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Star Trek & Farscape: The Complete Series

Star Trek on DVD and the other Trek worth picking up this week!

By Robert T. Trate     November 17, 2009


© Mania/ Robert Trate

“My name is John Crichton... an astronaut. Three years ago I got shot through a wormhole. I'm in a distant part of the universe aboard this living ship of escaped prisoners, my friends. I've made enemies. Powerful. Dangerous. Now all I want is to find a way home, to warn Earth. Look upward, and share... the wonders I have seen”.
 
Several years ago I came across Farscape on one lonely Friday night. The episode was “Out of There Minds”. Farscape was getting a lot of great reviews at the time and appearing on every magazine including TV Guide. I thought I had better check it out. Unfortunately for me, I was completely lost. “Out of There Minds” features a story where the entire cast switches bodies. Crichton (Ben Browder) is inside Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black) and Ka D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) is inside Pilot (Lani John Tupu) and so fourth. I had no sense of the characters so the actor’s performances were totally lost on me. The story itself was funny, mildly offensive (in a good way) and totally refreshing. Sure there was plenty of sci-fi danger and intrigue but this wasn’t Star Trek. There wasn’t a chain of command or rules and regulations to follow, it was off-the-cuff. I was hooked.
 
I waited for the show to be start again in re-runs and what happened next was totally unexpected. I went from being hooked to gaining an obsession for the show. Every night I had this ritual of watching the further adventures of John Crichton and the crew of Moya. What also was totally refreshing was how each episode hinged on the next. Let’s face it, you can pretty much watch all three seasons of the original Star Trek series out of order (and most of us have for decades). Farscape is a story that constantly unfolds and reveals the interworkings of all those on board. In trying to introduce others to the show, I was pointing out significant episodes to watch but quickly realized the only place to begin is at the beginning.
 
For those of you that don’t know Farscape here is your quick run down of the show. John Crichton is an astronaut that finds himself on the other side of the universe. A worm hole has transported him from today (circa 1999) into a huge space battle where escaped prisoners have taken control of their ship and are now on the run. John is constantly trying to find a way home but his bigger problems come from working with this diverse group of aliens. Every day problems are the key to Farscape as John and his new shipmates must not only outrun the evil Peace Keepers but find food and supplies. Their ship is totally defenseless and completely alive creating further dilemmas. Over the course of four seasons, the crew changes only slightly but their main enemies actually become members of the crew. This constantly throws off the balance and trust that those original prisoners formed. It is never easy, there is always someone that wants them dead, but this motley crew rises to the challenge time and time again. You’ll feel foolish for not watching when it was on and marvel how just how real a puppet can be.
 
Today is your chance to get Farscape in a complete Mega Set that includes every episode in one box (pick up the Best Buy Exclusive Edition to get the set that includes The Peace Keeper Wars). The ADV Films releases are long gone and this is your chance to either discover or rediscover Farscape. The show is really the epitome of what all great sci-fi fans want. It takes the best of what made Star Trek, Buck Rogers and Star Wars so popular and blends them together with incredible puppets and a lot of sex. Not sex with the puppets just… well watch and see because when it is all said and done you’ll never find another show that was so character driven in the realm of sci-fi. It is time for you to discover the wonder that is Farscape.
 
Check out my interview with Farscape stars and producers Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Brian Henson and Rockne O’Bannon here on Mania. Be sure to check out my Farscape toy column for your complete run down on those hard to find action figures, “The Farscape Folly”.
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
2 Assassins ~ Eric Carroll, Krishna B. Sharma, and Tracy Cooper
 
3 Days Gone ~ Richard Tyson, Michelle Stafford, Patrick J. Adams, and Charles Wesley
 
American Venus ~ Matt Craven, Rebecca De Mornay, Nicholas Lea, and Jane McGregor
 
Bad Dealings ~ Beanie Man, Roxy Ward, and Kennyy Williams
 
Black Soul Dynamite
 
Blue Seduction ~ Jane Wheeler, Billy Zane, and Estella Warren
 
The Canyon ~ Yvonne Strahovski, Will Patton, and Eion Bailey
 
City of Life and Death [Blu-ray] ~ Gao Yuanyuan, Liu Ye, Fan Wei, and Hideo Nakaizumi
 
