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Expanded roles for Bowen and Valley are just two of this season's welcome improvements; along with Bergen and Auberjonois, they add engaging counterbalance to the Spader/Shatner juggernaut, while newcomers Justin Mentell and Ryan Michelle Bathe (as legal assistants) add youthful appeal in roles that necessarily remained marginal for most of the season. As always, series creator David E. Kelley (aided by a new writing staff) maintains a constant flow of outrageous behavior (most of it Denny's) and compelling courtroom trials based on hot-button issues including assisted suicide, the war in Iraq, private school discrimination, medical malpractice, tax evasion and a variety of other cases in which belligerent judges (played by Henry Gibson, Anthony Heald, Howard Hesseman, Shelley Berman, and others) play antagonistic foils to Alan Shore's impassioned defense. (It's here where Spader excels; Shore may be a lascivious lothario, but you offend his moral conscience at your peril.) A stellar array of guest stars, impeccable editing and cinematography, and glossy office production design make Boston Legal a constant feast for the eyes and ears, with breezy emphasis on the farcical goings-on at Crane, Poole & Schmidt. (The series' writing and production values are explored in brief but enjoyable bonus featurettes included on the final DVD in this seven-disc set.)
With Denny and Alan's season-ending visit to Los Angeles (where they defend a sexy celebrity played by Star Trek: Voyager's Jeri Ryan), it's delightfully obvious that Shatner and Spader are the heart and soul of Boston Legal, which is ultimately about the mutual affection of two men whose viewpoints are often as polarized as their friendship is compassionately co-dependent. Bolstered by clever allusions to Shatner's Star Trek legacy and throwaway references to their own status as characters in a TV show (as Kelley and his writers deliberately demolish the "fourth wall" of TV for comedic effect), Spader and Shatner quickly turned their episode-closing balcony scenes into an honorable tradition, where differences dissolve in the taste of fine scotch and slowly-savored cigars. They're bringing us the finest "dramedy" that primetime network television has to offer, and we'll gladly follow them as their crazy lives continue. --Jeff Shannon
It is heartbreaking for me that this show is no longer on the air. James Spader? Never heard of him. William Shatner? Ick, he's so overrated. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I had bought season 1 and really liked it, but by the end of season 2, I no longer wanted to continue buying it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monalisa
Boston Legal is one of my all-time favorite TV series. The comedy situations are superb. There is a lot of seriousness conveyed in the relationship of Denny Crane and Allen Shore... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Albie Forshure
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|Having problems with disc 7? Call this number.||
that number above (1-800-223-2369)is a number for The Simpson's dvd box issue... so I went to tvshowsondvd.com and the number listed there is 1-888-223-2369
link to info from their website:
(if link violates any kind of rules, please let me...
Dec 27, 2006 by R. Roberts | See all 3 posts
I'd also like to know. Anyone?
Mar 3, 2007 by Allan L. Rast | See all 6 posts
I have a Toshiba DVD (a few years old). Got Season 2 and all of Disc 7 was defective (pixilated). Also Disc 6 had a few jumps and a "check the disc" message that I was able to override.
Got a replacement set (great service from amazon), and checked out Disc 7 first. It was fine. Then... Read More
Dec 11, 2006 by K. Ellison | See all 5 posts
|The Practice on DVD||
David E. Kelly said to expect The Practice on DVD starting sometime in 2007.
Nov 30, 2006 by Jen Jen | See all 3 posts
|How many Seasons of Boston Legal have there been?||
Season 3 is the one on TV currently.
Nov 29, 2006 by Sam Weber | See all 2 posts
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