Everwood Season 2 DVD


DVD Release Date: 06/16/2009
Cast: Treat Williams, Gregory Smith, Emily VanCamp, Vivien Cardone, Sarah Lancaster, Debra Mooney, John Beasley, Chris Pratt, Tom Amandes, Stephanie Niznik, Merrilyn Gann, Scott Wolf, Marcia Cross, Nora Zehetner

Season 2:


Yes, “Everwood” was on the now defunct WB network and could best be described as family-oriented teen angst. However, don’t let those labels fool you. Flying under the radar, this was one of the best shows on television during its run from 2002-2006 and what made the show work was the combination of melancholy, snarky and heartfelt personalities that populated the town.

Primarily about Dr. Andy Brown (Treat Williams), a gifted neurosurgeon, and his family (Gregory Smith, Vivien Cardone) as they adapt to this small town after having left New York City, the show explores their attempts to weave themselves into the tight-knit fabric of Everwood’s community.

The 22 episodes of Season 2 see the Brown family truly settling into the town, with the first season being that all-important getting-to-know you phase. The first episode brings closure to a risky set of surgeries Dr. Brown performs on a local boy, who happens to be the boyfriend of the girl his son is falling in love with (I told you there was angst). The town’s reaction shapes the family’s direction and dynamic, as each of them begin down new paths in their lives.

Perhaps the defining reason for the show’s critical acclaim and loyal fan base is the wonderful marriage between script and cast. Although the show isn’t treading on much new territory (few TV series do), the manner in which the characters develop and interact with one another feels natural and genuine – and each character becomes fully developed as the series goes on, making this truly an ensemble environment.

Each actor brings a unique energy to the mix and the result is a show that created the sort of bucolic small town that many of us have idealized at one time or another in our lives. Everwood, no matter its flaws, is a community made warm and inviting to audiences who enjoyed it’s four season run on TV. (Sadly, when the WB and UPN networks merged into what is now the CW, this show fell off the schedule … though at least they had enough warning to air a legitimate series finale.)

Season 1 has been on store shelves for sometime but now that Season 2 is finally being released, hopefully that can only mean the final two seasons will follow shortly. Die-hard fans will enjoy reliving the adventures of their beloved characters and hopefully new fans will get a chance to see what they missed.

The DVD:



I have to say that the additional content that was slapped onto this set disappoints me. It took far too long for season 2 to be released as it is, and to have only one feature just doesn’t impress me. Not only that, the ONE feature wasn’t a commentary track for any of the episodes. I realize it’s been a few years since the series ended but maybe scrounging up some producers, writers or directors could have been done?

Audio/Video:

Stereo sound. Wide Screen, 1:78:1.

Subtitles:

None.

Languages:

English.

Extra Feature:



Unaired Scenes

— As the title suggests, these are scenes that didn’t make prime time. After watching the episodes, they do add a bit of development which is fun to see – though some commentary about them wouldn’t have hurt.

The Sobering Conclusion:


Although there’s only one extra thrown into the DVD set, this is still well worth the investment for fans of the series. I can only hope subsequent seasons are on the way and that maybe some of the cast can be persuaded to add commentary to at least the final season.

For those who haven’t been initiated, take this as a suggestion to give season 1 a try and see if this is something for you. It might not be your cup of tea but life is all about trying new things … and sometimes, every once in a while, you might find I’m right.