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RIP Jonathan Hardy

[caption id="attachment_894" align="alignleft" width="300"]Jonathan Hardy Jonathan Hardy at "Best of Both Worlds 16" convention, Sydney, July 27, 2002.
Photo by Peter Fallon.[/caption] Jonathan Hardy has passed away at the age of 71. His acting career spanned 37 years and included Moulin Rouge!, Mad Max, and a shirtload of Australian television including Farscape, where he not only performed the voice of Dominar Rygel XVI but also donned a toga to play Kahaynu, one of Moya's builders. Jonathan was also a screenwriter who shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1981 for Breaker Morant, one of Australia's all-time best films. He was a skilled raconteur who delighted in sharing anecdotes, meeting with fans, and lighting up every room he entered. Born in New Zealand (on September 20, 1940), he particularly enjoyed telling ribald jokes concerning Kiwis and their sheep. Because of his slight facial resemblance to Rygel (judge for yourself), there are some who claim that he served as the model for the puppet. However... [caption id="attachment_915" align="alignright" width="150"]Jonathan Hardy and Farscape's Rygel What resemblance?[/caption] ...if that's true, the Creature Shop must've been psychic, because Jonathan wasn't cast as the voice of Rygel until we were well into the shooting of Season One. In fact, Jonathan wasn't even in the first group of voice actors who auditioned. A scene from the first episode where Rygel bargains/argues with an alien Proprietor (it's the scene where Rygel says, "There was a time when you would have been disembowelled with a dull Lashlan spade for half such an insult to me!") was shown to half a dozen Australian voice actors, and each took a crack at it. [caption id="attachment_897" align="alignleft" width="300"] Froony and Hardy.
Photo by Cheryl Manning.[/caption] David Kemper sent a copy of that tape—the same Rygel scene voiced six different ways by six different people—up to Los Angeles, where Rockne O'Bannon and I were writing scripts and breaking stories. Watching it, we couldn't decide whether to die laughing or die by hurling ourselves out a window. Every one of the voice actors—talented gentlemen to be sure—had played Rygel as a comic character... and tried to make him funny by using some weird comedic accent. So we had Chico Marx Faux-Italian Rygel, we had Snidely Whiplash Rygel... and the most hilarious of all, Truly Outrageous Monty-Python-Holy-Grail-esque French Rygel. (What I don't remember is whether DK had warned us in advance what we were about to behold... or whether he'd just sent the tape up without comment to give Rock and me the same coronary surprise that he must've gotten upon first watching.) [caption id="attachment_895" align="alignright" width="300"] Jonathon and friends, BOBW16, Sydney, July 27, 2002.
Photo by Peter Fallon.[/caption] Anyway. Rock and DK were in complete agreement that the search had to continue, and that it must be made clear to the voice actors that Rygel was a serious character...  clever, devious, prideful, conniving, conceited, vengeful, etc. etc. etc., but serious. And then somebody found Jonathan Hardy, and that was that. Jonathan not only had the commanding yet versatile voice and the dramatic chops needed, but he also understood Rygel from word one... and he always played him as a real character, not a buffoon or a cartoon. Jonathan gave him dignity, without which a Dominar is nothing. Which was a tad ironic, because in person, Jonathan was a big, lovable goofball, a total party animal who never lost the twinkle in his eye. It seems appropriate to end with the (premature) eulogy Rygel gave Crichton in "That Old Black Magic"... [wpaudio url="" text="LISTEN TO: Rygel's Hynerian Ceremony of Passage" dl="0"]. Farewell, Jonathan. May you have safe passage to the hallowed realm of your choice.

