1: In DVD vol. 3.2, go into the extras section. Then highlight the word
"Extras" near the top of the screen. If you click on it you'll see a
version of the opening sequence ("My name is John Crichton...") without
the titles on the screen
When enteriing the "Extras" menu, of the Region 1 (USA DVD)
version, move the cursor to the top left of the screen to what looks
like a bright star and hit enter. You'll get a list of the DVD credits.
In Durka Returns (USA DVD), when Chiana attacks Crichton with
the giant fly-swatter thing, a little symbol appears in the lower right
of the screen. Hit enter and you'll get a short piece with Gigi Edgley
talking about the Chiana action figure.
2002: Starting tonight, Farscape's Season Three kickoff, Season of Death, will
begin airing at 9 pm on Canada's Space
Channel. The shows will repeat on Saturdays at 5 pm. Season Three will be
directly followed by Season Four, which will premier on February 7th at 9 pm.
Check out Canadian Space Channel's
Farscape area. It has a forum that's just catching on to Farscape, some wallpaper, character
bios, a "Fit for Space" quiz, and a First Contact advice column where you can add
your own tips.
SCIFI.COM TO GET A NEW LOOK
Late August 2002: Last week the SciFi Channel restructured its marketing department
into three teams: Marketing, Creative and Production. Their first order of business
is to create a redesign of both the network's web site, scifi.com, and its Sci Fi
Magazine. The results of the Sci Fi makeover will be unveiled in tune with the
network's marketing push for the Steven Spielberg-produced miniseries
Several people moved into new positions, some from within the company
and some who were recently hired. In the Marketing Division, Adam Stotsky was named
vice president of brand marketing and Andrew Schulman was appointed director of
Mike Eilperin is in the new position of Vice President/Creative. He
will be in charge of all creative for both on-air and print promotions. Rohitash Rao
in the new Creative Director/Advertising and Calvin Chu was named Design
Gunilla De Santo, SciFi's Director of Production, takes on the new
responsibilities of on- and off-air production.
TV GUIDE'S "ROUSH RANT"
September 24, 2002:
The "Roush Rant" in the September 28-October 4 Issue is all about Farscape:
Does cable's "Sci-Fi Channel" not understand its core audience - a group known
for putting the fan in fanatic? Some of these people still have not forgiven NBC for canceling
the first 'Star Trek', in 1969. How does 'Sci Fi' expect such ardent souls to react after it
gave the fantastically entertaining 'Farscape' the boot before it could film a promised fifth
season? (The remainder of the fourth season resumes in January.) Yes, the show is expensive -
it certainly looks it - but even if the ratings were flat, "Farscape" gave the
network credibility, acclaim and prestige. Without it, "Sci Fi" is just another
IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL
September 21 2002: This is a
posting at the Save Farscape Announcements Yahoo Group. There is a wealth of information about
mounting the campaign for higher ratings in January. Click here to read the message.
IS UPN OUT OF THE PICTURE?
According to IGN FilmForce, UPN confirmed to TV Guide earlier this week that it has no
interest in picking up Farscape. Earlier this week an representitive from the UPN told
FilmForce that the cost may have been a factor in the final decision.
Also mentioned in the article is the possibility of an
anime series of 22 episodes...
...Click here to read the
SETS ARE STORED, NOT
September 24, 2002
AICN: The Farscape sets have been struck, but the
fears of many fans have not be realised for they have not been destroyed, but are simply in
storage. This is probably because other networks have expressed an interest in acquiring
Farscape. Both Showtime and UPN have expressed interest.
Showtime would be a better bet as it is a pay channel and it judges it's success on the number
of subscriptions the channel receives and not by a show's ratings as SciFi does. It also loves
shows which are critics' darlings which Farscape definately is.
UPN is also after a companion SciFi show to Enterprise.
AUSTRALIAN FANS INVITE CAST
October 1, 2002 From The Daily Telegraph:
In its campaign to save their beloved Farscape from disappearing
in the black hole of cancelled TV shows, the Australian fan club will hold a rally at Maroubra
Beach this Saturday.
Any actors who have guest-starred, as well
regular cast and crew, are welcome to attend. The rally starts at noon.
Thanks to Ellen for the heads-up on this one.
