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8 August

Posted: August 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Let us flashback to early September 2002. Farscape was wrapping filming on season 4. We were all relaxed having received an unprecedented at the time 2 season renewal. My daughters were at the Friday night movies/sleepover stage so it was hectic after I got off work. I finally sat down (during soccer practice went home as cel phones weren’t as smart!) and checked my emails. I was stunned by 2 from Ben telling me to get as many fans as I could to the Dom chat that night. There was no social media. The actors and producers got hold of as many webmasters as they could to gather a crowd. Later after my Mom duties over I went to chat. I had called an industry friend who was a Scaper and she checked around. By then I had received a reply from Ben that yea it was bad news. Chat started with hundreds of people (it was always big on Fridays but as no episode on that night this was a bigger crowd than usual. The announcement made. I found an old transcript here . I had heard via my friend that there were issues and not all had to do with money are rating but both of those could be used as justification. Fans were galvanized. It was amazing because of technology we could make our reaction be known much faster than the Star Trek fans of the 1960s. Many lurkers suddenly stepped up and had ideas and were speaking out. I get that time has passed and priorities change and the world is a mess. For me life is less complicated personally. However we had had an election here in the US that was controversial and had a president many of us felt wanted war in Iraq based on his campaign talk and that would come to pass by the time Peacekeeper Wars aired. Unrest for many of no matter where we lived but we found time and heart to fight for this trivial thing we cared about. I see post after post saying people want the show back. It usually makes the lists of shows fans want revived in some form. People say they would give money to a Kickstarter campaign. This is going to sound pissy but I am skeptical. I know people don’t want to Tweet or tag an instagram photo for various reasons but I have a hard time believing they would log in and donate money. Ok what can you do if you want to avoid social media? Google HBO,Amazon,Netflix and Hulu and get a physical address and send a letter. Just put a hashtag #farscapenow. Fax if you prefer old school. Feel free to be a Debbie Downer as well. If the show comes back we won’t taunt you with “I told you” πŸ™‚


6 August

Posted: August 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

First I want to thank all who are getting active in the #farscapenow campaign. It is easy to do, free and takes just a few minutes a day. On any social media you use just post something about Farscape and use the hashtag #farscapenow. It can be a photo, a retweet, or a reblog. Instagram pic a favorite photo or personal art and hashtag it. There is a surge today at 6 PM ET(US/Canada/South America). There is also a surge at 1800 London (UK) time. Get out your dvds and tweet or post a rewatch during that time if that works for you. If you don’t want people to see on your Facebook feed then you can post on the Farscapenow page. 

Second to all those who think  the actors too “old”. Star Trek made a comeback over a decade after being cancelled in an era without the Internet.Shows like Everwood, Gilmore Girls and Full House being given new life. Yes these are far cheaper to produce. The X Files (my first fandom and one of the first shows to value the internet fan interaction) had a successful short season last year and begins filming another soon. Yea Gillian Anderson looks older as she should as much time has passed (she is still beautiful and still Scully). Duchovny has aged a bit less gracefully but is still Mulder. Ben and Claudia Black have aged little but enough to believe time has passed. Gigi Edgley looks like she was frozen in time.  If one wants pretty faces and abs then Farscape was never the show for you (and I bet our actors have the abs but can also act!).

Thirdly is this a waste of time? Who knows? I would like to think not. Everwood was a good show but who would have thought revival? Farscape fans, many new to the show in the last few years cosplay around the world at conventions. Ben Browder filled a room to standing capacity in Birmingham, UK the morning after a terror attack two hours away this past June. The people running the con thought there would be a drop in attendance but the room surpassed the crowd for Robert Patrick who was the guest before him. Mostly new fans fans since the show was cancelled. Plans I endorse will be posted or tweeted (@Action_John) or Instagrammed by me but it is a grassroots movement so if you have an idea run with it and hashtag it! Yes there is a little used Instagram account as I hate cel phones —  benbrowdernet

Photo above from Twitter June 2017

 

 


