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How The Sci-Fi Series Farscape Set Out To Do The Opposite Of Star Trek


In the retrospective, Henson explained that in the late 1990s when they were developing “Farscape,” they felt the need to break away from the biggest sci-fi shows on the air, especially “Star Trek”:

“What we were trying to do back then was kind of break the mold. The biggest show was ‘Star Trek,’ for sure. And ‘Star Trek’ had taken a vision of the future where people are in much more control of their emotions, and they’re more efficient in their communication. They feel like an elevated human being when you watch people interacting on the ‘Star Trek’ shows. We really wanted a completely different feel and tone.”

Around the time “Farscape” was being developed, “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” were both on the air, with “Star Trek: The Next Generation” having freshly made the leap from the small screen to the cineplex. The crew aboard Moya in “Farscape” are pretty far removed from characters like the incredible military hero Ben Sisko from “Deep Space Nine” or the brilliant diplomat Jean-Luc Picard from “Next Generation.” Despite most of them being aliens of some sort, they’re all very relatable and very, very human. 

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