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Farscape, Vol. 1 (Full Screen) [Import]
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"Premiere": When his experimental spacecraft is thrust through a wormhole, astronaut John Crichton finds himself transported to a strange, alien galaxy light years from Earth, and directly into an interstellar battle! On the run from a totalitarian regime, the "Peacekeepers," Crichton's only hope of survival is a band of escaped prisoners - a renegade Peacekeeper soldier, a raging Luxan warrior, an anarchist priestess and a deposed despot--all onboard a living starship the fugitives have used for their escape!
"I, E.T.": After detecting a homing beacon, the crew is forced to crash Moya onto an Earth-like planet where extraterrestrial life is virtually unknown! While Zhaan and Rygel try to free Moya from the painful device, Crichton, Aeryn and D'Argo must brave a hostile, frightened society to save their dying ship-and Crichton discovers just how alien he is in this new universe.
Smart-talking American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) is flung through a wormhole and comes out in the midst of an interstellar prison escape on the other side of the universe. Bad luck for Crichton: the galactic cops (called "peacekeepers") mark him as the new public enemy number 1. This 20th-century boy is forced to ally himself with the colorful convicts: D'Argo, a hulking warrior with a fleshy Rastafarian mane; Zhaan, a blue-skinned priest of indeterminate age (played by Road Warrior alumnus Virginia Hey); fugitive peacekeeper Aeryn (Pitch Black's Claudia Black); Rygel, a greedy and troll-like exiled king; and Pilot, the giant insect-like nerve center of their living ship, Moya. It's an impressive-looking made-for-cable series, with imaginative production design and mix of state-of-the-art digital effects and sophisticated puppetry (or rather Muppetry, courtesy of co-creator Brian Henson), but it's the sharp writing and vivid characters that have built--and kept--the show's following.
Premiere introduces each character and the basic premise, a sci-fi Fugitive by way of Voyager in a world far from the Federation-friendly universe of Star Trek. Crichton's welcome is anything but warm, and the cultural and philosophical differences of the fleeing outlaws, as well as their pure self-interest, clash under the constant threat of capture. In I, E.T., a hidden homing signal forces Moya to hide in a terrestrial bog while the crew tries to disarm the device (which has been fused to the ship's nervous system), and Crichton makes first contact with the planet's pre-space flight inhabitants. "Spielberg was all wrong," he remarks while dodging military patrols and soothing the fears of a sky-watching scientist. Well-timed to fill the void left by Babylon 5, this is the promising start of a fresh sci-fi franchise. --Sean AxmakerSee all Product Description
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"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.Read more ›
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!).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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 morePublished on June 8 2003 by Michael Valdivielso
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 morePublished on Jan. 23 2003 by Lawrance Bernabo
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 morePublished on July 12 2002 by Matthew J Molina Jr
I'll make this short and sweet. This DVD is not closed caption encoded and lacks the subtitle option as well. Read morePublished on July 12 2002 by Floyd E Shock
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 morePublished on July 11 2002 by P. Wheeler
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 morePublished on April 22 2002 by Sascha Fahrbach
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 morePublished on March 17 2002 by Michael
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 morePublished on March 14 2002 by doppelganger
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 morePublished on Jan. 18 2002 by John Kahane
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