Phosphor wrote:The story arc solidifies at the end of season 1 and from there really starts to develop. But I don't find the show needs a story arc, the one-off episdoes are just as interesting, if not more so sometimes, than the "core" stories.
Ideally any given episode in a series is self-contained (ie all plot points are resolved in the same issue they appear) while still progressing the overage story-line. This is really ahrd to do well though so it doesn't happen very often. If we can't have that I'd rather have a strong overall story arc over lots of one-ofs (one of the reasons I'm not a huge fan of any of the Star Trek series other than DS9). Or you just have one-ofs and screw overall story arc completely.
All in my opinion of course.
I don't like when a story-arc exists but is rarely touched. If you're going to be chased by the Peacekeepers, then show some Peacekeepers. So far the main antagonist (at least that has been introduced in the series) has been in two (three if counting his hologram) episodes and the threat of being captured has appeard in an additional two or three. Without any real story progression or character progression there just isn't much actually happening. But I understand from what you write that this will change, so I'll at least see through the first season sometime.
(What I saw of ST: Voyager had the same problem btw, if you're stranded on the other side of the universe at least make an effort to get home. And show the frustration of not knowing if you'll ever see your loved ones again. And that means more than once every ten episodes. But since I haven't seen much Voyager maybe I am just completely off the mark here and have just been unlucky)
Overall, plot progression is very important to me. I think a lot of these sort of things as a writer and like seeing clever plots.
By "muppet" I assume you're referring to Rygel (the exiled Dominar - looks like a frog-slug)? Or Pilot? I was trying to get a friend of mine (who loves sci-fi) into Farscape, and he said the puppets threw him off. But he kept watching and it became his favourite show - just took a bit to get past the puppet. After a while, I completely forget he's not real - his character is so good.
Yeah, I meant Rygel. Pilot doesn't bother me at all since he doesn't appear very often and when he does it's often as a hologram which kinda makes it look better. Rygel really puts me off though, which is a shame because his character is by far the most interesting so far. He has a lot more depth to him than the others give him credit for and he keeps showing new sides of himself. But his physical apeparance bothers me, I'm very sensitive to these sorts of things, at least until I'm sucked in by a show. I refused to watch B5 for the longest time because the CGI is so poor. Once I got into the show, the qualities of it made me able to overlook the flaws but I still noticed them none the less. Maybe the same will happen with Farscape.
After all, I WANT to like this show, I really do. A lot of the concepts that have been put forth are intriguing.
Zhaan is very, very cool. Crichton (the human) really develops in very interesting ways, too. They all do, but Crichton is the most interesting as his path is very unorthodox for a "hero" character.
Personally I feel that Erin has the most potential as a character. There is so much potential underneath the surface there and if that character develops well it will be really cool.
I don't like Crichton overly much yet, since I think he is kinda boring and frankly not very believable. I mean who can develop a whole new way of space-flight acceleration and still have time to develop a body that looks like that? He's just too much of an übermensch for me.
Me too; it's up there with the Dr. Who theme as far as Best TV Show Theme Ever goes (not as good as Dr. Who - which is The Best Ever though).
Don't recall the Dr. Who one off the top of my head, but I agree that Farscape has one of the best ever.
I actually watch through the end credits when I watch it just so I can hear the theme...