David Kemper Quotes
What the man has said...
David on Rockne and how he started writing for Farscape
"We just liked the way each other's minds worked. I was sharing an office with Rock when he was writing the pilot. When they gave him the four episode back-up order, he only had two-and-a-half months. He couldn't write four scripts and he asked me to write two of them. I was writing the season ender for seaQuest, and getting ready to work on a Star Trek: Voyager episode. We met on a Super Bowl Sunday, and to me, that's a religion! We ended up talking for five hours, breaking a bunch of stories. I missed the Super Bowl for the first time ever!"
David about Won't Get Fooled Again
"The initial idea was that I was going to write the episode myself, but when we added an extra hour to the Look At The Princess trilogy, it was clear that I was not going to be able to do both, so Ricky got the slot," he explains. "The initial impulse was, how do we go to Earth and not have it be a repeat of A Human Reaction? We can't really go to Earth or the series is over."
As ever, Kemper worked from a series of images in his mind's eye. "That's the way my brain works - it's not something people should try at home," he jokes. "The initial image was Scorpius playing stand-up [double] bass, and Pilot playing drums and piano. Then I had an image of D'Argo as on-the-make playboy. Within a very rompy episode, it was going to be fun and surreal, like Alice Through The Looking Glass. The central idea was that the first time Crichton went back to Earth, he thought it was real; this time he goes, 'This is not real. I don't know who it is, but I'm not going to fall for it. I'm going to do a Groundhog Day. I'm going to jump off a cliff.'"
The writing staff's discussions brought new ideas to the script. "Ricky correctly knew that you can't just do a comedy with no redeeming value, so he figured it would be a perfect place to make it all about the Scarran," Kemper continues. "At the end there was a reason for this episode, which all came out in the last scene."
Once we had the scene where the Scorpius clone steps out and essentially says that Crichton isn't going to remember anything about this, we knew we could get away with anything we wanted to, because it was validated by the ending," David Kemper recalls. "When I first read the script I called Ricky up and told him I hated him: he wrote it better than I would have done. Ricky has three different level of madness that he brought to this, and he found the right mix to make it one of my favorite episodes. When it went on the air, we knew it was going to freak some people out. And it did. And you know what? Too bad!"
David on Farscape in Oz:
Over lunch in the Farscape canteen - after visits to see Moya's innards and a peek up Rygel's kilt - executive producer David Kemper talks about the history of Farscape and why the lack of a coherent schedule in Australia really isn't a problem. Kemper, an American whose own television history involves a stint as a CBS executive and then work on shows such as Star Trek: Voyager and the under-appreciated American Gothic, denies being disappointed by the reaction Farscape has received down under.
"Disappointment's not the right word," he says. "What we have here is ... Look, I remember watching Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. I was a 13-year-old boy and it influenced my life. I grew up with the space race ... Well, on my continent the youth grew up with a lot of that, then Gene Roddenberry brought it to us in Star Trek and we all got hooked.
"So science fiction's always been a staple, but a bit of a niche. I don't think Australia has been steeped in that mythology, so a science-fiction show is something that we have to put on the air and let it grow.
"We just got the reviews for the final four eps of season two and The New York Times says we're great ... So I think that over time the Australian people will gravitate toward quality."
David on female fans:
The show is Sci Fi's highest-rated. Executive Producer David Kemper said a large chunk of its viewers are a segment not usually associated with space and high-tech shows -- women.
"That's no accident. I like women," Kemper says. "When you do any reasonably good sci-fi show, you easily own your core audience: 15-year-old boys. We said when we started out on 'Farscape' that we were going to own the girls, too.
"Women like the tough attitude mixed with the romance.... Our female fans are fanatical and impassioned -- in a positive way. Women, I think, are our biggest supporters."
" 'Reality.' We have that word plastered on a big board in the middle of the 'Farscape' offices," Kemper says. "We aim for the show to be as real as possible."
David about the end of season 3:
Executive David Kemper was equally circumspect, saying only, "Everything that [fans] expect is wrong, and I'll be disappointed if people aren't upset, exhilarated, angry and completely befuddled. We have to get them to expect one thing, and then give them something else. So everything they think is going to happen doesn't, but yet it will happen. ... Lots of things will happen, but they'll happen so differently, that they'll feel different. ... Let's just say, themes that have been developed in the year will come together and pay off by the end of the year. All the clues are there."
David about Farscape:
Writer and co-executive producer, David Kemper, says: "We make sausages. Our sausages get projected on a television screen, other people make sausages that you eat for dinner. We make the best damn sausages in the world. We create great product that other people buy or consume."
From the man himself (spoken by John), heard in Bone To Be Wild: "Don't forget, HappyKempers, the girl in the distress call said 'creature'."
There is the tiny possibility he meant 'happy campers'... naahh :)
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