21 Jump Street Season One
teen cop drama that you fell in love with in the 80ís is back in this
newly released box set.
Officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) is right out of the academy and finding
the beat tough and full of cops that donít think he can handle himself,
but when the rookie cop finds himself in an altercation that leaves his
partner with the loss of his trust and a broken nose, Hanson is placed
into the Undercover Unit at Jump St, specializing in youth crime. With
his new team consisting of Penhall (Peter DeLuise) Hoffs (Holly
Robinson) Ioki (Dustin Nguyen) and their captain, Richard Jenko
(Frederic Forrest) the unit is secretly placed in school after school
uncovering drug deals, prostitution, hate crimes and arson.
This is probably one the best series to
come out of the eighties it spawned the careers of its main cast and was
the first appearances of many others including, Jason Presley (90210)
and Josh Brolin (MIB 3).
Jump Street, season one, still holds up over the years, other than the
fashion, the story lines contained in the series are still found written
all over todayís news headlines. This gritty teen cop drama was well
ahead of its time, there was nothing else like Jump St on TV, especially
nothing that deals with such things like drugs, rape, murder and
prostitution. I think thatís why its first few season were so popular,
it was cool to watch.
Johnny Depp was obviously its draw card, just
about to hit the big time. The series gave him a boost as a teen idol,
something he never wanted and hence the reason why, as the series went
on past season 3 he became less and less involved, eventually being
released from his contract and leaving the show by the end of season 4.
But we are getting ahead of ourselves here. In season one Depp is at the
top of his game, his charisma and attitude sells the show.
episode in particular that I rated above the others was ďGotta finish
the riffĒ. The episode dealt with the death of the original Captain,
Richard Jenko (before being replaced by Captain Fuller - Steven
Williams) and a gang terrorising a local school and setting up a hostage
situation. Itís one of the first episodes that really showed the true
potential of 21 Jump Street as an ongoing series. The budget seemed
higher, the action and suspense more intense. It was as if the series
had a massive over haul for the better.
video quality of the DVD Release seemed well below par, the colours are
washed out and the DVD lacks the option of changing the aspect ratio to
its original 4:3 ratio, meaning everything looks stretched. Itís almost
as if the series was transferred directly from a VHS on to a DVD.
audio is roughly the same, but that I will blame that on the decade it
was created in as they lacked stereo audio.
DVD also lacks any special features, which is a real shame as I know
other releases of the same series have included interviews, commentaries
and behind the scenes featurettes.
While the show is amazing for its time, this DVD release lacks the
quality and features that are readily available.