'She Spies - The Complete First Season'
(Natasha Henstridge, Kristen Miller, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (2002) 2006 / MGM)
Overview: Action series about three female ex-convicts with different specialized skills who fight crime as part of a government reform program, the Bureau of Allied Intelligence Tactics (B.A.I.T.) What if the government established a clandestine organization to rid the world of evil-doers? What if the spies recruited for this covert organization were multitalented convicted felons played by Natasha Henstridge (Commander In Chief), Kristen Miller, and Natashia Williams? What if there were no rhetorical questions in the world? Hard to imagine? Meet the felonious femmes fatale of 'She Spies.'
DVD Verdict: Oh come on now, like we all don't think that 'She Spies' was a fun little series! Sure it's nothing more then an excuse to look at hot girls solving crimes, mysteries and other various types of fun action packed scenarios. But, and simply put, it's an enjoyable way of spending 45 minutes without having to worry about thinking all too much. Plus did I mention the girls are extremely hot and sexy and find themselves in all sorts of nice outfits and perilous situations. If taken for what it is this sexy, well written show that isn't afraid to poke fun at itself offers up an enjoyable and action packed experience. Think of it as 'Charlie's Angels' updated with more high tech toys and shorter skirts. Although the series does poke a bit too much fun at itself early on, it does settle down a bit in the later episodes and in season two got more serious with the addition of a James Bond type gadget guy. They know their audience ... and their audience is one that loves to watch as Henstridge, Kristen Miller and Natashia Williams slip in and out of sexy outfits and save us all from evil (even if they can't save us from dirty thoughts). As with most syndicated popcorn fare, there are very few season-long elements to the show except for the fact that all three amazing agents are former convicts forced into service by their government. But you can pick that up in any individual episode - the real charm of 'She Spies' comes in the fact that you can toss in any mission at any time and not have to worry about what you missed or forgot. 'She Spies' fits that universal taste for a guilty pleasure, one where the simplicity of the plot descriptions or even the episode titles (one guess what "Three Women and a Baby" is about) give away everything you need to know going in. So many shows nowadays require blogs or message boards to decipher them that sometimes you really just want to watch something that can be accurately summed up in one sentence. The ladies of 'She Spies' are here for you. Sony Home Entertainment brings this once MGM property to DVD. Although I was a fan of the show during it's brief run a couple years back, I had never had the opportunity to see any of these first season episodes. Presented in a 1.33:1 full-screen format, the transfers included here do a nice job presenting the eye catching series. Colors are bright and vibrant and the high flying action is helped by a sharp and mostly spotless (although the color bleeds just a bit and there's some grungy grain to be found) transfer with optional English subtitles. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio quality is evenly balanced, with the funky theme song presented in fine form. In closing, yes, 'She Spies' is fun TV and it's a shame it couldn't have been more fun on DVD with extras that catered to fans of the show. Then again, there's always Season Two! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1), but unfortunately comes with not one Special Feature!