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What I Like About You: The Complete Second Season
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In the second season of this upbeat comedy; sisters Holly (Amanda Bynes) and Valerie (Jennie Garth) have moved into a New York City loft — and become well-acquainted with Holly’s uncanny ability to unravel her straitlaced sibling’s well-ordered life. Nevertheless; Valerie’s own public relations firm; which she runs out of the loft with her quirky friend Lauren (Leslie Grossman); has hit the ground running. While Holly’s feelings for cute messenger boy Vince (Nick Zano) have ruffled her relationship with boyfriend Henry (Michael McMillian); she tries to maintain a friendship with both boys. Meanwhile; Holly’s new street-smart friend; Tina (Allison Munn); and longtime pal Gary (Wesley Jonathan) ride out all the ups and downs of living with the craziness that is Holly. No matter what happens in Holly’s and Valerie’s unpredictable lives; one constant remains: the sisters’ affection and concern for each other’s happiness.
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The first half of the second season is transitional for the show. The show shifts from its silly, slapstick nature of its first season - which was aimed at teens - to more of a drama-comedy, aimed towards young adults. Complete with complicated love triangles and a slew of new friends, Val and Holly (Jennie Garth and Amanda Bynes) even move into a much larger, more metro and modernized loft apartment, perhaps serving as a metaphor for the show's shift in tone.
The DVD release itself leaves much to be desired. Like the first season, the episodes are presented across three discs, and they are presented in fullscreen format. Originally broadcast in 2003 - 2004, the second season of the show was its first to be broadcast in high definition and shot in widescreen format. Widescreen prints of seasons 2 - 4 are widely available on the internet, and have been circulating for ages now, so it's unclear why Warner has presented these episodes in fullscreen.
The issue with the missing theme song is still present on this second season DVD release. The original theme song - Lillix's cover of The Ramones' hit 'What I Like About You' - had been remixed starting with season 2, accompanied by an all new, revamped opening credits (perhaps another metaphor for the show's shift). This DVD set uses the same replacement music for the opening theme that the first season did - a generic pop/rock song that doesn't seem to have an official release outside these DVD releases. It's not credited here either, the end credits still list Lillix's song as the theme song.
The artwork uses the same design as the first season - a photo of Amanda Bynes in front of a larger photo of her and Jennie Garth. At this point in the show, the photo of Bynes that is used is a bit outdated (it appears to be from the promotional photoshoot for season 1). The show's first season logo is still used here, despite also having been revamped for the show's final three seasons. Discs are packaged in a standard DVD case, which, when opened, shows disc 1 on the left side and discs 2 and 3 overlapping each other on the right. No episode guide insert is included, but episode titles are listed on each disc. Disc 1 holds episodes 1-9, disc 2 holds episodes 10-18, and disc 3 holds episodes 19-22. Each disc contains a single static menu with an episode selection and the same photo of Amanda Bynes as seen on the DVD cover. Discs feature a play all option and there are chapter stops placed where each commercial break would be.
As expected, Warner has not provided any extras for this set.
It's nice to see that Warner is giving this show some attention, even if it is a minimal amount. In making this release a Manufacture-On-Demand it allows fans to own the show on DVD, and hopefully seasons 3 and 4 will follow soon. The lack of bonus features are understandable, but the pricing, the fullscreen presentation and replaced theme song here are unacceptable, especially when these DVDs are only made when they are ordered. For the price, this set is only worth it for die hard fans of the show. Perhaps if Warner shaved ten or fifteen bucks off the price the set would be more reasonable.
Here's hoping Warner plans to release the final two seasons, and soon.