Desperate Housewives (2004)
In the town of Fairview there’s a street called Wisteria Lane; a peaceful cul-de-sac with manicured lawns and beautiful houses. It’s a place where you know all your neighbors and your neighbors know all about you. It’s the perfect suburban fantasy.
But, behind every picket fence there are secrets. And, in every seemingly happy home, you’ll find jealousy, lust, passion, and sometimes…murder.
Welcome to Desperate Housewives. Just take a look at Susan Mayer (Teri Hatcher), the sweet girl next door who finally got everything she ever wanted. Or did she? And there’s Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman), she was once a high-powered executive but then four…no, make that five, kids got in the way. How can she handle it? What about Bree Hodge (Marcia Cross)? That prim and proper homemaker used to be the best caterer in town. Now I hear she’s on the outs with her partners and…with another man. And, of course, there’s Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker), the sultry former runway model who’s now running after two children. She’s still as wicked as ever. Did I mention that glamorous socialite Renee Perry (Vanessa Williams) is moving in at the end of the block? Just wait ‘til they get a load of her.
It’s always hot on Wisteria Lane. These women have it all: friendship, fun, love, sex, excitement, danger, and the men…well, the men don’t stand a chance.
Why don’t you drop by for a visit?
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Desperate Housewives: The Complete Eighth and Final Season Is A must for mystery lovers and a guilty pleasure for “Desperate” addicts. (B) DVD Review
In Season Eight the women have to deal with the death of Gabrielle's (Eva Langoria) pervert stepfather Alejandro Perez (Tony Plana) that took place at the end of Season 7. In fact it starts where the show left off at the dinner party with the accidental murder by Carlos Solas (Ricardo Antonio Chavira) Gabrielle's husband. (If you haven't seen Season 7, the complete 23 episodes have been released on DVD May 15, 2011).
From here we are treated to a lot of serious problems involving the other three lead characters the charming yet klutzy Susan Delfino (Teri Hatcher), noble homemaker Lynette Scavo (Felicity Huffman) and OCD sufferer Bree Van de Kamp (Marcia Cross) who conspire to cover up Perez's death to help Carlos. Following the death we find Lynette getting back with her ex Tom (Doug Savant) with a impromptu sexual interlude after a lengthy separation, getting her children involved in her secret cover up, attempting to hook up with a married man, and other involving personal problems. Bree gets advice to break her relationship with Chuck Vance (Jonathan Cake), her problem with a missing body, goes back to drinking and turns her life into a nightmare. Gabrielle has to deal with Carlos who had guilt feelings that are pushing him to confess, problems in the bedroom with her husband, works out a lot of troubles from her past and ends up taking on an unpredictable profession. Susan has to deal with her feelings of guilt related to the murder, gets involved with consoling Carlos leading to jealousy, tries to rid herself of guilt by visiting Alejandro's family, finds out a dark secret about Alejandro, and continues on a downward spiral to the very end.
Actually it's very hard to describe 23 episodes without giving away a lot of fun elements. I will say that the girls are wild and wicked and certainly enjoyable to watch throughout season 8. I'm sure for many there will be an empty feeling to see the four leads end their years of friendship, antics, catty relationships, quirks and many other words that describe the habits of these nicely created characters that make Desperate Housewives a hit.
How about some bonus features to cheer you up? The following never before seen extras are very witty and memorable, especially for those that are huge fans of the show.
Extended final episode
"I Guess This is Goodbye"- Take one last stroll down Wisteria Lane with members of the Desperate Housewives family as they reflect on what the past eight season have meant to them.
"Final Commentary" – Creator Marc Cherry saves the best for last as he shares insights into the show's final episode.
Last days on the set
Bloopers – always embarrassing and fun to watch
The Desperate Housewives series is also available in a Complete Collection that includes all eight seasons running over 128 hours on 45 discs. The bonus features are on an additional disc with exclusive extras. "Experience the sexy, scintillating series that blew the lid off suburbia and exposed a world of sin and secrets hidden behind the façade of manicured lawns and pampered lives. Revisit the ladies of Wisteria Lane and relive every delicious, decadent moment with the collection that's completely "Desperate" and utterly divine!" – ABC Studios.
The Video Quality is extremely good when played on my Blu-ray player through my HD Television. The HD formatted enhanced for 16X9 televisions makes the presentation as good if not better than when it ran off the network (especially since there are no distracting TV ads). Warning: If you play it through your Blu-ray player, make sure to update the player on the internet at your Brand Name's website.
The Audio Quality presented with Dolby Digital 5.1 is crystal clear played through my surround speakers built into my HD television.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A must for mystery lovers and a guilty pleasure for "Desperate" addicts. (B)
-- John Delia
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