October Road: The Complete Second Season (2008)

Genre(s): Drama / Mystery
Buena Vista || NR - 552 minutes - $34.99 || May 5, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-05-10


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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):
Cast: Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Brad William Henke, Tom Berenger, Odette Yustman


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

"October Road", loosely based on the film Beautiful Girls (which Scott Rosenberg wrote), tells the story of Nick Garrett (Greenberg) who left his hometown of Knights Ridge, MA at the tender age of 18 to go backpacking in Europe for a few weeks... but never returned. Instead he chose to live a different type of life - one that included becoming an author of a book that resembled his own life titled "Turtle on a Snare Drum".

Having suffered from what some may call a 'writers block', Nick decides to return to Knights Ridge and try to rekindle the relationships he has left behind. Unfortunately for him most of friends have turned on him thanks to the book he wrote which cast them in a bad light and his girlfriend, Hannah (Prepon), has moved on to form a relationship with the guy Nick hated growing up. Nick soon finds out Hannah has a 10 year old son...but could it be his?

"October Road" joins the list of many other shows that were canceled 'too soon'. The First season launched on ABC to mediocre reviews but built a decent enough audience that ABC picked it up for a second season the next year with 13 episodes - the back 9 promised if the show did well. As what happened with many other shows in early 2008 the Writers Strike happened and by the time Road had finished its 13 episode airing it was too late for the back 9 to be ordered and ABC went ahead and canceled it - leaving many fans with many unanswered questions.

Is the show worth a look? I'd say so. I love quirky dramas with an interesting cast of characters (still wait for "Ed" to show up on DVD) and “Road” helped fill that gap just a little bit. Since the entire Series is only 19 episodes and both season one and Two are available for $20 or less I'd say it’s worth a shot. Hopefully Disney will package both seasons as a 'Series' pack in the near future at even a better price, but until then I'd say give the Road a shot.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Road's End: The Final Chapter (10 Minutes) - Now this is what I am talking about! After ABC canceled the show viewers were left with many, many questions. Luckily the show runners went on to produce the ABC mini-series "Samurai Girl" where some subtle hints about “October Road” were included. After that gig they went on the produce the now canceled ABC Show "Life on Mars" - and once again included little tidbits for fans.

But then something magically happened - almost the entire cast reunited in January 2009, a year after the show had ended, to shoot a conclusion. Without ruining it for you this "episode" (in Widescreen) answers many burning questions - Who is Sam's biological father, Did Hannah marry Ray, Did Hannah end up with Nick at the end, does Psychical Phil ever leave his home, What is Pizza Girls real name, What's brewing in Aubreys Belly and more! I don't know how they did (money from "Life on Mars", Creators... not sure) but glad to see this show wrapped up. Wish more canceled shows would do this.

Also included is a Gag Reel (3 Minutes) and The Scenic Route (6 Minutes); a very brief tour of the sets hosted by some of the cast.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“October Road: Season Two” is presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 on 3 DVDs. Like other shows from the past few years, Road looks great on DVD. While it may be a step-down from the HD broadcast I had seen it still looks good.

Disney has included an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track as well as Subtitles in English. Dialog comes through perfectly and only a few times do the rears make even the slightest bit of noise (no real need for it anyway for a show like this).



.::OVERALL::.

Season Two picks up where season one concluded and not only does the show get a great conclusion (episode 13 served as a great series finale) but we get a 10 minute wrap-up mini-episode that takes the show out on a perfect note. Since season two is being offered at a low price (along with the first season) I'd recommend picking up both and enjoying the 19 episode run.