Las Vegas: Season Three (2006)

Genre(s): Comedy / Crime / Drama / Fantasy / Mystery
Universal || NR - 976 minutes - $59.98 || September 12, 2006
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2006-09-25


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

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Gary Scott Thompson (created by)
Cast: James Caan, Josh Duhamel, Nikki Cox, Vanessa Marcil, James Lesure, Molly Sims


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Gag Reel
  • "In with the New" Time Lapse Photography of the New Casino Hotel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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I never watched shows like “Beverly Hills 90210” or “Melrose Place” and normally I avoid the guilty pleasure shows like it, but after now three seasons of “Las Vegas” I am for intents and purpose, hooked.

The first two seasons of “Las Vegas” featured plenty of eye candy and just enough plot, no matter how repetitive or dumb, to keep me interested. Just as season one had a cliffhanger having Danny (Duhamel) being deployed to Iraq -- only to return for the second season opener. The second season ended with the implosion of the Montecito, questions about who the new owner might be, a possible love match for girl-next-door Mary (Cox), the sudden death of Danny’s pa, and Ed Deline’s (Caan) daughter, Nessa’s, departure. The third season opens with a brand spanking new casino hotel and resort (which I hardly would call an upgrade compared to the old one) and Ed scrambling to get his old crew back, starting Danny who’s working at his late father’s construction company.

At first, it seems business as usual even with the new owner, Monica Mancuso (Boyle) making life hell for Ed and the rest. You had the normal A and B storylines with cheaters, kidnappers and murderers (not to mention choice celebrity singer cameos) but something happened about a third of the way in, the show actually took a turn toward even bigger silliness unprecedented even for something that was already uber-silly at times.

It was episode 7, ‘Everything Old is You Again’ where Danny, after visiting an antique store, goes all “Quantum Leap” where he and the gang are at the Jubilee Hotel and Casino in 1962 with different positions and personalities, well sort of. Not to say the episode wasn’t fun, because it was as we get to see how things were handled back in the day to cheaters, but the episode does mark a transition. And it is understandable why writer and creator Gary Scott Thompson (Speed) went this direction as Monica gets picked up by a strong gust of wind and is sent sailing off the roof at the end of ‘Mothwoman’ (in fact, the episode also utilizes some comic book artwork as transitions), which was only two episodes after ‘Everything Old’.

On the whole, if you didn’t care for either seasons one or two, you will certainly find this season doubly cheesy and/or obnoxious with its obvious celebrity product placement, they might as well carry around a can of Pepsi rather than the numerous guest singers/bands that makes this look like “Saturday Night Live” (except funnier).

In any case, despite those cameos, I still really enjoy the show as a guilty pleasure (my only one) but I hope they shake things up in the future since I’m not sure how much longer NBC will keep it around.

EPISODE LISTING:
Viva Las Vegas
Fake the Money and Run
Double Down, Triple Threat
Whatever Happened to Seymour Magoon
Big Ed De-Cline
The Real McCoy
Everything Old Is You Again
Bold, Beautiful and Blue
Mothwoman
For Sail by Owner
Down and Dirty
Bait and Switch
The Bitch is Back
And Here’s Mike and the Weather
Urban Legends
Coyote Ugly
Lyle & Substance
Like a Virgin
Cash Springs Eternal
All Quiet on the Montecito Front
Chaos Theory
Fidelity, Security, Delivery
Father of the Bride



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Unfortunately, except for the first season set, Universal fails to provide anything useful in terms of features.

Gag Reel (7:20) - Usually I love these blooper reels no matter how many I see, but this one was interestingly unfunny (or not on par with others). This one does feature plenty of f-bombs but unexpectedly there’s yet another Brokeback Mountain spoof... Yeah, it was funny the first 20 times, but enough is enough.

“In with the New” (2:25) - Throw-away feature is merely a time lapse view of the new “Las Vegas” set from an empty warehouse to the full casino floor. Pretty cool to see how much effort goes into building a set.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The series is presented in 1.78 aspect ratio and anamorphic widescreen. On the whole, I didn’t notice anything wrong with the picture as everything looks crystal clear and the Vegas neons pop out nicely (not to mention the eye candy).

Standard Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is used and while there wasn’t anything overpowering, in fact I thought some of the music wasn’t at full capacity compared with other seasons, but still suitable for what it is.

The five discs are housed in three slim cases with an outer cardboard. Two slim cases have two discs each with the third holding the fifth disc (which has the special features).



.::OVERALL::.

“Las Vegas” isn’t for everyone as it takes absolutely zero brainpower to watch and comprehend the plot and the rare “twists” that may occur. The season itself doesn’t hold many memorable moments or episodes, but each one is entertaining enough to keep the fans it has.