Ironside: Season 2 (1968)

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Shout Factory || NR - 1260 minutes - $49.98 || October 16, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-12-20


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

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

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.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
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Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell, Barbara Anderson


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    No Features


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital Mono)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot Outline taken from my review of season 1: Former Chief of Police Robert T. Ironside (Burr) gets gunned down while on vacation, confining him to a wheelchair. Wanting still to fight crime in San Francisco, he becomes a consultant for the police and takes over a floor of government space, an armored car and the help of Detectives Ed Brown (Galloway) and Eve Whitfield (Anderson). With the help of ex-con Mark Sanger (Mitchell), a man he once put away, they take on cases both personal and sometimes social.

“Ironside: Season 2” is much like the first season as Chief Robert Ironside (Burr), apparently the smartest man on the West Coast, takes on tough cases in San Francisco (and beyond). Throughout the 26 episodes in this second season, Ironside investigates various crimes from extortionists to murder to just saving people from life in crime. It has a sort of idealism reminiscent of the old days of “Dragnet” but also throwing in the social issues of the 1960s.

Thrown in for good drama, episodes focus on Ironside and his own issues with his paralysis including a two-part episode entitled ‘Split Second to an Epitaph’ where Ironside, before going into an exploratory surgery, is the only witness to a murder. The plot itself was interesting but the real focus was the hope he might be able to walk again. Not an entirely great episode as it could have been, but I like seeing some depth to these dramas.

Another highlight in season 2 in the episode ‘Reprise’ finds Officer Eve Whitfield fighting for her life after she is shot during a botched bank robbery. In typical hour-long drama fashion, it features the cast remembering their first meetings with the victim. Again, it shows more depth for these characters while still maintaining that mystery element that keeps one glued through each episode.

This season features some more guest appearances from the era (and even today, I guess): Ricardo Montalban (The Naked Gun), Anne Baxter (The Ten Commandments), Burgess Meredith (Rocky) and Ed Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”).

Here is the episode breakdown for season two:

Discs 1 & 2:
“Shell Game”, “Split Second to an Epitaph (1 & 2)”, “The Sacrifice”, “Robert Phillips vs. The Man”, “Desperate Encounter”, “I, The People”, “Price Tag: Death”

Discs 3 & 4:
“An Obvious Case of Guilt”, “Reprise”, “The Macabre Mr. Micawber”, “Side Pocket”, “Sergeant Mike”, “In Search of an Artist”, “Up, Down and Even”, “Why the Tuesday Afternoon Bridge Club Met on Thursday”

Discs 5, 6 & 7:
“Rundown on a Bum Rap”, “The Prophecy”, “A World of Jackals”, “And Be My Love”, “Moonlight Means Money”, “A Drug on the Market”, “Puzzlelock”, “The Tormentor”, “A Matter of Love and Death”, “Not With a Whimper But a Bang”



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No features included.

The episodes are spread across 7 discs in four slim cases.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a 40 year-old show, it doesn’t look half bad. It is, of course presented in full screen. Likewise, the sound, Dolby 2.0 surround, is decent enough. No need to use your surround sound, however.



.::OVERALL::.

“Ironside” is yet another TV detective that is smarter than seemingly anyone else in their city but because of Raymond Burr and the support around him, it makes for an enjoyable series a lot like “Monk”. If you liked season one and can find this at a good price, pick it up as it provides the same level of entertainment as before.