4 August

Posted: August 4th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

#FarscapeFriday

I attended the first Farscape con with some trepidation. Would they have been “encouraged” to attend by SciFi  and affect
ennui I had witnessed at Star Trek cons (these actors have since learned to embrace these events) or be enthusiastic like X File star Gillian Anderson and just enjoy the experience.  It was the latter. Every guest from actor to writer had big grins and ran over their time. Five years later over 3000 sat in San Diego, most of us arriving early before the first panel jockeying for better seats as the day went on. We sat through many panels.  Often these are quick sell deals for the network and flash thrills for the fans. The heartfelt pride the panel which featured Brian Henson, Rockne O’Bannon, David Kemper, Ben  Browder and Claudia Black all felt over this project which they had four plus years to (more in the case of Henson, O’Bannon and Kemper) was still evident. All fans feel this about their panels I know but to this day no one involved mocks or makes light of the work they did on Farscape. Did things ever not go to plan? Of course. Antics? Anthony Simcoe — enough said πŸ™‚ Never do you hear yea they didn’t care that the character wouldn’t say/do that or the producers said just say your lines. Fans like to hear that the characters they have invested time in have been respected by those who bring them to life, that producers/writers say the fans will take the ride with us as opposed to the fans will just have to accept what we give them (said by an exec producer writer of another cult show in an interview). The TV industry has changed. It is trendy to have the casts Tweet live during episodes. The Farscape people visited chats in 2001 and sometimes just dropped in or were there “cloaked”. They get it. Kemper and Manning would challenge fan statements and engage in dialogue over plot/character points. Farscape is a show that would do well in today’s TV world in my opinion as a viewer.  We need, we want more #farscapenow 

Special thanks to musicalgal for the photos above and surfwidow for the one below πŸ™‚ CaScapers still rule!


3 August

Posted: August 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

What a moment when two men who have admired each other’s work get to take a few minutes  and discuss a shared passion — Farscape. I think we all would love to see James Gunn leave his mark on Farscape in the future! Thanks to Scaper Patricia for the spot! #farscapenow

 

#GotGPicoftheDay One of my favorite #scifi shows of all time was #Farscape. So when I ran into the show’s star, Ben Browder, a couple of years ago at the Saturn Awards, I asked him if he’d make a cameo in #guardiansofthegalaxy. He thankfully agreed and can be seen as the Sovereign Admiral with Ayesha. He’s a great guy. Here we are chatting Farscape #behindthescenes. #movies #movie #gotg #gotgvol2

12.3k Likes, 83 Comments – James Gunn (@jamesgunn) on Instagram: “#GotGPicoftheDay One of my favorite #scifi shows of all time was #Farscape. So when I ran into the…”

 


2 August

Posted: August 2nd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Most of you may have seen this already on Ben Browder Network but in case you haven’t πŸ™‚ I was asked for contact information from the Being people and received this message from one of the executive producers:

Hi Everyone,

My name is Rickey and I’m an Executive Producer for the film Being. It
has come to my attention that all of you have reached out in various
ways seeking answers on our project that popped up on your radar on
July 31st. If you have not yet heard already, the whole Being team is
not only excited to work with Ben Browder, but to also engage with his
extended family of passionate supporters in a very meaningful way
after we have finished shooting. Our priority is to provide the best
experience and environment conducive to success. In other words, we
hope you are okay with us being a little selfish by keeping news close
to the vest until we have carried out our Director’s vision. We care a
lot about the talent who have dedicated their time and energy to us as
well as their respective management and representatives who were quite
pleasing to work with. We don’t want to let any distraction get in the
way of delivering the product you deserve. We hope you can understand.

In the coming months, we will make ourselves available to answer
questions through various platforms and we can’t thank you enough for
your interest. This isn’t a press release per se, but rather a
courtesy response. Thank you very much!

Regards,

Rickey Gerard Perez

 

So now two Twitter missions for Ben fans : #farscapenow — retweet and share Ben or Farscape related messages,GIFs, or photos AND follow @BeingMovie and retweeet them (may be a bit as main filming begins August 14th).


31 July

Posted: July 31st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

UPDATE 2 :  The writer of the film (with Douglas C. Williams) is a big Farscape fan was excited when he was told Ben had been signed!!

UPDATE 1 August : Principle filming will start August 14th in Cornwallville,NY. Keep an eye on Ben Browder Network on Facebook and Twitter for Being inspired photos featuring Ben and the cast by Sprite Lady.

 

Scaper Patricia passed on Ben Browder Network’s find of a new IMDB listing for Ben — Being scheduled for 2018 featuring Lance Hendrickson and Robert John Burke.  He plays Agent Dixon so an MIB or a Mulder πŸ˜‰ Am confirming any details now. 


