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Farscape Frelling Cancelled

chrisd posted more than 12 years ago | from the show-on-its-ninth-life dept.

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Mukaikubo writes "The Sci-Fi Channel has decided to cancel their second largest show, Farscape. Because networks respond better to phone calls and snail-mail letters than a mass e-mail campaign and there is contact info on a fan-run Message Board. Time is of the essence, as the Network wants to tear down props at the end of next week. Help save one of the best science fiction shows on TV today!" Other articles can be found here and the chat log is online too.

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Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211679)

Why did they decide to cancel it?

Re:Why? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211682)

Because it sucks!

Re:Why? (0, Flamebait)

Cheesy Fool (530943) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211685)

Because it sucked, someone would get killed and then a couple of weeks later they would be brought back to life.

Look on the bright side. :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211744)

At least it wasn't a repost. ;P

Frell No! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211681)

First MST3K, now Farscape? My motivation to watch SciFi has greatly diminished over the years.

There will always be... (2)

MiTEG (234467) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211689)

I'm sure they'll show reruns for years on SciFi, and failing that there is always alt.binaries.tv.farscape [binaries.tv.farscape] . But it would really be a shame if no new content was created.

No new content in years (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211760)

There hasn't been any real 'new' content created since the second season, just a rehashing of the same old lame plotlines ...which is why I stopped watching long ago, and probably why the show is being cancelled.

Re:There will always be... (5, Informative)

bludstone (103539) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212002)

Or you could, i dont know... Buy the dvds? They are released by ADV Films, who are not a member of the MPAA or any other evil organization... And you would be supporting the show you liked.

GOOD (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211690)

Farscape's for fucktards anyway.

Oh well (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211692)

Nothing to see in this article, you lot might as well preview the story I submitted before its slashdotted [edinburghnews.com]

Re:Oh well (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211695)

Why don't you login so that we can connect a name to the whiner?

Re:Oh well (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211708)

Why don't you suck me so I can connect my penis to the back of your throat?

Re:Oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211709)

Since your not logged in either, you can fuck off.

Re:Oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211715)

Hey, I'm not the one with their panties in a bunch because some GNU/communist [cmdrtaco.net] didn't approve my story.

Re:Oh well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211726)

Then go and get a traffic cone and shove it up your ass Aol/luser.

Oh well. (1)

Corbin Dallas (165835) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211696)

I never enjoyed it myself, but many of my friends did, so I am sad that they will be sad.

"And that makes me a saaad panda."
- Sexual Harrasment Panda

Re:Oh well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211705)

Will you suck their withered cocks to make them feel better?

Re:Oh well. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211720)

Only if you ever get thier withered cocks out of yours.

Replace it with porn (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211698)

Fuck I hate Sci-fi.
Its just fiction.

Who Needs Private Production Companies? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211699)

All we need are a bunch of geeks with the right kinds of ideas to produce their own sci-fi series! It could be Open Source! We could use p2p to distribute the episodes! This could really work!

BTW: here [66.230.131.133] is a hot photo of that one blue chick from 'scape.

Best??? (0, Troll)

Schwarzchild (225794) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211701)

It was a crappy show. I could only stomach two episodes.

Bring back LEXX. Now that's quality programming!

The fourth season (1)

Dexter77 (442723) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211703)

Farscape certainly is not good scifi series anymore. Especially the second and third season were great with a continuous plot, but the fourth season is nothing like previous ones. No continuous plot, no good story line, just separate episodes with totally pointless plots. IMHO.

Re:The fourth season (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211942)

I'd have to agree. This last season has been terrible. After a couple seasons of great writing they managed to flush the whole thing. I do enjoy some of the characters but the episodes have been written so badly that I can't care if it goes away or not.

Re:The fourth season (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211994)

exactly, I thought the show was watchable when it came out but this past season I haven't been able to sit through an episode. Farscape and Lexx have to be the most over-rated shows on slashdot. Neither of which, IMHO, are watchable

What a shame (1)

aufecht (163961) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211704)

This is just too bad. Farscape is the best show on Sci-Fi. Anyone care to comment on their reasoning behind this?

