TITLE: WEEDS - SEASON TWO
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007 (Lionsgate)
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 12
Running Time: 283 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English and Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned
Special Features: Commentaries, Trivia Tracks, Exclusive Featurettes, MILF Gag Reel, Huskaroos Commercials, “Jammin’ Nation” Extended Performance, Little Boxes Montages
Little boxes of DVDs are on the shelf--containing the second season of the Showtime series Weeds! For those that are unfamiliar with the series, it is a Showtime
comedy about a typical soccer mom finding it hard to make ends meet after her husband suddenly dies, and has only one choice to keep up her lifestyle: sell pot. The series deals with all of the odd adventures and serious problems that she runs into as a novice dealer, and how she tries to keep this secret identity from being revealed to everybody that knows her. The second season of the show finds Nancy dating a DEA agent (seriously) that might just know what she is doing (and might just be on her side), Nancy and Conrad investing in a house to grow their own weed, Celia running for city council (and maybe even rigging the election), and even Nancy’s family learning about her secret.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The season begins with “Corn Snake,” where Nancy tries to figure out what to do after finding out she has been sleeping with the enemy (literally). Nancy has to figure out what to do after she loses Conrad’s help in “Cooking with Jesus.” But Nancy realizes she has problems to deal with at home with Shane in”Last Tango in Agrestic.” Silas has a plan that may keep Megan from leaving him (getting her pregnant...) that might just work in “A.K.A. The Plant,” but will it truly work? In “Mrs. Botwin’s Neighborhood,” there is a bust on all of the grow houses in the neighborhood where Nancy’s grow house is--except Nancy doesn’t get busted at all! Why?
Andy gets his toes bitten off by a dog (and you’ll learn a surefire way to get a dog to stop attacking you...) in “Must Find Toes.” Snoop Dogg guest stars (as himself) in “MILF Money.” Nancy learns that not all gifts in life are free in “Bash,” and that protection for herself could hurt her friends. Andy’s psychotic ex-girlfriend Kat shows up in “Mile Deep and a Foot Wide.” Finally, the season ends with “Pittsburgh,” a cliffhanger that I’m not going to say too much about--it would ruin the entire season if you haven’t seen it yet! But I will say this much, everybody could be getting into some deep trouble--EVERYBODY.
The outside of the box has a picture of Mary-Louise Parker sitting in a chair (in a bed of flowers) with the rest of the cast standing behind her--there really isn’t much more to say. The set uses the same weird packaging to hold the discs that the season one set used. We have a cardboard “book” of sorts inside the outer box (with the exact same artwork as the outer box) that has a two-sided plastic tray inside holding each of the discs. Seriously, would it hurt Lionsgate to do slimcases or something a little simpler? Each disc contains six episodes.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are very nicely designed with a picture of the cast (same one on the front of the set) with some music playing in the background (the same music played as transition music on some episodes). On the main menu, you have options of Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, and Special Features. When you select an option, you are taken to a wall with a bunch of pictures (representing all of the menus on the disc), and then you zoom in to the picture that contains the menu that you want. It is difficult to describe, but it is a very nice way of transitioning between menus. Once an episode is selected, it plays right away. There is no scene selection. Chapters are placed throughout the episodes at appropriate places.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality on the set is generally pretty good. A lot of people complained about the pan-and-scan that was used on the season one set, but this time, the episodes are presented in widescreen, so there shouldn’t be any more complaints about that. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, but you can also watch the episodes in Dolby Digital 2.0 (which actually I would recommend if you lack the technology to fully utilize the 5.1, because the sound is much more clear with 2.0 whenever that is the case). English and Spanish subtitles, as well as closed-captioning on the set for those that need it.
