The Joy of Sets: Walker, General Hospital & Other Guilty Pleasures
Walker, Texas Ranger: The Complete Fourth Season courtesy Paramount
OK, there've been a ton of releases lately that we need to discuss, because quite honestly, they are a hoot. And not just "funny, ha-ha" hoots, but also the kind that you see on the shelf and think "Oh. my god... I kind of want that!" So sit back, tell your shame to take the day off and get in with these guilty-in-the-first-degree pleasures of plastic!
Walker, Texas Ranger
The Complete Fourth Season
Come for the "Eyes of a Ranger" theme song, stay for the very special Christmas episode about an Old West Ranger who saved the day, then feast on the two-part season finale that gave us the
Sons of Thunder
spin-off. And never forget, when the Boogeyman goes to bed, he checks under his bed for
The Complete 3rd Season
Before Showtime ever got any attention for
The L Word
(which we [i[love), there was this stellar NAACP-lauded adaptation of the fabulous
Vivica A. Fox-Nia Long flick
. Filled with grand performances by
Vanessa A. Williams
Nicole Ari Parker
, the ongoing saga of the Joseph sisters takes more twists than a hair salon this season, including Maxine and Kenny's long-awaited reunion and the revelation of Bird's sordid high school past. Oh, and then musical guests can't be beat. Wassup,
General Hospital: Night Shift
- Mock me if you must, but SoapNet's
of the daytime drama kicked ass. I'm not kidding: It's inventive, sexy, well-filmed and gave
fans and newbies alike something to cheer for. Think
with more CCs of drama and none of the self-absorbed whining. My only gripe was that some of the soap's core cast members skipped out on doing double-duty, but it turns out that loss is our gain: without Carly, Sonny and all that gangster biz running rampant, we got more of the always adorable
's Robin Scorpio,
as a shady maintenance man and enough shots of
's ever-expanding biceps to earn their own spin-off. And yes, for those non-soapers out there, that would be a
good show, too.
- How cool is this show?! Now, I am so not an anime guy and I totally missed its run on Fox Kids, but
the Complete 1st Season
's packaging alone was colorful enough to warrant a peek. And wow, am I happy I checked it out. Even if I'm still not entirely clear what is going on all the time with the cartoon kid named Ikki and his android sidekick, the robot battle sequences, the cheeky tone and the crazy colors are eye-candy for this overgrown kid. And isn't that what come cartoons should be all about once we achieve a certain, ahem, thirtysomething status?
The Odd Couple
- I was 3 when the
Third Season set
was actually running on ABC, but for some reason, this show has always been one I remember fondly. Maybe it's the unshakable theme song (nothing like the
, ditty, mind you), or the fact that
were Chandler and Joey light years before we ever met our
. Either way, every time I see Felix pick up Oscar's cigar butt with his umbrella (ella! ella! ella!), I'm back on the couch with my parents begging them to let me stay up late to watch the rest of the show. If that's not a
, I don't know what is.
OK, so those are my latest treats. What's keeping your DVD player happy these days? Lemme know and we'll discuss them later on, aiiight?
Next week: The BBC = Bold, Ballsy and Cool.
Until then, kiddies, don't hog the remote! - Damian Holbrook