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Farscape Season 2 (Volume 3)

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The beat goes on for television's Farscape sci-fi series with this, the third volume of episodes from the show's second season. This two-disc set includes five episodes: "Out of Their Minds," based on a clever mind-switching premise in which the cast flexes their collective acting chops; "My Three Crichtons," which finds Crichton (Ben Browder) meeting up with both primitive, Neanderthal-like and futuristic, super-smart versions of himself; and "Look at the Princess," an elaborate three-parter. Farscape fans will no doubt debate the merits of this season versus the first run, and while the stories may not be as strong this time around, the character-driven episodes feature the other qualities that distinguish the show--namely its mix of drama and humor, convincing effects, and the delightful puppet characters designed by the Jim Henson Company. DVD features include deleted scenes, a bio of actress Virginia Hey (and a study of Zhaan, the character she portrays), and more. --Sam Graham

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Disc 1 "Out of their Minds" When Moya is blasted by a Halosian ship, the minds of her crew are thrown into each other's bodies! Into this confusion come the Halosions, an aggressive bird-like race whose merciless code of "kill or be killed" has our jumbled crew squarely in its sighs. "My Three Crichtons" A spherical, automated research vessel sent to collect unfamiliar lifeforms attempts to carry off Crichton for analysis. When Aeryn fires on the sphere to stop it, it imbeds itself into Moya and spits out not one, but three Crichtons-the one she knows, a "caveman Crichton," and a super-evolved "future Crichton!" Disc 2 "Look at the Princess" Part 1: "A Kiss is but a Kiss" Part 2 "I Do, I Think" Part 3 "The Maltese Crichton" The crew stumbles across a Royal planet at coronation time. Princess Katralla cannot assume the throne and keep the peace without a DNA-compatible mate, but her treacherous brother, Clavor, has poisoned her genes. Enter Crichton, with compatible DNA! Enter Scorpius, in pursuit of Crichton! Next, to escape capture by Scorpius, Crichton agrees to marry Princess Katralla, and be transformed into a living statue for 80 cycles! But his life is still in danger as familial, political, and military forces collide. Far away, Zhaan and Pilot meet Kahynu, Moya's deity, who says it's time for Moya to die. Then, as living statues, Crichton and Katralla stand side by side in the Royal Court. Clavor is still intent on the throne, and to achieve this, Crichton must die. To save Crichton, D'Argo and Scorpius must form an uneasy alliance.

Special Features

  • Includes: Out of Their Minds, My Three Crichtons, and Look at the Princesses Parts I-III
  • Deleted scenes
  • Farscape dictionary: The Moya Menu
  • Alien encounters
  • Conceptual artwork
  • Actor biography: Virginia Hey
  • Character backstory: Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan

Product Details

  • 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 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A.D. Vision
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CY4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,763 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Farscape Season 2 (Volume 3)" on IMDb

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By Robert W. Berg on August 29, 2002
Format: DVD
This is the set I've been waiting for since ADV started releasing the "Farscape" episodes on DVD! This set contains the brilliant fairy-tale trilogy, "Look at the Princess," which was the pinnacle of "Farscape" greatness up to that point. Also included are the great comedic episode, "Out of Their Minds," and the dramatic "My Three Crichtons." In terms of quality, this is the best out of the second season sets so far, since every episode is a gem.
"Out of Their Minds" takes an old sci-fi chestnut (the main characters all switch bodies), and completely turns it on its head in typical "Farscape" fashion. This episode is fun, fun, fun in the same vein as "Crackers Don't Matter," (although not as dark) and "Through the Looking Glass" (although not quite as wack-a-do). A true classic.
"My Three Crichtons" takes another classic sci-fi cliche, in that John is split into three versions of himself. The twist, though, is that one is at the bottom of the evolutionary scale, a caveman early-man prototype, the second is the regular human him, and the third is a John Crichton of the future, further evolved than the average human, with a large skull, to hold his much-bigger brain. This episode, despite its jokey title, is a dark, involving hour.
And then the crown jewel of the set...The entire "Look at the Princess" trilogy, composed of Part 1, "A Kiss is But a Kiss," Part 2, "I Do, I Think," and Part 3, "The Maltese Crichton." This trilogy pushed the show in ways it had never been pushed before.
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What better reason to fight for a season five of Farscape than a shining example of what can be accomplished when David Kemper (writer) and Tony Tilse (director) put their minds and pens to a three-parter that is part fairy tale, part spy movie, and all engrossing? The Look At The Princess trilogy is every bit movie-quality - in production, scripting, acting AND length. ADV has redeemed themselves in my eyes (for extras that really lack oomph) by releasing all three of these episodes together, plus two more, in what would otherwise be a four-episode set. Having snagged LATP on my TiVo during a marathon on the Sci-Fi channel, I can say with authority that these are meant to be watched all together, commercial-free, the way they are packaged in this set. I can't wait.
The other two episodes also deserve accolades - both challenging acting tasks for the series' stars. Ben Browder gets a real workout playing three evolutionary versions of himself in "My Three Crichtons", which helps demonstrate to his alien companions that humans really *have* come a long way. It also carries a strong message about the redeeming qualities of humanity that manages to be poignant without being heavy-handed.
"Out of Their Minds" is a riot for those familiar with the show, and really showcases not only how talented each actor is in his or her own right, but also how well they know one another and their characters - because they all get a chance to play each other (or in some cases, play WITH each other - er, themselves - er, you just have to watch).
Fans of Farscape won't be able to live without this volume in the Season Two series. Those new to the show will miss some of the finer points of these episodes, but will be treated to a good two hours of beautifully executed plot in LATP that stands on its own without any other series backstory. In my opinion, this is the don't-miss Farscape DVD among those yet released.
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By A Customer on March 6, 2003
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4 very strong episodes, and one somewhat weak episode: Out of their Minds has good performances by 6 of the actors playing one another's characters in the Farscape turn on the old "body-switching" cliche, some character development, and rather backstabbing bird-like aliens. The three-part Look at the Princess is brilliant, with lots of character development, political intrigue, assassination attempts, confrontations with various bad guys (including an early encounter with a Scarran, and a complex bit of dancing with Scorpy), backstory on Moya, and an intriguing central plot point; like the other great three-part arc episodes (Lies, Guns and Money, and the interrupted Nerve/Hidden Memory/Family Ties), it really pushes the series along and bears rewatching again and again. My Three Crichtons, on the other hand, is just a rewrite of the old "split into two halves" SF cliche with the two halves being "past Crichton" and "future Crichton," but with the original combined Crichton being kept around for safety. Tiny amount of character development, but really not up to the standards of the other episodes.
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In complete agreement with the first reviewer. Farscape brings everything to the table with great drama, character development, humor, action, and impressive effects. Anyone who enjoys science fiction cannot help but appreciate the quality of this series.
Recently Sci-Fi channel cancelled this stellar show. If you like this show half as much as I you'll voice your displeasure with Sci-Fi & let UPN and Showtime know how much you'd like them to continue this wonderful little show.
Good T.V. is hard to come by, buy this DVD you'll be very pleased you did.
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