"Nary an episode went by that Rygel did not fart, puke,
or piss." — Rick Klaw, in "Flatulence, Food and Fornication."
Very cancelled it may be, but Farscape still has its
followers. A gaggle of them are gathered here to discuss and
discourse upon the show's characters and stories.
Essays include Jim Butcher (writer of The Dresden Files)
discussing the episode "Crackers Don't Matter," Jeanne Cavelos
(The Science of The X-Files) on the show's refusal to
follow formulaic plots, folklorist Josepha Sherman on Zhaan,
and science professor Thomas Easton on the possible science
behind Moya. RevolutionSF contributing editor Rick Klaw talks
about how the Farscape cast seems more real than other
sf TV characters.
The essays are short, none more than 20 or so pages. The essayists
seem to channel the essence of the show. Vampire Files
writer P.N. Elrod, in a good overview of the villains, gets
a little crazy using the show's slang terms ("Dren, I'm so fraxed
over this dude it ain't even funny.") But hey, everybody's myvonks
are a different size. None of the articles take the show too
seriously or are lacking in wit. And several are good, straight-up
funny stuff: Tee Morris' "Dear John" depicts NASA's project
leader writing a termination notice to John Crichton. ("I won't
even discuss the tab your future wife Aeryn Sun left for us
at Victoria's Secret.")
Roxanne Longstreet Conrad contributes a travel magazine article
about vacationing in the Uncharted Territories. On sightseeing
in Tormented Space, it says, "Someone may spot your pitiful,
freeze-dried corpse drifting along, but they will be in the
grip of Space Madness.")
One drawback to the show, to me, was that you really had to
see every episode in order to keep up. You won't find that criticism
anywhere in the book. In fact, non-likers of the show won't
find much to read here at all. Luckily, they wouldn't be reading
it. But Farscape Forever is a compelling advertisement
for the show to people who have never seen it. The essayists
point to the uniqueness the stories and plotlines, and break
down the characters, including essays on Crais, Rygel, and D'argo
This is a fun, intelligent look at a fun, intelligent show.
"Scapers" will find plenty to dig their brains into.
It covers the entirety of the series, including the happenings
of the Peacekeeper Wars final miniseries. Technically
this book serves as an epitaph, but it doesn't seem like it.
No essayist here bemoans the show's fate and no one decries
decisions made by the creators. It's a celebration of a show
that blazed a trail in story and characters that hopefully other
series will follow.
At the very least, somebody should give some work to those
guys that put their hands up muppet ass.