... John Crichton
... Aeryn Sun
is the first original programming developed by the SciFi Channel to be a success.
It took some of the stock elements of scifi television: human lost in space;
warrior alien; mystical alien; big, cool starship; non-humanoid aliens by way
of puppets. The show took these elements and turned them on their ear. Crichton
regularly references pop culture including well-known science fiction. Farscape
doesn't take itself too seriously, most of the time.
Now that the show has run three seasons, it does take itself more seriously.
It still goes for obvious clichés, but it now has unrequited love and
several backstories and even a continuous loose story arc. In the middle of
all its self-parody, the show developed its own identity. New characters have
been introduced to keep storylines fresh and add new conflicts. Besides, the
spiritual alien Zhaan got tiresome. It still has great comic moments such as
an episode where John deals with an internal conflict by imagining everyone
as Loonie Tunes-like cartoons.