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Farscape - Season 4, Collection 1 (Starburst Edition)
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Nonetheless, Season Four starts off somewhat anticlimactically after the fireworks of Season Three. The season ended with everything in chaos. Talyn and Crais were dead (though the actor who played Crais, Lani John Tupu, continued on the show as the voice of Pilot), Scorpius's worm hole project utterly destroyed, and the surviving John's romance with Aeryn seemingly unable to continue because of the enormous conflicts she has undergone. Season Four also starts off by introducing several new characters or at least establishing them as permanent ones.Read more ›
You already know Farscape if you have made it to season 4, it's great and original. Albeit Season 4 is the weakest season of them all, so I'm going to tell you about the product and not the show.
ADV as many know totally screwed up the first 6 releases of Season 1 and 2 with there double sided problematic disc. So they fixed it with Season 3 and Season 4, but could ADV have picked a worst case design? I have yet to get a case were the tabs that hold the disc in weren't broken on at least one of the disc if not more. Everyone (case) a received came with loose disc and broken tabs, everyone! The overlapping disc make it difficult to get them in and out and while they seem to fall off the tab holders fairly easily they at the same time seem really hard to get out once they are secured by the tabs. I thought more than once I was going to break a disc getting them out.
Farscape is a 5 without doubt, season 4 extras are a little less but that's not a big deal to me. I just wish ADV the company that released the Starburst edition had a little quality control. Granted the Starbust is for the most part, affordable and packed with extras, but that doesn't give you a pass on quality. As I understand it, as of this writing Sony has aquired the rights to Farscape and ADV will not be releasing anymore sets. Perhaps Sony will re-release them in a quality set that is problem free.
And I love it.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love John Crichton in his hippy free love days, too. The most interesting aspect of Farscape to me is watching John's journey from wide-eyed, gee whiz kid into the shoot first, ask questions later guy he becomes. Season 4 just ushers in another (the last?) leg of the wild ride.
Season 4 is a bit of a bumpy ride. While there isn't a single episode in this season I don't adore, the storytelling gets a bit muddled in the middle. That said, the first few episodes, up to Promises and Aeryn's return to Moya, are amazing. Abso-frelling-lutely amazing.
Now, for season 4, which honestly, I think is my favorite season of the entire show. John and the crew from Moya actually go back down to earth. The scarrans come into the show for the first time as a real force to be reconed with. Although many have a problem with the way season 4 ended, I actually love the season. It seems a growing trend in shows these days where the bad guys eventually turn into better/good guys. Scorpious goes through this transition in season 4. He goes the way of crais. He is pretty much kicked out of the peacekeepers and has to join johns crew on moya. Irony at its best. Anyway, this is a must have for any farscape fan, myself included. I cant wait until october when my entire farscape collection will be complete!
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This is one of the most fantastic scifi series ever !! I had the entire Starburst collection except for S4C1, which I could not find anywhere for the longest time, like it did not... Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Charles G. Nai
I started watching Farscape in Season 3. I watched all episodes and reruns I could get my hands on. I think they were INSANE to drop it from television. Read morePublished on April 2, 2007 by Charles Cooper
The story has improved dramatically since the start. The special effects are reasonable. The acting is good. Read morePublished on January 28, 2007 by BernardZ
In this exceptional show (I'm a tv junkie, and this is my favorite show by far), these episodes hold their own. Read morePublished on January 3, 2007 by Benton D. Williams
I have to say...I expected a little more in the extras department but the sound quality is far better than the original box set as it has been for all the Starburst additions. Read morePublished on August 19, 2006 by Robin Rowan
I was hesitant to buy this since I has stopped watching farscape -- just too busy to watch any TV. but watching these on DVD means no commercials and it makes watching this great... Read morePublished on August 14, 2006 by techmannn
The starburst editions are supposed to have better special features, but with the latest sets, the special features are getting bad.Published on August 4, 2006 by Zachary
After the amazing season 3 finale that wrapped up many of the major story threads up to that point, it was apparent that the next season of Farscape would be going in a different... Read morePublished on August 1, 2006 by Jason Ruvinsky
Seasons 3 and 4 are my favorite of this show. I can't wait to finish collecting them all.
This show definitely put a spin on sci-fi. It's fun and it's entertaining. Read more
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