The Elements of Television

[caption id="attachment_815" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Element Froonium. Click for details."]Element Froonium[/caption] I was channel-surfing with my obnoxiously precocious six-year-old niece Gabby (her full name is Gabrielle Callisto Aphrodite Zimbelman; she was conceived at a Xena convention) when we stumbled upon a rerun of Blaster Patrol. “My favorite show! Did you write this one, Uncle Ricky?” “No, Gabby, I never worked on Blaster Patrol, more's the pity.” On the tube, Sam and Janet, the series leads, were being chased by evil alien Greebs and were simultaneously firing blasters and exchanging witty yet affectionate banter. “Sigh,” Gabby sighed, “they're soooooooo in love. Are they married?” “Sam and Janet? No, they never got married, even though, much to everyone's amazement, the show ran for six seasons...” “Not the characters, silly. The actors.” “Oh. Yeah, she's married. Third or fourth time; I can't keep track. Him, he'll never get married unless the father of the bride owns a shotgun.” Gabby couldn't fathom it. “But... they love each other... don't they?” “You kidding? When the camera's not rolling, they can't stand one another.” I omitted mentioning that she thought he was a lecherous drunk who couldn't remember his lines, and he thought she was a ruthless, upstaging diva who despised television in general and sci-fi in particular. Gabby's lower lip quivered. She indicated Sam and Janet, who were celebrating their escape from the Greebs with much kissing and fondling. “Look at them. You're wrong.” “Honey, it's all make-believe. They're actors. They're faking it.” Her Bambi eyes clouded with doubt—but as Sam and Janet exchanged perfect loving gazes, her conviction returned. “Nuh-uh. Nobody could fake that.” And there, I reflected, was the biggest reason why that otherwise unmemorable show had run for six years. Separately, the actors playing Sam and Janet had been no more than competent—but together, they had the most elusive and valuable commodity in show business: chemistry.

When the Cast Clicks...

It's never easy to cast a TV series. Acting talent alone is no guarantee of chemistry. (But it does increase the odds. Just as luck favors the prepared, chemistry favors the talented.) As we narrow our casting choices, we also begin auditioning them in pairs, mixing and matching to see who “clicks” with whom. On Farscape, for example, Ben Browder and Claudia Black “clicked” immediately. And even though Claudia didn't exactly match the image of the “Aeryn Sun” character that Rockne O'Bannon and David Kemper had in their minds, it didn't matter. Rock and DK knew a good thing when they saw it, and Claudia promptly won the role of Aeryn. Once we find chemistry, we fight to preserve it. The applicable showbiz buzzword is “UST”—Unresolved Sexual Tension—as in, “We don't dare let Castle and Beckett sleep together; it'll ruin that wonderful UST.” It's an article of faith among many in television that one should never take the “U” out of UST; proponents of that doctrine point to both Moonlighting and Cheers as two classic examples of how series risk losing their spark once the main characters finally “do the deed.” But the greater the UST, the harder the writers have to work to keep the characters apart—and the longer it drags out, the more artificial it feels. It's a tough call: when do we let them get together? Episode 10? 50? 100? Never? How long before the audience gets bored with the seemingly endless tease and wanders off? Of course, resolving the sexual tension doesn't have to settle the characters into a calm, uninteresting relationship. Nonetheless, one of TV's guiding principles is “if it ain't broke, don't fix it”—and when UST's nicely cooking along, who wants to risk it by tampering with it?

Compound Interest

We've been speaking of chemistry in its commonest definition: a romantic and/or sexual attraction between two characters that's palpable, believable, and fun to watch. But that definition's far too narrow. Other forms of chemistry—between friends, enemies, colleagues, and family—are equally important. Once again, you know it when you see it. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy on the original Star Trek series had terrific chemistry of a completely non-romantic, non-sexual sort (and please do not send me any fanfic to the contrary). Even in Classic Trek's worst episodes, the interplay between those three characters—indeed, any two of them—was always worth watching. In fact, stop and think for a moment: how often have you sat through a bad-to-mediocre episode of a favorite series for no other reason than to watch the characters interact? How many times have you said (or heard) something like “Last week's episode was awful, but you have to catch it anyway—just for that one great scene between X and Y.” This is music to a TV producer's ears; we know we can't hit a home run with each and every episode, so we hope and pray that the audience's love for the characters will keep them from tuning out during our inevitable clunkers. And preservation of chemistry also applies to an ensemble cast. Once a series is comfortably underway and the characters are meshing well, making changes can be tricky. Adding a regular character always shakes things up—but will it be in a good way or a bad way?

