Posted: April 10th, 2017 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | 1 Comment »
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” !
Posted: May 4th, 2016 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Essie Davis, Farscape, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Nathan Page, SG1 | 1 Comment »
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!!!
Posted: April 26th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, cliff simon, Farscape, Michael Shanks, Oz Comic Con, SG1 | No Comments »
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.
Posted: April 12th, 2015 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, Oz Comic Con, SG1 | 2 Comments »
I attended Perth Comic Con this weekend. Ben was one of the guests and was in good form Saturday. Sunday featured a n SG1 panel with Ben, Michael Shanks and Cliff Simon. Lots of stories including the discussion of how Daniel could have refused Vala in the red underwear resulted in laughter from the stage and the audience both! Apparently Ben went to the writers ad volunteered Mitchell for the mission! Both men lost their train of thought and said at the same time “What was the question?”. Filming was not allowed and photos of any kind only allowed the first 5 minutes. (at an earlier panel this caused Billy Boyd to question whether that applied to ALL of Australia!) However a dvd will be mailed out so I wll share then. Here are a few pictures thanks to Laura O
Posted: May 23rd, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, john crichton, SG1 | 8 Comments »
Farscape 15th Anniversary Interview with Ben Browder
I was lucky enough to get to interview Ben (I also interviewed him for the 10th anniversary here). remember I am a microbiology lab tech not a journalist!
Me : In 2009 I asked you if your pride in Farscape had changed and you replied No and in some ways you were more impressed as time passed. So same question after 15 years— to me as a fan it seems your pride and love of Farscape remains steadfast– is it?
Ben : I remain faithful. I still love Farscape, warts and all.
Me : Along the same lines when the show first aired and you interacted online and at conventions did you imagine a future with fans continually discovering Farscape anew 15 years later?
Ben : I never really thought about the future, I was too gobsmacked by the initial reaction and fan support. It kinda freaks me out that people younger than my kids have just discovered Farscape… or more freaky, tell me that they grew up watching Farscape. Is it really 15 years? That’s almost the exact timeframe for the debut of Star Trek to its first movie. Guess its time for the reboot.
Me : I asked some close friends for some question ideas and this is one –Have you ever had a Farscape dream? Many of us have “work” dreams when working long or intense stretches and you certainly did alot of that when the show was filming!
Ben : I had a few work dreams back in the day. The classic actor’s nightmare is that you show up for work, naked or only in your underwear, and don’t know your lines… Oh wait, that wasn’t a dream, that actually happened to me on a couple of occasions on Farscape. After 15 years… it is possible given the malleable nature of memory, that what I take as true Farscape work memories are really only my dreams from those short sleeps between work days.
Me : Would you have liked Crichton to return to Earth had there been more seasons?
Ben : Only for a visit to pick up chocolate and milk. The uncharted territories are home for him now and far more interesting than Earth… In my opinion.
Me : What is your take on all of the outlets for for original television/films today (HULU,Netflix,Amazon etc.) is this a good thing as there is more work or does it hurt the market to be flooded? (hope that makes sense!)
Ben : Its great for the audiences, more choice. Its great for creativity as there are more formats and styles being produced. It does tighten budgets, making shows like Farscape a more expensive gamble. I think it does mean there are fewer (or none) blockbuster series like MASH, Dallas, or Cheers were 20 to 30 years ago. Networks used to aim for that show that was “must see TV” because everyone was talking about it around the water cooler the next day. DVRs, on demand, and billions and billions of channels have virtually eliminated “must see” TV. But there are few pleasures greater than binge watching “House of Cards” or DVRing Game of Thrones and re-watching the juicy bits
Me : In this era of remakes, what classic TV character would you like to play?
Ben : Archie Bunker cause he’s so politically incorrect. Fred Sanford cause his “heart attacks” were epic. I Hotlips Hulahan… I don’t really want to play Hotlips… I just love the name and wanted to see it in print as MASH was the greatest TV show ever. Honestly… we may be in the golden age of TV right now… The last 15 years have seen some epic TV shows.
