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Farscape Season 1, Vol. 4 - PK Tech Girl/That Old Black Magic (1999)

Ben Browder , Claudia Black , Geoff Bennett , Ian Watson  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AMQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Farscape Season 1, Vol. 4 - PK Tech Girl/That Old Black Magic" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Footage not broadcast in North America
  • Production Stills and conceptual drawings
  • Anthony Simcoe profile

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Product Description

"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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Love the show, hate the DVDs June 14, 2001
Well, actually, to clarify, I hate DVDs that have just *two* episodes and nothing more. I didn't mind so much when the episodes had commentary tracks because I didn't feel quite so cheated. Paramount started the disgraceful practice of two-episodes per disk but I'm not particularly interested in helping that notion become an industry standard. The people at ADV could learn a thing or two from MGM (who have their own DVD problems when it comes to movie releases, I'll admit), who just released a reasonably priced five-disk set of the first season of Stargate SG-1, with each episode letterboxed and anamorphic. And there were extras on each disk, including the four or five episodes per.
But hey, ADV, start putting four or five Farscape episodes per disk, and releasing them in season box sets, and I am *so* there with you. Until then, rather than spending my money on the Farscape two-episode DVDs being released slower than snails move, I'll just save my dollars for season two of Stargate SG-1.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Episodes, Poor DVD July 13, 2001
It is a bit of a rip to only release 2 episodes per DVD. I was dealing with that fine. The commentary tracks on the past DVDs made up for it a bit. This one has NO extras at all and yet is still priced like the prior ones. ADV and Jim Henson should be ashamed. I think I will stick with my dub tapes rather than get this DVD. I returned mine. Sad to say though that people are still going to buy these no mater how overpriced they are. The episodes on here are great though. PK Tech Girl develops some of the emotions between Aeryn and John. That Old Black Magic shows some of Zahn's dark past.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You people are way too harsh... August 22, 2001
By poddie
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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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Show but DVD release is too slow June 10, 2001
By A Customer
I've recently started watching the show on the sci-fi channel and instantly got hooked. The cast, characters and special effects is everything you could ever want in a weekly sci-fi epic.
I bought the first two DVD released by ADV to catch up on the story since we're well into season 3 now. Then I found out that ADV is releasing only 2 episodes per month. I will have to wait approx. 7 more months to view season 1. >:-(
Then there is the cost of... per episode that discouraged me even further. I ended up buying Farscape region 2 DVD's from the UK for about... for the entire season 1 and I'm mid-way through season 2 now. :-) It’s a bit expensive but I did save... and the wait, well worth it.
I had to switch the region code on my DVD-rom drive on my computer so I can view it. NO BIG DEAL but do your homework if you go this route.
Hopefully ADV and Jim Henson Co. will get the hint and start thinking about the fans and not about maximizing profits on nickel and dime DVD sales. I wanted to view the entire season and I would have preferred it to be in region 1 coding. Oh, well I lost patience and ADV lost my money. Too bad for ADV.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4th FARSCAPE DVD is a Good View March 5, 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This product came in as advertised. Seller was prompt and accurate. I would buy from this seller again. Thanks!
Published 10 days ago by Lane Whitaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Farscape, my favorite TV series
I love Farscape. This was and still is my favorite TV series. I wish I could afford to buy the whole set.
Published 9 months ago by RP Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of STAR WARS
I began wachtin FARSCAPE after seeing it on the SCI-FI channel. While I generally don't have a geaneral intrest in waching tv shows, this one is an expection. Read more
Published on July 2, 2010 by joelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, adventure, boot stealing...
PK Tech Girl is a good old fashion adventure story, with a dead ship, troubled pasts and a cute, sexy girl in uniform. Hey, Gilina is cute, so sue me. Read more
Published on February 24, 2008 by Michael Valdivielso
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as most Farscape, but better than most other TV
Crichton (Ben Browder) finds love on an abandoned Peacekeeper battleship in "PK Tech Girl." This irks Aeryn (Claudia Black) and gives us our first clear hint of the potential for... Read more
Published on November 5, 2004 by David Bonesteel
4.0 out of 5 stars A pair of pivotal PeaceKeeper episodes (but no commentary?)
Well, here I have been watching the Season 1 "Farscape" DVDs and praising the tag-team great commentaries I had been enjoying as the best in fan friendly extras (not to mentioning... Read more
Published on January 23, 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Farscape is the greatest show on TV.
Anyone who does not understand why one would buy DVD's of this show is not a fan. The DVD's last forever and you can revisit the show when ever you want through them. Read more
Published on April 25, 2002 by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Farscape: The series
Have watched Farscape from the beginning and many reruns. For a Sci-Fi addict, it is one of the better series to appear in recent history. I am only sad that it has ended.
Published on November 22, 2001 by "mcsmith4250"
2.0 out of 5 stars Only Two Episodes?
I love Farscape, and PK Tech Girl is a fantastic episode, so when I heard that they were releasing the episodes on DVD, I was ready to rush out and buy them. Read more
Published on September 7, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that Farscape
I did not get interested in Farscape until the last 5 episodes of the second season. I don't know why I didn't watch it before. Read more
Published on August 28, 2001 by RebelWolf1996
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