ROFL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211707)

Leave it to management to cancel a successful show. No doubt they'll replace it with something lame like the Twilight Zone remake. Guess Rod Serling got it wrong the first time or something...

Re:ROFL (1)

EpsCylonB (307640) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211716)

if it's cheaper to make then yeah

Content of the Other Site's article, as it appears (0, Informative)

Arnold_Crenshaw (602569) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211710)

Sci-Fi cancells Farscape [kuro5hin.org] (MLP [kuro5hin.org] )
By yanisa [kuro5hin.org]
Sat Sep 7th, 2002 at 05:46:41 AM CST

Sci-Fi network shocks viewers: Farscape, its flagship series, has been cancelled. [farscapeweekly.com]

Fanbase reacts; join them!

-

In a surprise chat [farscapeweekly.com] yesterday night, David Kemper, Richard Manning and Ben Browder announced Sci-Fi network's decision to cancel Farscape, critically acclaimed and much beloved SF series, now in its fourth season.

Although Sci-Fi has previously contracted for two more seasons of Farscape, they have now excercised an out-clause. This was made known to the creators and cast only after they have finished filming the last episode of Season 4, which means that they have had no chance of even finishing the story. Farscape will thus end with a cliffhanger and unfinished story threads.

Needles to say, the fanbase [scifi.com] is [worldzone.net] in [ezboard.com] an [dyndns.org] uproar [ipetitions.com] and the cast is shocked [server.com] .

And not suprisingly, Dilbert [aol.com] has seen it coming.

If you like Farscape and would like to see it go on, add your voice to the enraged masses.

-

Second largest show? (1)

Greger47 (516305) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211713)

So, if it really is their second largest show, why would they be canceling it?

If there's anything those corporate execs are good at, it's squeezing every last drop out of something (think Star Trek).

Re:Second largest show? (5, Insightful)

rusty0101 (565565) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211738)

They are canceling it because it is too expensive to create. It is much cheaper to put together dreck like John Edwards, or show old B horor movies that will draw a far smaller audience, than it is to be creative.

I am also with the people who have commented that season 4 wasn't worth the time I spent watching it.

That's just my opinion, yours is yours.

-Rusty

Re:Second largest show? (2, Funny)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211756)

I always thought John Edwards belonged on the comedy channel.

Speaking of Sci-fi...Enterprise is back on Sept 18 (0, Offtopic)

Mattzilla (525821) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211717)

We may lose Farscape but Enterprise resumes on Sept 18 on UPN.
UPN will be airing the two-hour series premiere "Broken Bow" on Sept 11 at 8 p.m.
The week after, they will air the last episode from the 1st season "Shockwave, Part I" on Tuesday, September 17 at 9 p.m. The next day, Wednesday, September 18, they will show the 2nd season premiere, "Shockwave, Part II" at 8 p.m. This episode picks up where the show left off last season, with Archer stuck in the 31st century. He and Daniels must work together in order for him to return to Enterprise." You can read more about the Enterprise schedule here [startrek.com]

Re:Speaking of Sci-fi...Enterprise is back on Sept (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211733)

You're not helping! :(

Re:Speaking of Sci-fi...Enterprise is back on Sept (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211737)

Aack, stop that!
As if losing Farscape wasn't turture enough...

Re:Speaking of Sci-fi...Enterprise is back on Sept (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211840)

We may lose Farscape but Enterprise resumes on Sept 18 on UPN.

You say that like that's a good thing.

Why its really cancelled (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211719)

People arent intrested in homosexual space orgies anymore. They want crap. Crap! They want to listen george bush pretending to be all macho and how Ameerica are all big and tough going after saddam when they are not! Only 3000 people Died last year, an insignifcant amount. But George bush is a cry baby. They are cancelling Crapscape because its not RELEVENT anymore.

Yes, this is flamebait, this is a troll, this is overrated, but what are you gonna do about it? Mod me down? Thats so PATHETIC! Hahahahahaha.

READ SOME CHOMSKY BEFORE COMMENTING ON POLITICS. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211727)

FastFood and FastTV (5, Informative)

Knacklappen (526643) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211722)

Well, it's a sad thing to write, but maybe they just make more profit with other series of lower quality? It's like when the Babylon 5 spin-offs where killed... Here's a good statement from JMS [b5tv.com] about this.

