Farscape 4 Seasons 1999

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Astronaut John Crichton attempts to use the Earth's atmosphere to propel his module (Farscape 1) at high speeds but he is hit by a radiation wave and sucked through a wormhole into a distant part of the universe and straight into the middle of a space battle. After almost colliding another ship, which explodes shortly afterwards, he is brought aboard a ship full of escaping alien prisoners. After being partnered with a captured soldier (a Peacekeeper) Crichton is drawn into the prisoners daring plan to escape the clutches of the Peacekeeper forces and their insane military commander.

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Ben Browder, Claudia Black
Runtime:
49 minutes
Original air date:
March 19, 1999

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    1. Premiere Astronaut John Crichton attempts to use the Earth's atmosphere to propel his module (Farscape 1) at high speeds but he is hit by a radiation wave and sucked through a wormhole into a distant part of the universe and straight into the middle of a space battle. After almost colliding another ship, which explodes shortly afterwards, he is brought aboard a ship full of escaping alien prisoners. After being partnered with a captured soldier (a Peacekeeper) Crichton is drawn into the prisoners daring plan to escape the clutches of the Peacekeeper forces and their insane military commander.

    TV-14 49min March 19, 1999
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    2. I, E.T. A peacekeeper beacon goes off and Moya has to land on an alien planet to prevent its signal being intercepted and Moya being discovered. Crichton, D'Argo and Aeryn leave Moya and explore the planet in search of a substance that can be used to numb Moya's senses so the beacon can be removed but Crichton gets separated from the group and meets up with some inhabitants of the planet who hide him from the authorities.

    TV-14 48min May 7, 1999
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    3. Exodus from Genesis Moya gets infested with bugs who have come on board to breed. They turn up the temperature to speed up the process but this causes Aeryn to get heat delirium as she is cold blooded. The bugs seem to be able to replicate members of the crew. And as if that isn't enough, a peacekeeper ship shows up.

    TV-14 50min March 26, 1999
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    4. Throne for a Loss When a group of Tavleks come aboard for trade negotiations, Rygel takes a vitally important crystal from Moya to make himself appear wealthy. The Tavleks kidnap Rygel to hold for ransom. Crichton, Aeryn and D'Argo attempt to rescue Rygel with the use of a Tavlek weapon. Meanwhile, Zhaan has interesting interactions with a wounded Tavlek left behind on Moya.

    TV-14 48min April 9, 1999
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    5. Back and Back and Back to the Future The crew comes across a ship that is molecularly de-stabilizing. D'Argo makes everyone bring the ship's escape pod aboard when he discovers that the ship's passengers are Ilanics -- long-time allies of the Luxans. Aboard the escape pod, Crichton gets a shock and starts experiencing strange visions of the future, first of himself and one of the Ilanics, then of Moya's destruction.

    TV-14 49min April 2, 1999
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    6. Thank God it's Friday. Again. The crew visits a planet full of happy workers. Soon D'Argo and Zhaan start working and refuse to return to the ship. Meanwhile Rygel's body fluids become explosive and Aeryn and Pilot must learn why before Rygel dies.

    TV-14 51min April 23, 1999
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    7. PK Tech Girl The crew find an abandoned Peacekeeper ship adrift in space. On board they discover that Crais recently deposited a unit of techs to make repairs. Meanwhile Rygel learns that this was the ship where he was first held captive and starts getting paranoid. Things get worse when a group of fire-breathing aliens show up.

    TV-14 49min April 17, 1999
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    8. That Old Black Magic Crichton is put into a head-to-head battle with Crais by a magical being named Maldis who feeds off the emotions of others and makes himself stronger by absorbing all of the negative energy and anger from Crichton and Crais.

    TV-14 51min June 11, 1999
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    9. DNA Mad Scientist A scientist extracts DNA from several of Moya's crew, promising them that with it he will be able to find the locations of their home planets. Conflict arises when he asks for a sample from Pilot -- specifically, one of his arms.

    TV-14 51min June 18, 1999
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    10. They've Got a Secret During routine searches for Peacekeeper beacons, D'Argo falls down a chute, destroys a Peacekeeper shield and gets ejected into open space. After being rescued D'Argo starts to think that everyone on Moya are members of his family. Moya, meanwhile, starts to alter the environmental conditions inside the ship so that it is hardly habitable for the crew.

    TV-14 49min June 25, 1999
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    11. Till the Blood Runs Clear Crichton comes across the same conditions that created the wormhole that sent him to Moya. He and Aeryn leave Moya in his module in an attempt to create another wormhole and return home. Although a wormhole forms, it is unstable and damages the module. Crichton and Aeryn are forced to make an emergency landing on a planet to make repairs. There, they encounter a holographic message sent by Crais, offering rewards for: D'Argo, Zhaan and Rygel.

