Podgodz 243: Gio gets punched in his muppets.
Recorded 16 May 2017
Gio picked Farscape, a show that he likes and maybe gets good eventually. Did he start Lax out where it starts getting good? NOPE! Swim that river of shit!
In two episodes time Gio has a decision to make. Pain now or pain later.
Farscape is an Australian-American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O’Bannon and produced by The Jim Henson Company and Hallmark Entertainment. The Jim Henson Company was responsible for the various alien make-up and prosthetics, and two regular characters (the animatronic puppets Rygel and Pilot) are entirely Creature Shop creations.
Although the series was planned for five seasons, it was abruptly cancelled after production had ended on its fourth season, ending the series on a cliffhanger. Co-producer Brian Henson later secured the rights to Farscape, paving the way for a three-hour miniseries to wrap up the cliffhanger, titled Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, which Henson directed. In 2007, it was announced that the creator was returning for a web-series but production has been repeatedly delayed. A comic book miniseries was released in December 2008 that was in continuity with both the series and the hoped-for webisodes.
In February 2014 it was reported that a screenplay for a new Farscape movie was in development. At WonderCon 2014, Rockne S. O’Bannon confirmed to Nerdacy. that a Farscape movie is in development but in very early stages.
Earth astronaut John Crichton is unexpectedly hurled to an unknown part of the Milky Way galaxy via a wormhole. He is dropped into the middle of an escape attempt by Moya, a living spaceship, from the militaristic Peacekeepers, who had been using it as a prison transport. In the chaos he has an accidental collision with a Peacekeeper fighter, resulting in the death of its pilot. Although the escape is successful, the Peacekeeper Captain, Bialar Crais, fixates on Crichton as the murderer of the pilot – his brother – and begins a campaign to chase Crichton down.
The various crew have no common goal, each only wishing to go home. Unfortunately to avoid Crais’s pursuit they have to travel into the Uncharted Territories, and thus have no idea how to get home. The other crew also have little respect for Crichton, seeing him only as a “primitive hoo-man” who does not understand even the basic tenets of life in space.
Various episodes explore the characters’ back stories. Aeryn begins to learn that the Peacekeepers are not always as correct as she had believed. Zhaan is forced to bring up the dark side she had worked to suppress. D’Argo admits he was framed for his wife’s murder and has no idea where his child is. Rygel confronts his former jail keeper and torturer. And Moya herself becomes pregnant after a Peacekeeper experiment is accidentally activated.
Meanwhile, Crichton continues to research the wormhole that brought him here. He is forced to sell what little progress he has made to an alien mechanic as payment for repairs on the Farscape module
Going in production order, not airing order..
Episode 1: Premier
Present day human John Crichton is unexpectedly sucked through a wormhole and flung to “…some distant part of the universe on a ship, a living ship, full of strange alien life forms”, where he becomes trapped with a group of escaped prisoners after he accidentally kills a local law enforcer.
Lax: Not a good start, what’s his name from Galactica 80 still hasn’t learned to act, the show looks cheap and like it they randomly cut out large sections of the show where maybe they explained things.
Episode 2: I, E.T. (#4)
A Peacekeeper beacon goes off and Moya has to land on an alien planet to prevent its signal being intercepted and Moya being discovered. Crichton, D’Argo and Aeryn leave Moya and explore the planet in search of a substance that can be used to numb Moya’s senses so the beacon can be removed but Crichton gets separated from the group and meets up with some inhabitants of the planet who hide him from the authorities.
Lax: No wonder they delayed this one, not good. Not good.
Episode 3: Exodus from Genesis (#5)
Moya is invaded by spawning space bugs, which produce clones of the crew. To complicate matters, a Peacekeeper retrieval squad arrives and Aeryn begins to suffer heat delirium.
Lax: Heat delirium? Really?.
Episode 4: Throne for a Loss (#2)
Rygel’s plot to appear regal backfires when he, along with a much needed part of Moya’s propulsion system, are snatched by Tavlecs who possess drug-dispensing power gauntlets.
Lax: Not a horrible one, which was justifiably moved up in airing.
Episode 5: Back and Back and Back to the Future (#3)
The crew comes across a ship that is molecularly de-stabilizing. D’Argo makes everyone bring the ship’s escape pod aboard when he discovers that the ship’s passengers are Ilanics, long-time allies of the Luxans. Aboard the escape pod, Crichton gets a shock and starts experiencing strange visions of the future, first of himself and one of the Ilanics, then of Moya’s destruction.
Lax: Probably the best of these eleven episodes, still horrible acting and out of no where twists and little to no explanation of what the fuck is happening and why.
Episode 6: Thank God It’s Friday
D’Argo, after threatening the crew with Luxan hyper-rage, is later found docile and happy on a planet and decides to stay. Crichton discovers that the planet’s food contains a drug, with the help of a small band of rebels immune to its effects, and must determine a way to convince the others of the truth and the true nature of the drug.
Lax: Not horrible
Episode 7: PK Tech Girl
The hulk of the legendary Peacekeeper ship, the Zelbinion, holds a pleasant surprise for Crichton, but Rygel must confront the time spent on the ship where he was tortured by the sadistic commander Captain Durka, while the crew work to reactivate the ship’s shields to defend themselves from an attack.
Lax: Of course they just happen upon a Peacekeeper ship that the muppet was of course imprisioned in.
Episode 8: That Old Black Magic
On a commerce planet, Crichton finds himself lured into an alternate reality controlled by Maldis, a being who feeds off negative energy. He is pitted against Crais in a fight to the death, leaving Zhaan to tap into her old darkness to try to help him.
Lax: Good idea, cheaply done, poorly acted.
Episode 9: DNA Mad Scientist
In exchange for samples of their DNA, a genetic scientist offers the Moyans star charts to reach their respective homeworlds, but his demands become too extreme when he takes one of Pilot’s arms and his experiments result in Aeryn mutating into a Pilot hybrid.
Lax: Where the fuck did this come from? Fuck them. When a hack writer all of a sudden writes a body horror episodes that comes from nowhere you really have to wonder if anyone has any idea what the fuck is going on.
Episode 10: They’ve Got a Secret
While inspecting access shafts D’Argo is flushed into space. The DRDs turn on the crew and Moya cuts off life support, while the crew attempts to find the cause from a revived but delusional D’Argo.
Lax: So, that’s what space pregnancy is like?
Episode 11: Till the Blood Runs Clear
After creating a wormhole Crichton’s module is repaired on a nearby planet by Furlow, while Vorcarian Blood Trackers Rorf and Rorg attempt to collect the Peacekeeper bounty placed on their heads.
Lax: So he records his super-important information on a fucking cassette tape?
So many stupid things about his show. What the fuck is treble bitch about? Why have they not airlocked the muppet? What didn’t pilot kill them all. or for that matter Moya? She doesn’t need them. Word can go fuck himself, tall people can’t act. His makeup is bad. Really bad.
I was at least expecting space boobs but this aired, at least in Canada, on YTV – think Nickelodeon.
Gio now has an option. Take his punishment now (Star Cops 1987 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWWFwLWJZEc&list=PL5nu0EE47YsMSaI7NPCzqLFfChR6nUaU9 ) or wait and instead watch Battlestar Galactica (1978 Theatrical)
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