RUMORS OF STARGATE'S RENEWAL
October 29, 2002: Rumors are flying all over the internet
about SciFi renewing Stargate for another season. Although the rumors are being denied by both
MGM (the company that produces the show) and SciFi (we all know they always tell the
truth) Stargate's producer N. John Smith announced the renewal last weekend at a convention in
Blackpool. He also said that negotiations on a working schedule have been completed with
Richard Dean Anderson, who plays Col. Jack O'Neill.
WANNA GO INTO SPACE?
September 30 2002: Pepsi may be sending someone into space. Literally. The soft drink maker is seriously
considering putting up $35m to produce and promote a TV contest, the winner of which would
receive a spot on a Soyuz shuttle on a trip to the International Space Station! About $15m
would go to the Russians and the remainder would go into the show. The $35m is about a third
of Pepsi's promotional budget.
Click here to read
SCI FI CELEBRATES
September 24, 2002:
Now we know why SciFi can't afford another season of Farscape.
The Sci Fi Channel's will mark its 10th
anniversary with a fall slate of promotions driven by filmmaker Steven Spielberg's December
miniseries Taken, with the cable channel also using the promotional strength of its new owner,
Vivendi Universal, and hidden photos of UFOs.
on Newscape's SciFi News page
WINS EMMY FOR JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
2002: Jim Henson's Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real
Story, Part 2 won the Creatative Arts Emmy for Makeup for a Miniseries, Movie or a
SCI FI POSTS A
Sci Fi finally makes a
statement about the cancellation of Farscape. Some of it is a
bit...suspicious...to put it kindly. I've added some of my own comments to this document that do not
necessarily reflect the views of Karlsweb or other members of its staff.
the F.A.Q. with PKBarb's commentary here.
WHO KILLED FARSCAPE?
October 14, 2002: Author Clare Sainsbury's article at Strange
Horizons is the best I've read so far on SciFi's cancellation of Farscape. Here's an excerpt
from and a link to the article:
"So the SCI FI Channel's abrupt decision a few weeks ago to
cancel its hit show Farscape after four seasons came as a huge shock to many. Whether
you are a fan of the show or not, its abrupt cancellation raises many questions about the
place of speculative fiction in the current TV climate."
...Click here to continue.
TV Zone Special # 47, due out
from Visual Imagination in September, will contain a comparison between new shows on TV
such as Dead Zone and the regulars such as Farscape and Enterprise.
Cult Times #83
August 1, 2002: Although Buffy's on the cover of Visual Imagination's Cult Times
#83, it doesn't mean there's no Farscape inside! There's a wonderful interview with
Raelee Hill (Sikozu Sikozu
Svala Shanti Sugaysi Shanu)
in which she talks about her Farscape experiences, her favorite episode and what
it's like to have a Farscape romance!
TV ZONE SPECIAL #47
23, 2002: There are a
couple of new print magazines to be on the lookout for also: TV Zone from Visual Imagination and Starlog. TV Zone has
an interview with Claudia Black and also contains TV Zone's predictions of what's to
come in Season Four.
Starlog #301 (with Men in Black on the cover) has a four-page
article/interview with David Kemper. There are also several photos, but most of them
have been around since the beginning of Season Four.
27, 2002: The
newest issue of Dreamwatch, published today in the UK and in 3 weeks in the
US, features an in-depth
interview with David Kemper on season four. Taking a break from working on the
season's 12th episode, Kemper discusses the show's new sense of mystery,
Crichton's new approach to life, Aeryn's pregnancy, season four's new regular
characters, the season's arc, the current state of play regarding the Farscape
movie. There's also an interview with Wayne Pygram who talks about false teeth
and squeaky costumes!
an exclusive to Karlsweb quote from David Kemper that didn't make it to the
magazine, check out the Karlsweb
new book, Uncharted Territory: An Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to Farscape
by Scott Andrews will be released on August 8, 2002. Amazon.com
UK lists it at a preorder price of £5.59 ($) plus
shipping. According to the synopsis, it covers the first three seasons of the
UNIVERSAL SLASHES JOBS
October 14, 2002: According to Screen Daily, Vivendi Universal,
the company that partially owns Vivendi Universal Entertainment which in turn owns the SciFi
Channel (among many other things) is poised to slash staff at its Paris headquarters by nearly
half. Also on the agenda is downsizing of their New York office.
