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"Two and a Half Men: Season Eight"
Reviewer:
Daniel Ruwe
Studio: Warner Brothers
Genre:
TV - Series
Release Date:
9/6/11
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

When you’re talking about a show as clichéd and lazy as Two and a Half Men, is there anything left to say by Season Eight? As it turns out, yes, because about halfway through the eighth season Charlie Sheen lost his last remaining connections to reality and started talking about “Vatican assassin warlocks” and his “tiger blood” and giving the world the most annoying catchphrase of the year. (“Winning!”) ***

In case you forgot what the show was about, brothers Charlie (Sheen) and Alan Harper are forced to live together, with Alan’s probably irreparably traumatized by now son Jake (Angus T. Jones) along for the ride. Charlie is rich and degenerate, Alan is poor but honest, and the show coasts from there. ***

Typically, Two and a Half Men doesn’t have much in the way of plot, preferring to recycle the same set of jokes over and over. Season Eight involved more in the way of story. Alan has a girlfriend now, Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith), and Charlie’s longtime stalker friend Rose (Melanie Lynskey) is back, and Charlie begins to reevaluate his feelings for her. ***

Most seasons of Two and a Half Men don’t focus on narrative much at all, so it’s too bad that the one of the seasons they do, the season gets cut short. It’s not like the story arc was so exciting that viewers will feel all that ripped off, but if you stuck with the series for sixteen episodes you might want to find out what happens, and you won’t. ***

This season will probably be remember, if it is remembered at all, for being the last season starring Charlie Sheen. As far as the show is concerned, Sheen’s character is dead, pushed in front of a train by an angry girlfriend. Sheen replacement Ashton Kutcher’s first show got record rating (over twenty-eight million viewers), which indicates the show will be around for a while, like the Simpsons and Saturday Night Live. Just like those shows, longtime fans will probably say it was funnier when Charlie Sheen was on the show. Thing is, they’ll probably be right. The writing is predictably lazy and Sheen coasts sometimes, but even at his worse he gives the show a nervous energy that will be hard to replace. If you want a show to enjoy with your brain turned firmly down to zero, Two and a Half Men is the perfect show, and it is utterly useless otherwise. ***

Image and Sound:

Both the image and the sound are good, if not spectacular. Two and a Half Men isn’t exactly vibrant in either area in the first place, so the show looks and sounds as good as it deserves.

Special Features:

None

Final Words:

Are you a longtime Two and a Half Men fan? Did the Charlie Sheen meltdown make your year? You’ll probably like this box set. If you are anyone else, you probably won’t.

 

 
 
 
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