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Lately I’ve been beginning to wonder if the Devil (played by the gleefully malicious Ray Wise) might actually be succeeding (if slowly) in turning Sam (Bret Harrison) to the dark side on Reaper. Not through any obvious, direct means like repeatedly encouraging him to do bad things, or trying to wear him down with a cynical world view, or pitting him against his half-brother last week in a soul-catching contest. Rather, it’s the result of a subtle manipulation of circumstances that makes it seem as though Sam is doing it all on his own.
In season 1, Sam operated on a fairly straight-forward basis: he didn’t like the contract that bound him to the Prince of Darkness, he wanted out of it, he kept Andi in the dark, but he did his job. Sure he whined about what the Devil put him through, but that was the extent of it.
Hot off the presses for release on April 29th is a new Farscape comic mini-series: D’Argo’s Lament. Set in Season 3 between the episodes “Revenging Angel” and “Fractures”, the four-part story focuses on the sword-wielding alien’s efforts to prevent interplanetary war. It also co-stars the troublemaker Jool, who eventually has a relationship with D’Argo (you’ll also remember Jool really did not get on with Chiana, who became D’Argo’s love interest by the end of the series).
D’Argo’s Lament is co-written by Rockne S. O’Bannon and Keith DeCandido. O’Bannon served as executive consultant for the Farscape sereies. Others may know him for his writing on Doctor Who, Andromeda, Buffy, Alien Nation (the movie), as well as 15 Star Trek novels. Keith DeCandido’s credits include books in the Buffy, Star Trek and Supernatural franchises and the film Done the Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of “Firefly” and “Serenity”. The comic is available in two covers by Michael DiPascale and Will Sliney.
As a footnote to all the recent Whedon talk around these parts, Sci Fi Wire has video of Whedon accepting his Ray Bradbury Award this past Saturday. The award is for excellence in screenwriting and is bestowed by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Previous winners include J. Michael Straczynski for Babylon 5, James Cameron for Terminator 2, and Yuri Rasovsky and Harlan Ellison for 2000X – Tales of the Next Millennia.