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Farscape: Season 1, Volume 3

Ben Browder , Claudia Black , Andrew Prowse    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Hell hath no fury like the wrath of a Luxan, as these two episodes of Farscape illustrate. In "Back and Back and Back to the Future," the giant warrior D'Argo falls for a sharp-eyed beauty who arrives on Moya with a scientist after barely escaping the unexplained collapse of their ship. That mystery may also explain Crichton's short jaunts into the near future, which the episode weaves so inventively into the fabric of the narrative that both he and we become momentarily lost in the myriad of possible futures. D'Argo's chest-thumping alpha-male aggression runs right into the opening of "Thank God It's Friday... Again," where he hunts Crichton in a hormonal rage before jetting down to the planet to cool off. He accomplishes that and more; when the crew finds him he's a gentle giant full of inner peace, hearty bear hugs, and a sudden desire to remain in the agrarian society. Crichton meanwhile uncovers a conspiracy that explains the explosiveness of Rigel's bodily fluids and the preternatural complacency of this cultlike civilization of far-flung flower children. This installment is a more conventional tale than most, reverberating with echoes of Star Trek episodes ("This Side of Paradise" in particular), though it's loaded with ironies uniquely resonant in this series, culminating with the most inventive secret weapon the series has yet come up with.

Each episode includes footage unseen in the U.S. broadcasts, and the DVD features a profile of Virginia Hey's blue-skinned priestess, Zhaan, as well as commentary on each episode. Star Ben Browder (Crichton) and episode director Rowan Woods team up for the commentary track on Back and Back... while Anthony Simcoe (D'Argo) joins producer and co-creator Rockne S. O'Bannon for Thank God.... --Sean Axmaker

