Farscape: Complete Episode Roadmap for Beginners

Before Guardians of the Galaxy there was Farscape, a cult favorite sci-fi television show containing 4 seasons from 1999 – 2003 and a miniseries in 2004.

Farscape is a spaceship centered drama with its own unique, unconventional twist. The flavor is a mix of the strange and alien, underlined by what makes us human: surviving in the world and developing your identity within it, building a meaningful family, and the long transformative journey home.  

Watching Farscape is like discovering your next favorite band that most people haven’t heard of. The adventures are full of life, a little crazy sometimes and mischievously comedic but grounded with a dramatic, emotional weight.

A part of what makes Farscape compelling is it’s a show about outsiders – misfits and outlaws coming together on the fringes of space – for outsiders.

Put it this way, serving with a crew on a highly sterilized and command structured ship like Star Trek’s Enterprise wouldn’t be as fun as flying by the seat of your leather pants with escaped, reformed prisoners aboard Moya, a living sentient bio-mechanical vessel.

Similar to Guardians of the Galaxy, at the heart of Farscape is a bunch of misfits. American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) is shot through a wormhole to another part of the galaxy and is hunted by the ruthless Peacekeepers.

Crichton is intelligent, energetic, heroic, charming; all the things that make for a great central character. What’s funny is he’s a fish out of water as the only human in this part of the universe. His lack of knowledge about this weird, alien galaxy is a source of ribbing from his crew mates.

Rounding out the rest of the crew is Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), a skilled soldier who is no longer is fighting for the Peacekeepers. While Aeryn comes from a warring military organization, Zhann, a blue humanoid plant species, is peaceful minded and intensely spiritual.

Butting heads with the crew is Rygel, a self-serving pint-sized creature. He’s royalty and doesn’t let you forget it. The big warrior guy is D’argo. He wants revenge on the Peacekeepers because they killed his family. Beneath his tough exterior, D’argo is loyal and becomes best friends with Crichton.

Just a few more things to keep in mind if you’re interested in watching. Farscape is made over a decade ago and looks a bit dated. The show’s budget is conservative but makes up for it with cool characters and storytelling.

As a Jim Henson Company production, the animatronic puppets give Farscape some very unique looking creatures that you don’t typically see on other sci-fi shows. The creature’s voice acting and facial expressions are top-notch too. However, for some viewers it might take a little time to get use to the puppets.

Further, since Farscape is filmed in Australia, the aliens and cast members talk with Aussie accents, except for American actor Ben Browder.


Why Roadmaps?

Viewers are faced with TV over-saturation. For older shows, especially those with over 100 hours worth of episodes, it’s a considerable investment of time to catch up. TV viewing habits have also changed over the last decade. Many viewers are spending less time watching linear television.

Roadmaps offer a personalized experience by filtering out aspects of a show which may be considered filler or less important to a viewer. Is Farscape a good candidate for Roadmaps? Farscape has a mix of mostly standalone/scenario of the week and pivotal overarching story episodes. With Farscape Roadmaps, the benefit is saving your precious time and reducing frustration by skipping weak episodes. The trade off is that there are character relationship progression and story elements continuing from one episode to the next that may be lost. 

Each proposed route below is intended to capture an aspect of the Farscape experience. Of course, watching every single episode is a valid choice as well if you don’t mind sifting through the filler. Be warned that depending on the streaming service or DVD/Blu-Ray, the episode order may differ slightly. 


Farscape Route #1: The Sampler

Route #1 is for viewers who want to dip their toes in the pool first before diving in. Is the show fun to watch? Are the characters compelling? What kind of stories will be told each episode? Watching these episodes should help address those questions:

Season One:

“Premiere”

“Exodus from Genesis”

“DNA Mad Scientist”

Three is a reasonable number of episodes to get a feel for whether it’s worth continuing to watch. “Premiere” is an obvious pick to introduce the characters and world. “Exodus from Genesis” is an early season primer which showcases the team dynamic. “DNA Mad Scientist” offers a darker and desperate side to the characters.


