Farscape: Season 2, Vol. 1
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Determined to avoid the villainous Scorpius's pursuit after the destruction of the Peacekeeper Gammak base, Moya--the sentient Leviathan spaceship that serves as home and transport for Crichton, Aeryn, D'Argo, and the rest of the crew--is forced to abandon her newborn offspring, Talyn, to the devious Peacekeeper, Crais, so that she and her crew can safely navigate the Uncharted Territories of space. As they traverse the galaxy in their quest for a way to their respective home worlds, Moya's crew must deal with the consequences of her decision, as well as encounter many hostile aliens and the dangers they present. Episodes: Mind the Baby, Vitas Mortis, Taking the Stone, Crackers Don't Matter.
Farscape is genre television at its most ambitious, inspired both by the cult appeal of Babylon 5 and 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.
After the nail-biting cliffhanger at the end of the first season, the second season gets off to a shaky start in "Mind the Baby," as all the loose plot ends have to be gathered and resolved. Crais apparently has a change of heart, and Scorpius takes his place as Crichton's new nemesis. In "Vitas Mortis," D'Argo falls for a lonely Luxan, with catastrophic and barely plausible results for Moya. "Taking the Stone" showcases Chiana's grief in an episode that manages to be even more confusing. Fortunately by the fourth episode, "Crackers Don't Matter," the show has really hit its stride once again: the crew slowly succumbs to a state of paranoia-fuelled madness, fighting and trying to kill one another thanks to the presence of an odd light-seeking alien. Crichton has a string of great lines ("I hate it when villains quote Shakespeare") and a lot of fun doing an impersonation of Jack Nicholson in The Shining. --Mark Walker
- Includes four episodes: Mind the Baby, Vitas Mortis, Taking the Stone, Crackers Don't Matter
- Deleted scenes
- Farscape Dictionary: alien slang
- Alien encounters
- Conceptual artwork
- Actor biography: Ben Browder
- Character backstory: John Crichton
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However, since these "mini" sets are ~$20 each (times 5 for a season) you'd be better off buying the complete Season Two boxed set (Farscape - The Complete Second Season) for about $80.
If you are not yet a fan (and trust me, you will be) and are just looking to get your feet wet, you might look to one of the other individual sets. While "Crackers Don't Matter" is one of my favourite episodes, if I were making a top ten list for Farscape, the other episodes in this volume wouldn't make the cut.
The first DVD holds the first two episodes of the 2nd Season of FARSCAPE, "Mind the Baby" and "Vitas Mortis." Well, technically, "Mind the Baby" is the second episode of the season because originally, the plan was to start the season off with an episode called "Re:Union," but it was felt that the fans needed to know what happened to Crichton, Aeryn, and D'Argo immediately after the end of the first season finale "Family Ties." "Mind the Baby" is the story that concerns the rescue of Crichton and D'Argo by Aeryn, the deal she has to strike with one-half of our villainous duo, Crais and Scorpius, and the search on the part of the other half of the duo for Moya and her offspring, Talyn. This is very much a character-driven episode in which the actions and motivations of much of the cast are explored in new ways, and where Crais may well surprise viewers with his actions, although he appears to be playing a dangerous game with Scorpius throughout. While Chiana, Zhaan, and Rygel have very little to do in this story, it is one that lays a lot of groundwork for the rest of the Season 2 material, and hints at several ominous aspects of the season. The second episode on this first DVD, "Vitas Mortis," brings Crichton, Zhaan and D'Argo to a planet in search of a Luxan who turns out be an ancient Orican, one of the Luxan holy women, whom D'Argo agrees to aid in her Ritual of Passage. When she instead invigorates herself and regains her youth, it is Moya who suffers, however. The story has some very good character development in it, and the relationship between Chiana and Aeryn becomes clearer. D'Argo shines in this story, and that is all too the good.
