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STUDIO: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
RATED: Not Rated
RUNNING TIME: 322 minutes
Commentary on the Pilot
Kelly Bundy had a bad memory.
Christina Applegate, Jean Smart, Kevin Dunn, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Esposito and Barry Watson
Samantha has just awakened from her coma with retrograde amnesia. After her awakening, Samantha finds out that she used to be a piece of shit. She discovers that her ex-boyfriend is still living in her condo. He opens up to the new Sam by giving her a heads up about her past life. Thus, the physical comedy starts and we learn that it’s important to be nice. If it was anymore 1-D, the entire show would’ve been made out of construction paper.
It’s been awhile since Christina Applegate has been on television. Sure, she’s had roles after the lengthy run of Married with Children. But, those shows sucked balls. Applegate has now found a new formula that works for her. The redemptive path of the girl that has done so many wrong.
This is exactly how the Jefferson Starship got started.
I would be amiss not to bring attention to the show’s amazing cast. Jean Smart won an Emmy for her supporting role as Samantha’s mother. Long before her coma, Samantha had done just about everything to ostracize her parents from her life. Then, there’s Melissa McCarthy as Sam’s childhood friend Dena. McCarthy ruled the Gilmore Girls as Sookie for nearly eight seasons. I’d hate to say that McCarthy is getting typecast as the reliable best friend, but she does tend to rock in the role.
It doesn’t help if you design a woman out of flesh-toned Legos and shit.
The only problem with the release was caused by the 2007-2008 WGA Writer’s Strike. The full-order for Season 1 got axed down to 15 episodes. Sure, that’s enough to form an opinion of the show. It just felt like arcs for the season’s last episodes got rushed. I like it when a program has time to breathe. But, that was a luxury that wasn’t afforded to the 2007 season.
Samantha Who – The Complete First Season
is a good start. But, I’m still waiting to see the second season. The sophomore year is where the television comedy makes it bones. I’m not saying that I expect to see the show flop, it’s just that it has a ways to go to prove its premise. Still, I think that Applegate and company are up to the challenge.
I really don’t have shit to say here.
Samantha Who – The Complete First Season comes
with a standard ABC TV on DVD approach. You get blooper reels, deleted scenes and commentary. The A/V Quality is normal for recent television. Throw on a couple of previews for other ABC shows and you’ve got a winner. You could do a lot worse than picking this up.
No matter how drunk you were, it doesn’t give you an excuse for appearing in Crash.