“Army Wives – The Complete Second Season,” just released on DVD on June 2, 2009. It’s is one of the best new television series I have seen recently. While Army Wives is unfortunately not Mayberry, thankfully, it’s sure not “Sex and the City,” either.
Kim Delaney (“NYPD Blue,” “CSI: Miami”) as Claudia Joy Holden, Catherine Bell (“JAG,” Bruce Almighty) as Denise Sherwood, Brigid Brannagh (“Over There”) as Pamela Moran, Wendy Davis as Lieutenant Colonel Joan Burton and Sally Pressman as Roxy LeBlanc are the main cast of Army Wives.
Army Wives – The Complete Second Season follows five military families as they deal with family crises, loneliness and long deployments. The first season apparently ended with a bang – literally – as Army Wives – The Complete Second Season begins right after a suicide bombing at a local bar. All five families are affected in one way or another. Unfortunately, there is too much narration via an Army base radio show in the first episode which almost cause me to lose interest in the series. Fortunately, I continued viewing Army Wives.
The show has its flaws. There are politically-correct episodes dropped in to appease special-interest groups, and towards the end of season two, a couple of affairs come into full bloom with some skimpy lingerie scenes. This is unfortunate, because other than that, Army Wives is a top-notch show. The characters are ordinary but interesting flawed men and women, whose depth and heroism comes into play in their loyalty to their country, their families and to each other. Their successes and struggles are played out in the arena of military life – the daily dramas and ever-present danger of loosing a spouse to deployment, serious injury or death. How these fictitious characters cope and help each other makes for some inspiring viewing.
While the program does not have much emphasis on faith, hymns and prayers are present, sprinkled subtly throughout Army Wives – The Complete Second Season, and the series is unapologetically patriotic. Although I didn’t count, think every episode showed the American flag being raised or lowered on the base.
Some violence and adult situations would probably give Army Wives – The Complete Second Season a PG-13 rating. The 5-disc set contains all original 19 episodes plus exclusive-to-DVD bonus features including behind the scenes interviews with the cast.
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