Farscape Route #2: Crichton Through The Wormhole

Route #2 is for viewers who are most interested in the overarching story line through the main character’s perspective. Following this route offers Farscape’s biggest plot points and limits supporting character focused episodes.

Season One:

“Premiere”

“PK Tech Girl”

“DNA Mad Scientist”

“They’ve Got a Secret”

“Till the Blood Runs Clear”

“The Flax”

“Durka Returns”

“A Human Reaction”

“Nerve” (Part 1)

“The Hidden Memory” (Part 2)

“Bone To Be Wild”

“Family Ties (Part 1)

Season Two:

“Mind the Baby” (Part 2)

“Crackers Don’t Matter”

“The Way We Weren’t”

“Out of Their Minds”

“Look at the Princess: A Kiss is But a Kiss” (Part 1)

“Look at the Princess: I Do, I Think” (Part 2)

“Look at the Princess: The Maltese Crichton” (Part 3)

“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

“Liars, Guns and Money: A Not So Simple Plan” (Part 1)

“Liars, Guns and Money: With Friends Like These” (Part 2)

“Liars, Guns and Money: Plan B” (Part 3)

“Die Me Dichotomy” (Part 1)

Season Three:

“Season of Death” (Part 2)

“Self-Inflicted Wounds: Could’a, Would’a, Should’a” (Part 1)

“Self-Inflicted Wounds: Wait for the Wheel” (Part 2)

“Eat Me”

“Thanks for Sharing”

“Green Eyed Monster”

“Losing Time”

“Incubator”

“Infinite Possibilities: Daedalus Demands” (Part 1)

“Infinite Possibilities: Icarus Abides” (Part 2)

“Into the Lion’s Den: Lambs to the Slaughter” (Part 1)

“Into the Lion’s Den: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (Part 2)

“Dog with Two Bones” (Part 1)

Season Four:

“Crichton Kicks” (Part 2)

“What Was Lost: Sacrifice” (Part 1)

“What Was Lost: Resurrection” (Part 2)

“Promises”

“Unrealized Reality” (Part 1)

“Kansas” (Part 2)

“Terra Firma” (Part 3)

“Bringing Home the Beacon”

“A Constellation of Doubt”

“Prayer”

“We’re So Screwed: Fetal Attraction” (Part 1)

“We’re So Screwed: Hot to Katratzi” (Part 2)

“We’re So Screwed: La Bomba” (Part 3)

“Bad Timing”

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (mini-series)

Looking back it’s easier to remember Farscape for the memorable high points. Farscape is proof that constraints can make a show more creative.  The episodic framework of a threat boarding the ship or the crew endangering themselves on a planet is a springboard for many different ideas. At the same time, having to produce 22 episodes per season with a limited budget resulted in an inconsistent series. Crichton’s journey is made all the more treacherous thanks to Scorpius, one of the best villains in TV.


Farscape Route #3: Aeryn Sun, ‘Rank and Regiment’!

Route #3 is for viewers who enjoy following a strong female lead character. The focus is on Aeryn’s evolution and her relationship with Crichton which is the emotional heart of the series. Their romance is one of the best in science fiction television.

Season One:

“Premiere”

“Exodus from Genesis”

“PK Tech Girl”

“DNA Mad Scientist”

“Till the Blood Runs Clear”

“The Flax”

“A Human Reaction”

“A Bug’s Life”

“Nerve” (Part 1)

“The Hidden Memory” (Part 2)

“Family Ties” (Part 1)

Season Two:

“Mind the Baby” (Part 2)

“The Way We Weren’t”

“Out of Their Minds”

“Look at the Princess: A Kiss is But a Kiss” (Part 1)

“Look at the Princess: I Do, I Think” (Part 2)

“Look at the Princess: The Maltese Crichton” (Part 3)

“The Locket”

“Liars, Guns and Money: A Not So Simple Plan” (Part 1)