The episodes all appear to be unedited (why wouldn’t they be?), which runtimes as follows:
1. Corn Snake (28:57)
2. Cooking with Jesus (29:57)
3. Last Tango in Agrestic (26:48)
4. A.K.A. The Plant (29:38)
5. Mrs. Botwin’s Neighborhood (27:55)
6. Crush Girl Love Panic (28:57)
7. Must Find Toes (26:19)
8. MILF Money (26:12)
9. Bash (27:03)
10. Mile Deep and a Foot Wide (26:02)
11. Yeah, Like Tomatoes (27:31)
12. Pittsburgh (26:38)
First and foremost, many episodes are “laced” (what an appropriate term!) with commentaries--seven of them in fact. The commentaries are generally pretty good, and give a little more insight into the show than what you would normally get. The episodes and commentators are as follows:
· “Corn Snake” -- Jenji Kohan
· “Cooking with Jesus” -- Craig X
· “A.K.A. The Plant” -- Matthew Salsberg and Lev L. Spiro
· “MILF Money” -- Romany Malco
· “Bash” -- Kevin Nealon
· “Yeah, Like Tomatoes” -- Roberto Benabib and Craig Zisk
· “Pittsburgh” -- Jenji Kohan
Next, we have what I think had the potential to be a great special feature, but kind of falls short. It is called “Trivia Tracks,” which sounds like some kind of fun facts or some kind of game, but isn’t. Instead, you can watch entire episodes of the show with fun facts related to things shown on the episode as well as the actors pop up while the episode plays, kind of like “Pop Up Video” that used to be on VH-1. You get to see fun facts such as why you shouldn’t combine aspirin and alcohol, when the first condom was invented, which university the girl that played Silas’ girlfriend attended, and other info like that. I kind of liked this special feature, but the problem was that there weren’t enough pop up facts for me. I wanted more! The episodes that contain these include “Last Tango in Agrestic,” “Mrs. Botwin’s Neighborhood,” “Crush Girl Love Panic,” “Must Find Toes,” “Mile Wide and a Foot Deep,” and “Yeah, Like Tomatoes.”
We also have a “MILF Gag Reel” (2:10), which is exactly what it sounds like--a gag reel. There wasn’t a whole lot here, but it is fun to see anyway.
“Conrad’s Grow Room” (9:56) is a very fun special feature to watch where Romany Malco, Craig X, and Mark Warren (the owner of No Stress Hydroponics) teach you how to grow “tomatoes” indoors... because after all, you wouldn’t be growing anything else indoors, right? It gives you a lot of perspective about hydroponics, which of course, we at Sitcoms Online will always remind you, can be used to grow tomatoes. Nothing else, do you understand?
Thre is a commercial (taken from one of the episodes) for “Huskaroos” (0:20), which is the brand of “plus sized children’s” clothing that Celia’s daughter was in a commercial for. It isn’t all that impressive, but still kind of funny. For some reason, this is available in both English and Spanish.
“Cream of the Crop” (5:25) has Craig X doing a show-and-tell demonstration of the top five flavors of weed. He shows you a sample of each type and explains to you why it ranks where it does in the top 5, what each one smells like, and how high it will get you--yes I’m serious! Honestly, I don’t know the difference between one type of marijuana and the next.
“Jammin’ Nation -- Extended Footage” (4:43) gives extended footage of a song that was performed in one of the episodes, if you are interested in that.
“Slangin’ 101” (2:20) is basically a dictionary for all of your pot needs... you just watch a bunch of words pop up on the screen and a defintion of each word in parenthesis. This can be very helpful the next time you visit your neighborhood drug dealer.
“Little Boxes Montages” (4:05) just gives you alternative montages for what could potentially be versions of the opening credits, with music from four different artists. These are kind of interesting to watch.
Finally (yes, finally!), we have have “Tools of the Trade” (4:30), which shows you all of the important tools that you would need for smoking marijuana. Really, I can say that I know more about pot and smoking it now than even a pothead does after some of these special features!
On a side note, there is a game that is available as additional bonus feature on the Blu-ray version ONLY (not available on the regular DVD). Since I don’t have a Blu-ray player or a copy of this disc, I have no clue what this game is like.
There is only one thing that continues to bother me about these special features: where is Mary-Louise Parker??? She is the star of the show, she should be on some of the special features!
This is a great set, and this season is even better than the first season. If you’ve got a Blu-ray player, you may want to check out that edition instead--but since we don’t (at least not yet) review Blu-ray or HD DVD titles, I don’t know how much better this edition really is. For those that have never seen the show, all I can say is that they are missing out on what is perhaps one of the most clever and funny series out there on television these days. The set only leaves you wondering what is going to happen next, and nobody can even answer that question yet! We should know in a few weeks when the third season begins on Showtime, but until then, we’ll be in the dark--maybe we should grow some “tomatoes” in the dark!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 07/24/07
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