The company plans to reduce their overwhelming debt load by about 16%
within 18 months.
EW LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
October 13, 2002: There's a very well-written letter to the
editor in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly. It's great to see Farscape is still
making the mainstream magazines. Thanks to E.B. for passing this along!
Here's a transcript:
THE GREAT "FARSCAPE"
I was particularly offended that the Sci Fi Channel's decision to
cancel Farscape had to do with "the series' inability to 'grow beyond its core fan
base'" (Monitor). It seems to me that Sci Fi would want to please the Farscape fan
base because they are the ones who are die-hard sci-fi fans, not to mention possibly a key
demographic for that channel's advertisers. If Sci Fi doesn't want a show with critical
acclaim and a loyal fan base, then maybe the producers of Farscape can find a new home on
another network where they are appreciated.
FURTHER TALKS ON HENSON SALE
October 12, 2002: A team of two investors is expected to hold
further talks with EM.TV regarding the sale of The Jim Henson Company. Last week, Saban
Capital Group, led by Haim Saban, made an offer of $128 million with Evercore Partners, a New
York private equity firm.
may still be talking with at least one other possible buyer but Saban and Evercore are ready
to sign a non-binding letter of intent with EM.TV soon, and are the front-runners, sources
has a large range of companies in its portfolio including American Media, Inc., publishers of
BROWDER RADIO INTERVIEW
October 10, 2002 UPDATE: In an interview on Australia's Triple J radio station, Ben said that he's hopeful
that at some point they'll be able to finish the story.
Click here to read a transcript of
9, 2002: Rittenhouse Archives October trivia contest is
about Farscape. There are four questions and the winner gets a
Season Three Case Topper trading card signed by Virginia Hey. Click
here to enter the contest.
TROT DOES FARSCAPE
October 8, 2002: This morning
millions of readers across the country opened their newspapers
to the comics section and read Bill Amend's "Fox Trot"
comic which mentioned the campaign to save Farscape. Click
here to see it for yourself, then email
Mr. Amend to say thank you.
ATLANTA RALLY A BIG HIT!
October 7, 2002: From John Snider, editor of scifi dimensions:
The online magazine scifidimensions has posted a report on the
October 5th Save Farscape Rally
from Atlanta, including:
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS in streaming audio with stars Lani Tupu
(Crais, Pilot); Gigi Edgley (Chiana) and Paul Goddard (Stark). [Nearly an hour of
PHOTO GALLERY from the October 4th signing session at Atlanta's
Tower Records, as well as the Fifth of Farscape Rally "Afterparty" at The Chamber!
COLLECTIBLE GIVEAWAY - Register for a chance to win a Save
Farscape flyer signed by Lani, Gigi and Paul - plus a cool Fight for Farscape pin.
Now...make sure the SCIFI Channel hears from you! Tell them you want
Farscape Season Five!
(P.S. While we're thankful for links to this article from other sites,
please do not link directly to the streaming audio files, as this robs us of bandwidth AND
(There's an excellent article in the Atlanta
Journal-Constitution on John & scifidimensions)
The FreePilot website has more
photos of the event.
A MESSAGE FROM AUSTRALIA
2, 2002 Thanks to Deb for letting me post this at Newscape
Brisbane's Conquest science fiction convention held this weekend, Jonathan Hardy, the
respected Australian acting icon who voices the feisty and beloved Dominar Rygel expressed his
thanks to all Farscape fans for their support of the various Save Farscape campaigns.
fans not to give up yet, Jonathan assures us that all the cast and crew are committed to
continuing with a further season – if only some far-sighted network can be convinced to pick
up the show and run with it.
Click here to read the
rest of the message.
FARSCAPE DVD 2.4 RELEASE DATE
October 2, 2002 FROM CINESCAPE:
DVD and VHS releases of FARSCAPE's season two
fourth volume (of five for the season) were announced for December second today by ADV Films.
[Episodes are Beware of Dog, Won't Get Fooled Agoan, The Locket, and The Ugly Truth.]The four episode two-disc or two-tape sets will retail for $39.98 and $19.98, respectively. ADV has offered strong support for the
canceled series, formerly on the SciFi Channel, including public exploration of an animated
incarnation of the show.
