Baywatch - Season 3
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After 11 successful seasons as one of the most watched programs in television history, Baywatch is now on DVD. Experience the syndicated series that launched the careers of Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra and Tracy Bingham. David Hasselhoff stars as Lt. Mitch Buchannon, supervisor of the worlds most beautiful lifeguard unit. Episodes in this set are from season 4: Race Against Time part 1, Race Against Time part 2, Lovers Cove, Blindside, Skyrider, Tentacles part 1, Tentacles part 2, Submersion, Ironman Buchannon, Tower of Power, The Child Inside, Second Time Around, Red Knights, Coronado del Soul part 1, Coronado del Soul part 2, Mirror Mirror, The Falcon Manifesto, Rescue Bay, Western Exposure, The Life You Save, Trading Places, Guys and Dolls. Two bonus episodes from the 1989-1990 season: Second Wave, Message in a Bottle.
The fourth season of Baywatch marks the first appearance of another of the series' iconic, er, figures: Yasmine Bleeth, whose Caroline Holden character (the sister of Alexandra Paul's Stephanie Holden character) became one of Baywatch's most famous babes. The cast also included Pamela Anderson (C.J. Parker), Nicole Eggert (Summer Quinn), Susan Anton (Summer's mother, Jackie), and Wendie Malick (Gayle Buchannon, the ex-wife of team leader Mitch, played by star David Hasselhoff). Combining the usual water rescues and crime-fighting, plus a fair amount of personal melodrama, the fourth season included a romantic triangle among Summer, Matt (David Charvet), and surfer Jimmy Slade (Kelly Slater), a haunted hotel, the Special Olympics (guest-starring Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton), and a proposal to turn the team's adventures into a network series called Rescue Bay.
Yep, we said "fourth season." The set is entitled "season 3," but its count begins with the series' first season in syndication--season 2--so this "season 3" is actually the fourth season, broadcast in 1993-94. Included as a bonus, however, are two more episodes from the first season on NBC, "Second Wave" and "Message in a Bottle." The idea is that by the time seasons 2-11 of Baywatch are on DVD, the bonus episodes will form a completed season 1. In a 13-minute featurette, "Picking Up the Pieces," co-creators and executive producers Greg Bonann, Doug Schwartz, and Michael Berk discuss the challenges of shooting the show on a syndicated show's budget and early auditionees such as Leonardo DiCaprio. --David Horiuchi
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As is common for DVDs of shows from this era, getting the rights to the music they included involves a renegotiation and some new payments. Clearly, the powers-that-be decided it wasn't worth it, because they replaced most of the music, INCLUDING THE THEME SONG, with poorly chosen and not particularly good replacements that don't work with the (admittedly already weak) dramatic moments. It's extremely distracting, and makes a weak show even harder to watch- I got this for my boyfriend because he has fond memories of the show and a bunch of VHS tapes that I'd like to get rid of, and he couldn't make it through an episode.
If you actually want to watch this, buy the German print, they love Hasslehoff enough that they've paid for the original music- they even have the American dialog as an option.