CHiPs: Season 2
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Cant drive 55? Theres a ticket with your name on it sign here, please. Just jumped three freeway lanes and endangered everyone in your path? Pull it over, pal, and dig out that license and registration. California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon Baker and Francis "Ponch" Poncherello are on patrol. Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox return as Ponch and Jon, and the action and fun are ready to roll in 22 road- ripping episodes. Also returning: Robert Pine as amiable Sgt. Getraer. Strap on helmets and goggles for a deadly chain-reaction crash, the appearance of a nettlesome TV-news crew, Ponchs disco dancing, Halloween patrol and a caped biker daredevil. Remember: safety first. And always signal before turning.
CHiPs returned with even more spectacular car crashes and more cute girls for Ponch (Erik Estrada) to charm. The series really hit its stride in this second season (aired in 1978 and '79), balancing nerve-tingling stunts with human drama and whimsical escapades. On the high-tension side, you have a school bus that careens out of control and Jon (Larry Wilcox) has to jump on the roof to rescue the kids inside; trucks jackknife across the highway, causing multiple pileups; an ambulance overturns, trapping a girl in an iron lung; an investigation of dirt-bike vandals leads to angel dust dealers. Then, to lighten things up, Ponch gets a boa constrictor wrapped around his leg and has to help out a team of stranded cheerleaders. But more than anything, this second season was a showcase for Estrada's easy, perfect-for-television charisma. Not only was he handsome and cocky, he could be surprisingly gentle and compassionate, as when he rescued a suicidal woman about to lose her home. Wilcox, even at his best, never seemed fully comfortable in his role, but Estrada radiated the kind of relaxed pleasure that invites the audience's adoration. There were certainly silly moments (the Supercycle! A tiger in a deli mart! Ponch and Jon help a woman give birth in a disco!) and the increase in cars bursting into flame stretches credulity, but most of CHiPs stays reasonably down-to-earth and is all the more enjoyable for it. In fact, the low-key cinematography, without a lot of frantic editing, often makes the car crashes all the more vivid and jolting. This season also introduced more supporting characters, including the first significant female officer on the show, Sindy Cahill (played by the charming Brianne Leary). The boxed set features only one extra, a promotional featurette about the real California Highway Patrol, who love the show about as much as the show loves them--though the real cops' hair is decidedly less fluffy. --Bret Fetzer
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Top Customer Reviews
They do manage to fix every accident. Frank & John are not only partners but the best of friends. It is an interesting show. Perfect kind of show for some of the episodes to use in defensive driving! Thats the right way to point stuff out to some people out there on the highway! Theirs not much violence like some of todays shows.
They never have to use their guns. I've never really understood why.
But a lot of the episodes are funny. & they make me laugh. The only thing that bothers me a little bit, is that only seasons one & two On DVD seem to be available. What about the rest of the seasons? In case anyone asks me, Yes I think its worth it!! I'd like to see seasons 3,4,5,6!! Please put them on display. I'd sure like to have them!!!!!!! I got a lot of fond memories. & episodes I miss. They kept the show running a long time before they got rid of it, I mean before it stopped coming on TV. They're doing that with a lot of shows today, more & more of them keep dissappearing. & I don't know why!
I thought seasons 1 & 2 were definitely worth watching. But no one wants to watch them over & over again while we wait for the other seasons to come out. If I had all seasons I'd watch each one, one at a time. I prefer to go through any show that way. I like the theme song the best.
My only complaint about both seasons one & two is the discs are hard to get to. Them being on top of each other like they are. They should of thought of something different. Good luck reorganizing them!
Ok..I've gotten a little off track...... if you want to see 4 wheeled roller skates, feathered hair, leisure suits opened with big gold chains on hairy chests, AMC Pacers, early running shorts with tube socks pulled up over the shins and of course disco music intertwined with the action...its great.
Although this series is over thirty years old, Chips has aged quite gracefully. This is due in part to great chemistry between the actors (all perfectly cast) and mostly lighthearted, fun scripts. If you're a dedicated fan seeking to feed your "nostalgia monster", you'll find yourself in the middle of a retro buffet! It just doesn't get any better than this!
With the recent trend being to release DVD "half seasons" at full season prices (Love Boat, Cannon, etc.), it's nice to see that fans of Chips have been treated fairly. An entire season of Chips is well worth the reasonable list price, and Amazon currently has a wonderful pre-order price to make this an irresistible purchase!
Let's hope that future seasons arrive in a timely manner! I just can't get enough!
Season one was released on SINGLE SIDED discs. This set is DOUBLE SIDED.