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The Secret Life Of The American Teenager – Season Two (Disney DVD)


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



The series that took the female-teen world by storm with Season One, returns for another underwhelming season on DVD as The Secret Life of the American Teenager hits shelves.  The Secret Life of the American Teenager airs (oddly enough) on ABC Family and is anything but wholesome as it chronicles the life of a young girl named Amy who unexpectedly gets pregnant after spending a passionate night with the school jerk Ricky.  The school from the very first episode never feared talking about sex, lies, and everything in between.  Whereas this reviewer is not the shy type, nor one to think parents should shield their children from the world, but I don’t really feel comfortable saying this is a series that the whole family could sit around and watch.  I am almost certain one by one the room would clear out…for multiple reasons.


Whereas the First Season served to set up the premise of a pregnant teen dealing with hardships way before her time; Season Two escalates those problems in a one step forward, two steps back manner.  As Amy Juergen’s (Shailene Woodley) due date draws near the secret marriage that she had with Ben Boykewich (Ken Bauman) makes matters even worse and major drama ensues.  Life seems to be getting even more complicated for Ben and Amy’s relationship as the rest of the characters on the series have their own issues at hand.  Drama, drama, drama.  The series is over dramatic, over the top, and hopefully over soon.  Each episode is more absurd and more dramatic than the last with the story being a goopy, idiotic version of anything that could be considered a true teen drama series.  Sure some of the aspects of the series probably hit close home for many people, but overall it is a wishy-washy show that promotes crazy for the sake of crazy and no other reason.


The picture and the sound on this DVD are on the same level as the previous season, being adequate but far from perfect.  The picture is presented in a 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that has nice colors that rely heavily on orange and red tones, a mostly crisp image, and overall solid detail.  There are contrast, color, and video black issues that need some work; but in the end the image slides by as adequate.  The sound is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound that mostly comes from the front as it is a dialogue heavy series, but does utilize the rear surrounds from time to time for music and other ambient noises.  The dialogue is crisp and clean throughout.


The extras include the music video “The Secret Life (You and Me)” performed by The Strange Familiar, a featurette entitled “Character Secrets: The Cast Reveals All!” that lets the cast talk up their characters and all the relationships that run rampant throughout the series, and finally “Cast Close Ups: Visit The Set as the Cast Dishes in a Series of Personal Videos” in which a series fan gets to interview this cast of giggling school girls and guys.  The extras are pretty useless, but fans of the series may enjoy watching them once.


I do not recommend this series as it is overly dramatic for no reason.  The story lines are only held together by a loose fabric of intense and idiotically fabricated relationships with no true depth or sense of reality.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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