Starring Thomas Lennon, Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Niecy Nash
Written By: Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon
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The crazy mock reality series Reno 911 is back for another season on DVD. If you thought the first season was outrageous, wait til you see the second season!
The end of the first season of Reno 911 left us in a cliffhanger. The whole cast was shot dead by Wiegel after a prank went totally wrong. Obviously, that didn’t really happen because it was just a dream. The second season starts off with Dangle getting promoted to Carson City and have a few things he wants to get off his chest before he leaves. Then Wiegel starts to date some murderer and she doesn’t realize it except the police department. Other episodes are about: a British inspector is on an exchange program and quickly blends in, Garcia and Wiegel have to be security for Kenny Rogers, Johnson and Garcia finally hook up, Jones and Garcia spend an entire episode chasing a giant milkshake, and the DA does an investigation on the department and in the finale, fires the whole department. That’s the cliffhanger of the second season, which I just gave away..oh well.
The second season is just as crazy and looney as the first season, but I think I still like the first season the best. Although, there are a bunch of episodes that are quite hysterical and the one that comes to mind is the Kenny Rogers episode. Having Garcia and Wiegel driving him around all day because someone’s supposedly out to kill him was some funny shit. What’s even funnier is having him shot at the end by Patton Oswalt, who makes several guest appearances on the show. He plays a crazy D&D kid who keeps taking the game to reality and using axes on his opponents. Yeah i’ve actually heard stories like that, but they were high on drugs at the time. Another episode I love in this season, is when the British inspector is visiting Reno in an exchange program. At first, everyone thinks he’s all nice because he’s British, but then Garcia realizes how he really is. He’s beating up suspects, having sex with hookers and robbing banks (with a nice reference to Pulp Fiction). That’s probably one of the best episodes of the season as well.
I think my favorite character on the show is Garcia, played by Carlos Alazraqui, because he just has the funniest moments on the show I think. Dangle is really funny too but I like Garcia! Wiegel is just a fucking whack job. I like how they are getting more character actors on the show. For the most part, the first season was just the same cast, but dressed up differently. Some of the great character actors on the show have reoccurring characters or they play different people, but they are always on. People like Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, and Toby Huss. Those guys crack me up and I’m glad they are included in the show more. At the end of the season, the department gets fired and a bunch of b-list celebrities take their spots like Wayne Brady, Martin Mull, Sean Young, Donna D’Erico, Lorenzo Lamas, Traci Bingham and the true Hulk Lou Ferrigno. I thought that was freakin’ hilarious! It was a really great way to end the season.
The first season DVD had all the episodes out of order and that was just idiotic. This time, the episodes are actually in order and I’m glad. I like how Paramount’s DVDs are becoming uncensored because I think it’s funnier without all the bleeps. Others might disagree with me, saying that the bleeps are funnier in this particular show. I’d rather just actually hear what they are saying. On the first disc of the DVD set, there’s an easter egg on the walkie talkie menu. If you click it, you get a long outtake of Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant screwing up their DVD commercial. It’s funny to see how many times they mess up their lines, and step over it each other’s lines. They had to do that commercial spot a buttload of times. There’s some audio commentary on a few episodes with the cast. They are split up into pairs. I didn’t get a chance to listen to them yet. Also included on the third disc is a bunch of alternate and deleted scenes. There’s a Drug Arrest Prevention Seminar, which was recorded live at the HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival. The whole cast is on stage, in character, and it’s really funny. Definitely watch that if you like the show.
While the second season is funny, I still find the first season better for some reason. There’s still plenty of great episodes among the bunch though. Buy this DVD if you like the series, and it’s even better on DVD because it’s uncensored!
Over 90 minutes of Alternate/Deleted Scenes
Director and Cast Commentary
Drug Arrest Prevention Seminar – Live Performance from HBO’s 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Favorite Scenes: Kenny Rogers Episode, British Inspector Episode, Milk Shake Chase episode, Dangle’s Ex Wife episode
Running Time: 340 minutes