I've already sent in a rambling 4 minute audio clip of me telling this story, which I realise now I got some details wrong. Curse this spotty memory of mine...
I didn't have cable or satellite when I moved into my apartment, so no scifi, no mtv, no movie channels. Nothing. Just the bunny ears on the telly. I watched whatever was on network tv, as well as a bit of PBS programming. So, when people were talking about Farscape, I was left out.
Then Netflix was born and I rejoiced! I am a movie junkie and filled up my queue with all kinds of things. It's still got about 250+ disks in it. I love sci-fi/fantasy films and a lot of other things. So I lived with only Netflix until Jan 2004 when I was given permission to get a mini-dish at my building. Huzzah! Now I have SCI-Fi and 120 other channels to watch. But I hang on to Netflix just because I know that the pay channels tend to show the same 10 movies all month and that gets old quick.
At one point, I load up all of Farscape in the queue , but it lingers in the middle while my interest in other things takes control. I think the name "Jim Henson Company" on it is what initially got my interest. I grew up on Sesame Street, and the Muppets, so I want to see what this is about.
Battlestar Galactica gets reborn on SciFi and I become a big fan. Heck, I was a big fan of the old one, having seen it when it was first aired. (I was 12 and was crushing on Starbuck and his tight trousers.) The boss at work is a BSG fan too, and every Monday we recap the eps and discuss them. So now I'm all about SciFi Friday. BSG is bookended by the Stargate shows, which I had not watched much of since the film in 1994. So, because it's on, I begin to watch. Then in 2005 they begin pimping the "new guy" Ben Browder. "Who?" I say. No idea. The chatter on the 'net is about his old show Farscape, and how his costar from that show appeared in an ep of Stargate: SG-1 and may come back. This has everyone buzzing, and I'm left out because I had only heard about Farscape, and not seen it.
So I begin watching Claudia and Ben on SG-1. I like her character a bit more than his, although I do admit I liked it when he was a SG-1 fanboy, trying to keep the team together. I enjoy Vala and Daniel the most. Their banter always gets me laughing.
Then Farscape gets its syndication deal, and I find this out as I'm on the SciFi mailing list thing. Since I'm still slogging through my monster Netflix queue, I don't begin watching at first. I stumble on a season 1 episode on a Saturday afternoon in December, and manage to get lucky enough to see the Premiere ep. first. I immediately push all of my Farscape to the top of the queue, and try to finish the disks I've got at home before beginning my journey with Crichton, Aeryn, D'Argo, Zhaan, Pilot, Rygel, and Moya.
The next three months become uninterrupted Farscape on DVD. Everything from the Premiere to PKW.
I frelling love this show.
I love that the puppets became real for me. I love that the show is smart and doesn't insult the audience. I love that all the characters are flawed. I love that each story isn't tidy with an easy resolution after 22 minutes accompanied by a laugh track. I love that sometimes people die. (It raises the stakes!) I love that the puppets make me cry and laugh. I love that the characters are shown both at their best, and at their worst. (And I absolutely love that the biggest and angriest character is nothing but a big teddy bear at his centre.)
I love Farscape.