Is Farscape worth it?

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  1. fm37212

    fm37212 New Member

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    What is the actual reason that they put only 2 episodes on 1 disc when so many other series packed more in? Is it quality?
     
  2. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    I find double sided discs far more fragile. Both sides contain data, which means, for example, even as it's sitting in the packaging, it's got a data side exposed to get damaged.

    There's really no reason for them to have done double sided discs... it's no more convenient, and as I understand, it's as expensive to produce double sided discs as it is to do two single-side discs. (Plus, if I buy DVDs and CDs, I like to have a nice packaging, and that includes the artwork on the disc. You can't do artwork on a double sider.)
     
  3. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    I'm getting tired of people not being able to say that they like something without running something else down.

    If you like Farscape, you ought to be able to say why by just talking about what is good in it, rather than saying [another show's name here] is a big bag of suck by comparison.

    Saying that Farscape is better than Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1, or Firefly, and slamming these other shows, is not going to win Farscape any new fans from the group of people who watch B5, SG-1, or Firefly. Especially this viewer.

    If you think my taste is so bad, then why would you want me to say I like Farscape? :rolleyes:
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  4. fm37212

    fm37212 New Member

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    Ok Tom Cruise.

    :p
     
  5. wessler

    wessler TiVoptomist

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    Farscape is fun, but VERY different from Firefly. Firefly was reasonably realistic, didn't have aliens, and had a backward-western feel to it. Farscape is full of muppet-aliens and people painted various colors, and definitely has more of a forward-looking fantasy feel to it.

    On the other hand, both shows can be both very funny and very touching (Farscape had more of a chance to build relationships), and both aren't afraid to get nitty gritty or gross. If you don't like the first few episodes of Farscape, you can safely put it away, as most of the better later episodes require that you be very familiar with the characters to get all the jokes and asides.
     
  6. 7thton

    7thton No raindrop ever falls in the wrong place

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    Right....that's why SG1 has been on for 9 full seasons. How many season for Farscape? :rolleyes: :)

     
  7. brahamt

    brahamt Bigus Dogus Emeritus

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    How many seasons a show has been on is no argument for which is of better quality. It is only an argument for ratings/profitability.

    I have watched both shows and Farscape is just better quality.
     
  8. The_Real_Trebor

    The_Real_Trebor New Member

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    7thton,
    "Right....that's why SG1 has been on for 9 full seasons. How many season for Farscape?"

    brahamt is right 7thton, you can't judge a series on how many seasons it was on.
    Farscape was cancelled primarily because The Hensen group could'nt cut a financial agreement with The Sci-Fi channel over the increasing expense the production company was incurring over the swings in the U.S./Australian exchange rate.

    A simple 1-5 cent per dollar shift either way would be enough for tears or joy.
    Also, a franchise like Farscape which is serialized as a story was getting shorted on the committment of promotion and firm broadcast slot.

    Trebor.:)
     
  9. 7thton

    7thton No raindrop ever falls in the wrong place

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    I know, I was just stiring the pot!

     
  10. JustAllie

    JustAllie Number crunchin' TCF Club

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    I watched both and liked SG-1 better. I'm not criticizing Farscape, but I simply could not warm up to the characters. Obviously a lot of other people could. Different strokes for different folks. :)
     
  11. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    I've already watched the series once, but I'm rewatching the series with my sister... we're about halfway through the first season. She's enjoying it for the most part, but I am remembering that the first season kind of dragged for me.

    I just want to skip to the really good stuff in the later seasons, but I can't because the early episodes set up what is to come.
     
  12. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

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    is the only way to start watching this is to buy the DVDs at this point? or is some channel starting Farscape from the beginning?
     
  13. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

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    Farscape is wildly uneven in quality, from my perspective. Whether or not it's worth it... well it's hard to say. What netflix plan do you have (how many discs at once)? How often do you get other things? 2 episodes per disc is going to take you quite a while, and many episodes will be disappointing (at least, they were for me).

    In terms of tone, Farscape does not really diverge from the tone in the first several episodes. It's very campy in tone, lots of wandering camera angles, innuendo, etc. So if you are disappointed with the early episodes for this reason, it's probably not worth sticking with it.
     
  14. cheerdude

    cheerdude Reed & Juliet's CPA

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    SciFi still owns the broadcasting rights (I believe), however the last time that they showed the entire show was in conjunction of the 4th season.

    Of course, setting a Title WL for Farscape would pick it up (and the miniseries) wherever it showed up
     
  15. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

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    I wholeheartedly disagree. Most will tell you that Farscape really picked up after the initial eps of the first season. It kinda found itself and continued to excel until the end (that would include the two-parter that REALLY ended the series).
     
  16. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

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    Yes, but the style was the same, and is off-putting for some.
     
  17. fm37212

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    Same reason VIP is still on at 3:00AM. Bottom feeders swim below the sonar.
     
  18. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    Considering I'm actually re-watching through it, I'm not sure exactly what you refer to by the "wandering camera angles" and "innuendo" comments.

    I mean, once a certain character starts appearing, yeah, there's more of the innuendo, but that's because of that character, not inherent in the show itself.

    And I don't think it's intentionally camp. Low budget, yes, that's undeniable, but not deliberately camp unless the episode called for camp. Now, "Lexx," which was a series with a very similar concept, had the traits you describe ("innuendo" and "camp" particularly) in spades.
     
  19. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

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    If you don't know what I mean by wandering camera angles, then we must have watched a different show. The show has less innuendo than lexx obviously, and is less campy, but it is still a lot more campy than something like battlestar galactica or firefly.
     
  20. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

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    Ok, we're in agreement on that post. (I'm still not quite sure about the wandering camera angles, but I'll keep an eye out for it as I'm watching through the series.)
     

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