It's about time they finally got the 1978-79 Season of this police drama on DVD along with the fact that this was the season when Ponch(Erik Estrada) & Jon(Larry Wilcox)really hit their stride & when I started watching CHiPs a lot more often, especially when this season kicked off in the Fall of 1978 which was only a year later from when this police drama made its debut on NBC in the Autumn of 1977.
In fact this season takes me all the way back to memory lane to my childhood days when CHiPs was on NBC every Saturday night & when this show became even more popular, especially since this season is even better, more upgraded, and quite a bit more sophisticated than the First Season was with more action, more co-stars, more accidents, and had major improvement on both the CHiPs music scoring and improvement on the CHiPs theme song from it's 1977-78 Season along with the fact that this season had even more viewers than the 1st Season did.
This 1978-1979 Season is also the season when Brianne Leary joins the cast & crew as Jon & Ponch's spunky fellow CHP Officer Sindy Cahill which was eventually replaced by Randi Oakes as Officer Bonnie Clark as the new 7-Charles in the 3rd Season since this was the only season with Sindy, plus this was the season when Lou Wagner joined the cast & crew as CHP mechanic(Harlan Arliss)making this the first year that this show had a female co-star and a special CHP technician.
Therefore; Sindy & Harlan made each episode in this season more sophisticated, especially episodes like "Family Crisis", "Trick Or Trick", "High Flyer", "The Sheik", "Return Of The Turks", "Supercycle", "High Explosive", "Down Time", "Repo Man", "Pressure Point", "Bio-Rhythms", "Rally 'Round The Bank", "The Matchmakers", "Ride The Whirlwind", "The Greatest Adventures Of CHiPs", etc.
The 2nd Season of this police drama is also the season when Ponch gets his first car, which was his bronze Pontiac Firebird & when Ponch gets his very first apartment at the Marina when he sells his RV trailer that Ponch was living at in the 1st Season along with the fact that this is also the season when Jon gets his brand new 4-wheel drive GMC stepside pick-up which was a major upgrade from the tiny white sports car that he had in the First Season.
Therefore, it was kind of like seeing Randi Oakes going from a bad guy to a good guy, since she was a criminal working against Ponch and Jon in the "Down Time" episode and then she was a cop and fellow CHP officer working with Ponch and Jon in the following season, starting with the "Roller Disco" episode with the exception of the "High Octane" episode, since Sindy was in that episode instead of Bonnie for some reason.
The Second Season of CHiPs is also the last season with California Highway Patrol Officer Gene Fritz(Lew Saunders), which got replaced by CHP Officer(Jeb Turner)as the new 7-David in the Third Season.
The truth is, I actually preferred Bonnie to her predecessor(Sindy)and thought Bonnie was better looking and more sophisticated than Sindy was, but I really missed Sindy when she left this show and got replaced by Bonnie in the 1979-80 Season of CHiPs and I wish that Bonnie and Sindy could've co-starred together on CHiPs as fellow officers of one another, kind of like Deputy Enos Strate(Sonny Shroyer)and Deputy Cletus Hogg(Rick Hurst)did temporarily in the first few episodes of THE DUKES OF HAZZARD's 5th Season and kind of like Officers Vince Romano(Adrian Zmed) and Jim Corrigan(James Darren) did at one time on TJ HOOKER before Romano departed from that show, but Sindy wasn't bad looking either and made the 2nd Season episodes more interesting with her smile, her perkiness, her sweet personality, her participation in cases with Jon and Ponch, etc., which gave me something to look back on and compare to to look back on the days when Sindy was on the show before Bonnie even came along, which helped us see how much a lot of things had changed between Jon's first 2 years on the show and Jon's last 2 years on this police drama throughout its whole 1977-83 run on NBC.
I also liked seeing guest stars like
*Randi Oakes playing a crook in the "Down Time" episode as a guest star before her co-starring days on CHiPs as Ponch & Jon's foxy fellow officer(Bonnie Clark)in the following season.
*Mills Watson in the "Repo Man" episode before his co-starring days as Deputy Perkins on SHERIFF LOBO who also previously guest starred in the "Rustling" episode in the 1st Season.
