The second season of Farscape expands upon and develops the characters introduced in the ambitious first season. John Crichton's new nemesis is the deadly Scorpius, replacing Crais, who has taken the living ship Moya's off... more »spring on a voyage into the unknown. Moya's regular crew--Aeryn, Zhaan, Chiana, D'Argo, and Rygel--remain as divided and suspicious of each other as ever, yet somehow manage to pull together at times of crisis. After revelations about Pilot's introduction to Moya in "The Way We Weren't," the writers continue to exploit the show's gift for surprising as well as emotionally convincing character development. In "Picture If You Will," an old enemy returns with a truly bizarre and barely comprehensible scheme to imprison Moya's crew inside a picture (shades of Dorian Gray, maybe?). "Home on the Remains" has a contrived plot that harks right back to classic Star Trek, with Crichton even quoting Jim Kirk (the highlight, though, is Zhaan's transformation, which gives a whole new meaning to hay fever). "Dream a Little Dream" plays around with the crew's perceptions of reality in a curious flashback episode set in between the first and second season, as Zhaan is put on trial for murder on a dystopian planet run by lawyers. --Mark Walker« less
Rhiannon L Weaver | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States | 09/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Vol 2.2 is a mixed bag; on one hand it has the moving, visceral episode "The Way We Weren't" one of the best of season 2, and on the other it has the sub-par "Dream a Little Dream" which was canned as the s2 premiere and re-worked to little effect. Still, Farscape deserves its accolades and is the best sci-fi show on TV. BUT SCI FI IS CANCELLING THE SHOW PREMATURELY! Search the web, fans, and join the massive fan effort to save FS from a series-ending season 4 cliffhanger!"
Farscape's second season continues...
Robert W. Berg | New York, NY United States | 07/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This two-disk set begins in magnificent style with one of the finest episodes in the show's history, "The Way We Weren't." I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say it is extremely moving, almost brutal at times, and is one of the episodes that reminds us just what makes "Farscape" so special--extremely realistic, flawed characters, despite their alien bodies, and the ability to always surprise the audience. Pilot's character, usually underused, in very in the forefront in this episode, and Claudia Black deepens Aeryn's character by leaps and bounds in the short 45 minutes. An absolutely brilliant episode.The next episode? Not so brilliant. That is not to say that it is not worth watching, however. "Picture If You Will," featuring the return of an old villain is disappointing not because it is boring (like "Vitas Mortis" and "Taking the Stone" from the first second season set), but because there just isn't that much to the story. On repeated viewings, a great deal of plotholes appear, and what, the first time, seemed like an okay episode, soon lessens greatly ("The Way We Weren't," in contrast, gets better each time, as one notices more and more details.). This episode is definitely not one to avoid, but isn't that great either, besides some cool special effects and M.C. Escher-esque set designs. It is very nice to see Zhaan kicking [rear], however, so it gets bonus points for that alone."Home on the Remains" would have been the grossest episode ever, except its title was taken in the third season's "Eat Me." With that said, it is a good episode. Better than "Picture If You Will," but galaxies behind "Way We Weren't" in quality. Still, a good episode with some excellent character development, very dark overtones, and even a "Return of the Jedi" reference. Great fun!And with "Dream a Little Dream," we finally get to see what happened to Zhaan, Rygel, Chiana, Pilot, and Moya in the gap between "Family Ties" and "Mind the Baby." Originally slated to be the season premiere, it was bumped, because the production team was worried that the fans would be upset if the answer to John and D'Argo's fate weren't answered right away. Which was unfortunate, since this is an excellent episode. There is some amazing acting work by Gigi Edgley, as Chiana, and also a very interesting courtroom plot. Zhaan's mad delusions of John and D'Argo appearing to her and telling her they are dead, yes, would have driven me crazy, not knowing what would happen, but are, to be honest, a little less meaningful seen in retrospect like this. But, what can ya do? At least now we know why Zhaan thought John and D'Argo weren't really there in "Family Ties."So, to round-up, we have one masterpiece of an episode, one lightweight, easily disposable, but diverting episode, one good episode that doesn't quite reach greatness but shouldn't be missed, and one above average episode. All in all, not bad...and much better than the last set, which had two very mediocre ones. Just wait until the next set, which is populated completely by episodes of excellent to masterpiece status!"
