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5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Sci-fi, 6 Mar. 2004
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This review is from: Farscape: Complete Season 2 (Box Set) [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Farscape was easily the best science fiction TV and during its woefully short 4 season run it gave us original, sometimes daring, often thought provoking and always absorbing episodes. It had everything - action, drama, romance and the acting was amongst the best I've seen in any genre.
Season 2 was an incredible season which charted John Crichton slowly having a nervous breakdown whilst his companions become increasingly concerned and frustrated with his increasingly bizarre behaviour and all with the imminent threat of being tracked down by their enemy, the downright creepy Scorpious. It might sound depressing, but in amongst the incredible drama there is a great deal of humour (some of it quite surreal - well, Crichton is having a nervous breakdown after all)). Some of the episodes are stand-alone but most evolve from what has gone before and you really need to watch the season in order to understand fully what is happening to the characters.

The trouble with something this good is that it has a rabid fan base (and I include myself here) who have already bought the original DVDs (of all four seasons) as soon as they came out, two discs at a time, and who are faced with the choice of 'upgrading' to this boxed set (I could spend quite some time ranting about this sort of marketing). For us it comes down to the extras; there are quite a few featurettes but they are available on the existing DVDs. The real difference is the commentaries from the cast and crew. Whilst interesting enough they are probably not worth shelling out such a hefty price for - not every episode has a commentary and I didn't find them particularly informative or amusing and I'm a Farscape obsessive!
If you are brand new to the world of Farscape but are committed to finding out what all the fuss is about then these full season boxed sets are a good idea - but buy it with the Season 1 box set or you'll be missing out on where it all began and the events in that season have tremendous impact on Season 2. And please, please, please don't be put off by the fact that Jim Henson's Creature Workshop is involved - this is not Muppets in Space, the puppets are very good and about half and hour into the first episode you watch, you'll forget they are anything other than living beings.
If you only have Season 2 on video then buy this instead of the other DVDs for the 'extra' extras. It probably works out cheaper too (although you should check that as I haven't done my sums).
But if you already have the episodes on DVD then think very carefully before succumbing to such a cynical marketing ploy.
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2011 13:00:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Apr 2011 13:01:10 BDT
jannert says:
Ha ...several "cynical marketing ploys" later ...Farscape is being re-issued AGAIN. This time in affordably cheap single-season boxes, which is great news. I already own two complete sets Farscape on CD ...the originals, plus the total box set. (I'm paranoid!) However, re-issue in this format allows me to buy some more of them for my soon-to-be converted friends! I am writing this comment before the re-issue date, hoping the new boxes will be fine and free of technical glitches. May this series NEVER die and continue to be re-issued forever!
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