Weird Science: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Wyatt Donnelly (Michael Manaserri) and Gary Wallace (John Mallory Asher) were picked on all through grade school and junior high, but they hoped high school would be different. As it turns out, high school is even more hostile and faced with four years of torture, the two decide to take action. A plan is hatched to use Wyatt’s high end computer software to create a real live woman and while that seems unlikely, a bolt of lighting and a little magic make it all happen. The woman is a gorgeous specimen named Lisa (Vanessa Angel), who is not only hot, but can grant wishes. As the troubled duo soon discover however, Lisa’s wish granting can be problematic, but the two usually learn a lesson from their misfires. Armed with a beautiful wish granting woman, can Wyatt and Gary finally unlock the secrets to life, happiness, and getting girls naked?

Most television shows based on movies don’t find much success, regardless of how popular or well crafted the source was. In the case of Weird Science, the movie is still better, but there is some good content here. The show ran for five seasons on the USA Network and while the premise is simple, the episodes rarely disappoint. Weird Science isn’t non stop hilarity, but it is consistent and more than solid. The situations are varied enough to keep things fresh, but like most sitcoms, each episode is about the same and there isn’t a lot of depth here. Even so, the show is fun to watch and has a good cast, lead by Vanessa Angel and a terrific run by Lee Tergesen. In this four disc collection from A&E, we have all 26 episodes from the first and second seasons, so there is a good amount of content here. If you were a fan of the show, this release is highly recommended, but even if you just like to laugh, Weird Science is worth a look.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The show looks good here, though not as slick or refined as more recent shows tend to be. The image is clean, with minimal issues to contend with, though when compared to more recent shows, the visuals do seem a touch soft. Even so, detail is fine for a show of this kind and this looks better than I remember the broadcasts, so fans should be pleased. The colors look accurate and bright, while black levels are consistent, but a little light in most cases. So the show doesn’t look incredible, but it looks quite good.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is basic, but covers all the bases. The show’s sound design is like most sitcoms, which means emphasis on dialogue and not much else. The vocals are clear and never suffer from any kind of problems, so all the jokes and Chet’s insults come across in effective fashion. The music provides a little power, but not much. As far as sound effects, what it is here sounds fine, but again, this is not memorable material for audio impact. In the end, Weird Science sounds good and while not great, the audio does the material justice, which is what matters.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A few of the episodes have audio comments from prominent cast members, which fans should enjoy. The tracks are brisk, but have a decent amount of information involved. This release also includes a trivia game, as well as text biographies on three of the main cast members.

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