Farscape was one of the most wonderful science fiction shows of the last couple of decades. And it was the sort of science fiction that fit in the very small gray area of fiction that was way too weird for people who didn’t love the genre, but not quite so weird that it couldn’t get just enough of an audience to squeak by in the ratings for a few years. See, one of the terrible gaps in science fiction in television and film, is that it rarely does proper space opera. Those stories of deep space and uncounted alien worlds, starships and empires of bizarre creatures.
Yes there’s Star Trek and Star Wars, but outside the two monoliths of the subgenre (and I do hesitate to refer to Star Trek as space opera given its more hard-sf bent, but it fits in the context of this discussion and this aside is getting far too long for a single set of humble parentheses) we get almost nothing. The subset of science fiction television and film that involves being on a spaceship nowhere near Earth is as short as a Klingon’s patience for tribbles. Scrape out the ones that are just horror movies set in spaceships and we’re getting really low on entertainment.
It’s funny, because a huge proportion of written science fiction fits in these categories. And it used to be the excuse that such stories were far too expensive to film. But with special effects the way they are, you could probably remake Return of the Jedi with a video game console these days, so the excuse is wearing thin.
And in the midst of that genre soul-wringing comes wonderful news: a Farscape movie is in the works. Rockne O’Bannon says the script is coming along, that the stars are lining up, and while we can’t buy tickets yet, this seems to be a thing that is actually conceivably going to happen. Or O’Bannon is talking out his ass in hopes of scaring up some funding. I choose to believe in the better world.
Here’s the basic summary of the story:
“Set to follow the awesome comics written by our favorite Keith R.A. DeCandido, the film would follow John and Aeryn’s son, D’Argo (or Little D, as we will always refer to him). Because their baby was exhibiting a set of interesting powers that made him a magnet for galactic villains, we find that John and Aeryn hide their son on Earth to grow up. Now the kid is 19 and ready to go into space with his parents.”