Great DVD for Farscape fans
R. Miller | Woodstock, Georgia USA | 09/24/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a big fan of Farscape in particular and science fiction in general. I watch Farscape for entertainment and as long as I am entertained by an episode, I give it high ratings. Even so, Farscape is one of the most original series on tv. There are good stories, interesting characters and the alien monsters are original and unique. Some episodes are better than others I'll admit, but quite honestly I enjoy them all. I am pleased to see the season two DVDs in a four episode format. The more episodes I can get with one purchase, the better. I too would like to see more extra features on the DVDs so the viewers can learn more about what it takes to product this great show and see what goes on behind the scenes. I have all the season one DVDs and plan to collect all episodes that are released. Thanks to Jim Henson and company."
The Journey Continues
Robert W. Stoll | Whittier, CA USA | 07/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Crichton and the rest of the crew go further into the uncharted territories. This installment includes The Way We Weren't, Picture If You Will, Home On The Remains, & Dream A Little Dream. The Way We Weren't: When Chiana finds a PK recording device it brings to light dark and terrible secrets from both Aeryn and Pilots past. The crew finds out that Pilot wasn't the original Pilot on Moya. Areyn's role in the death of the 1st pilot upsets the crew, but when Pilot finds out he wants her off of Moya forever!
A great backstory showing who Areyn was and what lengths she would go to get what she wanted. By the end of the episode you'll see how much of an evolution in her character has taken place since. The soundtrack and visual direction were amazing!Picture If You Will: A picture obtained by Chiana is brought aboard Moya that appears to have the power to foretell the future. One by one, the crew's image appears on the painting depicting some horrible calamity befalling them. When they seem to be happening exactly as shown on the picture, Zaan has a pretty good idea who is behind these strange events and with the help of John & Areyn she just might have the strength to defeat this old, but powerful enemy from the past. A good solid episode worth seeing, though not their best either.Home On The Remains: With the crew on Moya starving, in particular Zaan, they are forced to try to get supplies from a mining settlement on a dead Budong. A budong is a giant space creature several times larger than Moya, that when a dead one is found, it's mined for precious metals within it's ample carcass. Chiana apparently had once been with this mining operation, having made both friends and enemies during her stay. Meanwhile aboard Moya, Zaan is in dire need of meat to stop her from releasing spores that are clogging Moyas ventilation system, but the crew all must work mining to pay for the meat for Zaan to survive. Of course, nobody said mining on a budong is safe. There is a creature that has been preying on the miners and who knows who'll be the next victim!
This episode is my least favorite of the four, but still better than Vitas Mortis.Dream A Little Dream: Was to be the first episode of the season, but Sci Fi Channel wanted to resolve the 1st season cliffhanger immediately, so it was changed to a flashback episode were Zaan explains to John the emotional and spiritual crisis she experienced during their search to find Dargo, Areyn, & John. While trying to locate them on the planet Litigara (a planet whose population is about 90% lawyers... UGH!!!), she's also having to deal with Rygel & Chi's selfish and immature behavior. To top that off, Moya is threatening to leave the planet to search for her baby, Talyn- with or without the 3 of them. Zaan begins to falter and when she is accused of murdering a labor leader, she begins to crack under the strain. It's up to Rygel and Chiana to defend her in court using all their special talents to secure her release before Moya Abandons them. Quite a good episode for Zaan. It's nice to have atleast 4 episodes per release now, hopefully ADV will improve their special features. They are way too spartan for my tastes. More Commentaries & Character bios- including those of some of their guest stars, and perhaps a blooper reel."
A review of the DVD FEATURES, not the EPISODES
Robert W. Stoll | 08/31/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...As always, the video and audio are superb. The features are lacking. The deleted scene are only present for the latter 2 episodes (so what about the first 2?). ADV informed me these scenes ARE the material aired in other countries (and in previous volumes in the series they were integrated into the shows-but now they have been seperated for season 2-my question is WHY?). Strangely, I for one believe I HAVE seen at least two of these scenes previously...Like the last DVD, no more interviews and no more documentaries. Big disappointment. The second best feature (in my opinion) next to the deleted scenes, are the conceptual drawings. LOTS of those. Unfortunately the rest of the features are either text files or recycled video from the episodes on this DVD. The text features don't give any information you couldn't get from watching a couple episodes or spending 5 minutes on a Farscape fan site.All in all, ADV is giving me the impression they are running out of resources for these DVD's. I for one hope will see some more interviews, commentaries and documentaries in the next installments."