Straight from the “Hell yes I’m still bitter, what about it?” department comes news that the Sci-Fi Channel plans to resurrect its long forgotten, genius child, Farscape. Before Scapers get their galactic panties in a wad, it should be noted that the series is only being revived for the web, not as a full blown TV series. In their never-ending quest to missmanage valuable TV properties, Sci-Fi has elected to give Farscape a hollow relaunch of 10 “webisodes”.
Some die-hard fans will be glad to get a hold of anything new that has Crichton, Aeryn and D’Argo attached to it, but not this Scaper. I remember all to well what happened when they canceled Farscape. Bonnie Hammer flipped what many considered to be, the best show on television, a royal Hynerian bird to pay for another season of Stargate SG-1 and Tremors the Series. SG-1 fans will think that was just fine, but Farscape always did kick SG-1’s ass up and down the universe, no two ways about it.
It’s not hard to figure out that the big wigs saw 2008’s upcoming loss of Stargate and Battlestar Galactica and decided to raid their chest of popular properties in a half-hearted attempt to draw old fans. Well, I’m not falling for it. Farscape used to be my favorite television show. It used to be a lot of people’s favorite television show, and the idiots at Sci-Fi abandoned and cancelled it without warning. The attempt at story closure that became the Peacekeeper Wars had to be made. The fans demanded it and so Farscape’s creators fought the suits and produced it. Make no mistake however, the Sci-Fi Channel’s announcement about Farscape is nothing more than a transparent attempt to generate buzz and save face from yet another collective ass whooping from their fans.
On a personal note, I am growing quite tired of the freak show that is the Sci-Fi Channel. Management masquerades as an honest to goodness television network, while at the same time stomping on the fans that helped make them a success. If there was another place I could watch new episodes of Doctor Who (legally, I might add), I would gladly do so. I have no desire to watch Crichton & Aeryn’s “webisode” adventures so long as Sci-Fi dangles it like a carrot in front of our collective noses. Then again, I have been known to cave from time to time. Damn it…