Vegas: Season 2, Volume One
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Like many, I am not happy about that, but I will keep buying, since it's unlikely Vega$ will show up on cable any day now, and if it did, at least 5 minutes of footage would be cut for more commercial time.
I was pleased with both Season One volumes, though the prints were not truly remastered. The opening credits showed much dust and debris on every episode. Season Two fares a little better visually on DVD.
The sophomore season suffers from the loss of Judy Landers as Angie, and the delightful Naomi Stevens as Sgt. Bella Archer. I loved how Bella treated Dan like a naughty boy every time he decided to sidestep police procedures.
Robert Urich continues to perfectly balance his role as rugged action hero and likeable everyman so that each episode is an enjoyable one.
He is still being aided by beautiful and competent secretary Bea (Phyllis Davis--who's a brunette this season) and bumbling sidekick Binzer (Bart Braverman), while Greg Morris ("Mission Impossible") is back as his superior who tries to keep him in line.
The guest stars on this show must have had a ball--flocking to the craps tables as soon as their shooting schedule was over. This season brings us then-up-and-comers such as a young Melanie Griffith, '70s TV fixtures like Barbi Benton, and legends such as Shelley Winters and Eve Arden.
As with the first season releases, the only Bonus Features are the original episode promos that originally aired on ABC as a teaser for the following week's show. These can be viewed in succession or just before each episode itself.Read more ›
Season 2, volume 1(1979/80) is a great one. It seems like the Aaron Spelling production found its way this season. The stories were tighter & more interesting. Back for another season of stomping out crime in Las Vegas are: Bea, Dan's secretary (Phyllis Davis), sidekick Binzer (Bart Braverman), Lt. Nelson (Greg Morris) and Dan's good friend, Harlon Two-Leaf (Will Sampson).
There are 11 episodes of very good DVD quality and color in this half season. A few of my favorites:
-"Red Handed" - Two-Leaf is set up in a murder.
-"Dan Tanna is Dead" is a nail-biter as Dan fights for his life while trying to investigate who has poisoned him.
-"Night of a Thousand Eyes" - Robert Urich's real wife (Heather Menzies) guest stars as a detective from Atlanta. It's really funny to watch her demonstrate self-defense on him. They must have had a few laughs with that scene.
-"Shadow on a Star" - Urich's former "Tabitha" co-star (Lisa Hartman) guests in this one about a singer being assaulted. It's an intense one, but they did find a way to let Lisa sing in the end.
Other guest spots include: Wayne Newton, Gary Collins, Shelley Winters, Eve Arden and Barbi Benton.
This show has it all - camp, intrigue, the charming Robert Urich, great fun...and great legs!
It's been a LONG time since I got to watch Vegas again. Last time was when the FX channel had some airings but I only caught it periodically. Just like for last season, I really enjoy seeing scenes of old Las Vegas. Dan Tanna's pad, the red convertable, the car phone, it was all awesome. One thing I notice this season is that for a lot of the fighting scenes, the stunt man would look nothing like the original actor, which is kinda funny.
Like the scene in the church where Tanna was chasing down that husky fella in a blue suite. When they panned further away for the stunt double, the stuntman was noticeably thinner and had a small bald spot whereas the husky actor had a full head of hair. Regardless, I'm really enjoying season 2. Five stars all the way for the TV show and three stars for the pricey half-season release with minimal specials.
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Love Vegas series. Collected all volumes. Can't wait to watch it with family for thanksgiving.Published 14 months ago by lana
I've always enjoyed this movie! As well as Robert Urich as an actor! Vegas is where I used to live.Published on August 23, 2013 by William Duvall
MY PARENTS LOVED THIS SHOW..SO DO I!! THE GLITZ!! THE GLAMOUR!!..IT WAS WHAT ORIGINALLY PROMPTED MY PARENTS BACK IN THE 70'S TO GO TO LAS VEGAS!!.. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by J
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