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Echo Bridge Home Entertainment // Unrated // May 19, 2009
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No matter what you might think of William Shatner and his acting ability, you have to admit that the man has had an amazing career. While most dramatic actors get one TV series and then fade away, he's stared in several series (Star Trek, T. J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and the Australian production A Twist in the Tale) as well as countless mini-series, movies, and guest appearances. In 2005, at the age of 74 (!), Shatner took a crew to the small town of
One of the reasons the show works as well as it does is that the people of
After making a big appearance in the middle of
What a movie it is too. With a hilariously bad script filled with every bad SF cliché that can be imagined, the plot involves Shatner's character going back in time to protect a young 20 year old girl (a
In between filming the scenes from the movie, where all the locals were nice enough not to critique the horrible lines, Shatner and his entourage interacted with the citizens of
There were a lot of great segments in the show. Griffith's children's book (which advocated plastic surgery to make girls feel better about themselves,) making Tiny do scene where he runs down the street again and again and again, the reaction on everyone's face when Herb broke Max's glasses, and of course the reveal at he end were all fun. You could also tell that the actors started to really care for the people that they had met. This comes to a head at the end of the series when an old man that Shatner had been talking to at breakfast every morning as the actor for a favor. The man and William drove up to a cemetery where the octogenarian introduced his dead wife to his new friend. You could tell that Shatner was really touched and moved and when they two hugged afterwards there were tears in the stars eyes.
While this is still reality TV, and by definition the bottom of the heap, every episode had a few really good laughs in it and almost none of them were at the expense of the people of
Of course that reality doesn't stop people from complaining. The biggest critique I've heard of this show is that it's using the people of
The stereo soundtrack was about average for a reality show like this. There wasn't a great range and it wasn't the last word in high fidelity, but it got the job done. The dialog was easy to hear, even in the noisy location scenes and that's all you really need.
The show was originally shown on Spike TV in 2005 and the full frame image looked about average for a low budget TV show. The picture was a bit flat and the definition was only average, but it was fine for this type of show.
I was really hoping there would be an update on some of the people from
Having lived in