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(Gay & Lesbian) Since its premiere in 2005, "Dantes Cove" has grown from a cult sensation to a gay cultural phenomenon. Fun and provocative, the show has seduced thousands with its unabashed and unapologetic delivery of sex and camp, placing itself as the ultimate guilty pleasure. Season 2 is even more outrageous with the introduction of more deadly secrets, more intriguing twists and most importantly, more hot-bodied stars!
Have you ever said to yourself, "Gee, I like the overwrought soap opera of Melrose Place--if only it had explicit gay sex and supernatural storylines..."? Dante's Cove is for you! Come to this semi-tropical paradise and watch with glee as warlock Ambrosius (William Gregory Lee, formerly Virgil on Xena: Warrior Princess) uses his dark magic to pursue the hunky blond Kevin (Gregory Michael, As the World Turns) while fighting with Grace (Tracy Scoggins, The Colbys, Babylon 5), the powerful witch to whom Ambrosius was engaged...until she caught him in flagrante with a man. Meanwhile, Kevin's lover Toby (Charlie David, host of Crash Test Mommy) struggles to protect Kevin with the help of Van (Nadine Heimann), a newly-minted witch whose dabbling in magic threatens to wreck her relationship with magic-phobe Iowa girl Michelle (Erin Cummings, After Midnight: Life Behind Bars). And what are the schemes of Diana (Thea Gill, The L-Word), the mysterious woman who runs the historical society? Punctuating all of this angst and glowering are copious man-on-man sex scenes with a wee bit of woman-on-woman thrown in to round things out. The special effects are cheap, the dialogue obvious yet confusing, the plot lurches around like a drunk with his foot in a bucket, and the acting...well, let's just say the cast is very pretty to look at. The five episodes of Dante's Cove - the Complete Second Season follow a two-episode first season (more of a pilot, really); the story threads, such as they are, will make just as much sense whether you've seen Season One or not. There are several behind-the-scenes extra features on the dvd; most are the usual "I'm so happy to be on this great show!" stuff, but the most interesting one interviews several cast members about being openly gay actors. --Bret Fetzer
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They Added Closed Caption Which Helps Because At Times The Music Soundtrack If You Can Call It That Is Not Only Bad But At Times Louder Than The Actors Speaking/And The Songs That Were Written For This Film
Were The Pitts And I Mean The PITTS//I Must Say That All Of The Actors
are Much Better In The Second Season//Perhaps It's Because The Sound Is Better Or Perhaps They Have Grown Into The Roles That They Each Play//
Even The Script Is Much Better In The Second Season//Lets Hope That If There Is A Third Season Someone That Doesn't Have A Tin Ear Will Do Something About The Loud Awful Soundtrack/I Think What The Actors Have To Say Is More Important Than That Bad Background/And They Sure Can Forget About Repeating What They Call Songs(Jerome Kern Rest Easy)Since I Paid For These DVDs I Feel I Have A Right To My Opinion/You Don't Have To Agree//
I Don't care////P.S. Who Ever Thought Of Putting The Closed Caption/The Words Of That Awful Song Over The Name Credits Of The Actors// Stanley Cooper Jupiter Florida
This season, they're joined by a mysterious, more powerful witch, Diana (played by Thea Gil, previously of QAF). As we rejoin the gang, somewhat naive Kevin is tired of living under Toby's shadow, wants to get a job and become more self-sufficient, which makes Toby insecure about their relationship. Seeing this as a chance to get Kevin back into his clutches, Ambrosius updates his image ("Call me 'Bro!") and tries to dazzle the young man with a fast car and to-die-for beach house. Toby's ex Adam (recast this year, for the better) gets involved with Ambrosius as well, and gets hooked on a local drug with supernatural origins. Meanwhile, Van gets further into dabbling in magic, with a book she found on the beach, learns the truth about Ambrosius and Grace, and takes desperate measures when her girlfriend Michelle says she has to choose between the magic or their relationship. The five (apx.) hour-long episodes also reveal a former boyfriend of Kevin's visiting the hotel, Adam's involvement with a gay afterhours sex club, the resort's handyman trying to seduce boss man Marco, more background on the two child ghosts that appear to Toby, as well as much more detail on the ins and outs of Grace's and Ambrosius' powers, and how they must ally themselves with a hotel guest in order to battle it out by the upcoming Solstice. Comic relief is provided by the appearance of an old porcelin doll, which has a spell causing anyone who touches it to fall in instant lust with the next person (male or female) they see.
Critics say "This is nothing more than a gay soap" and point at the often over-the-top dialogue and occasional overacting. Hey, it is what it is, and it works on that level exceedingly well, as most "guilty pleasures" should! They definitely cranked up the "camp" quotient a notch or two this year, with Tracy Scoggins as Grace (trying to teach young protege' Van the nuances of black magic) losing her cool and occasionally seeming to be channeling Agnes Moorehead in "Bewitched"! The photography, music and eye candy is outstanding, and I found myself powerless to avoid going through all five episodes in one sitting.
Note that the format of this 2-DVD set can be a bit confusing, in that there is a top menu to choose the episode you want to see (which should obviously be viewed in order), and then a submenu to play that episode (No option to view all episodes on the disk consecutively.) The second disk also includes some excellent extras, including deleted scenes, interviews with the cast, "backlot" featurette and "coming out" stories by the three openly-gay cast members. It isn't Emmy-worthy, but a fun diversion for you and open-minded friends. I'm under a spell not to give it anything less than a full five stars out of five.
Season 2 has changed locations, changed some characters, added some unnecessary characters and created a terrible DVD menu. The location change is the most egregious problem, besides just plain ol' bad acting. But who is watching the acting anyway. So, the location change completely changes the feel of Dante's Cove. It looks like someones house, up in Palos Verdes, rather than a seaside resort hotel in some old part of Key West. bugged me for the entire second season.
Hotties, hotties and more hotties. Like I said, it's not good, but if you watched Season 1, you need to get Season 2. Just because.
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