quarta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2010

Investigating Farscape



Once upon a time, there was a boy named John. One day, when John was doing astronaut things, a big blue wormhole gobbled him up, and spat him out at the far end of the universe.
—John Crichton (Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars , Pt. 1)


During its fourth and final season, Farscape—showcasing the imaginative power of the Jim Henson Creature Workshop, and helmed by Brian Henson—was the Sci-Fi Channel’s highest-rated original series.

It created, and continues to create, a fiercely dedicated fanbase whose female component (48%) remains unusually high for an SF television program (Martin 1999). It was cancelled on September 6, 2002; by September 7 the fan-led campaign Save Farscape was already being organized (Porter 2005: 5). Those same fans would have to wait two years until Sci-Fi aired a miniseries, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (PKW), in response to their criticism of the show’s cancellation. But a four-hour miniseries couldn’t possibly serve as closure for an epic story like Farscape, and there were still a great deal of unanswered questions and plot imaginings, as well as concentrated fan discussion around the future of the show.

Would there be a movie next? A second miniseries? A spin-off? And why had the show—nominated for an Emmy at the time of its cancellation (Sainsbury 2002)—been pulled when it was arguably doing so well? What did Farscape do wrong?

This book is about the opposite: what Farscape did right.


Contents
List of Illustrations 
Acknowledgments 
Introduction: Nightmares and Wonders: A Critical
Introduction to Farscape 
1 Prisoners and Friends: The People of Farscape
2 Moya: Births, Biomechanoids, and Companion Species 
3 Alien Masculinities, Alienated Desires: Crichton, D’Argo,and Scorpius 
4 Tralks, Teachers and Soldiers: Farscape and the Uncharted Territories of the Feminine 
5 ‘Point it Like a Gun and Shoot’: Bodies and Biological Narratives 
6 Frell Me Dead, You’re Totally Fahrbot: Language-Power and Language-Play in Farscape 
7 One Nation Under Moya: Alienation and Imperialism in Farscape
Farscape Lexicon 
Notes 
Bibliography 
Index

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