BUENA VISTA is finally releasing the fourth and final season of “FELICITY”. This final season was a mixed bag. While it’s not even close in quality to the three seasons preceding it, any fan of the show, as this reviewer is, will need to get it, for the completion it offers for these characters, if nothing else. Thankfully, irregardless of the horribly stupid storyline contrived for this season(time travel), there are still enough good episodes of quality in line with what earlier seasons offered, to make this worthy of any fine collection!
What’s most frustrating is that the show’s creator, J.J. Abrams(“LOST”, “ALIAS”)is a great writer. It’s really aggravating to think he couldn’t have found a better narrative device for this season. Unlike previous seasons, many of the story devices and character actions feel forced, instead of completely honest and surprising as in the previous seasons. Again, thankfully, there are more than a few of the 22 episodes filling this season, that still carry the freshness and entertainment quality found in earlier seasons.
BUENA VISTA has provided the original full-frame presentation(1.33:1) for this release. Colors are solid and while the show never has the vibrant look of Abrams’ “LOST” or “ALIAS”, it’s still nice to look at. Contrast is fine, with generally deep blacks and grays in darker scenes. The image is consistently impressive, in spite of an overall softer look than is typically found in standard tv fare.
BUENA VISTA has provided another DOLBY DIGITAL 2.0 Surround mix as with previous seasons. The mix is on par with the other seasons, offering restrained use of surround. (some minor atmospheric effects)But, “FELICITY” is a dialogue-driven show, and while we’d have liked a more aggressive mix, the show doesn’t suffer from a lack thereof. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
BUENA VISTA has included some extras here for the show’s fans, and they’ll be pleased. There are three audio commentaries offered, and while “THE DECLARATION” and “YOUR MONEY OR YOUR WIFE” lack much entertainment value, the commentary for “THE GRADUATE” offers both Keri Russell and Scott Foley, and it’s great!
Several featurettes are offered as well.