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CHiPs The Complete Second Season (Warner DVD)


Picture: C+ Sound: C Extras: C Episodes: C



Now a hit, CHiPs promptly became sillier and what little drama it offered slowly deteriorated into broad silliness. Not that the first season was brilliant TV or anything, as the link to our coverage at this link will show:





This time, producer Cy Chermak had a hit on his hands that surpassed Kolchak: The Night Stalker (a non-hit in its time) as his most successful TV show and not only ended, but actually trivialized the police drama. Of course, it is fun for some to see the actors in each show you might recognize, like Marvin Kaplan, a great voice for animated cartoons who is recognized best as Henry on the hit Alice. What struck me about this Complete Second Season (1978 79) is the amount of top rate talent who may have done some of the worst work of their careers behind the camera.


Directors like Gordon Hessler, Don Weis and Alex Grasshoff were wasted on terrible, run of the mill, lite writing, but the equally big shock is that savvy writers like Rudolph Borchert, Max Hodge (who created Mr. Freeze for Batman), L. Ford Neale, John Huff and Steven Lord were collecting easy paychecks for a series that ran on an underlying current of jokey nonsense and co-stars Larry Wilcox (who directed an episode himself!) and Erik Estrada really were the selling points because this show is total fluff. Only nostalgia and being a late 1970s time capsule allows these any watchability.


The 22 hour-long episodes here are presented in their original 1.33 X 1 film frames and there is little variance in their decent, if not spectacular quality. The MetroColor is nominally impressive; the show was made by MGM. The Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono is even weaker and sometimes more compressed than expected. Extras include an episode with highlights of the first two seasons, plus new Real CHiPs featurette with Estrada hosting. For posterity and fans, that is more than many better TV shows get.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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