29 July

Posted: July 29th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

 

Ok let us take a few moments to go back to fall of 2002. Many of you hadn’t joined the Farscape family yet, so this is addressed to the others. We fans rallied despite the saber rattling of the US president who did not win the popular vote, social protests were happening, investigation in to election improprieties were ongoing and some winding up — sound a bit familiar? European fans were worried their countries would be drawn in and protests happening in their capitols as well. Despite this we took to the internet, the phones to save our show and jokingly(or not!)  our sanity. Do I think today worse—yes. That is why we need escapism. I have worked in healthcare for over 30 years and was married to a cop for 16. It has taught me to thankful. Sometimes I need to escape the reality of how cruel life can be. I get that people can escape watching reality dribble (not really but I try!). So for all of the old warriors who still proudly say they are a Scaper —- dust off your 2002 spirit and Tweet,tumblr,Reddit or whatever to streaming services such as Netflix,Hulu,Amazon Studio and yes even our former nemesis SYFY that the time is now for more #farscapenow. Where do you get your entertainment news? Post to them that you want to hear about Farscape— where are they now, revival merit whatever YOU are interested in. The need for stories by these sites will attract the streaming services/networks that can help at Henson line up investment money and guarantee a distribution outlet at the same time.  The campaign will also provide you, the fan, with a few minute a day escape from the adult world around you! So go and ask for more #farscapenow and save your sanity!


16 July

Posted: July 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bit of a follow up to my editorial rant. I believe in showing respect in public forums to both your fellow fans and the actors being discussed. That said there is nothing wrong with appreciating their sex appeal and physical attributes as well as their talent. For me there some beautiful actors with zero talent that have no appeal.  That is where I question Hollywood’s choices sometimes but then I realize great abs or hair are enough for many viewers. A group I am in (not Farscape or Ben related) had some people posting that they knew the partner of an actor was jealous of them because they were so much more fun than she as they attended a wrap party and she couldn’t be bothered (their words). They had no facts and the couple has 2 younger kids and it was during school. She is also a performer. It was said in fun I am sure but repeated and discussed in depth. The fans are happily married women. It passed the line in my opinion because they demeaned the partner so as an extension the actor . However saying you would “hook up,do etc” an actor is different in my mind. It is usually said as a compliment , off the cuff and in a setting where one is comfortable. I have posted that myself especially back in the early days of Farscape on the Dom. If any producer types are reading fan groups they want to know the actors are appealing and often sex appeal draws more viewers than just talent. Farscape was blessed with a group of actors that had both. They were various types, ages and some in prosthetics yet all had and still have followings who find them and the characters they played “sexy”. Well maybe not Rygel though Jonathan Hardy was adored by fans. Most of us who make the comments are not sexist in real life and treat people with respect.  I am sure this sounds a bit hypocritical but I think most of us think along the same lines. There are lines not to be crossed. Comments that are truly offensive usually generate many negative responses that let the poster know a line has been crossed. A pet peeve of mine is conventions where all guest questions are vetted. The same goes with fan boards. Farscape and Ben fandoms are usually pretty mellow and self-regulating. Heated discussions may call for a nudge from the mod now and again. Trekbbs use to ban people for a week at a time when things got ugly and heated ( and it was worth it when I responded rudely to someone who said Connor Trineer was a better actor than Ben !).

Right now we need to band together to get more Farscape. You can bet that Producers and investors want to know the leads still have “it” and people want to see them back in their leathers!  #farscapenow  !!!!!!!!!!!!!


14 July

Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

A bit of an editorial today first. Farscape fandom and the Ben fandom as it is a corollary, have long been known for being mellow and accepting. Rarely any heavy handed actions by mods needed as I have witnessed in other fandoms. We disagree but choose to embrace the differences as our heroes did to become a family. Often to quote Crichton ” a Jerry Springer kind of family” but … it does bother me to hear of fan policing over things that are not immoral or illegal. As we fight for more #farscapenow let us embody the best of this fandom.

Meanwhile it appears Hoax reshoots complete. Not a fan of horror genre but this may be enough of a twist to make it work for me. Plus Ben and Brian “Mighty Morphin’ Bounty Hunter” Thompson star.


23 June

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

 

 

#FarscapeFriday takes on more meaning as we begin to get serious about the quest for more #farscapenow !! I mean Full House is getting a second season on Netflix! Granted it cost way less to produce but seriously πŸ™‚ If you are off this weekend take a few minutes before heading out to Tweet or tumbl or Reddit or Snapchat or whatever your social media of choice is to say you want more #farscapenow. Tag entities when you can or choose like Netflix,Amazon or Henson Company.