The second DVD begins with "Taking the Stone," the tale of Chiana's joining a gang of drug-taking, risk-taking young men and women on a Royal Cemetary Planet, as a result of her trying to come to terms with her brother's (supposed) death after the life disc she has implanted in her stops working. Aeryn and Crichton go down to the planet where they try to retrieve her, while Rygel makes off with spoils from the planet's cemetary plots - as it turns out, haunted spoils. This is a somewhat weak episode in many ways, but certainly gives Gigi Edgley's Chiana a starring role and goes into her motivations and background a bit more without becoming too obvious. Another episode that is a lead-in to upcoming plots and material for Season 2, but still a weak episode. The DVD positively sparkles, however, with the fourth episode, "Crackers Don't Matter," in which the arrival of the alien T'raltixx on Moya puts the crew at odds with one another in very spectacular (and somewhat violent) fashion. It is an episode that has Crichton playing the knight in tarnished armour, and features some wonderful characterisation and over-the-top acting by various members of Moya's crew - including Pilot.
Where this double DVD set fails to please is in the special features. First, the episodes on these DVDs are only about 45 minutes long, indicating no additional, unseen material in them, although there are two deleted scenes on each DVD. The first DVD has two scenes from "Mind the Baby" and nothing from "Vitas Mortis," while the second DVD has a scene each from "Taking the Stone" and "Crackers Don't Matter" (and this latter one is a marvellous scene that really should have been on the DVD version episode). I have no idea whether there were other deleted scenes that could have been added to this DVD set or not, but this material seems somewhat skimpy when all is said and done. There is only one commentary version on this double DVD, and that is Claudia Black and director Ian Watson on "Crackers Don't Matter." The commentary has little to do with the episode itself, but does reveal a lot about Claudia Black, acting, and some directorial wisdom. However, there should have been commentaries on this for each of the episodes to really make the DVD worthwhile. The rest of the special features - the John Crichton Backstory, Ben Browder Actor Profile, Alien Encounters, Farscape Alien Slang - are all *text* files that contain nothing that isn't elsewhere on the internet. I don't know how much input Henson had to this "content" but it is highly disappointing and seriously annoying on a double DVD that cost ...at regular prices! The Conceptual Artwork features are quite good, but when it comes down to it, this pair of DVDs cost far too much for the most part, especially in light of some of the special features on the British DVDs that seem to come out more frequently than the American ones.
When all is said and done, the Season 2, Volume 1 FARSCAPE double DVD is worth the cost merely to have the four episodes on an excellent quality medium, but is still far pricier than other products of its sort. ADV Films is doing an injustice to the folks who love FARSCAPE and want the series on DVD, but there is no other means to get the episodes short of purchasing the UK DVDs (and a player to view them on) or to just tape them off the television. I have very mixed feelings about the quality of this DVD, but the commentary for "Crackers Don't Matter" makes up for this in some ways.
Fans who want to have every episode will get this one of course, but beyond the first episode it's not a must-have. However each episode has its moments, such as "Here's Johnny!" in Crackers. Looking forward to the next set.
On the other hand, this set of episodes is hampered by "Vitas Mortis," which at least has the saving grace of offering a glimpse behind the scenes of Luxon culture, and "Taking the Stone," a messy story about a daredevil youth culture on a cemetary planet.
"Mind the Baby" was certainly much better suited to be the season premiere episode. It picks up after Crichton and D'Argo have been rescued from floating in space by Aeryn (where they were left at the end of Season 1). They are hiding from the Peacekeepers at an abandoned mining facility on an asteroid. Aeryn makes supplies runs in her Prowler, but is secretly rendevouzing with someone on these trips. In the meantime, the rest of Moya's crew is trying to find Crichton, Aeryn, and D'Argo, and so is Scorpius and his command carrier. They will all collide in a good episode, though one that is a bit rushed in its plot.
"Vitas Mortis", the second episode on the tape, is a very mediocre episode about D'Argo's encounter with a Luxan holy woman on a planet. She will manipulate D'Argo into helping her, but these actions will put Moya in danger. Really, this episode is good for a one time see, but is not very interesting and rather boring. This is one of the few Farscape episodes that was not really that great.
So you've got one good episode and one mediocre episode on this first volume. But "Mind the Baby" is an essential episode to see, so you can't miss this volume.
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