The analogy I can find, is to Fast Food: Low-quality stuff for the masses (but it's practical and I'm enjoying it sometimes). Guaranteed profit. The stuff I consider high-quality, is a matter of taste. So the market is limited and profits not guaranteed. If you would run a restaurant for a living, what would you offer?

Sad, though.

Re:FastFood and FastTV (1)

mocm (141920) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211779)

Hey, great link. B5 season 1 coming out on DVD in November.

SciFi Channel is dying (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211728)

It is official; Netcraft confirms: *SciFi Channel is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered dork community when Nielsen ratings confirmed that SciFi Channel market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all viewers. Coming on the heels of a recent Nielsen survey which plainly states that SciFi Channel has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. SciFi Channel is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last [goatse.da.ru] in the recent Slashdot poll.

You don't need to be a Kreskin [google.com] to predict SciFi Channel's future. The hand writing is on the wall: SciFi Channel faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for SciFi Channel because SciFi Channel is dying. Things are looking very bad for SciFi Channel. As many of us are already aware, SciFi Channel continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

Farscape is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core audience. The sudden and unpleasant departures of hardcore fans only serves to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: Farscape is cancelled.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

People who watch SciFi Channel: 3

People who watch Cartoon Network or Spice Channel: 3,000,000,000

All major surveys show that SciFi Channel has steadily declined in market share. SciFi Channel is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If SciFi Channel is to survive at all it will be among internet video pirates. SciFi Channel continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, SciFi Channel is dead.

Just to clarify (1)

EpsCylonB (307640) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211731)

Season five has been cancelled, however the second half of season 4 is almost finished being shot and will be shwon on the scifi channel in january.

Re:Just to clarify (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211740)

I guess that means you'll have to clear your TiVo of all that faggot sex porn, right? 40 hours of butt sex is a lot of jacking off, better get to it!!

It comes as no surprise (5, Insightful)

dr_eaerth (149359) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211741)

In April, Joe Straczynski, creator of B5, had this to say in reference to Sci-Fi passing on the Legend of the Rangers series:


The SciFi Channel has indicated that it's moving away from space shows, with all the hardware/alien stuff that goes with it.


Farscape is, of course, a space show, so I saw this coming. It was surprising that it stayed on the schedule this season, but not surprising that its stay of execution was only temporary.

And now, for a small question from me... What is the point of a science fiction channel without science fiction?

Too True (1)

xeeno (313431) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211757)

It seems like they're moving towards the kook psychic and horror stuff. This is truly a shame, but the point at which this season ended really made me wonder.
Are they going to even bother trying to end it with continuity, or are they going to pull a voyager and cram everything into one episode?

Re:Too True (1)

Exatron (124633) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211774)

Apparantly, there isn't time to end things properly. The people working on the show only found out two days before shooting on the fourth season wrapped.

Re:It comes as no surprise (4, Interesting)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211764)

They aren't the science fiction channel, they are the SciFi channel which is a much broader, and shallower genre. Unfortunately it includes pablum like "The Dead Zone" which really belongs on the Women's Channel because the plots are so touchy-feely it is ridiculous, not to mention the bogosity of John Edwards and his feel-good show.

If they aren't going to do space shows, does that mean SG1 is doomed? How about the rest of the Dune movies?

Re:It comes as no surprise (1)

dr_eaerth (149359) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211778)

If they aren't going to do space shows, does that mean SG1 is doomed? How about the rest of the Dune movies?

As far as I know, SG1 was only supposed to be one extra season, which means it will have fulfilled its purpose. Of course, I could be mistaken.

Don't know the status of the Dune miniseries. They don't fit into the JohnEdwards Channel philosophy, but contracts may have been signed already.

Re:It comes as no surprise (3, Funny)

hackerzrus (112557) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211945)

Well, I guess I don't get the distinction between "sci-fi" and "science fiction" any more than I would see a diff between Hi-fi and "high fidelity", thought I suppose one could be a "stereo" and the other is "good sound". (So, the shorter one can be "nouned"? Don't think that applies here!)

