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Here's where you can read reviews and critiques of Ben's many years of performances. You'll find his TV show episodes, movie and guest star reviews as well as discussions of personal appearances.

Mental As Anything: Season 4, Episode 15

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Mental As Anything is D'Argo's revenge story. Because Scorpius arranged for advanced training with an alien named Katoya, poor John has a special nasty Scarren training he's forced into. I always focus on his torture/training and skip D'Argo's trials fighting Macton.

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  •   Sunday, 09 July 2017
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Die Me Dichotomy: Season 2, Episode 22

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Die Me Dichotomy is the perfect double entendres title for this harrowing extreme cliffhanger to the second season of Farscape. David Kemper, Executive Producer, and writer of this episode that sees Harvey finally take over John Crichton body and soul despite the efforts of Aeryn and the crew to help him stop the madness. It sees Ben Browder play a distraught John who can't even pull the trigger of his pulse pistol to end his misery plus who is able to play John as Harvey and has Wayne Pygram's unique speech patterns and walk so down that they had to step back from the full Scorpius costume when a British fan magazine published Ben's photo rather than Wayne's for the episode. 

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  •   Sunday, 09 July 2017
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A Human Reaction: Series 1, Episode 16

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The commentary to A Human Reaction is brilliant. Ben and Claudia dissect the episode which is directed by Rowan Woods and given a distinctive indie movie feel. Ben was very sick with an infection from surfing and kept lying down between takes. That gives him the pale, gaunt look we see throughout the episode.

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  •   Saturday, 08 July 2017
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Farscape Re-Watch: Kansas

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Patricia Lynn Vanover watched Kansas. Crichton's concentration on HOME while transversing the wormholes leads to Earth only he screwed the pooch -- arriving BEFORE he left, a big no-no according to Einstein. It's 1985 and John Crichton is 16 years old and a mess. And Dad in this Unrealized Reality is going to die in the Challenger explosion causing untold trauma to the timelines of John's "family" on Moya and his future self.
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  •   Tuesday, 04 July 2017
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Durka Returns: Series 1, Episode 15

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Elvis and Chiana arrive on Moya with a Wraith-- what's left of the Durka of the Zelbinion who tortured Rygel for over 150 years. We meet a dangerous new set of aliens, the Nebari, who so believe in conformity and utmost peace through the inability to commit violence that they tortured/brainwashed Durka for 100 years supposedly creating an obedient servant out of a madman. The ends justify the means. And Rygel wants revenge.

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  •   Tuesday, 04 July 2017
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A Human Reaction: Series 1, Episode 16

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The commentary to A Human Reaction is brilliant. Ben and Claudia dissect the episode which is directed by Rowan Woods and given a distinctive indie movie feel. Ben was very sick with an infection from surfing and kept lying down between takes. That gives him the pale, gaunt look we see throughout the episode.

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  • Farscape Screencaps
  •   Tuesday, 27 June 2017
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We're So Screwed, A Trilogy

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We're So Screwed (as the trilogy was named in the United States but not in the United Kingdom) deals with the rescue of Aeryn Sun, the re-appearance of Harvey and the subsequent rescue of Scorpius; all from a hidden Scarren base called Katratzi. There are major surprises in store regarding what makes the Scarren empire successful and a questionable strategy by John Crichton used to keep him and his shipmates safe during this perilous undertaking.

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  •   Sunday, 25 June 2017
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Unrealized Reality: Series 4, Episode 11

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Einstein: (tonelessly) Time. (John just stares - and the man repeats the word louder- demanding an answer) Time.
John: Is up?
Einstein: Time?
John: Flies.
Einstein: Time.
John: Bandits.
Einstein: (intrigued) Time. (he begins moving towards John as the association game continues, faster)
John: Wounds all Heels.
Einstein: Time?
John: (singing loudly) Rosemary and thyme...
Einstein: Time! (John pulls his gun and fires from almost point-blank at the man’s head)
John: Is up! (but his pulse blast stops in mid-air a few inches from the face of his intended victim and hangs there, twisting. The man turns away. He seems disappointed)
Einstein: (toneless again) Time.

David Kemper wrote one of the MOST BRILLIANT scripts to explain a highly arcane subject: space/time and theoretical wormholes in English in a way that we can understand so that the rest of the season can progress. The script takes the idea of "talking heads" and creates a Greek chorus of John's past that shifts and changes illustrating just how dangerous it is to mess with time and wormholes.

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  •   Thursday, 22 June 2017
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Twice Shy: Series 4, Episode 14

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Along came a spider and 'sploded beside her.

Twice Shy is a strange cliched episode of Farscape that somehow works. I think it's because Talika the nasty spider lady isn't as important as the character developments we watch: John's main personality trait that keeps him going is HOPE.

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  •   Wednesday, 21 June 2017
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Terra Firma: Series 4, Episode 13

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tvtropes.com has an interesting entry from its recap of Terra Firma that I want to talk about here. Dad has become Jack in this episode. According to tvtropes, "The sudden switch in nickname or honorific when referring to a character, usually from their family name to their given name, is frequently used to demonstrate a significant change in the relationship between two characters, the desire for one by one party, that they have evaded listeners who require more formality, or that they are Not Themselves. Never using any formal indicators and just calling a character by their exact name is about as common to show the same thing."

