- Actors: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley
- Directors: Andrew Prowse, Brian Henson, Ian Watson, Pino Amenta, Rowan Woods
- Producers: Matt Carroll
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 6
- Classification: 15
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: 11 April 2011
- Run Time: 1155 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B004ETK3BO
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,881 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Farscape Season 1 [DVD]
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The epic sci-fi classic.
Flung through a cosmic wormhole, American astronaut John Crichton finds himself fighting for his life in the middle of an alien prison break, inside a Leviathan – a living space ship – on the far side of the galaxy. Hunted by the relentless Crais, a commander of the galactic enforcers known as Peacekeepers, Crichton joins forces with the alien convicts: hulking warrior Ka D’Argo; blue-skinned Priestess Zhaan; diminutive Dominar Rygel XVI; the giant symbiote Pilot and the ‘irreversibly contaminated’ Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun. Each desperately seeks a way home, but first they have to find a way to trust one another. Daring escapes and selfless acts of courage forge a measure of loyalty, friendship and even love.
• A fusion of live action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI, Farscape features mind-boggling alien life forms, dazzling special effects, edge-of-your-seat thrills, irreverent humour and unforgettable characters – all brought to life by the creative minds at Jim Henson’s Creative shop.
Flung through a cosmic wormhole, American astronaut John Crichton finds himself fighting for his life in the middle of an alien prison break, inside a Leviathan — a living space ship — on the far side of the galaxy.
Hunted by the relentless Crais, a commander of the galactic enforcers known as Peacekeepers, Crichton joins forces with the alien convicts — hulking warrior Ka D’Argo; blue-skinned Priestess Zhaan; diminutive Dominar Rigel XVI; the giant symbiote Pilot and the “irreversibly contaminated” Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun. Each desperately seeks a way home, but first, they have to find a way to trust one another. Daring escapes and selfless acts of courage forge a measure of loyalty, friendship and even love.
The first season’s breakneck action heats up with the introduction of the coquettish thief Chiana and the sinister Scorpius with his dreaded Aurora Chair. Arrival and departure, birth and death, rescue and betrayal, all lead up to a season finale cliffhanger that is, literally and figuratively, breathtaking.
Farscape is genre television at its most ambitious, inspired both by the cult appeal of Babylon 5 and by the continuing success of the Star Trek franchise, but taking a visual and conceptual leap beyond those shows. Making extensive use of CGI, prosthetics, and state-of-the-art puppetry, courtesy of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, the Farscape concept has a freshness that makes it look and feel completely original. Among the first season's 22 episodes, "Premiere" introduces the characters and the basic premise: 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. When the galactic cops (called "Peacekeepers") mark him as the new public enemy number one, Crichton is forced to ally himself with the convicts: hulking warrior D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), blue-skinned priest Zhaan (Virginia Hey), fugitive peacekeeper Aeryn (Claudia Black), exiled king Rygel (Jonathan Hardy), and Pilot, the giant insectlike nerve center of their living ship, Moya.
In the action-packed and stylishly directed "Throne for a Loss," a race of mercenary criminals called the Tavleks kidnap the imperious Rygel. "PK Tech Girl" and "That Old Black Magic" feature a peek into the pasts of Rygel and Zhaan as they hide from the fleets of Peacekeeper soldiers in the galactic frontier known as the Uncharted Territories. Leading toward the climax of the show's first season, "Nerve" and "The Hidden Memory" make for a bold two-parter that reunites Crichton with his Peacekeeper Tech girlfriend, Gilina, and introduces the dreaded Scorpius, who uses his Aurora Chair torture device to extract what he mistakenly believes is vital knowledge from Crichton. The final episode, "Family Ties," ends with a cliffhanger guaranteed to bring viewers back for more, as the duplicitous Rygel plans to turn traitor, which eventually leaves the fates of Crichton and D'Argo up for grabs and Moya's young offspring under the control of the conflicted villain Crais, among other developments.
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It's funny and sexy, well directed, reasonable scripts (even though the forced hate relationship between the villain with the bad hair do and the hero is pretty lame), the CGI is very good; the puppets are the best of Henson's workshop.
It is a must have for Si-Fi fans. Very good special features within a great packaging box set with 22 episodes at a very good price.