I certainly don't get Farscape. It's not Sci-Fi anymore than Friends is a soap or Charlie's Angels was "crime drama". They're all comedy.

Just like Andromeda.

SG-1 is pretty damn funny too.

Colonel Jack O'Neil: Hey, Carter, thought you might like to watch a movie, so we got Star Wars. Teal'c here has seen it like, what, eight...

Teal'c: Nine.

O'Neil: ...nine times, so it must be good!

Capt. Samantha Carter: [long pause] thinking [to O'Neil] You mean...you've never seen Star Wars?

O'Neil: Well, you know me and Sci-Fi.

Maybe it's all comedy...

Re:It comes as no surprise (3, Funny)

Nik (2147) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212050)

Well, I guess I don't get the distinction between "sci-fi" and "science fiction" any more than I would see a diff between Hi-fi and "high fidelity", thought I suppose one could be a "stereo" and the other is "good sound". (So, the shorter one can be "nouned"? Don't think that applies here!)

To those who are wondering why,
What we call 'SF' ain't 'sci-fi',
It's just, there's a fine line,
Between Robert Heinlein,
And 'Son of the two-headed fly'.

N

Don't worry about stargate :) (1)

Ender77 (551980) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212044)

Next season will be SG1's final season, but that is because they want to expand on the concept. The creaters feel that they have gone as far as they can with SG1 and are afraid of killing the show with the the x-files death(draging a show way past its due date). After SG1, a second stargate movie will be created(suposedely with the cast of SG1). Then a cartoon will be created called stargate infinity that is supposed to come on saturdays, and finally a spinoff of SG1 will be created called Atlantis which will be based on the finale season of SG1. I just hope Richard Dean Anderson will be in the spinoff. He is FUNNY as hell, and one of the biggest reasons I watch stargate is because he cracks me up. :) For information about all this go to: http://www.gateworld.net/ it has the best information for all things stargate. :)

I see dead programming... (1)

patmfitz (517089) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211857)

And now, for a small question from me... What is the point of a science fiction channel without science fiction?

The point is to make more room in the schedule for talking to dead people, of course:

Crossing Over with John Edward [scifi.com] has been officially renewed for a second season! Watch for another great year of John reaching out and making connections.

That Bastard shold be shot! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211877)

I find it hard to believe that somebody can make a bloody fortune off of the stupid masses. The one time I watched that show, he was so vague that he couldn't help but get something right. And even then, the audience fed him so much information it was pathetic!

That's not science-fiction, that's pure fantasy man!

Re:I see dead programming... (1)

nanoakron (234907) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211917)

'reaching out and making connections' or 'reaching out and *faking* connections'?

Uhh...someone reading this has an R in their name...and they had a father. Someone in your family is sick, aren't they? No? Well, I can only go on what you're telling me, so it's your fault I'm getting it wrong.

What a crock.

-Nano.

Re:It comes as no surprise (2)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211922)


And now, for a small question from me... What is the point of a science fiction channel without science fiction?


Maybe John Edwards knows?

Re:It comes as no surprise (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4212003)

John Edwards is a dildo! I get sick and tired of his stupid face every time I put on SCIFI, They get rid of MST3K, The LEXX is no more, and NoW Farscape, why are they doing this? IF they are a part of USA networks maybe they are tryong to force people to watch MONK (which is actually not a bad show) damn them and thier damn execs! what are they gonna do next? move the pet psychic to SCIFI! BAH!!!!

SCIFI CAN GO TO HELL!

Re:It comes as no surprise (4, Insightful)

RatFink100 (189508) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211928)

Saying science fiction is about space is like saying crime fiction is about guns.

Must be a study somewhere... (2)

Nomad7674 (453223) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211765)

At times like this when it appears a trend is forming to cancel highly-rated shows like Farscape and Witchblade on cable, you have to wonder if there was a network study somewhere which claimed that Sci Fi was "out" or "on the want" and everyone is trying to get ahead of the curve. TV execs always seem to be trying to get ahead of the curve (rather than sticking with what works), which seems to leave us with fewer and fewer old, popular, and unique shows and more and more shows stamped from the same cloth.

Farcrap? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211769)

Whats the Sci-Fi Channel?

