Numb3rs: The Fourth Season (2007)

Genre(s): Action / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Thriller
Paramount || NR - 767 minutes - $59.98 || September 30, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-10-06


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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): Nicolas Falacci & Cheryl Heuton (created by)
Cast: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Diane Farr, Alimi Ballard, Dylan Bruno, Peter MacNicol, Navi Rawat, Judd Hirsch


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Crunching NUMB3RS: Trust Metric - 5 Featurettes


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

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.::THE FILM::.

I remember when “Numb3rs” first premiered on CBS, it was a Sunday night. I watched the pilot episode and liked parts of it but didn’t pay too much attention to future episodes. Like most TV series, usually the first season has problems introducing and fleshing out the main characters but the true test is, if it makes past its freshman year, how it will do beyond that first season.

I really got into “Numb3rs” last year (season 3) and have immensely enjoyed each and every episode. On the one hand it is kind of a procedural show not unlike “CSI” but instead of investigating a homicide, here we have some massive case that brings the FBI in and instead of an autopsy to help break it open, there’s some complicated math equation thing done to help solve the case.

For those unaware, “Numb3rs” focuses on the Los Angeles office of the FBI and a team lead by Special Agent Don Eppes (Morrow). His team consists of Agents David Sinclair (Ballard) and Colby Granger (Bruno) and behavioral specialist Megan Reeves (Farr in her final season on the show). They are assisted by Don’s brother Charlie Eppes (Krumholtz), his colleague/girlfriend Amita (Rawat) and mentor/friend Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (MacNicol). Together they work to solve and sometimes stop various crimes.

Season three ended with the FBI team discovering that fellow agent Colby Granger was in fact a double agent. That story is resolved in the season premiere and has ramifications on most of this fourth season. The rest of the season is fairly standard fare, but when you have a show with great writers and a top notch cast, even “standard” is better than most shows on television. Some episodes expand more on the characters, some plots making things personal for them while others is the basic FBI investigating a crime, get help from the Mathematician and find one last twist in the final act to take down the bad guy. But this season does conclude with another cliffhanger involving Charlie and his work with the FBI...

Interestingly, the season premiere was directed by Tony Scott (series executive producer) and guest starred Val Kilmer. Also, and I didn’t even notice this, the Dr. Mildred Finch character (played by Kathy Najimy) was gone completely and Lou Diamon Phillip’s recurring character was also missing (he does return in season five).

This fourth season has 18-episodes cut down due to the writers’ strike.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Although I was disappointed that they dropped all the commentaries (previous seasons had multiple tracks), I was pleased with the single feature called Crunching NUMB3RS: Trust Metric (54:50) which is basically a 5-part ‘making-of’ centering on the season premiere, ‘Trust Metric’. This episode was directed by Tony Scott and the featurettes take the viewer from pre-production through some of more complicated scenes (Ambush, Freighter), talk about Scott’s style and how he operates to finally post production.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The series is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.78 AR. It’s not an overly vibrant show to begin with but as far as I can tell, it pretty much matches the aired version minus a little HD sharpness.

Paramount provides a decent Dolby Digital 5.1 track that sounds good, but the bass is so over the top, my subwoofer was going nuts just during the fade ins (the windows would shake). Normally I’d like this, but in this case there is such a thing as too much...



.::OVERALL::.

“Numb3rs” is a great show and even going into its fourth season, there was little drop off in quality whether it’s the writing or acting. I think it would probably find an even larger audience if it was on another night, but it has found a niche on Fridays. The DVD set isn’t all that impressive but the solo feature is great and the show itself is well worth the purchase price.