i initially read this message as ‘what is a farscape’ and was all INDEED MY FRIEND. WHAT IS A FARSCAPE IT IS INDESCRIBABLE.
okay i’m gonna do the thing because tumblr needs to know about the thing:
largely taken from wiki with some added points by yours truly:
Farscape features a diverse ensemble of characters who are initially escaping from corrupt authorities in the form of a militaristic puritanical/secretly-hedonistic organisation called the Peacekeepers.
everyone on this show is amazingly talented, so much physicality, so much everything, jfc
The protagonists live inside (the most beautiful, awe-inspiring) giant space-dwelling creature - a leviathan named Moya, which serves as their ship. think everything you feel when you think about whales singing through the depths and then put that in space. screw u doctor who, you could never moya.
In the first episode, they are joined by the main character, John Crichton, a slightly bonkers modern-day American astronaut with daddy issues who accidentally flew into the entrance of a wormhole near Earth during an experimental test flight.
On the same day, another stranger is picked up by Moya: a stranded Peacekeeper named Aeryn Sun, who slowly unwinds the threads of peacekeeperdom from her mind and body but never stops being precisely who she is - which is fire and ice.
other characters include: a megalomaniacal but adorable ex-king of kings, a disgraced beserker warrior, a peaceful goddess-priestess with innate and terrifying capacity for violence, a pansexual revolutionary girl alien (actually she is my favourite just look at her goddamn)
John makes lots of enemies, basically for a) being an idiot, b) being a genius, c) being in angry love with everything
the show gradually unfolds progressive arcs beginning with their fugitive status from the peacekeepers to vendetta hunts to an overarching desire of them all to find home - which is one of the coolest parts of the story - that they are lost in the uncharted wild space. This arc includes John’s increasingly dark and obsessive search to find another wormhole back to Earth, which eventually leads into an arms race for weaponized wormhole technology.
so leads into lots and lots of inter-species politics and warfare and espionage and double/triple crossing in which our core crew of characters are the incendiary wild cards.
this sounds super dark but the show actually has an incredibly self-aware, genre savvy sense of humour, which includes body horror parody and body swaps and the grotesquery of alien bodies type stuff as well as genre parodies (supernatural i love u but u could never). the dark gets incredibly dark but the show never ever gets lost in its wallowing - it is crazy smart about it.
lots and lots of culture and day-to-day domestic weirdness of living on a spaceship with other species and every single relationship + character has development and arcs that are followed through and followed through hard
basically no other show will ever get near it in my heart of hearts.
tl;dr take the fifth element, throw it in a blender with darkest timeline star trek, a touch of doctor who and a whole lot of shakespeare, let sit, add an acid trip and place on high a top the thing.
a+++ would let rip out my heart and rearrange the insides of my head into a kaleidoscopic fever dream again