The Limits of Control ~ Isaach De Bankolé, Alex Descas, and Jean-François Stévenin
 
The Locator 2 Braxton Returns ~ Andre Buckner, Chris Durant, Cristina Kellogg, and Lynn McArthur
 
Lords of the Street [Blu-ray] ~ Kris Kristofferson
 
Luxury Car ~ Wu You Cai, Tian Yuan, and Huang He
 
Police Story [Blu-ray] ~ Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Jackie Chan, and Bill Tung
 
Prisoner ~ Tom Guiry, Elias Koteas, Julian McMahon, and Kim Raver
 
The Professional [Blu-ray] ~ Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, Natalie Portman, and Danny Aiello
 
Samurai Princess ~ Aino Kishi
 
Rituals ~ Hal Halbrook, Lawrence Dane, and Robin Gammell
 
SEAL Team ~ Chris Warner, Zach McGowan, Jeremy Davis, and Jes Meza
 
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon DVDTee (Size L) ~ Basil Rathbone
 
Shout at the Devil ~ George Coulouris, Peter Copley, Maurice Denham, and Ian Holm
 
ANIME
 
Bleach, Vol. 22
 
Blue Drop: The Complete Collection
 
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion: R2, Part 2 (Limited Edition)
 
Code Geass Leouch of the Rebellion: R2, Part 2
 
Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Box One ~ Sean Schemmel, Christopher R. Sabat, and Laura Bailey
 
Evangelion: 1.01 You Are (Not) Alone - Movie ~ Allison Keith-Shipp
 
Hayate the Combat Butler, Part 3
 
Kujibiki Unbalance Complete (Thin Pack)
 
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Season 1, Part 3 (Special Edition)
 
Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Season 1, Part 3
 
My-Zhime: My-Otome Complete Collection (Anime Legends)
 
Polyphonica: Complete Collection
 
Toward the Terra: Complete Collection
 
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE: Season 1 [Blu-ray] ~ Carrie Savage
 
CARTOONS
 
Ben 10: Alien Force, Vol. 5
 
Drawn Together - The Complete Series
 
Egon & Donci
 
The Smurfs: World of Wonders
 
The Spectacular Spider-Man, Vol. 5 ~ Josh Keaton, Lacey Chabert, Joshua LeBar, and Grey DeLisle
 
CLASSICS
 
Avant-Garde 3: Experimental Cinema 1922-1954
 
The Exiles ~ Mary Donahue
 
Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] ~ Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland
 
Gone with the Wind (Two-Disc Special Edition)
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Bruno ~ Sacha Baron Cohen, LaToya Jackson, Elton John, and Paula Abdul
 
Brüno [Blu-ray]
 
Chasing Amy [Blu-ray] ~ Ethan Suplee, Ben Affleck, Scott Mosier, and Jason Lee
 
Clerks [Blu-ray] ~ Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti, and Lisa Spoonhauer
 
Galaxy Quest [Blu-ray] ~ Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Tony Shalhoub
 
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Its A Very Sunny Christmas ~ Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito
 
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: A Very Sunny Christmas [Blu-ray]
 
Criterion Collection
 
Downhill Racer (The Criterion Collection) ~ Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv, and Joe Jay Jalbert
 
HORROR
 
Basement Jack ~ Eric Peter-Kaiser, Sam Skoryna, Lynn Lowry, and Tiffany Shepis
 
Call of the Hunter ~ Angelique Fernandez, Don McCorkindale, and Jonathan Hansler
 
The Canyon ~ Yvonne Strahovski, Will Patton, and Eion Bailey
 
Dark ~ Carolyn Carlson
 
Evilution ~ Nathan Bexton, Jonathan Breck, and Eric Peter-Kaiser
 
Hanger ~ Dan Ellis, Nathan Dashwood, Wade Gibb, and Candice Le
 
Taintlight ~ Meredith Host, Kurt Indovina, Billy Garberina, and A.J. Stabone
 
ThanksKilling ~ Chuck Lamb, Lance Predmore, Lindsey Anderson, and Natasha Cordova
 
