Farscape's Executive Producer David Kemper talks in-depth to Starburst magazine
in their latest issue, number 279, available now. Here are a few snippets: On what we will see in the final four episodes of season three, and planning the start of season four:
What people will feel when they air is different to what they felt at the end of last year. We didn't want to tap that same vein in the same way. We want people to feel something else, and we want them to feel it twice as strongly. You can predict some of what the next four episodes are though. There are two Crichtons, and each one found himself inadvertently working on a two-pronged problem. One Crichton has completed his mission, at a cost, but the other one's mission has still to be completed, and it will take a little longer than two episodes and be significantly more problematic, if you can believe that.
I know the last
four episodes of next year already! I have to know them to start the year. I'm really excited because I normally don't know them in such detail this early and I've cracked them - I feel pretty good about that. Once you know where you are going, then you loosely try to get there.On if he's pleased with season three:
Yes. It's hard to do a show that's been on for a while. The audience knows the characters so well and they start to expect and demand some things of you. They demand that the characters grow in certain ways, so we try to be wacky and wild, but that gets more and more difficult because you have more characters, more guest appearances, more subplots, and you have to keep all those plates spinning and spinning. At the beginning there were a couple of plates to spin and it was relatively easy. Now there are 62 plates that we're running around, trying to keep them spinning. So it's much harder to do now. The chance of a plate falling, the chance of failure therefore becomes much greater.
I think we negotiated this year brilliantly and, like I said, I'm really pleased with the last four eps. Now the terrifying part is that next year we have to take it one step higher. And I'll only know at the end if we succeeded. When I can turn around and look at the 22 steps nehind me, that we just climbed through season three, and can pronounce them to be really good.On killing off Zhaan:
Well, Virginia [Hey] wanted to leave the show and we had to accept the actress's right to step away. She said, "I'm leaving the show. I don't want to do it anymore." We didn't want her to go, but because of the make-up and the baldness, she had a right to say, "I don't want to do this anymore," and she exercised that in the correct way, through her representatives.On taking risks next season:
Right now I'm looking at the risks I want to take for next year. There's always a risk that defines the body of the year and a risk that defines the end of the year, and we already know them both, and they're set in motion in the last four episodes of this year. Of course, we try to twist it so you can't predict everything, but when you see the end of this year you'll have some idea of where we have to go next year. And we will
go where you think we have to go, but we'll go there in a different way. How we'll get there will be the big surprise for people.
David Kemper also mentions when talking of season 4 (before the official renewal announcement was made) that he already knows the first seven episodes of season four, as well as episodes 12 to 14 and the last five of the season.
The rest of the interview is also fantastic, and David also says how he feels about the fans thinking he's manipulative, why they make the show the way they do, the risks the show takes and much more, all in issue #279 of Starburst magazine, out now. For more information from the publisher, click below.