    TV-14 49min July 9, 1999
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    12. Rhapsoday in Blue Moya responds to a distress call from another pregnant Leviathan. The crew learns, upon arrival at the planet from which the call originated, that they've been deceived. The call actually came from a group of exiled Delvians (Zhaan's people) who want to learn -- forcibly if need be -- how Zhaan overcame the madness caused by giving in to her anger.

    TV-14 51min July 23, 1999
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    13. The Flax While on a transport pod piloting lesson with Aeryn, Crichton gets caught in an energy field which is invisible to their sensors. Meanwhile, back on Moya, a strange guest docks and comes aboard to warn the crew about The Flax, an invisible energy net created to catch ships.

    TV-14 48min July 16, 1999
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    14. Jeremiah Crichton Several heated arguments with the crew prompt John to take his pod for a cruise. While in space, away from the ship, a problem with Moya causes her to starburst without warning, leaving John stranded. While separated from the others, he discovers a forgotten colony with an appalling secret; a secret that their religious leaders have gone to great lengths to conceal.

    TV-14 49min July 30, 1999
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    15. Durka Returns When a Starburst goes badly wrong, Moya collides with a Nebari ship. On board is Durka, Rygel's former torturer, who has been mind cleansed and now serves the Nebari. Chiana, an attractive young rebel faces the same fate. Rygel takes it upon himself to take revenge on Durka and ends up undoing the cleansing and restoring him to his former, tyrannic incarnation.

    TV-14 49min August 13, 1999
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    16. A Human Reaction After discovering a wormhole that appears to lead back to Earth, Crichton takes the chance that it might be his ticket home. He crash lands on a beach in Australia and finds that although Earth is exactly as he remembered it, it is not exactly what he was expecting.

    TV-14 49min August 20, 1999
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    17. Through the Looking Glass Moya tries to starburst to prove to the crew that she still can. It goes slightly wrong though and she gets stuck in starburst and split into several different dimensions.

    TV-14 48min September 10, 1999
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    18. A Bug's Life A Peacekeeper ship is approaching Moya, so Crichton and Aeryn pose as Peacekeeper officers on a secret mission whilst everyone else gets locked into cells to make the deception seem realistic. The Peacekeepers that come aboard have some strange cargo that escapes...

    TV-14 49min September 17, 1999
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    19. Nerve Crichton and Chiana try to infiltrate a Peacekeeper base to get some vital medicine for Aeryn. Crichton gets caught by Scorpius and imprisoned. He is tortured using a device called the 'Aurora Chair' which is able to look inside his mind and, as Scorpius want, to reveal the secrets of wormholes.

    TV-14 48min January 7, 2000
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    20. The Hidden Memory Although still recovering from her near-death experience, Aeryn is determined to save Crichton, who is being held captive by the peacekeepers. Zhaan and D'Argo join her, while Chiana and Rygel stay behind with Moya who is about to deliver her offspring. Soon suspicion falls on Crais, after Gilina's technical manipulation of the Aurora Chair causes Scorpius to wonder if in fact Crais is responsible. This leaves Crichton open for rescue...

    TV-14 49min January 14, 2000
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    21. Bone to be Wild Moya is hiding in an asteroid field from a Peacekeeper command carrier. They receive a distress call and Crichton, Zhaan and D'Argo go down to one of the asteroids to rescue a woman who becomes intent on eating them.

    TV-14 48min January 21, 2000
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    22. Family Ties Rygel steals a transport pod and goes to the peacekeeper command carrier to betray the others. However he ends up returning to Moya with Crais, who wants asylum. Meanwhile, Crichton decides to destroy Scorpius' Gammak Base.

    TV-14 49min January 28, 2000

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Genres Science Fiction, Adventure
Director Andrew Prowse
Starring Ben Browder, Claudia Black
Supporting actors Virginia Hey, Anthony Simcoe, Kent McCord, Lani John Tupu, Murray Bartlett, Greg Blandy, Colin Borgonon, Christine Stephen-Daly, Damen Stephenson, Lawrence Woodward, Jonathan Hardy, Sandi Finlay
Season year 2000
Network New Video
Executive Producer Matt Carroll
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116 of 125 people found the following review helpful By Virgil on October 4, 2002
Format: DVD
Farscape is arguably the best SF ever produced for television. It takes a fairly common storyline of a group of travelers thrown together and being pursued by individual of near obsessive (and evil) qualities. This formula has gone bad before in several genres, western, SF, road movies etc. Here, an contemporary American astronaut is sucked through a wormhole into another side of the galaxy where he is immediately caught up in a "prison break" in space. What makes Farscape so successful is a mixture of qualities.

