Farscape Returns Sunday

The SCI FI Channel outraged a lot of viewers when it cancelled its best original series, the well-written, superbly acted and effects-laden space opera, Farscape, at the end of its fourth season. In response to the outpouring of fan support, the cable network has produced an all-new four-hour miniseries that continues the adventures of a U.S. astronaut who was shot through a wormhole and right into the middle of an intergalactic conflict. It premieres Sunday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m./8 p.m. central and concludes on Monday, Oct. 18.

In Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, newly engaged and expectant parents John Crichton (Ben Browder) and Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) must survive an all-out war between the Scarrans and the Peacekeepers. Joining them in their struggle is a rag-tag team of outcasts, including Ka D’Argo (Anthony Simcoe), Chiana (Gigi Edgley), Sikozu (Raelee Hill), Rygel (voiced by Jonathan Hardy) and Pilot (voiced by Lani John Tupu). Wayne Pygram also returns as Scorpius, a Scarran/Peacekeeper half-breed who will stop at nothing to obtain the secrets of wormhole technology Crichton holds.

The Jim Henson Co./Hallmark Ent. co-production is directed by Brian Henson from a script by series creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and exec producer David Kemper. Miniseries mogul Robert Halmi serves as exec producer on the miniseries, which was carefully constructed to appease fans and stand on its own for audiences who haven’t followed the multiple Saturn Award-winning original series.

Farscape premiered in 1999, introducing viewers to a brand of outer space fantasy much grittier and visually more inventive than Star Trek and its many spin-offs. Fantastic extraterrestrial beings and worlds were brought to life through Emmy-worthy digital and makeup effects, in addition to The Jim Henson Co.’s signature puppetry and animatronic work.

To watch the trailer for Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars and see interviews with members of the cast and production team, go to SCI FI Channel’s website at www.scifi.com.