TITLE: THE GAME - THE SECOND SEASON
DVD Release Date January 19, 2010 (CBS Home Entertainment)
Color / 2007-08
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 418 minutes
Running Time for Special Features: N/A
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None
It is time to get your ‘game’ on as the hit The Game returns to DVD for its second season from CBS Home Entertainment with all 20 episodes on a three-disc set. The entire all-star team is back and the season starts off where it leaves off in the first season finale. You won’t want to miss this!
Melanie, Tasha and Kelly (Tia Mowry, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and Brittany Daniel) return to tackle the excitement-packed temptation-filled lives they live with Derwin, Malik and Jason (Pooch Hall, Hosea Chanchez, and Coby Bell). Recurring are P.J. Byrne as Irv and Erica Gluck as Brittany Pitts.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The season premiere starts off where the first season ended in “Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Redux,” Derwin tries to repair his relationship with Melanie after his infidelity with Drew Sidora. In the next episode, “The Trey Wiggs Taps Back Episode,” homeless, heartbroken, and distraught, Melanie turns to Derwin's rival, Trey Wiggs, for comfort. In “Fool Me Twice... I'm the Damn Fool,” after Melanie agrees to go out to dinner with Derwin, he decides to plan a surprise proposal with the help of R&B singer Musiq Soulchild, but things take a turn for the worse when Melanie sees Drew kiss Derwin at the Music Video Awards. In “The Truth Hurts,” Malik fires Tasha as his manager after her failed attempt to resolve an embarrassing situation he was involved in. In “Je-Rome Wasn't Built in a Day,” Melanie starts dating a new guy and he takes her to a Sabers game, not knowing that she used to date Derwin. In “The Commitments,” Melanie pulls back when her relationship with Jerome starts to heat up, but she changes her mind when she discovers that Derwin's new girlfriend has moved in with him. In “The Lord Givens and the Lord Taketh Away,” Malik begins dating Robin Givens (guest starring as herself) and soon realizes that his methods to dating may have been working against him. In “I Got 99 Problems and My Chick is One,” Melanie accepts a gift from Derwin, while Jerome (Mehcad Brooks) begins to question her commitment to their relationship. In the season finale, “Baby Come Back,” after tracking down Melanie to confess his love for her, Derwin ends up in a fight with Jerome.
Guest stars for this season include Shanti Lowry as Dionne, Lee Majors as Coach Ross, Rocky Carroll as Kenny Taylor, Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Trey Wiggs, Scott M. Foster, Mehcad Brooks, Bumper Robinson, and Serena Williams . And guest starring as themselves are Drew Sidora, Mo’Nique, Musiq Soulchild, Lil Kim, Tavis Smiley, Rick Fox, and Robin Givens.
We get the usual CBS Home Entertainment snap case and it is very similar to the first season DVD. The front artwork has the six main stars as the lights of the football stadium are in the background in yellow with the show logo on it. The Second Season wording is on the bottom. The back of the case features a photo of the main three ladies, as well as a description of the series & set. Inside the case are the discs of course, but inside the packaging panels we have disc-by-disc breakdowns, including episode titles, original airdates and an episode description. Discs one and two are in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a book, while disc three is on the right panel. As with the case with other CBS Home Entertainment DVDs, the discs themselves are silver in color (very plain) and feature the show logo with episode titles on the bottom. Disc 1 contains Episodes 1-6. Disc 2 contains Episodes 7-13. Disc 3 contains Episodes 14-20.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu is pretty cool and easy to navigate and also similar to the first season DVD. On disc one before you get to the Main Menu, you have an option to go watch Previews or go to the Main Menu. The previews are for Girlfriends S4 (uh that is old, they are on S8 now), 90210 S1 and CBS/Showtime DVDs. The main menu has artwork of inside the stadium with the lights in the background. Each disc has two stars featured, like the last set. Disc one has Melanie and Derwin. Disc two has Tasha and Malik. And disc three has Kelly and Jason. All of those photos are the same shots from the cover art. There is a "Play All" option, which plays all of the episodes and the episodes are actually listed on the main menu by episode titles once again. We also have “Audio Options,” where we can choose either English 5.1 audio or English Stereo audio. Who cares really? No subtitles?
Video and Audio Quality:
The video is in widescreen again, like it should be, and it probably has never looked better unless you watched it in HD on The CW HD. I love the opening credits where you see supposedly Tia on the football stadium walking from the back in her high heels. It is stunning and the music is good, too. The audio is also perfect and sounds good, 5.1 or Stereo. We get 6 chapter stops for each episode and each episode is just around 20:55 in length, but some run shorter and some a bit longer. Some run about 30-60 seconds lower, so that seems suspicious or maybe they just run shorter. As was the case with other sets from CBS, there is a disclaimer on the back of the box saying, “Some episodes may be edited from original broadcast. Music has been changed for this home entertainment version.” I have no idea what, though. I never really watched the show before I got the season one DVD and now this DVD. If you know, please post on our feedback link below. I remind you, reader Roddric Shropshire helped us with the Girlfriends DVDs with music edits, so thanks to him for that again.
1. Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Redux 20:10
2. The Trey Wiggs Taps Back Episode 20:58
3. Tasha, Renee and Malik the Cliche 20:55
4. Hit Me with Your Best Shot 20:56
5. Fool Me Twice... I'm the Damn Fool 20:56
6. Parental Guidance Suggested 20:57
7. Media Blitz 20:57
8. The Truth Hurts 20:57
9. Turkey Basting Bitches 20:57
10. The Ghost of Derwin Past 20:57
11. Je-Rome Wasn't Built in a Day 20:56
12. Take These Vows and Shove 'Em 20:58
13. The List Episode 20:21
14. White Men Can't Jump, But They're Definitely Packing 20:27
15. The Commitments 20:57
16. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee 20:57
17. Before the Parade Passes By 20:57
18. The Lord Givens and the Lord Taketh Away 20:57
19. I Got 99 Problems and My Chick is One 20:57
20. Baby Come Back 20:58
The first season DVD had some extras, but this season has nothing at all! Why CBS Home Entertainment, why? Not even those Mara Brock Akil interview clips from last time?
This show is sure like a TV soap, isn’t it? It is pretty addictive if you ask me. I’ve never watched this show before I got the first season DVD. I saw the backdoor pilot on the Girlfriends Season 6 DVD and I thought it was decent (and better than Girlfriends). Tia Mowry looks very good on this show and she is good in it. She cuts her hair about midway through the season, but still looks good. Will she end up with Derwin again? You’ll have to keep watching. Unfortunately The CW canceled the series after three seasons as we mentioned in the last review. Reruns are airing on BET and they have reportedly pick-up the show for a fourth season, but there is nothing official on it. Anyway, CBS Home Entertainment continues to be really cheap, and this time we get no special features here. How hard can it be for a series that just aired? So if you’re a fan, for sure get this second season set, especially if you have the season one set. Hopefully the third season comes out soon. But before that...get your game on for season two because you’ll need it if you want to impress good-looking Melanie!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 0.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 01/20/10
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