Get Smart Season 2
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Get Smart: Season 2 (DVD)
Maxwell Smart is back...And Loving it! And so is Agent 99, The Chief, Fang and the rest of the fearless Get Smart gang. Here is the legendary, Emmy Award-winning spy-spoof series inspired by the comic genius of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, digitally restored, remastered and brought to you by HBO Home Entertainment. The madcap misadventures only get funnier in Season 2 as Max and 99 pursue their elusive KAOS adversaries around the world from Greenland to the scorching sands of the Sahara desert- and come face-to-face with their dastardly foes…in a Bedoin tent…at the stylish "Pussycat Club"…and deep beneath the eaves in a secret KOAS submarine. This classically funny 4- DVD set collects all 30 episodes from the hit second season of Get Smart , including the hilarious spy parody "Bronzefinger," and the three-part comic masterpiece, "A Man Called Smart."]]>
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were excellent. After that it got a bit worn as they began to run thin of material. But in the 2nd season they were still running
strong with lots of laughs and lots of good gags.
The humor was cornball and predictable, but with the great delivery by the actors, somehow that just made it all that much more
funny. Good comedy is hard to do. And these wonderful clowns knew just how to pull it off. They had a good combination of banter,
jokes, gags, and slapstick. And they could deliver it with good timing that seems all but a lost art in modern comedies.
Don Adams is Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, a not-so-bright spy with an endless arsenal of strange devices and odd sayings. The bumbling spy at a top-secret government agency called Control, which tirelessly works to keep the free world free. He's accompanied by his capable partner/love interest Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon), and overseen by the long-suffering Chief (Eward Platt) who puts up with Smart's constant mistakes.
The second season starts off rockily, with KAOS reprogramming Hymie to murder the Chief, and soon they step up their attacks against CONTROL: KAOS's new leader Siegfried (Bernie Kopell) kidnaps the Chief, and Max responds by kidnapping KAOS's top assassin... unfortunately sparking off a bunch of revenge kidnappings, until nobody is left at either organization.
As the season goes on, Max encounters new obstacles and plots against the free world -- he fakes his death, impersonates a safecracker, goes to Casablanca, tries to solve serial killings in the tropics, works in a circus, suffers amnesia, and is pursued by an evil big game hunter, a la "The Most Dangerous Game."
And what's more, and 99 have to deal with art thieves, submarines, mummies, beauty pageants, Arab princes, mouthy KAOS parrots, CONTROL being closed down, smiling killers, bronze paint, the Choker, going to jail, and a seductive woman who may be the dismantlement of Hymie.
The important development of "Get Smart's" second season is that Max finally gets a regular nemesis. As Holmes had his Moriarty, so Max has his Siegfried: a heel-cracking German with an exuberant sidekick, and a catchphrase of his own ("Ve don't ____ here!"). Siegfried isn't in every episode, but he crops up often enough to be worth noting.
Basically, the second season polishes up the kooky spy antics of the first, with more slapstick antics, delightfully weird problems (Max as head of the CONTROL workers' union?), and movie homages ("Goldfinger," "The Most Dangerous Game," "Casablanca"). Not to mention those wonderfully improbable gadgets ("Why hide a tape recorder in a camera and a camera in a tape recorder? Why not just take pictures with the camera, and record with the recorder?" "Because my mind doesn't work that way, that's why!").
Don Adams is the heart of the series, with his quirky face, nasal voice, odd body language and confident catchphrases ("And loving it!"). Max is not your usual inept spy -- he's confident that he's suave and competant, and somehow this carries him through to the end. Barbara Feldon plays a wonderful straight woman to Max's goofiness, while Edward Platt is just wonderful as the long-suffering Chief.
As for the new characters: Kopell is hysterical as "Zigfried," an excitable Germanic KAOS agent who is constantly thwarted by Max, which tends to upset him. David Ketchum is introduced as the aptly named Agent 13, an unlucky guy who is always hiding in tiny unpleasant spaces (garbage cans, freezers).
"Get Smart" didn't get smarter in its second season, but it definitely got better, especially with the introduction of Siegfried. Definitely a must see, for fans of spies and madcap comedy.
DVD MENU PROBLEM: Just for accuracy I should add that the menu on disc #4 is slightly faulty, there's no way to go directly to the final episode because when you select it the DVD takes you to the next to last episode. You have to get to the last episode via the "PLAY ALL" method. Amazon replaced the entire DVD set, but the replacement set has the exact same problem. Still a great DVD set, so I gave it 5 stars.
The jokes are fresh and the plot and pacing are what you'd hope they would be. Far from cliched throughout.
The three -part episode that almost became a movie is included as well.
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