Murder One: Season 2 DVD Review


Written by Peter West"Danger Seeker"


DVD released by Fox Home Entertainment



Created by Steven Bochco


Anthony LaPaglia as Jimmy Wyler
Mary McCormack as Justine Appleton
Michael Hayden as Chris Docknovich
J.C. MacKenzie as Arnold Spivak
D.B. Woodside as Aaron Mosely
Barbara Bosson as Miriam Grasso





With Ted Hoffman the head of the firm leaving the practice, the rest of the partners are left scrambling and bring in Jimmy Wyler (LaPaglia) to run this. Season 2 takes a different turn than the previous one. Instead of one major case lasting the season, we cover three major cases. The first being the Governor of California and his lover are shot to death, the prime suspect, the lover he just jilted. The second case covers a professional basketball player accused of shooting to death his team's owner. Finally in a very interesting case with lots of plot twist is the case of the "Street Sweeper". Accused of killing 17 recently released convicts who he decided had not fully served their sentences, how can you defend this guy? Murder One takes you behind the scenes of the legal profession, both the good and the bad.





The "Danger Seeker" has been known lately to watch too many crime dramas, Murder One Season 2 did little to slow down that trend!


After successful series with "Hill Street Blues" and "LA Law", Steven Bochco decided to do something different with "Murder One". The first season covered only one major case and while getting critical acclaim, the ratings were not what the network expected. So for season two, Anthony LaPaglia was brought in and the format was changed a bit to beef up ratings. Three major cases were covered so that viewers would not be expected to watch every episode to stay on top of the series. While "Murder One" did not succeed with this format, it's largely credited as being the blueprint for today's top hit 24.


The storylines and cast are top notch on "Murder One". Having the ability on DVD to watch one episode right after another I spent the better part of two weekends watching this set. It didn't hurt to have my favorite Goth chick Pauley Perrette (Abby from "NCIS") in a supporting role part of the season. If you're into crime dramas like "Law & Order" or the "CSI" series, "Murder One" is right up your alley. Just make sure you've got the time, you won't be able to turn this show off!



Video and Audio:


Shown in it's original 1.33:1 full frame Murder One has a pretty good transfer. What you would normally expect from the mid 90s.


A Dolby Digital 2.0 surround track is crisp and clear. The harpsichord intros are my cup of tea.



Special Features:


On the last disc there's a feature approx. 20 minutes covering Season 2 of the series.





Movie: 4.5 Stars
Video: 4 Stars
Audio: 3.5 Stars
Features: 2.5 Stars
Overall: 4.5 Stars




Films that Peter West reviews are played on a Pioneer Elite DV-59AVi DVD player, viewed on a Mitsubishi WS-55413 HDTV and listened to on a THX Ultra 2 Pioneer Elite VSX-59TXi A/V Receiver through a 7.1 setup of JBL Northridge E series Speakers.


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