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Farscape Season 1, Vol. 3 - Back and Back and Back to the Future/Thank God It's Friday, Again

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"Back and Back and Back to the Future" - After rescuing two aliens from their disintegrating ship, Crichton and D'Argo fall victim to effects brought on by the presence of the alien female. Soon, Crichton experiences "future flashes" where she attacks him, both sexually and fatally. Is Crichton losing his mind? Or does he now, mysteriously, have the gift of prophecy? "Thank God It's Friday...Again" - When Moya's crew follows D'Argo to the planet Sykar, they find a strange, almost Utopian society centered around a certain plant. But the world's happy veneer is ripped away when Crichton is assaulted, Rygel's body becomes explosive and D'Argo and Zhaan become pleasure-seeking cult members. As the true purpose of the plant and the planet are revealed, Crichton finds the Uncharted Territories to which they've escaped are not as uncharted as they seemed.

Hell hath no fury like the wrath of a Luxan, as these two episodes of Farscape illustrate. In "Back and Back and Back to the Future," the giant warrior D'Argo falls for a sharp-eyed beauty who arrives on Moya with a scientist after barely escaping the unexplained collapse of their ship. That mystery may also explain Crichton's short jaunts into the near future, which the episode weaves so inventively into the fabric of the narrative that both he and we become momentarily lost in the myriad of possible futures. D'Argo's chest-thumping alpha-male aggression runs right into the opening of "Thank God It's Friday... Again," where he hunts Crichton in a hormonal rage before jetting down to the planet to cool off. He accomplishes that and more; when the crew finds him he's a gentle giant full of inner peace, hearty bear hugs, and a sudden desire to remain in the agrarian society. Crichton meanwhile uncovers a conspiracy that explains the explosiveness of Rigel's bodily fluids and the preternatural complacency of this cultlike civilization of far-flung flower children. This installment is a more conventional tale than most, reverberating with echoes of Star Trek episodes ("This Side of Paradise" in particular), though it's loaded with ironies uniquely resonant in this series, culminating with the most inventive secret weapon the series has yet come up with.

Each episode includes footage unseen in the U.S. broadcasts, and the DVD features a profile of Virginia Hey's blue-skinned priestess, Zhaan, as well as commentary on each episode. Star Ben Browder (Crichton) and episode director Rowan Woods team up for the commentary track on Back and Back... while Anthony Simcoe (D'Argo) joins producer and co-creator Rockne S. O'Bannon for Thank God.... --Sean Axmaker

Special Features

  • Deleted footage not broadcast in North America
  • Production stills
  • Virginia Hey profile

Product Details

  • Actors: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Virginia Hey, Anthony Simcoe, Kent McCord
  • Directors: Andrew Prowse
  • Writers: Rockne S. O'Bannon
  • Producers: Kris Noble, Matt Carroll, Naren Shankar, Richard Clendinnen, Rockne S. O'Bannon
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: 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: May 1, 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H6H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Farscape Season 1, Vol. 3 - Back and Back and Back to the Future/Thank God It's Friday, Again" on IMDb

