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Farscape: Season 1, Volume 4

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  • Actors: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Lani John Tupu, Jonathan Hardy
  • Directors: Geoff Bennett, Ian Watson, Tony Tilse
  • Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon
  • Producers: Andrew Prowse, Emily Skopov, Justin Monjo, Lesley Parker
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Sma Distribution
  • Release Date: Nov. 11 2003
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AMQS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,563 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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"PK Tech Girl": Our crew encounters the drifting derelict of the most feared Peacekeeper battleship, Zelbinion. The discovery has a devastating effect on Rygel… it's the first ship on which he was imprisoned. And Aeryn is finding herself jealous of the attraction she witnesses between Crichton and Gilina, the PK technician they have met aboard the Zelbinion. But as our crew comes under attack by the Sheyangs, a race of savage scavengers, all must put their emotions aside and focus on the battle they face…

"That Old Black Magic": A simple trip to a commerce planet turns into a life-or-death nightmare for Crichton when he is tricked by the dark sorcerer, Maldis. As his spirit literally gets torn from his body, Crichton is transported to a dark supernatural world and forced to battle his arch enemy, Crais, in a deadly game designed to entertain Maldis. It is up to Zhaan to save Crichton, but to do so, she must rekindle a dark side within herself that she thought was buried forever…

Farscape established itself as a darker, more volatile alternative to the relative utopian ideals of the Star Trek universe, right down to its gloomy, claustrophobic look, but nowhere is that more apparent than its journeys into the hidden pasts of its fugitive heroes. The fourth volume of episodes features a peek into the pasts of Dominar Rygel and ninth level Priestess Zhaan as they hide from the fleets of Peacekeeper soldiers in the galactic frontier known as the Uncharted Territories.

Rygel spent years imprisoned and tortured aboard the Zelbinion, the most feared Peacekeeper battleship of all time, and when they find it a drifting derelict in PK Tech Girl, his memories come back to haunt him. While he battles his demons of the past, the defenseless crew takes on a fleet of ruthless, froglike scavengers ("They spit fire? How come nobody tells me these things!") while American rocket jockey John Crichton finds romance with the a pretty Peacekeeper technician abandoned aboard the wreck (resulting in emotional fireworks from the jealous Aeryn).

That Old Black Magic pits the crew against an evil magician that has been draining the souls of his planet for years and craves the fresh minds of Moya's crew. "I feed on death," the psychic vampire cackles while pitting Crichton against his bloodthirsty nemesis, Peacekeeper Captain Crais, and only Zhaan can save him by unleashing the angry, evil former self she had spent years burying deep within her soul. --Sean Axmaker

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
Well, it was bound to happen. The fourth DVD based on the FARSCAPE series came out, but it was the first one without any real special features at all. While the DVDs are nice to have simply because of the quality of the graphics and the extra footage not seen in North America, is that really enough? I don't think so.
This one starts out with "PK Tech Girl", one of my favourite Season One episodes. When the crew of Moya find the wreckage of a legendary Peacekeeper ship, the Zelbininon, floating in space, they go aboard to see what they can find starchart-wise. But the Zelbinion is not deserted, as Crais left a tech team to go over the ship, and the only survivor, Gilina, hits it off with Crichton. Meanwhile, Rygel must come to grips with having been tortured on this infamous ship, and the fire-breathing scavengers, the Sheyangs, who arrive on the scene don't make the situation any easier. This is a lovely story with some good stuff in it, marred only by the Sheyang at times, but the extra footage here doesn't really make or break this episode. Still, it puts certain story elements into the forefront, provides some background on Rygel, and give Crichton a lust interest that he's not really been given a chance to have yet. Plus, it acts as the catalyst for several storyline developments down the road (notably in "Durka Returns").
The second episode, "That Old Black Magic", has the crew of Moya visiting a commerce planet searching for a remedy for Rygel's case of flu. An evil sorcerer, Maldis, rules the planet through fear and intimdiation, and when he captures both Crichton and Crais and pits them against one another, Zhaan is forced to bring her dark side to the surface to save her shipmate.
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I believe that it was ADV's president that said that this is the only way they could release the series. Henson demanded (and rightfully so) that the audio/video quality be high, so there are two episodes per dual-layer DVD (1 ep per layer). I believe the UK discs are two single-layer DVDs per pack with four episode (2 eps per layer). What this means is that there is nearly twice the bitrate on the American discs and the shows look fantastic.
Adding one more episode to the disc would be akward because it would mean a layer change in the middle of the second episode (as well as the diminished quality based on the bitrate). Adding another disc would make them more expensive, and the major retailers won't buy ...discs from smaller companies like ADV. Neither will they buy the bigger box sets...
So the choices are: (1) A little more expensive with knockout video (2) Reduce the quality (and I don't think this was an option because of Henson) (3) NO DVDs
Given these choices, we should be glad we're seeing these at all...
And it looks like V7 may start a slightly cheaper pricing scheme as well....
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These two episodes are just too perfect. You get one with a bunch of aliens and the other that has a direct link to the story. "PK Tech Girl" shows that John has has more than one woman in his life. The crew Moya uncover the Zelbinion. The most feared ship in the Peacekeeper armada and it's dead. They find one tech aboard and soon the Sheyangs arrive. The Sheyangs are scavengers that resemble a mix between a toad and a turtle. When they arrive, John, Aeryn and the tech get the defense shield activated, but one Sheyang makes it through. After Aeryn does a little dirty work, the Sheyangs decide to retreat. Another little event in the episode is Rygel reliving his horrible memories of being tortured on the Zelbinion by Durka. In "That Old Black Magic", a sorcerer named Moldes decides to have a little fun with John and Crais. Moldes feeds on violence so when Crais is transported to a maze with John, carnage ensues. However, Zhann has a few tricks of her own. Sadly, there is no commentary track. The only extras on here besides the D'Argo Profile, Image Gallery and Conceptual Art is four ADV trailers of other shows. However, the two episodes on the disc are EXTREMELY entertaining and never fail to amaze. If you disliked the episodes on Vol. 3, I strongly recommend you see this volume.
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By A Customer on June 26 2001
Format: DVD
I have never written a review before, but after having read the other reviews I felt compelled to add my two cents. I love Farscape, and have been watching it since the beginning. The picture and sound quality of this and the other Farscape DVDs is amazing, especially when compared to the quality one gets when watching the show on television. The addition of deleted scenes is very cool - they often help to provide greater insight as to the motivations of the characters, and the luxury of watching my favorite show without commercials is wonderful! Honestly, I have never watched any commentary on any DVD - I personally think that "behind the scenes" information detracts somewhat from the "magic", particularly with Farscape, where they have done such a great job at creating an entire imaginary world. In response to the complaints of others about the length of the DVD, 100 minutes is really about the same length as many movies (which generally range from 90-120 minutes). So I say, "Keep up the good work!"
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