Felicity - Sophomore Year Collection (The Complete Second Season)
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FELICITY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
Season 2 of Felicity not only sees the massacre of star Keri Russell's golden locks (at one point, a minor character refers to the new, short-cropped Felicity as "Chia-Head") but endless turmoil--most of it quite addictive to watch--in perhaps seven or eight overlapping romances.
First there's the issue of season 1's cliffhanger. Did Felicity spend her summer with former high-school crush Ben (Scott Speedman) or her dormitory's resident advisor, Noel (Scott Foley), who harbors strong feelings for her? Episode 1 teases us with the answer while laying the bumpy groundwork for our heroine's sophomore year: Felicity has come back to college in New York City as an R.A. in her old dorm, once again sharing a room--much to her discontent--with acerbic Wiccan-punk Meghan (Amanda Foreman). Ben has a part-time job working in a coffee shop owned by Felicity's confidante Javier (Ian Gomez). Noel is sharing an apartment with another Felicity ally, Elena (Tangi Miller), as well as filmmaker Sean (Greg Grunberg), who previously made a documentary focusing on Ben and Felicity's relationship.
Tangled connections and shifting loyalties make for a long, involving second year in this drama-comedy from Disney and Imagine Entertainment. Characters fall in and out of love, earn and betray trust, leap before they look, and redeem themselves with powerful acts of forgiveness or faith. Felicity creators J.J. Abrams (writer, Forever Young) and Matt Reeves (director, Relativity) set out to capture the unique contradictions of young adulthood in this show--in particular, clinging to a precise college track while trying to make sense of post-adolescent love and responsibility--and for the most part succeed very well. Sometimes too well: The storylines may become a little redundant, the drama a tad flat with such singular interest in the muddled passions of 19-year-olds. But each episode is sharply written, comically incisive, and never less than watchable.
Great special features: Keri Russell's audition, audio commentaries, a never-before-seen pilot, and the Felicity Emmy Parody, i.e., a spoof of the TV show produced for an Emmy Award telecast. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
- All 23 episodes plus the never-before-seen 1/2 hour pilot episode
- Keri Russell's audition
- Audio commentary with cast and filmmakers on 5 episodes
- Felicity "Emmy Parody" spoof produced for the Emmy broadcast
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Season Two is also when tragedy struck. Keri Russell cut her hair. Many actually blame the steep Season Two decline in ratings to The Haircut, though this was more likely due to a change in scheduling (history has shown repeatedly that if you want to kill a show, just keep moving it around, unless it is a megahit with a huge cadre of dedicated fans like LOST). Nonetheless, Felicity's hair cut often makes various web lists of "Biggest Mistakes in TV HIstory." Fan response to her shorn locks was so negative that the show itself makes numerous jokes about it. The hair would grow out in subsequent seasons.
One of the reasons for FELICITY's success as a long series was the willingness of the producers to bring in new characters. Some are less successful than others, but some are wonderful additions and are missed when they depart the show. Amy Smart, an actress I've enjoyed in everything I've seen her in, was especially likable in Season Two as Noel's love interest. Donald Faison -- well before he was on the staff of Sacred Heart on SCRUBS -- joins the show in the second half of the season as Elena's love interest. And Amanda Foreman's role as Felicity's bizarre roommate Meghan was expanded (there was also an episode in which Kevin Weisman played a friend of hers -- in ALIAS they would be married and have a child)
Speaking of SCRUB's, it is fascinating how many actors who appeared on FELICITY later appeared on that comedy. Keri Russell herself appeared as a guest star, while Donald Faison, of course, is one of the two male leads. Scott Foley had a major recurring role as Elliott's love interest. Amy Smart had a brief but memorable run as a love interest for JD (her character is best captured in the title of one of her episodes, "My Drama Queen").
The one thing that hurts FELICITY -- as well as nearly every show made in the past 20 years -- has been the widespread and nearly universal conviction in the television industry that while fans love to watch the unfolding of potential romance, they are not interested in fulfilled, ongoing romance, As a result, the challenge is always to invent ways of keeping couples apart rather than their staying together. So on LOST Sawyer is used to keep Jack and Kate apart (and then later baby Aaron). Endless difficulties were introduced to keep Clark and Lana from being a happy couple on SMALLVILLE. The best ever device for keeping a romantic couple apart is surely Angel's curse on BUFFY (though that is rivaled by the tragedy on PUSHING DAISIES that if Ned ever touches Chuck, she'll die, again, forever). In Season One of FELICITY Noel was introduced as a way of keeping Felicity and Ben apart, only to have Ben brought back into the picture late to keep Felicity and Noel apart. By the end of Season Two you pretty much have it figured out that if two people finally manage to get together, bad times are definitely ahead. Only a couple of shows have tried to show major couples together. Seth and Summer were a couple for an unusual amount of time on THE O.C., perhaps because their dynamics made them unsuitable for one another on paper. And in Season Three of THE OFFICE, Pam and Jim managed to have an adorable relationship. Personally, I would like to see more shows take up the challenge of making a successful relationship interesting. I'll close by acknowledging that the reason why producers and writers are terrified of getting romantic couples together is the MOONLIGHTING problem. That show was remarkably successful as long as Dave and Maddie were a potential couple. As soon as they slept together, however, ratings plummetted (though I personally wonder if the decline in writing and the persistent problem in producing new episodes wasn't more to blame).
Anyway, there's this one song on this season that I can't seem to find. Its on Episode 12 "The Slump". Its not on any of the Felicity soundtracks and people have some fans have spent years trying to find it. Hell, I searched all over the internet and still can't find it. At the beginning of Episode 12, the lyrics go like this:
'We walked alone beside the park
and talked about your shoes,
you don't even know me
I don't even know you....'
Anyway, if anyone has a head's up to this song please contact me immediately at
It has a really nice tune and would like to hear the whole song for a change. LOL!
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This is the season where she cuts her hair and so many other changes...love it.
can't go wrong with felicity.
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