The power of the fans got this one made following the series’ abrupt cancellation, and the producers, cast and crew weren’t going to let any of them down. This is in essence a whole series of the show boiled down into 4 hours. The story is epic, yet focused down for the small band of characters that we care about. The number of familiar faces cropping up gives a very end of the world feel to it and the fact that it may well be the end of the world means that anything really could happen.
I did feel that in trying to cram so much in some of the humour was lost, it was still there in phrases and looks but there just wasn’t the time to dedicate entire scenes or even hours to it as they had in the past. Also the replacement of the wonderfully alien music with a much more traditional space-opera type theme was a real shame, although Farscape accompanied by full orchestra was pretty cool. All in all the positives of their increased budgets were good with more locations, effects and much greater scale being used well. A noble end and a great demonstration of what fan support, a dedicated crew and some creative freedom can produce.
DVD Special Features
A nice box set, amusingly labelled as 5.01 and 5.02. The behind the scenes documentary is excellent, informative, sweet, funny and insightful. The collection of interviews does drift a little into “everyone’s so wonderful” but are interesting nevertheless. There’s quite a few deleted scenes with some nice interactions between characters that don’t otherwise get to share scenes. There’s also a lot of static pages which i didn’t bother with, and I would have loved to hear a commentary, but a nice set at a respectable price.