A Snurcher's Guide to Farscape

Burbank 2002: Day 2

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Fan-produced music videos

Ricky Manning & Actor Selection for a "Special Scene"

Kent McCord

Farscape Pyramid Game

Live Commentary on "Into The Lion's Den: Sheep In Wolf's Clothing", by Ricky Manning and Lani Tupu

Performances of the "Special Scene"

Fan-produced music videos

Claudia Black

Full Weekend Schedule

1. Fan-produced music videos

The opening videos for Saturday's session included "Pulp Farscape", "Comedy Tonight", and FarscapeFran's beautiful video set to Robert Downey Jr.'s version of "Smile".


2. Ricky Manning & Actor Selection for a "Special Scene"

Ricky Manning invited folks to volunteer to act out a new scene he'd written especially for the convention; it was intended as part of the teaser for episode 402, set in the transport pod. Three sets of three people were selected to portray Crichton, Aeryn, and Harvey, given scripts, and sent away to rehearse for later that afternoon.

Ricky noted that 44:40 is the official running time of an episode, as delivered to broadcast outlets. Of that, 2:40 is credits, bumpers, etc., leaving an actual length of 42 minutes in which to tell the story.

Guy Gross has just won the Australian equivalent of an Emmy for best series music, for the score to episode 321. He's been nominated three or four times previously, and won for best animation score ("Revenging Angel"), but this is the first time he's won for a series. He's now working on scoring episode 420.


3. Kent McCord

Kent played one of Ricky Nelson's fraternity brothers on "Ozzie and Harriet"; he went from there to being a contract player at Universal in 1965. He worked on an episode of the original "Dragnet" in '66, and played a hotel clerk in the pilot of the series remake in the late 60s.

He left Universal in 1980. Although signed to do "Battlestar Galactica", ABC overruled Glenn Larson's casting choice, and the role was recast. The show went down after 22 episodes, due mainly to out of control costs. "Galactica 1980" was designed to cut those costs by using everyday, non-science fiction sets, and was influenced by "The Day The Earth Stood Still". Kent was cast again, and that choice overruled again by the network...but Glenn Larson called Kent back and said he was outvoting the network because he wanted Kent on the show. Kent said he wasn't coming over to the set until he had a signed deal this time. They started shooting without a finished script.

Kent appeared on "SeaQuest", where he worked with David Kemper. His role on SeaQuest helped form his character on Farscape. He said that, as a result of his varied career, "I'm the answer to a number of trivia questions", and "a frequent visitor to crossword puzzles".

The last time he was down in Oz [on a Farscape gig] it was for several months.

"It's so hard to understand why someone with a television network would take a show, that is kind of familiar, but has taken it so far beyond where shows have gone, [and] would cancel it. [Farscape is] always fresh, always interesting, and you just don't know where it's going to go, and that's what makes it so interesting."

These are tough times for television; such a small number of people is filtering what we're seeing, that it's so difficult to get any creativity into the product. "There are 6 companies that control everything we see and hear on television. How do you protect creative thought, when we're one merger away from only 5 companies?"

The more reality shows there are, the less work there is for actors. "We don't do reality, we do make-believe, and it's make-believe that people love." When it comes down to make-believe, certainly Farscape is [very strong].

On being the National Treasurer of the Screen Actors' Guild: "There's a lot going on in our union that I don't agree with; I sometimes wonder how I got elected."

Question: where did you want to see the show resolve? Answer: "Uh...Gunsmoke went on for 22 years." (The audience broke into wild applause here.) "It's really hard to say. The show goes anywhere, and as long as there were fresh ideas, I don't know that there is a resolution. Except for maybe Ben coming back home. But Ben's kind of old. Of course, I have kids Ben's age, and they keep coming back home. After a month [you kind of want them to leave again]..."

On a possible resemblance to Old John ("The Locket"): "I'm flattered. I look at Ben, and I see my son. I look in the mirror, and I see my father."