First-largest? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211772)

If farscape is the second-largest, can anyone tell me what the first-largest show on the sci-fi channel is?

Stargate SG1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4212008)

If you're going by ratings, it's been whoopin' Farscape's ass... AND this is after Stargate SG1 lost it's most popular character and replaced him with Parker Lewis. There's even talk that they may decide to make another season after this one (which wasn't the original plan). If not, they've been looking at doing a movie.

The Real intention of scifi (3, Interesting)

cioxx (456323) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211773)

Look, I would hate to burst your bubble, but this looks to me like a lame publicity stunt by the networks. I hate to be the conspiracy theory guy, but hear me out, because this is a great strategy.


  1. SciFi/USA Networks Cancel Farscape claiming it costs too much to produce
  2. The story hits various portals such as internet message boards, tv news, slashdot and others.
  3. Creates a huge outcry from the fanbase, letters will be written, online petitions will be signed
  4. Suddenly SciFi has a change of heart and brings the series for a trial run for one more season
  5. As a result this turns out to be the best way to lure new viewers who are intrigued by all the hype
  6. ??? [amazon.com]
  7. The Network Profits by an unprecedented media stunt by increasing viewership.

Re:The Real intention of scifi (1)

ites (600337) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211822)

Thank you for posting this.
You saved me the effort of saying it.
Threatening to cancel a slow-perfoming show
is a great way to generate new publicity.
The only better way is a lawsuit.
A good studio would cancel the show at the height
of its success, with no warning, and leave it in
the public's mind that way.

Re:The Real intention of scifi - (1)

mr_resident (222932) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211842)

Yes! Finally, someone said it. I agree 100%. I think this is, at the very least, a test to see what kind of free pub they can get out of such an announcement."A chainsaw to Moya"? Sounds like "Everyone! Clap your hands to save tinkerbell's life!" to me.

Still, I hate to underestimate the stupidity of a network which cancelled The Invisible Man.

Farscape is one of the most thought-provoking shows on televison. It's not for everyone and, news flash for network execs, you can't make something for everyone! Farscape has consistantly amazed me with the quality of work in every aspect of it's production. I hope this is just a silly stunt by some marketing feebs, but I'll be calling/writing SciFi to voice my support for Farscape anyway!

If this keeps up, I may have to return to reading!

Re:The Real intention of scifi (2)

banky (9941) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211950)

But what about the cast and crew? Isn't it bad to screw with the talent like that?

I don't buy it. I think it's just SciFi doesn't want to spend so much on what is only now a moderate performer.

Re:The Real intention of scifi (1)

LittleGuy (267282) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212072)

6. ??? [amazon.com]

I know that There Is No Rule Six, but does that mean that Nazis are working with SFC executives in stealing our underpants?

Not really surpised. (1)

moniker (9961) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211777)

I did love Farscape. The story arcs in the first three seasons were excellent, but the this season hadn't seemed to be going anywhere until the last episode that was aired.

I'm really not surprised. I don't think the show was at all ratings friendly. It was too difficult to catch reruns.. too difficult to pick up the gist of the story mid-season. Thanks to ADV, way too freaking expensive to buy the dvds. If you didn't watch every week, you never knew where those new characters came from.

I'm in absolute shock... (1)

Hitch (1361) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211780)

even if it IS expensive to create....this show has a HUGE fanbase and it's got ratings through the roof, and not with any qualifiers like "for a cable sci-fi show". It seriously has ratings many mainstream shows would be envious of. WRITE people. WRITE IN. I'd like to see Sci-Fi say "okay. we know you've got season five and six plotted out. scrap season six, rewrite it so it wraps up the show." and then let them do the two more years. and the wrapup doesn't have to END their relationship or similar...just maybe put them on a footing with say episode two - only without anyone chasing them down. and now we start going from THERE, if anyone ever wants to do anything. perhaps in the form of movies a la B5.

I know! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211785)

Freddie needs a nanny, because he's been a very naughty boy.

Petitions, letters, and phone calls. (2, Informative)

pajor (310214) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211789)

I don't think petitions, letters, nor phone calls will do any good.

As Ben put it, "They're taking a chainsaw to Moya next week" meaning that the sets are scheduled to be destroyed within a matter of days.

