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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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