Shameless the Complete Second Season
As the British version of the Office made
its way to US television, so did Shameless and UK's most
dysfunctional family, the Gallaghers, who are now America's most
dysfunctional family and strive to live crappily ever after.
Imagine a comedy about a family living on the poverty line in the US but
with a strange hybrid of dysfunctionality and family loyalty... this is
Unlike the first season, Season 2 of
Shameless is considerably darker and continues with the brilliant
writing and great character development of the Gallagher family. So who
exactly are the Gallaghers? The patriarch of the family is Frank
(William H. Macy), a drunk and deadbeat dad who is not only despicable
but strangely loveable at the same time.... I mean who puts up their two
year old son as collateral for a debt?
Then we have Frank's oldest daughter Fiona
(Emmy Rossum) who plays the matriarch archetype to her siblings and
looks after the five other children while Frank drinks, steals and
generally gets caught in his web of lies. In Season 2, the Gallaghers
are also joined by Grammy (Louise Fletcher), Frank's recently released
mother from prison and Monica Gallagher (Chloe Webb), Frank's estranged
wife who is suffering from severe mental illness. Needless to say, both
additions to the Gallagher family shakes the household to the core.
So where do we find the Gallagher family in
Season 2? Turmoil, chaos and a tentative path of self-destruction for
some. Fiona goes on the dating round in order to take her mind off
Steve, Frank comes up with the brilliant idea to swindle money from a
former colleague, Monica, the mother of Frank's kids attempts to play
good mummy after all these years and Frank's room is hired out to a
local hooker while Sheila attempts to steal a baby. Chaos!
Compared to Season 1, Season 2 of Shameless
is a hell of a lot more amusing and it's great that the writers have
slightly strayed off the path of the UK version. It makes the characters
more unique and interesting. The acting of Shameless is unparalleled
with the standouts being William H. Macy who plays this deplorable
almost Gollum like character and falls between failure and grace on a
daily basis. Then we have Emmy Rossum who is brilliant as Fiona and
tries to juggle the mess her parents have left her, all while trying to
live a normal life while the Gallagher cruse effects every facet of her
life, including love. Joan Cusack is once again brilliant as Frank's on
again off again partner Sheila as is Louise Fletcher, the grandmother
Gallagher who just like her son is a real mess.
I'll Light a Candle for You Every Day
A Beautiful Mess
Can I Have a Mother
A Bottle of Jean Nate
A Great Cause
Just Like The Pilgrims Intended
Audio & Video
Shameless is presented with an anamorphic
16:9 transfer that boasts sharp images, vibrant colours and no errors or
artifacting whosoever. The soundtrack supports Dolby Digital 5.1 which
produces crisp clear dialogue with perfect levels. Both the video and
audio enhance the overall presentation of Shameless Season 2.
There’s some great extras for Shameless
that include 3 featurettes which are The Complicated Life of Fiona
Gallagher, The Art of Acting Drunk and the Writing of Shameless Version.
Although all quite short, they give a great behind the scenes of the
series. Others include the Shameless Christmas Carol Music Video,
Unaired Scenes, a Sneak Peak at Season 3 and five shameless actor
discussions about the show and their characters. Great stuff!
If you have never watched Shameless before, you might be in for a rude
awakening that merges almost every societal stereotype together and
throws political correctness out the window. Where Australia's TV series
Housos solely focuses on comedy and juvenile humour, Shameless is a much
more darker comedy which successfully highlights the melting point of
the socially disadvantaged and that family, even one so divided as the
Gallaghers is the foundation for keeping them together. Not only is
Shameless Season 2 quite tasteless at times, it's also one of the best
TV series to be released on the DVD!