they exist in a single universe, the show and the game will influence and evolve each other over time, with actions in both mediums driving the overall story of Defiance.”

“It’s a groundbreaking coming together of a TV development team and a game development team to create the first truly immersive, 24/7 interactive story that bridges online gaming and the TV world in a unique way.”         

                                                             – David Howe, president of SyFy

If this doesn’t drive the 18-to-24-male-demographic out of the woodwork, I don’t know what will.

Good luck, Rockne, with this exciting, new endeavor.

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HUGE??!? How Huge IS It?

April 16th, 2011 | Category: Farscape Alumni

Zhaan thinks it's HUGEFrom Rockne, via Twitter:

“Great meeting at Syfy yesterday. New project. HUGE. New series. Very excited. Very, very excited.”

You can read more about it at airlockalpha.com, although you won’t find any additional details.

Color me cynical as SyFy seems only interested in dirt cheap programming.

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He Who Laughs Last, eh?

March 06th, 2011 | Category: Farscape Alumni

Snubbed by Emmy and Saturn awards, David Elsey, the man who brought us all those delicious creatures in Farscape, wins an Oscar for his work in The Wolfman. Congratulations to Mr. Elsey on getting a long overdue recognition for his great work.

You can examine his work in more detail in the book Creatures Of Farscape by Joe Nazzaro. Or take a look at his work in Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith and Where The Wild Things Are.

(Although I think he ought to get a special “Iron Chef of Makeup” award for the speed and creativity shown in cranking out creatures for four seasons of Farscape. Just sayin’. )

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Claudia Channels Zhaan?

January 24th, 2011 | Category: Farscape Alumni

In a couple weeks, Claudia Black gets a guest appearance on 90210 in an episode called “It’s Getting Hot In Here”.

That’s Claudia on the left, playing guru Sona. I can’t find her episode’s scheduled date but most people believe it’ll be on January 31st on your local CW affiliate.

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Movin’ On Up

January 23rd, 2011 | Category: Farscape Alumni
Jason Clarke as Captain Jenek on Farscape Jason Clarke as Detective Wysocki on Chicago Code.


Am I the only one who’s noticed that Farscape alumni Jason Clarke is set to appear on the new Fox TV show, The Chicago Code? The show premieres Monday night, February 9th, on Fox.

Congratulations to Mr. Clarke for moving on up to Prime Time.

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Naught For Hire – Naught Ready

December 19th, 2010 | Category: Farscape Alumni


I feel a bit like Charlie Brown after Lucy has asked him one more time to go kick the football.


Checking on the Naught For Hire website, it appears that the new webisodes will probably premiere at ComicCon in July 2011. IMDB seemingly confirms this, also indicating a July 2011 premiere


But, there’s also a comic book tie-in which will be released at the same time. You know, for those who can’t read the original books. (By author John E. Stith)

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Miscellaneous Tidbits

November 25th, 2010 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Alumni,Farscape Fan Stuff

Froonium Ricky has a GREAT blog post on his recent appearance at the Farscape convention in Los Angeles.

Another well written Farscape convention report can be found here.


Speaking of Froonium Ricky, it seems that the Mambo Loud shirts, made famous on Farscape by Harvey, are a thing of the past. Mambo, the brand, has been sold, and the new owners see no future in continuing the loud, Oz version of the Hawaiian shirts. You can still find a few for sale from Loud Shirt Chip.


Timewaster: Farscape Concentration game


A Farscape Universe map. Finally we can see where the Gammak Base was compared to the wreckage of the Zelbinion, or where Aquara, Lomo, the pleasure planet, and the Budong mining colony is. ChicagoScapers will take special note of where Tormented Space is, a place that anyone who’s been to one of our parties knows very well.


Farscape comics are now available for iPhone and iPad. (Wake me up when it comes to NookColor or, heck, how about just a plain ol’ computer app?)


LA-LA Land Records is offering a special Thanksgiving Day sale of Farscape Classics:Vol 2 Limited Edition. This is a CD soundtrack of Die Me, Dichotomy and Into The Lion’s Den Part 2. The set includes exclusive liner notes and Farscape photos. All for the low low price of $9.98!

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