Until last month, things seemed to be going well for FARSCAPE fans. Their favorite show had been picked up for two full seasons, there was a brand-new regular character named Sikozu (Raelee Hill) that people liked, and the quality of the writing was excellent and still improving.
Then, abruptly, the bottom fell out.
On Sept. 9, the Sci-Fi Channel officially announced its decision to not make a fifth season of the series. The decision was made even though, after season 3, the channel signed a much-touted option agreement for both seasons 4 and 5.
"Despite our best efforts to reach a broader audience, FARSCAPE has been unable to grow beyond its core fan base," Sci-Fi remarked in its official statement on the matter. "That, coupled with the extreme and growing cost of production, has led to the difficult decision to end the series at the conclusion of season four."
The action is something of an about-face considering that only a year ago the channel regarded FARSCAPE as its flagship property.