New Girl

On Farscape, when we introduced the character of Chiana (in the episode “Durka Returns”), we quite deliberately hedged our bet. At the end of the episode, Chiana took an enemy bullet that easily could've proved fatal. And the keen-eyed viewer will also note that Chiana only appears in a very few scenes of the following episode, “A Human Reaction”—again by design, so that it would have been easy to write her out of it entirely if she hadn't survived that pulse blast. We didn't give ourselves the out because we were afraid Gigi Edgley couldn't act; we knew darn well she could. What we didn't know is how well the character of Chiana would work with Crichton, Aeryn, D'Argo, Zhaan, Rygel, and Pilot. But after a few days' dailies, it was clear that Chiana was a “keeper”—even though we were fully aware that the fans were going to hate her. Why? Because fans always hate new arrivals at first. That's understandable; over time, they've bonded with a particular “family” of characters, and the new kid on the block is seen as a stranger, an intruder, even a threat. (“Those stupid producers better not even be thinking about making her a new love interest for Crichton...”) But after a few episodes, if the chemistry's right, the audience will grow to like and accept the new character as part of the family. (And when the next new character arrives, the cycle begins anew. “Who's this Jool person? They'd better not be bringing her in to take Chiana's place...”)

Equal and Opposite Reactions

Even villains need chemistry. The charismatic “villain you love to hate” is a television staple. Great heroes need equally great villains; it's the worthiness of the foe that brings out the best efforts of the hero. That was an early problem with Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Klingons were now our allies and the Romulans were being given a rest so the fledgling series could differentiate itself from Classic Trek. A new alien race of bad guys was needed—and the Ferengi were created. Trouble was, the Ferengi didn't come off as formidable villains, but as annoying leprechauns-gone-bad; you wanted to swat them, not shoot them. It didn't take long for the Ferengi to be stripped of their warships and relegated to comic relief. (In contrast, the character of “Q” came back again and again to butt heads with Captain Picard because John de Lancie and Patrick Stewart had—you guessed it—chemistry.) The quest for chemistry extends behind the scenes as well. Every good writing staff has its own peculiar chemistry, usually manifested in wildly disparate personalities who can yell and scream at each other all day long about trivial story points—and then all go out for beer afterward. Finding the right mix of people is vital for every department, because when creative people “click,” the whole becomes much greater than the sum of the parts. One might even say that TV producers are essentially chemists... that our main function is to assemble different elements into new, valuable compounds. But in truth, chemistry isn't the right word. Chemistry's a science. Television isn't; it has no infallible formulas, no hard-and-fast rules, no way to know in advance who'll click on screen and who'll clunk. We aren't chemists, we're alchemists—blindly casting spells and trying to transmute base metals into gold. When it works—when the characters come to life and light up the screen—it's not science at all. It's magic.

Ricky’s Farscape CreationCon Report and Picspam

"Thanks for the Memories"...

[caption id="attachment_617" align="alignleft" width="223" caption="Fans keep me warm! Photo by Dizzy."]Ricky's Scaper Army blankie[/caption] Since 2000, Creation Entertainment has hosted annual Farscape fan conventions. What's a "fan convention," you might ask? Simply this: An opportunity for the cast and crew to meet the fans!  And the fans don't just pose for photos and sign autographs. They put on costume shows, panel discussions, and talent exhibitions, and they show off their amazing vids, fanfic, and other artistic creations. I recently attended what was billed as the "final" Farscape con (but I don't believe it; when it comes to Farscape fans, nothing is ever "final") and was going to write up a con report, but I thought I'd instead share a few happy snaps and memories from a dozen years of congoing. Here, for instance, is a gift I got at the most recent con: a fleece blanket, "handmade with Scaper love" by the talented SpriteLady, and made possible by donations from over 50 generous Scapers at! (And I wasn't the only cast/crewmember to get one of these beauties! Ben, Rockne, Wayne, Virginia, Lani, and Rebecca, to name just a few recipients, were just as gobsmacked and delighted as I was.)
[caption id="attachment_619" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Dancin' with the PKOL folk. Photo by MissyKat."]Me & PKOL members[/caption]