Yeah, maybe letters and phone calls will make them spend the money to rebuild the sets, but I probably wouldn't hold my breath. They would have folded the sets if there was a chance the show was going to be picked up again (as they did with "Crusade"'s sets [even though they never did pick up this series]). I think it's best we wish Brian Henson et al the best of luck on their new endeavors instead of spending our energy on such a longshot. The best we could hope for is for a final episode or movie, but I doubt this as well

Sounds like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211792)

Typical corporate stupidity. Cancel a popular show and fill the time slot with crappy junk we have all seen before...douchebags!

Age of the disinterested (1)

hovelander (250785) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212036)

This is the only show on TV that has given me joy. Period. I was happy when I watched. That hasn't happened with any other show since I was a kid and was watching schlock like Knight Rider and The A Team. I didn't know any better then. This show is different. This show was genuine, and I genuinely felt for the characters. More than once the show has brought me to tears with the Aeryn & John arc. I was astounded that I could feel so much for a space opera. This show has, single handedly, restored my faith that good writing & production can slip past the yes-wo/men every now and then to inspire a cherished few.

Good people must stand up and try to find more of these holes in the fabric of sanitized corporate culture products. Otherwise money and the lowest common, disinterested intellects will win the day.

Do other creative types understand the magnitude of of this cancellation and Futurama's? It means that good sci-fi doesn't matter. It's about the cash instead of heart. Cheap it out and the numbers will be the same.

Our only worthwhile reaction will be to get out and create what we believe to have heart. Then fight with everything we have to get it realized and inspire others to do the same.

Money begets money. Empathy and heart do not figure in to that.

Sad times indeed.

What? (1)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211800)

It's April 1st already? *checks his calander*

Dang .. that must have been one heck of a Friday night!

Ok, i'm not a massive farscape fan (3)

perlyking (198166) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211804)

But what is "frelling"?
There is no good sci-fi on at the moment. I see Enterprise and its just more "wild west cowboys in space" crap.

Re:Ok, i'm not a massive farscape fan (3, Informative)

banky (9941) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211820)

it's like "fucking".

The idea is that certain words didn't get picked up right by the "translator microbes" so Crichton hears the "native" word, rather than the translation. Or something like that. It was just a way to give flavor.

Re:Ok, i'm not a massive farscape fan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211947)

Do those translator microbes ever evolve into Babel Fish?

Re:Ok, i'm not a massive farscape fan (2)

banky (9941) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211959)

Good artists imitate, great artists steal.

Re:Ok, i'm not a massive farscape fan (2, Funny)

crow (16139) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211887)

See "Feldercarb."

Re:Ok, i'm not a massive farscape fan (2)

b1t r0t (216468) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212024)

But what is "frelling"?

Someone throw him a frickin' bone here!

(All I want is some frickin' sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads!)

I smell HBO, cc them with your letters (3, Insightful)

vandelais (164490) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211805)

I never got into the show, but understand why other people did. It's a decent show and probably should continue.

There is always hope. HBO has a rather good record of picking up shows of meritable creative content that do not get network/cable support from the cronies that run them. Maybe you could redirect or cc your support mail there.

Re:I smell HBO, cc them with your letters (2, Informative)

Talaran (70085) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211894)

The problem with the idea of Farscape getting picked up by another network is that SciFi would have to give up the rights to the first 88 episodes for the new network to be able to air them, which they may not be willing to do. Any potential saviour would be much less likely to step up if they could only air the 5th season and without the previous 4.

Well.. (1)

grazzy (56382) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211807)

To be honest, I've followed Farscape from the start, I've watched every episode soo far, and douh, SciFi doesn't even air in Sweden, go figure.

From what I've seen from seasong 4, they're either running out of ideas or being bored, the plot is gone, its moving more and more into a serie of losely connected episodes where every episodes is a entirerly own story. What I liked about Farscape and I'm sure most others did was the "ongoing" plot that they actually stuck too, unless many other series like it..

Shit! (from a UK viewer) (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211810)

Urrghh... what a way to wake up on a Saturday. Farscape is one of the few shows that I make time to watch.