This job came from a 2 a.m. phone call from David Kemper, asking, "Kent, you doing anything this week?" "Uh, no..." "Do you have a valid passport?" "Yeah..." "Remember that show I was telling you about? We're doing it. We need someone to play the lead guy's dad. If you've got a passport and aren't doing anything, want to do it?"

Kent's philosophy: If a friend calls, do it, don't worry about it. If it's a great role, it doesn't have to be a friend. If it's neither a friend nor a great role, it better be great money. In this case, it was both a friend and a great role.

The plane left at 10 pm THAT NIGHT. He had no script, only a concept. All Kent's clothes in the premiere episode were his own personal clothes that he had brought with him, because they didn't even have the wardrobe department fully up and running at that point. He arrived in Oz, got a haircut, got a script, opened his suitcase, and the guy [in Wardrobe] told him that he was the first completely wardrobed character on the show. He was gone a total of 105 hours from LA. Due to the time difference and flight time, he turned 56 twice on the way home. "I'm 112 years old. I look pretty good for my age, don't I?"

He never thought it would turn into a recurring role -- thought it was a one-shot deal.

"They brought me back as the Ancient, who looked like me. I was really glad he looked like me...and not like Wayne."

What is SAG doing to keep creative juices flowing into the industry? "If I had it my way (I don't, since I disagree with the union)..."

Kent thinks that SciFi was trying to leverage the show, to get another company to pick up the costs so that they didn't have to pay for the value they were getting. The networks now gain production control and interest in independent creative thought, so you don't have the choices available today that you did in the past. "The airwaves belong to us, the public, not these companies, but unless the FCC speaks up, that's not how the industry is going. The internet could be the savior of us all, as a broadcast channel as well as distribution."

His official website: http://www.kentmccord.com/

Episodes 412 and 413 have some anecdotes about Crichton's past. Also, if you rewatch 411, slow it down, because there are some interesting things in there. Some of it was real, stories about Ben himself growing up.

Question: What's your excuse for being in "Return of the Living Dead", since it wasn't done for a friend, a great role, or great money? Answer: It was a couple of scenes he thought were good...plus he hadn't been working much at that point.

He seems destined to play a dad. In "Adam-12" he was a father, and that boy would now be 35. He's played dads on other shows, but he's had the most fun playing Ben's dad.

Regarding his scenes with Gigi as Chiana (in "Dog With Two Bones"): "In this country I'd be in jail, but it was Australia, you know, the Outback..." (more laughter from audience)

David Kemper told him that he didn't want Alien Jack to reveal anything, so that took the burden off of Kent.

What's the best hope for Farscape returning? There has been talk about a film...but there's also been talk about a Battlestar Galactica film, and has been for 20 years. ("Not Galactica 1980; they use that to start fires out at Universal.")

"I'm real surprised that someone else hasn't come along to pick it up. There's a lot of junk, and Farscape is one of the best shows that I've been associated with, and you would think that a network with a timeslot to fill would pick it up. In this game, it's do everything as cheaply as possible. There's something about quality that lasts (Turner Classic Movies, or even Star Trek TOS); for as little money as they used to spend, they got classic material. The best hope is that there's enough of an audience out there that would merit investment in a film. [Films cost] a lot of money these days, but the payoff is tremendous. There's another world out there, of making costs back on a film so that you can make another film. You fans and the fans around the world are legion enough to probably create a profit for investment in a Farscape movie, and get someone to make it."

On what he does when he's not in front of the cameras: he's very busy with SAG involvement. "You get paid nothing, it's all volunteer, but it can take 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for hearings, advocating issues, etc." He has ideas for some other projects; he and Kemper had been talking about a project. He took Kemper on a police dept ride-along; from the time he picked David up to the time they got back, they were gone 24 hours, riding in a patrol car and a helicopter, and talking about a series Kent was interesting in pushing through. He still has an interest, possibly in producing it. He's also very interested in photography.

