Boss Season 2 Blu-ray Review
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takes place following the high-octane
events of the first critically acclaimed season, which aired on the
network, was created from writer Farhad Safinia, and was executive
produced by Gus
Van Sant. The show was critically successful for the most part,
series had low ratings during its second season and it was thereby
in a Blu-ray (or seperate DVD collecton), Season 2 provides the final
episodes of this gritty, dark, and complex series.
Kane (Kelsey Grammer) is the main character of the
series, and he's a complicated or mystifying character. He seems
cruel to most of the people he encounters and generally seems as if he
interested in himself. The character is diagnosed as having dementia
degenerative neurological disorder and he sees hallucinations and has
complications as the result of his disorder, but he stays involved in
political game which Kane helps run as the (fictional) Mayor of
works within and around the odd, corrupt political system which he
create, and as the story unfolds it gets darker and more disturbing.
supporting cast of characters includes Meredith Kane
(Connie Nelson), who is Tom Kane's wife, Emma Kane (Hannah Ware), their
daughter, Kitty O' Neill (Kathleen Robertson), Kane's personal
Sam Miller (Troy Garity), a journalist working for the Sentinel paper.
the series continues to unfold in season 2 things begin
to become even more complex as relationship issues arise in greater
between Tom Kane and Emma Kane, who find themselves in marital ground
more than just a little shaky. Their relationship to their daughter
also becoming more of an issue after she is jailed following events
Kane; their daughter is having troubles with heroin and for a while her
is worse: relationship issues between the Kane family is a huge portion
series, which began the debut season but has continues to be prominent
in this second
and final season outing.
other supporting characters have interesting stories as
well, especially the character of Kitty O' Neill, who becomes tossed
supporting Kane and working with other politicians to take Kane down,
journalist Sam Miller, who journeys forward to bring the news stories
to the dark political world to the press. These additional storylines
add a interesting layer of intrigue to Boss.
series is a difficult one in a number of ways,
especially because of the fact that the whole backbone of the show
around scathingly dark political storytelling which is sad and
each turn of the show. The storytellers are commendable for their craft
writing and directing of the series, but I was always a bit baffled by
show's darkness to a large degree: while it makes for some interesting
it also makes for a soap-opera side quality-wise which makes the show a
suppose one major issue with the show is that while the
writing and direction is solid and represents what one can expect or
find with a high-budget and quality production, something about the
managed to make me feel as much for these characters: it probably has
to do with the fact that the main cast is mainly portrayed with the
qualities imaginable, and most of the time you just feel saddened by
in storytelling on Boss. The show is
so well written and directed from one standpoint, but it manages to
strangely divisive at times by its own story craft.
featured excellent craft in writing, direction, cinematography, music,
essentially the entire majority of the production elements, which
come together seamlessly. Fans of the show will be sorry it's gone and
ending doesn't exactly build to closure. The good news for serious fans
show is that there are talks about bringing a number of elements to Boss's storylines to a close with a
feature film continuation, though nothing is cemented or definite in
regard yet. Until then, fans and newcomers (if they actually can find
invest in a unfinished show cancelled before it could conclude),
enjoy visiting or revisiting the show with these final ten episodes.
High Definition encodes work wonders for Boss on Blu-ray, which looks
clean, and detailed on Blu-ray as any high budget production can. The
amazing to behold and adds an extra element of excellent to the series
production quality and everything looks stellar with the HD
considering how it is a dark and perplexing color palette that makes up
core design aesthetic of the show.
7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio does a good
job of adding to the quality of the presentation on the whole. The
crisp and dialogue is easy to understand. The surrounds and bass level
somewhat less complex as the show is primarily based upon the dialogue
the center channel, so you get some surround usage but it's a
sound design that doesn't do much to impress.
are provided in English,
Spanish, and English SDH (for the deaf and hard of hearing).
tracks with select producers and writers on three of the ten
episodes: the season
two premiere Louder than Words, Mania,
and on the final episode, True Enough and a behind-the-scenes
featurette entitled The King and His
Court (1080p, 15 min.), which essentially consists of interviews
members and writers about the show and the characters.
or no closure, likeable characters or unlikeable
ones, Boss was intelligently made
television for the two seasons it aired and the finality of that run is
available for fans. Newcomers may feel wary that the show doesn't
conclude, and it's hard to not be a somewhat disappointed by that fact,
series was mostly well-made, even if it sometimes is overwhelming
within its darkness,
which probably contributed to low ratings and the cancellation.
serious fans of the series only. Anyone else
might want to rent it first.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.