First the casting is excellent. Filmed in Australia, most of the characters (except the lead, John Crighton's) are from there giving it an "off" feel to American ears which contributes to it's alieness. Each of the character's is part colorful stereotype, has weaknesses and is extremely individual. The chemistry is fantastic, especially after the first two or three shows in the series. Especially notworthy is the chemistry between the love interests played by Claudia Black and Ben Browder (John Crighton).
Another plus is the writing. Non-stop action and story telling is the hallmark of this series. Little time is spent creating mood or atmosphere (that is done by the characters and background), everything advances the plot line. Additionally, most episodes are connected in that previous storylines are built upon and create a chronology of events for the later stories.
Farscape space is inhabited by aliens who pass gas, burp, have intimate relations, love, hate, get hungry and can be fairly dirty in their habits. Add to this the great cultural references made by Crighton, the viewer gets the feeling that this is a bit like what space would really be like. A far cry from the antiseptic cleanliness and "wonder" of the Star Trek franchise.
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116 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Wilson on October 3, 2002
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I've collected a lot of DVD's, some good, some bad, but there is no better set than Farscape. No matter what you crave, be it action, romance, drama, comedy, special FX, you will find it with FS. This is no ordinary series, the storylines, characters, acting & cinematagraphy rival that of movies like Star Wars, Star Trek & such. I don't think I've ever connected or gotten attached to characters as much as these. The acters are little known but they shouldn't be. Their skills rival the best that Hollywood has.
As you've probably read, Farscape is due to be cancelled which is to me just ridiculous being one of the most popular shows out there. However, it's rumored that if their ratings go up before the end of season 4 they may not cancel it.
Season one introduces you to the various characters, good and bad,and revolves alot around the main character, astronaut John Crichton. Most of the time you feel lost as he does trying to cope with new surroundings & a new way of life(which is very good acting by Ben Browder).
Season two evolves the other characters and their relationships towards each other.
Season three is loaded to the max with drama.
Season four is only halfway through but so far so good.
Each DVD is loaded with extras:Character back stories, acter biographies, behind the scenes, deleted scenes, interviews, artwork, specialFX, Photo galleries,& even alien language and meanings. You definitly get your money's worth.
Save Farscape!!!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kyle R. Cubbage on March 28, 2003
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Farscape is doing for TV, what the original Star Wars did for movies back in 1977. Only it has an advantage over the movie, it is not limited to the 3 hour time constraint movies have. Believe me, Farscape uses every second for plot development and adding a richness to the characters rarely seen in both movies and TV.
Like Star Wars, Farscape combines humor, action, & drama with state of the art F/X and creatures (two of which are regular characters). The characterizations are so strong you will forget that Zhann is blue, D'Argo has tentacles, & Rygel is a puppet. Farscape's tends to leave you with a feeling that you just peaked into the characters' lives, as opposed to have just watched a scripted TV show.
While watching this box set, you will notice there is something right about Farscape. Over the course of the season, the characters grow from distrustful individuals to a functional team/family of sorts. Don't get me wrong, everyone on board the living ship has their own agenda, and one betrays the group at the beginning of the last episode "Family Ties." Season 1 slowly builds momentum then kicks into overdrive with episode 18 "A Bug's Life." The last five episodes will be difficult not to watch in one sitting. Whatever the creative forces behind Farscape tried to do, they definitely accomplished it!
If you never have seen Farscape and are hesitant by the price of this box set, I suggest getting the Best of Season 1 set (type B000067IVT in the search box) first. It contains 6 amazing episodes which are a great introduction to the series...you can always lend it out to friends later. Once you've experienced these episodes, you'll need the rest of the season & can order this box set then.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful By J. Menard on September 14, 2002
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Farscape is the most imaginative, creative, and awe-inspiring program I have ever watched. With the use of only a handful of episodes, I have been able to get anyone hooked on this fantastic program. The creatures, costumes, sets, and locales featured in the show are examples of how film-quality production can be done on the small screen.
Farscape is the best show on television! It is the best thing that the Sci-Fi Channel has, has ever had, and probably ever will have! Farscape is better then the new Star Trek, "Enterprise," and the last two Star Wars films, combined. For some reason though, (they claim ratings and cost, but it's been the #1 show for them for four years, and advertisers love it), Sci-Fi Channel has just cancelled this wondrous program.
To all Farscape fans: We must support this program, and help bring back the show. You can go to savefarscape.com to find out what you can do, and make sure to support the show by buying these DVD's, the video game, t-shirts, posters, etc., to show your appreciation for the series, and to show Sci-Fi that Farscape is their greatest asset, and that it should remain on their programming schedule for years to come!
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