Boston Legal - Season 2
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Expanded roles for Bowen and Valley are just two of this season's welcome improvements; along with Bergen and Auberjonois, they add engaging counterbalance to the Spader/Shatner juggernaut, while newcomers Justin Mentell and Ryan Michelle Bathe (as legal assistants) add youthful appeal in roles that necessarily remained marginal for most of the season. As always, series creator David E. Kelley (aided by a new writing staff) maintains a constant flow of outrageous behavior (most of it Denny's) and compelling courtroom trials based on hot-button issues including assisted suicide, the war in Iraq, private school discrimination, medical malpractice, tax evasion and a variety of other cases in which belligerent judges (played by Henry Gibson, Anthony Heald, Howard Hesseman, Shelley Berman, and others) play antagonistic foils to Alan Shore's impassioned defense. (It's here where Spader excels; Shore may be a lascivious lothario, but you offend his moral conscience at your peril.) A stellar array of guest stars, impeccable editing and cinematography, and glossy office production design make Boston Legal a constant feast for the eyes and ears, with breezy emphasis on the farcical goings-on at Crane, Poole & Schmidt. (The series' writing and production values are explored in brief but enjoyable bonus featurettes included on the final DVD in this seven-disc set.)
With Denny and Alan's season-ending visit to Los Angeles (where they defend a sexy celebrity played by Star Trek: Voyager's Jeri Ryan), it's delightfully obvious that Shatner and Spader are the heart and soul of Boston Legal, which is ultimately about the mutual affection of two men whose viewpoints are often as polarized as their friendship is compassionately co-dependent. Bolstered by clever allusions to Shatner's Star Trek legacy and throwaway references to their own status as characters in a TV show (as Kelley and his writers deliberately demolish the "fourth wall" of TV for comedic effect), Spader and Shatner quickly turned their episode-closing balcony scenes into an honorable tradition, where differences dissolve in the taste of fine scotch and slowly-savored cigars. They're bringing us the finest "dramedy" that primetime network television has to offer, and we'll gladly follow them as their crazy lives continue. --Jeff Shannon
- 27 episodes on seven discs
- Two Featurettes: "Legal Pad: The Words of Boston Legal" and "The Look of Boston Legal"
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My favourite episodes in this season are ... There's Fire (where Denny is caught in a closet with another woman on his wedding day) and the one with Tom Selleck who wants Shirley back in his life even though he's now getting married. There are also other great guest stars on here like Robert Wagner, Jeri Ryan, Leslie Jordan, Betty White, Michael J Fox, Ed Begley Jr, Parker Posey, Freddie Prinze Jr, Adam Arkin and Shelley Berman to name a few.
How they keep this show getting better all the time is beyond me. It's not just your average courtroom drama, but a fantastic show that will keep you glued to the screen everytime it's on. I really love it and hope you have as much fun with it as I do.
The main reason for me to tune in is James Spader as the "ethically challenged" attorney Alan Shore. Spader was stuck being typecast as yuppie scum for the first era of his career (but he was always eminently watchable). In the recent movie "Secretary" he reinvented himself and his persona as The Perv With The Heart Of Gold, and this is also the basis for Shore. He is a cold barracuda with a basilisk stare and a rampaging libido who hides his essentially kind heart. He also has that Don Rickles tongue--he will say anything to anybody. In season 2, which is on this DVD set, we get to see several sides of Shore: his aid to the beleagured "Hands" Espenson; his clown phobia (with Spader's priceless horrified facial expressions); his night terrors; and flirtation with his foxy, wholesome, crazy assistant Melissa (Marisa Coughlan).
Spader's unexpected partner in crime is the Captain himself, William Shatner, as senile egomanical blowhard and wily legal genius Denny Crane (DennyCrane!). Shatner and Spader turned out to be as terrific a comedy team as Abbott and Costello (or Ackroyd and Belushi, or Spade and Farley.) Spader's cerebral introvert plays off Shatner's wild extrovert, and vice versa.Read more ›
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Product arrived on time in fine condition. Continues to amuse after several viewings.Published 2 days ago by Jon Alexander
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