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RIP - The Fishers,
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This review is from: Six Feet Under - The Complete Series Gift Set (DVD)
It is essentially impossible to write an appropriate review for this engaging, amazing, wicked, dark, and realistic series that graced the television landscape for the first half of the new millinimum. Considered by many critics and fans alike as "the best television series to grace the small screen," SIX FEET UNDER was the prenimulate HBO series: it featureted everything that the HBO names expects (sex, drugs, violence, and rock'n'roll) but adds a fresh almost family-friendly twist to the proceedings.
The series focuses on the lives of the Fisher family after everything they've ever known is turned upside down with the patriarch of the family dies suddenly in a car crash on Christmas Eve; with the majority of the first season summarizing the families attempt to "move-on with their lives, and learn that life goes on, forever, until it ends." With their fathers death in the pilot, the two oldest children Nate (the rebel, who always ran away from his responsibility) and David (the closeted `good son') take over the family business as their much-younger sister finished her high school years and their mother learns how to continue her life without her husband of 35 years.
Throughout five seasons the series focused on this ecletic mix of quirky characters, and the people that come in-and-out of their lives. And this is where the heart of the series can be found - it is always realistic and while the stories seem far-fetched they are quit the opposite: everything presented in this series is a normal part of the human exsistance, and for the first time SIX FEET UNDER (as a television series) captures the monotomy of human esistance into a seemingly perfect television show.
HBO has included all 63 episodes of the series (including the emotion series finale (which I personally consider the single best of hour television I have ever watched) in this one elaborate collection (also including a large booklet that gives the history of the series and a character map, as well as the two previously-released soundtrack CDs).
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2006 11:37:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2006 11:40:11 AM PST
J. Nigro says:
You left out "artful." So many of the scenes are geniusly executed by all concerned--actors, designers, directors. The scene when Nate tells David of his disease could have been another brilliantly executed scene. Instead, it was breathtaking. They pulled away and what you saw was the unbridled emotion of Nate/Peter Krause and the quiet comfort of his brother David/Michael C. Hall. The music swelled, you couldn't hear the words, but all you needed to see from this brilliant collaboration was the "outline" of the story we already knew. It would have been spoiled by any specific dialogue. Just one scene among many artful scenes. Breathtaking.
Posted on Jan 2, 2007 2:57:16 PM PST
K. Crader says:
Prenimulate isn't a real word.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 12, 2007 7:02:11 PM PDT
I wondered about that!
Posted on Apr 2, 2007 2:46:40 PM PDT
B. J. Rosser says:
Yes, I agree about the series finale, it was BRILLIANT!
Posted on Apr 14, 2007 4:50:09 PM PDT
Courtney R. says:
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2007 3:36:12 PM PDT
J. Fischer says:
Yes, this reviewer needs to consult a dictionary and stop trying to be pretentious with words that don't even exist.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2007 6:25:54 AM PDT
I think the reviewer meant "penultimate".
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 1, 2007 10:55:27 PM PDT
Plaid Potato says:
Second to last? That makes as much sense as "prenimulate".
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2007 10:50:07 AM PST
Typical Boy says:
It bewilders me why so many people are terrified of the spell-check software that comes pre-programmed in every computer sold these days. An addendum for this review:
And never mind about the grammatical errors. I weep for the future.
Posted on Jan 22, 2008 3:26:44 PM PST
Timothy H. Tobish says:
I, too, think this is the series finale was the best hour I've ever seen on television.
Amazing, and devastating.