Clearly the brightest jewel in the Sci-Fi Channel's original-programming crown, Farscape continues to expand its genre's boundaries with provocative, consistently engrossing episodes -- among them the complete run of second-season episodes collected here. Viewers will be reintroduced to John Crichton (Ben Browder), the erstwhile astronaut catapulted into a galaxy many light-years distant from Earth and taken aboard the living starship Moya, whose passengers are fugitives from oppressive totalitarians known as "Peacekeepers." In "Mind the Baby," Moya surrenders her newborn "offspring" to Crais, a devious Peacekeeper, in a bid to navigate uncharted reaches of the galaxy without being molested. Successive episodes "Vitas Mortis," "Taking the Stone," and "Crackers Don't Matter" show Moya and the fugitives continuing their odyssey -- which, not surprisingly, becomes increasingly dangerous. In "The Way We Weren't," evidence of the murder of a previous Moya is found. In "Picture If You Will," a dynamic photograph puts the crew behind the magic 8-ball. "Home on the Remains" finds the crew hungry and seeking not only food but a cure for Zhaan (Virginia Hey), who begins sprouting toxic buds. In "Dream a Little Dream," Zhaan reveals a bit of Moya history to Crichton. In "Out of Their Minds," the crews' minds are thrown into each other's bodies. "My Three Crichtons" finds a research vessel spitting out Crichton carbon copies. The collection concludes with the three-part "Look at the Princess," in which Crichton's life in endangered when he agrees to marry the DNA-poisoned Princess Katralla. In "Beware of Dog," a hostile beast on Moya attacks and poisons D'Argo (Anthony Simcoe). In "Won't Get Fooled Again," Crichton relives the launch of his Farscape One, but instead of entering a wormhole, he wakes up in a hospital on Earth. "The Locket" finds Aeryn (Claudia Black) mysteriously aging. Finally, "The Ugly Truth" follows Moya's crew as they board the Talyn to discuss disarming the young gunship. "A Clockwork Nebari," a brainwashed Aeryn and Rygel return from a Commerce Planet with a surprise for Chiana. An entire disc is taken up by the all-consuming three-parter, "Liars, Guns and Money." And in the pivotal season finale, "Die Me, Dichotomy," Crichton goes to a medical expert to have Scorpius' brain implant removed, but it takes over his body. (Good luck hanging from that cliff until Season Three.) Farscape boasts production values and special effects that are more impressive than you'll find in some feature films, but it's the superior scripting and fully defined characters that really distinguish this series from the space operas of yore. Creator Rockne S. O'Bannon deserves most of the credit for keeping Farscape on track, and the fruits of his labors are here in the form of four particularly memorable episodes.