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The DVD also features commentary for each episode, with co-creators Henson and Rockne S. O'Bannon joining star Ben Browder to discuss the origins of the series for Premiere, and costars Claudia Black (Aeryn) and Anthony Simcoe (D'Argo) chiming in on I, E.T., sharing production stories and casting details. There's also the informative documentary featurette The Making of a Space Opera and an interview/profile with Browder. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring a Different Uncharted Territory July 22 2003
Format:DVD
The pilot episode of Farscape lets us know these stories take place in the Uncharted Territories. But starting with the episodes featured on this disc, we see that these uncharted territories include the souls of Moya and her crew.
"Back and Back and Back to the Future" pierces the gruff exterior of D'Argo as a mysterious femme fatale named Natala ensnares the warrior's heart. Unfortunately, Crichton starts having visions of himself with Natala which become progressively more disasterous. Not only do we start to see more of D'Argo's vulnerablility, but we're also treated to a well-designed, time-travelling head trip.
"Thank God It's Friday, Again" has D'Argo on an alien world, but after just three days the gang finds he has traded his soldier's weapons for a famer's tools. Though he seems blissfully content with his new life, things start to spiral out of control with Zhaan slipping into the same blind happiness as D'Argo, an apparent attempt on Rygel's life, Crichton's abduction by a rebel force, and the slow realization that this paradise is intimately linked to one of the galaxy's greatest threats. This is one of Farscape's best episodes, not only for it's wonderful visual appeal, but also for the way it expands our understanding of the characters. A wistful D'Argo confides in Zhaan that this experience echoes some of his long-held dreams. Aeryn reaches beyond her Peacekeeper-imposed blinders as she and Pilot must work together, not in military maneuvers, but in the more cerebral world of science as she struggles to find out what has happened to Rygel. And to top it all of, we have Angie Milliken's beautifully disturbing portrayal as the planet's ruler, Volmay. (Plus the infamous "She gives me a woody" line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars See How Far the Worm-Hole Goes July 7 2003
Format:DVD
Farscape is one of the most fascinating shows (not just sci-fi) to grace the airwaves. It's a shame that the series was cancelled, but the DVD's will leave a wonderful legacy.
Pilots are akward for any show since, in the span of an hour, they must introduce the main characters and their relationships to each other as well as create the environment in which they live. Science fiction pilots have the added burden of establishing where in the universe (and when in time) the stories occur, showing how technology has advanced (or in some cases retreated), sketching out new cultures and basically setting forth what are the new rules. "Pilot" does an admirable job all around. Not only do we become familiar with all six major characters (seven if you include Moya), but it also sets up the wonderful paradox that makes the series so compelling in the first season: namely that each character has his/her own agenda but they must work together to survive. This definitely ain't Star Trek. "I, E.T." is a neat bit of storytelling in that it turns a cliched story on its head: this time we are the invading aliens. Not a major story, but still enjoyable in the way it evokes a sense of wonder.
Both episodes feature commentaries and while they are both enlightening into the way Farscape first came into being, Claudia Black's and Anthony Simcoe's banter during I, E.T. is definitely the more fun of the two (would love to see them at a con!) Two featurettes are offered. First is a "behind-the-scenes" documentary, which acts more as a primer for the uninitiated than a behind the scenes, though there is a fascinating segment on the process used to make D'Argo's costume (Plus seeing Anthony out of make-up. Yikes!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars D'Argo's Time To Shine March 20 2003
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After finding himself [pulled through] through a wormhole and thrust into the depths of space that neither he nor any human before him had envisioned, Astronaut John Crichton finds himself confronted with Worlds beyond comprehension. In what seems like mere moments he finds himself aboard a living vessel named Moya with a group of escaped convicts trying desperately to outrun a race called the Peacekeepers and their leader whose brother Crichton accidentally caused to perish. In order to escape these forces, the crew of Moya are forced to head into the Uncharted Territories, knowing that they will be followed but that at least the pull of the Peacekeepers isn't a strong as it is elsewhere. Yes, space isn't what it seems.
In these two episodes from the first season, we find D'Argo, a creature from a warrior race with tendrils sprouting from both the top of his head and his chin, as our focal point.
In the first piece, "Back and Back and Back to the Future," the crew of Moya decide to rescue a couple of aliens from their ship that seems to be disintegrating. One of those on board, a female, seems to have some strange allure over both Crichton and D'Argo, putting D'Argo at odds with the human and jealous of what the other members of the crew think. Added to this is the fact that Crichton starts to have flashes of the future, and it seems that this future contains elements that don't seem to lead anywhere but demise.
To me, this episode was a worthwhile one that had some hidden portions within the plot and that played with the mind of the ever-maddening human as he tries to cope with the oddities of space.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great everything...
Farscape has cool special effects, good actors who play great characters, action, humor, amazing stories and everything you could want in a science fiction triller. Read more
Published on June 8 2003 by Michael Valdivielso
4.0 out of 5 stars Crichton saves the day not once, but twice
I am a "Farscape" neophyte working their way through Season 1 and it seems clear to me that Volume 3 is where this science fiction series starts clicking as the... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2003 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
5.0 out of 5 stars When I found Farscape on cable-surfing,.,.I was ecstatic
When I found Farscape on cable-surfing,.,.I was ecstatic. Had someone made a mistake(?) I think Australian movies have the BEST science fiction PROPS. Read more
Published on July 12 2002 by Matthew J Molina Jr
3.0 out of 5 stars Deaf? Don't bother! UPDATED!!
I'll make this short and sweet. This DVD is not closed caption encoded and lacks the subtitle option as well. Read more
Published on July 12 2002 by Floyd E Shock
4.0 out of 5 stars Great feature. DVD a little unfulfilled.
I gave this DVD 4-stars, but that's only because the disc contains just 2 episodes. As with just about all TV series DVD presentations, it's under-utilized, to collect greater... Read more
Published on July 11 2002 by P. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the best sci-fi on tv
Farscape must be the newest, and freshest thing on the block since Babylon 5. It's a great mix of fabulous storytelling, and great character development which a lot of sci-fi shows... Read more
Published on April 22 2002 by Sascha Fahrbach
4.0 out of 5 stars Different versions? Which is correct?
After hearing/reading so much about Farscape, I am ready to make a purchase. However, there seems to be two different version of the series and I am wondering which version to... Read more
Published on March 17 2002 by Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars hey, not bad
Much better than any new "Enterprise" episode, Farscape was a pleasant surprise. The graphics beat anything Paramount has done with the Star Trek Universe, and the storylines are... Read more
Published on March 14 2002 by doppelganger
5.0 out of 5 stars Farscape #1: Premiere/I,ET Review
FARSCAPE is one of the hottest new sf series on tv, and it's good to see that the DVDs of the series have started to come out (even if they are being done slower than in the UK,... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2002 by John Kahane
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have, but...
This series is great! It's exciting, visually stimulating, special effects are spectacular, and more. For a television production it will draw any sci-fi fan. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2002 by Kevin McKinstry
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