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  •   Tuesday, 20 June 2017
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Prayer, Series 4, Episode 18

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I find it almost impossible to watch both the A and B stories of Prayer. Between Aeryn's torture and unbelievable duress and then John's trip into the hell of the twisted and dying Moya reality to kill Chiana/Aeryn so that Sikozou/Stark could cross her over and they could hear the meaning of Katratzi, I'm not sure my heart could stand it.
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  •   Monday, 19 June 2017
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Mental As Anything: Series 4, Episode 15

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Mental As Anything is D'Argo's revenge story. Because Scorpius arranged for advanced training with an alien named Katoya, poor John has a special nasty Scarren training he's forced into. I always focus on his torture/training and skip D'Argo's trials fighting Macton.

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  •   Sunday, 18 June 2017
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Kansas: Series 4, Episode 12

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Farscape did something unprecedented in standard television shows: they took John Crichton home to Earth before the end of the show. This two-part visit to Earth was bittersweet and difficult and not the joyous visits that you would think would happen. That's another Farscapean trope. You can't go home again.

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  •   Sunday, 18 June 2017
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John Quixote Re-Watch

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Patricia Lynn Vanover watched Ben Browder-penned John Quixote yesterday. Ben wrote a tour de force script with Shakespearean sonnets, fairytale princesses, black knights, Breast milking, acid bathing, Ogre fighting, lying butlers, bad guys in lederhosen, bean-eating off stomachs, green and yellow doors and Max Headroom.

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  •   Sunday, 18 June 2017
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Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars

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PK Wars has a mixed review among Scapers with some complaining that there isn't enough character moments especially between the secondary characters. That it became the John and Aeryn show. Others adored the action and John and Aeryn story amidst the battles and Scorpius manipulations that lead to the use of the wormhole weapon.
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  •   Friday, 16 June 2017
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Exodus From Genesis: Series 1, Episode 3

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This is one of the first episodes of Farscape shot and they're still working out the kinks in the language and characters, thus you'll hear the aliens speaking English slang and there are other "errors" in makeup that get worked out as the show matures.

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  •   Thursday, 15 June 2017
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Coup By Clam: Series 4, Episode 10

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When I saw this Season 4 Farscape episode I knew it would be silly and weird given that Moya had just passed from "unknown space -- The UTs" to Tormented Space. Farscape didn't go in for technobabble even to the names of areas of space. These practical, descriptive names must have been the PK grunt names for the areas because they're sort of nonsensical. Anyway, Moya was sick from the multitude of wormholes in Tormented Space so they stopped at a planet that reputed to be able to install filters that allow safer passage.

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  •   Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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Ever since this episode was broadcast, Scaper women have yelled, "Yeah, Jirl Power!"
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Bringing Home the Beacon: Series 4, Episode 16

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Spell Baby, Aeryn. B-A-B-Y, Aeryn. A-B-C-D-E-F-G... Aeryn goes for her pulse pistol and WHAM! John's heart dies with the bioloid.
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  •   Monday, 12 June 2017
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Bad Timing: Series 4, Episode 22

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Bad Timing is the perfect name for the last episode of Farscape. In September 2002, Ben Browder, David Kemper and Ricky Manning went online at the SciFi Dominion and announced the cancellation of Farscape. You can read Rockne's interview about the cancellation here: http://www.farscapeworld.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=362.
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  •   Friday, 09 June 2017
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Back And Back And Back To the Future: Series 1, Episode 5

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When Farscape first began filming episodes they followed the Australian method which entailed shooting two episodes at a time. This episode and Thank Goodness It's Friday Again were filmed together. Luckily for Ben and the rest of the cast and crew, the showrunners discovered that such a project plan did not work with Farscape due to its heavy reliance on CGI, puppetry and practical effects.

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  •   Friday, 09 June 2017
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A Constellation Of Doubt: Series 4, Episode 17

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This experimental script is the outgrowth of David Kemper 's Unrealized Reality that told the story of how wormhole work through the use of "talking Heads". Each has the appearance of Crichton's friends, family and teachers changed to show moods and information. By the time of A Constellation of Doubt, John was obsessively watching a deeply disturbing interview show Pilot captured after Moya left Earth.

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  •   Wednesday, 10 May 2017
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Thank God It's Friday Again: Series 1, Episode 6

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I have to admit that this is one of my favorite of the very early Farscape episodes mainly for its John Crichton whomp. I admit it, I'm a lover of protagonist whomping. There is so much character development in this episode as well as the stated whomping. We get a strong view of D'Argo's youth and his lack of control of his hyper-rage (whose consequences we learn more about in Season 4). Here, he's after John simply because he's another male. The humor is that John has learned to hide in Moya so well that nobody could find him for three days.

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  • Ben Browder Network
  •   Friday, 26 May 2017
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PK Tech Girl: Series 1, Episode 7

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There's been speculation in Farscape fan fiction for years about John Crichton and Gilina Raenez and if they really would have hooked up and what would have happened to Aeryn Sun. Farscaped's One Good Day and One Eyed DVD's Unrealized Peacekeeper are two classic stories that center on early John's science geek and homesickness that focused on Gilina's technical knowledge and the fact she's a blond versus Aeryn's dark coloring and military bearing.

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  •   Thursday, 25 May 2017
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