Vampire Party ~ Tchéky Karyo, Patrick Mille, and Julien Boisselier
 
MODERN CLASSICS on BLU-RAY
 
Fight Club [Blu-ray] ~ Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Franklyn ~ James Faulkner, Bernard Hill, Art Malik, and Kika Markham
 
Franklyn [Blu-ray]
 
Star Trek (Three-Disc +Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] ~ Chris Pine, Leonard Nimoy
 
Star Trek (Single-Disc Edition)
 
Star Trek (Two-Disc Digital Copy Edition)
 
Star Trek Limited Edition Replica Gift Set (Three-Disc + Digital Copy) (Amazon Exclusive) [Blu-ray]
 
TV LAND
 
7th Heaven: The Ninth Season ~ Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Jessica Biel, and Barry Watson
 
Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series ~ Andy Richter
 
Monk: Best of Monk ~ Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, and Tony Shalhoub
 
The Best of Star Trek: The Original Series, Vol. 2 ~ William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, and James Doohan
 
The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Vol. 2 ~ Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Levar Burton, and Brent Spiner
 
Elvis Costello: Spectacle: Season 1 (4pc) (Ac3) ~ Elvis Costello, Elton John, Bill Clinton, and Smokey Robinson
 
Elvis Costello: Spectacle - Season One [Blu-ray]
 
-29 Episode Commentaries, including "Premiere" with Rockne S. O'Bannon, Brian Henson and Ben Browder; "Jeremiah Crichton" with Claudia Black, Producer/Writer David Kemper, Browder and O'Bannon; "Bone to Be Wild" with Anthony Simcoe; "Relativity" with Lani Tupu (Crais/Voice of Pilot) and Director Peter Andrikidis; and, "Bad Timing" which features Browder, Black and Kemper discussing the series' final episode.
-Multiple featurettes and documentaries including "In the Beginning: A Look Back with Brian Henson"; "Making of a Space Opera" and "Inside Farscape: Save Farscape," on which fans, cast and crew discuss the fate of their beloved series.
-Multiple video profiles featuring archival clips and cast/crew discussing their characters and roles on Farscape.
-Over 90 minutes of deleted scenes.
-Slideshows and archival photo galleries, including character concepts and promo photos.
-Production design galleries featuring screenshots, rough drafts and concept slide shows.
-Behind-the-Scenes interviews with Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley, Paul Goddard (Stark), Wayne Pygram (Scorpius) and more.
-Original TV promos and trailers
 
Farscape: The Complete Season 1
 
Farscape: The Complete Season 2
 
Farscape: The Complete Season 3
 
Farscape: The Complete Season 4
 
Moonshot [Blu-ray] ~ Andrew Lincoln, Daniel Lapaine, James Marsters, and Anna Maxwell Martin
 
Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] ~ Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, and Tobias Menzies
 
Rome: The Complete Series
 
Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season [Blu-ray] ~ Zach Braff
 
The Sopranos: The Complete Series ~ James Gandolfini
 
Wagon Train - The Complete First Season - Special Limited Edition - 39 episodes! ~ Ward Bond, Robert Horton, Frank McGrath, and Terry Wilson
 
BOX SETS
 
Kevin Smith Box Set (Clerks | Chasing Amy | Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) [Blu-ray] ~ Ethan Suplee, Ben Affleck, Jason Lee, and Matt Damon
 
Shaw Brothers Metal Tin: Epic Heroes (4 DVDs and T-Shirt Offer)
 
NON GENRE PICK OF THE WEEK
 
Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] ~ Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, and Olivia de Havilland
 
 

 
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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karas1 11/17/2009 12:14:45 PM

Farscape was great!  Anybody who hasn't experienced it owes it to himself to see it.

