Plot: What’s it about?
The world’s oldest paperboy is back for more wild adventures, as Chris Peterson (Chris Elliot) stirs up trouble in a second volume of Get a Life episodes. One of the true cult sensations of television, this offbeat series never sparked the ratings charts, but it amassed a major fanbase and has sustained it, even after cancellation. Of course, a massive petition drive took place to save the series, but as so often happens with unique television, Get a Life was dropped and fans were left out in the cold. But thanks to the folks at Rhino, the episodes we do have can live on forever, via a series of DVD releases. As is the case with most fans, I’d rather have box sets instead of single discs, but given the material, I’m pleased just to have the episodes, to be honest. This second volume offers four episodes of Chris’ most outrageous mishaps, so look below for a listing of the episodes you’ll find on this release.
1. Zoo Animals on Wheels- Chris seeks to become a star once again, this time using a local theatre’s production as his vessel to success. His audition is miserable, but he somehow lands the lead role of a wildebeest, which comes as no surprise to him, of course. But Sharon is not so pleased, since she’s the female lead and can’t stand to even look at Chris, let alone have to share the stage with the buffoon. Will Chris be able to work his performance here into a move to the big time, or will he wind up heartbroken once again?
2. Married- It takes some people a lifetime to find their true love, but as we know all to well, Chris Peterson is not like most people. After he meets a beautiful model, the two spiral into a lustful romance and before long, wedding bells sound and the couple have gotten married. But soon, Chris discovers himself drifting apart from his love, even looking to the arms of another woman for support, which of course, makes his new wife furious. The couple decide to look into counseling, but can they work out their problems and remain together? Sure, all this and more happened in a single day, but some problems take longer than that to be ironed out.
3. The Big City- As he has tired of small town life and its boredom, Chris decides to venture into the big city and live a bigger, more exciting lifestyle. However, Chris is quickly greeted as an outsider and after he’s been slipped a mickey, he finds himself face down and knocked out. When he wakes, he learns his wallet has vanished and this sends him into a panic, as well as into the attention of a beautiful reporter. She pens an article on Chris, calling him Wallet Boy and putting him into the hearts of the city’s residents. But all this attention aside, will Chris ever be reunited with his wallet or will his trip remain a sore spot forever?
4. Neptune 2000- It has been two decades since a young Chris clipped out the coupon, enclosed his cash, and then began waiting for his two man submarine, which he ordered out of a comic book, of course. As time passed, Chris slowly stopped checking the mail every five minutes for his submarine, but after twenty years, the hour has arrived. He talks his father into helping him test it out, which means a trial run inside the family bathtub, of all places. Once inside, the father and son find themselves in serious danger, as leaks have sprung and with two feet of water over their heads, this could be their final hours together.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The visuals come across well, though you can tell this was a low budget show made over a decade ago. The prints used are clean, with minimal defects to report, while the image retains a good level of sharpness, so no real softness is evident. I found colors to be bright and bold, with no problems to report, while flesh tones were natural at all times. No errors with contrast either, as black levels are solid and consistent throughout the episodes. Not the kind of stuff that’ll knock your socks off, but given the age & nature of the material, I think Rhino has done some good work here.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio here is as basic as it comes, with pure dialogue most of the time, balanced out with some music to spice up the experience. The music is clean and as rich as can be expected, while sound effects are thin, but sound as good as ever, so no worries there. The dialogue remains sharp and crystal clear also, with not even a hint of trouble to report. You can also choose to disable the laugh track, which is a most welcome option.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a brief interview with producer/director David Mirkin, as well as some talent files on the cast & crew members.