Just when it seems as if TV producers have run out of ideas...they keep proving it further. The popular 90's series "Beverly Hills, 90210 " was recently remade for the CW network, and not far after "Melrose Place" made a short-lived comeback in the form of a remake, as well. While the original series have incredibly loyal fans and are still referenced as pop-culture fodder, it's a real wonder if anyone was crying out for a remake, especially without the original cast (for the most part) who made both "Beverly Hills, 90210 "and "Melrose Place" as successful as they were.
"Melrose Place" is a primetime soap opera at its best. While not necessarily a fan of the genre, I can appreciate the fact that it had such a loyal following due to its set of often mismatched characters and often over-the-top, dramatic storylines - it was a soap. Fans tuned in week after week in part because they cared about some of the characters (wonderfully played up in an episode of "Seinfeld" where Jerry finally admits he watches), and in part to see who was going to slap who, or which couple was going to get together. Now we have reality TV for that - or at least for the most part, it seems.
Darren Star and Executive Producer, Aaron Spelling's series is set in an apartment complex in California where a group of young, attractive adults live. Throughout the series, at some point most of the characters hook up with each other, or get into fights with each other, or both. "Melrose Place" didn't really have a line between absurd and plausible, as a lot of the situations the characters got themselves into and out sometimes out of, were the kind you'd expect from a daytime soap. Still, despite the often silly plot points, the storylines managed to entertain and move the series and characters forward.
Since season one, "Melrose Place" has seen its fair share of characters come and go. By season six (volume 2) the series revolves around several characters including Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear), Billy Campbell (Andrew Shue), Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro), Kyle McBride (Rob Estes), Megan Lewis Mancini (Kelly Rutherford), Taylor McBride (Lisa Rinna), Jennifer Mancini (Alyssa Milano), Samantha Reilly (Brooke Langton), Lexi Sterling (Jamie Luner), Brett 'Coop' Cooper (Linden Ashby ) and Peter Burns (Jack Wagner). While a larger cast can often prove a bit confusing, leaving storylines hanging for awhile, "Melrose Place" tries to use all of the characters, creating a constant coming and going of situations, backstabbing, romance, betrayal, and all things soapy.
"Melrose Place" ran for seven seasons, so by season six the series had found its niche, and didn't hold back in developing the storylines and characters accordingly. It was a series that had people tuning in on a regular basis. Some of the things that brought people back week after week in season six included a helicopter crash that leaves Amanda and Samantha stranded to survive alone ("To Kill a Whirlybird"), Billy pretends to be Craig (formerly played by David Charvet) for Jennifer when her mom pays a visit ("Mama Mia"), Amanda and Kyle are set to wed, but an old girlfriend gives them reason to postpone ("Last Train to Baghdad"), and Brett learns that he will get a large sum of money if her marries Lexi ("A Swing and a Mrs.").
There are a lot of make-ups and break-ups throughout season six, part two, as well as lot of lying, some deaths, and highs and lows for several of the characters. "Melrose Place" season six, volume two has twelve episodes. While it would have been nice for fans to have a complete set, especially given that there aren't any extra features, the series may appeal to fans of the series who are looking to add to their collection.
Season 6, Volume 2
6-14 5 Jan 98 To Kill a Whirlybird
6-15 12 Jan 98 Amanda's Back
6-16 19 Jan 98 Kyle of the Desert
6-17 26 Jan 98 Coop de Grace
6-18 2 Feb 98 Mama Mia
6-19 9 Feb 98 Last Train to Baghdad (1)
6-20 9 Feb 98 Last Train to Baghdad (2)
6-21 16 Feb 98 A Swing and a Mrs.
6-22 23 Feb 98 Blunt Drama
6-23 2 Mar 98 A Christine Runs Through It
6-24 9 Mar 98 Too Romantic for Words
6-25 16 Mar 98 Four Affairs and a Pregnancy
6-26 30 Mar 98 M.P. Confidential
6-27 30 Mar 98 The Nasty Minded Professor
VIDEO: The series is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame by Paramount, and while there are a few instances of specks and artifacting, the slick series has otherwise held up fairly well. Sharpness and detail aren't remarkable, but the show at least remains consistently crisp, with colors that looked deep and vivid.
SOUND: The series is offered with a 2.0 soundtrack that remains crisp and clean - while nothing exemplary, it's fine for a series from this era.
There are no extra features included.
Final Thoughts: "Melrose Place" ran for seven seasons, so by season six the series had found its niche, and didn't hold back in developing the storylines and characters accordingly. While it would have been nice for fans to have a complete set, especially given that there aren't any extra features, the series may appeal to fans of the series who are looking to add to their collection.