Me : If you were to write a non-John centric episode of Farscape which character would you choose?
Ben : Aeryn. Because Claudia Black kills it every time and no matter how bad my writing might be she would make me look good
Me : I asked the Twitterverse for questions and here they are:
Lynelle : Why aren’t you on Twitter?
Ben : #Fear. I really fear what I might say given that my #filter for stupidity is #broken. Also… I generally have a problem saying anything in #lessthan140characters, as I usually need to go around the horn to get to the #point of what I meant to say and then I’d have to #apologize and #trytoexplainwhatIreallymeanttosay. Twitter might teach me brevity, but aside from poetry, which twitter is not, brevity is not my strong suit or interest. If I get a job which requires twitter I shall try to learn twittering, Hollywood seem to think its important, though more likely for the publicity than for it’s socially redeeming qualities. There are certainly some very clever twitterers… But most of twitter strikes me as #BS. Not that I have anything against #BS. #Itsprobablyreallyimportant #Becomingaludite 🙂 #Olddognewtricks
Dona Rae :What winter Olympic sport would he like to play?
Ben : Hockey! I can’t play Hockey and really can’t skate… but its my favorite Winter Olympic Sport. My only real hope at this stage of my athletic career is curling… I’m pretty good with a broom and yelling at rocks.
Sar33na : f Stargate sg1 had continued what direction/story lines would he have liked his character to have?
Ben: I’m actually really intrigued by what Mitchell would have been getting up to during the 1930s. As you may suspect, Mitchell may actually be related to himself, because of the quirks of the time continuum… But given that he was running around in the 1930s for a decade or so… I would love to have him breaking into the Stargate project as it existed back then. Maybe he was there when they dug the gate up
RaySP : Any new TV or film projects?
Ben : I did a horror film which is due out later this year… Not sure what its eventual title will be. There are a few potential things swirling in the air, but my biggest project is getting the kids through high school and college.
Me : What are you reading now?
Ben : Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. The Black Death, The Intimate Story of a Village in Crisis, 1345-1350 by John Hatcher. The online Sermons of my old friend Robert Fields who is an Episcopalian Priest in Brevard North Carolina. A few Scripts. The Yiddish Policemans Union by Michael Chabon. I seem to be having trouble focusing one thing at a time.
Posted: February 20th, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, john crichton | No Comments »
One of my favorite episodes of Farscape is Green Eyed Monster written by Ben. In the world of scifi TV or most any TV drama it was unique because it dealt with the characters and their attraction to each other in a way that used the jealousy element in a fresh way without the teenage drama and histrionics as is often the case. I think the characters and the audience benefited from having an actor that portrayed one of the characters bring the relationship out of the “will they,won’t they” shadow. At the second Farscape convention in Burbank 2001 one of the highlights for me was the panel dedicated to this episode. The panel featured Ben, Claudia Black, Lani Tapu, director Tony Tilse, and executive producer David Kemper. My friend Bob Tebbe captured some great moments which I am going to share — he has no problems with people using them but I am asking you to give credit if you post them!
ENJOY as we continue to celebrate Farscape at 15 !!!!
Posted: February 18th, 2014 | Author: ath389 | Filed under: News | Tags: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Farscape, SG1 | 1 Comment »
This week’s look back is at the first Farscape convention, August 2000 in Burbank, CA. I had been to a couple of general scifi and X Files conventions but was unprepared for the cast and producers of this show. Their enthusiasm and pride in the show was amazing and came across as genuine (still does !). At the time many of the actors at cons acted embarrassed to be there. I think many of them have learned to enjoy it or at least fake it. This has never been the case with the Farscape cast especially Ben. I am not just being biased — a friend who I have never completely scaped left that first con upset. She later confessed that she wished X Files’ David Duchovny could act like Ben instead of mocking the fans and the show. Being somewhat cynical I assumed this would change and honestly that is in the back of my mind each con I attend which features Ben as a guest.