Farscape was a television series produced by The Jim Henson Company, and broadcast on the cruel and uncaring SciFi Channel. Ostensibly based on the true-life experiences of IASA astronaut John Crichton, it combined those two staples of ratings success, science fiction and animatronic foam-rubber puppets.
Farscape is fondly remembered by certean TeeVeePedians, and other people with too much time on their hands. These and other fans reacted joyously to the baffling but welcome June 2007 announcement that the series would "return" to "television" as a "series" of "webisodes" on SciFi's "Web site." The show's producers are now wrestling with a number of difficult questions: How to craft a satisfying entertainment experience in weekly ten-minute chunks; how to incorporate CGI effects and sophisticated animated puppets into a production with an approximate budget of five American dollars; and how to lose the lingering stink of Stargate: SG-1 off stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black, should they return for the series' new incarnation.