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Ugly Betty: Season 2

by Angel Cohn September 10, 2008 10:00 am
Ugly Betty: Season 2

Much as it pains me to admit this, I'm disappointed with the Season 2 set for Ugly Betty. I love this show. I think it is so smart and clever, and while Season 2 lacked some of the charm of the premiere season, it still had some stellar episodes. Those are all on here. But there's not a hell of a lot else.

Perhaps my hopes were just too high. I recently got the book and found it totally unique and filled with great insight into the show, all presented as a big issue of Mode magazine. It's gorgeous. It's chock full. It's really funny and a must-have for any collector. But this set, while being something a true fan will buy because they want the episodes, is lacking Betty magic. The only thing that remotely came close to being as inspired as the book was the pull-out map/episode guide, which had famous Betty-centric locations, like the Wicked theater and Studio 54 and the carriage ride locales, highlighted with little pics.

Even the official website is more fun than the extras on the DVD set, what with fashion centric features, podcasts and games. And one of the extras on the disc, the show within a show telenovelas, are already accessible online.There's lots of Betty's crazy life and more Daniel and Alexis and wicked Wilhelmina. Just don't expect any commentaries or insight into what went on while this show was getting made.

That said, there are a few fun things. My favorite being "On Set with the Besties," featuring the fabulous Marc (Michael Urie) and Amanda (Becki Newton) giving a behind-the-scenes tour. It's fun to watch them fool with the fake elevator, and it's done all pop-up video style, so you can learn facts, like that the official Mode colors are Bunny Gray and Rumba Orange. And did you know that one of Fey's couches in the secret sex room was made out of duct tape? That stuff's amazing. Silly. Fluffy and light, but these two could sit and read the Oxford English Dictionary and I'd be cracking up.

Papa Suarez (Tony Plana) is left mostly to his own devices to take us on a tour of Betty's home. Pretty dull, until Justin (Mark Indelicato) shows up and starts showing how the freezer door doesn't open. Still, not as fun as hanging with "the besties."

Then there are two features that I kind of found to be a waste of my time. First is, "Wilhelmina Slater: Love to Hate Her" and it is the cast and crew talking about the show's most flamboyantly over-the-top villainess. Even the outtakes from the Betty White encounter were kind of blah. And then there's "I Heart Betty." It's a little package about Betty's love life. If you've seen the show before, you can skip this.

Finally there is a blooper reel -- I always love a good blooper real -- and a handful of deleted scenes, none of which are particularly remarkable or earth-shattering. Though Marc square-dancing and Marc's reaction to a basketball were fun to watch. Could Marc and Amanda do all of the extras next time? That'd be awesome. Commentary by them. Random footage of them being silly. Whatever. That I'd happily shell out money to watch.

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