Ugly Betty: Season 3
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Bonus Features Include: Going home to New York City, look who keeps popping up video commentary, webisodes, Betty Bloops, alternate takes, deleted scenes
As ever, the show does a nimble job of simultaneously maintaining multiple plot lines. Some of them last nearly the entire season, like Betty's leaving the family house in Queens to live on her own in a Manhattan apartment, the struggles of Meade Publications, parent company of Mode Magazine (Betty's principal employer), to deal with ongoing financial issues (exacerbated by a major embezzlement sub-plot in mid-season), or the endless power plays involving villainess Wilhelmina Slater (Vanessa Williams) and various members of the Meade family. Other developments, and there are many, unfold over just a few episodes. Some of the best of these are Betty's re-acquaintance with Kimmie (a perfectly cast Lindsay Lohan), a former high school nemesis whom Betty helps find a job; Betty's membership in the Young Editors Training Program (YETI), which brings her into conflict with Marc (Michael Urie), Wilhelmina's flagrantly gay assistant; numerous Suarez family issues, including father Ignacio's (Tony Plana) heart attack; and, of course, the tangled love lives of Betty and virtually every other character of note. Through it all, Betty is awkward, naive, and hopelessly unhip, but also smart, creative, and sincere; she remains the one beacon of purity in a world where everyone's out to get everyone else.
Ugly Betty is beautifully crafted--it's well-written, nicely acted, and deftly edited, and the bonus material (deleted scenes, episode commentary, bloopers, etc.) is fine (newcomers will be grateful for the "starter kit," which introduces the major characters and storylines). One wonders, though, how long it can sustain itself. If Betty finally blossoms into "normality," the show's over; but if the emphasis on cutesy quirks continues, there's sure to be some shark-jumping in the near future. Stay tuned for further developments. --Sam Graham
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Featuring even more celebrity guest appearances and exciting episodes, "UGLY BETTY - The Complete Third Season" features 24 episodes on six discs. Included are (spoiler-less summaries):
* EPISODE 42 - The Manhattan Project - Wilhelmina is now Editor-in-Chief at Mode, while Daniel runs another magazine and Betty makes her return. While her father Ignacio get s a job at a fast food restaurant.
* EPISODE 43 - Filing for the Enemy - Daniel knows he is up to a custody battle for Daniel Jr., meanwhile Betty becomes Wilhelmina's assistant.
* EPISODE 44 - Crimes of Fashion - Christina is injured and Wilhelmina's baby is in trouble. But who at Mode Magazine is responsible for the accident?
* EPISODE 45 - Betty Suarez Land - With Gio's return, Betty thinks they can continue to be friends but she finds out that he doesn't want to have anything to do with her.
* EPISODE 46 - Granny Pants - Kimmie visits Betty and asks for help to get her a job at Mode. But despite all the bad things Kimmie did to Betty in the past, maybe she's changed.
* EPISODE 47 - Ugly Berry - Kimmie has become Assistant Editor at Mode and steals Betty's spotlight.Read more ›
The show's writing, performances, story lines are solid.
In this season we see the disappearance of some key characters and the addition of new ones. All new characters are played by strong actors and even though they are mostly "bad", they are good to watch....
On removing some characters: Personally, I was sorry to see Christina go. I loved this character and her relationship to Betty. I am not sure why she was taken out of the show. I hope they replace her with a quirky fashion designer at Mode who will be instrumental in getting Betty to change her look.
While I liked Molly's character and the actress who played her, I found that there was no chemistry between Daniel and her. I am glad that she was let go, although of course it was sad that they did it through a terminally-ill story line.
Henry came back for a short stint at the end of the season. I have loved this character and was very unhappy to see him leave the show, especially with the pregnant-girlfriend story line. But oddly enough, I was not happy to see him again. That's because Matt, Betty's new boyfriend, is just amazing. It's a tribute to the writers and the actor who plays Matt that after Henry's story line, I was really into the Betty/Matt story. I was sorry to see how they ended the season; and have no hope that they will hook up again. That's a shame. But it's plots like these that make the show interesting.
The actor who plays Mark continues to give amazing performances, effortlessly switching from bad to good guy. Also excellent performances by the actresses who play Amanda, and Hilda.Read more ›
Highly recommend picking up the whole series. Fun for all!
But in the end, this show isn't really so much about the where as it is about the how and why of the characters who all make it happen.
Sure, the acting is top notch. And of course, the writing is spot on. But the actors themselves seem to take the material even further with their pitch perfect delivery.
For my part, this season did something I had thought impossible by making the show even better.
Losing Daniel's Dad last season was a definate plus. That guy had all the comic appeal of a Bond villain.
But more than that, maybe it even has something to do with returning the show to New York, it's gained a certain verite by returning its characters to more realistic (or perhaps better, less unrealistic) story lines.
Seasons 1 and 2 were great but amazingly enough season 3 is even better.
As an interesting aside, this show is one of many recent examples where the inspiration for a popular US television program has come from abroad like HBO's In Treatment which was inspired by an Israeli television program dealing with the same issues and The Office of course based on a British program of the same name. In the case of Ugly Betty, the inspiration came from a Mexican program of course called Betty Le Fea.
In this way, not only the United States but its television programming as well has become a melting pot of sorts.
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Season 3 is best for me , because it leads to her finding herself in season 4, where she no longer is "ugly" Betty.Published 7 days ago by Ralph Deseo