I meet so many new Farscape / Ben fans and it stirs many memories for me and in turn I stir the memories of my friends from “back in the day”. The fight to save Farscape for me personally showed the best and worst of fandom. The Friday in early September 2002 the news came out I had worked, then took one daughter to soccer and another to a sleepover before I looked at my computer. My inbox had a couple of emails from Ben. Surprised that there were 2 I opened the first. He said something was happening and to get everyone I could to chat that night. The second was more emphatic. I responded asking bad news? He said yes. I emailed BritAngie in the UK asking if she had gotten the message. I called Avenging Angel, a local Scaper and someone who worked in the entertainment industry to see if she had heard anything. I then started posting everywhere I could telling people to come to chat. Friday night mIRC chat and UltimateFarscape chats were routine for my Friday nights but this Friday was different. Karl’s Web is a great place to visit if you haven’t discoverd it! It was a go to site for Scapers for the most up to date info. That night Ben and David Kemper spoke directly to the fans via the chat — 400 plus fans were present. Ben as well as the other actors on the show used locked screen names so we knew it was really him. Read the transcript. The Internet has grown by leaps and bounds since 2002 and I wonder what would happen today! We called and filled SciFi Channels voicemail, sent faxes and sent telegrams. By the next week Avenging Angel and I placed an ad in Variety followed shortly by a full page ad in The Hollywood Reporter. Fans organized and raised money to save the show. The actors were wrapping the shooting and post production work on the final episodes in Australia. It is easier for actors to interact with fans today no matter where they are located globally. Ben especially used the chat to keep up with how the show was being received (it was aired spottily in Sydney so they had no other way to know). As I enjoy some shows that the actors live tweet I do wonder how Farscape would do today. I believe the show would enjoy a larger audience. I think the conversation would last the whole week between episodes as it did when the show aired live. So many platforms for so many conversations! Should we get a feature film or another mini-series like X Files it will be interesting to see how the actors and fans will react.
Ad from The Hollywood Reporter 9/12/2002 from this website :