StarlightGuard 11/17/2009 12:23:54 PM

hey movielord

just tipping my tricorder at ya for adding this humble servant to your facebook recently

I joined up on the "you've got geek on you" page as well....I wish I could actually HEAR the podcasts, due to the fact they'd take about a day or two to load on a dial up connection....

of course, you could always drop by Arkansas and repeat it for me live and in person :)

and...did I read that right? sex with puppets? does this mean I can finally admit my lust for my Miss Piggy doll?

BRUNO'S ON BLU-RAY!

I'm a little terrified to buy it in Blu....it's like that giant dancing schlong will break out of the tv and get slapped across my face....

yeah, I could've made that sound a little less exciting

Hobbs 11/17/2009 12:46:55 PM

I agree with kara, though I still think they screwed it up in the 4th season and the final Peacekeeper wars DVD...but by that time the show was getting canceled so it doesn't matter how bad it got at the end.  For the long haul of the series I guarantee you will enjoy it. 

karas1 11/17/2009 2:21:57 PM

Farscape never played it safe, they took risks.  Most of the time it payed off big.  Sometimes it crashed and burned.  But it was never dull.  And even the worst eps had something in them worth watching.

Starlight, I take it that you haven't experienced Farscape yet.  Please take this opportunity to do so.  Miss Piggy doesn't appear but you may develop an unhealthy obsession with Claudia Black.  You wouldn't be the first.

jppintar326 11/17/2009 3:49:22 PM

I couldn't watch Farscape.  I hated that little Muppet so much I hoped they would kill him off.  He was my pick for one of the most annoying genre character of all time. 

Not going to buy Star Trek no matter what.  Worst film of 2009 despite what others say.

Hobbs 11/17/2009 6:04:07 PM

Yup it took risks and the risks they took in the 4th season when they were running out of ideas ended up getting the show booted from TV.  Then they tried to tie it up in that mess of a Peacekeepers war movie and it didn't work either but at least they gave some conclusion to the show.  Again, not hating on it but I seem to have debates with fans on this issue all the time.  IT was a great show just expect it to take a nose dive during the 4th season.  That being said I give it credit for taking the chances it did because we got 3 great years out of the show.

themovielord 11/17/2009 10:05:41 PM

jppintar326  I agree with you about Rygel, only in the beginningthough. there is a moment where it all changes and he becomes so very real...

wrrlykam 11/18/2009 2:09:37 AM

I hope this Farscape complete series sets get over the pond to Blighty. I hate al thouse litle boxsets they put out, 5 eps per set.

I didn't have a problem with season 4, but I haven't seen 3 and 4 since it was on TV so I'll see if I can pick up on what Hobbs' POV is on it.

Rigel for Dominar!!!!!

karas1 11/18/2009 2:29:09 AM

I think they were taking more risks in the 4th season which was the most uneven season.  It had great highs and big lows. 

If the ratings for season 4 dropped at all it was probably more due to the heavy serialization.  In earlier seasons there was an arc, but most of the content of an ep was stand alone and someone who had never seen Farscape before could figure out what was going on.  Not so in season 4.  A newby would be completely lost.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed by The Peacekeeper Wars myself.  Considering they were supposedly condencing what would have been season 5 into 2 hours there seemed to be a lot of padding.  But it did wrap things up nicely.

Hobbs 11/18/2009 7:06:49 AM

That's the only best part of Peacekeeper wars was that they wraped up everything but overall they put too much in it trying to tie up all the loose ends.  As I said in the other thread I really think they should have taken the 13 episodes sci-fi offered them.  They would have been able to tie up everything and make each episode memorable. Those 13 episodes could have been the best wrap up to a series ever.

I saw an intervew with Bannon (I think it was him) and he said Farscape comic is out that takes place right after the Peacekeeper wars if anyone is interested in the further adventure of John Crichtion.  I have to admit when I heard that makes me want to check it out.

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