21 Jump Street Season Two
The second season of the hit teen cop drama
is back in this all new box set.
Picking up where the last season left off, Hanson (Johnny Depp) and the
gang are back. Going under cover in schools and colleges discovering
more of what we have grown to love.
Their hair is longer, their clothes are less appealing and the idea that
they are posing as students is becoming less and less believable
especially with Officer Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) who looks like he
is well into his 30ís.
Jump Street season two truly developed its main cast, including story
lines on how Officer Hansonís father was killed in action, Penhallís
tough upbringing and how Officer Ioki (Dustin Nguyen) came to America.
Season two also dealt with pressing issues like steroids, suicide and
one of the eighties biggest diseases AIDS. 21 Jump Street was truly
before its time, no one in the period was talking about these issues and
most teens werenít even aware of them let alone the side effects that
they came with.
Season two is superior in many ways to season one, mainly because the
actors seem a little more secure in their roles and the story lines are
a lot more character driven. The series becomes more intertwined and
connected to each episode with continued story lines rather than
sticking to single episode arcs. My favourite of the season ďThe best
years of your lifeĒ involved Penhall and Hanson arresting a student whom
later commits suicide, leaving Penhall with depression, reflecting on
his upbringing and the death of his mother. Peter DeLuise truly steps up
his game and shows his acting depth, relying heavily on his emotion, the
episode is certainly gut wrenching and tear jerking, a side that DeLuise
starring during this season included heart throbs such as Brad Pitt,
Jason Priestley, and almost unrecognizable Christina Applegate.
video quality is basically the same as the season one release. Itís well
below par of other TV shows that were made around the same time. The
colours are highly washed out and the picture quality changes throughout
each episode. The DVD still lacks the option of changing the aspect
ratio to its original 4:3 ratio, meaning everything looks stretched. The
DVD is as if the creator was going for a VHS look and feel. The menus
and design lack the standards that are expected in todayís DVDs .
Audio transfer is basically the same again as the previous season, again
here in Mono, but that was to the lack of stereo in the eighties.
Once again the DVD lacks 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.
Season two of 21 Jump Street is a step above its predecessor and the
show is still way before its time but this DVD release is as if Doc
Brown picked it up from a future of a parallel universe where VHSís were
still readily available but were placed on a nifty compact disc.