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The Mod Squad Season Two, Volume Two (1970/CBS DVD)


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




As few sets later, CBS DVD continues its entertaining rollout of the Danny Thomas/Aaron Spelling hit The Mod Squad. They are issuing the hour-long show in half-seasons and we covered the very first one at this link:





To recap the show, the team consists of Pete (Michael Cole,) Julie (Peggy Lipton) and Linc (Clarence Williams III, in a role being rediscovered and celebrated all over again) are criminal kids turned undercover cops who have to train to take on the new dangers in the streets new freedoms and new radical politics can create. The show was on a roll at this point and had found its way, but there were more than a few episodes that recycled older episodes by being flashback and revisiting of cases episodes that were happening way too soon in the series. That hurts the writing and turns the show more into formula than it should, but it is still very watchable and entertaining.


Despite this, there are still some fine shows here and guest stars across these 13 shows include Nehemiah Persoff, Jay Novello, Martine Bartlett, Dennis Patrick, Noel Harrison, Tom Stern, Ford Rainey, Gregory Sierra, James B. Sikking, Sammy Davis, Jr., William Smithers, William Daniels, Lee Grant, Richard Dreyfuss, Lynn Loring, Bert Freed, Maria Grimm, Richard Eastham, Gloria Foster, Ivan Dixon, Jason Wingreen, Karl Swenson, Margot Kidder, Mark Goddard, Anita Louise, Frank Converse, Edward Asner, Paul Stewart, Norman Alden, Linda Marsh, Diana Muldaur, Charles Aidman, Frank Aletter, Jordan Rhodes, Marion Ross and David Cassidy.


The 1.33 X 1 image again looks really good across all the episodes as shooting in 35mm for TV pays off yet again with good depth, vibrant (not oversaturated) colors and solid picture performance throughout that puts more than a few feature films today to shame. Even more impressive are some shots that are even sharper and clearer at times that are demonstration quality down to the color which is some of the best color from this era you will see on DVD. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is again about the same on all episodes, though it may seem a tad more compressed on the pilot, but all sound good. This time, there are sadly no extras.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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