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    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010

    Viggo Mortensen is an otherwise "good" man slowly seduced by dark forces in 1930s Germany
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    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 28, 2010

    Viggo Mortensen is an otherwise "good" man who has been slowly seduced by dark forces
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    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010

    Benicio Del Toro stars as the Argentine rebel in this two disc docudrama
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    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010

    Benicio Del Toro stars as the Argentine rebel in this two disc docudrams
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009

    Includes:G.I. Joe: Twenty Questions (1985) G.I. Joe: Eye For an Eye (1985) G.I. Joe: The Traitor, Part Two (1985) G.I. Joe: Skeleton in the Closet (1985) G.I. Joe: Countdown for Zartan (1985) G.I. Joe: No Place Like Springfield, Part Two (1985) G.I. Joe: No Place Like Springfield, Part One (1985) G.I. Joe: The Great Alaskan Land Rush (1985) G.I. Joe: The Invaders (1985) G.I. Joe: The Wrong Stuff (1985) G.I. Joe: The Pit of Vipers (1985) G.I. Joe: Memories of Mara (1985) G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part Three (1985) G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part Two (1985) G.I. Joe: Operation Mind Menace (1985) G.I. Joe: The Funhouse (1985) G.I. Joe: Cobra's Creatures (1985) G.I. Joe: Jungle Trap (1985) G.I. Joe: Cobra Stops the World (1985) G.I. Joe: Satellite Down (1985) G.I. Joe: Red Rocket's Glare (1985) G.I. Joe: Cobra Soundwaves (1985) G.I. Joe: Money to Burn (1985) G.I. Joe: Cobra's Candidate (1985) G.I. Joe: Lights! Camera! Cobra! (1985) G.I. Joe: The Phantom Brigade (1985) G.I. Joe: The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part Two (1985) G.I. Joe: The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part One (1985) G.I. Joe: Haul Down the Heavens (1985) G.I. Joe: The Greenhouse Effect (1985) G.I. Joe: Spell of the Siren (1985) G.I. Joe: The Viper is Coming (1985) G.I. Joe: The Germ (1985) G.I. Joe: The Battle for the Train of Gold (1985) G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part Four (1985) G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part One (1985) G.I. Joe: Lasers in the Night (1985) G.I. Joe: The Gamesmaster (1985) G.I. Joe: Where the Reptiles Roam (1985) G.I. Joe: Hearts and Cannons (1985) G.I. Joe: Flint's Vacation (1985) G.I. Joe: Primordial Plot (1985) G.I. Joe: The Gods Below (1985) G.I. Joe: Cobra CLAWs are Coming to Town (1985) G.I. Joe: Eau de Cobra (1985) G.I. Joe: Excalibur (1985) G.I. Joe: Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent (1985) G.I. Joe: Cobra Quake (1985) G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part Five (1985) G.I. Joe: Cold Slither (1985) G.I. Joe: The Traitor, Part One (1985) G.I. Joe: Worlds Without End, Part Two (1985) G.I. Joe: Captives of Cobra, Part One (1985) G.I. Joe: Worlds Without End, Part One (1985) G.I. Joe: Captives of Cobra, Part Two (1985) G.I. Joe: Grey Hair and Growing Pains (1986) G.I. Joe: In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1986) G.I. Joe: Sins of Our Fathers (1986) G.I. Joe: Joe's Night Out (1986) G.I. Joe: Second Hand Emotions (1986) G.I. Joe: Nightmare Assault (1986) G.I. Joe: The Most Dangerous Thing in the World (1986) G.I. Joe: G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece (1986) G.I. Joe: Ninja Holiday (1986) G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part Five (1986) G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part Four (1986) G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part Three (1986) G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part Two (1986) G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part One (1986) G.I. Joe: The Spy That Rooked Me (1986) G.I. Joe: Glamour Girls (1986) G.I. Joe: Cobrathon (1986) G.I. Joe: Sink the Montana (1986) G.I. Joe: Raise the Flagg! (1986) G.I. Joe: My Brother's Keeper (1986) G.I. Joe: Iceberg Goes South (1986) G.I. Joe: The Rotten Egg (1986) G.I. Joe: Million Dollar Medic (1986) G.I. Joe: Once Upon a Joe... (1986) G.I. Joe: Let's Play Soldier (1986) G.I. Joe: Computer Complications (1986) G.I. Joe: Last Hour to Doomsday (1986) G.I. Joe: My Favorite Things (1986) G.I. Joe: Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep (1986) G.I. Joe: Not a Ghost of a Chance (1986) G.I. Joe: Twenty Questions The Joe team's war games are interrupted by Hector Ramirez, muckraking host of the TV series "Twenty Questions." Ramirez has brought along a peacenik named Arnold, who claims that the Joes are frauds who use the threat of Cobra attack as a means to cheat the American taxpayers. Hoping to prove Arnold wrong, Shipwreck conducts an unauthorized tour of the Joes' headquarters -- only to discover that Arnold is really the evil Baroness in disguise. Written by Buzz Dixon, "Twenty Questions" made its American TV debut on October 2, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Eye For an Eye A fierce battle between the Cobras and the Joes has devastating consequences on a family of innocent bystanders. Though his loved ones are safe, Charles Fairmont is enraged over the destruction of his home. Invading the Joes' base in search of revenge, Fairmont finds an unexpected ally in the form of Lady Jaye, who feels personally responsible for the man's plight. Written by Steve Mitchell and Barbara Petty, "Eye for an Eye" made its American TV debut on November 8, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Traitor, Part Two In the conclusion of a two-part adventure, the Joes have rescued Dusty from prison, certain that his traitorous behavior was borne of desperation over the plight of his sick mother. But can Dusty be reformed, and will he prove a valuable member of the Joe team? Apparently not: When Cobra tries to test its new mind-control gas on the Joes, Dusty assists the villains every step of the way. Be assured, however, that the story is not quite over yet. Written by Buzz Dixon, part two of the "The Traitor" originally aired in America on November 26, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Skeleton in the Closet Upon receiving an inheritance, Joe member Lady Jaye journeys to her ancestral home in Scotland. Feeling that something is amiss, LJ soon learns the awful truth: She is related to her longtime enemy Destro. The ensuing battle royal between the Joes and Cobras turns out to be the result of a carefully mapped scheme by another old enemy. A neat twist caps this episode, which was written by Flint Dille. "Skeleton in the Closet" first aired in America on December 11, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Countdown for Zartan Zartan is hired by Cobra Commander to blow up a peace conference at World Wide Defense Center, thereby covering up secret information about Cobra's terrorist activities. Posing as a kidnapped French scientist, Zartan is exposed by Joe member Spirit -- who is promptly abducted by Storm Shadow. The other members of the Joe Team race against the clock to locate and disarm Zartan's bomb. Written by Christy Marx, "Countdown for Zartan" first aired in America on September 23, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: No Place Like Springfield, Part Two In the concluding chapter of a two-part story, Shipwreck finally realizes that his "new" life as a family man in the town of Springfield is actually a sham, created by Cobra to force him to reveal the deadly water-to-explosive formula locked in his subconscious. Rescued from madness by Polly, Shipwreck does his best to foil Cobra's plans -- if only he can locate the rest of the Joe Team. But there's a tragic price to pay for the good guys' ultimate victory. Written by Steve Gerber, "No Place Like Springfield, Pt. 2" first aired in America on December 13, 1985, as the final episode of G.I. Joe's first TV season. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: No Place Like Springfield, Part One In the first episode of a two-part adventure, Dr. Melany's new formula for changing water into explosive is planted in Shipwreck's subconscious -- and only Lady Jaye knows the code word that will release the formula. Upon awakening from an unusually deep sleep, Shipwreck discovers that several years have passed, and that his has settled down to a cozy domestic existence with his wife, Mara (formerly a mermaid), and his daughter. Slowly but surely, however, Shipwreck senses that something is not quite right about his new surroundings. Written by Steve Gerber, "No Place Like Springfield, Pt. 1" first aired in America on December 12, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Great Alaskan Land Rush Claiming to a have found a legal loophole in Seward's Alaskan purchase of 1867, Cobra and a shifty used car dealer named Gorgy Potemkin gain full control of Alaska. Their plans include using the 49th state as a power base to attack the rest of the world. Once again, the Joes join forces with the Soviet Oktober Guard to foil Cobra's scheme. Written by David Carren, "The Great Alaskan Land Rush" was first telecast in America on December 3, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Invaders Both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. are held in thrall by an apparent alien invasion of Earth. It soon develops, however, that the "invasion" has been orchestrated by Cobra, as part of a scheme to destroy both Moscow and Washington and establish Cobra as the world's only superpower. This time around, the Joes are joined by their Soviet counterparts, the Oktober Guard, in thwarting the villain's plans. Written by Dennis O'Neil, "The Invaders" originally aired in America on November 29, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Wrong Stuff Could it be that writers Stanley Ralph Ross and Flint Dille had a certain Atlanta-based TV mogul in mind when they wrote this episode of G.I. Joe? On this occasion, Cobra removes all space satellites from orbit, the better to create a worldwide broadcasting monopoly, Cobra Network Television. By offering twisted "message" sitcoms like "Father's No Beast" and even (horrors!) changing the endings of classic old films, the CTN is aimed at controlling the minds of all earthlings -- or at least, all cable subscribers. "The Wrong Stuff" first aired in America on November 28, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Pit of Vipers The G.I. Joe team is placed under the command of the new super-computer Watchdog, which has ostensibly been designed to seek out Cobra targets. Little do the heroes realize that Watchdog has been created by the Cobras themselves, and is programmed to send the Joes far off the beaten track, leaving their headquarters vulnerable to Cobra's deadly Pit Viper attacks. James M. Ward wrote the script, from an original story by Flint Dille. "The Pit of Vipers" originally aired in the U.S. on November 27, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Memories of Mara The titular Mara is a blue-skinned women whom we first see wearing a Cobra diving suit. Rescued by Joe Team member Shipwreck, Mara reveals that she is the half-human, half-fish result of a misfire Cobra experiment aimed at enabling humans to remain underwater indefinitely. With Mara's help, the Joes try to locate the U.S.S. Nerka, a submarine stolen by Cobra. Written by Sharman Di Vono, "Memories of Mara" first aired in the U.S. on November 15, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part Three In the third episode of the five-part |Pyramid of Darkness, Joe Team members Lady Jaye, Flint, Shipwreck, and Snake Eyes have managed to escape the perils presented them in the previous episode, "Rendezvous in the City of the Dead." A new ally is introduced in the form of a sexy nightclub singer named Satin. Cobra functionary Zartan manages to activate the control cubes, setting off a chain events culminating in a dangerous encounter with killer seals on an iceberg. Written by Ron Friedman, "Three Cubes to Darkness" first aired in America on September 18, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part Two In the second episode of the five-part |Pyramid of Darkness, the G.I. Joe team leads a counteroffensive against Cobra in hopes of regaining Space Station Delta. Joe members Shipwreck and Snake-Eyes are able to steal some of the all-important control cubes and a laser weapon, leading to a near-fatal escapade in a volcano called the Devil's Playground. Meanwhile, the dreaded Dreadnoks delighting in tormenting the captured Joes who have been forced into slave labor on Delta. Written by Ron Friedman, Rendezvous in the City of the Dead first aired in America on September 17, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Operation Mind Menace Taking control of the minds of several innocent civilians, Cobra artificially expands their powers, organizing his captives into an offensive army. Among these new mind-slaves is Tommy, the brother of G.I. Joe team member Airborne. Racing to Tommy's rescue, Airborne and Flash soon find themselves in need of rescuing. Written by Martin Pasko, "Operation Mind Menace" made its American TV debut on October 15, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Funhouse Cobra makes no effort to hide the fact that it has kidnapped five of the world's top scientists. It is all part of Cobra Commander's scheme to wreak a terrible vengeance on the G.I. Joe team. Lured to a South American island, the Joes find themselves at the mercy of Cobra's booby traps in a simulated funhouse -- and never have a rollercoaster and shooting gallery seemed more sinister. Written by Steve Mitchell and Barbara Petty, "The Funhouse" first aired in the U.S. on October 1, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Cobra's Creatures This time, Cobra has gotten hold of a device called Hi-Freq, invented by one Dr. Lucifer. The device enables the villains to gain mind control over all the animals of the world. To test Hi-Freq, Cobra kidnaps G.I. Joe team members Mutt, Junkyard. and Ripcord as human guinea pigs. Meanwhile, the other Joes try to win over Dr. Lucifer by having Lady Jaye pose as the scientist's sweetheart, Dr. Attila. Written by Kimmer Ringwald, "Cobra's Creatures" made its first American TV appearance on September 30, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Jungle Trap In its efforts to harness the raw energy supplies in the center of the earth, Cobra kidnaps eminent scientist Dr. Shakoor. Forced to do Cobra's bidding, Shakoor devises the awesome Vulcan Machine. Meanwhile, the G.I. Joe team endeavors to rescue the missing scientist -- a task comparable to finding a needle in the world's largest haystack. Written by future Batman: The Animated Series maven Paul Dini, "Jungle Trap" originally aired in America on September 27, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Cobra Stops the World Cobra attempts to gain control of the world's fuel supplies so that the leaders of Earth will knuckle under to his demands. With each passing hour, Cobra utilizes his weaponry to destroy another oil tanker. The G.I. Joe teams races against the clock to track down the source of the destruction, and in the process, team members Duke and Ace find themselves imprisoned in an all-but-impenetrable jungle. Written by Steve Gerber, "Cobra Stops the World" first aired in America on September 26, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Satellite Down Breaker manages to force a G.I. Joe spy satellite stolen by Cobra to crash somewhere in the African jungle. Both the Joe and Cobra teams race into unchartered territory to recover the satellite, only to discover that the device has been adopted as a "god" by a lost tribe called the Primords. This episode contains a cute closing gag involving the Primords' reaction to that demon machine known as Television. Written by Ted Pederson, "Satellite Down" first aired in the U.S. on September 25, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Red Rocket's Glare Extensive Enterprises, a front organization for Cobra, uses a vicious gang of bikers to force the owners of the Red Rocket Drive-Thru Diners to sell out at bargain-basement prices. It is the first step in a scheme to install sophisticated anti-personnel weapons throughout the country. But Cobra has not taken into consideration the G.I. Joe team -- specifically, team member Roadblock, whose aunt and uncle own one of the beleaguered Red Rocket restaurants. Written by Mary Skrenes, "Red Rocket's Glare" originally aired in the U.S. on September 24, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Cobra Soundwaves This time, Cobra has gotten hold of an anti-aircraft gun which emits sonic waves for sinister purposes. Acting quickly, the villains threaten to use the weapon to destroy the oil resources of a Middle Eastern nation. But the G.I. Joe team has likewise swung into action, and they're not about to be "soundly" beaten by the Cobra forces. Written by Ted Pederson, "Cobra Soundwaves" originally aired in America on October 17, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Money to Burn Cobra destroys America's economy by vaporizing all of the country's money. He then takes steps to gain complete control by distributing his own personalized currency. To counteract this financial disaster, G.I. Joe team member Lady Jaye poses as Cobra's filthy-rich "client" Gloria Vonderhoss. Making its first American television appearance on October 14, 1985 (a few weeks later in some local markets), "Money to Burn" was written by Roger Slifer. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Cobra's Candidate In the midst of a heated political campaign, Cobra Commander hopes to sway voters to his handpicked candidate, Robert Harper, by casting Harper in the role of persecuted underdog. To that end, Cobra enlists the aid of a tough street gang, who stages riots which appear to be the handiwork of Harper's opponent, Whittier Greenway. The plan is foiled when a hitherto unsupsected link between the street gang and the G.I. Joe team is revealed. Written by Gordon Kent, "Cobra's Candidate" originally aired in the U.S. on October 11, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Lights! Camera! Cobra! Several of the G.I. Joe team's more contentious members are hired as technical advisors for the Hollywood epic "The G.I. Joe Story." Striving for realism, the producers have stored several authentic Joe and Cobra weapons in their prop shed, including a genuine Cobra Firebat plane. In his efforts to steal the plane, Cobra commander must rely upon the mercurial Destro and the unpredictable Dreadnoks. The story outcome is determined by the studio's crack team of special effects wizards. Written by Buzz Dixon, "Lights! Camera! Cobra!" first aired in the U.S. on October 10, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Phantom Brigade Cobra Commander uses an elderly gypsy woman to conjure up three dangerous ghosts: a Roman legionnaire, a Mongol warrior, and an American WWI flying ace. He then sends them into battle against the G.I. Joe team, secure in the knowledge that phantoms can't be killed or injured. The Joes attempt to mount a counteroffensive by appealing to the dormant patriotism of the American ghost. Written by Sharman Di Vono, "The Phantom Brigade" originally aired in America on October 9, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part Two In the conclusion of a two-part story, Cobra has managed to cut off funding for the G.I. Joe team with the use of his Synthoids, humanlike creatures programmed to do the villains' bidding. Even worse, Joe member Duke has been replaced by his Synthoid clone. Managing to escape Cobra's clutches, Duke links up with his fellow Joes in an effort to stem the Synthoid invasion -- receiving unexpected assistance in the form of the evil Destro, who is again locked in a power struggle with his Cobra bosses. Written by Christy Marx, "The Synthoid Conspiracy, Pt. 2" first aired in America on October 8, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Synthoid Conspiracy, Part One In the first episode of a two-part story, Cobra infiltrates the committee responsible for funding the activities of the G.I. Joe team. The villains replace several key members with lookalike Synthoid, which have been programmed to bend exclusively to Cobra's will. Not only do the Joes lose their financial base, but to make matters worse, team member Duke is likewise replaced by a lookalike Synthoid. Written by Christy Marx, "The Synthoid Conspiracy, Pt. 1" first aired in America on October 7, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Haul Down the Heavens Cobra encamps itself at the North Pole, the better to use the powerful Ion Attractor to melt the polar ice cap and upset the ecological balance of the earth. To prevent this, G.I. Joe team members Flint, Lady Jaye, and Snow Job, together with a group of scientists, head to the Arctic, only to find out that the villains are more than prepared for such a counteroffensive. The episode's highlight is Lady Jaye's tone-deaf rendition of the U.S. Marine Hymn. Written by television cartoon veteran Buzz Dixon, "Haul Down the Heavens" originally aired in America on October 4, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Greenhouse Effect A non-polluting rocket fuel that causes plants to grow to enormous size is stolen by a member of the Crimson Guards. Chortling in glee, Cobra leader Destro plans to use the fuel to create an army of killer plants. The episode's climax is a bizarre, gargantuan "food fight" between the Cobras and the G.I. Joe team. Written by Gordon Kent, "The Greenhouse Effect" made its first American TV appearance on October 3, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Spell of the Siren The Baroness hatches another scheme to take over Cobra. Her first step is to harness the power of the Conch of the Siren to hypnotize the male team members of both the Cobras and the Joes. Inevitably, it is up to the female Joes -- and a few stray unaffected males who had been off base during the Siren's aural assault -- to rescue their comrades. Written by Gerry and Carla Conway, "Spell of the Siren" was first broadcast in America on October 25, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Viper is Coming Responding to what they think are cryptic challenges from Cobra, the G.I. Joe team, led by Barbecue, heads to various parts of the world, armed for battle. Only after the dust is settled do they realize that it's all a false alarm. The climax of David Carren's teleplay was obviously inspired by one of the oldest and most familiar schoolyard jokes in academic history. "The Viper Is Coming" originally aired in America on October 24, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Germ A member of the Crimson Guard steals a vial containing Bacteria X. The usual red tape delays delivery of this vial to Destro. In the meantime, the Bacteria X is accidentally mixed with a new growth serum, resulting in a huge, gelatine monstrosity. The G.I. Joe team tries to destroy this hideous new threat, only to succeeding in doubling the danger at hand. Roger Slifer's script is a sly parody of the classic horror cheapie The Blob -- and what an ending! "The Germ" originally aired in America on October 23, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Battle for the Train of Gold Stealing a cassette containing the blueprints of Fort Knox, Cobra concocts a scheme to rob the gold treasury. At the behest of the Bureau of Engraving, the G.I. Joe team works undercover and awaits Cobra's inevitable strike. Though the villains succeed in disabling the Joes' vehicles and weapons, the good guys are able to borrow several of Kentucky's best thoroughbred racing horses during the final counteroffensive. Written by David Carren, "The Battle for the Train of Gold" first aired in America on October 16, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part Four In the fourth episode of the five-part |Pyramid of Darkness, Bazooka and Alpine are rescued by martial artist Quick-Kick, who is prompted recruited into the G.I. Joe team. Continuing in their efforts to regain control of Space Station Delta from Cobra, the Joes end up in a graveyard of sunken ships called the Sea of Lost Souls. Unfortunately, the Cobra team manages to retrieve all four of the elusive control cubes, enabling them to form the all-powerful Pyramid which will give Cobra absolute control of the world -- and the means to destroy G.I. Joe once and for all. Written by Ron Friedman, "Chaos in the Sea of Lost Souls" first aired in America on September 19, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part One Two years after the introductory cartoon miniseries G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and one year after the following miniseries G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra, the daily animated G.I. Joe series proper commenced with part one of the five-episode adventure |Pyramids of Darkness. The opening chapter, "The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe," was written by Ron Friedman, and was seen in most American markets on September 16, 1985. Things get off to a rousing start as the evil organization Cobra gains control of the G.I. Joe team's Delta space station, using Delta's weapon system to attack Joe headquarters and jam all of earth's electrical devices. Crucial to the action are four control cubes, which when placed in alignment create an all-powerful Pyramid, with which Cobras hopes to rule the world. "The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe" includes such trapping as a wild chase through Enterprise City and a flock of tribble-like creatures called the Fatal Fluffies, who can turn really bad in the wrong hands. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Lasers in the Night Cobra Commander draws up plans to steal the G.I. Joe team's new laser device. The theft is not so much for power as for ego; the Commander intends to create a monument to himself on the Moon. Meanwhile, a romance develops between Quick-Kick and pretty Joe Team trainee Amber, who, predictably, ends up being used as a pawn by the villains. Written by Marv Wolfman, "Lasers in the Night" was originally telecast in America on October 22, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Gamesmaster G.I. Joe team members Lady Jaye and Flint, together with their deadly rivals Cobra Commander and the Baroness, are captured en masse by a looney named the Gamesmaster. The four enemies must join forces to stay alive during a (literal) manhunt on Gamesmaster's gadget-laden private island, which looks deceptively like a huge amusement park. Flint Dille's teleplay was obviously inspired by the classic Richard Connell short story The Most Dangerous Game. "The Gamesmaster" originally aired in the U.S. on October 21, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Where the Reptiles Roam A dude ranch in Western Texas is purchased by one of Cobra's dummy corporations. G.I. Joe team member Wild Bill and his friends now have their hands full trying to keep Cobra from gaining control of the solar energy farm next door to the ranch. When Cobra's weapons prove too powerful, Wild Bill cannily relies upon the unharnessed energy of a good old-fashioned cattle stampede. Written by Gerry and Carla Conway, "Where the Reptiles Roam" first aired in the U.S. on October 18, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Hearts and Cannons G.I. Joes Footloose and Dusty infiltrate Cobra's desert base, where captured scientist Dr. Nancy Winters is being forced to work on a powerful new Plasma Cannon Tank. Rescuing Nancy, the two Joes spend as much time vying for her affections as they do preventing Cobra from putting the Tank into operation. And what about that contentious local character named Jabal? Scripted by Alfred A. Pegel and Larry Houston from a story by Pegel, "Hearts and Cannons" was first broadcast in America on November 14, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Flint's Vacation Joe Team member Flint heads to the new housing project of Please Cove, hoping to spend some quality time with his cousin's family. He soon discovers that the project's inhabitants have been brainwashed and enslaved by Cobra -- and the dreaded Drednoks have been pressed into service as the local police force. Beth Bornstein's teleplay cleverly redefines the old sci-fi film classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers in TV-cartoon terms. "Flint's Vacation" was first telecast in America on November 13, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Primordial Plot Cobra steals a cache of petrified bones, then kidnaps cloning expert Dr. Massey. The result is a newly hatched crop of deadly dinosaurs, which even the Joes are at a loss to contain. And remember, folks, this was several years before the release of Spielberg's Jurassic Park. "Primordial Plot" was written by Donald F. Glut, one of the finest science fiction purveyors working in television. The episode originally aired in America on November 12, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Gods Below Once again, Cobra Commander is in need of quick cash to finance his world-domination scheme. To that end, the Commander lures the Joes into a treasure hunt at the newly excavated tomb of Osiris in Egypt. Things get complicated when the Joes and scientist Dr. Marsh are confronted by the evil Egyptian God Set, who sends them hurtling into the Realm of the Dead. Written by Gordon Kent, "The Gods Below" first aired in America on November 11, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Cobra CLAWs are Coming to Town Christmas is coming and the Joes take upon themselves to distribute used toys to needy children. Unfortunately, the toy supply is infiltrated by Cobra's troops, who have been shrunken to action-figure size. In this reduced state, the villains contrive to sway public sentiment against the good-guy Joes. When all is said and done, however, this episode exists primarily to introduce Hasbro's latest line of G.I. Joe toy products. Scripted by Carla and Gerry Conway from a story by Roy and Dan Thomas, "Cobra CLAWs are Coming to Town" originally aired in America on November 7, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Eau de Cobra The title of this G.I. Joe episode refers to a new brand of perfume, sweet to the smell, but devastating in its effect. The Baroness hopes to ensnare wealthy shipowner Socrates Arties by applying the perfume, which turns males into mind slaves. Alas, the ensuing passions get wildly out of control, thanks to a jealous Destro. Written by Flint Dille, "Eau de Cobra" made its first American TV appearance on November 6, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Excalibur Crash-landing in England's Lake District, Storm Shadow recovers the long-lost Sword Excalibur. This arouses the interest of Destro, who begins laying plans to seize the sword for his own use. Meanwhile, the Joes attempt to forestall future Cobra attacks on England, a task made difficult by the country's habitually unpredictable weather. Written by Dan DiStefano, "Excalibur" first aired in America on November 1, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent Cobra has developed a mechanical sea serpent, which grows in size each time it devours a ship. Unfortunately, the villains lose control of the metallic monstrosity. Swallowing Cobras and Joes alike, the renegade serpent starts making a beeline for helpless New York City. Beany and Cecil this isn't! Written by Mary Skenes, "Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent" was first telecast in America on October 31, 1985 -- perfect timing for a Halloween prank. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Cobra Quake A new technology has been developed to stop earthquakes before they begin. Cobra reverses that technology, intending to wreak havoc at a Third World Council peace conference in Japan. Assigned to guard the delegates, the Joes end up in a desperate search for Cobra's booby traps in three different, far-flung locations. Written by Ted Pederson, "Cobra Quake" made its first American TV appearance on October 28, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Pyramid of Darkness, Part Five In the concluding episode of the five-part Pyramid of Darkness, Cobra has successfully assembled the Pyramid, which will give them absolute and unquestioned power over the world. Fortunately, the G.I. Joe team manages to escape Cobra's clutches, bearing up against all manner of deadly devices, including an immobilizing heat beam. As the episode races to a conclusion, the viewer is never entirely certain who will emerge triumphant (hint: the coda finds the villains in their characteristic "It's all your fault" mode). Written by Ron Friedman, "Knotting Cobra's Coils" first aired in America on September 20, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Cold Slither The Cobra Commander makes a startling discovery: He can no longer continue his efforts to rule the world because he is flat broke. Hoping to raise money in a hurry, the Commander utilizes the "hidden persuasion" method by hiring Zartan and the Drednoks to pose as musicians, then inserts mind-control messages in the music in order to enslave the group's fans. Alas, even three Joe members fall victim to the booby-trapped tunes. Something of a self-parody, this G.I. Joe episode was written by Charles Michael Hill. Though filmed as the final episode of season one, "Cold Slither" was telecast on December 2, 1985, long before the season finale. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Traitor, Part One In the first episode of a two-part story, a desperate Dusty is coerced into selling information about the G.I. Joes' new bullet-proof chemical armor protection. The recipient of this top-secret information is Cobra, who has promised to pay the medical bills for Dusty's ailing mother. Arrested for treason, Dusty is sprung from prison by the Joes themselves, who believe that extenuating circumstance and not treachery motivated the prisoner's rash actions. But is Dusty genuinely a victim of circumstance, or a villain in disguise? Written by Buzz Dixon, part one of "The Traitor" first aired in America on November 25, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Worlds Without End, Part Two In the conclusion of the two-part "Worlds Without End," Joe team members Flint, Lady Jaye, Airtight, Grunt, Clutch, and Steeler are still trapped in a parallel Earth, still at the mercy of the conquering Cobras. The Joes receive unexpected help from their old nemesis the Baroness -- who has been reinvented as a "good guy," in love with Steeler. Adopting a divide-and-conquer approach, the Baroness and the Joes foment a Cobra civil war. When the dust settles, three of the Joes choose to remain in the parallel world to continue fighting the good fight on behalf of their new confreres. Written by Martin Pasko, part two of "Worlds Without End" first aired in America on November 5, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Captives of Cobra, Part One In the first episode of a two-part story, Cobra kidnaps the family members of the G.I. Joe team, including the parents of Quick Kick, Thunder, and Scarlett. Using mind control, the villains turn their captives against the Joes. It is all part of a scheme to steal some highly explosive crystals created by a misfire chemical reaction. First telecast in America on October 29, 1985, part one of "Captives of Cobra" was written by G.I. Joe stalwart Christy Marx. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Worlds Without End, Part One In this first episode of a two-part adventure, Joe team members Flint, Lady Jaye, Airtight, Grunt, Clutch, and Steeler try to recover a matter transmutor stolen by the Dreadnoks. When the device is accidentally triggered, the Joes are hurled into a bizarre parallel world. Upon getting their bearings, they discover that, in this particular world, the Cobras have emerged triumphant over the Joes -- and the Drednoks are now the police force. Written by Martin Pasko, part one of "Worlds Without End" first aired in America on November 4, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Captives of Cobra, Part Two In the conclusion of a two-part story, several family members of the G.I. Joe team are still being held prisoner by Cobra, who hope to use their captives to retrieve some dangerously explosive chemicals. Team member Scarlett is able to rescue some of the captives -- who, because their minds have been enslaved by Cobra, prove to be almost as dangerous as their captors. Meanwhile, the villains overreach themselves by attempting to nab the extremely self-reliant family of Joe member Gung Ho. Written by Christy Marx, part two of "Captives of Cobra" was originally telecast in America on October 30, 1985. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Grey Hair and Growing Pains Serpentor steals Madame Versailles' special formula for making people younger -- or, if used improperly, making them older. Intending to exploit the treatment for his own evil purposes, Serpentor is unwittingly helped along by the vanity of Mme. Versailles' commercial spokespersons. In the course of events, three of the Joes age 50 years, another three team members regress into childhood, and Zarina and Mainframe stage a deadly confrontation. Written by Dave Marconi and Flint Dille, "Grey Hair and Growing Pains" first aired in America on October 14, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: In the Presence of Mine Enemies Joe Team member Slip Stream finds himself stranded on a monster-infested island with a beautiful female StratoViper named Raven. At first, the two natural enemies devote their energies to wiping one another out. But Raven changes her mind when she discovers that she has been set up as a "dead duck" by her leader, the Cobra Commander. Written by Chris Weber and Karen Wilson, "In the Presence of Mine Enemies" originally aired in America on November 19, 1986, as the final second-season episode of G.I. Joe. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Sins of Our Fathers Dismissed from the Joe Team, Dial-Tone is unwittingly plunked in the middle of another power struggle between Cobra Commander and Serpentor. The action shifts to Scotland, ending up at Destro's ancestral castle. Both Joes and Cobras are forced to fight side by side when they are threatened by a horrible monster, summoned from the past. Scripted by Buzz Dixon from a story by Steve Gerber, "Sins of Our Fathers" first aired in America on November 18, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Joe's Night Out Three of the Joes -- Wet Suit, Leatherneck, and Dial-Tone -- accompany their dates to the opening of a trendy new night club. They are subsequently abducted along with all the other patrons when the "club" turns out to be a rocket in disguise, courtesy of Cobra. Hurled into deep space, the hostages will be returned only on condition that research scientist Dr. Melany assist Cobra in developing a powerful new plane engine. First broadcast in America on November 10, 1986, "Joe's Night Out" was written by David Schwartz. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Second Hand Emotions Dr. Mindbender and Serpentor develop an electronic organ capable of manipulating emotions. The villains play the organ at the wedding of LifeLine's sister, hoping thereby to force the Joe Team members into destroying themselves. Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue (blew up, that is). Written by Carla and Gerry Conway, "Second Hand Emotions" made its first U.S. television appearance on October 31, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Nightmare Assault The latest Cobra device for deviltry is something called the Somulator. Deploying this device, Dr. Mindbender is able to enter and alter the dreams of the Joe Team members, causing horrible nightmares which result in carelessness and a drop in morale. But the "good" doctor himself falls victim to LowLife's all-too-vivid nightmare, consisting of the combined dreams of the other Joes. Written by Marv Wolfman, "Nightmare Assault" originally aired in America on October 30, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Most Dangerous Thing in the World During General Hawk's absence, Cobra wreaks havoc upon the Joe's computer system. As a result, the troublesome Shipwreck, LifeLine, and Dial-Tone are promoted to the rank of General. Needless to say, the trio is hardly officer material, and it is up to Hawk to undo the ensuing damage -- and to save the weakened Joe force from an all-out Cobra attack. Written by Buzz Dixon, "The Most Dangerous Thing in the World" first aired in America on October 29, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece At the Suez Canal, the Cobras attempt to recover a valuable golden coil from the wreckage of a crashed UFO. They are confronted by the Joes, and in the ensuing struggle a laser beam is accidentally triggered. Within seconds, Joes and Cobras alike a hurtled back in time to ancient Greece, where they are welcomed and worshipped as gods. Scripted by Richard Merwin from a story by Flint Dille, "G.I. Joe and the Golden Fleece" first aired in the U.S. on October 27, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Ninja Holiday Attending a martial arts competition, Joe Team member Sgt. Slaughter is "chosen" by a group of sinister ninjas for a special assignment. Unwillingly submitting himself to rigorous training, Sarge discovers that he has been selected to assassinate Cobra Emperor Serpentor. During the climactic chase, the Joe team faces opposition from a variety of martial-arts experts, many of whom are dressed like Village People rejects! Written by Michael Charles Hill, "Ninja Holiday" originally aired in the U.S. on October 22, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part Five In the concluding chapter of a five-part adventure, the worst has happened: Dr. Mindbender has successfully melded the DNA of several past conquerors into a single, super-powered Cobra Emperor named Serpentor. Fortunately, Sgt. Slaughter and the rest of the G.I. Joe team manage to escape their Cobra captors and to mount a counteroffensive. Without giving away the ending, it can be noted that enough Joe and Cobra members are left standing to populate the subsequent episodes of G.I. Joe's second TV season. Written by Buzz Dixon, "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Pt. 5" first aired in America on September 19, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part Four In the fourth chapter of a five-part adventure, Cobra has successfully captured several members of the new G.I. Joe team. Dr. Mindbender is now certain that he can continue his plans to create a powerful Cobra Emperor named Serpentor unimpeded. Altering his scheme a bit, Mindbender is now determined to use Sgt. Slaughter's DNA in the creation process. Written by Buzz Dixon, "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Pt. 4" first aired in America on September 18, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part Three In the third chapter of a five-part adventure, the Joes run into danger in all corners of the world. Beach Head and Mainframe encounter trouble at Dracula's castles; Duke is jeopardized at Genghis Khan's tomb; Shipwreck is nearly scuttled at Alexander the Great's underwater crypt; and Sgt. Slaughter is captured near Sun Tzu's burial mound. On the "plus" side, the Joes finally discover that Cobra intends to use the DNA from past conquerors to create an omnipotent Cobra Emperor named Serpentor. Written by Buzz Dixon, "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Pt. 3" first aired in America on September 17, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part Two In the second chapter of a five-part adventure, the new G.I. Joe team scurries all over the world, trying to prevent Cobra from raiding the sacred resting places of such past leaders as Napoleon, Alexander the Great, and Ivan the Terrible. The heroes run into a great deal of interference, not only from Cobra but also from local politicians and bureaucrats. Meanwhile, Dr. Mindbender begins the process of assembling the new, all-powerful Cobra Emperor Serpentor. Written by Buzz Dixon, "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Pt. 2" first aired in America on September 16, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Part One Season two of G.I. Joe was launched in America on September 15, 1986, with the first episode of the five-part adventure |Arise, Serpentor, Arise. Fed up with Cobra Commander's bungling, Dr. Mindbender decides to create a new, all-powerful Cobra Emperor, using the DNA of such past conquerers as Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Ivan the Terrible, and Sun Tzu. It is up to the brand-new G.I. Joe team to stop Mindbender in his tracks, but first, they have to figure out exactly what he is up to. "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!, Pt. 1" was written by Buzz Dixon. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Spy That Rooked Me Also known as "The Spy Who Rooked Me," this episode focuses on a world-famous, Bond-like secret agent named Matthew Burke. After rescuing Joe team members Flint, Lady Jaye, Dial-Tone, and Cross-Country, Burke agrees to help them deliver some deadly nerve gas -- and, incidentally, to elude the diabolical Dr. Mindbender. Alas, Burke is so wrapped up in his own mistake that he nearly messes up the mission. Written with tongue firmly in cheek by Susan K. Williams, "The Spy That Rooked Me" originally aired in America on October 13, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Glamour Girls Desperately desiring eternal youth, Madame Veil relies upon the sinister resourcefulness of Cobra. The villains kidnap dozens of beautiful fashion models, intending to tap their youthfulness on behalf of Mme. Veil. The Joes go to the rescue, receiving unexpected help from one of the abducted models: Lowlight's own sister Una. Beth Bornstein's teleplay is more than a little beholden to the Georges Franju horror film Eyes Without a Face, especially near the end of the story. "Glamour Girls" made its American TV debut on October 8, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Cobrathon Cobra is in dire need of an expensive computer virus designed to cripple the records of law enforcement agencies throughout the world. But rather than pay for the device in the normal fashion, the villains choose to put on a pay-per-view telethon, staged in a hellish casino. In this perverse twist on the Jerry Lewis oeuvre, the telethon's "entertainment" includes the ritual torture of Joe members Sci-Fi and Lifeline. Written by Martin Pasko and Rebecca Parr, "Cobrathon" first aired in America on October 6, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Sink the Montana The unexpected catalyst for this episode is Admiral George Lattimer of the U.S. Navy. Unwilling to allow his beloved USS Montana to be scrapped, the admiral joins force with Cobra's Destro turns against the United States. The Joes must prevent Lattimer from using his obsolete but still-deadly battleship from destroying the entire Atlantic Fleet. Written by David Carren, "Sink the Montana" first aired in America on September 29, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Raise the Flagg! The Joes and the Cobras race against other to salvage the remains of the sunken aircraft carrier U.S.S. Flagg. The Joes get to the wreckage first, only to discover it is inhabited by a demented Cobra chef. In addition to deadly gastronomic efforts, the Joes must also contend with some BATs and an antimatter energy pod. Written by David Carren, "Raise the Flagg!" made its first American TV appearance on October 20, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: My Brother's Keeper Wheelchair-bound physicist Jeremy Penser allows himself to be duped by Cobra. In exchange for regaining the use of his legs, Dr. Penser agrees to help develop Cobra's latest weapon of destruction. So blindsided does Penser become that he nearly seals the doom of his own younger brother Timothy -- not to mention practically every member of the G.I. Joe team. Written by Buzz Dixon, "My Brother's Keeper" originally aired in America on October 15, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Iceberg Goes South Joe Team member Iceberg visits his girlfriend, Mahia, at her uncle's "Tropodome," a tropical biodome. Little does he suspect that Cobra's Dr. Mindbender is using the building as headquarters for his latest batch of diabolical genetic experiments. By the time the rest of the Joes show up, Iceberg has been converted into a hideous mutant. Written by Mary Skrenes, "Iceberg Goes South" first aired in America on October 9, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: The Rotten Egg Invited to be the guest of honor at a military academy, Leatherneck discovers that the institution is under the command of Cobra. Worse still, the head of the academy is a fugitive criminal named McCann -- who, as a raw Marine grunt, had been trained by Leatherneck at Parris Island. Seeking revenge for being booted from the service, Leatherneck is determined to use his own military strategy to destroy his former mentor. Written by Steve Mitchell and Barbara Petty, "The Rotten Egg" originally aired in America on October 7, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Million Dollar Medic LifeLine rescues Bree Van Mark, daughter of a wealthy industrialist, from a watery grave. To show her gratitude, Bree showers the reluctant LifeLine with expensive gifts -- including a gold-plated helicopter. Inevitably, the girl becomes a pawn in the latest Cobra scheme. Celebrated cartoon voice-over director Susan Blu is heard as Bree. Written by Carla and Gerry Conway, "Million Dollar Medic" first aired in America on October 2, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Once Upon a Joe... During a pitched battle between the Cobras and the Joes, an orphanage is accidentally destroyed, though the children emerge unscathed. As a new building is constructed, Shipwreck tries to keep the kids entertained, all the while endeavoring to prevent Zartan from recovering a lost Cobra weapon, the mysterious McGuffin Device (scriptwriter Buzz Dixon certainly knows his Hitchcock). The plot is partially resolved by orphan girl Jenny, who in many respects is quicker on the uptake than the Joes. "Once Upon a Joe..." originally aired in the U.S. on October 1, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Let's Play Soldier In Bangkok, Leatherneck takes charge of four "dust children," street orphans fathered by American GIs. Meanwhile, Cobra tries to enslave the population of Thailand by distributing chewing gum laced with Dr. Mindbender's latest mind-paralysis drug. As if that wasn't enough of a complication, the duplicitous Zarana leads the G.I. Joe team into another trap. Written by Sharman Di Vono, "Let's Play Soldier" first aired in the U.S. on September 30, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Computer Complications Cobra operative Zarana breaks into Joe headquarters, there to steal an antimatter deposit. Her plans are altered when she meets and falls in love with Joe team member Mainframes. Orders are orders, and Zarana has been ordered to kill Mainframe. David Schwartz's teleplay is chock-full of clever and unexpected plot twists. "Computer Complications" was first telecast in America on September 26, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Last Hour to Doomsday Cobra's latest weapon is the Vortex Cone, which plays havoc with the ocean's magnetic currents to cause huge tidal waves all over the world. Thus armed, the Cobra leader threatens to wipe out the entire East Coast if his demands are not meant. In their efforts to foil the villains, the Joe Teams deploys such strategies as having Lady Jaye impersonate the Baroness. Written by Tom Degenais, "Last Hour to Doomsday" originally aired in America on September 25, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: My Favorite Things Serpentor leads a band of Cobras in stealing the historical relics which, when assembled, form the DNA for Serpentor's personality matrix. The villains' problem: They must wrest these relics away from the even nastier despots who currently possess them. Meanwhile, Joe team member Wet-Suit learns a valuable lesson about self-control -- and nearly meets disaster in the castle of the original Count Dracula. Written by Doug Booth, "My Favorite Things" originally aired in America on October 16, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep Joe team member Cross Country stumbles upon a Cobra slave labor camp. The captives are toiling on behalf of Cobra Commander, who needs enough money to thwart Serpentor's latest power play. The story's "maguffin" is a missing computer disk, over which a lot of fuss is stirred. Some good "mutant" character design and animation distinguishes this episode, which was written by Buzz Dixon and Michael Charles Hill. "Into Your Tent I Will Silently Creep" was the final episode of G.I. Joe, though not the final one to be telecast: Its original American air date was November 20, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide G.I. Joe: Not a Ghost of a Chance Three Cobra members go on Hector Ramirez's TV show "Twenty Questions," ostensibly to clear themselves of charges that he destroyed the prototype for a new stealth bomber. Meanwhile, the Joes try to rescue the bombers' missing pilots. Their efforts -- and the ultimate unmasking of Cobra as the scoundrels that they really are -- is almost undermined by Joe team member Flint's personal demons. Written by Sharmon Di Vono, "Not a Ghost of a Chance" was first telecast in America on November 13, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
  • Justice League: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009

    Includes:Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 3 (2001) Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Fury, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: A Knight of Shadows , Part 1 (2002) Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Legends, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Fury, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: A Knight of Shadows, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 3 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Legends, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: War World, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: War World, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hereafter, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Comfort and Joy (2003) Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Secret Society, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Twilight, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Secret Society, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: A Better World, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: A Better World, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Twilight, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hereafter, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 2 (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart (2004) Justice League Unlimited: This Little Piggy (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Fearful Symmetry (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Greatest Story Never Told (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Return (2004) Justice League Unlimited: For the Man Who Has Everything (2004) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 1 (2004) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 3 (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Kid Stuff (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Wake the Dead (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Ultimatum (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Initiation (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Question Authority (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Hunter's Moon (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Task Force X (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Balance (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Flashpoint (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Panic in the Sky (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Divided We Fall (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Epilogue (2005) Justice League Unlimited: I Am Legion (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Double Date (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Clash (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Shadow of the Hawk (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Chaos at the Earth's Core (2005) Justice League Unlimited: To Another Shore (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Doomsday Sanction (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Cat and the Canary (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Grudge Match (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Far From Home (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Ancient History (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Alive! (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Destroyer (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Dead Reckoning (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Flash and Substance (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Patriot Act (2006) Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery (2006) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 1 The greatest heroes in comic book history join forces in this animated made-for-TV adventure. After the United States sends an expedition to Mars, one of the astronauts, J. Allen Carter (voice of Gary Cole), runs for president, and after taking office makes good on a promise to eliminate nuclear weapons, calling on Superman (voice of Kevin Conroy) to use his powers to protect America instead of the bomb. Superman agrees, but he soon he and his fellow superheroes find themselves battling a strange and mysterious force. Superman and Carter are approached by J'On J'Onzz (voice of Carl Lumbly), who was one of the few survivors of a war that destroyed Martian civilization after the Earthlings visited. J'Onzz informs Superman that a sinister cadre of fellow Martians has made their way to Earth with plans to take over the world, and that they must be stopped if the people are to survive in freedom. Superman prepares for the fight of his life by bringing together a team of the greatest defenders on Earth, including Batman (voice of Kevin Conroy), Wonder Woman (voice of Susan Eisenberg), Green Lantern (voice of Phil LaMarr), the Flash (voice of Michael Rosenbaum), and Hawk Girl (voice of Maria Canals). Justice League: Secret Origins was the pilot film for the animated television series, and was divided into three episodes for broadcast on the Cartoon Network. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice League must put aside its difference to save one of its own from certain death. The member in question is the Green Lantern, who has been targeted for prosecution (or is it persecution) by a Martian court. Making things difficult is the fact that the Green Lantern's comrade J'onn J'onnz is a member of the selfsame "Manhunter" faction that has arrested the Green One. This story is adapted from the Justice League of America comic-book continuity "No Man Escapes the Manhunter," and does not feature either Batman or Wonder Woman. Both episodes of "In Blackest Night" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Enemy Below," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 2 In part two of Justice League's three-part debut episode, the earth continues to be imperiled by huge, bug-like extraterrestrials who are impervious to conventional weaponry. Superheroes Batman and Superman respond to this attack by assembling the Justice League, comprised of their fellow do-gooders Wonder Woman, the Flash, the Green Lantern, and Hawkgirl -- plus an alien refugee whose planet has already been destroyed by the shapeshifting bugs, the Martian Manhunter (aka J'onn J'onnz). Though the League puts up a formidable defense against the invaders, it isn't quite enough -- and by episode's end two of the superheroes have fallen in battle! All three episodes of "Secret Origins" were released as a single DVD "movie" in April of 2002. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 3 In the conclusion of Justice League's three-part debut episode, two of the League members have become casualties in the battle against the Imperium, those huge, shape-shifting, bug-like creatures who have launched an invasion of the earth. Rushing to the rescue of their fallen comrades, the remaining Leaguers must also race against time before the all-but-invulnerable Imperium conquers the world. Further complicating matters are the evil machinations of Senator Carter (voiced by Gary Cole), a purported pacifist who is actually an alien in disguise! All three episodes of "Secret Origins" were released as a single DVD "movie" in April of 2002. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Green Lantern has been whisked off to Mars to stand trial for his life at the behest of the Martian Manhunters--an organization of which his fellow Justice Leaguer J'onn J'onnz is also a member. Convinced that the Green Lantern will not receive proper justice, the rest of the Justice League rushes to the rescue, while the Green One's longtime superirs, the Guardians of the Universe, show up as character witnesses. But is the whole trial merely a sham, to cover up a sinister conspiracy of evil? This story is adapted from the Justice League of America comic-book continuity "No Man Escapes the Manhunter", and does not feature either Batman or Wonder Woman. Both episodes of "In Blackest Night" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Enemy Below," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Aquaman, ruler of Atlantis, threatens to wreak vengeance against the surface-dwellers who are despoiling his domain. At the suggestion of Justice League member Superman, Aquaman agrees to argue his case before the World Assembly. But sinister forces conspire to send Aquaman off the "deep end" again -- and this time, the whole world may suffer horribly. The Flash and Hawkgirl do not appear in this story arc. Both episodes of "The Enemy Below" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "In Blackest Night," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Aquaman, ruler of Atlantis, has become convinced that the surface dwellers of earth are conspiring against him and threatens to wreak a horrible vengeance. As it turns out, however, Aquaman is being victimized by certain of his own underwater subjects -- and among them may be his own son. Needless to say, the members of the Justice League (minus the Flash and Hawkgirl, who do not appear in this story arc) take it upon themselves to correct this situation and save the world both above and below the waves. Both episodes of "The Enemy Below" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "In Blackest Night," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title Justice on Trial. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice League member Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island, home of her fellow Amazons, in hopes of mending fences with her estranged mother. Upon arrival, she is shocked to discover that the Amazons have all been "petrified" into statues -- the handiwork of evil sorcerer Felix Faust. If she wants to save her friends and loved ones, Wonder Woman must help Felix find three precious artifacts -- but where are they, and why does he want them? The Green Lantern and Hawkgirl do not appear in this story arc. Both episodes of "Paradise Lost" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "War World," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Fury, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the League faces a new foe in the form of Aresia, a renegade Amazon from Wonder Woman's home island. Leading a pack of Injustice Gang members, Aresia commits a series of seemingly pointless crimes, humiliating Batman in the process. Wonder Woman dispatches Hawkgirl to Amazon Island to root out the motives behind Aresia's crime wave. Meanwhile, the villainess' gang neutralizes Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash -- making it crystal clear that, for whatever reason, Aresia is conducting a deadly vendetta against the entire male population of Earth. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Knight of Shadows , Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, medieval sorceress Morgaine LeFey and her equally villainous son Mordred reappear in the present, just before Halloween. The two reprobates are searchinig for the Philosopher's Stone, which will enable them to restore England to its Arthurian glory, with themselves as supreme rulers. In their efforts to thwart Morgaine and Mordred, the Justice League teams with the demonic Etrigan -- actually Jason Blood, who is still paying a terrible price for his long-ago betrayal of Morgaine. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Green Lantern and the Flash combine their superpowers to thwart Grodd, a criminal mastermind who happens to be a gorilla. Using a diabolical mind-control device, Grodd intends to bring about a nuclear war that will destroy all mankind (not to mention monkeykind!) Meanwhile, several other Justice Leaguers, including Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Martian Manhunter, are trapped in another dimension -- and may never be able to escape! Both episodes of "The Brave and the Bold" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Injustice for All," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Legends, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, several Justice League members are whisked off to an alternate reality, reappearing in Seaboard City, a town that seems permanently locked in the 1950s. Here the Leaguers meet their counterparts, the Justice Guild of America -- all of whom resemble the "Golden Age" versions of DC Comics' familiar superheroes. The League and the Guild team up to thwart the doppelgangers of the "real world's" villainous Injustice Gang, here known as the Injustice Guild. Throughout the action, J'onn J'onnz (The Martian Manhunter) continues receiving psychic messages indicating that what appears to be happening may not be happening at all! