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CALIFORNICATION The Final Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  337 minutes, cast bios, Penny Dreadful episodes 1 and 2

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English 2.0 Stereo, Spanish 2.0 Mono

Subtitles: English

 

STUDIO: CBS DVD/ Showtime/ Aggressive Mediocrity/ And Then…

RELEASE DATE: 8-5-2014

 

DISC 1- LEVON/ JULIA/ LIKE FATHER LIKE SON/ DICKS/ GETTING THE POISON OUT/ KICKOFF/ SMILE/ 30 MINUTES OR LESS

DISC 2- FAITH, HOPE, LOVE/ DINNER WITH FRIENDS/ DAUGHTER/ GRACE

The seventh season is the last season of CALIFORNICATION which has its ups and downs.   It is an entertaining comedy as always, but the final season feels like it want to retread on previous ground and bring back old characters (Krull, Rath, Eddie Nero, Stu).   CALIFORNICATION seems to bring up the same issues and lessons for the characters from season to season.   The final episode is good as it doesn’t try to wrap the show up as a happy ending.  The struggle for Hank Moody (David Duchovny) to get with Karen will continue after the last episode.  The issue of having Hank telling his daughter Becca that she has a half brother is one of those things that the writers want to push off as far as possible and I wish they spend more time with Becca knowing and dealing with the fact she has a brother (the son Hank never knew about before now as a result of a relationship he had before he met Karen).  Meanwhile, Charlie and Marcy have sex problems which only seem to be fixed when Charlie thinks about the illicit offer that Macry’s ex, Stu, makes by offering to pay Marcy $1 million to have sex with him one time.

 

Then you have Hank getting a job of being on the writing staff of the Santa Monica Cop TV series produced by Rath and executive produced by Stu.   He manages to get his odd son a job of a production assistant on the show while the son’s mother Julia (Heather Graham) snags a job of acting as a secretary.  One of the few bright spots is Charlie getting a new client (Mary Lyn Rajskub) on the writing staff of the show, but Charlie finds she is a handful as she wants to take the show from Rath.   I think the final season of CALIFORNICATION is a show on cruise control.  It is fine to watch once, but I don’t think it measures up to some of the previous seasons.  I would have been fine if the show ended after six seasons since the sixth season felt like a better ending point than the seventh season which seems to retread too much of the show’s past and the flaws of Hank, Charlie, Marcy, and Stu.   I got tired of Hank’s son and Julia to the extent that I don’t see what Hank saw in her or wanting to get back with her at times during the season (where he is also on and off with Karen).  So I think the show should have ended sooner to avoid this so-so season where everything ends.

 

SPECIAL FETAURES:

Disc 1 has a demo of Showtime Sync where you can sync the episodes to internet content while you watch.

 

Disc 2 has cast biographies, episodes 1 and 2 of PENNY DREADFUL

You can also access RAY DONOVAN Season 1 episodes 1 and 2, and THE AFFAIR episodes 1 and 2 (episodes available on September 30th, 2014) on your PC via eBridge technology.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  I think the seventh season is bets to watch once and CALIFORNICATION was better to have ended where season six left off instead of this cruise control retread of the show’s plots and characters.

 

This DVD review is 9-7-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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