The Paper Chase: Season 2
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Those who never saw the episodes produced for Showtime in the early 80's are probably wondering how they compare to the first-year CBS segments. Actually the producers did an excellent job of continuing the series in the same spirit while making logical changes to mirror the progress of the students as they advanced through law school. The biggest surprise (or disappointment) about the episodes produced for cable is that while they were quite well done, the stories weren't significantly more dramatic or insightful than those done for CBS. One would have thought that the writers, freed from the constraints of network television, would have become more bold and produced some truly daring and thought-provoking scripts. Unfortunately, they more often than not focused on the romantic relationships of the characters (been there, done that) rather than exploring some of the more intriguing aspects of law and legal education.
The good news, though, is that when the Showtime productions were good, they were outstanding. A couple of the second season episodes, in fact, stand as two of the all-time best of the series. "Hart Goes Home" is an excellent story about Hart making a trip back to Minnesota for his sister's wedding, only to find that he can't escape his responsibilities back at school.Read more ›
I only hope that if seasons 3 and 4 are released by Shout Factory (soon, please!) they will be in a combined 2-season box, because season 3 consisted of only 12 episodes and season 4 only 6. There are 19 season 2 episodes here, however.
This show really is something special. I've been quoting it as my all-time favourite series for years... but so few people seem to remember it outside of the US.
At a time when the World saw most '80s American TV as "chewing gum for the eyes" this proved that quality was possible.
Hart has a girlfriend, whom I've seen before. She struck me as a Soap Opera character, (in fact the whole story line between Hart and Connie was like a Soap Opera) but Hart fell in love with her. She was having problems with Contracts and tried to borrow Hart's outlines. He loaned them to her, but after doing so, Hart caught her trying to copy them. She returned them to Hart, angrily. She apologized with a note, he forgave her, and unfortunately, they became lovers. She appeared quite a bit older than other 1L's. No doubt, she hung around Hart mainly because of his significant reputation, his apartment, and Hart's having made Law Review and gotten an A from Kingsfield, unheard of. She was also very manipulative, trying all her sweet sexy ways to get what she wanted, among practically living in Ford and Hart's apartment, (she hated the dorms) using his TV whenever she felt like it, and getting rid of Ford, by eating his food and interrupting Ford's time with his date.Read more ›
As the start of a new year of law school must be, some students don't return and others do. Logan and Anderson (Francine Tacker, Robert Ginty) are gone. Season two finds Hart (James Stephens), Ford (Tom Fitzsimmons), and Willis Bell (James Keane) now starting their second year of law school. Hart and Ford are roommates. As 2L's Hart and Ford's main conflict is no longer with Professor Kingsfield (John Houseman) the main conflict is the law itself. As second year students they're moving away from the idealistic academic study of the law to its actual implementation, in real life they struggle with their idealism vs. real world practical applications of the law. Hart is a member of the prestigious Law Review magazine of which Kingsfield is the faculty advisor. Michael Tucci plays Law Review president Golden. Bell has become the dorm advisor for the new batch of 1L's, and there are some new additions to the cast and to the story lines. Jane Kaczmarek as Connie Lehman, Clare Kirkconnell plays Rita Harriman, Hart's Law Review rival, Andra Millian as Laura, a new 1L whom Bell has a crush on.
The quality of the writing is still there from the first season. The Paper Chase author John Jay Osborn Jr., wrote seven of the nineteen episodes. There must have been some disagreement about which direction to take the show because there are two distinct halves of the season.Read more ›
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Doesn't get any better than Houseman. I sent this to my niece who is just entering law school and she loved it.Published 2 months ago by Enrico
Great set. Waiting for final year and graduation to come out.Published 12 months ago by James M. Lurquin
Excellent sale and item as promised. Like a lot of other people, I want Season 3 & 4.Published 15 months ago by Michael E Jones
Great series - took me back to the early 80's.
Highly recommend thought it is a little dated....will enjoy the cds over and over