Farscape: The Complete Season 1
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Flung through a cosmic wormhole, American astronaut John Crichton finds himself fighting for his life in the middle of an alien prison break, inside a Leviathan — a living space ship — on the far side of the galaxy. Hunted by the relentless Crais, a commander of the galactic enforcers known as Peacekeepers, Crichton joins forces with the alien convicts — hulking warrior Ka D’Argo; blue-skinned Priestess Zhaan; diminutive Dominar Rigel XVI; the giant symbiote Pilot and the “irreversibly contaminated” Peacekeeper Aeryn Sun. Each desperately seeks a way home, but first, they have to find a way to trust one another. Daring escapes and selfless acts of courage forge a measure of loyalty, friendship and even love.
The first season’s breakneck action heats up with the introduction of the coquettish thief Chiana and the sinister Scorpius with his dreaded Aurora Chair. Arrival and departure, birth and death, rescue and betrayal, all lead up to a season finale cliffhanger that is, literally and figuratively, breathtaking.
DISC 1: Premiere / I, E.T. / Exodus From Genesis / Throne for a Loss
DISC 2: Back and Back and Back to the Future / Thank God It's Friday... Again / PK Tech Girl / That Old Black Magic
DISC 3: DNA Mad Scientist / They've Got a Secret / Till The Blood Runs Clear / Rhapsody in Blue
DISC 4: The Flax / Jeremiah Crichton / Durka Returns / A Human Reaction DISC 5: Through the Looking Glass / A Bug's Life / Nerve / The Hidden Memory DISC 6: Bone To Be Wild / Family Ties / Bonus Features
BONUS FEATURES: Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, and Much More
Farscape is genre television at its most ambitious, inspired both by the cult appeal of Babylon 5 and by the continuing success of the Star Trek franchise, but taking a visual and conceptual leap beyond those shows. Making extensive use of CGI, prosthetics, and state-of-the-art puppetry, courtesy of Jim Henson's Creature Shop, the Farscape concept has a freshness that makes it look and feel completely original. Among the first season's 22 episodes, "Premiere" introduces the characters and the basic premise: 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. When the galactic cops (called "Peacekeepers") mark him as the new public enemy number one, Crichton is forced to ally himself with the convicts: hulking warrior D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), blue-skinned priest Zhaan (Virginia Hey), fugitive peacekeeper Aeryn (Claudia Black), exiled king Rygel (Jonathan Hardy), and Pilot, the giant insectlike nerve center of their living ship, Moya.
In the action-packed and stylishly directed "Throne for a Loss," a race of mercenary criminals called the Tavleks kidnap the imperious Rygel. "PK Tech Girl" and "That Old Black Magic" feature a peek into the pasts of Rygel and Zhaan as they hide from the fleets of Peacekeeper soldiers in the galactic frontier known as the Uncharted Territories. Leading toward the climax of the show's first season, "Nerve" and "The Hidden Memory" make for a bold two-parter that reunites Crichton with his Peacekeeper Tech girlfriend, Gilina, and introduces the dreaded Scorpius, who uses his Aurora Chair torture device to extract what he mistakenly believes is vital knowledge from Crichton. The final episode, "Family Ties," ends with a cliffhanger guaranteed to bring viewers back for more, as the duplicitous Rygel plans to turn traitor, which eventually leaves the fates of Crichton and D'Argo up for grabs and Moya's young offspring under the control of the conflicted villain Crais, among other developments.
Two archival documentaries: "In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson" and "Making of a Space Opera"
14 audio commentaries
Farscape in the Raw: director's cut scenes
Top customer reviews
But, what is up with that theme song in the opening? It does not fit the show at all. No biggy though, it's not used during the episodes.