*Michael Conrad in the "Biorhythms" episode before his co-starring days as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus on the police drama HILL STREET BLUES
*Mary Crosby in the "Pressure Point" episode before her co-starring days on DALLAS
*Charles Brill in the "Neighborhood Watch" episode before his co-starring days as Capt. Lipschitz on the police drama SILK STALKINGS and before his co-starring days on the short-lived TV series SUPERTRAIN
*Markie Post in the "Rally Round The Bank" episode before her co-starring days on NIGHT COURT and THE FALL GUY
*Chris Knight in the "Family Crisis" episode after his co-starring days as Peter Brady on THE BRADY BUNCH
*Laurie Hendler in the "Neighborhhod Watch" episode before her co-starring days on GIMME A BREAK
*Eric Braeden in the "Mait Team" episode before his co-starring days as the often bitter(Victor Newman) on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
*Danny Bonaduce in the "Family Crisis" episode after his co-starring days as Danny Patridge on THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY
*Ken Kercheval in the "High Explosive" episode during his co-starring days on DALLAS
*Jim Houghton in the "Return of the Turks" episode during his co-starring days on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS
*Beatrice Colen in the "Trick Or Trick" episode after her co-starring days as Diana's spunky colleague(Etta)on WONDER WOMAN
*Robbie Rist in the "Neighborhood Watch" episode after his BRADY BUNCH days, etc.
*Jonathan Goldsmith in the "High Explosive" episode before his co-starring days on DALLAS
In addition to that, this 1978-79 Season of CHiPs DVD is quite a bit more upgraded with better subtitles than CHiPs-Season 1 DVD on top of that.
So if you liked the First Season of this police drama, you'll definetly like the Second Season, especially since the 1978-79 Season is a serious upgrade from the 1977-78 Season along with the fact that CHiPs Second Season is a lot better than CHiPs First Season hands down, which most CHiPs fans would agree with me on.
Hopefully, we wont have to wait this long for them to put the 3rd Season of CHiPs on DVD, not to mention the 1979-80 Season was even more upgraded than the first 2 Seasons of CHiPs and hopefully it wont take as long to get CHiPs Third Season released on DVD as it did to get CHiPs First and Second Seasons released on DVD, especially since CHiPs 2nd Season didn't even get put on DVD until a year after CHiPs 1st Season was.
In fact, it would be a perfect holiday or X-Mas gift if they were to release CHiPs-Season 3 on DVD by the end of November in order to be here just in time for X-Mas this year, so hopefully we'll get lucky enough to get the 1979-80 Season of CHiPs on DVD by the end of 2008, since me and most other CHiPs fans would like to see the remaining 4 seasons of CHiPs released on DVD in the near future, starting with CHiPs 3rd Season, since CHiPs 1st and 2nd Seasons are already on DVD.
Something else that baffled me about this season was in the "High Flyer" episode Ponch was afraid to fly and kept trying to find ways to avoid being selected for air patrol with CHP pilot Officer Bob Patterson(John Ericson), but in the previous season, in the "Career Day" episode Ponch jumped right up and volunteered to go on air patrol in a CHP chopper after he got in trouble with Getraer for breaking his motorcycle at the High School where Ponch was asked to do a presentation for the students on career day, which made absolutley no sense.
Something else that I couldn't help finding odd was in the "High Flyer" episode when Ponch finally goes on air patrol in the CHP chopper with Patterson towards the end of the episode, Ponch spots the tan Ford van that Ponch and Jon were pursuing the first 2 times towards the beginning of that episode, but when Ponch spots that tan Ford van from the chopper, Ponch tells Jon that it was a brown Chevy van that the car stripping thieves used when they tried to kill Ponch & Jon while trying to get away from them during Jon & Ponch's 2nd hot pursuit in the "High Flyer" episode.
In addition to why I couldn't help being baffled about Ponch telling Jon it was the same brown Chevy van instead of the same Ford van that the car strippers used to get away from Ponch & Jon, a Ford van looks nothing at all like a Chevy van, especially since Ford & Chevy are competitors, so why would Ponch say it's a Chevy van if it was obviously a Ford van that they'd been pursuing, especially after they chased it twice in the "High Flyer" episode.
CHiPs 2nd Season also takes me all the way back to memory lane when NBC's motto was "NBSee Us", since that was the slogan for NBC from the Autumn of 1978 thru the Summer of 1979.
It's just too bad that this CHiPs-Season 2 DVD didn't have a bonus episode from the 3rd Season kind of like Universal does with a lot of their TV DVD box sets like Universal did with KNIGHT RIDER-SEASON 3, MAGNUM, PI-SEASON 6, THE A-TEAM-SEASON 4, THE ROCKFORD FILES-SEASON 3, THE ROCKFORD FILES-SEASON 4, MAGNUM-SEASON 3; etc.
Fortunately, I just got word that Warner Bros. is finally releasing CHiPs-Season 3 out on DVD in June of 2012 and I can hardly wait till it does either, especially since Warner Bros. hasn't released another season of this police drama since the Summer of 2008 when this was released, plus CHiPs 1979-80 Season is even more upgraded than this shows first 2 seasons on top of that.