Ben Browder Thinks Collider Can Bring 'Farscape' Back to Life

Ben Browder Believes Collider Has the Power to Revive ‘Farscape’

On a quiet Friday night, March 19, 1999, a significant chapter in sci-fi history unfolded on what was then known as the Sci-Fi Channel. Amid the buzz of giants like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Stargate, Farscape emerged, leaving a lasting mark on the genre that is still felt 25 years after its premiere. As we approach its 25th anniversary, Shout! TV has been delighting Farscape enthusiasts with marathons, impressive Blu-ray collections, and interviews with the cast and creators.

Farscape’s arrival was perfectly timed for me. As a child, I was captivated by the extraordinary puppetry from The Jim Henson Company, yet the deeper themes and narratives eluded me. It wasn’t until its reruns on the now-renamed SyFy Channel during my teenage years that I truly appreciated the groundbreaking nature of Rockne O’Bannon’s creation, which has stood the test of time better than many of its contemporaries.

For those needing a refresher, Farscape centers on the crew of Moya, a living spaceship. The crew includes John Crichton, an American astronaut who finds himself in another part of the universe after flying through a wormhole. He joins forces with Aeryn Sun, a former Peacekeeper; Chiana, a quirky thief; Ka D’Argo, a Luxan warrior; Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan, a Delvian Priestess; and two remarkable animatronic puppets, Dominar Rygel XVI and Pilot.

When Farscape was abruptly canceled after its fourth season, its fans didn’t stand idly by. They launched a massive campaign to save the show, which included writing letters, raising funds, and even sending bras to the studio in a movement humorously dubbed “Brascape.” Ben Browder shared the amusing details of this fan-driven effort that ultimately led to the creation of one more season.

The fan campaign to save Farscape was particularly remarkable given the era. This was before the advent of platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Fans gathered on chat boards and fan pages, connected by dial-up internet, to strategize their efforts to ensure the show received the conclusion it deserved. Browder’s takeaway from the experience was clear: never underestimate the power of a dedicated fan base.

As for a potential Farscape reunion, the idea is more alive than ever, especially in an era where series revivals are popular. Browder expressed enthusiasm for exploring where the crew of Moya would be 25 years later, highlighting the enduring nature of the story about a makeshift family navigating the universe. He playfully suggested that if there’s enough interest, perhaps a significant investment could bring Farscape back, even joking about Collider’s role in making it happen.

Rockne O’Bannon, the visionary behind Farscape, also reflected on the show’s legacy and its return to comic book form. He shared how comics allowed for storytelling on a grander scale, exploring worlds and introducing villains that the TV series could not. O’Bannon’s ambition to push boundaries and explore the weird was fully supported by the creative freedom afforded by the comic medium.

O’Bannon and Browder both marvel at the lasting impact of Farscape, grateful for the opportunity to revisit the series through marathons and new comic book stories. They credit the show’s boldness and unpredictability for its enduring appeal, proving that Farscape remains one of the most daring sci-fi series to date.

Fans new and old can join in celebrating Farscape’s 25th anniversary by diving into the marathon on Shout! TV. Whether you’re revisiting the series or discovering it for the first time, Farscape’s unique blend of humor, drama, and groundbreaking storytelling is sure to captivate.