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Farscape: The Complete Series Megaset (DVD Review)

14 Nov, 2009 By: John Latchem

Street 11/17/09
$149.95 26-DVD set
Not rated.
Stars Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Virginia Hey, Gigi Edgley.

This quirky sci-fi show focuses on astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder), who flies through a wormhole during an experimental flight and ends up on the other side of the universe. Once there, he encounters all sorts of bizarre creatures, many of which were designed by the Jim Henson Company. As he attempts to find a way home, Crichton finds himself at the center of an alien conflict.

“Farscape” was created by veteran TV sci-fi writer Rockne S. O’Bannon at the behest of the Jim Henson Company, which wanted a sci-fi vehicle to showcase its talents for creature building (a legacy that dated back to such films as Return of the Jedi and The Dark Crystal). O’Bannon’s unique vision was nonetheless respectful of the greater sci-fi landscape. “Farscape” even introduced its own swear words, a la “Battlestar Galactica.”

The show built up a healthy following during its 1999-2003 run on Sci Fi Channel, lasting for 88 episodes and helping to grow the fledging channel’s audience. This new boxed set includes all the episodes with a lot of the bonus material from earlier DVD releases, plus a few previously unreleased extras that should make fans giddy, such as the home video debut of the “Farscape Undressed” documentary that recaps the first two seasons. The special is hosted by Browder and co-star Claudia Black, who would later become regulars on “Stargate SG-1,” which parodied “Farscape” on its 200th episode.

This set doesn’t include the follow-up Peacekeeper Wars TV movie, which is owned by Lionsgate, although Best Buy will offer an exclusive boxed set of the complete series that does include the movie.

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