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Little Miss Tough Chick of the Universe: Farscape’s Inverted Sexual Dynamics

  • Renny Christopher


Farscape, an original series of the SciFi channel (1999–2003), has as one of its main characters an alien female, Aeryn Sun, brought up in a culture that practices no gender differentiation. She carries a big gun, a big attitude, and a big sex appeal for male and female viewers. The show tells the story of John Crichton, an astronaut with the International Aeronautics and Space Administration who gets “sucked down a wormhole” while flying an experimental mission. He ends up in a “distant part of the galaxy” filled with exotic alien beings and cultures. His journey is one of the most remarkable to appear in the annals of science-fiction film and television, not the least for the inverted (“alien?”) and experimental sexual dynamics he participates in during his sojourn on the biomechanoid Leviathan ship, Moya, with her crew of escaped prisoners and ex-Peacekeepers. One of these is Aeryn Sun, whose relationship with Crichton plays out in remarkably gender-switched terms. She is the tough chick of the universe, a female terminator, an implacable soldier, and Crichton’s love interest.


Gender Role Traditional Gender Role Science Fiction Human Term Queer Theory 
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