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Archive for September, 2008

Buffoons and Lotharios, Spies and Assassins

September 27th, 2008 | Category: Farscape

PalaceIntrigue I think most fans would name either the Liars, Guns and Money trilogy or the We’re So Screwed trilogy as the most exciting three-part episode set. Those are certainly trilogies fraught with tension, suspense, and they also have a lot of slam-bang action.¬† By contrast, the Look At The Princess trilogy is more cerebral, yet it is my personal favorite.¬† The story has more to do with political concerns on a particular planet, but even so its got plenty of twists and turns.

Within the story one sees multiple undercurrents.¬† There’s an undercurrent between the royal counselor and John Crichton, with careful speeches that require listening to what is being said, and what is not being said.¬† There are the shifting alliances of Scorpius, making deals with whomever he has to in order to get John Crichton.¬† Underneath all this is the fascinating interplay between Crichton and Aeryn, with Crichton pushing Aeryn to make a commitment, and Aeryn running from it.¬†¬† The real message in this story is about loyalty, engagement, and trust.

In this story all of Moya’s crew rise above themselves.¬†¬† D’Argo advises and consoles his friend and helps him face his fate.¬† Zhaan goes so far as to try and destroy a deity in order to save Moya.¬† We see a glimpse into the skill that Rygel has with political machinations. Up to now he’s usually been a self-serving, whiney jerk, but here he meets a queen on equal footing, someone who’s a ruthless ruler of her colonies, and talks her into hiding Crichton.¬† Maybe he wasn’t a half bad ruler of his people. And Chiana explains Aeryn’s turmoil to Crichton and then explains a thing or two about men to Aeryn.¬† (After all, they are her specialit√©.)

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Boom Comics Farscape Cover Art!

September 20th, 2008 | Category: Farscape

                                                

I think it says something about the level of my excitement about the prospect of more Farscape that my heart leaped when I found out that there is yet ANOTHER interview with Rockne O’Bannon about the upcoming Farscape comics.  It includes a first peek at BOTH of the new covers, too!!

I would add that my personal observation is that the artwork on both of the prospectiv covers is a THOUSAND times better and more realistic than that on the previous comic books (which were released years ago, and disappeared in no time at all).

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SciFi Greenlights Warehouse 13

September 19th, 2008 | Category: Farscape Alumni

SciFi Channel had picked up a series Warehouse 13, based on a pilot written by Rockne O’Bannon.

From the Hollywood Reporter article:

The hourlong dramedy, from Universal Cable Studios, is described as part “X-Files,” part “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and part “Moonlighting.”

It is not clear if Rockne will be involved with the series.

Edited to add:

From this IGN post, it looks like Rockne is not involved with the series.¬† Even so, I’m happy to see that he got a paying gig.

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*Unique* is Always Valuable

September 17th, 2008 | Category: Farscape,Farscape Characters

You know the saying about how truth is always stranger than fiction?

The news that KFC has locked up their secret recipe in a special bank vault would not have come as a surprise to any Farscape fan, who all saw John Crichton try to do the exact same thing in the first part of the Liars, Guns and Money trilogy.

Liars Guns and Money - A Not So Simple Plan

Akkor: What is your business?
John: This is a depository, right? We have something to deposit.
Akkor: What makes you think we’d be interested?
John: You ever hear of KFC?
Akkor: KFC?
John: It is, to my knowledge, unique in the universe, and unique Рis always valuable.  Now we have managed to procure all 11 secret ingredients. What we need to do now is discuss the terms-

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A Peek Behind The Scenes

September 16th, 2008 | Category: Farscape,Farscape behind the scenes

Here are some breath-taking pictures of the sets from season 4, posted by someone who used to work on the crew.

Sets from Episode 403 What Was Once Lost Part 2

Sets from Episode 402 What Was Once Lost Part 1

Season 4 Concept Art

More Concept Art

and

Proposed Uber Scarrans

Fan-frelling-tastic!  TOO BAD that we never saw the proposed uber-Scarrans.

