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Farscape Season 1, Vol. 1 - Premiere/I, E.T. (1999)

Ben Browder , Claudia Black , Andrew Prowse  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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  • 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: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000541X6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Farscape Season 1, Vol. 1 - Premiere/I, E.T." on IMDb

Special Features

  • Uncut Episode with Exclusive Footage
  • Making of a Space Opera Documentary
  • Actor Profile and Image Gallery Featuring Ben Browder
  • "Premiere" Commentary with Rockne S. O'Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben Browder
  • "I, E.T." Commentary with Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe

Editorial Reviews

Smart-talking 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. Bad luck for Crichton: the galactic cops (called "peacekeepers") mark him as the new public enemy number 1. This 20th-century boy is forced to ally himself with the colorful convicts: D'Argo, a hulking warrior with a fleshy Rastafarian mane; Zhaan, a blue-skinned priest of indeterminate age (played by Road Warrior alumnus Virginia Hey); fugitive peacekeeper Aeryn (Pitch Black's Claudia Black); Rygel, a greedy and troll-like exiled king; and Pilot, the giant insect-like nerve center of their living ship, Moya. It's an impressive-looking made-for-cable series, with imaginative production design and mix of state-of-the-art digital effects and sophisticated puppetry (or rather Muppetry, courtesy of co-creator Brian Henson), but it's the sharp writing and vivid characters that have built--and kept--the show's following.

Premiere introduces each character and the basic premise, a sci-fi Fugitive by way of Voyager in a world far from the Federation-friendly universe of Star Trek. Crichton's welcome is anything but warm, and the cultural and philosophical differences of the fleeing outlaws, as well as their pure self-interest, clash under the constant threat of capture. In I, E.T., a hidden homing signal forces Moya to hide in a terrestrial bog while the crew tries to disarm the device (which has been fused to the ship's nervous system), and Crichton makes first contact with the planet's pre-space flight inhabitants. "Spielberg was all wrong," he remarks while dodging military patrols and soothing the fears of a sky-watching scientist. Well-timed to fill the void left by Babylon 5, this is the promising start of a fresh sci-fi franchise. --Sean Axmaker

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Smart-talking 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. Bad luck for Crichton: the galactic cops (called "peacekeepers") mark h

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WORTH WAITING FOR December 22, 2000
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
4.0 out of 5 stars In Like a Lion ... September 20, 2001
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Farscape... far out! January 23, 2001
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
4.0 out of 5 stars SciFi for the New Millineum November 16, 2000
By davron
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The best scifi show ever March 18, 2001
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Farscape, my favorte 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 7 months ago by RP Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Farscape Rules!!
I love Farscape and am very happy with this purchase. I think i bought this used and got a great price. very worth it and will get the entire series when my budget allows.
Published 19 months ago by Katyabird
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Loved the series on tv... missed a lot of episodes I'm catching up on what I missed.. good price... quick shipping.. as advertised... would recommend
Published on November 1, 2009 by Joe Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' it!
I lost my first copy in hurricane Katrina and was very excited to find a used copy to once again complete my collection. Read more
Published on June 30, 2009 by Brian Parson
5.0 out of 5 stars Completing my collection
Got the DVD and all was well. Got it fast and right to my door. Made me happy to see that it was in good condition.
Published on January 14, 2009 by Adam W. Dupuis
5.0 out of 5 stars rare find
Since Season One is currently out of print as a boxed set, I had to assemble the season from pieces and parts from all over the Internet. Vol. 3 was difficult to find. Read more
Published on March 11, 2008 by C. Farr
4.0 out of 5 stars D'Argo takes center stage
In "Back and Back...," Crichton (Ben Browder) and company rescue a scientist and his assistant from their imploding spacecraft. Read more
Published on October 2, 2004 by David Bonesteel
4.0 out of 5 stars A great show makes its debut
"Farscape" is one of my favorite TV shows, and it certainly got off to a strong start with the episode "Pilot. Read more
Published on August 22, 2004 by David Bonesteel
4.0 out of 5 stars What the Frell?
A wormhole--something unproven--not anymore it isn't. Astronaut John Crichton quickly realizes this when he's sucked down one, and spit out into the middle of an intergalactic... Read more
Published on September 24, 2003 by J. D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploring a Different Uncharted Territory
The pilot episode of Farscape lets us know these stories take place in the Uncharted Territories. But starting with the episodes featured on this disc, we see that these uncharted... Read more
Published on July 22, 2003 by David Hardison
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