Joan of Arcadia - The Second Season
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An average 16-year-old, Joan is going through the growing pains typical of any teenager. But after she and her family (Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, Michael Welch) relocate to Arcadia, her life gets especially interesting when God starts paying her visits.
For two years, CBS's Joan of Arcadia managed the neat trick of warming the heart, while keeping the gag reflex at bay. And for a family drama based around faith--and the lack thereof--preachiness was always in short supply. At the end of the first season, Joan (Amber Tamblyn) decides it's all in her head: God isn't really speaking to her. Over the summer, she attends a camp for troubled kids, and now she makes lamps. Her boyfriend, Adam (Christopher Marquette), is as confused as ever; he was just starting to believe her. While Joan questions God's existence, her mother, Helen (Mary Steenburgen), plans a return to the Catholic Church. To that end, she starts meeting with chain-smoking former nun Lilly (Constance Zimmer, Boston Legal) to help with her confirmation. Joan's father, Will (Joe Mantegna), older brother Kevin (Jason Ritter), and Helen must also contend with the lawsuit filed by the boy who caused Kevin's accident, while Joan's younger brother, Luke (Michael Welch), continues to see the surly Grace (Becky Wahlstrom) in secret.
New Arcadia arrivals include Will's controlling boss, Lucy (Annie Potts), Joan's "crazy camp" friend, Judith (Sprague Grayden), and enigmatic do-gooder Ryan (Wentworth Miller, Prison Break), who shares Joan's gift. Despite critical kudos and respectable ratings, Joan of Arcadia wasn't picked up for a third season, but its spirit lives on in such disparate shows as Medium, in which a woman communicates with the dead, and My Name Is Earl, in which a man goes around doing good deeds. This six-disc set features commentary by creator Barbara Hall, producer James Hayman, and writer Stephen Nathan. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- 22 episodes from the 2004-2005 season on six discs
- A Look at Season 2
- The Making of Queen of the Zombies
- A Tour of Joans High School
- Common Thread: A Table Read
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I like the high school drama. I like how everyone in the show deals with their life and their faith.
I still hate Kevin.
I still want more Luke. He has more screen time in the second season but I liked him more than most of the secondary cast and wanted more.
I still loved God. Very few movies or television shows make God this cool.
This season ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. I have questions left about the series. Luckily, the hanger was minor and it is possible to feel like the show is complete with only two sentences.
I am very impressed with the acting skills of the main character, Amber Tamblyn. I am surprised she is not one of the big stars today.
What I really enjoyed about the season 2 DVD was the special feature of a script reading. First time I had ever seen that done. All people involved with a single episode sat around a huge table as the actors read their parts from the script. Occasionally, clips from the actual aired show were shown. Very interesting.
As an aside: Joan's brother Luke loves chemistry -- indeed, in an early episode of Season One, God induces Joan to quit being an academic slacker and to enroll in AP Chemistry -- and I cannot help but believe that Barbara Hall (creator/writer of Joan of Arcadia) views chemistry (and all of the other awesome science God created as part of our world) the same way Betty Smith's alter-ego protagonist Francie does in 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn': "Francie came away from her first chemistry lecture in a glow. In one hour she had found out that everything was made up of atoms which were in continual motion. She grasped the idea that nothing was ever lost or destroyed. Even if something was burned up or left to rot away, it did not disappear from the face of the earth; it changed into something else -- gases, liquids, and powders. Everything, decided Francie after that first lecture, was vibrant with life and there was no death in chemistry. She was puzzled as to why learned people didn't adopt chemistry as a religion."
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