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Boston Legal - Season 2 [DVD] [2005]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2008
"Spaderman"....Superhero of the court room...but more than that.

I loved the first season and was therefore looking forward to the second one, but the first 3 - 4 episodes nearly made me regret I've bought it.

In my opinion they are "too far out" , but then it gets back on track again and the stories get better and better and looking back on the whole season I will rate it higher than the first one.

Denny Crane of course remains Denny Crane, but James Spader changes Allan Shore into a real "spaderman of court" fighting for humanity. The friendship and the differences between Crane and Shore are the scoop in this season..and still with a great sense of humor.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 24 June 2007
Boston Legal Series One & Two

"Boston Legal" is that rare American show that is both intelligent and original. The result is a completely compelling and engrossing "tele-visual feast".

The almost magical chemistry between Shatner and Spader is remarkable to behold. This is a casting coup if there ever was one. Their relationship is beautifully played and completely life affirming. It is so good to see William Shatner being given the chance to perform in a part that demands of his talent. He has always been an extraordinary showman and it is a crime that it has taken so long to acknowledge just how good he is.
Spader has a charm and perverseness as an actor that is hard to quantify. He has such allure and grace. His delivery of such very complicated and complex speeches is a master class for all in his profession. His performance, as is Shatner's, is simply brilliant!

The actors are of course served with perceptive and enlightened scripts, that cry out for change in modern America. The scripts are never preachy and yet always funny. These scripts are excellent examples of great American screen writing, which more often that not is becoming harder to find.

The casting is generally excellent. The loss of Rhona Mitra in the second series is a terrible blow. She is a very good actor and sorely missed. Mark Valley is also a hidden gem. Some of the best episodes involve his "Mannix" aspirations and his bouts of rapid verbal dexterity. The inclusion of Cadice Bergen to the heady mix of Shatner and Spader is a masterstroke. She is such a superb actor with an extraordinary depth. Her ability to deliver speeches with such brilliant clarity and simple emotion is a wonder to behold. Julie Bowen is another great addition to the second series. She is excellent. Her range of facial expressions seems limitless! Another casting coup is the inclusion of the talented Parker Posey towards the end of the second series. This is an inspired piece of casting. I hope her character will be developed further, as Parker Posey is an actor with a rare talent that includes superb and precise comic timing. Anthony Heald and the superb Henry Gibson need to be mentioned for their perfectly pitched and hugely enjoyable performances. One actor in particular almost steals the show from Spader in the episode called "Legal Deficits". His name is Christopher Rich and he plays to perfection a creepy, ingratiating Texas Attorney. The scene between Rich and Spader is one of the most electrifying and satisfying in the whole series.

The only criticism I have of "Boston Legal" is the development of the only completely unbelievable character in the series. Catherine Piper played unsympathetically by Betty White. Her performance is completely at odds with the rest of the show and cast. Her performance tries to be funny but is far from it. At one point she tells Alan Shore before his closing "I hope you're good!" The line falls completely flat. She then comments after his closing "I thought you would be better!" Again the line rings hollow as if it is played knowingly for laughs. This kind of unsubtle acting is simply out of style with the rest of the cast. I keep hoping her character will be written out, as she is the only negative in an almost perfect show, but no! She now quite unconvincingly evicts a young associate from his office and is pushing a tea trolley around!

That said "Boston Legal" is an addictive show. One episode is never quite enough! Everyone involved in the show should feel blessed to be working on something truly special and original. This series will soon be regarded as the classic it most certainly is.
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My one slight concern with this series was that Alan Shore seemed to be a little quiet and even wimpy at times, compared to the magnificence of his performance in Season 1. However, there were many great moments, and a couple of episodes where we haven't laughed so much in a long time.

The one where Brad and Denise try to find a missing boy is hilarious and gruesome at the same time. Brad's really grown on us this season, and the episode where Alan suggests he might run for DA shows just what a perfect all-American pin-up boy he is. The "Race Ipsa" episode where Denny goes to the shrink had us howling with laughter - absolutely brilliant.

Most of the main characters are very likeable, with Denny and Alan being one of TV's all-time great relationships. It's good to see Captain Kirk having such a major role again. Candice Bergen is wonderful again, and the relationship between Denise and Marlene towards the end is good for a lot of laughs.

All-in-all, it's a simply fantastic show. I never thought it would be possible to make an ostensibly serious show about lawyers so incredibly funny, but this is done to perfection.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Don't know about you, but I've always been a little sceptical when it comes to these glossy, sassy, American drama's. From Desperate Wives and on to CSI, Las Vegas and Bones, they always seem extremely high on beauty, production values and editing but leave me somehow unsatisfied, like eating a Macdonald's-good, but somehow the show didn't really take me anywhere. Certainly not enough to purchase the DVD. Boston Legal has broken that mould for me. It's a great series. Shatner's part Denny Craine is hilarious, I've never laughed out loud so often at an American show like this before(that wasn't an outright comedy at least). The exchanges between him and Alan Shore had me roaring, the moment he flicks his eyes sideways in close up whilst in bed at the Fishing Lodge when Alan mentions "Klingons" is a huge a personal favorite.Well worth the money.
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on 6 May 2014
Absolutely amazing show - I loved the first series, and it just got better with this second one! It perfectly balances humor and seriousness, which is perhaps the perfect tone for a tv-show: serious, relevant, interesting and educational issues are dealt with through entertaining and at times hysterical writing - the show really doesn't take itself too seriously, and still manages to get its messages across in a meaningful way.
A true tribute to America, with our wonderful leading men, Alan and Denny, each representing their side of the country and showing how the two can work together and complement each other. James Spader and William Shatner, both Emmy-winning for their parts on the show, are awesome, and the second series truly make you fall in love with both characters and with them as a team. The second series features the iconic fishing and bonding trip to the beautiful Nimmo Bay - a true must-see for any "Boston Legal"/Spader/Shatner fan!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2007
Buy, buy, buy this DVD set. The series is hilarious, entertaining and it just leaves you wanting more. The Alan Shaw and Denny Crane characters are sure to become modern legends. There is one particular scene where the two are dancing 'Salsa' style while having a witty conversation and it had me in stitches and in 'awe' all rolled in to one. I rate DVDs very little but felt this just had to deserve my time to recommend. Fantastic all the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2011
I really cannot say enough about Boston Legal. You want to be Alan Shore, you want to be mates with Denny Crane and you want to spend every evening sat on a balcony smoking cigars and drinking scotch. And its all because of this briliant show
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2007
The whole series is great, and I love the little references to Star Trek which pop up every now and then. Who else caught the communicator twitter when Denny opened his mobile phone? (I won't spoil it by telling you the others.) Brilliant.
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VINE VOICEon 15 July 2010
My only critism with Boston Legal is that there are only 5 series!

Congratulations all round to the actors for their superb performances - especially James Spader and William Shatner with their fabulous balcony scenes. The writing is absolutely wonderful with never a boring scene.

If you are ever feeling down- watch an episode of this marvellous series - it's a real tonic!

Well done Amazon for the great price and speedy delivery!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2007
Boston Legal just keeps getting better and better. In the second season, we see Denny and Alan's characters becoming closer buddies; they have even more depth then we saw during the first season. The laughs keep coming, as we meet more quirky characters who add to the mix. The writing is fresh, comical, and sometimes poignant. Often, serious subjects are addressed- from a different point of view than what is depicted on other programs. Many memorable scenes, particularly the famous balcony moments with Denny and Alan and whisky. Once scene is unforgetable and that is Denny's wedding where he and his wife have been married about 11 times between them.

I cannot wait for Season 3!
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