Six Feet Under - The Complete Second Season
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Six Feet Under: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
When death is your business, what is your life? For Nate, David, Ruth and Claire, the world outside the Fisher & Sons Funeral Home continues to be at least as challenging-and far less predictable-as the one inside.]]>
In some ways, HBO's Six Feet Under plays kid brother to stellar BMOC The Sopranos: it's spunkier, less refined, chancier, and a bit of a punk. Nevertheless, the show set in the Southern California mortuary Fisher and Sons deserves its place in the pantheon of great television series. The initial season was a showcase for the most original characters, including tight-lipped brother David (Michael C. Hall) coming out of the closet, emotionally trippy mom Ruth (Frances Conroy), and the most complex girlfriend on the face of the planet, Brenda (Rachel Griffiths). Slowly, the major force in season 2 is the unassuming lead, Peter Krause. Part of the long line of good-looking actors who never get respect because they make it look too easy, Krause (Sports Night) finds the perfect blend of optimism with a wonderful, bittersweet anguish as Nate, the prodigal son.
The initial season's happy ending is forgotten as relationships change, the business is still under fire from the evil conglomerate Kroehner, and a lively dream sequence is just around the corner. As with the premier season, creator Alan Ball lets many others direct and write the show, but his stamp is all over it. The eccentricities of the characters are shaped, and not always suddenly. Take daughter Claire (Lauren Ambrose), who sheds her bad boyfriend only to find more complex relationships on her road to discovering her own groove. One person in the mix is Ruth's beatnik sister (Patricia Clarkson, in an Emmy-winning role), a joyous embodiment of thriving--if aging--counter culture. Another new character is Nate's old girlfriend, the granola-loving Lisa (Lili Taylor). With Brenda heading down another destructive course, Nate is at more than one crossroads by season's end. For fans who groove with the wild, serio-comedic world of the Fishers (and let's face it, many didn't), the second season goes down like a fine meal of fusion cuisine. The show shares an unfortunate family trait with its HBO big brother: although both were lavished with multiple Emmy nominations the first two seasons, both took home only token awards. But then there's always next year. --Doug Thomas
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Second there are strong rich female characters in this series that drive the drama and they get a good amount of screen time, not the less than 17% that Geena Davis's research institute has proven for women and girls across the board for the majority of media including feature film, TV series and animation. Isn't a little over 50% of the world population women and girls -so why do we accept depictions of males as more interesting? Writers, directors and producers need to do better and be more creative with their characters, this show shows that it is possible to have great female characters as rich and entertaining as any of their male counterparts, and they do not have to kill or be murdered by a mobster to achieve that.
Thirdly we are all going to die and this show profoundly explores that reality in every episode touching on all classes, situations, ages, race and gender. It is not just about knocking people off or gratuitous violence even though some of these deaths do occur violently. Six Feet Under explores death and grieving as well as the difficult aspects of burying a loved one again a complex and human way that we can all relate to.
I enjoyed every season of this series and final episode is by far one of the best HBO written/produced episodes of any series they have ever done. Kudos to Alan Ball he knows how to write for all types of characters including great gay characters and real believable relationships too, David and Keith are one of the best male couples depicted in a main stream series, and Claire's dabble with sexuality was also completely believable and well written. I am sure all the people involved in this series must feel honored to be part of such a great work, in my mind it goes down as the best!
I was riveted to every episode with a stunned wonder at what goes on behind the scenes of a family-owned mortuary business. Second to that were the engaging characters and sometimes rather depressing life stories that were so compelling that it didn't put me off the show. This would have been less of a great show if not for the ghosts of the deceased appearing here and there to lend their wisdom and gallows humor to coping with their deaths and bringing understanding and closure for the ones who remained behind.
No spoilers here, and not naming names, but a percentage of the main characters get killed off, esp toward the last season. My favorite character was Claire. She could have carried the whole show on her back. Nate and David, too. The acting and scripts were first-rate and nothing in my life could have ever predicted that a show about a mortuary-owning family would become iconic and one of my favorite series of all time.
I cried buckets during the series finale. Get the Kleenex ready!
Ugh, I can't even tell you how much I miss this ensemble cast. I thought of them in my real life many times at odd moments, as they became almost like real people I knew and cared about. The series was a stunning tour de force and now I follow the careers of those fine actors and writers to see what they are up to on their newer shows.
Farewell, ensemble cast of Six Feet Under. I spent hundreds of hours getting to know all of you. Fabulous series and highly recommended.
Character development continues. One mother and daughter, alienated from each other for so many years and seemingly radically different in personality and their outlook on life, share the unfortunate trait of desperately seeking love and always choosing the wrong kind of man. Another mother/daughter pair are locked in a love/hate, passive/aggressive relationship. The two brothers are plagued by relationship problems of their own.
Warning: this series easily hooks you into binge watching.
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