Once and Again - The Complete First Season
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Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning Sela Ward and Golden Globe nominee Billy Campbell, Once And Again explored brave new territory with the compelling story of two families blending at the seams. The second marriage of Lily Manning (Ward) to Rick Sammler (Campbell) pushes both to the limit as they try for domestic normalcy while navigating divorce, parenting, financial hardship and many other life lessons.
From the creators of thirtysomething and My So-Called Life comes the complete first season DVD Collection. Enjoy all the moving moments and memorable performances of a brilliant supporting cast, including Shane West (A Walk To Remember) and Evan Rachel Wood (Practical Magic) once and again.
Rick (Billy Campbell) and Lily (Sela Ward) are fortysomething parents with two kids; both are still feeling the repercussions of their failed first marriages; both are haplessly single and consumed by their family identities (plus, let's just face it, both are gorgeous beyond belief). Dropping off their respective kids at school in their respective SUVs, they spy each other across a crowded driveway. Granted, it's not terribly romantic, but sparks fly and tentatively, embarrassingly, like teenagers, they embark on a first date--awkward conversation and fumbling make-out sessions in cars included. So begins the acclaimed TV series Once and Again from producers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, the guys who brought you über-sensitive dramas thirtysomething and My So-Called Life. And like those award-winning shows, Once and Again mines the mundane and ordinary to find extraordinary drama, tackling both midlife crisis and teen angst, as Rick and Lily's kids (most notably heartthrob Shane West and blooming wallflower Julia Whelan) navigate the perils of high school while their parents traverse the mine field of adult romance, with ex-spouses and disapproving family members lurking in the shadows.
The first season takes Rick and Lily from first date alone to first date en famille, in which their respective broods finally meet and confront the fact that their parents--gasp!--like each other. Along the way, there's amazing writing, pitch-perfect direction that takes scenes from comedy to drama in seamless swoops, and a tight-knit ensemble that hits all the right notes. Ward won an Emmy for this first season as the anxiety-ridden Lily, but she's equally matched by the quietly stunning Campbell, and their interaction is touching, funny, sexy, and heartbreaking--everything you could want in a romance, and more. --Mark Englehart
- The complete first season plus pilot episode
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Personally, revisiting the series is even more vivid for me now that I am going thorugh a similar situation. You truly appreciate what the characters are going through and the tough decisions that have to be made whilst retaining dignity and respect for new relationships. Watching this is a therapy session in itself.
I really do hope that Series 3 is released as I've just ordered Series 2 and would love to be able to complete this collection.
Given the enormous impact Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz have had on quality television and films, wouldn't it be great if they were to do a review of their programmes and even revisit where these characters might be now - a fiftysomething perhaps?
If only, if only they could have continued. :(
It hurts me to think that this show had to end. Call me sappy, but I feel like a little part of me is still mourning.
Please, oh please, release the 2nd and 3rd seasons! I'll gladly produce handfuls of cash for the complete collection of such an amazing series.