“Liars, Guns and Money: With Friends Like These” (Part 2)

“Liars, Guns and Money: Plan B” (Part 3)

“Die Me, Dichotomy”

Season Three:

“Season of Death”

“Suns and Lovers”

“Thanks for Sharing”

“Green Eyed Monster”

“Relativity”

“Meltdown”

“Infinite Possibilities: Daedalus Demands” (Part 1)

“Infinite Possibilities: Icarus Abides” (Part 2)

“The Choice”

“Fractures”

“Into the Lion’s Den: Lambs to the Slaughter” (Part 1)

“Into the Lion’s Den: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (Part 2)

“Dog with Two Bones” (Part 1)

Season Four:

“Promises”

“Natural Election”

“A Prefect Murder”

“Unrealized Reality” (Part 1)

“Kansas” (Part 2)

“Terra Firma” (Part 3)

“Bringing Home the Beacon”

“Prayer”

“We’re So Screwed: Fetal Attraction” (Part 1)

“We’re So Screwed: Hot to Katratzi” (Part 2)

“We’re So Screwed: La Bomba” (Part 3)

“Bad Timing”

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (mini-series)

Claudia Black as Aeryn Sun isn’t an obvious choice for the female lead opposite Ben Browder. However, both actors are incredibly talented, attractive and their on-screen chemistry is extraordinary. The traditional gender dynamics are flipped around with Aeryn being the tough, emotionally reserved former soldier. Some of Aeryn’s growth comes from learning firsthand that Crichton’s weaknesses as a compassionate human are actually his strengths.


Farscape Route #4: Everything’s Gone Fahrbot!

Route #4 is for adventurous viewers who enjoy the weird, wacky and wonderful. This route focuses more on memorable standalone episodes and a little less on the serialized storytelling elements.

Season One:

“Premiere”

“Exodus from Genesis”

“That Old Black Magic”

“DNA Mad Scientist”

“The Flax”

“Durka Returns”

“A Human Reaction”

“Through the Looking Glass”

“A Bug’s Life”

“Nerve” (Part 1)

“The Hidden Memory” (Part 2)

“Bone To Be Wild”

“Family Ties” (Part 1)

Season Two:

“Mind The Baby” (Part 2)

“Crackers Don’t Matter”

“The Way We Weren’t”

“Picture If You Will”

“Out of Their Minds”

“My Three Crichtons”

“Won’t Get Fooled Again”

“The Ugly Truth”

“A Clockwork Nebari”

“Die Me, Dichotomy”

Season Three:

“Season of Death”

“Thanks for Sharing”

“Green Eyed Monster”

“Incubator”

“Infinite Possibilities: Daedalus Demands” (Part 1)

“Infinite Possibilities: Icarus Abides” (Part 2)

“Revenging Angel”

“Fractures”

“I-Yensch, You-Yensch”

“Dog with Two Bones” (Part 1)

Season Four:

“Crichton Kicks” (Part 2)

“John Quixote”

“I Shrink Therefore I Am”

“Unrealized Reality” (Part 1)

“Kansas” (Part 2)

“Terra Firma” (Part 3)

“A Constellation of Doubt”

“We’re So Screwed: Fetal Attraction” (Part 1)

“We’re So Screwed: Hot to Katratzi” (Part 2)

“We’re So Screwed: La Bomba” (Part 3)

“Bad Timing”

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (mini-series)

Buckle in your seat belts. Before you know it you’ll be saying words like frell, mivonks and fahrbot! “Fahrbot” in Farscape lingo means crazy and it’s a word that applies to quite a number of episodes. Farscape uses science fiction to experiment and push the limits. Not all of the reality bending and absurdity works, but it’s usually fun to be taken on a wild ride.


Well there you have it. These Farscape routes aren’t meant to be definitive. Purists would argue not to skip a single episode. If you do enjoy the show by all means go back and discover the episodes that you missed. And if you have your own suggestion on what routes would be good for a Farscape newbie, please feel free to share them in the comment section below.

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