Moonlighting: Season 5 - The Final Season
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Maddie Hayes, a wealthy former model, discovers one morning that her business manager has stolen all the money she has in the bank. However, it turns out that she still owns some non-liquid assets -- money-losing companies which were maintained as tax write-offs -- one of which is a detective agency run by David Addison. Maddie meets with him to inform him that the company is to be shut down, but he persuades her to keep it open by convincing her that the detective agency can make money. Maddie becomes David's new boss and accompanies him on adventure after adventure. While their personalities clash, a sexual tension arises in the time they spend together. But the question always remains... will they or won't they?
- 13 episodes on three discs
- Original screen tests for Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis
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Season 5 starts strong with Womb with a View, which revisits the connection between them. In the following episodes, though, there's no connection or chemistry. There's Maddie pulling away, and David feeling dejected and eventually pulling away. In an odd way, these episodes are reminiscent of Season 1, before anything ever happened between D & M. Except for the white elephant in the room: they hardly even acknowledge their former intense feelings for each other. These middle episodes have a few pleasant moments and some classic Moonlighting comedy bits. But truthfully, getting through them was a bit of a chore, they only remind you of how great Moonlighting was when there was real tension and passion between D & M.
Things look up in the last few episodes, when David meets Maddie's cousin Anne. It seems Maddie is finally over David, though it's not clear he's over her. We wonder if he's using Anne to get back at Maddie for moving on, something that would be despicable. Or maybe David is genuinely happy, maybe this new relationship is the healthy, stable, loving relationship he never had with Maddie. In the end, David once again sacrifices his own well-being for someone else (as we -- but not Maddie -- saw him do so often in Season 4).
Lunar Eclipse ends with a funny wedding, and then our beloved friends (and we loyal viewers) have to come to grips with their fate. Finally, they say goodbye with a bittersweet montage that reminds us how much we have come to love these characters and how much we will miss them.
As other reviewers have said, this set comes with very few extras. I didn't find either of the two commentary tracks especially illuminating. The screen test was kind of neat, though. You can see the chemistry between Bruce & Cybill, even though they hadn't worked together yet.
The final season DVD begins with one of the odder moments of the show, the "A Womb With A View" episode. Maddie (Cybill Shepherd) is pregnant and the child waiting to be born and visited by an angel. She ends up having a miscarriage, and I always thought that was a really uncomfortable plot to have to deal with. The show was always driven by a "will they or won't they have sex" plot, and then they had them have sex and then she got pregnant? And then she has a miscarriage?
This last season is 13 episodes long, and while it's not the best the show had to offer in the earlier seasons, there's still some good stuff here. "Plastic Fantastic Lovers" is an interesting episode (written by Permanent Midnight author Jerry Stahl) and the late Charles Rocket shows up again as David's (Willis) brother in "Those Lips, Those Eyes." David also falls in love with guest star Virginia Madsen (playing Maddie's cousin Annie), but that ends too. Not that he ends up with Maddie either. But in the end of the series, Agnes DiPesto and Bert get married.
This is a really good show to have on DVD, since it's not shown much anymore and it's great to pop in a DVD and sit back and say "oh, yeah, this episode was great!" Thery're aren't many "great" episodes in this last season, but Moonlighting is well worth having on DVD. All five seasons.
It is ashame that I must settle on 3 stars for Seasons 1&2, 3 and 4 of this wonderful series:
SERIES RATING is 5 stars (*****)
Packaging for Seasons 1-4 is 1 star (*).
Packaging for Season 5 is 5 stars (*****)!
The manufacturer must have gotten a clue by the 5th season to keep the package straight forward and safe for the disks. The packaging for Seasons 1-4 are bare cardboard covers with glued plastic pages that fall out as soon as the shrink wrap is removed.
My solution for the packaging was to use multi-disc covers, cut up the original cardboard cover, insert them into the new covers and VOILA! I have myself the same packaging as Season 5's package.
It has been years since I have seen any of the episodes. Even then I was not able to catch all of them in order. What a treat!
Again, I am grateful to complete my series of Moonlighting, but it would have been nice if there were more extras of one of my favorite shows from the 80's.
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