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Desperate Housewives – Season Two: Extra Juicy Edition


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: B-     Episodes: B-



Desperate Housewives entered its second season a hot hit, but the show took a slight narrative shift that did not please fans.  On the one hand, the cast was back, with Teri Hatcher bigger than ever and co-stars Felicity Huffman (on her way to an Academy Award nomination), Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Nicollette Sheridan.  The show still stayed on top by staying caddy and pulling no punches, but the shift meant to keep the show fresh did lose some disappointed viewers just the same.


For where the show went, some new characters were added and Alfre Woodard quietly became the new female cast member embroiled in as much craziness as the initial cast.  Performances are very good all around.  To go into the changes and storyline would be to ruin the next set of shows if you have not seen them.  For those who have, like this critic, the changes were a bit of a mistake, but you’ll find some substantial writing for a nighttime soap opera if you can overcome that obstacle.  Otherwise, expect at least some disappointment.


The 1.78 X 1 image once again not bad for a TV series, with good color, if not great depth al the time.  The look and production design always remind us that this is the slightly plastic suburbs and that forwards the narrative nicely.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is fine for a show with this kind of with its voice over and dialogue-driven constant conversations.  Extras this time are all on DVD 6 and include an interview with creator Mark Cherry and his mother, deleted scenes, six featurettes including bits on unaired storylines & directing piece that covers a show from conception to completion, poker game section and Whole Story promo for the next season.


The apple-themed clear plastic slipcase offers more cleaver package design, even more so than the first season.  Our copy came with a sampler of a new fragrance that was the rare tie-in fragrance that did not smell like bug spray.  That means it is on to the third season and the spirit of Peyton Place lives.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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