Based on John Hughes' popular teen science-fiction comedy of the same name, the Weird Science
series took the film's premise--two socially inept high schoolers use technology to create their own fantasy woman--and took it to outlandish ends over the course of its four-year run. The show toned down the original feature's raunchier aspects--though ravishing in her wardrobe, dream girl Lisa (played by Vanessa Angel) hewed closer to Barbara Eden in I Dream of Jeannie
than vampish Kelly LeBrock)--and the boys (John Mallory Asher and Michael Manaserri in the Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith roles, respectively) play more as good-natured goofs than hormonally charged nerds. Much of the show's humor came from Lisa's ability to grant the guys' wishes, which invariably went awry (spots on the basketball team in "Airball Kings" lead to a disastrous season; Manaserri accidentally becomes the Commander-in-Chief in "Mr. President"; Lisa's clones of the boys--made from bubble gum--want to replace them permanently in "The Bazooka Boys"), though Lee Tergesen (later of Oz
) earned plenty as Wyatt's thick-skulled brother Chett. Though the fashion and music scream early '90s, the show's breezy, silly gags have largely remained fresh, which should please its longtime fans. All 23 episodes of the first two seasons are retained in this four-disc box set; Asher and Angel are also on hand to lend commentary to three episodes, including the pilot, "She's Alive," "Bazooka Boys," and "The Most Dangerous Wish" (Lisa brings a video game villain to life). A trivia quiz and cast biographies round out the extras. --Paul Gaita
Wyatt Donnelly and Gary Wallace are two regular high school nerds struggling with unpopularity, a serious dating drought, and the endless torment of Wyatt s older brother Chett. They use their computer skills to create their dream girl, Lisa, whose supermodel good looks and super-genius brain are overshadowed only by her extraordinary power to grant the boys whatever they desire. But Lisa often takes the boys wishes a bit too literally, and things don t always turn out quite as planned.
From the first bolt of inspiration through their high-tech attempts at wish fulfillment in dating, sports, and popularity, WEIRD SCIENCE is a comical look at Wyatt and Gary s uproarious misadventures, and at what happens when high school gets reinvented.
Based on the classic John Hughes film of the same name, every episode of the first two seasons of this hilarious hit science-fiction series is collected here for the first time on DVD.
DVD Features: Audio Commentary on She s Alive and The Bazooka Boys with Cast Members Vanessa Angel, John Mallory Asher, Audio Commentary on She s Alive: and The Most Dangerous Wish by Michael Manasseri; Trivia Quiz; Cast Biographies