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By ARNOLD HURON on December 22, 2000
Format: DVD
I have the UK editon of this DVD & it's excellent. The sound is in Dolby 5.1.Wait until you hear Moya flying into starburst across your T.V. screen. WOW!The picture quality is also excellent & is meant for TV's with more than 500 lines of resolution. This Dvd has some cute extras. On disc one there are somewonderful interviews that show just how much work & sweat is put into Farscape. On disc 2 you can finally see the actorwho plays Dargo without make up. Make sure when you view both DVD's you have a home theatre. If you don't have one get one. This DVD is worth the wait for fans of the show. You may also pick up the Farscape music CD to satisfy your cravings. This DVD also contains screensavers & web links. The only difference on the UK version is the packaging. So enjoy. I'll review the next Farscape DVD when it arrives, as I already have it. Blast off into Farscape!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aaron A Atwood on September 20, 2001
Format: DVD
Farscape is a series that goes far out on a limb to maintain the illusion of an alien universe and avoid the cliches of television sci-fi by depicting every other race as human with something on their foreheads. The characters can be funny without ever crossing that line into sillyness, and real enough that it can be a little heavy without being too melodramatic.
The premiere episode does a good job of introducing the universe, the characters we'll follow in it, and the premise of their main conflicts. One of the pleasures of the show is that the status quo will shift significantlt over time, but the premiere goes a long way ot making these developments accessable, so if you're curious about the show, it will help to start at the beginning.
The biggest knock I have against the DVD they couldn't have helped; the second episode just happens to be one of those rare, weak episodes of the series. I, ET may seem a little cheesy compared to the pilot episode because it lacks the ship battles, cosmic scale and (to some extent) humor of the usual episodes but the point of it is to show that the one transplanted human in the 'alien' in the show. It's a good idea, but played better in later episodes.
People who have watched the show may wonder if the sound, picture quality and extra scenes are worth the price of admission for 're-runs'. I'd say 'no' if those were the only benefits. I really enjoyed these, the visual special effects are better, and the sound is crisp, but by themselves these were maybe an extra 10-20% goose to the overall experience. The deleted scenes are nice, but blink and you'll miss 'em.
The overwhelming argument for the familiar fan to get the DVD of these particular 're-runs' are the overlaid audio commentary tracks.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bigfoot on January 23, 2001
Format: DVD
I have the entire first series on DVD (its been available for much of 2000 - try if you are able to view region 2) and it is incredibly addictive. Perhaps the most original and exciting sci-fi series ever, I'd venture to say. The lavish production puts many Hollywood movies to shame. Comparing it with one of its contemporary series, Andromeda, Farscape has that look of 'no expense spared on wardrobe and sets', while a recent Andromeda episode, er, put some silver paint on the aliens' faces and that was it! I vote Farscape way head of any TV sci-fi you're likely to see, and on DVD the full Dolby experience is awesome. Also the humour is very dry at times, which just adds to the enjoyment. This one is well worth your hard-earned cash, believe me.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By davron on November 16, 2000
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This is the premiere episode into the new series on the SciFi channel.We see an astronaut jettison into a new era of scifi and into another galaxy far far away.Some have said this is a rehash of Buck Rogers,BULL! The only thing this show and that one is the fact that there both astronauts and from earth and thats it.This show has colorfull characters literally and three dimensional,instead of the same old rubberstamp of aliens. This show blends humans and animatronics that blend well together and after you've seen the rest of the series you look at them as real-life characters.Jim Henson company has done an excellent job of creating these wonderfull characters.The premiere episode sets up who and why these characters came to be with one another and become one dysfuntional family.The special effects is done by the same people who gave us the Matrix and once you get into the series you become hooked.So come along on a ride with Moya (name of the ship, a living ship)and join in on the adventures with John, Aeryn Sun, Zhaan,D'Argo,Pilot and Rygel.If you don't get the scifi channel and you love scifi I highly recommend getting the channel you'll be glad you did.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2001
Format: DVD
I didn't really get into Farscape until I saw the trailer for it on another DVD from ADV. I quickly got the DVD and it was worth it. This first of many DVD's contains the first two 50 minute episodes. The first one is basically how John got on Moya and has some nice battle scenes as well as making contact on Blade Runner esque planet. It introduces most of the main characters in the first season such as Aeryn, D'Argo, Rygel, Zhann and the ever popular Pilot. The second episode is I, ET. The reason for this name is that John meets another speices of aliens who think he's an alien (odd), but the best part of this episode is how Rygel and Zhann try to disarm a tracking device on Moya. The main reason I love Farscape is for Pilot. Pilot is my favorite character of the whole show! DVD extras includes a documentary on Farscape with all the cast, crew and puppeteers. Even more, there is another video featuring Ben Browder talking about his character in the show. The DVD also gives image gallery of Ben Browder and conceptual art of the ship and Pilot. Audio preference is very good giving you a choice of English 2.0, 5.1 and commentary which changes every episode. In other words, the first episode has commentary with Ben Browder and Brian Henson while episode 2 will feature commentary by Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe. The commentary prooves to be very amusing at times giving reference to some of the stage sets and also gives the american audiance a better understanding of the show. The menus are fair. The main screen features a slighty tilted screen, the extras menu has a slower version of the opening in the back, audio select has a nice full screen of the part where Moya crashes into a bog which is really just a 6 second sequence thats played over and over and the scene selection is overall well done.Read more ›
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I came by this question entirely by accident so I don't know if you actually want an answer but I'll give you one anyway........Dvd's are now cheap enough to buy, netflix has it on instant watch and rental. I'm not much into this kind of sci-fi but when my son told me about it (when it started)... Read More
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