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Boom Interviews Author of Farscape Comic Books

September 15th, 2008 | Category: Farscape

Here is a brief interview with Keith R. A. DeCandido, who’s writing the story for the upcoming Boom Comics Farscape series.¬† (He’s doing the writing, but with Rockne supervising.)

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Ben Browder Interview

September 15th, 2008 | Category: Farscape Alumni

For Ben Browder fans, here’s a nice long interview from Cinemaspy.¬† This is a very interesting interview where he talks a lot about his craft.¬† (Careful, there’s some strong language in it, so if you don’t care for that sort of thing, you might want to read with caution.)

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More Farscape Comics News

September 14th, 2008 | Category: Farscape

I’m so excited that I can hardly sit still.  It is the middle of September and the November release date of the first Farscape comic book from Boom Comics is less than two months away.

Firstly, there’s a brief interview with Rockne O’Bannon that’s posted where he talks some more about this series of comic books being about the fifth season.  Here’s a choice tidbit from Rockne:

I envision the comic book as season 5 of the series, and getting that season out of my head and out of my heart is wildly important to me.  That is why I am so excited to be providing the stories because it allows me to continue the saga as I envisioned it initially, as it evolved through the four seasons of the television series and the miniseries, and keep it my own.

Farscape fans will no doubt want to know more about the comic books and how they can get them.

  • The cover art depicted at Boom’s website is still labeled as "Not Final Art".
  • No firm release date has been announced yet, other than the first one is expected in November.
  • Check in with your local comic book store, and be sure and mention this to them.  Unless you live near a well stocked, large comic book store, the proprietors may not be aware of the upcoming release. 
  • If you have no comic book store near you, the comic books can be ordered from Boom’s own website.  You may even sign up for a subscription, which will ensure that you get all four promised issues.  Also, sign up for their newsletter, which will no doubt give you the quickest advance notice of the actual publish date for each issue.  (To sign up for their newsletter, click on the "Register" link in the upper right hand corner of their home page.)
  • There will apparently be two different covers for each comic book.  Although the cynical side of me considers this to be a way to get more money out of the fans, the fan-girl side of me thinks this will be COOL.  I can never have too much Farscape stuff.

In other related news, Boom Comics is also set to release a Muppets comic book series, designed to be much like the original Muppets show, with an overall story arc, and many gags and skits.  (I doubt there’ll be much music, though.)

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Scapecast Interview with Farscape Comic Author

September 09th, 2008 | Category: Uncategorized

In the latest edition of Scapecast, the team brings us an interview with Keith R. A. DeCandido, who is authoring the Farscape story to be told in the upcoming Boom Comics issue.  As noted in an earlier post, these comic book editions can be considered as official Farscape canon, so I think it’s worth a listen for any Farscape fan who would like an inkling of what’s in store for us. 

Look for Season 3, episode 63.  The episodes can be streamed, or downloaded to be listened to later on your computer or your MP3 player.  As usual, I plan to make a brief transcript of the relevant interview some time next week for our members who are still on dialup.

For fans in the know (Farscape Cognoscenti), Keith R. A. DeCandido wrote the third Farscape novel, which is the only one that got it right.  If you haven’t come across his House of Cards novel, and you’re jonesing for more Farscape, then find yourself a copy and immerse yourself in a book that could be considered a lost episode.  Keith is a prolific author of other novelizations from shows, and he was one of Farscape’s earliest fans.  (There are two other Farscape novels, but don’t waste your money or your time on them.  They’re terrible.)

Also in the podcast is a message from Virginia Hey, and as usual, the Farscape Question Of The Week.

Scapecast, a Farscape related podcast has been at it now for three seasons.  I think that means years, but I’m not sure.  At any rate, the folks that produce Scapecast have a solid production record which has endured for an impressively long time, considering it’s all created by volunteers.  My hat goes off to them.

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