I was prompted to do so because it just occurred to me last night that John Crichton is Buck Rogers! I'm sure this isn't a revelation to most of you smart folks, but I had a "duh!" moment. Farscape is Buck Rogers in the 25th Century on acid! :-D
The revelation was prompted by viewing some of the cheese-tastic Gil Gerard Buck Rogers. Mr F has been watching the DVDs; he has a nostalgic fondness for the show, and he was telling me last night that he was surprised, upon watching it now as an adult, at how progressive some of its themes were, particularly with Wilma Deering, who's a colonel and a competent, kick-ass woman. (In the first season, at any rate. Apparently the show completely changes for the worse in the second season.)
It was the opening narration that really made me sit up and take notice of the similarities:
Not all the details are the same, of course, but it had never struck me before how similar John Crichton's early story is to Buck Rogers'. While flying a one-man vessel for scientific purposes, an astronomical event blasts them into a strange new world: the future, for Buck, and another part of the universe, for Crichton. In their new circumstances, they make pop-culture references that no one understands; they use their unique knowledge to help their ostensibly more-advanced colleagues; they encounter a strong woman with whom they have a sorta, kinda, not really romatic relationship (at first, anyway).
In the year 1987, at the John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA launched the last of America's deep space probes. The payload, perched on the nose cone of the massive rocket, was a one-man exploration vessel - Ranger 3. Aboard this compact starship, a lone astronaut - Captain William "Buck" Rogers - was to experience cosmic forces beyond all comprehension. An awesome brush with death: in the blink of an eye, his life support systems were frozen by temperatures beyond imagination. Ranger 3 was blown out of its planned trajectory into an orbit a thousand times more vast, an orbit which was to return the ship full circle to his point of origin - its mother Earth - not in 5 months, but in 500 years.
I'm quite sure that the Farscape team were aware of the similarities. I'm just dumb sometimes, so I never picked up on it until now, and I get a kick out of it.
Edited by AnnieF, Mar 27, 2006 @ 11:24 AM.