After high school, and a backpacking stint across Europe, brought Nick Garrett returns to his hometown, after more than ten years, finding his former girlfriend, Hannah, now has a son, who may be his! But, this is among many questions revealed in the first season. Another of Nick's friends, Owen, left town to leave a troubled, adulterous relationship. Eddie, a former star athlete and rake, begins a serious relationship with a pretty bartender, and one of the highlights of "Season 2" is observing their relationship become public and the conflict arising from it. Nick's relationship with a student at the same school he's teaching at, has some entertaining moments, but, overall, Nick's relationships are less interesting in Season 2, than everyone else's! This 2nd season suffers, at times, from some of the same misjudgments in conflict resolutions that plagued the first season and most seasons of most other dramas. However, these characters, somehow, still feel very real, and it makes it all that much easier to care about them.
Unfortunately, as fans know, the show was cancelled, so the original finale is unresolved. Fortunately, however, "Road's End, The Final Chapter," a mini-episode, is offered, resolving all major issues that were previously unresolved in the finale. Some of these conclusions are overly sentimental, but better to have them, than no resolution at all!
BUENA VISTA has presented the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this release. Colors are solid, and while detail varies at times, the excellent contrast allows for impressive depth in darker moments. It's not perfect, but without artifacts and better than average.
BUENA VISTA has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Although mostly front center focused, surrounds provide great ambient effects, as well as boost the terrific song selections which also make each episode worthwhile. There are great songs here, all left untouched, unlike many tv series, which have their songs altered due to copyright entanglements when coming to dvd.
In addition to the extra "finale," we get bloopers and a featurette with behind-the-scenes footage.