|TV Guide's Matt Roush praises the mini-series|
by Dani Moure - Friday, October 15th 2004
Category: The Peacekeeper Wars
Matt Roush has written his thoughts on the mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
in his Dispatches column
on TV Guide Online. Since it will only be online a short time, we have reproduced the article below. Please click over to TV Guide Online
and show your thanks to Mr Roush, who has been one of the most outspoken supporters of Farscape for years, and has always had nothing but good things to say about the campaign to save the show.
|Dispatches, by Matt Roush|
October 15, 2004
It's been a while since I've enjoyed a good cry watching a TV show — and during a sci-fi adventure, yet. (Come to think of it, I suppose I shed a few tears of frustration watching the tragically premature series-finale of Angel last spring.)
And unlike sitting through those dreadfully dull Star Wars prequels, these weren't tears of boredom.
Watching Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (premiering Sunday and Monday on Sci Fi), you find yourself responding emotionally not just to the grand courage, the soaring romance and the giddy wit of its space heroes, led so confidently by Ben Browder and Claudia Black as the resurrected John Crichton and Aeryn Sun. You're also overcome by the creative brilliance of Farscape's gifted writer-producers, who achieve such epic effects on a small screen and in such a compressed time frame. And, last but certainly not least, you're inspired by the remarkable triumph achieved by the show's fans, who rallied with unflagging determination and resourcefulness to keep the show alive after Sci Fi's appallingly short-sighted decision to dump the show at least a season too early.
So, with all that said, how's the show?
In a word, spectacular.
For the last few weeks, I've kept my TV tuned to the Farscape marathons during the day, occasionally boosting the volume to relive some of those wild adventures, those vivid sounds and sights that David Kemper, Rockne O'Bannon and their fantastic cast and crew delivered over the original series' too-short life span.
Peacekeeper Wars lives up to the series' standards and to our own anticipations and expectations. It's dazzling in every respect, at times overloading the mind with plot. But soon enough, once Crichton and Aeryn are brought back to life from the last cliffhanger (with unexpected complications where their unborn baby is concerned), the battle between Peacekeepers and Scarrens escalates, with our renegade heroes caught right in the middle, just as we like it.
Farscape is the funniest fantasy series I've ever seen, with crackling dialogue and Crichton's snarky pop-culture references always good for a laugh. But the characters are so rich, their loyalty and love for each other so enduring, that when tragedy invariably intrudes, the impact can be shattering.
I cried while watching Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars for a number of reasons. I was touched by the story and captivated by the spectacle, but I was equally moved by being reminded of the power passionate fans can wield in the face of colossal corporate blindness. As I watched this terrific entertainment, I couldn't help but feel a bit of bitterness that this is all we got. What a waste of a great franchise to have been cut down so soon. I'm confident there will be more stories to be told in the Farscape world: on TV, at the movies, somewhere. And when we see them, we will again have cause to celebrate-and to lament what might have been.
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