He just got a [Macintosh] G4 computer the previous night, and was obviously much enamored of it. "Took it out of its amniotic sack, showed it its room, got up in the middle of the night and sat with it, burped it..."

Overall, the general sense of Kent's comments was that he's mystified by the lack of network interest in quality.

"Disney or HBO could afford it."

Question: Why are you married? Answer: "I'm lucky that at a young age I met the person I was destined to fall in love with." He and his wife just celebrated their 40th anniversay. They've been going together since he was 16 and she 15, and he just turned 60.


4. Farscape Pyramid Game

Next up was a Farscape version of the television gameshow "$100,000 Pyramid". The categories were:

  • Crichton's Pet Peeves - what really bugs John
  • Disgusting Aliens - not of this Earth...and ugly
  • What Scorpius Wants - Scorpy's hopes and dreams
  • Peacekeeper Etiquette - or how we know the PK's are really good guys
  • Zhaan & Moya - blue and big
  • D'Argo, Rygel & Chiana - all in the family

5. Live Commentary on "Into The Lion's Den: Sheep In Wolf's Clothing", by Ricky Manning and Lani Tupu

Live commentary was offered during an airing of "Into The Lion's Den: Sheep In Wolf's Clothing", by Ricky Manning and Lani Tupu.

Manning joked that he thought they should have titled the episode "Abandon Sheep".

Rockne O'Bannon was scripting part two of this two-part episode WHILE Ricky was scripting part one, so they had to keep coordinating in order to make sure everything flowed successfully.

Wayne got rambunctious in one take of the globe scene, and whacked Ben's head against the table a bit harder than necessary. Lani: "They're just bonding, it's a male thing."

Many of the sets in this episode were pieces of the Talyn set, re-tasked.

This episode ran long, so there should be a wealth of material available for the DVD. Rowan Woods' episodes tend to run long. The production team likes an episode to come in roughly 3 minutes over the final desired length, to give room for tightening up during editing. Rowan's episodes sometimes came in five to ten minutes over, which is when it gets really hard.

They usually shot two or three takes per scene, according to Lani, before they pushed on to the next scene. There were ten shooting days per episode - seven days on the main filming, with the B-Unit picking up the other three. It became a nightmare of scheduling with their large cast. Lani remarked, "one bad day of rain during location shooting, and the whole schedule blows up."

Lani: "It was so much fun doing this episode...this is where I get blown up, right? I'm turning the pages, terrific, turn the next page...what do you mean he's blown up?!? Ricky!!!"
Ricky: "Hey, he wasn't blown up in the first part, was he?"

Terry Ryan received an Emmy nomination for his work on part one of "Into The Lion's Den".

This is the episode where they knew they would pull out the stops, and for which they tried to save their pennies in earlier episodes. Ricky views this two parter as a film.

In the checker game scene, Harvey moves a piece onto the wrong color square.

Manning, on the explosive special effects: "Chris Murray, our maniac pyrotechnician."

It was Rowan Woods who suggested having the lake pour out through the wall, in that final sequence (originally they had figured on flames, smoke, explosions, and flying debris). They told him to get serious, and "he went off to make it work (as usually happens when they challenge one of the directors)".

Lani: "Lenore is one of the finest actresses in Australia, it was great working with her. We didn't have to rehearse the kissing scene too much."

Manning: "It's more fun to write the first part [of a two part episode], because you can get them in all kinds of trouble, and leave it to the other guy to get them out of it." Rockne was keen to script part two, because he'd always been interested in Crais and wanted to conclude the character's story. Rockne also wanted to be able to say that he got to destroy an entire Command Carrier.

On the Farscape set, if your cellphone rang during a take, you had to buy the crew a case of beer (called a "slab" in Australia). One day Tony Tilse's phone rang during a scene in Pilot's Den; Sean Masterson, in perfect character as Pilot, called, "That's another slab for Tony!" Lani: When they tried a second take on the scene where Crais goes to Scorpius, a phone rang...and it rang again on takes 3 and 4. The phone belonged to Tony, who had to buy a slab for each occurences.

