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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cool Show Returns !, May 17, 2009
This review is from: Early Edition: Season 2 (DVD)
Early Edition was one of the most interesting and entertaining hours on television during its run and after picking up season one, it's nice to see the second season of this fabulous show coming out. The characters were likable, and all too human at times, making them even more likable. Kyle Chandler proved the perfect choice as a regular guy with foibles who at first tries to cash in like any of us would on his good fortune, then realizes the great responsibility which has been laid at his door, quite literally.

Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler) has been kicked out by his wife and forced to find a hotel. A yellow cat accompanies a newspaper which Gary eventually discovers is quite special. It is tomorrow's news today, and day after day it is delivered to Gary's door. He reacts as most of us would at first but his good nature finally takes over and he realizes there is a reason he's been chosen to receive the paper.

What followed each week was fabulous. One week it was humorous and the next heartbreaking. Shanesia Williams was terrific as his blind pal Marissa, who tried to keep him grounded and lead him towards the right path when the direction seemed unclear. Fisher Stevens was perfectly cast as his pal Chuck, who wanted to take advantage of Gary's windfall but often ended up helping him instead because deep down he was a good guy. It was sort of like Rockford and Angel, just less pronounced. At least in season one.

What helped to make the show special was the Chicago atmosphere and some tightly written shows about delicate choices made from the heart, some of which had grave consequences. The moral dilemmas continued, as in Quality of Mercy. In this episode, Gary saves someone, only to read the "next" paper, and discover that person is now going to kill someone innocent. There was always so much day to day slice of life humor in this show that you bonded with the characters in a way we don't anymore. The drama was human also, particularly so in The Medal, where a Vietnam Vet is racked with guilt.

The affection the writers had for classic movies came across to a great degree in season two. In Romancing the Throne, a Princess from Morania takes a break from her duties with Gary and helps save a couple of lives. It is obviously an homage to Roman Holiday. Where or When takes a page from Hitchcock's Rear Window, as Gary is laid up with a broken leg, and becomes tangled up with what may be a 50 year old murder just across the way. A Bris is Just a Bris is an obvious nod to A Kiss is Just a Kiss from Casablanca, even if the amusing story-line where Chuck starts telling the truth (gulp) and Gary gets tangled up with a klutzy librarian have little in common with the classic film. Anyone who's seen In Old Chicago with Tyrone Power and Alice faye will enjoy Hot Time in the Old Town, in which Gary wakes up two days before the great Chicago fire after a bump on the head!

The show's characters and their interactions had a very real feel and each show had its share of fine moments. Often mixed with humor, but sometimes quite poignant in the end, each week was special. From late September of 1997 to late May of 1998 fans of this show relished the hour spent each week with Gary and his pals.

Season two episodes include: Home--The Medal--The Wedding--Jenny Sloan--Down Sized--Angels and Devils--Redfellas--March in Time--A Regular Joe--A Bris is Just a Bris--A Minor Miracle--Romancing the Throne--Walk, Don't Run--Return of Crumb--Mum's the Word--When and Where--The Fourth Carpathian--The Quality of Mercy--Show Me the Monet--Don't Walk Away Renee-Hot Time in the Old Town--Second Sight

Having purchased season one for someone I love I'm glad season two is now on its way. Early Edition truly stands out as something of quality. Gary and his friends, and that mysterious yellow cat, were welcome visitors each week and this is another fantastic release for the show's many fans.
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Initial post: May 18, 2009 1:30:43 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2009 8:00:10 AM PDT
Yes, my Sweetheart loved it, and thought it was packaged and put together really nicely. It was a terrific show and I used to watch it each week. Loved the Chicago atmosphere, though I'm from California. Looking back, it was one of the last really cool shows, before tv got split into the two categories of reality tv or dark crime shows.
Bobby

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2009 11:53:44 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2009 7:21:49 PM PDT
The humor was terrific too. You always felt like Gary was just a regular guy who'd come across the extraordinary, had a good heart, but human weakness as well, sometime trying to figure out just what WAS the right thing to do. It must have done pretty well since we got a second season released, so hopefully this one will do well also.
Bobby

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 4:50:08 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2009 8:10:24 PM PDT
A great show. Too bad this kind of show just isn't around anymore.
Bobby

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2009 7:51:14 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2010 12:07:36 PM PDT
I loved this show including Walker, Texas Ranger (starring Chuck Norris) and Martial Law (starring Sammo Hung, the Chinese dude which he is friends with Jackie Chan). I used to watch all 3 shows on Saturday nights on CBS back in 1993 to 2001. I'm glad that Walker, Texas Ranger (which I finally got the whole series) and Early Edition are already finally on DVD. I'm still disappointed that Martial Law is the only one isn't on DVD yet. Martial Law actually done 2 crossover episodes, one on Walker and another on Early Edition. Even Walker actually appeared on Martial Law too. It's wrong that they don't have Martial Law on DVD either since it crosses over with Walker and Early Edition. I'm gonna wait until they release all 4 seasons of Early Edition to buy the whole series. I hope after all Early Edition is released then they will release Martial Law. I missed all 3 these great shows.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2010 12:51:56 PM PDT
I remember that show too. I picked up a season of Walker for a good friend at Christmas a couple of years back. Don't know why Martial Law wouldn't be out, as they seem to be putting everything recent like that out. Still waiting myself for Midnight Caller and One West Waikiki to find a release. Early Edition was a terrific show, and at least it has found its way out there.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 2:15:37 PM PDT
Mr. Underwood's thoughtful and articulate review is much appreciated !
Having just enjoyed watching Kyle Chandler in all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights, I am looking forward to more fine acting from him.
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