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 1 In the first episode of a three-part story (originally telecast as a single "feature film"), six Justice League members return from a space mission to find that Batman and his orbiting Watchtower have vanished. Even worse, the earth has transformed into a place of pure evil controlled by dictator Vandal Savage. On this alternate world, a different Batman leads a group of underground freedom fighters in a losing battle against Savage's hordes. The only way by which the Leaguers can set things right is go back in time to World War 2 -- and in so doing, they find new allies in the forms of "vintage" comic-book characters Sgt. Rock, the Blackhawks, and Wonder Woman's erstwhile 1940s boyfriend Steve Trevor! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Fury, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, renegade Aresia continues to carry out her vendetta against men by infecting all males of Gotham City with a deadly plague. Of the Justice League members, only Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl are impervious to Aresia's assault -- but will they be able to resist her offer to join her mission to destroy every man on the planet? Only a startling revelation from Aresia's past stands between victory and defeat for the remaining Leaguers. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Rex Mason, an old friend of "Green Lantern" John Stewart, becomes a pawn in the sinister machinations of ruthless businessman Simon Stagg. Hoping to create a "perfect" worker, one who can transform into any element on earth, Stagg transforms Mason into the freakish Metamorpho. His new-found ability to change his molecular structure has some rather nasty side effects, however, and before long Mason/Metamorpho has become a sworn enemy of the Justice League. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Knight of Shadows, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, medieval villains Morgaine and Mordred summon an army of the "undead" to vanquish the Justice League and to help them get their hands on the Philosopher's Stone. The villains' ultimate goal is to restore England to its ancient splendor, with themselves as absolute ruler. With the assistance of the quasi-demonic Etrigan, the Leaguers are determined to stop Morgain and Mordred in their tracks -- but they may have to do without the assistance of J'onn J'onnz, who is poised to go over to the enemy side in exchange for a reunion with his long-lost Martian loved ones. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 3 In the conclusion of a three-part story, the Justice Leaguers, teamed with an alternate-reality Vandal Savage, have gone back in time to World War 2 in hopes of preventing the present from being horribly altered by despotic dictator Vandal Savage. Assisting the League in its efforts are such vintage comic-book heroes as Blackhawk, Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman's erstwhile mortal beau), and Sgt. Rock of Easy Company. Unfortunately, the villainy has been doubled as the 1940s-era Savage trades information with his modern-day counterpart. Will the combined forces of good be able to vanquish Savage, or will the horrifiying "alternate" world of the 21st century become reality? ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 2 In the second episode of a three-part story (originally telecast as a single "feature film"), the Justice Leaguers have gone back in time to World War 2, the better to prevent the despotic Vandal Savage from becoming ruler of the world in "The Present." In pursuit of this goal, the Green Lantern hooks up with Sgt. Rock and Easy Company; Flash and Hawkgirl team with the Blackhawks; and Wonder Woman aligns herself with military officer Steve Trevor. Meanwhile, J'onn J'onnz discovers that the 1940s-era Vandal Savage has forged a psychic link with his modern-day counterpart -- but before J'onn can act upon this information, the Leaguers fall into a trap! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League squares off against Metamorpho, a freakish mutant with the ability to change his molecular structure at a moment's notice. The mission is particularly painful for League member John Stewart (aka The Green Lantern); it seems that Metamorpho is actually his old friend Rex Mason. As it turns out, however, the real villain of the piece is not Metamorpho but ruthless businessman Simon Stagg -- ironically, the father of Rex Mason's sweetheart Sapphire. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Legends, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, several Justice League members are still trapped in a 1950s-style alternate reality with their "Golden Age" counterparts, the Justice Guild. Several disturbing images suggest that the Guild is doomed to a horrible demise--and that their deaths would also seriously affect the League. As it turns out, the entire dilemma is but an illusion, stirred up by a heretofore unspected menace. The climax of the story is as existential as anything dreamed up by Jean-Paul Sartre! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Wonder Woman must bend to the will of evil sorcerer Felix Faust, who has transformed her mother and the rest of the Amazons of Paradise Island into statues. Felix wants to get his hands on three ancient artifacts and demands that Wonder Woman find them for him. By the time the Justice League (minus Green Lantern and Hawkgirl) has arrived on Paradise Island to lend Wonder Woman a hand, another mega-villain, Lord Hades, has become involved in the intrigue! Both episodes of "Paradise Lost" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "War World," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 1 In the first episode of a two part story, Superman's perennial nemesis Lex Luthor breaks out of prison. The fugitive is pursued by the Justice League, who soon realize that Luthor is dying. As a "last stand" against the Leaguers in general and Superman in particular, Luthor manages to organize his own team of super-villains called The Injustice Gang, among them the Joker, Star Sapphire, the Shade, Copperhead, Cheetah, and Ultra-Humanite! Clancy Brown and Mark Hamill, who were heard as Luthor and the Joker in several previous animated versions of Batman and Superman, repeat their roles here. Both episodes of "Injustice for All" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Brave and the Bold," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League squares off against the Injustice Gang, a team of super-villains organized by a dying Lex Luther. Unfortunately, the Injustice Gang gets the upper hand when they capture Batman. As time runs out for the caped crusader, the other Justice Leaguers speed to the rescue...while Luther desperately seeks out a cure for his terminal illness. Both episodes of "Injustice for All" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Brave and the Bold," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice Leaguers the Flash and the Green Lantern try to solve the mystery of a band of thieves who claim to have no memory of committing their crimes -- a mystery compounded by the appearance of a talking gorilla! The trail of clues leads to an ape-research institute, where the evil Dr. Sarah Corwin is working with "criminal gorilla" Grodd on sinister mind-control experiments. Also crucial to the story are some stolen radioactive isotopes, which are used in a doomsday device that threatens to destroy the world! Both episodes of "The Brave and the Bold" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Injustice for All," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: War World, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice League members Superman and Martian Manhunter are rendered unconscious by hydrogen pockets while destroying an asteroid before it can hit the Earth. "Rescued" by an alien ship, the two do-gooders find themselves prisoners of the evil dictator Mongul, who intends to pit Superman and Manhunter against his best gladiators on the desolate "resort planet" War World. Both episodes of "War World" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Paradise Lost," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: War World, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Superman and Martian Manhunter remain prisoners of the despotic Mongul, who has pitted the Man of Steel against his best gladiators in mortal combat in the arena of War World. Though Superman manages to win his first bout (and without shedding blood), he is ordered to throw the next fight, in which he will square off against Mongul himself. The price for Superman's disobedience will be the utter destruction of an entire planet and all its people! Can Hawkgirl and Green Lantern come to the rescue before any more damage can be wrought by the villainous Mongul? Both episodes of "War World" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Paradise Lost," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, an evil alien spirit continues to wage war against mankind via the Black Heart, a powerful lunar gemstone. The stone has cast its sinister spell on virtually every member of the Justice League, transforming them from heroes to villains. Only The Flash has managed to escape the Black Heart's influence -- and it is up to him to set things right before the alien baddie can create a solar eclipse that will destroy both the sun and the Earth. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Lex Luthor continues his campaign of revenge against the Justice League with the help of the android AMAZO, which is capable of mirroring the likenesses and special skills of the League members. Once AMAZO takes on the powers of Superman -- albeit with an evil twist -- there seems to be no stopping him. The only hope for our heroes' salvation is in the hands of J'onn J'onnz, "The Martian Manhunter," who unfortunately has soured on mankind and is no mood to come to anyone's rescue. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 1 The Justice League finds itself in the middle of a diabolical "reality show" along the Las Vegas strip. It seems that the Joker has planted time bombs all up and down the main drag of Sin City, and has given the JLers only a few hours to deactivate the explosives. Complicating matters is the interference of The Joker's newest henchpersons, the "Royal Flush Gang": Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten (their voices ironically supplied by cast members of Justice League's "sister" animated series Teen Titans). ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, perennial Superman foe Lex Luthor manages to escape incarceration, though his life-saving armor has been damaged in the process. Hoping to wreak vengeance against the Justice League, Luthor activates one of his many sinister creations: AMAZO, an android capable of mirroring the likenesses and powers of the League members. Unfortunately, the "mirror" is a dark one, as proven by the unsavory "alternate" versions of the Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and the rest. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, John Stewart, aka The Green Lantern, must come to the rescue of his fellow "Lanterns," several of whom have pitted their lives against the alien minions of the evil Despero. John is alerted to this peril by another "Lantern" named Kilowog, who has escaped the villain's clutches and made his way to the headquarters of the Justice League. Complicating matters is the presence of Stewart's mentor and former sweetheart Kama Tui, who has apparently sold out to Despero. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, would-be dictator Vandal Savage has commandeered the weaponry of the country of Kasnia, thereby enabling him to hold the world for ransom with a powerful orbiting ray gun. It is up to Bartman and Wonder Woman to stop Savage in his tracks -- and, incidentally, to rescue Princess Audrey from the ignominious fate of becoming Savage's bride. Meanwhile, J'onn J'onnz, The Flash, and The Green Lantern race against time to disarm the deadly ray. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hereafter, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Superman apparently sacrifices himself for the sake of his fellow Justice Leaguers. Can it be that The Man of Steel is gone from the scene for good? And how will mankind be able to survive without Superman's benevolent protection? Originally intended to be telecast near the end of Justice League's second season, "Hereafter" was bumped forward to an earlier playdate due to its high suspense quotient. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Comfort and Joy This Christmas show is the only single-part episode of Justice League's second season. With Yuletide approaching, the various League members go their separate ways to celebrate the holiday. Superman invites Martian Manhunter J'onn J'onnz (here seen in one of his many earthly aliases) to Christmas dinner with the Man of Steel's earth parents, Ma and Pa Kent; The Green Lantern and Hawkgirl continue to draw closer together, especially during a hilarious snowball fight; and longtime foes Flash and Ultra-Humanite bury the hatchet long enough to help a group of needy orphans. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League races against time to deactive the time bombs that the Joker has planted all up and down the Las Vegas strip. Ultimately the explosives are neutralized, and four of the five members of the Joker's Royal Flush Gang have been disposed of -- but there's still one ace up the villain's sleeve. As the story races to its climax, two of the League members, Hawkgirl and Green Lantern, suddenly begin to see one another in a whole new light. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Batman (here seen for the first time on Justice League in his alter-ego digs as Bruce Wayne) and Wonder Woman head to the country of Kasnia, there to thwart would-be dictator Vandal Savage. Having apparently wormed his way into the confidence of the Kasnian royal family, Savage is poised to wed Princess Audrey, thereby enabling him to get his hands on a powerful orbiting ray gun. Can Batman and Wonder Woman save the day without donning costumes and resorting to their special powers? ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Society, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, simian villain Gorilla Grodd has organized the Secret Society, a tightly-knit team of fellow baddies. With the members of the Justice League falling prey to petty squabbles and ego tripping, it looks as if the Secret Sociey will be able to take over the world with the greatest of ease. It is up to The Green Lantern to set things aright -- but without the cooperation of his fellow Leaguers, he may well fail in his mission. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Twilight, Part 1 Season two of the animated Justice League begins with a two-part story set in space and features two of Superman's longtime nemeses, the enigmatic Darkseid and the wholly villainous Krypton refugee Brainiac. While Darkseid endeavors to break a longstanding extraterrestrial treaty between the New Gods and New Genesis, Brainiac foments chaos on the planet Apokolips. Superman's fellow Justice League members combine their talents to find a common solution for both problems, but their efforts are complicated by the questionable motives of Darkseid and the resourcefully sinister Brainiac. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Society, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, simian villain Gorilla Grodd hopes to take advantage of dissension and disagreement within the ranks of the Justice League. Grodd organizes his own team of villains, including such nasties as Giganta, Sinestro, and Killer Frost. Inasmuch as Grodd's team gets along with one another a lot better than the members of the Justice Leage, it looks as though villainy will triumph over virtue this time around! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Better World, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice Lords, the evil counterparts of the Justice League from another dimension, have arrived on earth, intent upon either imposing their own sinister brand of law and order on the populace, or destroying the planet in the effort. Hoping to thwart the Justice Lords, the League mounts a brave but vulnerable defense. Just when it appears that the villains will triumph, the good-guy Leaguers receive help from a most unexpected -- and highly untrustworthy -- source. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League has come to realize that Aquaman's motive for aligning himself with the villainous Solomon Grundy was borne of a desire to save rather than destroy mankind. Entering the dimension of "The Old Ones," the Leaguers, reluctantly accompanied by Dr. Grundy and another disreputable chap named Dr. Fate, hope to save the citizens of the surface from doom. Meanwnhile, Aquaman staves off an invasion of the Earth Realm -- but he may not be able to do it alone. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the vengeful Dr. Destiny continues using his ESP machine to control the dreams -- and the minds -- of others, and to destroy the Justice League. At this point, virtually all the Leaguers are enslaved in their own personal nightmares, with seemingly no way out. Only Batman and J'onn J'onnz remain free to battle the insidious Destiny -- but in order to triumph of evil, our two heroes must stay awake...stay awake...STAY AWAKE!!! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, League member John Stewart, aka The Green Lantern, continues in his efforts to save his fellow "Lanterns" -- and by extension, all mankind -- from the mass-brainwashing scheme fomented by the evil Despero. Happily, it turns out that Stewart's former sweetheart Katma Tui has not joined the enemy camp but has gone undercover to destroy Despero's operation from within. Unhappily, Stewart, Katma, and Hawkgirl are captured by Despero's alien minions, leaving J'onn J'onnz and The Flash to mount a desperate rescue effort. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Better World, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the members of the Justice League are confronted by their evil doppelgangers from another dimension. In their world, the "Justice Lords" rule with a curious and sinister version of law and order, in which the innocent suffer while the guilty flourish. When the Justice Lords arrive on earth, they are confused by values that they cannnot understand -- but which they are compelled to destroy. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice League rushes to the scene of a prison break, orchestrated by convict John Dee, alias "Dr. Destiny." It turns out that the escape was a mere diversion, to allow Dr. Destiny enough time to steal a new ESP machine that is capable of invading and manipulating people's dreams. With this device, Destiny hopes to rule the world through mind control -- and, incidentally, destroy the League, whom he holds responsible for all the tragedy in his life. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice Leaguers suspect that Aquaman, underwater ruler of Atlantis, has forsaken virtue in favor of evil. How else can they explain the fact that Aquaman has arranged the release of longtime League nemesis Solomon Grundy? Leading an investigation of this disturbing turn of events, League member Hawkgirl makes several startling discoveries -- but may not live long enough to act upon them! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, peacekeepers in the Middle East unearth "The Black Heart," a lunar gemstone with awesome powers. It turns out that the stone is possessed by an evil alien spirit, bent on destroying everyone on earth. The Justice League is drawn into the story when Wonder Woman accidentally lays hands upon the Black Heart -- and immediately transforms from virtuous heroine to sinister villainess! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Twilight, Part 2 In the conclusion of Justice League's second-season opener, the Justice League has been imprisoned on a giant artificial moon, built in the shape of Superman's old Krypton foe Brainiac. It turns out that the Leaguers are mere pawns in a pact between the sinister Brainiac and the mercurial Darkseid, which involves exchanging Superman's DNA for the safety of the planet Apokolips. Before the final showdown between Superman and Darkseid, the other League Members have forged a self-protective alliance with the members of the New Genesis. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hereafter, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Superman remains in limbo, even as his comrades and all mankind mourn his apparent death. By the time he makes it back to earth, the planet is in a state of ruin -- and it is all the handiwork of would-be dictator Vandal Savage and the diabolical "White Dwaft" device. Adapted from the comic-book story "Under a Red Son," Hereafter was intended to be telecast near the end of Justice League's second season, but was bumped forward because of its high suspense quotient. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 2 In the second episode of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, the Leaguers fall into a trap when attempting to help Hawkgirl's people, the Thangarians, in their war against the Gordanians. Managing to wriggle out of this predicament, the League members reconvene at Stately Wayne Manor, home of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Meanwhile, the duplicitous villains who have set this story in motion begin carrying out their plan to destroy the earth. All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart The Justice League may have met its match in the form of hostile aliens who cannot be stopped in their efforts to overwhelm the earth. Upon disovering that the aliens are not living beings but actually compried of millions upon millions of tiny nanotech machines, Superman turns to the one man who may be able to come up with a means to destroy the invaders. That man is scientist Ray Palmer, who in his alter-ego form as The Atom shrinks himself to microscopic dimensions in order to face down the nanotechs on their own terms! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: This Little Piggy While on a stakeout of the Penguin's headquarters with Batman, Wonder Woman is suddenly and inexplicably turned into a pig by the enchantress Circe. The remainder of the episode finds Batman and the beauteous magician Zatanna combining forces to return "Wonder Pig" to her normal self. Mayhem blends with mythology and even music (don't miss Batman's soulful rendition of the old standard "Am I Blue?") in this wild and crazy tale. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Fearful Symmetry Superman's cousin, Supergirl (aka Kara), has been having weird nightmares in which she appears to be cast in the role of an assassin. When J'onn J'onnz is unable to telepathically decipher these dreams, Green Arrow and The Question try to help Supergirl -- who soon tumbles to the possibility that she might not be dreaming at all. Fans of The Manchurian Candidate will enjoy the plot twists in this episode, which establishes a plot strand that will be explored in further chilling detail in the later episode "Ultimatum." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Greatest Story Never Told Booster Gold, a self-loathing deadbeat from the 25th century, travels backward to "our" time in hopes of finding a place for himself in the world -- any world. Linking up with the Justice League, Booster Gold is assigned to "crowd control" during an epic battle between the Leaguers and the sorcerer Mordru. In the course of events, Booster inadvertently finds himself in the thick action -- and the situation doesn't make him feel one teeny tiny bit better about himself. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Return In this followup to the second-season episode "Tabula Rasa," Superman's perennial nemesis Lex Luthor returns, claming to have completely reformed. Willing to give their former foe the benefit of the doubt, the Justice Leaguers try to protect Luthor from the evil android AMAZO, who seems determined to kill Lex in as nasty a manner as possible. Meanwhile, "Green Lantern" John Stewart tries to get over his busted romance with Hawkgirl. Fans of The Andy Griffith Show will enjoy the fleeting inside joke during the barbershop scene. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: For the Man Who Has Everything Based on a comic-book story by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, "For the Man Who Has Everything" is that rarest of rare Justice League Unlimited episodes, giving center stage to the series' three biggest stars. It's Superman's birthday, so Batman and Wonder Woman head to the Fortress of Solitude to surprise their comrade. Upon arrival, the pair finds that Superman has already been surprised by a gift from the evil Mongul -- a parasitic plant that has immobilized the Man of Steel. As Batman and W.W. struggle to free their fellow Leaguer, the comatose Superman experiences what life would have been like had Krypton never exploded and had he remained on the planet as Kal-El -- with a very familiar-looking wife named Loana, and a "dream son," Van-El. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 1 In the first episode of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, League member Hawkgirl is reunited with her own people, the Thangarians. Traveling from their home planet and landing on earth, the Thangarians try to enlist the League's aid against their traditional enemies, the Gordanians. Little does Hawkgirl suspect that this mission is not what it appears to be on surface! All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 3 In the conclusion of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, the Leaguers face a showdown with the sinister winged Hawkmen, who intend to destroy the Earth. Complicating matters is the fact that League member Hawkgirl is from the same planet that is presently waging war against mankind. As the story races to its conclusion, the "good guys" (and good girls) must prevention the activation of a Hypergate that will set off an apocalyptic chain reaction. All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Kid Stuff It's the Justice League vs. the sinister Arthurian trickster Mordred, who has succeeded in banishing all adults from the world. In order to thwart the bad guy, four of the Leaguers -- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern -- must transform themselves into eight-year-olds! Listen for Dakota Fanning as the voice of Kid Wonder Woman. "Kid Stuff" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Initation" and "Hawk and Dove," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Wake the Dead A trio of nerdish students accidentally invoke a supernatural spell -- and presto! Familiar Justice League nemesis Solomon Grundy is revived from his "sleep of death." Going on a rampage, Grundy cannot be stopped by the Leaguers. Their only hopes lie in the only person who'd ever befriended the villainous Grundy -- former JL member Hawkgirl, now living in seclusion as her "civilian" persona Shayera. The question: Will Hawkgirl be willing to vanquish Grundy, to whom she owes her very life? Clips from several previous episodes are sprinkled throughout this pivotal Justice League Unlimited adventure. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Ultimatum Following up the events in the previous episode "Fearful Symmetry," "Ultimatum" probes further into the secret government conspiracy against the Justice Leaguers. The Ultimen, a newly formed and very popular superhero group led by the mysterious Max Lord, offer a helping hand to the Justice Leaguers, who are busy battling fire monsters on an oil rig. Later, however, the Ultimen violently turn against the "good guys" when they learn the truth behind their own origin -- and also the horrible fate that is in store for them. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Initiation Justice League opens its third season with a new title, Justice League Unlimited, and with a new League leader in charge: J'onn J'onnz, aka the Martin Manhunter. In the season opener, "Initiation, the League reforms in its renovated satellite headquarters, welcoming several more rotating members to their fold: Among the newcomers are the Green Arrow, Captain Adam, and Supergirl. The first assignment for the "recruits" takes them to China, where they do battle against a fearsome monster comprised of nuclear energy. "Initiation" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Kid Stuff" and "Hawk and Dove," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove Wonder Woman's latest assignment is to prevent a war in the country of Kaznia between two hostile factions -- a battle fomented by the sinister Ares. In this pursuit, Wonder Woman finds herself with two unlikely allies: A pair of brothers, one warlike, the other a committed pacifist (their voices provided by former Wonder Years co-stars Fred Savage and Jason Harvey). "Hawk and Dove" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Initation" and "Kid Stuff," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind Professional magician and escape artist Mr. Miracle calls upon the Flash to help him stage the greatest escape of all. Miracle hopes to travel to the far-off planet Apokalyps, there to rescue a very special captive. Highlighting this episode are the voice-over contributions of Arte Johnson, here invoking memories of his Laugh-In days in the role of Germanic toady Vermin Vunderbar, and Ed Asner, atypically cast as a hyper-villain named Granny Goodness! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Question Authority No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Hunter's Moon No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Task Force X No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Balance No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Flashpoint No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Panic in the Sky No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Divided We Fall No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Epilogue No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: I Am Legion No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Double Date No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Clash No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Shadow of the Hawk No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Chaos at the Earth's Core No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: To Another Shore No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales In the first episode of Justice League Unlimited's two-part season three finale, David Clinton, a woebegone inventor from 50 years into the future, dons his own time-travel suit and journeys to "The Present." Stealing Batman's utility belt, Clinton leads Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Green Lantern on a not-so-merry chase that propels them back to the Old West. Here the three Justice Leaguers try to save a frontier town from the evil Tobia Manning, a 19th century outlaw armed with 21st century technology. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Doomsday Sanction This episode elaborates upon the secret government conspiracy against the Justice League, introduced in such third-season episodes as "Fearful Symmetry" and "Ultimatum." As Batman tries to halt the conspiracy that has been fomented by the sinister Amanda Waller, Superman heads into the bowels of a volcano for a titanic battle from which he may not emerge alive. It seems that Superman's opponent is the diabolical Doomsday -- who was supposed to have been permanently killed off several episodes ago. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Cat and the Canary In the first episode of Justice League Unlimited's fourth season, the Black Canary enlists the aid of The Green Arrow in her efforts to save her mentor, Wildcat, from a potentially grisly fate. For reasons known only to himself, Wildcat has agreed to participate in a "meta brawl" in a super-powered underground fight club known as The House. Making matters worse, a wall of near-impenetrable secrecy has been built around The House. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped In the conclusion of Justice League Unlimited's two-part season-three finale, JL members Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman continue their pursuit of time-traveling thief David Clinton. Chasing their quarry to his own time -- 50 years in the future -- the three Leaguers come face to face with their own furturistic counterparts, Batman II, Static, and War Hawk. The six superheroes pool their resources to do battle against the vicious "Jokerz" gang, only to find a greater menace in the form of David Clinton -- who, hoping to get even with those who have mocked his skills as an inventor, has transformed himself into Lord Chronos, all-powerful (and highly dangerous) Master of Space and Time. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Grudge Match No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Far From Home No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Ancient History No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Alive! No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Destroyer No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Dead Reckoning No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Flash and Substance No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Patriot Act No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery No synopsis available.
