DVD Review: 3rd Rock From the Sun - Season 2
Release Date: October 25, 2005
Distributor: Anchor Bay
· John Lithgow
· Kristen Johnston
· French Stewart
· Joseph Gordon-Levitt
· Jane Curtin
· Simbi Khali
· Elmarie Wendel
· Wayne Knight
· Season 1 DVD Review
· Season 3 DVD Review
· Season 4 DVD Review
by Chad Maddux
Published: October 24, 2005
Those crazy aliens are back for another season! Dick, Sally, Harry and Tommy continue their mission here on Earth as they learn what it means to be a human. Now that they're beginning to fit in, they're branching out with a lot left to learn.
In this season, the aliens will visit a hotel for the first time. Sally will join the police force. One of the aliens will run for political office. The magic of football will finally reveal itself to Dick. Sally will be mistaken for...something else. A baby will invade the attic. A new member of the Dubcek family will visit. Dick becomes a comedian. Christmas will cause problems for the aliens. Dick quits his job. Dr. Albright will get a bit frisky with a judge.
Dick discovers the magic of guilt. Sally gets engaged. Mrs. Dubcek tries to spice up Dick's love life...with Mary, of course. A chipmunk is injured. Dick gets un-whipped. The aliens learn about "the wrong side of the tracks." A complaint is filed. Nina gets replaced. Luke Skywalker will quiver in fear. A new woman enters Dick's life. All four aliens learn about dreams.
This season features many more hilarious episodes of one of my favorite series. The most unique element of this season is a two-part 3D episode. The DVD box set comes with its own set of 3D glasses for you to enjoy the episode in its full 3D glory. To match the 3D elements, the writers created a terrific story to support it. In addition to another great season, this 4-disc set has plenty of bonus features.
The first bonus feature is a 9 minute, 59 second interview with John Lithgow where he comments on a variety of topics. He speaks highly of the superb cast as well as specific elements related to season two and how the whole thing started. The interview was engaging and interesting as it highlighted some of the nuances of the show. (For one brief moment during a clip from an episode, the child actor featured in episode "My Mother The Alien" was conspicuously blurred out. I just wanted to point that out.)
"Season Two Highlights" is the second bonus feature. At 10 minutes 39 seconds, it features a clipshow of...well, the highlights of the season (there's not many other ways to say that). It's much more entertaining to watch the actual episodes so I didn't enjoy this feature too much.
I love bloopers! I've always loved bloopers. They always make me laugh hysterically. Season 1 had only 6 minutes, 45 seconds worth of bloopers that weren't too funny. They got it right in Season 2. At 10 minutes, 16 seconds long, these are hilarious bloopers that had me laughing very hard. Now, whoever is putting together Season 3, I'm expecting even more so don't disappoint. (Once again, more actors had their faces blurred out. There must be a reason but I have never seen something like this before.)
Next is "Behind the Scenes - 3D Episodes." This 4 minute, 35 second featurette shows some of the film techniques employed in making the 3D episodes as well as commentary from creator Bonnie Turner and the cast. I was disappointed that there wasn't any information on exactly how the 3D aspects are created. That would have been entertaining.
More bloopers! Next are the bloopers from the 3D episodes. It's only 2 minutes, 47 seconds long but they were funny. They probably could have included them in the first blooper segment since the bloopers are not 3D. (For the third time, there are faces blurred. Not all faces have been blurred across all of the bonus features so why are only certain faces at certain moments blurred? I'd really like to know.)
Finally, there is an "Also on DVD" section featuring promos for "Roseanne" and "Grounded for Life." Overall, the bonus material for Season 2 is excellent. The bloopers were funny and the featurettes were interesting. They provided an excellent complement to one of the funniest shows on television.