I'm not usually surprised when a series is cancelled - either it obviously bites, or no-one is watching. Neither seems to be true of Farscape. In fact, I'm so mystified by this, I've spent my Saturday morning writing a letter to the Sci Fi channel in the U.S... I know, I know, I've been extremely polite (just expressing my sincere shock) and I realise that they will probably just bin it along with the thousands of other "fan" letters, but I had to do it.

I've never done that for a TV show before. So maybe that will mean something to the less cynical slashdot readers.

Fax them! (5, Informative)

Ageless Stranger (540738) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211816)

I urge everyone who is upset about this to send a fax to Sci-Fi Network. I found the this link to a free online fax service from the parent article.

Free Online Fax [tpc.int]

Sci-Fi's fax number is +1-212-413-6531.

Lazy Editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211821)

"Because networks respond better to phone calls and snail-mail letters than a mass e-mail campaign and there is contact info on a fan-run Message Board."

That is from the story submission. It is not even English! Lazy "editors", please have the decency to edit submissions when it is for the purpose of clarifying the poster's intent. More than likely, Enlish is a second lanquage for the poster so I do not blame them. You lazy ass editors should be ashamed though! Yes I know what he meant, but it hurts my brain to have to extrapolate meaning from non-sensical posts that you could have easily cleaned up. Slashdot editors have to be the laziest people in the world. I expect better on a supposedly educated geek log.

Thank you. I am also quite serious about this, if I wanted to read piss-poor writing I would hang out on the wrestling message boards.

Is there "official" news of this? (1)

l1gunman (463233) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211823)

Unless I missed it, the Sci-Fi channel's web site is remarkably silent on this topic. Sure seems like this is a hoax to me... Wouldn't be the first time someone reacted to a false report in a chatroom. (And I'm sure we could never imagine a chat session being hacked, now have we?)

The only item of note on Farscape's pages at SciFi.com is that new episodes will be out in 2003 to finish the second half of the "fourth" season. Looks like Crichton won't be left floating in orbit over Earth after all.

How can anyone watch Farscape? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211843)






All that bickering between the characters on every episode. That grows old really fast. I actually forced myself to watch more than a couple episodes to see what all that hype is about but to no avail... if anything... this is like the soaps of sci fi....

I must say the peacekeeper chick does compete nicely with the vulcan chick on Enterprise on some attributes ;)



Re:How can anyone watch Farscape? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211853)

Exactly, I say put this old horse down. It's only in pain.

TV Execs are nuts (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211873)

It happens all the time, get a popular show that brings in the viewers/ads then cancel it..

And they get paid well for these decisions too..

F-ing morons.

Yes write them fast!!!

normally (2, Flamebait)

Apreche (239272) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211883)

I would say yes save the show. However, I dont' like that show. It's too much like Star Trek, which I hate. I mean, I'm a geek just like the rest of you, but this is one area of geekdom I just don't get. When I watch Star Trek I just can't help but feel I'm watching an afternoon soap opera, except everyone is wearing an alien costume or a space ship uniform. Changing the setting doesn't make a show any better. I don't watch scifi channel anymore anyway. Wait... I don't watch TV anymore really. Go ahead and cancel all the shows you want.

Re:normally (1)

seann (307009) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212027)

star trek: Deep Space Nine
was one giant soap opera
except it had lots of action
so it was an actera!

Reminds me of The Pretender and NoWhere Man (3, Insightful)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211908)

In those cases, they killed off shows that you had to think ( gasp ) to enjoy.. and replaced with mindless garbage. Sign of the times i guess.

What is with this TV season's cancelling crap??? (5, Informative)

slashdot_commentator (444053) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211910)


Look at what the networks have killed in the past 6 months (of note):

Dark Angel (FOX: news to me, but axed in May, had ok ratings!)
Futurama (FOX: weak ratings)

A couple days ago:

Witchblade (TNT: had strong ratings!)
Farscape (Sci-Fi: good ratings?)

(I'm sure I'm missing a biggie in all this. X-Files, Ally McBeal, Family Guy, etc. don't count...)

