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My Summer Pickups: Disc 1 Report
Posted by Tucker Hottes at 01:19:56 PM on June 8, 2006
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As I mentioned earlier, in the absence of TV this summer I'm watching two TV-on-DVD sets of shows I'd like to start watching live once the seasons start back up.  Well, I've made my way through the first discs of both Boston Legal and Veronica Mars, so I might as well give thoughts on how things are going so far.

Overall, I'm very pleased with both shows - the praise they received wasn't unfounded.  It's always nice to see that people aren't completely insane and I'm wasting time and money on these things.

Boston Legal - I was a bit skeptical at first, because everything I'd heard pointed to this show just being absolutely ridiculous.  And, well, it is - but the writing is solid enough to keep it all together and worthwhile.  Though it's obvious that 90 percent of these things would never happen in the real world, it's still a great parody of our legal system and the people directly involved in it.  James Spader's delivery is always brilliant in the show, and the banter that's exchanged between the various crazy characters doesn't feel forced or formulaic at all.  And William Shatner is actually quite a joy to watch in the role of the eccentric-but-legendary Denny Crane.  In between all the hilarity, they do manage to squeeze in some drama so the show never quite feels too wacky.

Veronica Mars - Through the first couple of episodes I wasn't really sure what the big deal was about this show.  The high school backdrop seemed a bit odd and in general I just wasn't feeling the love.  It started to grow on me fast, though, and the dialog started to develop some real wit.  By the end of disc one I was laughing aloud regularly and getting genuinely interested in what was going on.  The high school setting still feels strange, and sometimes even forced - there's a decidedly mature bend to the show, so things like motorcycle gangs and high-profile drug deals don't really jive with the whol "we aren't even 18 yet" thing.  Still, I guess the high school thing does give them some leverage for odd character behavior, and it does manage to play into a few good laughs here and there.  Overall, I'm really pleased with the way it's growing on me.

So there it is - two discs, eight episods, two shows.  I'm trying to pace myself so I don't get forced to start any more new shows, but it's proving to be pretty rough.  Mostly I'm just glad to find out my friends and co-workers really do have decent taste (well, from time to time at least...  how certain people can reconcile enjoying both Boston Legal and Oprah, I'll never know).

    -Tucker

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