If there is one thing that really annoys me about TV shows, it’s having to wait for the next episode, or even worse the next season. I am impatient. But this is what makes season boxed sets so appealing. When a show finishes for good, it is often a sad time as many shows wind up being canceled before the fans are ready to let go, but the inevitable series boxed sets can more than make up for that by allowing the watcher to enjoy the show from start to finish as quickly as they wish.
Farscape was one such show that was suddenly canceled, much to the dismay of its fans. The show began in 1999 and ran through until 2003, airing 88 episodes in total. This popular Sci-fi show began with an American astronaut, John Crichton, flying into a wormhole and being transported to the other side of the universe. Here, he is picked up by Moya, a giant space-dwelling creature that acts as a ship for the unlikely group of characters that can be found on board, all of which are trying to escape the corrupt authority of the Peacekeepers.
What follows is science fiction gold as the group struggle with the Peacekeepers, search for a wormhole so that John can return to Earth and, eventually, get mixed up in an arms race for wormhole technology. Alongside these are sub-plots that revolve around the various back stories of the main characters and their relationships, including the evolving romance between John Crichton and Aeryn Sun, a stranded peacekeeper that was picked up by Moya during the first episode. Like any show that runs for an extended time, Farscape has its occasional filler episodes that do nothing to further the storylines. But the overall quality of the series is incredibly high and led to a number of awards and a massive fan following.
Fans of Farscape, and even those who are only now looking to dip their toes into the Farscape universe, will be pleased to know that Go Entertainment have released Farscape: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Edition here in the UK, available now for a RRP of £129.99. Featuring all 88 episodes, digitally remastered in stunning high definition, this incredible 20 disc boxed set also has more than 15 hours of bonus footage, including 29 episode commentaries, multiple featurettes and a brand new documentary – Memories of Moya: An Epic Journey Explored.
Now for the bad news. Because Farscape was suddenly cancelled, the show didn’t have the chance to wrap up storylines and even ended on a cliffhanger. The rights to the show were later picked up by Brian Henson who went on to direct Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, four additional episodes that served to give the fans closure and finish some of the unfinished stories. The problem is that The Peacekeeper Wars are not included in this boxed set, leaving the show incomplete. The Peacekeeper Wars is available separately and would make an ideal additional purchase for anyone considering this boxed set.
Any fan of science fiction should make the effort to watch Farscape from start to finish, and for those who haven’t done that yet, this boxed set is the ideal way to get started. The unfortunate omission of The Peacekeeper Wars, which serve to wrap up the entire show, sadly leaves this set incomplete. But even without the four-episode show finale, Farscape: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Edition contains a massive amount of sci-fi goodness that takes the show from its very beginning almost to the end.