Manning, joking about Aeryn and Henta: "I think their love scene was one of the things we cut, right?"

Watch how many times [over the course of the show] you actually see Rygel's thronesled floating; to make it float requires green screen work, which costs extra. Rygel wasn't floating down the corridor on the Carrier, he was on a dolly. "Do we need to see Rygel floating, or can we cheat it?"

Lani, on the scene when John attacks him and throws him down a set of steps: "That was a hard concrete floor! That was real! When I hit my head, it was on the concrete floor. Ben's such a physical actor. I remember, while flying backwards, thinking ooooookayyy..."

Lani loves Rygel because he's so selfish; when working a scene with Rygel, he just doesn't see or notice the puppeteers, he only sees the character of Rygel.

When Crais uttered the line, "I now know that I am the only individual capable of stopping him," Lani yelled "YAY!"

Lani: it was a great turning point for the character. "When I thought about it, I realized that he [Crais] really didn't know if it was going to work or not."

Crais: "Starburst in a confined space, where the energy cannot dissipate..."
Lani: "...is not a good thing."

Lani thinks that in another world, Crais and Crichton would be great mates. But they wanted to keep the characters driven against each other on the show.

Rockne specifically asked Ben to leave the "get your shows on, Harrison" line in; it was a tribute to his father, who used to use the phrase to get the family moving.

[Crais hits Lenore's character, Lt. Larell]
Lani: "Yeah, he's having another bad day."

Lani about Crais: "To me, he's always been Captain Cranky."

Guy Gross says it takes about five days to score the typical episode; this episode took twice as long, and the final act alone took four days. Instead of his usual sampling technique, Guy brought in a 12-voice choir, and recorded them twice to double the voices.

The Command Carrier hangar set was originally built for episode 311 ("Incubator"); they told the set builders to build it big, since they could reuse it. They also wound up retasking it for a couple other episodes, as something other than a command carrier hangar.

Rowan loves to "overcrank" the camera, to give a slight slow motion effect, in places. Manning quipped that that's probably why he comes in over [target running length] so often.

Lani on playing the Ogre in "John Quixote": it gets really really hot under the prosthetics, and gives you a massive headache. He had to stand down after 45 minutes of yelling, to avoid injury.

Lani: they only took two takes of the scene where he and Claudia take out the guards in the hangar.

Ricky: they put in a lot of pop culture references, knowing that Ben will change about half of them. For example, in "Nerve", Ricky wrote the line about the comfy chair, and Ben put in the 'Danger, Will Robinson' line. "Sometimes you get lazy and can't come up with the joke, so you put something in and hope that he [Ben] comes up with something better."

Lani, about the script: "It's just a guide."
Ricky, with a dirty look: "Yeah, right!"

In interacting with Talyn, Lani had to play against not just an animatronic character, but just a SET. Ricky: "And he makes us care about Talyn as much as we do any other character." (Applause)

David Franklin knows how to pitch his lines so that they are serious but have just a hint of humor, a very understated Aussie sense of humor.

One of the first lines of "Premiere" is Pilot saying, "claw onto something". It's a nice symmetry with this episode, when John suggests that Scorpius hold onto something [as Talyn goes into starburst].

Talyn's implosion is about where the normal episode budget ends, according to Ricky, but that's where this episode was just getting started. He singled out Animal Logic for incredible CGI, in this episode in particular.

Part of the reason that Guy took so long to score the episode is that it's wall-to-wall music. There's something happening musically every moment, and it just keeps getting bigger.

Guy scored to hit the musical peak just as the statue hits the water during the Carrier's destruction, but changes to the final video edit led to his big moment being in the middle of nothing in particular.

Wayne was terrified that he was going to slip, in the water scene. It was a one-take effect; there was no way they could stage it more than once.

