Welcome to the DVD & Games Forecast.
This is a seriously slim week of new releases. There are a few highlights, but for the most part, it'll be a quick column.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED TITLES:
"Weeds: The Complete Season Five" (BluRay/DVD)
There are a lot of television shows I find engaging and worth watching from start to finish, but for some reason, I've fallen out of the habit of actually watching them while they air. I prefer to pick things up as DVD or BluRay box sets and watch them in big gulps, and the option to do so has reset my viewing habits almost completely. I think "Lost" is the last series I feel the urge to really watch the moment it airs, and once that goes off, I'm not sure I'll ever get the habit back. "Weeds" is a show that has evolved radically over the course of its five years on the air, and the one thing that consistently keeps me coming back is Mary Louise Parker, who puts the mmmmmmmm in MILF. I never thought she was particularly ravishing when she was younger in films like "Grand Canyon," but these days, there is a world-weariness that she wears like armor that is practically intoxicating. Maybe it's my own age showing, but I find it compelling the way Nancy Botwin, her character on the show, is desperately trying to stay afloat, and the lengths she'll go to for her kids and her survival. The show's tone swings wildly between absurd comedy and bleak drama, and there are times it pulls it off beautifully and times it doesn't quite manage, but the show always has reach, and I like that they're willing to shift location, shift major characters, and shift focus as each season progresses. So often, TV is about maintaining a status quo, creating the illusion of real characters while making sure to keep them carefully locked in place. "Weeds" has literally burned the entire series to the ground, and I get the feeling they'd do it again if they felt like they had to, and so I look forward to whatever season five has to offer when I finally catch up with it this week.