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Farscape Season 1, Vol. 5 - DNA Mad Scientist/They've Got a Secret (1999)

Ben Browder , Claudia Black , Geoff Bennett , Ian Watson  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Adv Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MEUR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Farscape Season 1, Vol. 5 - DNA Mad Scientist/They've Got a Secret" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Footage not broadcast in North America
  • ADV Previews
  • Production Stills and Drawings
  • Rygiel Character Profile

Editorial Reviews

While the Farscape crew barely maintains civility in the best of times, nothing in the series prepares the viewer for the devious and ruthless response they show when the DNA mad scientist offers them a way home in exchange for a sample of their DNA... and one of Pilot's arms. They warm up by hacking off Pilot's appendage in a savage amputation and then turn on each other when it becomes apparent that Moya can only get to one of their worlds.

"They've Got a Secret" is a rather misleading title, for the secret belongs to the living ship Moya, and the crew spends the entire episode trying to find out what it is. D'Argo yanks the wrong nerve in Moya's network and shoots through the ship's bowels like a kid on a water slide. He awakens in a delusion that has him reliving his tragic past and building up to a murderous rage directed squarely at Crichton yet again. --Sean Axmaker

Product Description

"DNA Mad Scientist": When a mysterious DNA researcher, Namtar, holds high the promise of helping Zhaan, D'Argo, and Rygel return to their home worlds, they will let nothing stand in their way. Caught up in their excitement, they begin to turn against each other, with no price seeming too great for the opportunity to go home. But how selfish will their sacrifices be…?

"They've Got a Secret": Trying to clear the ship of all Peacekeeper devices, D'Argo inadvertently causes an extremely strange reaction within Moya, at the same time driving himself into an inexplicable delirium. As D'Argo relives the painful events that led to him becoming a prisoner of the Peacekeepers, Moya's life support systems begin to shut down. Pilot falls unconscious, cutting off all hope of communication with Moya. The DRDs transform from mechanical servants to deadly protectors, attacking the crew with chilling resolve. As they race against time to correct the problem, the crew is in for a shocking surprise….

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great! Set August 1, 2001
By Wendy
I enjoyed these 2 episodes very much.I had seen ''DNA Mad scientist'' a couple months ago when it was on tv once again.It is such a wonderful episode where Aeryn wants to find a PK planet that will accept her so she goes to Namtar and he puts Pilot's DNA in her and she begins to transform into something else entirely.It is a great episode though John never leaves Aeryn's side and he helps her all the way.And ''They've got a secret'' is also a wonderful episode I never had seen it before I watched my dvd.It is about Moya's little secret that almost kills the crew along with D'Argo's secret that he reveals once he comes back from being thrown in space for a few microts(farscape word).We learn that he has a son named Jothee and he had a wife named Lo'Lann who is sebeacean.Both episodes are really worth getting the dvd for.Plus, you get a great little profile on Rygel! If you are Farscape fan you should buy this along with the other 4 dvd's which are also spectacular as well!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Farscape Character Development Episodes! July 15, 2001
By Johnny
"DNA Mad Scientist" is especially creepy & bizzare, but you really get to see a graphic illustration of just how dysfunctional this whole loopy crew really is, at Pilot's expense-- and Aeyryn gets the payback! In "They've Got A Secret", an event is triggered and family history is revealed that drive much of the plot into the third season. An essential ep for Scapers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah Farscape, my favorite TV series January 21, 2014
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I love Farscape. This was and still is my favorite TV series. I wish I could afford to buy the whole set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Farscape December 11, 2013
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I have all the Dvd's. Farscape was an excellent show that I missed first time around. Now I get to enjoy it whenever I want.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, bad planning... February 21, 2008
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Farscape is one of the best sci-fi shows to ever land on the small screen. I love the characters, the settings, the plots, the science and the humor. But the DVDs cost too much, most have few extras by the time you past season one volume four and all are now used because nobody, to my knowledge, is making any new editions.
The sad part is that DNA Mad Scientist and They've Got A Secret are two of the better episodes, in which there is important character development for both D'Argo and ex-Peacekeeper Sun. Get it if you have the money to burn. Or wait, HA, for the time when it will become somewhat cheaper.
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One of the best things about "Farscape" that sets it apart from most SF programs is that there is genuine conflict among the main characters, who do not all necessarily share the same agenda. Even so, the viciousness and back-stabbing that they display in "DNA Mad Scientist" is way over the top. When the mad scientist of the title demands that the crew give him one of Pilot's arms in exchange for his help, they immediately comply, hacking the desired appendage off while Pilot screams and struggles. They then fall to plotting against each other. I understand the time constraints of a television program, but it simply doesn't ring true for our heroes to be at each other's throats within the first few minutes of the episode without suitable build-up. It's not that I don't think D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), Zhaan (Virginia Hey), and Rygel incapable of such behavior, it that it was too abrupt. Especially when they are positively tender with each other in the next episode, the far superior "Secret." This pivotal episode sets in motion certain events that will have enormous consequences in episodes to come...
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