Ricky and Lani singled out Angus Robertson (ADR recordist) for kudos, because every line in the final big explosive scenes was ADR. They could barely hear the voices in in the dailies, because of the special effect noises. "Angus is very good at getting the dub done right."

Lani on his scene in the Aurora Chair in "The Hidden Memory": he started screaming, and all the lights in the studio blew. "That's acting!"

From the moment Talyn goes boom, the camera never quite stays still; there's lots of tilting, dutch angles...the ship is going down.

Lani lays down Pilot's lines about 6-8 weeks after an episode's main filming.

Manning commented that Henta obviously never read the Villain's Guide: shoot, don't talk. On her immediate incineration: "Our usual tasteful Farscape."

Christopher Murray is considered THE pyrotechnician, going all the way back to the original "Mad Max" movie.

Lani: Wayne must have been roasting in the final confrontation with John, since he was standing only about five feet away from the flaming pipes.

On stage, away from lights, it was 97 degrees, the day that Anthony almost passed out during "Out Of Their Minds". "Try working in that temperature with a wetsuit stuck on your face."

The scene where John reveals the bracelet code as '911' was filmed the prior July, so it had NOTHING to do with the events of September 11, 2001.

Lani nicknamed the studio at Homebush the "UNsound studio" because of the noise rain made on the tin roofs.

Ricky: A small hint of Aeryn's theme from The Choice is played as she climbs into the Prowler; that's part of the attention to detail. They told Guy to leave most of the dialogue between Jool and Pilot without music, and just let the dialogue play.

Lani (referring to the closing scene in the tag): "A wonderful thing happens with silence sometimes."


6. Performances of the "Special Scene"

The three teams selected earlier in the afternoon returned to give their performances. The final team embraced the Farscape philosophy, and ad libbed to excellent effect.

Some comments from Ricky Manning:

  • "You've got adrenaline -- use it!"
  • "This is Farscape...if we fail, we fail BIG."

The winner was selected via level of audience applause; Manning commented that "this will be the only time ever on Farscape that the fans will get what they wanted."


7. Fan-produced music videos

Several more videos were presented, including "I Am Farscape" by David Simmerlee (who also did another video called "The Rescue Is Going Down", that was shown on Friday), "The Time of Our Lives" by Bob Tebbe, and "The Hall of the Mountain King" by OboeCrazy.


8. Claudia Black

Claudia's appearance was introduced with a music video dedicated to Aeryn, and set to the original version of "Because The Night".

Claudia went away the weekend she heard the show was over, and "came back to find we're on CNN!"

Ben sent her a text message yesterday, so she sent one back from the stage: "I am onstage. Anything you want to say?"

She asked if Alex Stanski was in the audience, saying "I have something for you." She had brought the supplies to make him suckao, a South American style of hot chocolate which she loves. A candle is used to heat up the milk, then shredded chocolate is spooned into it, and you drink it through a combination metal spoon/straw. It's sold in Australia by a fellow named Max Brenner ("Chocolate By The Bald Man"); he's originally from Israel but now has a shop in Sydney.

"Chocolate is my ultimate performance enhancer. Nothing really can put a broader smile on my face...except being here."

"The best thing about being an actor is that you get to do things that are completely illegal."

Claudia actually apologized to the fans for the cancellation: "I'm so sorry. I just hope you won't boycott a certain network and not watch the final eleven episodes...because that would just be dumb."

In the final scene she shot, Aeryn was making a tuna sandwich. When Andrew Prowse walked out onto the set and told her she'd just done her last Farscape scene ever, she burst into tears. She immediately left on a previously scheduled snowboarding trip. Although she didn't know how to snowboard, her boyfriend took her up on a black diamond lift; a ski patrol person had to escort her back down the mountain. "Call me crazy but there's something between I can't snowboard and I can." Fortunately, there was a suckao shop in the town where she was vacationing, which is where she discovered the drink.

