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In Living Color – Season Two


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



With the instant success of the first season of In Living Color, The Wayans and company decided to get experimental and riskier with the second, but familiar characters returned as well.  With that said, Season Two still had some great moments, but characters like The Head Detective, Fire Marshall Bill, The B.S. Brothers, and The Buttman Family were a bit of a departure form the intensity and consistency of what the first season brought on, because the idea was to be shocking in a way that was intended to be more outrageous than funny.  Add no less that three episodes that were complied repeats of previous skits, and the show took a bit of a dip in quality.


What did work this time around included odd moments with superhero Handi-Man, which actually managed to be as funny as they were shocking, Kim Wayans send-ups of Oprah Winfrey in a cycle similar to Joan Rivers send-ups of Elizabeth Taylor, before they were played out, more hilarious “Men On” segments, the Gospel send-up Cephus & Reesie, Spike’s Joint (spoofing the commercial success of filmmaker Spike Lee), the return of I Love Laquita, Johnny Abdul – Saudi Rock Star, the Lil Magic skits that remind one of the original Carol Burnett Mama’s Family skits a bit, and the glorious return of gossiper Benita Butrell.  That was about enough to make this a commercially successful sophomore outing, but it does not hold up as well as the first.  Fortunately, the Wayans were not finished yet and more was on the way.


The full frame, color footage is in as great shape here as it was for the first set, as clean and clear as it is going to get for professional analog NTSC videotape of the time.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is good for its age, but again offers no surrounds of any kind.  Extras include three featurettes on the Second Season, though at the end of each, it notes that the first is on DVD.  Notorious ILC about the characters on the show, an appreciation of the show are the other featurettes subjects, while writers Kim Bass and Buddy Sheffield supply commentary tracks on 21 skits throughout the four DVD set.  They are not bad, while the featurettes have some moments, but do a bit too much repeating themselves.  Still, that is a good set of extras.  In Living Color – Season Two still stays in the spirit of the first, no matter the deviation, so you’ll still get plenty of laughs.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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