They aren't just conventions, they're costume parties! Here I am at the 2001 con with members of the "Peacekeeper Officers Lounge"... a group of online chatters, roleplayers, and Rockette impersonators. (How cool is it that Farscape fans are so willing to mix and mingle with cast/crew and even pose for pictures!)
[caption id="attachment_620" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="D'Argo, Sikozu, dork, Sikozu"][/caption]

More Costumes

Many fans work up not only costumes but also makeup and hair as well... and given how elaborate Farscape's prosthetic makeup and crazy hair could get, that was often quite a challenge. However, year after year, the fandom proved equal to the challenge, as this snap from the 2002 con illustrates.
[caption id="attachment_733" align="alignright" width="300" caption="These are simply AWESOME"][/caption]

Still More Costumes

Every con has a costume contest, and here are just a few of the astonishing entries in 2003.
[caption id="attachment_618" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=""PK Barbie" impresses Wayne. Photo by SunAeryn."]Wayne Pygram & Rain-N-Sun[/caption]

One More Costume

Rain-n-Sun poses as Scorpius's assistant Niem (a character nicknamed "Peacekeeper Barbie" by the fanbase) with Wayne ("Scorpius") Pygram. This is a rare photo of Rain-n-Sun smiling while in costume; she seemed so solemn throughout the con that Wayne finally asked her if everything was okay... and she replied that all was fine; she was being serious because she was staying in character.
[caption id="attachment_626" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Talented and SMART! Photo from Karlsweb."][/caption]

"Farscape on the Net" Panel

But it's not all dress-up. Scapers are smart. Over the years, they've staged many fascinating and informative panels. Here you see me in awe of Angie, Thinkum, AmyJ, KernilCrash, and un4scene as they explore the topic of "Farscape on the Net" at the 2003 con.
[caption id="attachment_628" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="And they DID save Farscape!"][/caption]

"Saving Farscape" Panel

Also in 2003, Red, BritAngie, DaniMoure, and Voy discuss the campaigns devoted to "Saving Farscape." The series had been cancelled over a year earlier, but that didn't deter the true-blue fans one bit; they mounted an incredibly persistent, thorough, and intelligent campaign to bring the show back. And, unlike most save-our-show fan efforts, it worked; the Jim Henson Company produced a four-hour miniseries to continue the Farscape saga—and it was the Save Farscape campaign that made it happen. But the fan efforts didn't end there; websites such as are still going strong, bringing the latest Farscape info to the new fans who are discovering the series.
[caption id="attachment_624" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Writers Speak"][/caption]

Fanfiction Panel

A series is nothing without its writers... and Farscape's fanfic scribes are second to none. Here, at the 2003 con, four of the finest—Cofax, UCSBdad, Shrift, and AerynCrichton—share tips, insights, and their favorite adverbs. Standing to the left of the panel is Adam Malin, co-founder (with Gary Berman) of Creation Entertainment (in 1971!). Adam's been the indefatigable host for a zillion fan conventions ranging from Farscape to Xena to Stargate to X-Files to Star Trek to... you name it. Together with a tireless crew of terrific people (special shoutout to Richard Arnold, with whom I toiled in the Paramount vineyards many eons ago on Star Trek: The Next Generation), Adam's put on some frelling fantastic Farscape bashes, year after year after year.
[caption id="attachment_625" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Talented, smart, and FAST!"][/caption]

Fanfic Panel Q & A

Most of the panels take questions from the audience; we line up at microphones on either side of the stage and ask something probing and intelligent. At least that's the theory. In practice, there's always some tongue-tied, star-struck newbie who gushes over the panelists or—God forbid—asks for a hug. For the 2003 fanfic panel, that star-struck newbie was me! Yes, I knew better, and I think I had a real question to ask—but when my turn came, I couldn't stop myself from blurting out "Can I have a hug?" Wonder of wonders, Cofax leapt up, rocketed across the stage—so fast that I barely had time to snap this picture—and gave me an excellent hug! BESTEST. CON. EVER.
[caption id="attachment_621" align="alignright" width="300" caption=""It's a Cookbook!""][/caption]