Has she had any other suggestions that have made it onto the show? "Not that I want to claim!" It's just a very collaborative show. Andrew Prowse is interviewing actors for other projects, and keeps waiting for more input from the auditioners, who just ask him what he wants from them. Totally different from Farscape.

A fan commented on her role in "John Quixote" as being somewhat like "Scarlett O'Hara meets Tennessee Williams", and brought her a 45th anniversary copy of "To Kill A Mockingbird" (Claudia's favorite film). "I'm crying now."

A fan also gave her a copy of the book "Queen of the Damned", which had been signed by Anne Rice. Claudia grew up loving vampire films, but had never actually read that particular book. "When they set up the [Queen of the Damned] website, everyone on the website wanted to know about me."

Claudia commented, "I sign things, but I say 'if you want, but I might devalue it'."

Favorite episode? Maybe John Quixote. "I got to do this crazy accent." They were nervous about her doing it, but let her anyway.

XenaJules presented her with two Roswell Awards (best lead actress in a SF series, 2001 and 2002). Claudia ad libbed a speech thanking the Roswell Association, "without whom this award would not be possible."

On the film "Queen of the Damned", she originally went to audition for a role as a French journalist. The director walked out and said, "What are you doing auditioning for this role? You should be a vampire!" She answered, "Thank you...I think." They asked her on the spot to audition for the role of Pandora. She accepted the Pandora role because the character DIDN'T die...but then they revised the script.

Claudia can't stand watching herself [on screen], but finds it instructive.

The cast and crew are recording their final commentaries for the DVDs now.

Question: On which day will you look back most fondly? Answer: She saw a photo of Ben and herself out in front of the dune buggy [from "Infinite Possibilites"], on the sand dunes. There's a colony of squatters living there, despite the dunes being mined for sand and therefore getting flatter over time, and all of that leads to the site being used less over time as a filming location. Ben enjoyed the racing with his Nascar background, and was flooring it. Claudia was untethered, the buggy was rigged with pyrotechnic charges, and she had to stand up, fire, sit down, chat with Ben, and then Ben was supposed to swerve while she was standing up. After the first take, she turned to Ben and asked, "Can I drive back?" He said, "Okay, baby," and she "absolutely floored it" on the way back, and had a good time. There was an incredible freedom about the day. There were no restroom facilities out there, so she had to go over a dune to relieve herself; she threatened death on anyone who came over the top of the dune before she was done, and then a Quantas flight came in low overhead...

While holding a fan's iguana: "Notice I don't flinch, because I spent four years working with aliens."

How was it, playing Chiana? Claudia has loads of respect for Gigi, and the character she's created. Anthony got rushed to hospital when he tried to play Chiana [back in "Out Of Their Minds"], because Gigi does a weird thing with her breath. That was challenging for Claudia to immitate; Angus [Robertson] told her she had to make it more breathy, when she was doing the ADR, because she didn't sound quite right. Claudia also claims wardrobe wanted her to fit into Gigi's costume (!!!).

They now revoice about 98% of dialog, especially if the special effects crew fires off pyros during a take, which Claudia finds very frustrating. "Do you have to fire one over every single word of dialog?!?"

What kind of projects would you like to be working on next? "Projects with a wage...a wage that gets paid in American dollars, the exchange rate is so bad right now." She just wants good productions, really. The collaboration of Farscape empowers her as an actor. She needs to think hard about the next SF project she gets offered, because the genre does not garner respect in Australia. She's done a few low-budget films, but wants to sink her teeth into something really naturalistic. Farscape was rare because it was like making a film every week. "The women are great, they carry scenes, they carry stories." The lovestory gave the show a heart and soul. So, what she really wants is "a show that's really great, strong women, American dollars."

Tips and gratuities in Australia are about 10%, because they make 10-15$/hour. It takes an adjustment to do American tips; she feels like she practically has to "tip everyone who's likely to look at you". She had to ask the room service guy how much she should tip him that would be fair (he said $2).

