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    Chief Master Sergeant Thoth's Avatar
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    Default Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    I'm watching all of Farscape for the first time. I'm just starting season 2. It's good so far, but there have been some sucky episodes. So, in order to avoid the crap episodes I was wondering if you guys could tell me which episodes I should skip.

    If anyone is kind enough to do so, keep in mind that I would prefer to watch all episodes that are important to the plot, even if they're awful.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Skip episodes? Are you nuts? Seriously, I like all episodes at least a little, and they just got better with each season imo. So obviously I'm gonna recommend not to skip any
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    Vala Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    I'm with freelancer. Yes, there are some less than stellar FS eps but any bad eps of FS is way better than most good eps of other shows.

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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Maybe skip some scenes but not any whole eps, you might miss out on some important stuff they refer back to later. Even 'Eat Me' (S3) which might be my least favorite ep should be watched at least once just so you know what happens because damn - the ending is important!

    I think the beginning of S2 was probably the slowest for me so that might be what your hitting. Also everyone has different likes and dislikes so without knowing which eps you liked or not you'd just get which eps I dislike which from participating in the season tourneys is not necessarily the same as a lot of others.

    Besides you've got to watch all of S2 just to see the progression of John - you'll understand when you get to the end of the season.


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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Agreed with pretty much all of the above. Eat Me is also my least favourite episode and I remember at the time thinking "It's okay to be disappointed with one episode, just turn it off." I'm glad I didn't because I would have moved onto Thanks for Sharing and literally gone "What the frell?!"

    There's a lot more character growth in season two that season one doesn't get anywhere near. And Thunderstorm's right - especially for John. I'm always amazed at the different favourites in episode tourneys. Often what one person likes, another abhors. I could tell you which episodes I might give a miss, but they'll be different to what someone else will give you. Pretty soon you'll have missed half the season lol. I think it's important your first time round to see them all. Then when it comes to the next time round - and trust me it will - then you can pick and choose.


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    Vala Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Exactly PengYn. I watched Eat Me the first time around and haven't seen it again since. It is, imho, one of the more important eps in the series, but one that I can only watch once.

    Every Scaper has their favorite and least favorite eps but I've come to learn that all Scapers agree on what I've already said, a bad Scape eps is WAY better than a lot of other shows "good" eps. Just enjoy the ride the first time around and then pick and choose what eps you'll watch on the second time you ride the frellin'tastic Scape ride.

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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Gonna agree with the above. I hit some episodes that I didn't really like, but I just fast forwarded through some of the scenes and still caught most of the important stuff.

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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    "Eat Me" is bad, but vital to the Season Three arc.

    My least favorite episode is probably "John Quixote" in Season Four, but a lot of Scapers just love it. The cast gets to do some funny stuff (Claudia is hilarious), but it's just too out there (even by Farscape standards) for my tastes.


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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Ugh, loathed 'John Quixote'.
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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Only liked John Quixote because of who we get to see at the end.

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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    I thoroughly enjoyed "John Quixote" personally.

    As for skipping episodes, I agree with those above. Even the "bad" episodes of Farscape are worth watching, at least once.

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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    The first time I watched John Quixote, I didn't much care for it either. It got a little better on subsequent viewings. But what I think really helped was listening to the commentary with Ben and Claudia. Hearing Ben give the reasons why he wrote certain scenes or designed a scene or character a certain way gives a different perspective when next watching the ep.


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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    HERE you can find a transcript of John Quixote commentary. And more!

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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    I hated Eat Me in Season 3 as others have said, and I think I only watched it once. But a friend of mine saw it as her first ever FS ep, and she loved it. It's what drew her into the show. So you never know what people will like. The great thing about FS was that it took chances. Sometimes that resulted in really great eps, and other times it failed gloriously, as Ben liked to say.

    BTW, I enjoyed John Quixote, but it wasn't a favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunKrux View Post
    I'm with freelancer. Yes, there are some less than stellar FS eps but any bad eps of FS is way better than most good eps of other shows.
    Well, I have to disagree.

