Felicity - Season 2
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Season 2 of Felicity not only sees the massacre of star Keri Russell's golden locks (at one point, a minor character refers to the new, short-cropped Felicity as "Chia-Head") but endless turmoil--most of it quite addictive to watch--in perhaps seven or eight overlapping romances.
First there's the issue of season 1's cliffhanger. Did Felicity spend her summer with former high-school crush Ben (Scott Speedman) or her dormitory's resident advisor, Noel (Scott Foley), who harbors strong feelings for her? Episode 1 teases us with the answer while laying the bumpy groundwork for our heroine's sophomore year: Felicity has come back to college in New York City as an R.A. in her old dorm, once again sharing a room--much to her discontent--with acerbic Wiccan-punk Meghan (Amanda Foreman). Ben has a part-time job working in a coffee shop owned by Felicity's confidante Javier (Ian Gomez). Noel is sharing an apartment with another Felicity ally, Elena (Tangi Miller), as well as filmmaker Sean (Greg Grunberg), who previously made a documentary focusing on Ben and Felicity's relationship.
Tangled connections and shifting loyalties make for a long, involving second year in this drama-comedy from Disney and Imagine Entertainment. Characters fall in and out of love, earn and betray trust, leap before they look, and redeem themselves with powerful acts of forgiveness or faith. Felicity creators J.J. Abrams (writer, Forever Young) and Matt Reeves (director, Relativity) set out to capture the unique contradictions of young adulthood in this show--in particular, clinging to a precise college track while trying to make sense of post-adolescent love and responsibility--and for the most part succeed very well. Sometimes too well: The storylines may become a little redundant, the drama a tad flat with such singular interest in the muddled passions of 19-year-olds. But each episode is sharply written, comically incisive, and never less than watchable.
Great special features: Keri Russell's audition, audio commentaries, a never-before-seen pilot, and the Felicity Emmy Parody, i.e., a spoof of the TV show produced for an Emmy Award telecast. --Tom Keogh
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I think the only thing that would be likely to be different would be the packaging. But all the features and that remain the same.
From the looks like of it, Canada is the only place you can buy Felicity now, with the US having discontinued it. And Australia, also having discontinued season 1 (the only season they released) as well.
So if I was you I would certainly snap this up before the same thing happens in Canada!!
Much as I adore Season 1, I have to say that the show came into its own in some very important and risky ways after its ratings dropped following the much-ballyhooed haircut. It remains a smart show, with terrific dialogue (very well subtitled on the DVD) and consistently strong acting. Keri Russell's face in any of the guidance counselor/professor/parent scenes is a good example of what I mean: her subtle facial expressions so perfectly convey the character's inner conflicts that it's often difficult to remember that she is acting at all.
But on to the risks I mentioned: for all that the show remains very compelling in its second season, it really moved away from the trauma-of-the-week format it tended to follow in Season 1. Allowing the storyline to move so slowly works against every TV drama formula, but the (very successful) result is that the show feels very real. The viewer is given a chance to, rather than forced to, care about the characters and what happens to them.
And the Twilight Zone homage/parody episode is one of the greatest things I've ever seen on television.
on the whole, a great DVD set to buy....you might not like it now, but you will someday....its one of those things....like opera....growing up i hated it....then now i love it....this is not a guy or a girl thing....in life you either love something and then there are things you dont love at all.....then fast forward a few years and it all turns the other way around....so buy it...you will be glad you did....just because.....its one of those things that u will simply love....if u havent seen the first season, i recommend u do....every story has a beginning and its important to see it from the start....u will enjoy it better....have a nice life....after reading this i know u will....
Each episode is one whole chapter, thus although there are about 4 hours of viewing time per disc, there are only four chapters by which you can skip ahead in the storyline--this makes for a lot of fastforwarding if you want to find a certain scene or watch only part of an episode, which can be irritating. Really irritating.
The audio commentary--well, it's not great. Actually, I can't think of any DVD on which it is worse. This may be a matter of personal taste, but to have the commentators constantly asking one another, "what scene is this?" "Do you remember shooting this? Because I don't...." "Which episode is this?" "Now why are these two mad at each other?" "who is that character?" was annoying. I can respect that for the commentators these scenes were shot years ago, and I can't and don't fault anyone for forgetting this stuff, but as that's the reality of it, why include commentary at all? It seemed like a bit of a jumbled waste.
(Amendment: the commentary on Help for the Lovelorn and The Slump is much better.)
The extras: these are included on disc 6. Neither the box nor the discs themselves give you, the humble viewer, any clue as to where they might be. Like an idiot I went through every disc until I got to the last one and figured it out. Somewhere out there a graphic designer is laughing at me. The extras themselves are really nice inclusions--especially the Emmy parody. The background info on the casting and the unaired pilot give some added insight into the creation of the show.Read more ›
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Does anyone know how this release for 2009, Felicity: Season 2 is different than the DVD released in 2003, Felicity: Season 2: Sophomore Year? Read morePublished on March 26 2009 by J. Fownes
I watched Felicity from the series premiere and I was very upset when it went off the air. Having the DVD's available definitely helps ease the pain. Read morePublished on July 13 2004
I wound up watching this show through out its first and only halfway through the second season. Sorry to say that when she got her hair cut, the show lost my attention. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Glendale Fashionista
i love this show,it's so funny and moving,so it's a positive feeling buying felicity on dvd...
but i still have the same fears:
is the songs were replaced? Read more
i think putting the felicity dvd series on dvd was an awsome idea. i was so excited when i found out about it. i love this show. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004
This is by far one of my favorite tv series of all time. I enjoyed every minute of all 4 seasons and I want to know when the last 2 are coming out on DVD! Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004
Finally we get to see who Felicity chooses to go with at the end of Season 1.
Season 2 is just a good as Season 1. Kerri Russell is well casted as Felicity. Read more