"It's a hard business, and I'll be lucky to get anything, but with you guys behind me..."

It was difficult each season to keep Crichton and Aeryn apart, so they had to keep coming up with thoughtful and realistic solutions. Ben suggested that they keep it childish for the end of season three.

Prior to "Dog With Two Bones", she had never done a scene where she got to be rigged with an explosive squib. But she had a spare dress for that episode, so she asked for the squib. "The wedding scene that turned very sour, where I got squibbed, which was a lot of fun." Everyone had to turn off their cell phones, and pray that there were no signals flying around overhead, that would prematurely set off the [remote controlled] squib.

David Kemper was actually behind the head table during the wedding reception kiss scene, because he'd just been talking to them about his struggle to write the parting scene for the episode, and didn't have time to clear the set before the take. Ben told him it was embarrassing enough without David there, so Kemper promised to close his eyes during the take.

At some point Claudia said to Ben, that "if they're really meant to be together, one little coin toss isn't going to make a difference, so why don't we just go out on a coin toss, and make that our solution for now -- the writers will find a way to bring them back together anyway." Kemper decided he could make that work, from a writer's standpoint. They shot the scene in snippets rather than the usual establishing wide shot, and just stopped any time something didn't work, to revise and develop.

Claudia did a quick example of Sebacean speech, by request from a fan.

One fan told her that she'd gone to great lengths to attend Claudia's session; her husband wasn't in the audience with her, but out in the car sleeping, because "he was in the hospital yesterday and today for congestive heart failure, but he's feeling better now." Claudia gave her a big hug, then told her to go to the car and see if she still had a marriage waiting for her.

A fan reminded her that she had sent Ben a text message earlier. "I'm just going to make a call."

She pretty much ad libbed most of the lines in "John Quixote", but a lot got pared down. Andrew Prowse is hinting that he might put them on the DVD. She described the role as "Mike Tyson trapped in a Southern Belle's body." The best part of that day was how much the crew laughed.

Text message reply from Ben: "Are you still there?" Claudia then dialed his cellphone from the stage, and told him, "There's someone who wants to say hello to you." The audience screamed "HELLO!!!"

Ben was (at that very moment) at Grace Brothers in downtown Sydney, seeing Santa Claus (presumably with his kids). He's the only one still finishing ADR; will finish Wednesday.

On Friday, a fan had asked Anthony what the funniest moment ever on set was, and he told them to ask Claudia on Saturday. It took a moment for Claudia to figure out what Anthony had been referring to, but then she cracked up, and exclaimed, "Oh, no way!"
"Well, you're going to get a whole new side to me, that's for sure."
They were shooting "A Bug's Life". Everyone in Oz has cell phones and they use Motorola radios to talk between departments on the set; everyone was standing around waiting for the word for the next take, and Claudia got bored. She started to dance and sing a little tune, and at a key moment, broke wind. She was embarassed beyond words. Every time she walked into the breakfast room for the next week, someone would make a farting sound; she'd look at them like Claudia (which did nothing), and then she'd look at them like Aeryn, and they'd stop very quickly.

When did Aeryn change from being an outsider, an enemy of the crew, to being part of the family? "Hmm. I have to use my brain now." "I maintain that from the moment Aeryn meets Crichton, she is inexorably drawn to him." It was certainly in evidence by #202. We start to see her in #107 as trying to move forward, and again in The Flax ("Are you comfy, can I get you a pillow?"). Probably in #122 she was really made part of the family. Family rather than strategy or survival (warrior instinct) didn't start to dominate in her thinking until mid-year of season two.

Aeryn was a once in a lifetime opportunity, as was Farscape. "We're so grateful to you guys." After the cancellation, she tried to post to the SciFi BBoard twice, but neither post would send, and then she had password problems and gave up. "This is not the end. One way or another, we'll see each other under the mirror ball again."

"We're all going to be okay, don't forget to eat chocolate, and lots of love and affection to all of you. We couldn't have done it without you."