'CHiPs - The Complete Second Season'
(Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1977) 2008 / Warner Bros.t)
Overview: California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers Jon Baker and Francis 'Ponch' Poncherello are back on patrol. Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox return as Ponch and Jon in the second season of 'CHiPs' and the action and fun are ready to roll in 22 road-ripping episodes.
DVD Verdict: Long ago, before the "reality TV plague" laid waste to most of the television landscape, there was a time when viewers could choose from a whole host of entertaining, fun, uplifting programs. If you're looking for escapist entertainment, likable characters, fun plots, and a few nifty stunts.... then you'll love "Chips"!
Although this series is over thirty years old, "Chips" has aged quite gracefully. This is due in part to great chemistry between the actors (all perfectly cast) and mostly lighthearted, fun scripts. If you're a dedicated fan seeking to feed your "nostalgia monster", you'll find yourself in the middle of a retro buffet! It just doesn't get any better than this!
I can remember 1978-79 like it was yesterday. I was in 9th grade, and that is when I started watching "Chips." I had to sit through Lawrence Welk and Hee-Haw on Saturday nights before it came on, but it was well worth the wait just to see Erik Estrada for an hour! Wow, talk about a major stud back then! I think Officer Sindy Cahill (Brianne Leary) was much better than Bonnie (I believe Randi Oakes?) who came along later. I could never understand why Brianne left the show. I never watched it much after this season; however, I was always comparing what I did manage to watch afterwards to the second season, and it just didn't measure up.
Anyway, with the recent trend being to release DVD "half seasons" at full season prices (Love Boat, Cannon, etc.), it's nice to see that fans of "Chips" have been treated fairly. An entire season of "Chips" is well worth whatever you pay for it (within reason, of course!), trust me. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features.