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Farscape 8: Starburst Edition 3.2 [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Ben Browder , Claudia Black , Geoff Bennett , Ian Watson    DVD

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best episodes of my favorite Sci-fi season of all time 24 Jan 2006
By Robert Moore - Published on
Warning! Multiple Major Spoilers!

I personally regard FARSCAPE as the finest Sci-fi television series ever (with the caveat that FIREFLY had the potential, at least, to at least match it). And I regard the third season of the series as the main evidence of its brilliance. The heart of Season Three is contained in this and the next set in the DVD releases, episodes that cover what happened after John Crichton was cloned. There is an old Chicago band called The Three Johns (one member is John Langford, front man of the punk band the Mekons). In my mind I think of Season Three being subtitled "The Two Johns." These episodes plot the separation of the two Johns and the complete flowering of the romance between Aeryn and the John with whom she is paired with on Talyn. One half of the episodes follow the group that ends up on Talyn and the other half those who remain on Moya. Most of the interest, of course, is with what happens with Aeryn and her John. On the one hand any fan will be delighted that John and Aeryn have finally managed to break down the barriers to their relationship, but on the other hand will feel the poignancy of how this is going to effect the John who is still on Moya. When I saw this the first time I couldn't conceive how they would resolve this almost impossible situation, though the death of the John with Aeryn in retrospect seems obvious.

The writers and producers took tremendous chances in the plot here. I can think of no parallel in storytelling in either film or TV for the developments in the romance between John and Aeryn in these episodes. Guy gets girl yet at the same time loses her to someone else, and it doesn't help that he has lost her to himself. It is an absolutely tragic romance, yet in ways that one has never seen before. Although it is not contained in the episodes in this set, the cold and detached manner in which Aeryn responds to the surviving John's greeting in the later episode "Fractures," when Talyn and Moya finally rendezvous again, is one of the saddest, most poignant moments in the run of the show. They gambled mightily in letting the narrative take the turns it did, but it was a gamble that paid off mightily, in creating one of the most unique plot lines in the history of television. This is simply brilliant television storytelling.

Almost all of the episodes in Season Three are at least very good (with the exception of the excreble "Revenging Angel" that will start off Volume 3.3 in the DVD sets, a poorly conceived and even more poorly executed animated episode, which ends up looking like a very poor imitation of Warner Brothers cartoons), many of the episodes here are exceptional. "Green Eyed Monster," written by Ben Browder, is one of my favorite shows in the entire series, in which Talyn nearly kills John because of his relationship with John, and in which John seriously misunderstands Aeryn's relationship with Crais. And the two part episode "Infinite Possibilities," which sees the demise of one of the John's (with Magda Szubanski, best known to American's for her starring role in the two BABE films, reprising her role from Season One as the conniving mechanic Furlow). But to tell the truth, individual episodes aside, the real greatness in this season comes from the story as it develops through multiple episodes. The whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.

The truly great thing about these sets are that they reproduce the more expensive original DVD releases in far more affordable form. At these prices, these are truly bargains. You get a huge number of special features. In fact, the FARSCAPE releases have as many or more special features as any TV show I know. And beginning with Season Three they corrected the great sin of the Starburst releases for Seasons One and Two: no more double sided DVDs! To accommodate more discs, they have made the cases slightly thicker, but I prefer that and having to deal with four single sided discs than having two double sided discs.

This is a must own series for anyone interested either in quality long story arc television or extremely innovative Sci-fi. This is just a superb series on every level. Except as animation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teh Farscape saga 13 May 2007
By Virginia P. Gibson - Published on
Love this series!! Am in the process of collecting ALL the episodes and have every intention to watch it over and over again until I am in my 90's and can no longer see! Then I will listen to it! I am continuing to follow Ben Browder and Claudia Black on SG-1 but the original Farscape crew is impossible to beat!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ADVideo woke up and saw the problem ... finally!! 15 Sep 2006
By D. Milburn - Published on
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Finally, I can give this series 5 stars. As with many other people, the first 6 collections were very problematic, freezing, skipping, popping or just flat out not playing. While some die hard fans mark my reviews unhelpful as I report the disc quality and not the quality of the show! (I figure you know what you are buying! and would better like to know the quality of what you are getting.) The series is a solid 5 in my book, and has always been so, but not the first 6 collections due to the double sided, dual layer format that caused so many to be returned, as with other folks here I too had to return 4 of the 6 before I was able to get a collection that would play properly. WITH THIS COLLECTION ... ADV finally saw the light! They released the collection on single sided disc, and while I'm not happy with ADV as I asked if there was a problem with them long, long ago and they just acted as if it was the first time they heard anything. I had to contact them as I was having trouble getting a RMA AGIAN for a bad disc, by correcting the release and putting them on 4 disc instead of 2 they have all but admitted there was in fact a PROBLEM! Even though they would not admit it months ago. I even have an email from them stating there was no plan to release them on 4 disc! I guess they got as tired of complaints as buys got of returning them. The single sided collection is far better than the prior as you would think in quality, no skipping, no popping, no freezing, nothing but good solid Farscape fun and entertainment, without having to try and skip over bad spots or fiddle with to get it to play.

We can only hope that ADV will offer a trade in offer on those releases already out to upgrade to the problem free collection. Sure it will cost them money, but it cost those of us with bad disc time and money to find one(s) that worked. (A 80 mile roundtrip drive for me in rural Kentucky) The very least they could do is to offer a replacement collection at cost for the first 6 collections. As of this writing I do not know if they plan to release the first 6 collections (2 seasons) on single sided disc or not, however a wise company would. My guess is you will find a lot of 2 disc collections on eBay if they do. Again a great series finally on enough disc to justify buying it. Plenty of extras over the boxset releases, albeit again many are repeated from disc to disc and collection to collection, overall good video and audio quality for hours of viewing. Well worth adding to your collection for those Farscape fans, just hope the first 6 releases are corrected and re-issued.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the top all time Sci Fi series 5 Feb 2014
By Bert Tram - Published on
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Literally bursting with action and adventure! Seems like John Crichton and crew mates are always getting themselves into jam which is why I personally refer to the series as Far-scrape! The only way I think the series could have been improved would be to add a few more humorous episodes like "Won't get fooled again!" which was fur-sure, fur-sure my favorite!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic series 11 Jan 2013
By Chris - Published on
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All the DVDs are in great shape and all features worked fine. I have been waiting a long time to get this series and I am very happy with my purchase.
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