A third take of the story of a lovely lady
Loves: The Monkees
Likes: "The Brady Bunch," '70s cheese
Dislikes: No extras, Peter's 1/16th-of-a-life crisis
The Story So Far...
Peter was coming into his own as well, and his adventures in puberty were just barely more interesting than Jan's. Between his efforts to find a personality, his troubles at school and his attempts at spying all helped to make him into a kid you'd love to hate. It's interesting how the two middle kids, who claimed to suffer from being middle kids were really just annoying. Maybe it was self-fulfilling prophecy.
With all the kids getting older, it was certain that Bobby and Cindy would start to get some spotlight, and this season was their time. Five episodes would showcase the littlest Bradys, all of which are about being a kid. When that's all you've got going for you, I guess you go with it. In his efforts to fill time until he discovers girls, Bobby tries stretching himself, creating a secret admirer for Cindy and joining forces with her to attempt a world record on the see-saw. It's a time to forget for most viewers.
Marcia and Greg have their moments in the sun, including the famous episode with Monkees hunk Davy Jones, but for the most part this season is about the younger kids. This season also sees the group take part in one of their epic multi-episode arcs, this time with a trip to the Grand Canyon. Driving from their California home to the tourist spot, they make a detour to a ghost town, where they run into a crazy old prospector (played by Jim Backus) who locks them in a jail cell. The story runs three episodes, the first three of the season, and rivals the fourth season's popular Hawaiian vacation. Only the Bradys could end up in the situations they find themselves in on vacation.
While these episodes are well-known, one of the best is the season finale, "The Fender Benders." With guest star Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester from "The Addams Family") on board as a litigious driver, the Bradys recreate Rashomon for the prime-time set. I can't put my finger on why this episode is so good (possibly it's just the cosmic effect of the Addamses and the Bradys smashing together) but it remains a memorable one because it might be the most involved plot ever seen on the series. Plus, it gave me a chance to reference Kurosawa in my "Brady Bunch" review.
The discs feature static, full-frame menus, that list all the episodes and includes a play-all feature. The menus are standard across the four discs, and are just as groovy as the previous seasons. There are no subtitles or language options, but the episodes do have closed captioning. This season, the old "Brady Bunch IN COLOR" still image was dropped, sadly.
After starting at 25 episodes, the second season had one less, and this set drops to 23 episodes. The first three discs has six episodes, with the fourth holding just five. Here's the episode breakdown for each disc:
The audio for the series is a Dolby Digital 2.0 presentation of a mono mix, and it sounds crystalline, with nice clarity on dialogue and the organ music during scene transitions. Even the Brady Six' songs sound good.
The Bottom Line