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Friday the 13th: The Series - The Final Season
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I've been pretty vocal about my dislike for the previous two season sets, with their near-total lack of extras and, most noticeably, the glaring omissions of the pre-titles sequence from every episode, and for the hardcore fans, the lack of the 30-second promos for the next week's episode. Leave it to me, a fan of the show from 1988 (not quite the beginning) to notice and be bugged by these things. So the "Special Features" note on this set was something I was too curious about.
So far, I've only gone through disc 1, but it appears MY prayers, at least, were answered--to a degree. Not only does "The Prophecies" have the opening pre-title sequence ("Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil...") intact, but also, all episodes on the disc have the original 30-second episode promos, very nearly as they appeared during the original airings, complete with the red band across the screen denoting an "All-New Episode."
Why are they "very nearly" as they appeared? Well, do you remember at the very end of the promos, when they showed the tombstone with the F13 logo, the announcer said something like, "Next week, drive like the devil!"? (Bonus points to the fan who can identify that particular episode!) Well, they edited out that part of the audio from the promo. CBS/Paramount has them, master and all!Read more ›
His replacement, Stephen Monarque, just isn't a very good actor. His voice is an annoying, high-pitched squeak. His character really doesn't fit into the action well or establish any chemistry with the other characters. The producers' attempts to create sexual sparks between him and the beautiful Robey result in scenes that are awkward, unreal, and distracting.
The 3rd season's shows are still good, but Seasons 1 and 2 are better examples of this series operating on all cylinders.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES began with an antique store owner named Louis Vendredi, who sold his soul to the devil in return for wealth and immortality. In return, he peddled items which had been cursed by Satan, usually in horribly ironic ways, to his unsuspecting customers. When Louis tried to break his pact he was sucked into hell and the store inherited by two distant relations, the immature but likeable Ryan Dallion (John D. LeMay) and the reserved but passionate Micki Foster (Louise Robey). Shortly after the clueless cousins took over the store they met mysterious mystic Jack Marshak (Chris Wiggins), who informed them of what Vendredi had done, and of his intention to recover each of the 300-odd cursed objects before they could do any more damage. Ryan and Micki reluctantly joined Jack in his quest, enduring constant danger and terrible tragedy to set their family legacy right, and often questioning whether the cost was worth it. Toward the end of the show's second season, they were joined part-time by Johnny Ventura (Steve Monarque), a friend of Ryan's with more guts than brains, who had his own ties with Vendredi's cursed objects. This then was the setting for the show's third and final season.
It's helpful in reviewing this series to be honest with its flaws, if only just to get them out of the way. F13 had a lowish budget, wildly inconsistent dialogue, equally inconsistent acting, and spotty special effects.Read more ›
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The series was beginning to lose a little steam by this season, but it's still rolling along at a nice pace. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul Beyard
I miss Ryan but I like Johnny too. I'm just glad to have a third and final season.Published 7 months ago by swankhood
I was sad to see the end of this series. That is why I bought it on DVD. Edge of your seat episodes with shocking end to " Ryan" character!Published 9 months ago by fedak2012
Interesting stories and this is what I like to see. Unfortunately the final disc has many scratches on it which stops the program from advancing here and there.Published 11 months ago by Wiggles
I really enjoyed this series when it first aired. It has been fun to watch it again.Published 12 months ago by avalon