    It's gotten to the stage now where the bad episodes are so frequent and so awful that I've stopped watching. I just can't handle it any more. I finish an episode and feel, 'God, what a waste of my time' or 'Wow, that was soul-destroying'. And because of that, each time I think about watching one, I just dread it and end up doing something else.

    But, if you'd like to direct me away from the crumby episodes, I'll probably go back and soldier on. I might even watch the bad episodes that are important plot-wise.

    Episodes that have been beyond unbearable so far in season 2 are:
    Vitas Mortis
    Taking the Stone (couldn't finish this one)
    Crackers don't matter (wasn't TOO bad)
    Picture if you will
    Home on the Remains (couldn't finish it)
    Dream a little dream (couldn't finish it)
    Out of their minds (wasn't awful, but still left me feeling dead inside)

    (Keep in mind, I'm only 11 episodes into the season and I wish I hadn't watched 7 of them)

    So, any help?

    PS: Sorry, guys. I'm not trying to ruffle feathers by saying that it's not been rosy watching one of your favourite shows. But I need to tell the truth to get you guys to help me out. Either that or never watch it again (maybe farscape just isn't for me).
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    Vala Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thoth View Post
    Well, I have to disagree.
    Disagree all you like. No worries.

    It's gotten to the stage now where the bad episodes are so frequent and so awful that I've stopped watching. I just can't handle it any more. I finish an episode and feel, 'God, what a waste of my time' or 'Wow, that was soul-destroying'. And because of that, each time I think about watching one, I just dread it and end up doing something else.
    No offense, but is sounds like you've already decided that FS isn't for you. Why continue to torture yourself?

    But, if you'd like to direct me away from the crumby episodes, I'll probably go back and soldier on. I might even watch the bad episodes that are important plot-wise.
    Sorry, I stand by my "a bad eps of FS is better than a lot of good eps of other shows" view. Again, sounds like to me that you're just not into FS. I think it's great you're trying but we've all said that it's worth watching it all the way through, crappy eps and all, the first time round. Even in the bad eps there are plot points picked up or mentioned that you'll miss. I can't pin point any since it's been a long time since I've watched any FS, but I think watching it the first time round one should watch all the eps. Then when you're through (if you make it that far) you can skip the crappy eps.

    Sadly (imho) FS isn't for everyone. Just like BSG isn't for everyone (personally I don't like it) or SG1 isn't for everyone. No point in torturing yourself if you really can't stand it.

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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    I'd say the first half of season 2 is probably my least favorite part of Farscape (with a few exceptions). So my advice is this: Try to make it through season 2. If you still feel like there are only crappy episodes, stop watching.
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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Maybe watch the very end of Season 2, and start Season 3. If you still aren't enjoying things a few episodes in, then I'd definitely recommend giving it up.

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    Default Re: Which Farscape episodes should I skip?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thoth View Post
    It's gotten to the stage now where the bad episodes are so frequent and so awful that I've stopped watching. I just can't handle it any more. I finish an episode and feel, 'God, what a waste of my time' or 'Wow, that was soul-destroying'. And because of that, each time I think about watching one, I just dread it and end up doing something else.
    So, any help?

    PS: Sorry, guys. I'm not trying to ruffle feathers by saying that it's not been rosy watching one of your favourite shows. But I need to tell the truth to get you guys to help me out. Either that or never watch it again (maybe farscape just isn't for me).
    I know exactly what you mean! You have to push through to the end of Season 2, even if it's torturous (which was my emotion for several episodes), and you won't regret watching those episodes when you look back on it. It's a strange concept, but that's what happens. Season 2 is a transition from the style of Season 1 to Season 3, and it's a bit jarring the first time through. But believe me, Seasons 3 and 4 are worth it!

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    I have issues with I Shrink Therefore I am I had a hard time with it.

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