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Farscape Season 1, Vol. 2 - Exodus from Genesis / Throne for a Loss

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"Exodus from Genesis": Fortunately, a strange interstellar phenomenon conceals Moya's location from a Peacekeeper marauder. Unfortunately, the phenomenon is a swarm of Drak, insect-like creatures that mysteriously infest Moya. Soon, the space insects begin using the ship as a breeding "host," sending the temperature within Moya skyrocketing--perilously high for Aeryn's heat-sensitive Sebacean system. But the infestation within is nothing compared to danger lurking outside!

"Throne for a Loss": When a cargo negotiation with the bloodthirsty, money-hungry Tavleks turns into a kidnapping, Moya's crew must race against time and tempers to save the abducted Rygel. But a captured Tavlek is no even trade for a wealthy dominar. Crichton, Aeryn, and D'Argo have no choice but to use a dangerously addictive, adrenalin-pumping gauntlet stolen from the Tavleks to save their pompous companion and retrieve the crystal Rygel has stolen that is causing Moya's orbit to decay.

The second volume of episodes from the cult cable science fiction series Farscape finds the motley crew of fugitives still learning to live together, with often fractious results. A swarm of interstellar insects infiltrate Moya in "Exodus from Genesis" and crank up the heat to levels that will prove fatal to Aeryn's heat-sensitive Sebacean system. The heat wave isn't the only thing pushing already flaring tempers, however; the bugs create perfect replicas of the crew to carry out their commands, which lead to some rather interesting clashes. The episode echoes elements of Star Trek's "The Devil in the Dark" and the Next Generation episode "Evolution" (among others), then twists them to fit into the chaotic Farscape universe.

In "Throne for a Loss," the most action-packed and stylishly directed episode to date, a race of mercenary criminals called the Tavleks kidnap the imperious Rygel. Despite the temptation to leave the blustering coward behind, the crew hatches a (typically) half-cooked plan to storm the planet-side prison with the help of a dangerously addictive Tavlek power gauntlet. The adrenaline-pumping, laser-blasting weapon increases the aggressive natures of D'Argo and Aeryn to tyrannical levels but also leads to a quiet connection between the warriors as they recover from the drug's effects and compare notes on their human shipmate: "Just imagine, there's a whole race of Crichtons running around. Think how useless they must be."

Each episode includes footage unseen in the U.S. broadcasts, and the DVD features a profile of Claudia Black's character Aeryn Sun as well as commentary on each episode. Director Brian Henson and costar Virginia Hey (Zhaan) discuss the process of defining and developing their characters in the early episodes on "Exodus from Genesis" and stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black exchange playful repartee for the energetic commentary on "Throne for a Loss." --Sean Axmaker

Special Features

  • Episodes contain previously unbroadcast footage
  • "Exodus from Genesis" commentary with Brian Henson and Virginia Hey
  • "Throne for a Loss" commentary with Ben Browder and Claudia Black
  • Image galleries
  • Claudia Black (Aeryn) profile

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 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056VRD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Farscape Season 1, Vol. 2 - Exodus from Genesis / Throne for a Loss" on IMDb

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ARNOLD HURON on March 2, 2001
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I hope everyone enjoyed the deleted scenes on the 1st Farscape DVD. The US version now begins to differ on the episode order. But to be fair I have the entire 1st season on the UK edition. Throne for a loss-gives Rygel a great comedy relief to Farscape. He really shines here. We get our 1st glimpse of a race called the Tavleks, who are battle scared renegades, whose real business is holding hostages for ransom-as Rygel soon discovers. A classic! Next is- Exodus from Genesis- While attempting to hide from Crais' scout ships Moya takes refuge behind a cloud of asteroid debris. The debris is,in fact, a swarm of Draks(alien life forms). Crichton discovers that these "space cockroaches" have invaded the ship, & have created replicas of him & the entire crew. Mean while,peacekeepers have boarded Moya, where they kill every Drak replicant they can find. But can they take the heat? These episodes are to be commended for some new sci-fi ideas that are not apparent in many sci-fi shows or movies.You will also enjoy the profile on Aeryn Sun & the original Jim Henson company Farscape Trailer. You'll soon see how STAR WARS would be if it could be a weekly TV series. This is as close as you can get. So enjoy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Kindred on March 6, 2001
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These two episodes, "Exodus from Genesis" and "Throne for a Loss" are both quite good. Both feature the great writing and fine acting that fans have come to expect from FARSCAPE. The real standout of these episodes, however, is the outstanding work by Henson Studios. FARSCAPE is the rare breed of science fiction series that dares to feature inhuman aliens. FARSCAPE regularly features strange creatures thanks to the amazing work of Henson's Creature Shop. These episodes feature some of their best work, the creepy crawly Drak that infest Moya in "Exodus from Genesis" and the giant mantis-like prisoner in "Throne for a Loss". It is a sign of the quality of their work that they strive to make the "guest" aliens as interesting as the series regular puppets/animatronics Pilot and Rygel. FARSCAPE is an excellent series that is quickly setting the standard for all other science fiction series that follow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Bonesteel on November 19, 2002
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"Farscape" has developed into one of the best shows on television. Enjoyment of these early episodes is enhanced by the addition of deleted material and lively commentary. "Escape from Exodus" is an enjoyable story, but far from "Farscape" at its best. The tale of an infestation by space parasites is enlivened by entertaining character interaction, always one of this show's strengths. "Throne for a Loss," on the other hand, is terrific. Rygel, as despicably hilarious as ever, is kidnapped by the Tavleks, a race of warriors who rely on an addictive drug, administered through "power gauntlets," to heighten their power and aggression. To save Rygel, Aeryn, Crichton, and D'Argo all take their turns with the weapon, and the way in which it affects each of them provides interesting and amusing insights into their characters. The way in which Crichton resolves the conflict is perfect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on April 11, 2001
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I really enjoyed these two episodes.I bought the first dvd and loved it esspecially the premeiere episode.Then I watched Throne for a loss this episode is great because the interactions with the characters D'argo,Crichton,and Aeryn are funny yet heart warming.I really do hope every single show goes on dvd.I have a become a Huge Farscape fan in such a short time.These shows are definetly worth watching more than once.You won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heejin Koo on June 10, 2001
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Farscape has a ``human'' quality that some of the other, more established, television SF series lack. It's also fun to see a new series bloom to life -- the actors and productors are obviously having fun trying to make up the story and devlop characters as they go along.
The storyline is something out of Douglas Adams's ``A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'' -- A bumbling human astronaut gets sucked in through a wormhole and ends up in a living spaceship, being manned by four different alien life forms -- all convicts. They have to try and get along and each try to find out what exactly each of them is searching for. The make-up, computer-generated and animation special effects alone are incredible.
My hat goes off to Henson & Co. for their eyepopping realization of what could only be imagination. The references to American pop culture just adds to the whole pot-pourri because it defines the confusion of ``An American Overseas.'' I especially found the Hyundai reference in the ``Genesis'' episode hilarious. Watch out for the pop quiz references including movies, arts, and sports (American football). The international cast -- ranging from Australian and U.K. accents -- also makes it quite believeable that the human astronaut, with his all-American-boy accent is totally lost in this part of the weird and wondering universe.
The DVD realease is fab in the fact that you get the commentaries from the producers and/or cast members for each of the episodes. My favourite was the one for ``Throne for a Loss'' in which the actors who play John and Aryn comment as if they're settled down with a tub of popcorn between and make silly jokes and half-serious comments -- You get a real feel for their camaraderie and how they must work together on the set.
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