I'd understand the cancellations if the ratings were weak, and new programming was so much more promising but:

Derivative spinoffs: CSI:Miami, Law & Order:
Cop shows, cop shows, cops shows
doc shows, doc shows, doc shows

Another boring lawyer show from David E. Kelley
New soon-2-be-DOA show from the other lucky producer...

And the rest being f**king lame-assed "reality" shows I don't watch. How the f**k do loser shows like Big Brother2, Amazing Race2, and The Mole2 manage to get timeslots??? Yeah, they're cheap to produce, but they get sh*tty ratings.

I just don't get it. There a quite a few new shows coming out this fall, and most of them have LOSER stamped on them. Why kick out a promising show to stick in a sure loser?

The only thing new that looks like it has promise is Firefly. But I would have killed something other than Dark Angel... (Birds Of Prey looks promising too.)

Is it that our demographic (and thus, entertainment preferences) is too old and not desirable anymore? Do good shows cost too much? Do networks make more money on sh*t reality shows?
Am I missing a possible trend? (Economic recession putting content companies out of business? 9/11 makes people want mindless, "wholesome", patriotic, hero themed shows?)

Its a conspiracy, I tell you! And the handwriting is on the wall. Get ready to say goodbye to Buffy, Stargate SG1 (a Sci-Fi channel property), Angel, Smallville, Enterprise(?), South Park, Son of the Beach,

I can't say its all bad. I watch way too much TV. I'd like to feel confident that there will be something watchable in a couple of years, but it doesn't look good (for me, for us?)...

Re:What is with this TV season's cancelling crap?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211949)

Not Family Guy!!!
SAVAGES!


/me cries

We were ready even before this (1)

LordTherem (42375) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211951)

Buffy - Ending after the upcoming season 7 (SMG's contract is running out, and Buffy doesn't work so well without Buffy)
Stargate SG1 - Ending after the upcoming second half of season 6 (planned end of arc). Note that this means SciFi is losing the ENTIRE Friday night lineup after the upcoming spring.

I wouldn't be too worried about Enterprise, it seems unlikely UPN would cancel a Trek - hell, even Voyager lasted 7 years!

Re:What is with this TV season's cancelling crap?? (2, Informative)

Kythorn (52358) | more than 12 years ago | (#4211974)

Since so many people seem to be asking, Farscape was scifi's highest, or second highest show depending on who you ask. Unrealized Reality (Season 4, Episode 12) pulled a 1.5, which is pretty unheard of for this network.

Unfortunately, it's also their most expensive show to create, but what the hell else do they have? They killed b5:lotr (And no, not THAT lotr), they killed lexx, Stargate's coming to a conclusion after this season.... They're going to have dead zone and johnathon edwards when at the end of this year.

JMS said scifi wants to get away from "those space shows", when they killed the b5 spinoff. I haven't figure out who's irrational bias this is, they're the scifi channel for christ sake, ut if I ever identify the person responsible, rest assured that I will provide contact info.

Re:What is with this TV season's cancelling crap?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4212021)

But I love law and order!!! And CSI! all those other shows can hit the can for all I care.

Figures.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4211991)

They cancelled First Wave dispite a huge response from fans.. Farscape won't be any different.. Good luck in the attempt though.

Re:Figures.. (1)

Professor North (606910) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212007)

First Wave was probably the only show on television that I made a point to watch. Now, it's gone. Bloody television.

My idea of a SciFi channel. (1)

Bloodwine (223097) | more than 12 years ago | (#4212014)

As much as I love original content, I would love a channel that aired the following reruns:

(1) Star Trek: TNG
(2) Babylon 5
(3) Lexx
(4) Farscape
(5) Battlestar Gallactica
(6) V
(7) Sliders (the earlier years)
(8) Quantum Leap
(9) Time Traxx
(10) Dr. Who
(11) Joe Bob Briggs Drive-In Theatre (or whatever it was called)
(12) MST3K
(13) Buck Rogers

Of course I'd like halfway decent movies on the weekends. The SciFi channel _USED_ to show good sci-fi movies on the weekends, but alas no more.

What happened to them?!

WRESTLING!!! WOOHOO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4212019)

Yeah! That's what the scifi channel needs! They could even make the wrestlers dress up like aliens!
And they need to show MORE z-grade horror films like Lake Placid!

Idiots.
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