Early Edition: The Second Season (1997)

Genre(s): Drama / Fantasy
Paramount || NR - 1002 minutes - $45.98 || July 28, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-08-02


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Gary Nelson (created by)
Cast: Kyle Chandler


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Episodic Promos


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

What if you had Tomorrow's News... TODAY?

The show stars Kyle Chandler (TV's “Friday Night Lights”) as Gary Hobson; a man who now resides in a hotel room because his wife kicked him out on their anniversary. One morning, Gary awakens to hear a thud on his doorstep. When he opens his hotel room door he finds not only a free copy of the newspaper, but a small orange cat. But there's a small catch...the date on the paper is not today's date, but tomorrows.

Season Two is finally upon us and things start to heat up just a wee bit more for Gary, who now just so happens to be the owner of the local Bar after his hotel room is burned down. Guess who finds him yet again? The cat! While Season One had a few bumpy episodes where they needed to explain the characters and the who, what, why and when, Season Two allows for more of the actual newspaper stories to come out and allow Gary to try and save someone’s life. His friend Chuck is also at his side (most of the time) but the show takes on a bit of an unusual twist which it will do several times in the series - Gary goes back in time to 'solve' a mystery or 'save' a life.

The writing of the show has its good moments and its bad moments. I think the only problem with this show is you can't over analyze anything. Sometimes you just need to let things happen to move the plot along so the show can end at the 44 minute mark. Yeah, it’s probably very unlikely that in a place as big as Chicago our hero Gary just happens to stumble upon a victim in the newspaper he was looking for just by pure chance, but just go with the flow and you will not be disappointed.

The basic premise of the show is very easy to understand and if you've never seen an episode of Early Edition before, you could jump it at almost any point, any season, and not feel lost. CBS really banked on this during the later seasons of “Early Edition” because very few times were there ever any type of story arc. Each episode is self-contained and makes it perfect for syndication.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Episodic Promos - When selecting each episode you are given the option of playing the episode by itself or with an accompanying promo. The promo is a 20-30 second preview of the episode you will be watching. It’s really odd and I can't imagine ever wanting to actually watch these as it ruins most of the episode.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Paramount presents "Early Edition" in its OAR of 4:3 (full screen). While these do look a lot better then what I remember when watching these on the PAX Network a few years ago, don't expect much in terms of cleaner picture or anything being restored. Every episode has a fine layer of grain and some parts have color issues and artifacting. I did notice the picture quality got better as the season progressed.

“Early Edition” comes with a Dolby Digital 2.0 track, just like when it aired on CBS. While I was not happy with the picture, the audio is a little bit better. Dialog for the most part is clean, but I did find a few parts to be a little inconsistent.



.::OVERALL::.

While the show does have it cheesy moments and being a bit dated, it’s still a great watch. Violence is very minimal, and for the most part it’s a show that can be watched by the entire family. Season Two is just as good, if not better, than the Season One so if you enjoyed that you should already have your copy of Season Two. Keep supporting the show which has only two more seasons left to be released.