Everytime I go to a Farscape con or get together with other Farscape fans I find myself reliving the frenzy of the fandom. This is a good thing. Farscape is the most positive fandom I have ever been involved with—-whether it be being amazed at a topic explored or in awe of the chemistry between Ben Browder and Claudia Black—we all agreed the story of John Crichton in the Uncharted Territories is still the best! The campaign to “save” Farscape was a stressful and invigorating to me personally. I was looking for old message board posts from The Ultimate Farscape board and came across this written by Claire Sainsbury, a true fan and great friend to the Save Farscape community.
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The Amanda Tapping photo op! Action John has posed with all of SG1 except Richard Dean Anderson
Have been at Dragon Con for the past few days—-no Ben Browder but several Crichtons I was the moderator of sorts for the Farscape panels which featured Virginia Hey. We drew bigger than expected crowds (Friday’s panel had people sitting on the floor!). Ms. Hey was asked if Ben was involved in pranks on set. I loved her response : ” Ben was very focused–not on entertaining us (the cast) but rather on entertaining you(gesturing at the crowd)”. I spoke with may people in lie asking how long they had been watching—-many only the last few monthes! I really hope studios are paying attention to that.
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Got permission from Kimber007 to use two of her photos from the Polaris Blast Off Party in Toronto last month! The first Action John hangs with 2 Doctors and an Alien. The second Adam Baldwin and Ben and their beverage tickets!
Though it has been almost 2 weeks since Polaris I am still trying to organize my memories from the Blast Off Party! I think what I remember most is laughing The first guest in the small room was Melinda Clarke. When she came to our table one of the guys offered her a seat—she laughed and said her dress was a bad choice for sitting—-she was great and touching on the topic of casting an age versus the actor’s real age. Next was Adam Baldwin who I have seen before and is always entertaining. He saw people’s iPhones on the table and having worked in Canada before immediately wanted to know what network he should be on. He had his phone out showing it to a couple of the girls who helped him select the best network. While he was talking Ben approached from behind and asked what he was drinking. He had a handful of drink coupons and then disappeared returning with a drink for Adam. The room was set-up perfectly for the event—some small and two or three larger tables and people were encouraged to mingle. Our table had about 10 people,2 Dr Who action figures, an alien figure,Action John and a sonic screwdriver. Adam (and all guest) immediately picked up the screwdriver after getting his network established. His expression as it activated was priceless! I wish I could remember the questions—he did say he was happy that Chuck was going to have a definitive end. He moved on and Ben arrived shortly after. He did comment to me he couldn’t believe when he read I would see him in Toronto. I asked him his thoughts on social media use for projects not in the can. He said no point really until there was something to talk about. I said I though the studios weren’t up to speed on how it could be manipulated—citing how fan sites for Naught For Hire were being encouraged to “Like” the project and him on Facebook and Tweet about it, but wondered if they were aware that among the numbers were dogs and action figures! He spoke in his usual intelligent manner of not liking to discuss something until it is time and how Hollywood has it’s own methods which don’t always make sense. We moved on to him just finishing filming Bad Kids Go To Hell. I asked if it was a fun shoot. He said yea but he felt soooo old as the lead was 19! Many of you may remember his story of working on a pilot with Richard Farnsworth who was always on set watching no matter if in the scene or not. So I asked were you the Richard Farnsworth of the set?(Ben has had the reputation of being present as well) He laughed and said Yes! About this time he was no longer able to resist the sonic screwdriver! He picked it up and examined it — I said Adam had been playing with it—the girl who owned it(sorry I can’t remember her name!) said many people had been doing things with it! He gave a horrified look but still kept pushing the buttons There was more discussion on state of TV and media and he moved on. The last guest was Armin Shimerman was is funny and classy. After playing with the screwdriver said he might need a cigarette! After the guest did the official rounds they hung out eating appetizers,drinking and talking with people. Eventually alot of people left including and security was trying to clear the room(an hour after the party was scheduled to end). Adam tried to get Ben to go to Klingon Karoke! I wanted to go but had been up over 24 hours. Next day at the photo op Ben asked if I had gone to the karoke —I said no had been up tooo long. He had not either though Adam closed that as well apparently and was singing while signing autographs that afternoon! The reason I hate writing these things is I often don’t remember other questions having been focused on getting the nerve to ask mine and it sounds arrogant when I read what I have written! Our table had great questions and fast,witty answers! I hope some of them read this and comment what they remember!
All along I have been onboard with Ben doing Naught For Hire. I like the project and felt with Ben as an executive producer the story would not lose it’s uniqueness in the transition to screen. A couple of thing have made me even more confident the project will be made. A friend from another fandom with an industry background says webseries are going to be the next big thing. Another industry friend (writer) made a similar comment. SyFy’s Mercury Men is sleek . Bryan Singer’s(yes THAT Bryan Singer) upcoming H+ looks intriguing to me. The idea of episodes that are 5 – 7 minutes seem not worth the time but am finding I like them—-they bring back the feeling of anticipation I haven’t felt since I was a kid watching Lost In Space with the To Be Continued ending. The plus is now I think we can assume a dvd will released quickly after the last ep is broadcast At the Polaris Convention in Toronto recently Ben told a group of us he hopes Naught for Hire will be filmed in the next 6 months. as Ben fans we are looking at a good year coming up!
Just a thanks for looking at the Polaris 25 Con video! I apologize for the shakiness. Eventually I will get better :p I always enjoy listening to people’s reactions the first time they attend a Ben panel. After the initial comments of hot,funny etc. are the “he is really proud of Farscape” ones. I first saw him at the first Farscape Con in August 2000. He wore slacks and a sport coat. Pretty restrictive for his speaking style! It is great when someone instrumental in a project that has given you alot of enjoyment(and for many of us alot of friends) is truly proud of it. I also like that he remains honest about all his work. He doesn’t suck up to SG1 fans—doesn’t trash anyone or anything to do with SG1—but is honest that it wasn’t/isn’t Farscape.
I want to comment on Ben’s statement about not understanding why someone would want his autograph. I think the reasons differ from person to person. For some it is a chance to tell him face to face that they enjoy his work. Many of us are too nervous to start a conversation with someone we admire and the autograph is an icebreaker of sorts. There is also a rivalry of sorts between fans of various actors,shows,books,movies etc. to keep your guy/girl on top of the fan dogpile. One very obvious (albeit crass) way is the autograph value. I like it when Ben is a higher tier autograph at a convention. When his line is longer than another actor we view as “competition” there are toasts and high fives that evening accompanied by “We win!!”. Are there more important things in life to worry about? To quote John Crichton “Hell yeah”. Farscape has given me hours of escape and many friends over the last 12 years. I have joined with some of these friends to raise money for important causes. Ben is the face of Farscape to me and attending appearances, getting autographs, and photo ops is a way to show support. It is surely a surreal experience for him but one we fans, many of whom are serious professionals in “real life”, become giddy about!