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[livejournal.com profile] _jems_ asked me about Farscape. Feel free to give me some more suggestions for topics here!

I remember first getting into Farscape via the Farscape Proselytizing Brigade of Livejournal around, oh I don't know when that would've been? I was still in high school, I'm sure. Maybe 2005 or 2006 - although possibly earlier because I thought I watched The Peacekeeper Wars live. [livejournal.com profile] saava REALLY NICELY sent me the entire freaking show on burnt CDs. It was a huge package and must've taken forever. I mean, damn, online friends are the best, amirite?

Anyway, my favorite thing about this show is my favorite thing about a lot of late-90s, early-2000s shows: the wonderful cast of characters that you genuinely care about. In comparison to shows on today, there aren't really any dramas I can think of with a relatively good-sized cast where I get warm and fuzzies just from seeing their faces - all of them, pretty much - and I am really, deeply emotionally affected by what their characters are going through. Beyond that, though, all of the characters can hold their own in an episode, no matter who they're paired off with. They all have fantastic chemistry with each other, and those relationships, whether romantic or platonic or hateful or a mix of those, are all interesting in their own right. The characters just feel real, because their characterizations aren't sacrificed for the plot.

But, of course, the crowning jewel of that show is John and Aeryn's relationship, possibly the best canon relationship on any TV show ever, and the golden standard for how to get an UST-y couple together without losing an ounce of drama or tension - in fact, they kicked it into high gear. And I mean, the chemistry my god. (The only couple that really compares is Beecher and Keller on Oz, and I'm fairly certain that's because Chris Meloni and Lee Tergesen were in love with each other.) How did they do it? I'm only a few episodes into S1 in my rewatch, and already these two are so great together.

Also, the line "But then you'll never know, the wonders I've seen" is one of my favorite quotes. I love that sense of beauty and wonder at the universe that the show has, even when there is tons of awful shit going on. I feel like that's missing in a lot of sci-fi these days, especially the rebooted Star Trek movies. I love how not cynical Farscape is, while still being able to be hilarious or heartbreaking at times. And, yes, it can be very silly and cheesy, but honestly, who cares? That was part of its charm.

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Date: 2013-12-09 03:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_jems_/
I've been trying to reply to this post since Friday, but ugh, LJ has been resisting me at every turn.

I'm really missing Farscape lately, having not rewatched it in a while (for seven years straight I rewatched it every year, but now I haven't watched it in three years or something), so hearing you talk about the show brings up all this nostalgia. I'm thinking about getting myself the Blu-rays for Christmas and just watching it from start to finish over a week or so.

And, yes, it can be very silly and cheesy, but honestly, who cares? That was part of its charm.
I think that a few seasons in, the cheese is what saves this show from Breaking Bad levels of depressing. They can get away with making the show dark as hell because of the cheese coating on top.

I just really love this show so much and I'm so happy that people are rewatching it even when I don't have time so I can reexperience it vicariously.

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Date: 2013-12-10 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
Wow, that's a lot of rewatches! I'm impressed.

I think that a few seasons in, the cheese is what saves this show from Breaking Bad levels of depressing. They can get away with making the show dark as hell because of the cheese coating on top.
That's such a good point. I'm not looking forward to some of the stuff that I know is probably going to make me cry.

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Date: 2013-12-10 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayrdaomei.livejournal.com
What a wonderful tribute to a great show. Well said!

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Date: 2013-12-10 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
Thank you!

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Date: 2013-12-12 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mistakency.livejournal.com
I'm so late on commenting on your December posts so consider this comment 1 of To Be Determined As They Trickle In at Sloth Speed, but first off it needs to be said that you doing this meme has been like POST CHRISTMAS and it's been wonderful to read your thoughts on so many different things, even/especially the topics I know nothing about.

oh man, this post launched a full-blown nostalgia bomb. I got the enormous burned CDs package from [livejournal.com profile] saava too, and another LJ friend sent me The Peacekeeper Wars ON VIDEOTAPE because I didn't have cable. If technology had frozen in time between then and today, I'm sure people would still be doing similar things to proselytize their favorites but as it stands Farscape has set the bar for dedication until someone walks across several states to hand-deliver DVDs in person. (FYI, the timestamp on my package says July 16, 2004 so you probably watched it around the same time!) But I haven't thought about the show in a few years and have never rewatched it straight through, and to jog my memory I pulled up the coin flip scene from "Dog with Two Bones" and ugh. UGHHHHHHHHHH EVERYTHING HAPPENS TOO MUCH. You are so right about John and Aeryn's arc being basically perfect. I miss them.

And, yes, it can be very silly and cheesy, but honestly, who cares? That was part of its charm.

Seriously, if there is anything that sci-fi needs nowadays it is fewer clenched jaws and more cheese.

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Date: 2013-12-12 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarkastic.livejournal.com
Aww, I'm so glad! I was worried it would just annoy people that I was posting so much. But it's fun! I miss how much more you can say about things on lj than on tumblr.

Oh man, VHS. Hardcore old school fan!

Oh my god, why would you watch the coin flip scene?! Start in S1 where you'll only cry like a quarter of the time instead of all the time. Although I was already tearing up in the first few episodes with Crichton missing home, Aeryn missing being a Peacekeeper, Crichton marveling at the universe, Moya just existing. SO MANY FEELINGS.

Seriously, if there is anything that sci-fi needs nowadays it is fewer clenched jaws and more cheese.
PREACH. I need that on a shirt or something.

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