Ask me what my favorite TV series of all time is, and you may get an answer you’re not expecting. As much as I love all the Star Treks — especially the pro-fem, lesbian subtexty Voyager — as much as Battlestar Galactica gave me sweet dreams of military-space action, or Firefly ignited my imagination, the answer has always been (and likely always will be) Farscape.
Never heard of it? I wouldn’t be too surprised — it was a weird and wonderful adult-oriented Jim Henson production that ran from 1999 to the early ‘aughts. It was dark, deeply funny, wildly creative, with plotlines that constantly took old sci-fi tropes and turned them on their heads; and it starred characters that, despite the fact that almost none were actually “human,” were the most fascinating, well-realized bunch I’ve ever seen in “genre” fiction. It was a feminist-and-queer friendly fever dream and a love story, and I can’t overstate how awesome, empowered and totally sexy the female leads were.
You get the idea. So when I09 recently reported that Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon is working on a new project for Syfy, I sat up and took notice. He’s been working on the Farscape spin-off comics for the past couple of years, so its not like he’s been off the space-radar, but this could be a return to form for a guy with serious TV sci-fi talent.
It all came from a tweet from the man himself on April 16:
And the good folks at I09 are speculating that this could be the Alien Nation reboot that’s been in the works for some time:
I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open for more news. Until then, get ready for aliens – of some kind or another.