  • Farscape: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

    Includes:Farscape: PK Tech Girl (1999) Farscape: That Old Black Magic (1999) Farscape: A Bug's Life (1999) Farscape: Til the Blood Runs Clear (1999) Farscape: Through the Looking Glass (1999) Farscape: Throne for a Loss (1999) Farscape: They've Got a Secret (1999) Farscape: The Flax (1999) Farscape: Thank God It's Friday...Again (1999) Farscape: Rhapsody in Blue (1999) Farscape: Premiere (1999) Farscape: Jeremiah Crichton (1999) Farscape: I, E.T. (1999) Farscape: Exodus from Genesis (1999) Farscape: Durka Returns (1999) Farscape: DNA Mad Scientist (1999) Farscape: Back and Back and Back to the Future (1999) Farscape: A Human Reaction (1999) Farscape: A Clockwork Nebari (2000) Farscape: Family Ties (2000) Farscape: Dream a Little Dream (2000) Farscape: My Three Crichtons (2000) Farscape: Mind the Baby (2000) Farscape: Look at the Princess, Part 1: A Kiss is But a Kiss (2000) Farscape: Liars, Guns and Money, Part 1: A Not So Simple Plan (2000) Farscape: Home on the Remains (2000) Farscape: Die Me, Dichotomy (2000) Farscape: Crackers Don't Matter (2000) Farscape: Bone to Be Wild (2000) Farscape: Beware of Dog (2000) Farscape: Liars, Guns and Money, Part 3: Plan B (2000) Farscape: Liars, Guns and Money, Part 2: With Friends Like These (2000) Farscape: Look at the Princess, Part 3: The Maltese Crichton (2000) Farscape: Look at the Princess, Part 2: I Do, I Think (2000) Farscape: Won't Get Fooled Again (2000) Farscape: Vitas Mortis (2000) Farscape: The Way We Weren't (2000) Farscape: The Ugly Truth (2000) Farscape: The Locket (2000) Farscape: The Hidden Memory (2000) Farscape: Taking the Stone (2000) Farscape: Picture If You Will (2000) Farscape: Out of Their Minds (2000) Farscape: Nerve (2000) Farscape: Eat Me (2001) Farscape: Green-Eyed Monster (2001) Farscape: Relativity (2001) Farscape: Scratch 'n' Sniff (2001) Farscape: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part 1 - Could'a, Would'a, Should'a (2001) Farscape: Infinite Possibilities, Part 2: Icarus Abides (2001) Farscape: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part 2 - Wait for the Wheel (2001) Farscape: ...Different Destinations (2001) Farscape: The Choice (2001) Farscape: Thanks for Sharing (2001) Farscape: Suns and Lovers (2001) Farscape: Season of Death (2001) Farscape: Revenging Angel (2001) Farscape: Incubator (2001) Farscape: Losing Time (2001) Farscape: Meltdown (2001) Farscape: Infinite Possibilities, Part 1:Daedalus Demands (2001) Farscape: Fractures (2001) Farscape: Crichton Kicks (2002) Farscape: Terra Firma (2002) Farscape: Kansas (2002) Farscape: Twice Shy (2002) Farscape: Unrealized Reality (2002) Farscape: Coup By Clam (2002) Farscape: A Prefect Murder (2002) Farscape: I Shrink, Therefore I Am (2002) Farscape: What Was Lost, Part 2: Resurrection (2002) Farscape: Into the Lion's Den, Part 2: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (2002) Farscape: What Was Lost, Part 1: Sacrifice (2002) Farscape: Promises (2002) Farscape: Natural Election (2002) Farscape: Lava's a Many Splendored Thing (2002) Farscape: John Quixote (2002) Farscape: Into the Lion's Den, Part 1: Lambs to the Slaughter (2002) Farscape: I-Yensch, You-Yensch (2002) Farscape: Dog with Two Bones (2002) Farscape: Bringing Home the Beacon (2003) Farscape: A Constellation of Doubt (2003) Farscape: Bad Timing (2003) Farscape: We're So Screwed, Part 1: Fetal Attraction (2003) Farscape: We're So Screwed, Part 3: La Bomba (2003) Farscape: We're So Screwed, Part 2: Hot to Katratzi (2003) Farscape: Prayer (2003) Farscape: Mental as Anything (2003) Farscape: PK Tech Girl During their efforts to salvage the wreckage of infamous PeaceKeeper vessel Zelbinon, Moya's crew members come across the abandoned PK technician Gilina (Alyssa-Jane Cook). Aeryn (Claudia Black) experience the pangs of jealousy when Gilina evinces fondness for Crichton (Ben Browder)--But this dilemma is minor compared to the greater threat of the Sheyang scavenger team which hopes to claim Zelbinon for itself. Meanwhile, Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) experiences hellish flashbacks of the torture he endured at the hands of Zelbinon's Captain Durka (David Wheeler). The 7th Farscape episode filmed, "PK Tech Girl was the 5th to be shown, making its TV debut on April 16, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: That Old Black Magic While visiting a commerce planet, Crichton (Ben Browder) falls under the power of vampiric sorceror Maldis (Chris Haywood). Transported to a metaphysical limbo, Crichton ends up locked in gladitorial combat with his mortal enemy, Capt. Crais (Lani Tupu) It is up to Zhaan (Virginia Hey) to save Crichton and vanquish Maldis--but the personal price for her bravery may be more than she is willing to pay. "That Old Black Magic" originally aired on June 11, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: A Bug's Life To prevent a Marauder crew from taking over Moya, Crichton (Ben Browder) poses as a PeaceKeeper captain. But even if this subterfuge works, the crew may have no defense against a hyper-intelligent virus that has festered on the Marauder's ship. As the virus hops from one host body to the next, a trail of death and destruction is left in its wake. "A Bug's Life" made its first U.S. television appearance on September 17, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Til the Blood Runs Clear In their efforts to create a prototype wormhole, Crichton (Ben Browder) and Aeryn (Claudia Black) inadvertently damages the Farscape 1 module. Landing on the Dambaba Depot for repairs, the two crew members run afoul of the Bloodtracker, bounty hunters hired by PeaceKeeper captain Crais to recapture Zhaan (Virginia Hey), D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), and Rydel (Jonathan Hardy). Despite the imminent danger, Zhaan finds time to revel in the euphoria of solar flares. "Til the Blood Runs Clear" originally aired on July 9, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Through the Looking Glass Moya's erratic and unpredictable behavior can mean only one thing: The huge, living starship is pregnant. In her efforts to put the crew's mind at ease about her condition, Moya ends up stranding them in a nightmarish limbo. As Crichton (Ben Browder) attempts to repair the damage with some interdimensional surgery, his fellow crew members seem to evaporate before his eyes -- while Moya is multiplied by four. "Through the Looking Glass" originally aired on September 10, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Throne for a Loss During a standard commerce exchange, the duplicitous Dominar Rygel XVI (Jonathan Hardy) steals an important component of Moya -- only to be "stolen" himself by a band of Tavlek pirates. More out of concern for the component than for Rygel, crew members Crichton (Ben Browder), Aeryn (Claudia Black), and D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) formulate a rescue plan. Unfortunately, the Tavlek have the added advantage of an adrenalin-enhancing drug -- which, in turn, has bizarre side effects on Moya's crew. "Throne for a Loss" originally aired on April 9, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: They've Got a Secret D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) manages to destroy one of the few remaining PeaceKeeper devices on the living starship Moya -- only to cause an inexplicable reaction which blows him into space. Rescued by Aeryn (Claudia Black), D'Argo returns to Moya in a highly agitated and extremely paranoid state, convinced that fellow crew member Crichton (Ben Browder) is a murderer. Adding to this burden, Moya begins to malfunction in a terrifying fashion. "They've Got a Secret" first aired on June 25, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: The Flax Aeryn (Claudia Black) and Crichton (Ben Browder) are trapped in the Flax, an energy net controlled by space pirates. Zhaan (Virginia Hey) and Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) try to bargain for the return of their comrades without resorting to violence. It turns out that only D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) will be able to rescue Moya's crew -- but he may bypass this opportunity and abandon his friends in favor of returning to his homeworld. "The Flax" was first telecast on July 16, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Thank God It's Friday...Again Moya's crew bids a reluctant farewell to D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), who has elected to stay behind on the Utopian planet Sykar. But there is something very strange about this so-called paradise. For one thing, the entirely population's well-being seems to hinge upon a strange root called Tannot; for another, there is literally no "tomorrow" on Sykar's calender. Things get stranger still when a series of bizarre physical and mental changes manifest themselves within three of the crew members. "Thank God It's Friday...Again" first aired on April 23, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Rhapsody in Blue Moya and her crew are lured to a Delvian Colony by a false distress call. It turns out that they have been summoned on behalf of ailing Delvian ruler Tahleen (Kate Raison), whose life can be saved only by one of her own lineage -- namely, Princess Zhaan (Virginia Hey). In her efforts to do her royal duty, Zhaan goes insane, and her madness spreads to the rest of the crew. To rescue his comrades, and to prevent Tahleen from irretrievably capturing Zhaan's soul, Crichton (Ben Browder) must participate in Unity, a dangerous Delvian ritual. "Rhapsody in Blue" first aired on July 23, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Premiere While testing an experimental spacecraft, Commander John Crichton (Ben Browder) is pulled through a wormhole and literally sucked into the middle of a raging conflict in another galaxy thousands of light years from earth. Ending up on Moya, a living starship designed to transport the alien prisoners of the mercenary human PeaceKeepers, Crichton is forced to join a crew comprised of prison escapees, including anarchistic Delvian princess Pa'u Zotoh Zhaan (Virginia Hey), hostile Luxan warrior Ka D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), and exiled Hynerian despot Dominar Rygel XVI (Jonathan Hardy). Also on board Moya is renegade PeaceKeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), who can no longer return to their own people. In hot pursuit of the escapees is PeaceKeeper Captain Bialar Crais (Lani Tupu), who also seeks vengeance against Crichton for inadvertently killing Crais' brother. With this 90-minute premiere episode, the weekly saga of Farscape began on March 19, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Jeremiah Crichton Thanks to another of Moya's unexpected starbursts, Crichton (Ben Browder) is stranded in space while riding Farscape 1. Entering into the energy pull of the earthlike planet Acquira, Crichton at first enjoys his new home so much that he is reluctant to leave. By the time he realizes that Acquira is no paradise, Crichton's fellow crew members, D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) and Rygel (Jonathan Hardy), have landed on the planet, where, as a result of a misunderstanding, Rygel is hailed as the long-anticipated Acquiran savior. Alas, if the locals find out who he really is, Rygel will be executed -- as will the rest of Moya's crew. "Jeremiah Crichton" first aired on July 30, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: I, E.T. The crew makes the disturbing discovery that the PeaceKeepers have planted a locator beacon -- or tracking device -- somewhere on the living starship Moya. It is now necessary to perform surgery on the vessel, but the only practical anesthetic is located on a hostile planet that has never experienced extraterrestrial contact. In his efforts to obtain the anesthetic, Crichton realizes anew that he is truly a stranger in a strange land. The second Farscape episode filmed, "I, E.T." was the seventh to be shown, making its broadcast bow on May 7, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Exodus from Genesis Still escaping from the PeaceKeepers, the living starship Moya and her crew are shielded from detection by an instellar phenomenon, the handiwork of an insectoid race called the Drak. Partly out of necessity, partly out of gratitude, the crew agrees to protect the Drak queen during her spawning period. Unfortunately, the queen can only deposit her eggs under extremely high temperatures -- so high that they may prove fatal to renegade PeaceKeeper Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black). The third filmed episode of Farscape, "Exodus From Genesis" was the second episode to be broadcast, on March 26, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Durka Returns A damaged ship belonging to the powerful, pacifistic Nebari race is brought aboard Moya for repairs. One of the passengers is the infamous Captain Durka (David Wheeler), who had earlier overseen the fiendish torture of Rygel (Jonathan Hardy), but who now claims to be totally purged of his evil ways. Another passenger is the criminal Chiana, who falls under suspicion when her Nebari captor is murdered -- a killing that also causes the "reformed" Durka to revert to his nasty old self. Gigi Edgley makes her first Farscape appearance as Chiana in this episode, which originally aired on August 13, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: DNA Mad Scientist Alien scientist NamTar (enacted by Adrian Getley, with voice provided by Julian Gartner) offers to show Zhaan (Virginia Hey), D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), and Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) the way back to their various homeworlds. In exchange, NamTar demands one of Pilot's arms. At first agreeable, the three crew members uncontrollably lapse into blatant hostility and greed -- while Aeryn (Claudia Black) learns the hard way that NamTar has a hidden agenda. "DNA Mad Scientist" was first telecast on June 18, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Back and Back and Back to the Future When he rescues two Ilanic scientists, D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) causes dissension in the ranks of Moya's crew. Worse still, a female lifeform from the Ilanic shuttle causes Crichton (Ben Browder) to behave in a dangerous and irrational manner. Experiencing horrific flash images of the future, Crichton must endure this hellish mental glitch over and over and over again -- perhaps for all time. The fifth episode of Farscape to be filmed, "Back and Back and Back to the Future" was the third episode shown, making its broadcast debut on April 2, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: A Human Reaction John Crichton (Ben Browder) manages to pass through a wormhole in space, returning to what appears to be his native Australia. Curiously, he is given a chilly and hostile reception -- in fact, only John's father (Kent McCord) believes that Crichton really is Crichton. Also pulled through the wormhole are Aeryn (Claudia Black), D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), and Rygel (Jonathan Hardy), who immediately upon their arrival are subjected to imprisonment and sadistic persecution. When Rygel is apparently killed and dissected, Crichton is forced to rethink his priorities -- and to confess his true feelings for Aeryn. "A Human Reaction" first aired on August 20, 1999. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: A Clockwork Nebari Moya and her crew knew that someday, somehow, the past of Nebari criminal Chiana (Gigi Edgley) would catch up to her. But when this inevitability finally occurs, the truth of the matter startles everyone. But that's nothing compared to actions of the Nebari who've arrived to "collect" Chiana -- and who also subject the crew to a radical mind-cleansing, robbing them of their free will. What do the Nebari really have in store for Chiana, Moya, and the universe? "A Clockwork Nebari" was first broadcast on September 11, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Family Ties Armed with new star charts from the botanist Br'nee (introduced in the previous episode "Bone to Be Wild"), Moya and her crew try to slip past the PeaceKeepers unnoticed, but to no avail. As Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) evinces a willingness to sell out his fellow crew members to regain his royal power, PK captain Crais (Lani Tupu) is ousted by his superiors and the hybrid Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) is installed in his place. Moya, her new infant starship, and the crew members (even the duplicitous Rygel) continue to formulate escape plans, but the situation remains unresolved by the end of the episode. First broadcast January 28, 2000, "Family Ties" served as the traditional cliffhanger ending for season one of Farscape. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Dream a Little Dream This episode of Farscape was originally presented out of chronological sequence, the explanation being that too much had occurred elsewhere in the saga to permit any earlier telecast. It is now 15 days after the destruction of the PeaceKeeper Gammak Base where Crichton (Ben Browder) had been held prisoner. Zhaan (Virginia Hey) fills Crichton in as to what has happened to Moya and her crew during his absence, including a legal imbroglio on the planet Litigara, where, arrested for a minor jaywalking charge, Zhaan ended up being charged for murder. It was up to Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) and Chiana (Gigi Edgley) to save their fellow crew member before Moya was forced to leave Litigara's orbital field. Alternately known as "Dream a Little Dream" and "Re:Union," this episode first aired on June 23, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: My Three Crichtons John Crichton (Ben Browder) is multiplied by three when an alien attempts to get hold of a sample human. In order to save Moya, the crew must sacrifice one of the Crichtons. But will the expendable one be a mere duplicate, or the genuine article -- and in the event of the second alternative, is the crew willing to give up its longtime comrade? "My Three Crichtons" made its first American TV appearance on July 14, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Mind the Baby Season two of Farscape was launched with a recap of the unresolved situation which climaxed season one. Only four passengers have managed to stay on board the besieged living starship Moya, with the rest all lost somewhere in an asteroid field. The crew members are forced into an uneasy alliance with recently deposed PeaceKeeper captain Crais (Lani Tupu), who is now himself a fugitive from the relentless PKs. Meanwhile, the newly named infant starship Talyn prepares to nominate his own captain -- making what may be the worst possible choice under the present circumstances. "Mind the Baby" first aired on March 17, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Look at the Princess, Part 1: A Kiss is But a Kiss In this first episode of the three-part story "Look at the Princess," the crew lands on the Royal Planet, one of the Breakaway Colonies that has declared independence from the PeaceKeepers. In order to save the rest of the crew from an unpleasant fate, Crichton (Ben Browder) must agree to wed the planet's Princess Katralla (Felicity Price). No matter what his decision, Crichton may never make it to the altar -- not if PK captain Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) has anything to say about the matter. "A Kiss Is But a Kiss" first aired on July 21, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Liars, Guns and Money, Part 1: A Not So Simple Plan In this first episode of the three-part story "Liars, Guns and Money," Crichton's former cellmate Stark (Paul Goddard) begs the crew to help him rob a Shadow Depository (aka a space bank) so that he can ransom D'Argo's son, Jothee (Matthew Newton), from slave traders. Unfortunately, the Depository's best customer turns out to be the crew's old PeaceKeeper nemesis Scorpius (Wayne Pygram), who has entered into a sinister conspiracy with Depository owner Natira (Claudia Karvan). Further problems arise when the Scorpius Neural Clone, previous implanted in the brain of Crichton (Ben Browder), is suddenly activated. "A Not-So Simple Plan" originally aired on January 5, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Home on the Remains In search of much-needed food and water, Chiana (Gigi Edgley) leads Moya's crew to the enormous carcass of an old Leviathan, and therein to a mining colony. Unfortunately, she has already made far too many enemies within the colony to ensure the safety of the crew members. Meanwhile, the starving Zhaan (Virginia Hey) begins metamorphosing into a plant life form which may prove fatally allergic to Moya. "Home on the Remains" originally aired on June 16, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Die Me, Dichotomy John Crichton (Ben Browder) has finally been rescued from Scorpius (Ben Browder), but not without great cost. Crichton is still suffering the after-effects of the Neural Clone implanted in his brain, while living starship Moya has been severely damaged by a drexan vapor. The starship's crew bring both Crichton and Moya to a medical facility, hoping to make repairs and continue their escape through space. Alas, Crichton, no longer in control of his own senses, has tipped Scorpius off as to the crew's location. As Crichton risks death to relieve the contradictory pressure on his brain, his fellow crew member (and lover) Aeryn (Claudia Black) apparently drowns before everyone's startled eyes. The obligatory cliffhanger climax for season two of Farscape, "Die Me, Dichotomy" was originally telecast on January 26, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Crackers Don't Matter In exchange for safe conduct to his own world, blind scientist T'raltixx (Danny Adcock) offers to provide the living starship Moya with a cloaking shield. Unfortunately, during the modifications necessary to set up the shield, something goes wrong, and as result the crew's emotionalism is heightened to a ridiculous degree. The situation worsens when the crew declares an all-out war over possession of Moya's cracker supply! "Crackers Don't Matter" first aired on April 7, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Bone to Be Wild Answering a distress call from a volatile asteroid field, Moya and her crew land on an unusually fertile world. Here they come across two residents with radically contradicting stories: M'Lee (Francesca Buller), who had sent the distress signal, claiming to have witnessed the massacre of her family, and botanist Br'nee (Marton Csokas), who insists that M'lee herself was responsible for the slaughter. Meanwhile, Aeryn bonds with Moya's "baby," an infant starship which may or may not align itself with the dreaded PeaceKeepers. "Bone to Be Wild" first aired on January 21, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Beware of Dog While stopping over at a commerce planet, Moya and her crew pick up a dangerous parasite. Chiana (Gigi Edgley) purchases a small and supposedly benign creature called a Vorc to track down and eliminate the unwelcome "visitor." But the Vorc turns out to be of a deadlier breed than expected -- and still worse, D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) has been poisoned by the bite of a still-unidentified hideous beast. "Beware of Dog" was originally broadcast on August 11, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Liars, Guns and Money, Part 3: Plan B In this third episode of the three-part story "Liars, Guns and Money," Moya and her crew shift their rescue efforts from D'Argo's son Jothee (Matt Newton) to John Crichton (Ben Browder), who is in the clutches of Scorpius (Ben Browder), with his free will crippled by the implanted Neural Clone. Crichton ends up as the bone of contention between Scorpius and duplicitous Shadow Depository owner Natira (Claudia Karvan), who has some mysterious plans of her own. The Moya crew receives help from a surprising -- and initially very, very reluctant -- source. "Plan B" first aired on January 19, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Liars, Guns and Money, Part 2: With Friends Like These In this second episode of the three-part story "Liars, Guns and Money," Jothee (Matt Newton), son of D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), is purchased by Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) at the slave auction. To rescue Jothee, Moya and her crew must retrace every incident that they've experienced in the Unchartered Territories. Exacerbating the situation, the boranium ingots stolen from the Shadow Depository turn out to be carrying deadly parasites, causing potential fatal problems in Moya's inner workings -- and the cure may be far worse than the ailment. "With Friends Like These" first aired on January 12, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Look at the Princess, Part 3: The Maltese Crichton In this final episode of the three-part story "Look at the Princess," Crichton (Ben Browder) has been transformed into a statue -- and his head has been removed. Elsewhere on the Royal Planet, Aeryn (Claudia Black) finds her priorities shifting in favor of a new man in her life. And the murder of Prince Clavor, the brother of Crichton's "fiancée" Katralla (Felicity Price), may spell doom for Moya and the crew unless a rapidly weakening Zhaan (Virginia Hey) can come to the rescue. "The Maltese Crichton" originally aired on August 4, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Look at the Princess, Part 2: I Do, I Think In this second episode of the three-part story "Look at the Princess," Crichton (Ben Browder) is still slated to wed Katralla (Felicity Price) of the Royal Planet. If he doesn't go through with the wedding, the consequences will be fatal for Moya and the crew -- and if he does, he faces the prospect of being transformed into a statue for the next 80 cycles. Meanwhile, Jena (Bianca Chiminello), fiancée of Katralla's brother Prince Klavor (Felix Williamson), reveals herself to be a PeaceKeeper assassin. "I Do, I Think" first aired on July 28, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Won't Get Fooled Again Crichton awakens to find himself in a hospital bed back on earth. Those attending him assure Crichton that everything he experienced on the Moya was nothing more than a dream. But having previously been hoodwinked into believing he had returned home, Crichton remains on his guard, especially when confronting a number of "strangers" who bear startling resemblances to his fellow crew members (for example, that nurse who calls herself Bettina Fairchild is the spitting image of Crichton's PK sweetheart Aeryn). "Won't Get Fooled Again" was originally telecast on August 18, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Vitas Mortis D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) rushes to the side of legendary Luxan priestess Nilaam (Melissa Jaffer), who, on the verge of death, announces her intention to go through the Ritual of Passing. Instead, Nilaam performs the Ritual of Renewal, drawing from D'Argo's strength to rejuvenate herself as a young and powerful woman (now played by Anna Lise Phillips). As a result of this phenomenon, the living starship Moya suddenly grows old and infirm -- and Chiana (Gigi Edgley) is trapped in Moya's amnexus fluid, which is rapidly aging into solid, frozen form. "Vitas Mortis" originally aired on March 24, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: The Way We Weren't An old PeaceKeeper surveillance recording offers proof that an all-female Pleisar Regiment was responsible for the murder of Moya's original Pilot. Even worse, among the members of the regiment was current Moya crew member Aeryn (Claudia Black), who claims to have no memory of the killing. It is up to Crichton (Ben Browder) to probe Aeryn's subconscious and find out the truth before his outraged fellow crew members turn into a lynch mob. Alternately titled "The Way We Weren't" and "Forgive and Forget," this episode was first broadcast on April 14, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: The Ugly Truth Crais (Lani Tupu) solicits the aid of the Moya crew in modifying the defenses of Moya's infant starship, Talyn. Unfortunately, one of the "new and improved" weapons destroys a Plokavian vessel, whereupon everyone on Moya and Talyn is placed under arrest. Unless the crew members identify the person responsible for the tragic misfire, all will be executed -- a situation leading to a Rashomon climax, in which each interrogation reveals an entirely different version of the events leading to the disaster. "The Ugly Truth" originally aired on September 8, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: The Locket Stark (Paul Goddard), the man with whom Crichton (Ben Browder) had been imprisoned on the PK Gammak Base, arrives on Moya pursuing a mysterious new mission. Later, Aeryn (Claudia Black) is stranded in space during a reconnaisance mission -- and when Crichton goes to her rescue, he is likewise marooned. Worse still, Crichton is tormented by disturbingly lifelike images of his mortal enemy Scorpius. The one remaining question: Is all of this really happening, or is someone's imagination running amok? "The Locket" first aired on August 25, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: The Hidden Memory In this conclusion of the two-part story inaugurated in the previous episode "Nerve," John Crichton is still trapped on the PK Gammak base, where he is bickered over by hybrid scientist Scorpius (Wayne Pygram), who wants possession of John's mind, and PK officer Crais (Lani Tupu), who is determined to destroy John's body. Though not yet recovered from her stab wound, Aeryn (Claudia Black) joins D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) and Zhaan (Virginia Hey) in a desperate attempt to rescue Crichton. Meanwhile, with Chiana (Gigi Edgley) in attendance, the living starship Moya finally gives birth -- resulting in some truly unforeseen complications. "The Hidden Memory" was originally broadcast on January 14, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Taking the Stone Seeking solace after learning of the death of her brother, Chiana (Gigi Edgley) borrows Aeryn's power system and speeds off to the Royal Cemetary Planet. Here Chiana forms a bond with the Clansmen, a underground community of teens and young adults who sustain themselves with drugs and hedonism. Aeryn (Claudia Black) and Crichton (Ben Browder) are willing to respect Chiana's efforts to assuage her grief, but Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) tries to profit from the girl's plight by plundering the Cemetary Planet's tombs -- with horrifying results. "Taking the Stone" was first broadcast on March 31, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Picture If You Will While shopping on a commerce ship owned by an alien named Kyvan (Chris Haywood), Chiana (Gigi Edgley) comes across a portrait which possesses the ability to foretell the future. What she sees she doesn't like; it appears that the vampiric sorcerer Maldis (also known as Kyvan, and also played by Chris Haywood) has sinister plans for Moya's crew -- perhaps eternal enslavement, perhaps death. It falls to Zhaan (Virginia Hey) to overcome a roadblock in her own mental makeup in order to defeat the malevolent Maldis. "Picture If You Will" was originally telecast on April 21, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Out of Their Minds After being attacked by a Halosian ship, everyone in Moya's crew is "knocked" into the next available body. The intellect and personality of Pilot (Lani Tupu) ends up in the body of Chiana (Gigi Edgley), D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) is shifted to Pilot's body, Crichton (Ben Browder) finds himself in Aeryn's body, Aeryn (Claudia Black) in Rygel's, and Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) in Crichton's. This personality transference becomes even more confusing when the crew members try to defend Moya while being trapped in their new unfamiliar selves. Meanwhile, Zhaan (Virginia Hey), held prisoner by the Halosians, desperately tries to hold her captors at bay. "Out of Their Minds" originally aired on July 7, 2000. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Nerve In this first episode of a pivotal two-part Farscape story, Aeryn has suffered stab wounds, requiring an emergency tissue graft. To expedite this operation, Crichton (Ben Browder) disguises himself as a PeaceKeeper captain, and in the company of Chiana (Gigi Edgley) he infiltrates the PK's Gammak Base. Upon his arrival, Crichton again crosses the path of sympathetic PK tech girl Gilliana (Alyssa-Jane Cook) -- and also makes first contact with the evil hybrid scientist, Scorpius (Wayne Pygram). The climax finds Crichton subjected to the Aurora Chair, which opens the floodgates of his memory -- a potentially disastrous turn of events for Moya and her crew. Originally telecast January 7, 2000, "Nerve" was followed one week later by the concluding chapter "The Hidden Memory." