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ER: The Complete Second Season [DVD] 
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Contains all the episodes from Season Two of E.R.:
- 1. Welcome Back, Carter!
- 2. Summer Run
- 3. Do One, Teach One, Kill One
- 4. What Life?
- 5. And Baby Makes Two
- 6. Days Like This
- 7. Hell And High Water
- 8. The Secret Sharer
- 9. Home
- 10. A Miracle Happens Here
- 11. Dead Of Winter
- 12. True Lies
- 13. It's Not Easy Being Greene
- 14. The Right Thing
- 15. Baby Shower
- 16. The Healers
- 17. The Match Game
- 18. A Shift In The Night
- 19. Fire In The Belly
- 20. Fevers Of Unknown Origin
- 21. Take These Broken Wings
- 22. John Carter, M.D.
- 2. Summer Run
ER kicked off its second series of high-intensity drama and wry humour by introducing a character who would turn out to be a long-term member of--and a major irritation for--the inner-city Chicago hospital staff. After Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards) is promoted to attending physician, the door is open for a new chief resident, and in walks Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes), who wastes no time ruffling everyone's feathers with her strict managerial style and subtle putdowns. One of her prime targets, Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield), struggles to balance her personal and professional life when she has to take care of her abandoned infant niece. The Lewis character grows the most during the series, along with second-year student John Carter (Noah Wylie), whose natural compassion gives way to professional ambition following the model of his teacher, the ambitious and self-absorbed Peter Benton (Eriq LaSalle). Benton angles for a position with a renowned cardiovascular surgeon (Ron Rifkin) and has to deal with the fallout from a relationship with physician's assistant Jeannie Boulet (Gloria Reubens), yet he also starts to show some glimmers of humanity.
Greene has his own problems trying to manage a long-distance marriage, while nurse Carol Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) bounces back from her aborted first-series marriage attempt to start a new relationship with paramedic Shep (Ron Eldard, who also became Margulies' real-life partner). She buys her first house and enjoys an entire series out of the companionship of Doug Ross (George Clooney), who as always runs into problems with his cowboy style and philandering ways. But just when he's finally driven himself out of ER, he has to go play hero when he finds a boy pinned in a storm drain in an episode that was nominated for six Emmys and remains one of the, excuse the pun, high-water marks of the series. That and such episodes as "The Healers," which deals with the aftermath of Shep's daring fire rescue, prove that when ER was at its best, it was as good as anything on television.
Guest appearances include Lucy Liu as the mother of an AIDS-stricken boy, Red Buttons as an elderly husband, Joanna Gleason as an infomercial producer and Jake Lloyd (The Phantom Menace) as the son of a prostitute. DVD bonus features are a little lighter than on the first-series set, consisting of a commentary track (by co-executive producer Mimi Leder, editor Randy Jon Morgan and Laura Innes) on the series' first episode and "The Healers", a nine-minute spotlight on "Hell and High Water", an 11-minute piece on the series' multiple directors, 14 minutes of outtakes and a gag reel. --David HoriuchiSee all Product Description
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Second series - the "sophomore year" - are renowned for failing to live up to the promise of the first year and by and large ER does not fall into this trap. The camera work continues to push boundaries, being inventive and extremely effective in giving a sense of emergency during the trauma scenes, while also heightening the emotion in the other scenes. The acting again is flawless, not only from the six "regular" actors, but also from the supporting cast and guest stars.
Where the second series differs slightly from the first is that there is a far greater focus on the private lives of the characters. While still playing out the dramas within the hospital set, those dramas do not relate to the patients anywhere near as much. Unfortunately this leads to a much more "soap" feel than the previous year, and combined with sometimes instrusive, overly sentimental music cues, and occasionally uneven writing and characterisation (the see-sawing of Carter's character is a good example) this "soapie-fying" of ER is the major downfall of the series.
The DVD set is good value, with some interesting special features including a blooper-reel and some fairly interesting documentaries. There is also commentary on two episodes which were possibly the two biggest exercises in self-congratulation I have ever listened to. When listening to a commentary I like to hear directors' insights and behind-the-scenes information; these episodes instead spend their time praising the effectiveness of shots, editing and script-writing. That said however, there is the occasional piece of interesting information on these directors' philosophy of film, character and actors that you can manifesting itself in ER.
While not quite up to the standard of season one, this is definitely a series to purchase.
Horror of horrors when we opened the first series - DOUBLE SIDED DISCS!!
Series one we just about got through with numerous stutters - series two first and second discs faulty on one side.
I think Amazon should as a policy make it very clear on the listing when a product uses the double sided disc format - we could all then avoid like the plague and keep doing so until the manufacturers realize this format is totally unacceptable
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great items like this programme..very fast delivery as described..
these 1st series of this are great..thanks again...shane..
gripping drama great stories very easy to get hooked to the seriesPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had great time watching these again. Discs in very good conditionPublished 10 months ago by mrs m brown
The last episode on the third,disc froze I tried playing it on another DVD player it froze again at the same episodePublished 12 months ago by margaret paterson