(that's Australian for "presents") As if faithfully showing up to cons weren't gift enough, fans also make things to share with cast and crew. In this 2002 pic, BOFQs BFFs BNFs (I've forgotten the applicable fanacronym) Maayan and Makikosab have just fed me a copy of Foodscape, a fan-compiled collection of favorite recipes with a Farscape twist. Better still, M & M, as well as numerous other fans, were kind enough to autograph my copy. (And the recipes proved to be even tastier than the book!)
[caption id="attachment_673" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="I don't think they got this from Hallmark."]Scaper Army card[/caption]

And finally...

To bring us full circle to the 2011 con, here you see the lovely custom-made card that accompanied the gift blankie I was given. I was especially moved by the very first name on the list: StevePalmer, a longtime and particularly devoted Farscape fan who passed away in 2006. Scapers presented a heartfelt memorial tribute to Steve at the 2007 con. (This is the kind of thing I point out when I tell folks that the Farscape fandom truly is a community.) Thank you for the memories, everyone. As DK once said, "Stay a community."

Farscape on Blu-Ray!

[caption id="attachment_588" align="alignright" width="244" caption="88 episodes! 427 commentaries! 13,034 special features!"]Farscape Blu-Ray boxed set[/caption] The Farscape Blu-Ray release is now on sale! And a thing of beauty it is indeed. However... it's not entirely complete. Alas, here are the top ten things that were (sadly) omitted from the box set:

10.) Original profanity-laden dialog tracks before Sci Fi made us replace everything with “frell” and “dren”

9.) Discarded early version of the pilot ep “Premiere” with Guy Pearce and Cate Blanchett as Crichton and Aeryn

8.) Shelved script for Farscape/Buffy/Xena/SG1 crossover episode; fanfic writer from whom we stole it threatened lawsuit

7.) Rejected costume design sketches: Aeryn's muumuu, Rygel's thong, Scorpius's tutu, Crichton's plaid T

6.) Never-aired Episode 89, a backdoor pilot for Scorpius/Natira/Furlow spinoff sitcom

5.) New commentary tracks that comment on the previous commentary tracks (“What? That's a LIE!”)

4.) Video of rehearsals for aborted live show featuring costumed ice skaters (aka “Farscapades”)

3.) Three words: Muppet Sex Tape (aka “Hynerial Disease,” a very special Rygel episode)

2.) Brian, Rock, DK, Monj, Ben, Claude, and Ricky doing dramatic readings of selected fanfic

And the number one thing omitted from the Farscape Blu-Ray boxed set:

1.) “Jeremiah Crichton” (No, scratch that, it's on there, but the vote was very close.)


BUY Viagra ONLINE NO PRESCRIPTION, [caption id="attachment_522" align="alignright" width="307" caption="Ricky mesmerizes a huge audience at the 2010 Farscape convention. Photo by Tina Gill."]FrooniumRicky at the 2010 Farscape convention[/caption]

A few random musings on attending and speaking at the 2010 Farscape Convention.., australia, uk, us, usa. Viagra from canadian pharmacy,

  • Farscape has the Best Fandom Ever. Lunatics all, buy Viagra online cod, Order Viagra no prescription, but charmingly so.

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  • Public speaking is much more fun if you wing it entirely with little or no regard for the truth.

  • When e'er my profession seems drab or burdensome, I have only to remember two words: writer groupies.

  • Few people live up to the sobriquet raconteur as well as Jonathan Hardy.

  • Did I mention that our fans are utterly crazy?

  • Nobody holds a candle to Virginia Hey, Baltimore, Maryland. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Farmacia Viagra baratos, Viagra online kaufen, because she makes her own.

  • A Farscape con is the one place on Earth where I can't say "I'll be easy to spot because I'll be wearing a Mambo Loud Shirt."

  • ETA: Thanks for the happy snap, Tina!

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[caption id="attachment_381" align="alignright" width="332" caption="Actual whiteboard from FARSCAPE "Season of Death""]An actual whiteboard from an actual TV series.[/caption]

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