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Weeds: The Final Season/Season Eight (2012/Lionsgate Blu-ray)


Picture: A-     Sound: B+     Extras: B     Episodes: B



Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker) and her band of misfits return for one final go at the family business in Weeds: Season 8 – The Final Season.  The series had its highs and lows thus far, but with a Season 7 cliff hanger I was excited to see where they would take this final season.


I am hesitant to give any details away about these episodes as each slowly leads up to the final episode, but overall I will call this final season a mixed bag.  The episodes don’t truly contribute to the season finale or come to a peak, acting as standalone segments rather than a piece of the whole.  Some episodes are great as ever, but others I would call ‘throw aways.’  The season opener picks up where Season 7 left off, a sniper pointed at Nancy’s head and subsequently now recovering from a near fatal wound.  Her family is spreading out and making a name for themselves as Silas (Hunter Parish) looks into the benefits of medical marijuana and Shane (Alexander Gould) swears to track down his mother’s shooter.  Andy (Justin Kirk) is having relationship issues, which could make for some messy situations.


I still find Nancy somewhat annoying and not having many redeemable features, but that is nothing new.  The series maintains its comic sensibilities and elements of absurdity, but somehow misses the mark of what it once was.  I don’t feel such a great connection to the characters any longer and the subplots (that don’t contribute greatly to the finale) are tangential at times and wasted episodes.


I did enjoy seeing how the series wrapped it all up after eight seasons, but at the same time many plot lines were abandoned or twisted making for a less than stellar conclusion.  Interesting on one hand, disappointing on another; regardless if you have followed Weeds this far, seeing to the end is the right choice.


The picture once again is a wonderful 1080p AVC 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that has brightly displayed colors, solid contrast, crisp detail and bold black levels.  The sound is a superbly presented English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless mix that gives off a pleasant audio experience.  Whereas the series remains heavily dialogue driven, it as always manages to use the full speaker range and offer solid ambient noise with crisp, clear dialogue.


Extras Include:

·         Cast and Crew Commentaries

·         Gag Reel

·         Everyday Advice from Guru Dog

·         Deleted Scenes

·         Clippin’ the Buds

·         Weeds Season 8: The Wrap Up


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