FOR ALL NON-ENGLISH VIEWERS: This DVD box set doesn't have any audio options besides original English (no problem here); BUT (and this is unforgiving): no subtitles available (not even English for the hearing unpaired). Making it really difficult to understand if you are not a very well English language tutored person: names and Sci-Fi terms are really difficult to catch, so as when aliens speak up (this makes me think twice before considering purchase further seasons; and let me say, modesty apart, I think I have had pretty good tutoring). Hence the 4 stars general rate (4 for the show and 1 for communication options, maybe the DVD producers don't want to make more money with it).
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, the show is funny, inventive and it reminds me of Firefly when the characters use 'foreign' words.
My one bugbear is 'where are the subtitles?' I think all DVDs should come with them as I tend to miss the under breath utterances.
These DVDs are packed with informative extras and if you're a packaging nut like me you'll like the velcro fastened hardboard container it comes in.
FarScape is a welcome breath of fresh air in the world of sci-fi. The Jim Henson Company tells a story about an astronaut who, during a test flight, gets shot through a wormhole, and ends up on the other side of the universe in the middle of a space battle. What seems unreal to him, looks pretty everyday to the aliens surrounding him. As events unfold, he is forced to team up with a colorful crew of escaped prisoners.
While finding a way home, they have to stay out of the claws of a race called 'the peacekeepers' which are, despite their name, actually a pretty ruthless and aggressive species.
The great thing is that, unlike some other series, everything is possible in this universe and no one feels the need to explain why it is possible. Just as you think you start to know how the series is going to develop, the next episode takes you by surprise.
Combine the amazing Jim Henson Studios creations with some funny and dead-sexy characters ("Ah you mean like The Muppets?" "Mmmm no, not quite!"), and you will have yourself a series to have and to hold. Forever.
The series follows an astronaut John Crichton who is on an experimental one-man space flight when a wormhole opens up out of nowhere and he's suddenly catapulted across the universe into the middle of a massive space battle. Long-story-short he ends up on board a living ship full of escaped prisoners trying to avoid the Peace-Keepers (The PKs are basically the federation from star-trek but with more torture and oppression). The plot of the series does take a few episodes to get into swing, with the episodes still very much self-contained stories as opposed to parts of one big storyline until about episode 19. Having said that all of the episodes (bar 'Jeremiah Crichton') are very enjoyable sci-fi stories in themselves and still feature some of the best characters to grace science fiction, albiet in their development infancy.
The series has all the usual problems of a first season; the characters are less refined, the effects are occasionally patchy blah, blah, blah. It still contains some of the best writing in the genre for a long time, rivaled only by Firefly. The characters quickly become very ambiguous, with none of our 'heroes' fitting the squeaky-clean standard of most American sci-fi recently. Even Crichton, the central and most easily sympathetic character starts showing the beginnings of dangerous insanity towards the end of the series and a blinding determination to get home.
The aliens in this series stand out on two main fronts, one is the grey-area characterization I previously mentioned and the other is the way they look. The make-up and effects teams on this series really did some incredible work, using masks that mold to follow the actors faces, incredibly intricate body-paints and some very high-tech puppets which almost have you believing they're real by the end of the series.
So, for 18 episodes with one exception we are treated to an excellent series of little space adventures with interesting characters and a dark edge, then we get our first taste of what Farscape was to become, with a two-part story 'Nerve'/'The Hidden Memory' the series suddenly seems to rocket in quality as plot strands running from episodes as far back as the opening are all resurrected and piled into one pulse-pounding story. Sadly Farscape's greatest strength - this sense of each episode being only part of one complicated and long plot - is also it's greatest weakness as unless you've seen all the previous episodes you'll probably have no idea what's happening.
Farscape's favorite trick is to take an established sci-fi plot line and twist it into something new, and this is done most often in this first season. For example: a distress signal from an apparently helpless girl who is being pursued by a monster which is answered by the crew, now any one whose seen any of Star Trek will know that it'll probably turn out that she is the real monster and the supposed villain is merely misunderstood, but when Farscape takes this one on the relationship of victim and villain is switched back and forward again and again until you have trouble keeping track and then hits you with a final twist in which the role of the piece's true villain is revealed to be... well I won't say more than that.
This is a very re-watchable series and remains extremely enjoyable, but be warned it contains one of the best cliffhanger endings of all time and you'll probably end up buying all four other series. If you're a fan of science-fiction this is one you definitely won't want to miss, without a doubt one of the best sci-fi shows of all time.