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Eat Me Accidently damaging the transport pod, Jool (Tammy MacIntosh) is forced along with D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) and Chiana (Gigi Edgely) to land on a seriously ill leviathan (a living starship like Moya). Though the vessel may be in its death throes, it isn't as abandoned as it seems, much to the horror of the three crew members -- especially D'Argo. Meanwhile, a starburst from Moya thrusts Aeryn (Claudia Black) onto the deck of Moya's "baby" starship Talyn, which is also ailing and in agony. "Eat Me" first aired on April 20, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Green-Eyed Monster The living starship Talyn is swallowed and trapped in the gullet of an enormous budong -- an ordeal that no previous starship (or space traveller, for that matter) has ever survived. The crew tries to save Talyn, but is hampered by jealousy and suspicion within the ranks. Then Stark (Paul Goddard) hatches another wild scheme to rescue both Talyn and the crew -- a scheme which may literally blow up in everyone's faces. "Green-Eyed Monster" originally aired on June 22, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Relativity The Retrieval Squad poses a new threat to the recuperating starship Talyn. Aeryn (Claudia Black) has a traumatic reunion with her supremely judgmental mother, Xhalax Sun (Linda Cropper). And Crichton (Ben Browder) and Crais (Lani Tupu) must rely on their wits -- and more problematically, on each other -- to survive a trek through a jungle planet. "Relativity" made its first American TV appearance on June 6, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Scratch 'n' Sniff The overworked Chiana (Gigi Edgley) and Jool (Tammy MacIntosh) need a break from their duties, while Pilot needs relief from the ceaseless arguments between Crichton (Ben Browder) and D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe). There is nothing else to do but to seek out a brief respite on the pleasure planet LoMo. Predictably, however, the crew experiences precious little pleasure, thanks to a dangerously addictive (or, rather, seductive) drug called Freslin. "Scratch 'n' Sniff" originally aired on July 20, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part 1 - Could'a, Would'a, Should'a In this first episode of the two-part story "Self-Inflicted Wounds," Moya, following directions provided by Crichton (Ben Browder) heads to a planet where the ailing Zhaan (Virginia Hey) might be healed. En route, Moya collides with another living starship, the Pathfinder, whereupon both vessels are fused together. The two ships attempt to extricate themselves from one another -- with possibly fatal consequences for Moya and Pilot -- while Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) inadvertently revives the last surviving member of the Interon race from frozen statis. That survivor is the brilliant, fiery-tempered, shrill-voiced Jool (Tammy McIntosh), making her first Farscape appearance. "Could'a, Would'a, Should'a" originally aired on March 30, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Infinite Possibilities, Part 2: Icarus Abides In this second episode of the two-part story "Infinite Possibilities," Cmdr. Crichton (Ben Browder) faces danger from three fronts: the mercurial Scorpius clone "Harvey" imbedded in his brain, the fearsome Charrid sentinels on planet Dam-Ba-Da, and the impending attack of a Scarran dreadnought. Crisis piles upon crisis as the crew members on Dam-Ba-Da face betrayal at the hands of someone within their ranks, while those crewpersons still on the living starship Talyn are unable to utilize the hardware necessary to prevent unwelcome visitors from "dropping in." "Icarus Abides" first aired on August 3, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Self-Inflicted Wounds, Part 2 - Wait for the Wheel In this second episode of the two-part story "Self-Inflicted Wounds," Crichton (Ben Browder) finds that he has been played for a fool by duplicitous aliens -- and the results may prove fatal to Moya and her crew. Previously hostile toward Crichton, the recently revived Interon Jool (Tammy MacIntosh) joins her former enemy in his efforts to save Moya. Meanwhile, the ailing Zhaan finally pays the ultimate price for her many acts of self-sacrifice. Virginia Hey (Zhaan) makes her final Farscape appearance in "Wait for the Wheel," which originally aired on April 6, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: ...Different Destinations Moya and her crew make a rest stop at a remote planet in hopes of getting over the death of Zhaan. Upon arrival, Stark (Paul Goddard) passes through a hole in time, thrusting himself and the crew back to a famous Alamo-like battle between the PeaceKeepers and the Venek at an old monastery fortress. Here, the participants learn a surprising fact about the supposedly evil PeaceKeepers -- but in so doing, they may end up altering history, with devastating effects on billions of future lives. "...Different Destinations" was first broadcast on April 13, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: The Choice It looks as though Crichton (Ben Browder) is dead -- or, at least, the more preferable of Crichton's two separate identities has died. A grieving Aeryn (Claudia Black) heads to Valldon, a planet of mystics, hoping to find a means of communicating with Crichton's spirit. Meanwhile, Crais' (Lani Tupu) past misdeeds as a PeaceKeeper may have profound effects on Talyn's crew -- with the conspicuous exception of the Scarrans. "The Choice" was first broadcast on August 17, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Thanks for Sharing With their "bad" reputation growing apace, Moya's crew has trouble securing vital supplies on the planet Kanvia -- none more vital than Chromextin, a stimulant necessary to cure Moya's offspring starship Talyn. Making matters worse, the crew gets into a brawl with Kanvia security director Tolven (Sandy Winton), who promptly refuses to do business with them ever again. A ray of hope is provided by the machinations of Crichton (Ben Browder) -- or rather, the two diametrically opposite personalities of Crichton's twin alter egos -- but Aeryn (Claudia Black) messes things up when another unsavory aspect of her past returns to haunt her. "Thanks for Sharing" first aired on June 15, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Suns and Lovers Moya's crew revels in the fact that they have become famous in the Uncharted Territories, but a sudden space storm ends their fun. D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe), feeling betrayed by the romance between his son, Jothee (Matt Newton) and Chiana (Gigi Edgley), teeters on the brink of insanity. If this isn't bad enough, Moya is plagued by a series of gamma disturbances, the source of which can be explained only by the elusive religious fanatic Borlik (Leanna Walsman). "Suns and Lovers" first aired on March 23, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Season of Death Season three of Farscape opens on a melancholy note, with earthling Crichton (Ben Browder) robbed of the ability to speak, victimized by Scorpius' implanted Neural Clone, and traumatized by the death of his lover Aeryn (Claudia Black). Moya and her crew try to ease Crichton's pain, but it appears that a merciful death is the only solution; certainly, medical diagnostician Grunchik (Hugh Keays-Byrne), plagued by his own past misdeeds, is of no help whatsoever. Meanwhile, crew member Zhaan (Virginia Hey) puts her life on the line to revive the drowned Aeryn. With this episode, former recurring characters Stark (Paul Goddard), Scorpius (Wayne Pygram), and Crais (Lani Tupu) graduated to series-regular status. "Season of Death" initially aired on March 16, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Revenging Angel Never on the best of terms, Crichton (Ben Browder) and D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) have another falling out -- this one with potentially fatal consequences. Left alone to command Moya and crew, D'Argo must prevent a nearby Luxan ship from blowing itself up. And while in a comatose state, Crichton enters a colorful animated world that bears startling resemblances not only to his "real" surroundings, but also a vintage Chuck Jones cartoon. "Revenging Angel" originally aired on August 10, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Incubator Seemingly returning from the dead, Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) takes Crichton's implanted neurochip on a "sentimental journey" to unlock an encrypted section of the chip. In another development, the Relgarian Linfer (Jo Kerrigan) offers to pass along some valuable wormhole travel secrets to the crew. But Linfer's price is steep indeed; she wants immediate possession of the living starship Moya. "Incubator" first aired on July 13, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Losing Time Worn out from past experiences in general and Crichton's ceaseless wormhole hunts in particular, Moya's crew is at the breaking point. Thus, they're in no shape to do battle with Tallip, an energy parasite which causes an uncontrollable and oftimes fatal shaking reflex. Meanwhile, Jool (Tammy MacIntosh) and Chiana (Gigi Edgley) have a potentially deadly "difference of opinon," while Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) experiences his own personal internal hell. "Losing Time" was initially broadcast on June 29, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Meltdown When the ailing Aeryn (Claudia Black) rejects a restorative neural implant, Talyn must seek out another host body. But before this happens, Talyn is lured into the gravitational pull of a blazing star, causing a mysterious mist to seep from the starship's inner workings, complicating the crew's efforts to save both Talyn and Aeryn. And who is this not-so-friendly stranger with the really bad sunburn who calls himself Mu-Quillus (Mark Mitchell)? "Meltdown" first aired on July 14, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Infinite Possibilities, Part 1:Daedalus Demands In this first episode of the two-part story "Infinite Possibilities," the crew members of Talyn have no sooner unwound from past crises than they receive a disturbing communication from the Ancients. It seems that the Farscape 1 module has been spotted journeying through a wormhole at a time when, accordingly to the preordained continuum, the module should be doing nothing of the kind. It turns out that this "Farscape 1" is one of what may be several duplicates created on the heavily guarded planet Dam-Ba-Da. As if this doesn't pile enough problems on the shoulders of John Crichton (Ben Browder), the "friendly" Scorpius clone (named Harvey) implanted with Crichton's brain begins acting up -- and a fleet of enemy Scarran are poised to attack. "Daedalus Demands" originally aired on July 27, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Fractures Crichton (Ben Browder) is not quite as dead as was previously assumed, but he may wish that he was after the crews of Moya and Talyn stage a tumultuous reunion. Meanwhile, a new group of escapees from the PeaceKeepers is shuttled on board. Unfortunately, one of the refugees may be a PeaceKeeper "mole" -- but is it the Scarran Naj Gil (Thomas Holesgrove), the Nebari Hubero (Kate Beahan), the female Hynerian Orrhn Pak, or the exiled PK technician Markir Tal (Matt Doran)? "Fractures" first aired on August 24, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Crichton Kicks As Farscape kicks off its fourth season, John Crichton (Ben Browder) has at last solved the equations of wormhole travel. But even this knowledge may not enable him to safely navigate the Uncharted Territories while at the controls of the ancient leviathan Elack. As Crichton searches for Moya and her crew, he must fact the possibility that even if he locates them, he may never be able to link up with them again. Raelee Hill makes her first appearance as Sikozu, who has been hired by a race of neural-cluster harvesters to track down old leviathans like Elack -- but who is unaware of her employers' evil motivations. "Crichton Kicks" originally aired on June 7, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Terra Firma After journeying back to 1986 and saving his father, Jack (Kent McCord), from certain death, John lands on Earth, where he is reunited with his terrestrial sweetheart, Caroline (Erica Heynatz). The alien Moya crew members are also kept busy, meeting with the understandably nervous Dignitaries of Earth. Naturally, things do not continue to flow along smoothly, placing John in the unenviable position of rescuing his home planet (which he no longer regards as his true home) from destruction. Several plot strands are tragically knotted together around D.K. (Murray Bartlett), the crew's new-found friend. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Kansas After a hiatus of over five months, Farscape resumed its fourth and final season with a foray into the distant past. Rescued by D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) and the Moya crew from his wormhole odyssey, John Crichton (Ben Browder) discovers that he has inadvertently upset the Timestream. As a result, Crichton and his cohorts end up on Earth in 1986, just before John's father, Jack (Kent McCord), is about to serve as commander on the ill-fated Challenger shuttle flight. With virtually no time to spare, John tries to save his father's life, an action that will prevent the entire Farscape project from slipping into limbo. Elsewhere, the Moya crew encounter that curious native custom known as Halloween, and also attempt to steer clear of a nosy interloper. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Twice Shy While negotiating with traders for maps of Tormented Space, the Moya crew suddenly undergoes profound personality changes. Some of these alterations are for the good, notably the uncharacteristic generosity of the mercenary Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) -- but some may bode ill for the crew, especially an uneasy friendship between the mercurial Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) and soldier-of-fortune Sikozu (Raelee Hill). Can these metamorphoses be due to the influence of Talikaa (Paula Arundell), the slave girl whom Chiana (Gigi Edgley) has rescued from the map traders? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Unrealized Reality While spacewalking, Crichton (Ben Browder) is sucked into a small wormhole, ending up on what seems to be a floating iceberg occupied by an oddly garbed old man (John Bach). It turns out that the stranger, whom Crichton joshingly nicknames "Einstein," is from a race known as the Ancients, who centuries before had discovered that the universe was connected by a sort of "wormhole highway" and had dedicated themselves to keep the millions of realms thus connected safe from harm. Crichton is told that his own accumulated wormhole knowledge has the potential to disrupt or destroy all the alternate realities in space -- and thus, Einstein has no choice but to execute him. Several former Farscape regulars make cameo appearances via highlights from earlier episodes. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Coup By Clam Moya is guided to the planet Khurtanan for some desperately needed repairs, but none of the planet's mechanics will cooperate unless corrupt local doctor Tumii (Bruce Spence) gives Moya's crew a clean bill of health. Instead, Tumii poisons the crew with the deadly Qatal Mollusk, holding out the antidote unless he is given an enormous bribe. The "good" doctor also strongarms Crichton and Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) into stealing a huge cache of Qatals which are being stored as weapons by a group of resistance fighters. Somehow all this intrigue leads to an incredible sequence wherein the two most aggressively male members of Moya's crew dress up in female drag. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: A Prefect Murder Moya and her crew take refuge from their enemies in "Tormented Space," so named because of the physical and emotional battering endured by anyone traveling through it. Landing on a semi-civilized planet to gather supplies, the crew members find themselves in the middle of a power transition between current prefect Falaak (Bruce Spence) and his hand-picked successor Gaashah (Ivar Kants). What should have been a peaceful stopover turns into a nightmare when Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), her mind clouded by bizarre and disturbing hallucinations, apparently murders Gaasha. Before long, the rest of the crew are at each other's throats -- the result of the sting from an insect which robs its victims of their free will. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: I Shrink, Therefore I Am Moya is captured by Coreeshi bounty hunters, who hope to collect the reward posted for John Crichton (Ben Browder) by the PeaceKeepers. Tipped off by Pilot to the danger awaiting him, Crichton sneaks back on board and remains in hiding until he can hatch a scheme to rescue his fellow crew members. Meanwhile, Coreeshi leader Axikor (Duncan Young) keeps the balance of power on his side with a unique "containment procedure" -- namely, shrinking Crichton's comrades and sealing them in metal cylinders. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: What Was Lost, Part 2: Resurrection In this second episode of the two-part story "What Was Lost," Crichton (Ben Browder) continues to elude the deceptively seductive PK Commandant Grayza (Rebecca Rigg). Meanwhile, D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) and Jool (Tammy MacIntosh) formulate a plan to save the Moya crew. And Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) is betrayed by his fellow PKs once again -- and this may be the proverbial straw that breaks the back. "Resurrection" first aired on June 21, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Into the Lion's Den, Part 2: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing In this second episode of the two-part story "Into the Lion's Den," Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) threatens to blow up the earth unless Crichton (Ben Browder) agrees to help him harvest some new wormhole research. When all other efforts to stymie the PeaceKeepers fail, Crichton rallies the crew in a desperate attempt to destroy the Command Carrier. But where do the fluctuating loyalties of Crais (Lani Tupu) lie in this present crisis? "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" first aired on April 19, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: What Was Lost, Part 1: Sacrifice After finally making contact with the surviving Moya crew members, Jool (Tammy MacIntosh) and D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) learn some amazing facts about Jool's Interon forbears at an old archeological site on the planet Arnessk. The ancient, three-eyed woman (Melissa Jaffer) introduced in the third-season finale "Dog With Two Bones" poses a new threaten to Crichton (Ben Browder). And the seductive but deadly PK Commandant Grayza (Rebecca Rigg) launches another all-out effort to capture Moya and her crew. The first episode of the two-part story "What Was Lost," "Sacrifice" made its TV debut on June 14, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Promises In order to save her crew, Moya must provide shelter to Ullom (Richard Carter), another fugitive from the PKs. At the same time, Aeryn (Claudia Black) suffers from Sebecean heat delirium, caused by a nearby alien vessel. Ullom may be able to cure Aeryn, but he is not in a particularly generous mood. The outlook is brighter for Crichton (Ben Browder), whose problems with the implanted Neural Clone have come to an abrupt end -- but what does this matter if Crichton loses his beloved Aeryn? "Promises" was originally telecast on July 12, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Natural Election Entering a wormhole in space, Moya and her crew are trapped in a dank and dismal black hole. Worse still, Moya burns from within thanks to a parasite that threatens to devour the ship, but not before starting small and painful fires along the way. To top it off, the untrustworthy Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) is briefly appointed the captain of Moya -- and Aeryn (Claudia Black) announces that she's pregnant. "Natural Election" was initially telecast on July 19, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Lava's a Many Splendored Thing Searching for ill-gotten gain around a volcanic cave, light-fingered Rygel (Jonathan Hardy) once agains ends up in the clutches of hostile aliens. This time his captors are the Tarkans, who behave more like the Three Stooges than the usual Farscape bad guys. As Sikozu (Raelee Hill) and Chiana (Gigi Edgley) race to Rygel's rescue at the controls of D'Argo's starship Lo'la, Crichton (Ben Browder) does his best to pull the wool over the eyes of Tarkan bandit chief Raa'Keel (John Adam). "Lava's a Many-Splendored Thing" originally aired on June 28, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: John Quixote During yet another of her shopping sprees on a commerce planet, Chiana (Gigi Edgley) purchases a handful of "game blobs" -- virtual-reality games which activate upon contacting the owner's flesh. Before long, Crichton (Ben Browder, who also wrote this episode) finds himself trapped in a hellish V.R. world, replete with fearsome ogres, armored knights, and damsels in distress. Even more disturbing is the fact that the events in the game -- and the characters involved -- seem to be inspired by the past experiences of Cricthon and his crew. The explanation for this jarring journey down memory lane has something to do with a shady financial deal struck by former crew member Stark, played by Paul Goddard, making a return appearance to the series along with Virginia Hey as the late, lamented Zhaan. "John Quixote" first aired on July 26, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Into the Lion's Den, Part 1: Lambs to the Slaughter When Crichton (Ben Browder) finally agrees to share his wormhole knowledge with Scorpius (Wayne Pigrim), the crew is allowed to board the Command Carrier. Aeryn (Claudia Black) and Crais (Lani Tupu) are given a less than cordial welcome by the Carrier's chief officer, Henta (Marta Dusseldorp), and not without good reason. Meanwhile, a mysterious visitor from High Command hopes to exploit a volatile and divisive situation amongst the PeaceKeeper. Rebecca Rigg joins the series in the role of seductive, and highly untrustworthy, PK Commandant Mele-On Grayza. The first episode of the two-part story "Into the Lion's Den," "Lambs to the Slaughter" originally aired on April 12, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: I-Yensch, You-Yensch After a lengthy hiatus, season three of Farscape resumed on April 5, 2002, with the episode called "I-Yensch, You-Yensch." The title refers to a pair of bracelets, which, when synchronized, result in bizarre nerve effects. This is but one of the episode's many plot strands; others include Moya's reluctance to help Crichton (Ben Browder) put a stop to the PeaceKeeper's wormhole research and a frenzied round of negotiations with Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) to provide safe harbor for the crew on the Command Center. With all this going on, Moya's offspring starship Talyn has trouble coping with the suspense -- and may end up destroying everyone and everything, himself included. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Dog with Two Bones Now that they've emerged victorious from their most recent scrape with the PKs, the combined crew members of Moya and Talyn bid each other goodbye. Crichton finds himself torn between his love for Aeryn (Claudia Black) and his desire to return to earth. A strange old woman (Melissa Jafar, making what is undoubtedly the first of many recurring appearances) complicates matters by inducing some fantastic hallucinations. And while the deceased starship Talyn is given last rites, the sudden appearance of a new wormhole threatens to strand everyone in deep space, without food, water, or oxygen. Paul Goddard and Lani Tupu make their final series appearances as Stark and Crais, respectively. The requisite cliffhanger ending of Farscape's third season, "Dog With Two Bones" originally aired on April 26. 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Bringing Home the Beacon The women of Moya head to a black-market trading post on a derelict Leviathan. Their purpose is to buy an appropriate disguise for Moya in anticipation of enemy attack. Instead, the ladies stumble onto a secret meeting between the Peacekeepers and the Scarrans. Treachery abounds at this conclave, resulting in a violent schism in the relationship between Aeryn (Claudia Black) and Crichton (Ben Browder). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: A Constellation of Doubt Captured by Scarrans, Aeryn (Claudia Black) is spirited away to the elusive enemy base Katratzi. Hoping to locate his lost love, John Crichton (Ben Browder) uses Pilot to monitor transmissions throughout the universe. Imagine Crichton's surprise when he tunes into a TV tabloid program -- which is currently conducting a vicious and demoralizing smear campaign against John and the Moya crew. The episode's pivotal scene is a showdown between Crichton and Scorpius (Wayne Pygram), with the continued secrecy of John's precious wormhole knowledge hanging in the balance. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Bad Timing In the now-famous final episode of Farscape, a chance remark by John Crichton (Ben Browder) precipitates a full-scale Scarran invasion of Earth. The only hope for salvation is the utter destruction of the wormhole, a drastic action which John is not all that keen on undertaking. Meanwhile, the duplicitous Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) exploits John's uncertainties in order to forge yet one more unholy alliance. Will the Earth be rendered vulnerable and helpless? And what of the relationship between John and Aeryn (Claudia Black)? Yes, the well-publicized denouement is a shocker -- but remember, nothing is "final" in the wondrous world of TV series spin-offs. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: We're So Screwed, Part 1: Fetal Attraction In the first episode of a three-part story, the Moya crew continues searching for Katratzi, the elusive Scarran base where Aeryn (Claudia Black) is being held captive. In the process, Noranti (Melissa Jaffer) inadvertently unleashes a deadly plague known as Hynerian Dermaphollica at a Scarran border station. As it turns out, the disease may actually benefit the crew's efforts to save Aeryn and her unborn baby -- but at least one Moya passenger may suffer mightily in the process. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: We're So Screwed, Part 3: La Bomba In the conclusion of a three-part story, the Moya crew must improvise a new strategy a minute to escape from the Scarran base Katratzi. To keep the unreliable Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) from revealing the secrets of wormhole technology, John Crichton (Ben Browder) may have to cater to Scorpius' every whim -- and right now, that whim involves harvesting Scarran flora. As the episode progresses, the viewer is faced with two disturbing questions: Are the Moya crew members liberators or terrorists -- and will Crichton be forced to detonate his nuclear device? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: We're So Screwed, Part 2: Hot to Katratzi In the second episode of a three-part story, John Crichton (Ben Browder) has managed to rescue Aeryn (Claudia Black) and is heading for Katratzi, the secret and hitherto elusive Scarran base. A message from "beyond" informs John that the duplicitous Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) is in full possession of the precious wormhole secrets. Now John must rescue Scorpius from his Scarran torturers -- or die in the process, the inevitable result of the nuclear bomb rigged to explode if John should meet with harm. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Prayer Determined to locate Crichton (Ben Browder) and to figure out the precious wormhole knowledge, Scarran captain Jenek (Jason Clarke) aggressively interrogates his prisoner Aeryn (Claudia Black). Upon discovering that Aeryn is pregnant, the Scarrans exhibit a fascination bordering on exultation. Meanwhile, Crichton and Scorpius (Wayne Pygram), having forged an uneasy alliance, conduct a frenzied search for Aeryn -- cutting a swatch of death and devastation along the way. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Farscape: Mental as Anything D.K. is dead, and Scorpius (Wayne Pygram) wants to track down the alien who did it. For this he must learn to exercise self-control, so Scorpius seeks out his spiritual mentor, Katoya (John Brumpton), at a Mental Arts training camp -- and he coerces Moya's other male crew members to participate in the training. The lessons are potentially beneficial to Crichton (Ben Browder), who is preparing himself for his next run-in with the Scarrans. But D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe) threatens to go off the deep end when he meets another Mental Camp trainee: Macton (Blair Venn), the Peacekeeper who murdered D'Argo's wife, Lo'Lann (Rachel Gordon). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
  • Rome: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

    Includes:Rome: The Stolen Eagle (2005) Rome: Stealing From Saturn (2005) Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic (2005) Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall (2005) Rome: The Kalends of February (2005) Rome: The Spoils (2005) Rome: Triumph (2005) Rome: Utica (2005) Rome: Caesarion (2005) Rome: Pharsalus (2005) Rome: Egeria (2005) Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush (2005) Rome: Passover (2007) Rome: Son of Hades (2007) Rome: These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero (2007) Rome: Death Mask (2007) Rome: Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (2007) Rome: De Patre Vostro (2007) Rome: A Necessary Fiction (2007) Rome: Philippi (2007) Rome: Heroes of the Republic (2007) Rome: Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) (2007) Rome: The Stolen Eagle As HBO's Rome opens, Gaius Julius Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) is reaching the end of his war against Gaul, and his popularity in the republic has reached a new high, arousing the concern of Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham) and others in the senate that he will attempt to seize power. During the ultimate battle, a Centurion, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), upbraids one of his men, Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), for breaking ranks. Pullo is later flogged and jailed for his disobedience, and misses out on some sacking. Caesar gets word that his daughter, married to Pompey, has died during childbirth. Both Pompey and Caesar see this as a further threat to their longstanding alliance. Caesar sends word to his conniving niece, Atia (Polly Walker) to offer Pompey a new bride on Caesar's behalf. Atia chooses her own daughter, Octavia (Kerry Condon), despite the fact that Octavia is already happily married. Atia convinces her to divorce, and offer herself to Pompey. Meanwhile, in Gaul, Caesar's standard, a golden eagle, is stolen, and he tasks Mark Antony (James Purefoy) with its recovery. Caesar also manipulates his young friend, Brutus (Tobias Menzies), the son of Servilia (Lindsay Duncan), his erstwhile lover, to report back to Rome that the eagle's been stolen, so that his enemies there will think Caesar is weak. Atia sends her son, young Octavian (Max Pirkis), to Gaul to deliver a white horse to Caesar, before the great man arrives back in Rome and everyone is giving him gifts. Octavian's party is assaulted, the horse stolen, and the boy abducted. Vorenus, assigned by Antony to the seemingly futile task of tracking down Caesar's standard, selects Pullo to assist him. The two have a stroke of amazing luck when they come across the party that captured Octavian. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Stealing From Saturn Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and the senators who fled Rome get dreadful news about their war chest, and Pompey sends his son Quintus (Rick Warden) out to find the scouts who found the gold. Back in Rome, Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) is short on funds, and has instituted martial law in order to keep the peace. Atia (Polly Walker) is holding a dinner in his honor, and is unhappy to see Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) on Caesar's guest list. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) prepares an expensive feast in honor of the god Janus to inaugurate his merchant business. He rejects Mark Antony's (James Purefoy) generous offer to make him a prefect, preferring civilian life to participation in Caesar's campaign, which Vorenus sees as blasphemous. But things get rocky at the feast when his sister-in-law, Lyde (Esther Hall), arrives with her husband, Evander (Enzo Cilenti). Lyde, jealous over her husband's apparent continued passion for Niobe (Indira Varma), gets drunk and makes an embarrassing scene. At Atia's dinner, Caesar, who has asked for an augury at Jupiter's temple, to show Rome's citizen's that the gods favor his actions, takes the opportunity to offer the chief augur (Roger Hammond) a bribe in the guise of a late birthday gift for his wife. Back at Vorenus' home, things get worse after the party when Quintus shows up with some men, threatening Vorenus and Niobe and demanding to know where the stolen gold is. Vorenus has no idea what he's talking about until Pullo (Ray Stevenson) arrives, throwing money around, and the two get the better of Quintus. Vorenus finds out about the cart full of gold and orders Pullo to deliver it to Caesar. Caesar, meanwhile, sends Pompey and the Senate an offer of truce. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) sends the gruff Mark Antony (James Purefoy), back to Rome to serve as People's Tribune. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) accompany him, and are charged with returning Octavian (Max Pirkis) to his mother, Atia (Polly Walker). Invited to dine at Atia's home, Vorenus expresses his strong belief in the divinity of the Republic, while, prompted by Octavian's astute appraisal of Caesar's mindset and the state of the empire, Titus proclaims that he would follow Caesar if he rebelled against the Republic. Vorenus returns home to his wife, Niobe (Indira Varma), whom he has not seen in more than eight years. He finds her cradling an infant, and immediately assumes the worst. She tells him that the baby is his grandson by his eldest daughter, who is now 13. Pullo spends his first day in Rome whoring and gambling, and runs into some trouble deep in Pompeian territory. Pullo murders a man who cheats him at dice and is critically injured in the ensuing melee. He makes his way to Vorenus' home, and Vorenus brings in a doctor who performs a gruesome operation on Pullo's skull. As he recovers, Niobe confides in Pullo, telling him how much she's missed her husband, but bemoaning the lack of affection Vorenus has shown his family since his return. Antony meets with Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and members of the Senate at Atia's house, and insults them with Caesar's demands, according to the general's plans. Pompey decides to issue an ultimatum to Caesar in the Senate, and enlists the reluctant Cicero (David Bamber) in his cause. Caesar is ordered to surrender or be declared an enemy of the Republic. The senators are counting on Antony's veto, but pandemonium erupts before Antony can say his piece. Caesar decides to march on Rome. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and the senators send word to Caesar (Ciarán Hinds), disappointing him by accepting his offer of truce. But Caesar decides that Pompey's vain refusal to meet with him face-to-face is excuse enough to reject the truce. Mark Antony (James Purefoy) is pleased, and ready to go after Pompey, but he soon realizes that Caesar is biding his time. Antony suggests to his lover, Atia (Polly Walker), that Caesar won't go after Pompey because he refuses to leave Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) again. This spurs the jealous Atia to find an anonymous way to humiliate Caesar into breaking off his affair. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), meanwhile, learns that nearly all of his slaves have fallen ill and died on the way from Gaul. With his nascent merchant business already in ruins, Vorenus is forced to work as a bodyguard, which he quickly learns is not for him. Desperate, he turns to Antony, hoping to rejoin the 13th Legion as a prefect and a member of the Evocati. Meanwhile, Atia has hired Pullo (Ray Stevenson) to teach Octavian (Max Pirkis) the "masculine arts," but Octavian admits that he was not cut out for fighting. "It's not the killing," he explains. "It's the waving about of swords I find tedious." Impressed with Octavian's intellect, Pullo asks him for advice. He suspects that Niobe (Indira Varma) has been unfaithful to his comrade Vorenus, but he has no proof. Octavian recommends that Pullo hold his tongue until he's certain, and the two kidnap Evander (Enzo Cilenti) in hopes of forcing him to confess. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Kalends of February As the first season of Rome draws to a close, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) learn that they are heroes on the streets of the city, "symbols of brotherly love and redemption." On a trip to consecrate the land he and his wife have been given, Vorenus tells Niobe (Indira Varma) that Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) might exile him for disobeying his orders by helping Pullo. But Caesar later explains that it's politically unfeasible to punish the heroes, and if he does nothing, he'll appear weak, so, as part of a larger plan to incorporate (loyal) "plebs" and foreign citizens into the Senate, he makes Vorenus a senator. Of course, Caesar's ulterior motive is to have the "ferocious" Vorenus at his side so that no one will try to kill him. Pullo, near death, still manages to make his way from his sick bed, eager to reap the bounty of his newfound celebrity. Instead, he ends up collapsing at Vorenus' home, where Niobe assigns his care to Eirene (Chiara Mastalli), who contemplates murder. With Vorenus joined to Caesar on the Senate floor, the growing group of conspirators fears they will not have the opportunity to kill Caesar. While some would be content to poison him, or murder him in his bed, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) insists that the deed "must be done honorably." Then Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) realizes where she's heard Vorenus' name before, and sets a plot in motion to separate the hero from the dictator at the pivotal moment. While the plot is unfolding, Servilia invites Atia (Polly Walker) and Octavian (Max Pirkis) to her home, and tells them of her further plans for vengeance. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Spoils A fellow veteran, Mascius (Michael Nardone) approaches Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), now a magistrate, about severance for the 13th Legion. They are supposed to be receiving land. Vorenus asks Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) to act. Caesar, unwilling to give the veterans land in Italy, offers land in Pelonia. Told that this won't be acceptable, and eager to keep the former soldiers on his side, Caesar discreetly suggests that Vorenus bribe Mascius to persuade his comrades to accept the offer. Mascius reluctantly agrees. Caesar also invites Vorenus and Niobe (Indira Varma) to a dinner at Atia's (Polly Walker) home. When Vorenus responds nervously, Caesar tells him, "You shall get used to good society." The walls of Rome are filled with graffiti depicting Brutus (Tobias Menzies) murdering Caesar, and Cassius (Guy Henry) tries to convince Brutus to claim his family's legacy of fighting tyranny. Brutus initially refuses to betray his friend, but has second thoughts when Caesar, well aware of whispers and the power of Brutus' family name, suggests that Brutus rule over far-off Macedonia. Pullo (Ray Stevenson), now miserable and friendless, has found work as an assassin, but his lack of discretion gets him arrested for murder. At Atia's dinner, Octavian (Max Pirkis) suggests that Vorenus or Caesar himself do something to save Pullo, but Caesar points out the political implications such action would cause. Octavian acts on his own, sending Timon (Lee Boardman) to find Pullo a lawyer, but at Pullo's public trial, the crowd demands the brazen killer's head, and Pullo is sentenced to death in the arena. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Triumph In the Senate, Cicero (David Bamber), feeling that he has no choice, calls for Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) to be made emperor. Brutus (Tobias Menzies), also under tremendous pressure, speaks passionately in favor of the motion, and it passes unanimously. Caesar exhorts the senators, "Join with me in building a new Rome, that offers justice, peace, and land to all its citizens." Posca (Nicholas Woodeson), Caesar's slave, coaches Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) as he campaigns to be magistrate of the Aventine district. When Vorenus grows weary of studying laws and such, and wonders if they should wait and see if he's elected first, Posca lets him know that his opponents in the election are "straw men." Pullo (Ray Stevenson) wants to march in Caesar's Triumph, but is told that he can't because he's no longer a soldier. At a loss, he impulsively decides to free Eirene (Chiara Mastalli) so that he can marry her and move to the country. Vorenus agrees to help him, but his plans go badly off-course. An innocent man is murdered in a moment of passion, and a severe rift develops between Pullo and Vorenus. Octavia (Kerry Condon) has run away and sought shelter with a religious order, but Octavian (Max Pirkis) goes to retrieve her in time for the Triumph. Octavia still believes (and rightly) that Atia (Polly Walker) was responsible for Glabius' death. Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) gains a new ally against Caesar when Quintus (Rick Warden) arrives on her doorstep, looking for Brutus. With help from Quintus and Cassius (Guy Henry), Servilia composes a screed against Caesar's tyranny, to which she puts Brutus' name. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Utica Cato (Karl Johnson) and Scipio (Paul Jesson) have just suffered a devastating defeat at the Battle of Thapsus in Africa. They retreat to Utica, where Cato quietly commits suicide. After the funeral ceremony, Scipio has a soldier take his life as well. Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) returns home and begins preparing a celebration of his triumph. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) retire from soldiering. On his return, Pullo is delighted to find that the slave girl he rescued, Eirene (Chiara Mastalli), now speaks his language. Soon, at a loss for how to earn a living, the two former soldiers join Niobe (Indira Varma) and her sister in the butcher business. Vorenus breaks up a confrontation in the street, and a ruffian mocks his military service to Rome, for which he gets slapped. The thug makes it known that he works for Erastes (Lorcan Cranitch), who runs the neighborhood, and makes quick work of his enemies. (Erastes is the man for whom Vorenus briefly and unhappily worked as a bodyguard.) Erastes later goes to Vorenus' home and threatens to rape and kill his wife and daughters if Vorenus does not publicly apologize and kiss his feet. Vorenus and Pullo send the children away and prepare for a fight, but Caesar arrives before Erastes can get there, and asks Vorenus to run for the local magistrate position. Meanwhile, bent on revenge against Atia (Polly Walker) and Caesar, Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) tells Octavia (Kerry Condon) that Atia had Glabius killed, and convinces her to seduce her own brother, Octavian (Max Pirkis), in order to get information about Caesar's mysterious affliction. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Caesarion Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) goes to Egypt, and goes to the court of the boy king, Ptolemy XIII (Shaka Bunsie), to demand that he turn over Pompey. Instead, Pompey's head is produced, and Caesar is not grateful, but enraged. He in turn demands that Ptolemy turn over the man who killed Pompey. The Egyptians have their own political strife, with Ptolemy's sister, Cleopatra (Lyndsey Marshal), having claimed the throne. Caesar decides to stay in Egypt and mediate the dispute in order to insure Egypt's grain supply to Rome isn't affected. But he sends Mark Antony (James Purefoy) and most of his men back to Rome. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) are sent to find Cleopatra, before Ptolemy's advisors have her killed. They rescue her, and she immediately plans to seduce Caesar, but on the road back to Alexandria, Cleopatra decides that since she is "between the tides" she must conceive a child immediately, before she reaches Caesar, and pass the child off as Caesar's own. She makes a surprising choice for the father. Upon returning to Alexandria, Cleopatra and Caesar have Ptolemy's advisors executed, which causes a massive public uproar, and Caesar ends up under siege in Alexandria for many months. Back in Rome, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) receives a cold welcome from Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) due to his capitulation. Antony keeps a sharp eye on Brutus and Cicero (David Bamber) while Caesar is away. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Pharsalus This episode of Rome examines the events surrounding the historic battle of Pharsalus. Things look grim for Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) by the time Mark Antony (James Purefoy) joins him in Greece, and to make matters worse, he's lost thousands of men at sea in the journey over. Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) is prepared to wait Caesar out, but Cato (Karl Johnson) and the other senators urge him to crush Caesar, once and for all. He masses his troops for battle. Caesar is massively outnumbered, but he knows his men will put up a fight. "We must fight or die," he tells Antony. "Pompey's men have other options." Back in Rome, a worried Atia (Polly Walker) sends Octavia (Kerry Condon) to Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) again, this time to request some men to guard her home. Servilia graciously agrees, but later gets word of Caesar's startling victory on the battlefield. Uncertain as to the fate of her son, Brutus (Tobias Menzies), Servilia breaks down, and is comforted by Octavia, but the two soon find themselves in a more intimate embrace. The disgraced Pompey suggests his confederates flee to Egypt, where he has friends. Cato and Scipio (Paul Jesson) decide to leave on their own, while Brutus and Cicero (David Bamber) decide to surrender to Caesar. Pompey is left alone with his family, a few slaves and soldiers, and some Greek mercenaries. Meanwhile, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) survive a shipwreck, and find themselves alone on a desert island with no food or water. Eventually, Vorenus gets the idea to make a raft from the corpses that washed up on the island with them. They make their way to the mainland, and happen to wash up onshore just as Pompey's party reaches the coast. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Egeria Mark Antony (James Purefoy) is running things in Rome while Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) chases down Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and his allies in Greece. But soon, word reaches Antony that the battle has turned against Caesar, who orders Antony and whatever troops he can muster to join him in Greece in what seems a hopeless cause. Pompey sends a messenger to Antony (living in Pompey's house) to let him know that Pompey will reward him if he sits out the battle, while Atia (Polly Walker) tries to convince Antony to marry her and seize power in Rome. Antony bides his time reaching a decision. Meanwhile, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is having problems at home. Lyde (Esther Hall), Niobe's (Indira Varma) sister, is worried over her missing husband, and has moved in with the couple. Niobe seems more concerned about her well-being than the state of her marriage. After listening to the frustrated, lovelorn, drunken Vorenus complaining through the night, Pullo (Ray Stevenson) tells Lyde that he's heard that her husband was murdered, and pointedly tells her, in front of Niobe, to get on with her life. Pullo, assigned with schooling Octavian (Max Pirkis) in the "manly arts," takes the young man to an upscale brothel. Atia, concerned that she'll be on the losing side of the battles in Greece, gets Ocatvian out of town, and sends Octavia (Kerry Condon) to Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) with some "gifts" as a gesture of friendship. Servilia sees through the ploy, but treats Octavia kindly, telling the girl she's blameless for what her mother has done. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) crosses the Rubicon into Italy with a single legion, which the overconfident Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) sees as a suicidal act. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) are sent ahead to Rome, to post Caesar's proclamation on the Senate door, but are told to return if they meet resistance. While the distraught Vorenus asks Pullo for marital advice, the father of Niobe's (Indira Varma) child, her brother-in-law, Evander (Enzo Cilenti), goes to see his son, and Niobe tearfully throws him out. Vorenus and Pullo surprise some of Pompey's troops, who run away. Pompey and his allies are panicked when they realize how quickly Caesar is advancing on the city. Pompey needs four days to amass enough men to fight him off, and Caesar is only two days away. Pompey tells Cato (Karl Johnson) and the rest of the senators that they'll have to retreat, gather strength, and then take the city back from Caesar. A proclamation is made that any noblemen staying in the city are allying themselves with Caesar and will be considered enemies of Rome. This causes a conflict for some. Brutus (Tobias Menzies) and his mother, Servilia (Lindsay Duncan), hide out in Atia's (Polly Walker) home while mobs loyal to Pompey run rampant in the streets. But Brutus decides that despite his friendship with Caesar, he must obey the proclamation and leave the city, while Servilia chooses to wait for her erstwhile lover. Atia, irritated by Octavia's (Kerry Condon) continuing relationship with her ex-husband, Glabius (Roberto Purvis), decides to take drastic action. Vorenus and Pullo intercept a group of Roman soldiers dressed in civilian garb who are fleeing the city with a very important wagon. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Passover The first episode of Rome's second season begins exactly where Season One left off, with the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in the year 44 BCE. The power struggle that follows is set in motion when, thanks largely to the machinations of Caesar's scheming niece Atia (Polly Walker), her young and callow son Octavian is announced as heir to the throne--infuriating Caesar's closest ally Marc Antony (James Purefoy). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rome: Son of Hades Tensions grow between Antony and Octavian in the wake of Caesar's death. Meanwhile, having lost everything, Vorenus takes a job keeping local gangs in line. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero As the split between Antony and Octavian worsens, Cicero aligns with the latter. Meanwhile, Vorenus attempts to quell a burgeoning gang-war. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Death Mask With Brutus dead and his army defeated, Octavian and Antony discuss dividing the empire. Meanwhile, Levi contemplates assassinating Prince Herod. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus In Egypt with Cleopatra, Antony attempts to use their grain supplies to provoke war with Octavian. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: De Patre Vostro The series finale finds Antony and Cleopatra's armies defeated by Rome's forces under Octavian. Fearing a threat to his position, Octavian orders Pullo to assassinate young Caesarion. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: A Necessary Fiction Eirene is secretly poisoned by Gaia. Meanwhile, Octavian takes a wife and forces Antony to leave Rome for Egypt. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Philippi With their forces combined, Octavian and Antony plan an attack against Brutus and Cassius' army. Back in Rome, Pullo and Vorenus are tasked with killing Brutus' supporters. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Heroes of the Republic The return of his children leaves Vorenus a changed man, leading him to broker peace among the local gangs. Meanwhile, Atia encourages Octavian and Antony to unite against Brutus. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) Pullo informs Vorenus that his children are still alive. Meanwhile, Atia survives a murder attempt. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide
  • Rome: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

    Includes:Rome: The Stolen Eagle (2005) Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic (2005) Rome: The Kalends of February (2005) Rome: The Spoils (2005) Rome: Triumph (2005) Rome: Utica (2005) Rome: Caesarion (2005) Rome: Pharsalus (2005) Rome: Egeria (2005) Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush (2005) Rome: Stealing From Saturn (2005) Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall (2005) Rome: Passover (2007) Rome: Son of Hades (2007) Rome: Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) (2007) Rome: Philippi (2007) Rome: A Necessary Fiction (2007) Rome: De Patre Vostro (2007) Rome: Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus (2007) Rome: Death Mask (2007) Rome: Heroes of the Republic (2007) Rome: These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero (2007) Rome: The Stolen Eagle As HBO's Rome opens, Gaius Julius Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) is reaching the end of his war against Gaul, and his popularity in the republic has reached a new high, arousing the concern of Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham) and others in the senate that he will attempt to seize power. During the ultimate battle, a Centurion, Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), upbraids one of his men, Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), for breaking ranks. Pullo is later flogged and jailed for his disobedience, and misses out on some sacking. Caesar gets word that his daughter, married to Pompey, has died during childbirth. Both Pompey and Caesar see this as a further threat to their longstanding alliance. Caesar sends word to his conniving niece, Atia (Polly Walker) to offer Pompey a new bride on Caesar's behalf. Atia chooses her own daughter, Octavia (Kerry Condon), despite the fact that Octavia is already happily married. Atia convinces her to divorce, and offer herself to Pompey. Meanwhile, in Gaul, Caesar's standard, a golden eagle, is stolen, and he tasks Mark Antony (James Purefoy) with its recovery. Caesar also manipulates his young friend, Brutus (Tobias Menzies), the son of Servilia (Lindsay Duncan), his erstwhile lover, to report back to Rome that the eagle's been stolen, so that his enemies there will think Caesar is weak. Atia sends her son, young Octavian (Max Pirkis), to Gaul to deliver a white horse to Caesar, before the great man arrives back in Rome and everyone is giving him gifts. Octavian's party is assaulted, the horse stolen, and the boy abducted. Vorenus, assigned by Antony to the seemingly futile task of tracking down Caesar's standard, selects Pullo to assist him. The two have a stroke of amazing luck when they come across the party that captured Octavian. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: How Titus Pullo Brought Down the Republic Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) sends the gruff Mark Antony (James Purefoy), back to Rome to serve as People's Tribune. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) accompany him, and are charged with returning Octavian (Max Pirkis) to his mother, Atia (Polly Walker). Invited to dine at Atia's home, Vorenus expresses his strong belief in the divinity of the Republic, while, prompted by Octavian's astute appraisal of Caesar's mindset and the state of the empire, Titus proclaims that he would follow Caesar if he rebelled against the Republic. Vorenus returns home to his wife, Niobe (Indira Varma), whom he has not seen in more than eight years. He finds her cradling an infant, and immediately assumes the worst. She tells him that the baby is his grandson by his eldest daughter, who is now 13. Pullo spends his first day in Rome whoring and gambling, and runs into some trouble deep in Pompeian territory. Pullo murders a man who cheats him at dice and is critically injured in the ensuing melee. He makes his way to Vorenus' home, and Vorenus brings in a doctor who performs a gruesome operation on Pullo's skull. As he recovers, Niobe confides in Pullo, telling him how much she's missed her husband, but bemoaning the lack of affection Vorenus has shown his family since his return. Antony meets with Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and members of the Senate at Atia's house, and insults them with Caesar's demands, according to the general's plans. Pompey decides to issue an ultimatum to Caesar in the Senate, and enlists the reluctant Cicero (David Bamber) in his cause. Caesar is ordered to surrender or be declared an enemy of the Republic. The senators are counting on Antony's veto, but pandemonium erupts before Antony can say his piece. Caesar decides to march on Rome. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Kalends of February As the first season of Rome draws to a close, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) learn that they are heroes on the streets of the city, "symbols of brotherly love and redemption." On a trip to consecrate the land he and his wife have been given, Vorenus tells Niobe (Indira Varma) that Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) might exile him for disobeying his orders by helping Pullo. But Caesar later explains that it's politically unfeasible to punish the heroes, and if he does nothing, he'll appear weak, so, as part of a larger plan to incorporate (loyal) "plebs" and foreign citizens into the Senate, he makes Vorenus a senator. Of course, Caesar's ulterior motive is to have the "ferocious" Vorenus at his side so that no one will try to kill him. Pullo, near death, still manages to make his way from his sick bed, eager to reap the bounty of his newfound celebrity. Instead, he ends up collapsing at Vorenus' home, where Niobe assigns his care to Eirene (Chiara Mastalli), who contemplates murder. With Vorenus joined to Caesar on the Senate floor, the growing group of conspirators fears they will not have the opportunity to kill Caesar. While some would be content to poison him, or murder him in his bed, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) insists that the deed "must be done honorably." Then Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) realizes where she's heard Vorenus' name before, and sets a plot in motion to separate the hero from the dictator at the pivotal moment. While the plot is unfolding, Servilia invites Atia (Polly Walker) and Octavian (Max Pirkis) to her home, and tells them of her further plans for vengeance. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Spoils A fellow veteran, Mascius (Michael Nardone) approaches Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), now a magistrate, about severance for the 13th Legion. They are supposed to be receiving land. Vorenus asks Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) to act. Caesar, unwilling to give the veterans land in Italy, offers land in Pelonia. Told that this won't be acceptable, and eager to keep the former soldiers on his side, Caesar discreetly suggests that Vorenus bribe Mascius to persuade his comrades to accept the offer. Mascius reluctantly agrees. Caesar also invites Vorenus and Niobe (Indira Varma) to a dinner at Atia's (Polly Walker) home. When Vorenus responds nervously, Caesar tells him, "You shall get used to good society." The walls of Rome are filled with graffiti depicting Brutus (Tobias Menzies) murdering Caesar, and Cassius (Guy Henry) tries to convince Brutus to claim his family's legacy of fighting tyranny. Brutus initially refuses to betray his friend, but has second thoughts when Caesar, well aware of whispers and the power of Brutus' family name, suggests that Brutus rule over far-off Macedonia. Pullo (Ray Stevenson), now miserable and friendless, has found work as an assassin, but his lack of discretion gets him arrested for murder. At Atia's dinner, Octavian (Max Pirkis) suggests that Vorenus or Caesar himself do something to save Pullo, but Caesar points out the political implications such action would cause. Octavian acts on his own, sending Timon (Lee Boardman) to find Pullo a lawyer, but at Pullo's public trial, the crowd demands the brazen killer's head, and Pullo is sentenced to death in the arena. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Triumph In the Senate, Cicero (David Bamber), feeling that he has no choice, calls for Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) to be made emperor. Brutus (Tobias Menzies), also under tremendous pressure, speaks passionately in favor of the motion, and it passes unanimously. Caesar exhorts the senators, "Join with me in building a new Rome, that offers justice, peace, and land to all its citizens." Posca (Nicholas Woodeson), Caesar's slave, coaches Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) as he campaigns to be magistrate of the Aventine district. When Vorenus grows weary of studying laws and such, and wonders if they should wait and see if he's elected first, Posca lets him know that his opponents in the election are "straw men." Pullo (Ray Stevenson) wants to march in Caesar's Triumph, but is told that he can't because he's no longer a soldier. At a loss, he impulsively decides to free Eirene (Chiara Mastalli) so that he can marry her and move to the country. Vorenus agrees to help him, but his plans go badly off-course. An innocent man is murdered in a moment of passion, and a severe rift develops between Pullo and Vorenus. Octavia (Kerry Condon) has run away and sought shelter with a religious order, but Octavian (Max Pirkis) goes to retrieve her in time for the Triumph. Octavia still believes (and rightly) that Atia (Polly Walker) was responsible for Glabius' death. Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) gains a new ally against Caesar when Quintus (Rick Warden) arrives on her doorstep, looking for Brutus. With help from Quintus and Cassius (Guy Henry), Servilia composes a screed against Caesar's tyranny, to which she puts Brutus' name. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Utica Cato (Karl Johnson) and Scipio (Paul Jesson) have just suffered a devastating defeat at the Battle of Thapsus in Africa. They retreat to Utica, where Cato quietly commits suicide. After the funeral ceremony, Scipio has a soldier take his life as well. Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) returns home and begins preparing a celebration of his triumph. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) retire from soldiering. On his return, Pullo is delighted to find that the slave girl he rescued, Eirene (Chiara Mastalli), now speaks his language. Soon, at a loss for how to earn a living, the two former soldiers join Niobe (Indira Varma) and her sister in the butcher business. Vorenus breaks up a confrontation in the street, and a ruffian mocks his military service to Rome, for which he gets slapped. The thug makes it known that he works for Erastes (Lorcan Cranitch), who runs the neighborhood, and makes quick work of his enemies. (Erastes is the man for whom Vorenus briefly and unhappily worked as a bodyguard.) Erastes later goes to Vorenus' home and threatens to rape and kill his wife and daughters if Vorenus does not publicly apologize and kiss his feet. Vorenus and Pullo send the children away and prepare for a fight, but Caesar arrives before Erastes can get there, and asks Vorenus to run for the local magistrate position. Meanwhile, bent on revenge against Atia (Polly Walker) and Caesar, Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) tells Octavia (Kerry Condon) that Atia had Glabius killed, and convinces her to seduce her own brother, Octavian (Max Pirkis), in order to get information about Caesar's mysterious affliction. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Caesarion Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) goes to Egypt, and goes to the court of the boy king, Ptolemy XIII (Shaka Bunsie), to demand that he turn over Pompey. Instead, Pompey's head is produced, and Caesar is not grateful, but enraged. He in turn demands that Ptolemy turn over the man who killed Pompey. The Egyptians have their own political strife, with Ptolemy's sister, Cleopatra (Lyndsey Marshal), having claimed the throne. Caesar decides to stay in Egypt and mediate the dispute in order to insure Egypt's grain supply to Rome isn't affected. But he sends Mark Antony (James Purefoy) and most of his men back to Rome. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) are sent to find Cleopatra, before Ptolemy's advisors have her killed. They rescue her, and she immediately plans to seduce Caesar, but on the road back to Alexandria, Cleopatra decides that since she is "between the tides" she must conceive a child immediately, before she reaches Caesar, and pass the child off as Caesar's own. She makes a surprising choice for the father. Upon returning to Alexandria, Cleopatra and Caesar have Ptolemy's advisors executed, which causes a massive public uproar, and Caesar ends up under siege in Alexandria for many months. Back in Rome, Brutus (Tobias Menzies) receives a cold welcome from Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) due to his capitulation. Antony keeps a sharp eye on Brutus and Cicero (David Bamber) while Caesar is away. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Pharsalus This episode of Rome examines the events surrounding the historic battle of Pharsalus. Things look grim for Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) by the time Mark Antony (James Purefoy) joins him in Greece, and to make matters worse, he's lost thousands of men at sea in the journey over. Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) is prepared to wait Caesar out, but Cato (Karl Johnson) and the other senators urge him to crush Caesar, once and for all. He masses his troops for battle. Caesar is massively outnumbered, but he knows his men will put up a fight. "We must fight or die," he tells Antony. "Pompey's men have other options." Back in Rome, a worried Atia (Polly Walker) sends Octavia (Kerry Condon) to Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) again, this time to request some men to guard her home. Servilia graciously agrees, but later gets word of Caesar's startling victory on the battlefield. Uncertain as to the fate of her son, Brutus (Tobias Menzies), Servilia breaks down, and is comforted by Octavia, but the two soon find themselves in a more intimate embrace. The disgraced Pompey suggests his confederates flee to Egypt, where he has friends. Cato and Scipio (Paul Jesson) decide to leave on their own, while Brutus and Cicero (David Bamber) decide to surrender to Caesar. Pompey is left alone with his family, a few slaves and soldiers, and some Greek mercenaries. Meanwhile, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) survive a shipwreck, and find themselves alone on a desert island with no food or water. Eventually, Vorenus gets the idea to make a raft from the corpses that washed up on the island with them. They make their way to the mainland, and happen to wash up onshore just as Pompey's party reaches the coast. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Egeria Mark Antony (James Purefoy) is running things in Rome while Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) chases down Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and his allies in Greece. But soon, word reaches Antony that the battle has turned against Caesar, who orders Antony and whatever troops he can muster to join him in Greece in what seems a hopeless cause. Pompey sends a messenger to Antony (living in Pompey's house) to let him know that Pompey will reward him if he sits out the battle, while Atia (Polly Walker) tries to convince Antony to marry her and seize power in Rome. Antony bides his time reaching a decision. Meanwhile, Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is having problems at home. Lyde (Esther Hall), Niobe's (Indira Varma) sister, is worried over her missing husband, and has moved in with the couple. Niobe seems more concerned about her well-being than the state of her marriage. After listening to the frustrated, lovelorn, drunken Vorenus complaining through the night, Pullo (Ray Stevenson) tells Lyde that he's heard that her husband was murdered, and pointedly tells her, in front of Niobe, to get on with her life. Pullo, assigned with schooling Octavian (Max Pirkis) in the "manly arts," takes the young man to an upscale brothel. Atia, concerned that she'll be on the losing side of the battles in Greece, gets Ocatvian out of town, and sends Octavia (Kerry Condon) to Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) with some "gifts" as a gesture of friendship. Servilia sees through the ploy, but treats Octavia kindly, telling the girl she's blameless for what her mother has done. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: An Owl in a Thornbush Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) crosses the Rubicon into Italy with a single legion, which the overconfident Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) sees as a suicidal act. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) and Pullo (Ray Stevenson) are sent ahead to Rome, to post Caesar's proclamation on the Senate door, but are told to return if they meet resistance. While the distraught Vorenus asks Pullo for marital advice, the father of Niobe's (Indira Varma) child, her brother-in-law, Evander (Enzo Cilenti), goes to see his son, and Niobe tearfully throws him out. Vorenus and Pullo surprise some of Pompey's troops, who run away. Pompey and his allies are panicked when they realize how quickly Caesar is advancing on the city. Pompey needs four days to amass enough men to fight him off, and Caesar is only two days away. Pompey tells Cato (Karl Johnson) and the rest of the senators that they'll have to retreat, gather strength, and then take the city back from Caesar. A proclamation is made that any noblemen staying in the city are allying themselves with Caesar and will be considered enemies of Rome. This causes a conflict for some. Brutus (Tobias Menzies) and his mother, Servilia (Lindsay Duncan), hide out in Atia's (Polly Walker) home while mobs loyal to Pompey run rampant in the streets. But Brutus decides that despite his friendship with Caesar, he must obey the proclamation and leave the city, while Servilia chooses to wait for her erstwhile lover. Atia, irritated by Octavia's (Kerry Condon) continuing relationship with her ex-husband, Glabius (Roberto Purvis), decides to take drastic action. Vorenus and Pullo intercept a group of Roman soldiers dressed in civilian garb who are fleeing the city with a very important wagon. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Stealing From Saturn Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and the senators who fled Rome get dreadful news about their war chest, and Pompey sends his son Quintus (Rick Warden) out to find the scouts who found the gold. Back in Rome, Caesar (Ciarán Hinds) is short on funds, and has instituted martial law in order to keep the peace. Atia (Polly Walker) is holding a dinner in his honor, and is unhappy to see Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) on Caesar's guest list. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) prepares an expensive feast in honor of the god Janus to inaugurate his merchant business. He rejects Mark Antony's (James Purefoy) generous offer to make him a prefect, preferring civilian life to participation in Caesar's campaign, which Vorenus sees as blasphemous. But things get rocky at the feast when his sister-in-law, Lyde (Esther Hall), arrives with her husband, Evander (Enzo Cilenti). Lyde, jealous over her husband's apparent continued passion for Niobe (Indira Varma), gets drunk and makes an embarrassing scene. At Atia's dinner, Caesar, who has asked for an augury at Jupiter's temple, to show Rome's citizen's that the gods favor his actions, takes the opportunity to offer the chief augur (Roger Hammond) a bribe in the guise of a late birthday gift for his wife. Back at Vorenus' home, things get worse after the party when Quintus shows up with some men, threatening Vorenus and Niobe and demanding to know where the stolen gold is. Vorenus has no idea what he's talking about until Pullo (Ray Stevenson) arrives, throwing money around, and the two get the better of Quintus. Vorenus finds out about the cart full of gold and orders Pullo to deliver it to Caesar. Caesar, meanwhile, sends Pompey and the Senate an offer of truce. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: The Ram Has Touched the Wall Pompey (Kenneth Cranham) and the senators send word to Caesar (Ciarán Hinds), disappointing him by accepting his offer of truce. But Caesar decides that Pompey's vain refusal to meet with him face-to-face is excuse enough to reject the truce. Mark Antony (James Purefoy) is pleased, and ready to go after Pompey, but he soon realizes that Caesar is biding his time. Antony suggests to his lover, Atia (Polly Walker), that Caesar won't go after Pompey because he refuses to leave Servilia (Lindsay Duncan) again. This spurs the jealous Atia to find an anonymous way to humiliate Caesar into breaking off his affair. Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), meanwhile, learns that nearly all of his slaves have fallen ill and died on the way from Gaul. With his nascent merchant business already in ruins, Vorenus is forced to work as a bodyguard, which he quickly learns is not for him. Desperate, he turns to Antony, hoping to rejoin the 13th Legion as a prefect and a member of the Evocati. Meanwhile, Atia has hired Pullo (Ray Stevenson) to teach Octavian (Max Pirkis) the "masculine arts," but Octavian admits that he was not cut out for fighting. "It's not the killing," he explains. "It's the waving about of swords I find tedious." Impressed with Octavian's intellect, Pullo asks him for advice. He suspects that Niobe (Indira Varma) has been unfaithful to his comrade Vorenus, but he has no proof. Octavian recommends that Pullo hold his tongue until he's certain, and the two kidnap Evander (Enzo Cilenti) in hopes of forcing him to confess. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide Rome: Passover The first episode of Rome's second season begins exactly where Season One left off, with the murder of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in the year 44 BCE. The power struggle that follows is set in motion when, thanks largely to the machinations of Caesar's scheming niece Atia (Polly Walker), her young and callow son Octavian is announced as heir to the throne--infuriating Caesar's closest ally Marc Antony (James Purefoy). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Rome: Son of Hades Tensions grow between Antony and Octavian in the wake of Caesar's death. Meanwhile, having lost everything, Vorenus takes a job keeping local gangs in line. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Testudo et Lepus (The Tortoise and the Hare) Pullo informs Vorenus that his children are still alive. Meanwhile, Atia survives a murder attempt. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Philippi With their forces combined, Octavian and Antony plan an attack against Brutus and Cassius' army. Back in Rome, Pullo and Vorenus are tasked with killing Brutus' supporters. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: A Necessary Fiction Eirene is secretly poisoned by Gaia. Meanwhile, Octavian takes a wife and forces Antony to leave Rome for Egypt. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: De Patre Vostro The series finale finds Antony and Cleopatra's armies defeated by Rome's forces under Octavian. Fearing a threat to his position, Octavian orders Pullo to assassinate young Caesarion. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Deus Impeditio Esuritori Nullus In Egypt with Cleopatra, Antony attempts to use their grain supplies to provoke war with Octavian. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Death Mask With Brutus dead and his army defeated, Octavian and Antony discuss dividing the empire. Meanwhile, Levi contemplates assassinating Prince Herod. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: Heroes of the Republic The return of his children leaves Vorenus a changed man, leading him to broker peace among the local gangs. Meanwhile, Atia encourages Octavian and Antony to unite against Brutus. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide Rome: These Being the Words of Marcus Tullius Cicero As the split between Antony and Octavian worsens, Cicero aligns with the latter. Meanwhile, Vorenus attempts to quell a burgeoning gang-war. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide
  • Sopranos: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

    Includes:The Sopranos: Pilot (1999) The Sopranos: 46 Long (1999) The Sopranos: Meadowlands (1999) The Sopranos: Pax Soprana (1999) The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (1999) The Sopranos: A Hit Is a Hit (1999) The Sopranos: Isabella (1999) The Sopranos: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano (1999) The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything (1999) The Sopranos: Boca (1999) The Sopranos: Down Neck (1999) The Sopranos: College (1999) The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance (1999) The Sopranos: Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office (2000) The Sopranos: Full Leather Jacket (2000) The Sopranos: Do Not Resuscitate (2000) The Sopranos: Funhouse (2000) The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor (2000) The Sopranos: House Arrest (2000) The Sopranos: Bust-Out (2000) The Sopranos: From Where to Eternity (2000) The Sopranos: D-Girl (2000) The Sopranos: Toodle-Fucking-oo (2000) The Sopranos: Commendatori (2000) The Sopranos: Big Girls Don't Cry (2000) The Sopranos: The Happy Wanderer (2000) The Sopranos: Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood (2001) The Sopranos: Employee of the Month (2001) The Sopranos: University (2001) The Sopranos: He Is Risen (2001) The Sopranos: Pine Barrens (2001) The Sopranos: Army of One (2001) The Sopranos: Amour Fou (2001) The Sopranos: To Save Us All From Satan's Power (2001) The Sopranos: Second Opinion (2001) The Sopranos: Another Toothpick (2001) The Sopranos: Fortunate Son (2001) The Sopranos: Proshai, Livushka (2001) The Sopranos: Eloise (2002) The Sopranos: No-Show (2002) The Sopranos: Whitecaps (2002) The Sopranos: Whoever Did This (2002) The Sopranos: Calling All Cars (2002) The Sopranos: The Strong, Silent Type (2002) The Sopranos: Christopher (2002) The Sopranos: Everybody Hurts (2002) The Sopranos: The Weight (2002) The Sopranos: Watching Too Much Television (2002) The Sopranos: For All Debts Public and Private (2002) The Sopranos: Pie-O-My (2002) The Sopranos: Mergers & Acquisitions (2002) The Sopranos: Where's Johnny (2004) The Sopranos: All Happy Families (2004) The Sopranos: Irregular Around the Margins (2004) The Sopranos: Sentimental Education (2004) The Sopranos: Marco Polo (2004) The Sopranos: The Test Dream (2004) The Sopranos: Unidentified Black Males (2004) The Sopranos: Rat Pack (2004) The Sopranos: Two Tonys (2004) The Sopranos: All Due Respect (2004) The Sopranos: Long Term Parking (2004) The Sopranos: Cold Cuts (2004) The Sopranos: In Camelot (2004) The Sopranos: Join the Club (2006) The Sopranos: The Fleshy Part of the Thigh (2006) The Sopranos: Live Free or Die (2006) The Sopranos: Johnny Cakes (2006) The Sopranos: Cold Stones (2006) The Sopranos: Moe 'n' Joe (2006) The Sopranos: The Ride (2006) The Sopranos: Luxury Lounge (2006) The Sopranos: Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request (2006) The Sopranos: Mayham (2006) The Sopranos: Members Only (2006) The Sopranos: Kaisha (2006) The Sopranos: Kennedy and Heidi (2007) The Sopranos: Stage 5 (2007) The Sopranos: Chasing It (2007) The Sopranos: Walk Like a Man (2007) The Sopranos: Remember When (2007) The Sopranos: Soprano Home Movies (2007) The Sopranos: Made in America (2007) The Sopranos: The Second Coming (2007) The Sopranos: The Blue Comet (2007) The Sopranos: Pilot In the pilot episode of this HBO television series from executive producer David Chase, a New Jersey mob boss named Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) suffers a series of anxiety attacks. Convinced by his physician that he needs to seek therapy, Tony consults psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who begins exploring her patient's attachment to a family of ducks that have been living in his pool, but have recently departed. As signs of weakness and disclosures made to a "shrink" could have violent repercussions in Tony's secretive world of organized crime, he keeps his visits with Melfi a secret. Those in the dark at first include his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), his manipulative mother Livia (Nancy Marchand), and his scheming uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), a member of the same crime family. In the meantime, Carmela's relationship with her and Tony's high-school age daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is becoming strained, and their son Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) is clueless about his dad's real profession. Tony's stress increases when he learns that the restaurant of his best friend, Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia), is to be the site of a mob murder on the orders of Junior, and that his cousin Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), one of Tony's soldiers, is making waves with his heavy-handed tactics. Tony orders Artie's restaurant blown up to trump Junior's plans, assuming that insurance will build his friend a new establishment. A hit with audiences and television critics alike, The Sopranos was the creation of executive producer Chase, whose resumé includes stints on such lauded television programs as The Rockford Files (1974-1980), I'll Fly Away (1991-1993), and Northern Exposure (1990-1995). The Sopranos' pilot episode aired on January 10, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: 46 Long In the sophomore episode of the HBO series, mob boss Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli) is dying of cancer, which can only lead to a power struggle between his two top capos, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and Tony's own uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese). Tony persuades his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand) to move into a retirement community against her wishes. When a car is stolen from a teacher at the school of Tony's son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), Tony sends his two top lieutenants, "Big Pussy" Bompensiero (Vincent Pastore) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to get the vehicle back. The incident leads to Anthony Jr.'s first suspicions about his dad's true occupation. Junior is having his own problems with the headstrong Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), his nephew, and a lieutenant of Tony's who has hijacked some merchandise from one of his trucks. Peace is made when Christopher agrees to pay Junior tribute, but his dimwitted associate Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando) again holds up one of Junior's trucks, this time accidentally killing the driver. Tony learns that his friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) did not have his restaurant insured, and that an explosion Tony secretly arranged has destroyed his friend financially. "46 Long" originally aired January 17, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Meadowlands Revelations mark this fourth episode of the series, involving a schoolyard fight brewing between Anthony Soprano Jr. (Robert Iler) and a bully who unexpectedly backs down. Anthony Jr. fails to understand the boy's fear, so his sister Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) explains that their father, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), is not really a "waste management consultant" but a New Jersey mob kingpin. After he begins having erotic dreams about his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), Tony hires a crooked cop, Vin Makazian (John Heard) to investigate Melfi's background, and the detective accidentally ruins her romance with a lawyer. Frantic after the mock execution he suffered, Soprano soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) believes that his cousin and boss, Tony, ordered the incident because he gave Tony's daughter, Meadow, some crystal methamphetamines; however, after Christopher and his girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo), discover the corpse of his murdered friend, Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando), he realizes that his uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), ordered the slaying in retaliation for a botched truck hijacking. Exacerbated by Junior's bloodthirsty soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), tensions rise between Tony and Junior when their boss and head of the family, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), passes away from cancer. Tony is left to decide whether he will make a play for the top job in the family or concede control to his uncle. "Meadowlands" first aired on January 31, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Pax Soprana The sixth episode of the HBO mob series finds New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deciding to do the noble thing and cede control of the family to his rival and uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), much to everyone's surprise and dismay. In reality, Tony is maintaining control of the family. With the agreement of the other families in the tri-state area, Junior is being set up as a frontman without his knowledge. Immediately, however, Junior causes trouble by ordering tribute to be paid by Tony's top lieutenants, including a long-time family advisor, Hesh Rabkin (Jerry Adler). Tony shocks his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), by declaring that he's falling in love with her during a session, and then kisses her. Junior learns that his tailor's grandson committed suicide because of a crippling drug addiction and orders two of his men to throw the drug dealer off a bridge in retaliation. Tony's medication is causing his sex drive to become nonexistent, much to the chagrin of both his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and his mistress. At a dinner celebration, the FBI conducts surveillance on the Sopranos, aware that Tony is still the real power behind the criminal organization. "Pax Soprana" first aired on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti Legal troubles come to a boil in the eighth episode of the hit HBO series. Mob soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) is enraged that he's not receiving the same publicity that other Mafia soldiers are enjoying due to the current round of federal indictments that are being handed down and covered extensively in the press. On edge and ready to explode, Christopher gets into an altercation with a bakery employee and shoots the man's toe off. In the meantime, psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) confesses to her son and ex-husband that she is counseling a stressed-out mobster, New Jersey crime kingpin Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), and they become concerned about her safety. At a wedding, the Soprano family members learn that they are about to be indicted by the FBI, which has become interested in their activities again since the death of the organization's one-time godfather. Tony and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), hurry home to conceal evidence not a moment too soon, as federal agents soon arrive with warrants and begin searching the premises. When the story hits the news, Christopher is pleased and relieved to be mentioned as an important family associate. Episode 8 aired on February 28, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: A Hit Is a Hit A mob boss finds he can't escape his true identity, while his cousin learns that the music industry is as crooked as organized crime in the tenth episode of the HBO series. New Jersey Mafia chieftain Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is delighted to receive an invitation to play golf with his well-to-do neighbor, Cusamano, at his exclusive country club. Happy to socialize with non-mobsters for once, Tony quickly realizes that Cusamano has extended the invitation simply to impress his buddies with his powerful crime boss pal. Tony's cousin and soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and his girlfriend Adriana (Drea de Matteo) meet Massive Genius, a rap star with a financial grudge against Soprano family advisor Hesh (Jerry Adler). Genius is immediately attracted to Adriana and makes a deal with Christopher: in exchange for Christopher setting up a meeting between Genius and Hesh, the musician agrees to consider signing a band that Adriana wants to represent, but it becomes clear that Genius is only interested in Adriana sexually. Meanwhile, Tony gets even with Cusamano by asking him to "hold on" to a package wrapped in plain brown paper, sending his neighbor into a panic over the possibly illegal narcotic contents. Episode 10 first aired March 14, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Isabella A fantasy woman leads to a therapeutic breakthrough for a mob chieftain, as his family crumbles around him in the penultimate episode of the HBO series' freshman season. Briefly confined to his bed by depression, New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) begins having hallucinogenic dreams about a beautiful neighbor named Isabella, who he believes to be a foreign exchange student living at his neighbor Cusamano's house. After Tony's cousin and soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) unwittingly prevents a first hit attempt on Tony, a pair of assassins nearly manage to kill the crime boss, but Tony gets away with only minor wounds. While he's recovering at the hospital, Tony is visited by the FBI, who tries in vain to recruit him as a federal witness. Tony also receives visits from his lieutenants, who vow revenge, and his uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), whom he correctly suspects ordered the botched slaying. Tony discovers that there is no Isabella and that the gorgeous girl he envisioned suckling a baby was a figment of his imagination. While consulting with his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), to see if she's the one who leaked information about him, Tony comes to the conclusion that his dreams about Isabella are significantly related to his lack of childhood nurturing and mothering. Isabella aired March 29, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano The final episode of the HBO crime series' first season contains several startling plot twists. After she suffers a disorienting episode, Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand), the manipulative mother of a powerful New Jersey crime boss, is moved to the nursing wing of her retirement home. Her son Tony (James Gandolfini) doesn't want to face the possibility, raised by his therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), that his own mother may have been in on an assassination attempt that nearly took his life. Later, however, the FBI plays tapes of Livia's conversations with Tony's uncle and family rival, Junior (Dominic Chianese), which proves she knew about the attempt and that Junior ordered it. Visiting with Livia, Tony's friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) discovers Tony's role in the destruction of his restaurant and confronts Tony with a shotgun, but Tony is able to convince his friend that Livia is losing her mind. Tony's cousin and muscle man Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and Soprano family lieutenant Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) murder Junior's top soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), while he's out jogging. Before Tony can also rub out his uncle, Junior and his men are arrested by the Feds on racketeering charges. Tony informs Dr. Melfi that a gang war could be brewing, putting her life in danger, and that she should leave town for a while. Livia has a stroke, and an incensed Tony confronts her about her role in the attempt on his life as she is wheeled away. "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano" first aired on April 4, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything Looming betrayals within a mob family cloud the horizon in this episode of the popular HBO crime series. Crooked police officer Vin Mazakian (John Heard) tells New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) that his best friend and trusted lieutenant Big Pussy Bompenseiro (Vincent Pastore), who was arrested by the feds, may have turned and could be working as an informant. Although he's incredulous, Tony orders another of his men, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to find the truth. Tony cautions Paulie not to kill their old friend until he's absolutely certain that he's a snitch, as it's possible Mazakian is framing Pussy to get out of his gambling debts. Before Tony can learn more, Mazakian is arrested in a sting operation and, his career in tatters, commits suicide as Paulie's plan to get Pussy to disrobe at a steam bath to see if he's wearing a wire fails. At the same time, Tony's uncle and rival within the family, Junior (Dominic Chianese) orders a hit on Tony, giving the bloody assignment to his top soldier Mikey (Al Sapienza), who tells his wife he's moving up in the family. After the incident at the steam bath, Pussy disappears. This episode first aired March 21, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Boca An intimate sexual act triggers further tension between two crime bosses in this episode of the HBO series. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) ridicules his uncle and fellow mobster Junior (Dominic Chianese) on the golf course. Tony has heard about Junior's oral sex skills with his girlfriend, Bobbi, who has been gabbing to her friends about Junior's prowess while the two were on a vacation in Boca Raton, FL. In retaliation, Junior smashes a lemon meringue pie in Bobbi's face, breaking their 16-year relationship. He also tells his vicious top soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), a secret he's been keeping that he recently learned from his sister-in-law, Livia (Nancy Marchand): her son, Tony, is compromising family security by seeing a psychiatrist. Meanwhile, Tony and his friends make plans to convince their daughters' talented soccer coach not to accept a lucrative college job, until they learn that the coach has been sleeping with one of his underage players, a friend of Tony's daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). They take steps to teach the coach a lesson he'll never forget. "Boca" was first shown on March 7, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Down Neck In this domestic episode of the hit HBO series, Anthony Soprano Jr. (Robert Iler), the son of a powerful New Jersey crime boss, gets suspended from school for stealing sacramental wine from the chapel. The school psychologist summons the boy's parents, mob capo Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), for a meeting at which Anthony Jr. is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Tony is troubled by his son's actions and reflects on his own childhood with his cruelly controlling mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), and his mobster father. Although Tony expresses concern to his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), that his son may end up living the same life of crime he does, he and Carmela refuse to accept the judgment of their son's school that the boy might need special education. Forced to visit Livia in her retirement home everyday, Anthony Jr. tells his grandmother about the incident and, also, accidentally reveals that his father is consulting a psychiatrist, spilling a very dangerous family secret to the shrewd and manipulative Livia. Down Neck aired on February 21, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: College Painful truths are revealed in the popular HBO series' standout fifth episode. New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) escorts his daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), on visits to several colleges in New England. As Tony and Meadow travel, he discusses his occupation with her openly for the first time. Although he's reluctant to do so, it has become obvious that Meadow and her younger brother, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), are aware of their father's criminal career. Stopping in a small Maine town, Tony spots a one-time snitch against the family named Fabian Petrulio, who long ago disappeared into the federal witness protection program. Between Meadow's appointments at various schools, Tony resolves to murder Fabian. Although Tony has confessed, to the delight of his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), that he is in therapy, she is unaware that his doctor is an attractive Italian-American woman, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), to whom Tony has become drawn sexually. Home with the flu, Carmela becomes furious when she receives a call from Melfi about a scheduling conflict. Confiding her marital frustrations to her movie-loving friend Father Phil, Carmela's relationship with the priest threatens to become romantic when Phil decides to spend the night on the couch. Back in Maine, Tony learns that Petrulio now goes by the name "Fred Peters." Convinced he's got the right man, Tony plots his revenge on Petrulio. "College" first aired on February 7, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance In the series' third episode, a crime family confronts the possibility of a future power struggle. Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), the daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), takes crystal methamphetamines with a friend in order to help them study for the SATs. Tony visits his dying Mafia superior, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), in the hospital and presents him with a gift: a hooker dressed as a nurse. Mikey Palmice (Al Sapienza), the top lieutenant of Tony's rival and uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), is convinced that Tony will make a grab for top boss after Jackie's death, and he begins to convince Junior that his nephew should be whacked. Tony, his henchman Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), and another Soprano lieutenant, Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt), deal with a Hasidic family of motel owners who refuse to pay protection money. After hiring family friends Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) and his wife Charmaine (Kathrine Narducci) to cater a party, Tony's wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), learns that her husband slept with Charmaine in high school. Soprano associate Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) tries to make a botched truck hijacking right by returning stolen goods to Junior, but the mob capo still orders Christopher's pal, Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando), murdered and Christopher to be threatened. Airing on January 24, 1999, "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" was directed by independent feature filmmaker Nick Gomez (New Jersey Drive, Illtown). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office In the second-season premiere of this original HBO series, Mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) adjusts to some changes in both his families in the wake of his mother's betrayal and a legal crackdown by federal law enforcement. Tony's also dealing with the sudden reappearance of his sister Janice (Aida Turturro), a free spirit going by the Hindu name "Parvati," who's really a greedy schemer in the finest Soprano tradition. Claiming she's there to care for their hospitalized mother Livia (Nancy Marchand), Janice is angling to get her mother's house (or the proceeds from its sales) when Livia dies. Tony refuses to see Livia, who's "dead" as far as he's concerned and not invited to a family barbecue. Tony's Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) is in jail and Tony orders a hit on Philly, one of Junior's men, because Philly's blabbing about Tony's therapy. But Tony's psychotherapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who's been reduced to hiding out and seeing patients in a motel room, refuses to treat her star patient despite his renewed panic attacks, telling him off at a diner. Nephew Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) expands into a new business venture involving a scam stock brokerage called Webistics. Meanwhile Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) reappears, claiming to have undergone rehab in Puerto Rico. "Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office" premiered January 16, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Full Leather Jacket A violent turn of events threatens the good fortunes of the Soprano family in this episode of the cable television series. Concerned that her daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), could end up attending a college thousands of miles away, Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) asks her neighbor, Jean Cusamano (Saundra Santiago), for a favor. It seems that Jean's twin sister, Joan (also played by Santiago), a successful lawyer, is a graduate of Georgetown University and serves in an influential alum position. Carmela asks if Joan would write a recommendation for Meadow, but Joan's answer is no. Determined and more than a little peeved, Carmela bakes a ricotta pie and shows up at Joan's office, making it clear that the recommendation is an offer Joan can't refuse. Carmela's husband, mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), is dealing with his own headache, his lieutenant Richie Aprile (David Proval), who is bucking his order to build a wheelchair access ramp at the home of pizzeria owner Beansie (Paul Herman), whom Richie is responsible for injuring. Richie caves in after a talk with Tony's Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) and even offers Tony his lucky leather jacket, a relic from the 1970s that Tony promptly gives to his maid's immigrant husband, enraging Richie. Deciding to quit taking drugs and give up his dreams of a life in the movie business, Soprano family lieutenant Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) asks his girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo), to marry him. The couple's joy is short-lived, as Christopher's two partners in crime, Matt Bevilaqua (Lillo Brancato Jr.) and Sean Gismonte (Chris Tardio), decide to move up the mob ladder by murdering Christopher, gunning him down in a diner parking lot. Sean is killed in the attack, and Matt goes on the run after Richie refuses to help him. "Full Leather Jacket" originally aired March 5, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Do Not Resuscitate New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) proves himself a cagey leader in this episode of the cable TV series. When Tony's Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) is released from jail under house arrest due to a heart condition, Tony meets with him at the office of Junior's doctor, which cannot be wire-tapped by the government due to doctor-patient confidentiality laws. Tony allows Junior to earn a token five percent of his income and retain the title of "boss." Tony's still the one in charge, however, as he proves when he negotiates an end to a labor strike in a surprising way profitable both for him and a black community activist. Although Junior is nursing a serious grudge against his nephew, it's Tony he turns to when he injures himself in a bathtub fall. Janice (Aida Turturro) continues to worm her way back into the Soprano family by befriending her niece, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), who gets her driver's license, and buttering up her mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand). Livia and Janice's new closeness is short-lived, however, because Tony's son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), innocently spills the beans about his father and Janice discussing a "DNR" order. During a trip to the doctor's office for a steroid injection to alleviate back pain, Soprano family soldier Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) is revealed to be working with FBI agent Skip Lipari (Louis Lombardi), but not everything Big P tells the federal agent is true, so who's playing who? "Do Not Resuscitate" first aired January 23, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Funhouse A pair of graduations and a goodbye to an old friend wrap up the second season of the popular HBO series. New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is flush with a run of financial success thanks to several recent schemes, including big payoffs from a calling-card scam. He buys his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), a new sable coat, and gives plane tickets to Arizona to his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), and her sister. Later, a bad dish at an Indian restaurant gives Tony serious food poisoning, leading to a series of disturbing dreams. In one of them, his friend, Pussy (Vincent Pastore), appears in the form of a frozen fish to announce that he's a FBI informant and that Tony has known all along. Tony begins to recover, determined to learn the truth about Pussy, whom he's long suspected of colluding with the feds. Visiting Pussy's home, Tony feigns continued illness and discovers hidden sound recording equipment and audiotapes. Tony, along with his top captains Silvio Dante (Steve Van Zandt) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) pretends to take Pussy on a test drive of a new powerboat, and force a confession from their old friend once they're out to sea. Pussy admits his guilt, but adds that most of the information he fed the government was false. Tony, Paulie, and Silvio murder Pussy and dump his body into the ocean. Returning home to continue preparations for the high school graduation party of his daughter ,Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), Tony receives a call from his mother. It seems the Arizona plane tickets were stolen during an earlier bankruptcy bust-out, and Livia has been detained. It's not long before law enforcement officers show up at the Soprano resident to arrest Tony. He's quickly bailed out by his lawyer, and Tony attends a therapy session with Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who finally admits to Tony that she's frightened of him. At his daughter's graduation celebration, Tony tells his lieutenant, Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), that he's about to graduate as well, to being a "made man" in the Mob. "Funhouse" first aired April 9, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor A mob boss's biggest personnel problem is resolved in an unexpected fashion in this penultimate episode of the cable television series' second season. Mob chieftain Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) has been trying to break off his long-running affair with Irina (Oksana Babiy), but the possessive Russian mistress tries to commit suicide with an overdose of pills. Tony is finally forced to send his captain, Silvio Dante (Steve Van Zandt) to visit Irina with a dose of wise advice and an envelope containing 75 thousand dollars. Tony's problems with his enforcer, Richie Aprile (David Proval), are coming to a head because Richie is refusing to follow Tony's order to stop selling drugs on his trash-hauling routes. Now Richie's trying to muscle into other capos' territories and scheming to kill Tony. Trying to persuade Tony's uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), to join him, the erratic and hot-tempered Richie finds Junior reluctant. Tony and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), host an engagement party for Richie and Tony's sister, Janice (Aida Turturro). Electing to remain loyal to Tony, Junior tips his nephew off about Richie's homicidal plans and receives an increase in his percentage from a grateful Tony. Tony orders Silvio to whack Richie, but before Silvio can carry out the hit, Richie and Janice get into a violent domestic quarrel, and Janice shoots Richie twice at point-blank range. Soprano lieutenants Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and Furio Giunta (Federico Castelluccio) get rid of Richie's corpse at the butcher shop, while Tony puts Janice on a bus back to Seattle, concluding, "All in all, it's been a good visit." Soprano family solider Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) seems to be having a mental meltdown due to the stress of being a government informant. Acting as if he thinks he's a junior G-man, Pussy stakes out and tails Christopher on an illegal mission to highjack a truckload of "Pokemon" cards but runs down an innocent bicyclist instead. "The Knight in White Satin Armor" first aired April 2, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: House Arrest A mob boss tries to reform for appearances' sake in this episode of the TV cable series that begins heating up several story lines in anticipation of the second season finale. Having narrowly avoided prosecution in a murder case, New Jersey Mafia don Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is advised by his lawyer to begin keeping regular office hours at his legitimate business, a waste management company called Barone Brothers Sanitation. A 9-5 desk job drives Tony to distraction, however, and even sexual escapades with a secretary don't seem to alleviate his increased stress, which causes a rash on his arm and another blackout at an annual golf outing for waste haulers. Wary of increased attention from the FBI, Tony orders his brother-in-law to tell Richie Aprile (David Proval) to stop selling cocaine on his garbage routes, causing even more bad blood between them. Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), who's partnered with Richie in the narcotics scheme and chafing under house arrest, begins to enjoy the company of Catherine Romano (Mary Louise Wilson), a police captain's widow he knew in his youth. Still drinking vodka before her sessions with Tony, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) feels duty-bound to treat the mobster, even though her patient wants to quit therapy. After an altercation with a smoker at a restaurant embarrasses her son, Melfi receives a prescription for Luvox, an obsessive-compulsive disorder medication, from her psychiatrist, Dr. Kupferberg (Peter Bogdanovich). "House Arrest" first aired March 26, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Bust-Out A witness could bring an organized crime family crashing down in this episode of the HBO television series created by David Chase. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is distressed to learn that a witness has identified him as being in the area where a traitorous mob lieutenant was murdered. He visits his lawyer, Neil Mink (David Margulies), to discuss a strategy of stalling the feds, and delivers a bag of cash, Tony's rainy day fund for his wife and kids should he be arrested. Tony's also upset when his son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), prefers to hang out with his friends at the mall rather than spend time with his dad, but Tony then promptly forgets his son's swim meet. After a meeting with Tony, Soprano family muscle Richie Aprile (David Proval) complains to Tony's Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) about the shoddy treatment they're both getting. Junior warns Richie about the treacherous Janice (Aida Turturro), who's letting Richie hold a gun to her head during sex. As payment for the massive gambling debt of his old pal, Davey Scatino (Robert Patrick), Tony and his crew take over Davey's outdoor store, running up the limit on all of Davey's lines of credit, intending to sell the merchandise on the street and bankrupt the business. A depressed Davey sleeps in a tent in his store, never returning home and contemplating suicide. Meanwhile, Pussy (Vincent Pastore) gives the FBI a list of investors in the Webistics scam and Tony's wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), has a crush on virile, widowed wallpaper hanger Vic Musto (Joe Penny), Davey's brother-in-law. Their flirtation threatens to become something more, but then Vic meets Davey for lunch and learns that Carmela's husband is a mob kingpin who has ruined Davey's family. Vic offers to pay for the college tuition of his nephew and breaks off his friendship with Carmela, sending an assistant to finish the wallpaper job. Tony learns that the witness against him learned of his identity and is now refusing to testify. The mob boss is so elated, he walks out of a therapy session with Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). His daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), learns that she's been accepted at some top colleges, giving the family cause for celebration. "Bust-Out," which was called "Deus Ex Machina" until a last-minute title change, originally aired March 19, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: From Where to Eternity Series co-star Michael Imperioli, who also wrote the feature film Summer of Sam (1999), penned the script for this episode of the popular pay-television drama. Shot several times in the previous episode, Soprano family lieutenant Christopher Moltisanti (Imperioli) clings to life in a hospital and has an out-of-body experience that brings him into contact with his ghosts of his late father and a slain former associate, Mikey Palmice, in the afterlife. Shaken up by Christopher's account of his supernatural journey, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) visits a psychic, a priest, and even Palmice's widow, convinced he'll go to Hell when he dies. Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) receives a tip regarding the whereabouts of Matt Bevilaqua (Lillo Brancato Jr.), one of the gunmen who shot Christopher, and pays Matt a lethal visit with Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore), who's forced to commit murder despite being a federal informant. Hearing about the illegitimate child borne by another mobster's mistress, Carmela (Edie Falco) urges her husband Tony to get a vasectomy, as she's aware of his affair with a Russian girl, Irina (Oksana Babiy). Tony insists the affair is over, but Carmela is highly skeptical. Janice (Aida Turturro) continues to pressure her boyfriend, Richie Aprile (David Proval), to move against her brother Tony. Tony blows up at his son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), and then tries to rectify the situation by spending time with him. Tony also attempts to be a good husband; he tells Carmela he'll get a vasectomy, but she tells Tony she's changed her mind and may want another child. Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) confesses during a visit with her psychiatrist Dr. Kupferberg (Peter Bogdanovich) that she has made an unholy alliance with her notorious client and that she's becoming increasingly dependent upon alcohol and pills. "From Where to Eternity" first aired on March 12, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: D-Girl Movie stars Jon Favreau, Sandra Bernhard, and Janeane Garofalo make cameo appearances as themselves in this episode of the hit HBO series that finds a Mafia wiseguy flirting with Hollywood. Mob lieutenant Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), who abandoned the screenplay he was secretly writing, finds himself bitten by the show business bug once again when he meets the beautiful Amy (Alicia Witt), a development executive working on a new film with actor Jon Favreau. Christopher and Favreau meet, and the actor appropriates some of Christopher's real-life crime anecdotes for a script. Despite the fact that Amy is his cousin's girlfriend, Christopher sleeps with her. In the Soprano household, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) is causing his parents grief with his new apathy. After flunking most of his classes, he gets into a car accident and explains to his parents, Tony (James Gandolfini) and Carmela (Edie Falco), that he's discovered Existentialsim, and that life is absurd and meaningless. A visit with his grandmother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), is no help, as her world view is even darker and more depressing. At his confirmation party, Anthony is caught smoking pot, so his sponsor Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore), explains to Anthony that his father is a "stand-up guy," despite the fact that Big P is betraying Tony and is reluctantly wearing a wire so the Feds can record his conversations. Pussy ends up weeping in the bathroom while his FBI contact Skip (Louis Lombardi) listens in. Informed by a jealous Adriana (Drea de Matteo) that her boyfriend Christopher is dreaming of Hollywood again, Tony delivers an ultimatum to his lieutenant at the party, forcing him to choose between the movies the mob. "D-Girl" originally aired February 27, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Toodle-Fucking-oo A lethal new character joins the Soprano family in this episode of the original cable series, directed by Lee Tamhori. Mob boss Anthony Soprano (James Gandolfini) receives a call from the police, but it's not his illegal activities they're concerned with; his daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) has thrown a party at the unoccupied house of Tony's mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), and one of her teenage friends has overdosed on drugs. Tony and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), feel powerless to control their daughter, and give her only a token punishment, but Carmela is infuriated when Tony's sister, Janice (Aida Turturro), attempts to intervene with some unwanted child-rearing advice. Richie Aprile (David Proval), the hair-trigger-tempered brother of deceased boss Jackie Aprile, is released from prison after ten years, embittered over his loss of power. He pushes for the position and money he feels rightfully belong to him, but Tony urges Richie to be patient. Although he's indebted to Richie, pizza shop owner Beansie (Paul Herman) refuses to knuckle under and pay tribute, so Richie viciously runs over him in a parking lot, then backs up over Beansie again, crippling his one-time friend. Richie struggles with his inner demons at yoga class, where he runs into Janice, a former flame. Richie seeks to stoke the fires of romance with Janice again by visiting her and her mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), at the hospital. Tony's cold to Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) when they bump into each other at a restaurant, and Melfi is haunted by her cheery "Toodle-oo" to the powerful mob boss. "Toodle-Fucking-oo" originally aired January 30, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Commendatori This episode of the original cable TV series was shot on-location in Italy. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) travels with his top lieutenants, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) and Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), to Naples, where he intends to negotiate a lucrative new deal for the car-jacking operation he's taken over from his Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese). While Paulie attempts to ingratiate himself with the locals with little success, Christopher holes up in his hotel room with Tanno (Giuseppe Zeno), a new acquaintance, on a drug-addled bender that lasts the entire trip. Tony discovers that his distant relative Don Zi Vittorio (Vittorio Duse) has become senile, and that Zi's voluptuous, intelligent daughter, Annalisa (Sofia Milos), is the true boss. Tony is powerfully attracted to Annalisa, who reminds him of Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), but he has a difficult time negotiating business with a woman. They agree on a price for the stolen cars and Tony recruits one of Annalisa's most valuable men, Furio Giunta (Federico Castelluccio), to be his new enforcer. Back at home in the U.S., Angie Bompensiero (Toni Kalem) confesses to Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) that she's unhappy in her marriage to Pussy (Vincent Pastore) and wants out, but Carmela, already questioning her marriage to Tony, urges Angie to stick with her husband. Spotted by an old acquaintance while meeting with his FBI contact, Pussy is later forced to murder his friend with a hammer. "Commendatori" aired Feburary 6, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Big Girls Don't Cry In this episode of the popular cable TV series, mob chief Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) returns to therapy, a new lieutenant makes a powerful impression, and a legendary director tries his hand at acting in a multi-episode story arc. Tony reorganizes his crew, promoting Silvio Dante (Steve Van Zandt) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to share an underboss role, while leaving Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) at the same level as Christopher (Michael Imperioli) and Furio (Federico Castelluccio). This infuriates Pussy, who becomes less reluctant to share information with the FBI, while Furio, now working for Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) as a mozzarella maker, is ordered to lean on the owner of a whorehouse, whose delinquent payments are Christopher's responsibility. Christopher, however, is wrapped up in an acting class given to him as a gift by his girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo). Tony, while he should be happy that he's not under indictment and business is booming, is having fits and tantrums. It's partly the stress of discovering that the renewed romance between his sister, Janice (Aida Turturro), and Richie Aprile (David Proval) is becoming serious, so Tony tries to talk with his counsel, Hesh Rabkin (Jerry Adler), who's of little help. Hesh does reveal, however, that Tony's father also suffered from blackouts. Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) has been seeing a therapist of her own, Dr. Elliott Kupferberg (Peter Bogdanovich), to whom she reveals her guilt over refusing to treat Tony. Although Kupferberg advises against it, Melfi calls Tony to offer her services, which Tony at first gruffly refuses. Tony relents and appears for his appointment, re-starting his sessions in an effort to gain "total control." "Big Girls Don't Cry" first aired February 13, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Happy Wanderer Frank Sinatra Jr. provides an amusing cameo as himself in this episode of the hit television series. Mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) tells his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), of his anger at all the "happy wanderers" in the world, those without the cares and concerns he suffers. One responsibility that Tony's looking forward to, however, is control of the "executive game," a poker game for high rollers that he's now inherited from Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese). At a funeral, Tony is forced to deal with the presence of his estranged mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), who's escorted by Janice (Aida Turturro) and her lover, Richie Aprile (David Proval). Janice is pressuring Richie to stand up to her brother and claim what's rightfully his -- namely, control of the mob family. Against his better judgement, Tony allows his old friend and local sporting goods store owner Davey Scatino (Robert Patrick) into the executive game, despite the fact that Davey's gambling problems have been causing trouble with Richie to the tune of eight grand. Davey loses another 45,000 dollars and tries to convince Soprano friend and restaurant owner Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) to loan him the cash to pay Tony and Richie, but Artie can't help. Junior reveals a family secret to Tony about a feeble-minded uncle he never knew he had, and Tony's daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), encounters a problem with her classmate Eric when his sport utility vehicle ends up in Soprano hands. "The Happy Wanderer" first aired on February 20, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood The third season of the popular HBO crime series opens with the FBI trying to devise a method of bugging the home of New Jersey mob boss Anthony Soprano (James Gandolfini). In the meantime, Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) adjusts to life as a freshman at Columbia University, his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) takes tennis lessons, and his son Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) is more concerned about his skateboard and cigarettes than schoolwork. Tony is also worried about Patsy Parisi (Dan Grimaldi), twin brother of the slain Philly, who was murdered on Tony's orders. His erratic behavior and heavy drinking seem an indication that Patsy knows who's responsible for his brother's death, causing Tony and his lieutenants to keep a close watch on the embittered soldier. "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood" was written by series creator David Chase. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Employee of the Month A violent sexual assault followed by justice aborted due to a legal technicality leaves Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) flirting with the idea of using her mob connection to get revenge in this powerful episode of the cable crime drama. When she's raped in the stairwell of her office building, Dr. Melfi expects the attacker to be prosecuted, but an improper police procedure results in the rapist getting off. After she recognizes her rapist at a fast food restaurant where he works, she considers telling her mob boss client Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) about the incident, knowing he'll exact retribution, but the therapist remains silent. In the meantime, Tony deals with his uppity subordinate, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano), by promoting one of Ralph's garbage business associates in his stead, and Tony's sister, Janice (Aida Turturro), has a violent run-in with Russian gangsters over a stolen prosthetic leg. Some good news comes Tony's way when he learns of a new 25-million-dollar waterfront project coming into his territory, but the appearance of new neighbor Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola), a powerful New York crime boss, is a cause for concern. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: University The violence toward women characteristic of this hit cable drama's third season continues with shocking brutality in this heartbreaking episode. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) resists the efforts of one of his needy young go-go dancers, Tracee (Ariel Kiley), to become "friends." He's got enough problems at home with his own daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), who has been giving him the silent treatment over her father's prejudice toward her mixed-race boyfriend. When the boyfriend casually dumps Meadow, however, she's furious, hurling invective at her family and slamming doors. Meanwhile, Tracee has become pregnant with the child of Tony's garbage business underling, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano), who reacts with a typically uncaring attitude. When Tracee insults Ralph in front of his friends and business partners, he meets her outside Tony's strip club and brutally beats her to death. Tony reacts violently, attacking Ralph and violating the code of la cosa nostra. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: He Is Risen Accomplished character actress Annabella Sciorra joins the cast of this popular crime series. As Thanksgiving approaches, New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with the fallout of his beating his garbage business subordinate Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano). A violation of the Mafia code, Tony's now obliged to either kill Ralph or apologize, but finds himself loathe to do either -- and instead embarks on a torrid affair with a beautiful but troubled Mercedes Benz dealership sales rep, Gloria Trillo (Sciorra). In the meantime, Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) has begun dating shiftless Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone), the wannabe gangster son of Tony's one-time boss. While Jackie Jr.'s mother (Sharon Angela) is thrilled at the union, Tony and his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) are less enthused about the young man's questionable prospects. The holidays bring resolution to at least one of Tony's problems: when a Soprano family crew boss dies unexpectedly, Tony's able to heal the rift with Ralph by promoting him to captain, a position of authority Cifaretto has long craved. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Pine Barrens Elements of the darkly humorous Fargo (1996) are recalled in this Emmy-nominated episode directed by one of that classic film's stars, Steve Buscemi. A simple collection from a Russian goes awry when he and Soprano family mobster Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) exchange words, then blows. Determining that the desolate Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey are the perfect dumping grounds for the Russian's body, Paulie drags soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) with him, promising a night in Atlantic City once the corpse has been disposed of. Things don't unfold as planned, however; their victim isn't dead and turns out to be a former Army commando who assaults them, then escapes. Disoriented, Paulie and Christopher can't find their way back to the car and end up spending a frozen night in the woods. Meantime, the Mafia organization's boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) learns that his new lover Gloria Trillo (Annabella Sciorra) has an unstable, violent streak, and his daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) sees another side of her boyfriend Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Army of One The third season of the hit HBO crime series comes to a close in this memorable episode. After he brokers a peace agreement between two of his captains, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) must handle a domestic crisis. It seems his son Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) has been expelled from his high school for cheating on a math test. Enraged, Tony tells his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) that their only option is military school, but she fights her husband on the decision. In hiding after a botched robbery attempt on some made men, Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone) is gunned down on the orders of Ralph, and the young man's funeral leaves his ex-girlfriend Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) distraught. After seeing Jackie in his coffin, Carmela reconsiders Anthony Jr.'s fate, but then the boy blacks out while trying on his new school uniform, suffering from the same anxiety-produced seizures as his father, rendering him unfit for duty. At a wake for Jackie, a frustrated Paulie forges a new alliance with rival mob boss Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) and a drunken Meadow makes a spectacle of herself while her Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) is singing. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Amour Fou The climactic ends of two unadvisable relationships have grim consequences in this gripping episode of the hit cable crime series. A heated argument with his mentally unhinged, illicit lover Gloria Trillo (Annabella Sciorra) leads to a near-homicide for New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Although he nearly chokes the woman upon realizing that she's a carbon copy of his other, Tony backs off and sends his enforcer Patsy Parisi (Dan Grimaldi) to deliver a message to Gloria: the romance is over, and so is her life if she reveals their secret affair. Meanwhile, Tony's wife Carmela (Edie Falco) makes her first tentative moves toward independence, taking off the jewelry her husband bought her with ill-gotten gains and studying for a real estate license exam. Also, the budding romance between Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and wiseguy wannabe Jackie April Jr. (Jason Cerbone) has ended, leading Jackie to pull a dangerous stunt: the rip-off of a high-stakes Mafia card game. Gunfire is exchanged and although Jackie barely escapes with his life, his future is in serious doubt when Tony hands over final authority in the matter to his bloodthirsty captain, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano), who's unlikely to be influenced by his relationship with Jackie's mother. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: To Save Us All From Satan's Power A Mafia chieftain becomes uncharacteristically reflective as Christmas approaches in this episode of the cable TV drama. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is experiencing a sense of loss over the death of his friend Pussy Bompensiero, who traditionally played Santa Claus at Tony's annual charity bash. Tony's feelings of woe are compounded by his discovery of his daughter's boyfriend, wiseguy wannabe Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone), receiving a lap dance from a stripper at a go-go club; Tony gives the college dropout a solid beating. In the meantime, a Russian money launderer friend of Tony's gives him a little holiday gift: the identity of the ruffian who viciously assaulted his sister Janice (Aida Turturro). Tony and his lieutenant Furio give the man a beating as a holiday gift to Janice, and on Christmas morning, a chastened Jackie shows up with a gift for Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and an attitude adjustment for her father. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Second Opinion Dealing with health care professionals of various stripes proves to be an arduous task for two members of a crime family in this episode of the hit cable TV series. When his Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) undergoes a not-entirely successful cancer treatment at the hands of less-than-compassionate Dr. John Kennedy (Sam McMurray), New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is furious. So he schedules a threatening heart-to-heart with the surgeon on the golf course that leaves Junior in the doctor's suddenly far more caring hands. In the meantime, Tony's wife Carmela (Edie Falco) is referred to a blunt psychotherapist (Mike Nichols), who tells her that she's complicit in her husband's crimes and will never be happy unless she leaves him. In the meantime, Tony's lieutenants Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) and Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) continue to clash over their new business arrangements, and Tony deals with the financial concerns of the widowed Angie Bompensiero (Toni Kalem) by smashing the window of her new Cadillac. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Another Toothpick New Jersey mob kingpin Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is finally joined by his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), for a contentious session with his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), in this episode of the hit HBO drama series. When his frustrations lead to a traffic ticket from officious trooper Wilmore (Charles S. Dutton) on the way home, an angry Tony tells his corrupt state assemblyman, Zellman (Peter Riegert), to "fix it." Compounding Tony's frustrations and concerns is the fact that his Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) has cancer, a family associate has been put in a coma by an unprovoked attack, and a dying former gangster (Burt Young) has been assigned a retaliatory hit. Then there's Tony's daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), still not speaking to her father because of his racist attitudes, and his restaurant-owner friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) has a crush on his nephew's girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo). When Tony goes to Fountains of Wayne to pick up a backyard ornament, he discovers that Officer Wilmore has been reduced to a part-time job because his run-in with Tony has had political repercussions. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Fortunate Son New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) makes a breakthrough in his therapy with Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) in this episode of the hit drama series. Remembering that his first "spell" occurred when he was 11 years old, Tony suddenly realizes that all of his blackouts have occurred when he was preparing meat. This revelation forces him to confront a painful memory about his father and recently deceased mother. Meanwhile, Tony's nephew, Christopher (Michael Imperioli), bungles his new responsibilities of a "made man" and is forced to hold up a Rutgers University box office to pay his weekly payment to Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico). A feud between Tony's sister, Janice (Aida Turturro), and their late mother's housekeeper, Svetlana, heats up, resulting in a stolen artificial leg, while Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) gives her dad Tony the silent treatment, and Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) excels on the football field. When he's promoted for his gridiron performance, however, A.J. blacks out under the pressure, just like his dad. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Proshai, Livushka Some computer-generated imagery summons the ghost of a departed cast member for one final appearance in this turning point episode of the hit crime drama. After learning that his daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is dating a half Jewish, half African-American student at Columbia, New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) has a stress-related anxiety attack and blackout. His problems are compounded when, after a contentious visit with his mother Livia (Nancy Marchand), he receives word that the manipulative matriarch has died of a stroke. Tony's flower-child sister, Janice (Aida Tuturro), insists on a memorial service but gets more than she bargained for when assembled family members share their true feelings about the less-than-dearly departed. At a session with his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), Tony about sums it up by confiding that he's glad his mother is gone. A key witness against him in a case involving stolen airline tickets, Livia is now silenced forever, and her emotional passive-aggression is no longer a part of his life. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Eloise While Carmela and Furio deal with unspoken feelings, a disagreement leads to problems between the two families. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: No-Show An off-color joke made by Ralph has the potential to create problems. Meanwhile, Christopher's ascension within the ranks leads to bitterness. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Whitecaps In the fourth season finale, Tony and Carmela's relationship begins to crumble under the weight of their marital problems, and Junior's trial concludes. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Whoever Did This The rift between Tony and Ralph reaches a crescendo. Meanwhile, Junior hopes to avoid trial. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Calling All Cars Tensions mount between the New Jersey and New York families over a housing scam. Meanwhile, Tony has another vivid dream and Bobby is bereft with grief. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Strong, Silent Type After Christopher's substance abuse gets out of hand, Tony organizes an intervention. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Christopher While Junior's trial begins, Silvio and Artie attempt to thwart a protest of the annual Columbus Day parade. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Everybody Hurts Tony learns of a former comare's death, and Artie Bucco enters into a dubious business arrangement. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Weight Animosity grows between Johnny Sack and Ralphi, while attraction blooms between Carmela and Furio. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Watching Too Much Television Following Paulie's release from prison, Tony and Ralph discuss a housing scam with Zellman. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: For All Debts Public and Private The fourth season premiere finds Junior struggling to pay his legal costs and Adriana befriending an undercover FBI agent. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Pie-O-My Echoing his past admiration of animals, Tony becomes enamored with a race horse. Meanwhile, a grieving Bobby finds solace with Janice. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Mergers & Acquisitions While Paulie's mother has trouble adjusting to her new retirement home, a woman comes between Tony and Ralph. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Where's Johnny Stricken with dementia, Uncle Junior wanders out on his own. Meanwhile, Feech La Manna becomes a potential liability. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: All Happy Families While Carmela loses control of AJ, Tony looks for a way to deal with the aging Feech La Manna. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Irregular Around the Margins An auto accident involving Tony and Adriana leads to rampant suspicion that the two are having an affair. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Sentimental Education While Carmela re-enters the dating scene, the recently paroled Tony Blundetto tries his hand at a civilian job. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Marco Polo The recently paroled Tony Blundetto is offered some work by the New York family, while the Soprano household plays host to a big party in honor of Carmela's father's 75th birthday. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Test Dream After an old friend is murdered by members of the New York family, Tony Blundetto makes a careless and unauthorized move. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Unidentified Black Males Tony Soprano learns of a misdeed committed by Tony Blundetto and attempts to cover for his cousin. Meanwhile, Finn gets a construction job and learns a shocking secret about Vito. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Rat Pack After a long prison sentence, Tony's cousin Tony Blundetto is paroled and finds the world a changed place. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Two Tonys In the fifth season opener, AJ and Carmela are shocked to encounter a ferocious bear in the backyard. Meanwhile, Tony attempts to court Dr. Melfi. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: All Due Respect In the fifth season finale, Tony finds the situation with his cousin Tony Blundetto beginning to affect his own people and realizes he must make a decision. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Long Term Parking With pressure from the FBI increasing on her, Adriana comes clean with Christopher about her role as an informant. Meanwhile, Tony attempts to protect his cousin. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Cold Cuts Christopher and Tony Blundetto visit a rural farm to move some corpses, while back in New Jersey, Janice's temper gets the best of her. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: In Camelot While Tony meets his father's old comare who reveals some surprising things about the elder Soprano, Junior grapples with his own mortality. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Join the Club Following his shooting at the hands of Uncle Junior, Tony finds himself in a comatose dream state. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Fleshy Part of the Thigh Tony befriends an aging scientist and a celebrity rapper while recuperating in the hospital. Meanwhile, a dying aunt drops a bombshell on Paulie. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Live Free or Die After Vito's secret life as a homosexual becomes public knowledge, he takes off to hide out in New Hampshire. Back in Jersey, Tony grapples with how to handle the situation. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Johnny Cakes While Vito finds something unexpected in New Hampshire, Tony meets an attractive realtor and AJ makes a rash decision about Uncle Junior. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Cold Stones Vito finally returns to face the family about his homosexuality. Meanwhile, Carmela vacations abroad and has a disturbin
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