So in Birmingham earlier this month Ben brought up a campaign to get Farscape back on TV via Netflix,Amazon or a major streaming service. At the time I thought it an offhand comment. There was buzz after the talk. I asked him about it and he said times have changed and Henson needed to know we have grown in numbers. There was standing room only at the talk. Last year to see Brian Henson and Gigi Edgley at Dragon con people were turned away from a decent sized room. At most cons over half the people discovered the show after it left the air. So farscapenow.net is launched. No money just a few minutes a day now and again on social media and the second part involves snail mailing an actual postcard of your town( international fans encouraged!!) to Henson. I am always afraid of bringing back something loved but I was so surprised by The X Files limited series and our cast still looks great soooooo let’s give it a try!
Scaper Brigitte found some photos from FedCon 2013 and is letting me share them! Those of us who were there remember the magic! Many new fans were made that weekend!
Reply to mayanscaper —this is from 2004 and surf widow took this photo
Flashback to when Farscape drew thousands to SDCC. As we see Full House revivals wouldn’t we like to see these folks back? Britangie thought they were my photos but I was over to the left so who ever took them thanks!
I got a wonderful gift from Britangie that included many wonderful photos! I am sorting through and will be creating a gallery for them. A flashback below to the Farscape Convention in Burbank 2003. Claudia Black played the guitar and sang for us. Ben was her moral support. Photo by Britangie! I want Scapers to be ready for an announcement soon —- no movie news 🙂
Scaper Patricia posted a promo photo that brought back a flood of memories! The convention center at the Burbank Hilton had windows and we were lining up to go in and could see the vendor table with the new official photos! Squeeing was heard as each group saw them!! It was 2001 and jaded scifi fans were still disbelieving of a “ship” early in a series no matter what was seen and that the producers/writers/actors said! A couple of months before I had listened to creator Rockne O’Bannon explain at SDCC that he felt it wrong when shows ignored chemistry or were afraid to write an adult relationship (he cited X Files). Then these incredible season 3 promo photos came out! Farscape was good solid drama and had a love story that was organic not just an occasional plot device. This first photo is the one I got signed — Ben signed in Claudia’s hair saying “It is all about the hair” !
This is just an opinion piece. No new Ben news so feel free to move on 🙂
I have LOVED two shows this century. The first, Farscape, came as no surprise to me as I was a life long scifi fan. The second, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, blindsided me with the intensity of my reaction to it. I am no kid, I have experienced life. The two shows share a common denominator in that except for Ben Browder, they are all Australian casts. My two favorite actors are Ben Browder and Claudia Black who I have seen play scenes that still bring me to tears after 15 years and I have seen them bring to life more standard 2D characters on other shows. I spent most of my life in southern California where as I have posted before I had friends who had parents in The Industry as it is referred to. Then I had friends and neighbors who were as I became an adult. It gives one perhaps a different perspective, more grounded in the reality of the business side. If you admire an actor such as Ben, Claudia Black, Essie Davis or Nathan Page and are angry they are not working more, it is important to remember that they are in a profession where only 5% are working at any given time. Just like any of our professions the “stars” aren’t always who we would choose. What I hate to see is fans judging actors for their choices professional or personal in public forums and on social media. The arrogance that fans know better than an actor how to choose roles is ludicrous. Would any of you trust a stranger to pick your next job? These are grown professionals with decades of experience in their chosen career. Some actors make a choice for personal reasons. Richard Dean Anderson did not want to miss his daughter growing up. Essie Davis has admitted hating to miss trying for roles but her commitment with her husband that they will keep the family together while their daughters are growing up. Both these actors are criticized by their fans for making a hard choice. I am not privvy to opportunities any of these actors have declined but I respect their choices despite the fact I want to see them every week on my TV !! Is it okay to be upset? To quote John Crichton “Can I get a Hell Yeah?”. I would caution my fellow fans to adjust their fan glasses before judging your favorites or assuming you could help their career by doing anything more than supporting their projects. Unless you are a director or producer then meddle!!!
Check out Instagram , Tumblr and all your usual go to spots for more Saturn Award photos. Most are pretty similar and if you are like me your feeds are getting a bit saturated with the same photos! Who would have thought a Ben overload?! Be sure and check out the YouTube channel. I did add a short red carpet interview with Ben about his directing experience on Bad Kids Go (new working title). Below is a look at Ben at the Saturn Awards going back to 2003. Still looking good 🙂
Special thanks to a ScaperGater friend who is letting me share these! She made the one of Ben and Claudia Black from her photo op with the pair at FedCon 2013.
Ben said John Barrowman wanted to shock the straight, southern boy!
I have a few more pictures from the trio panel in Adelaide , hopefully a bit clearer! The panel was fun and different from the one the week before in Perth not just because of the questions but the actors themselves and spending a week together. Michael Shanks is always pretty honest and was on a roll this trip, which Ben mentioned at the beginning of the panel. My favorite question of the con was asking Ben if his personal experience in moving to Australia was like Crichton’s experience in arriving in the Uncharted Territories. David Kemper has alluded to this but it is the first time I remember this question being asked either as an audience member or watching a video of a con. Ben warmed to the question with an enthusiastic Yes! He went on to discuss the language issues and how every day there were words and phrases he didn’t get even when he thought he did. At Adelaide once again he, Michael Shanks and Cliff Simon lamented their lack of romantic scenes with Claudia Black. At his solo panel Ben once again spoke of the project he is working on — a video game (newest installment of a popular one) and the incredible technology that will keep him looking 27 years old 🙂 More info coming in June at E3.