Fan reaction to the cancellation of the show has been swift and
sustained, and while SciFi's decision appears final as of this date, ADV's continued marketing
support for the series is a positive signal regarding viewer and consumer interest in the
IS THIS WHAT SCI
I asked someone who works at a cable
station what the feeling was at their station about SciFi's behavior toward Farscape. The answer is I got is
quite interesting and brings up some points that I hadn't heard before. Thanks to EB.
...Click here to continue
BURBANK GOLD SOLD OUT, NY CLOSE
The Gold weekend package for the official Farscape convention in Burbank (Nov. 22-24) is sold
out. Tickets are still available for daily preferred seating.
For the New York convention, the gold packages are nearly gone so if
you plan to attend, better get those tickets fast. Last year's New York convention was
completely sold out prior to the convention date and there were no tickets available at the
FARSCAPE LOSES EMMY TO SEX AND THE CITY
2002: The Emmy awards for Creative Arts
were given out a week before the "real" Emmys. Farscape
was nominated in the "Costumes for a Series" category
along with "Sex and the City," "Alias,"
"Six Feet Under," "That 70s Show," and
"Will and Grace."
Terry Ryan (Costume
Designer) and Lyn Askew (Costume Supervisor) had the honor of being
nominated for Into the Lion's Den, Part 1: Lambs to the Slaughter.
KEMPER BACK ON INTERSTELLAR TRANSMISSIONS
September 24, 2002:
If anyone missed the webcast last week of Executive Producer David Kemper Q&A on Interstellar Transmissions, he'll be
returning this coming Friday, September 27th at 7pm to 8pm Eastern, to answer more questions
from Farscape fans. Windows Media Player is required to listen to the live
broadcast. Email your questions before Friday to email@example.com
or call 888-565-1470
Kemper & ricky manning
September 19 2002: This is the chat
postponed from Wednesday because of server
problems. Click here to read a transcript.
DAVID FRANKLIN CHAT
Thanks to intrepid chat moderator Barbarella, there will be a chat on Saturday, September
28th at 9PM Easterrn at #farscape with 6 additional relays set up.
Click here to read a transcript
CABLE SHOWS SO GOOD THEY'VE BEEN CANCELED
THANKS TO EB FOR SENDING THIS ARTICLE
Using the kind of logic once employed by Groucho Marx, who claimed he'd never belong to a club
that would have him as a member, one could say the quality of original programming on cable
has improved by looking at the caliber of the shows that have been canceled.
...Click here to read the
MORE RATINGS NEWS
August 29, 2002
reports that the SciFi Channel wrapped it's best summer ever, ranking ninth among all
basic-cable channels on a household basis and ending with a record 1.0 prime-time rating
(representing 741,000 households) for August! Overall prime-time ratings for the summer were
up 13% over last year.
SciFi ranked fifth in adults 25-54 and
seventh in the 18-49 age range in key prime-time demographics.
"Leading the charge was SCI FI
Friday, a two-hour block of original series that included the original series Stargate
SG-1 and Farscape. The block set a summer record for the channel, averaging a 1.4
rating (1.1 million households). That represented a 27 percent ratings increase over last
summer's ratings average for the time period and a 46 percent increase in household delivery
over last year."
UK DVD 3.5 CONTENTS
September 1, 2002: Contender will release the last of its Season
Three DVDs on September 16th. It will have its usual large number of fantastic
Episodes 319 through 320
David Kemper interview
Info- pods in Rygel, Crais and Scorpius
Original SciFi Trailers
Stills featuring Behind the Scenes, Episode Facts, concept artwork, character and prop photography.
This is a REGION TWO DVD and will not play on most US players. For more about region encoding, check out the
A NOTE FROM MIKE BRANTLEY
September 21 2002: Mike Brantley is the TV & Media Editor for the Mobile [Alabama] Register. His recent article in the register leaves no doubt how he feels about the cancellation.
(Click here to read the
In answer to an email from Mike (Frellingbatfreek) he sent the following response:
"Mike, thanks for the note. Don't worry... I'm there. :)
I've gotten more e-mail about this show during the past couple of weeks than I have about any show since I've been covering TV. The next closest was the response from viewers who were mad about the cancellation of "Dr. Quinn," but they weren't quite this organized."
Thanks to Mike (Frellingbatfreek) for passing this one along!