Once again, it’s time to don your rubbers and board ship with the gallant crew of the Pacific Princess with CBS/Paramount‘s release of The Love Boat: Season Two, Volume Two. This 4-disc set brings us the second half of the classic television series’ sophomore season, beginning with Episode 15, “My Sister, Irene/The ‘Now’ Marriage/Second Time Around.”
Well, if you want to get technical, I supposed that Episode 15 is really Episode 14, since Season Two’s premiere episode, “Marooned,” was a double-length episode that was later split into two parts for syndication. To make matters more confusing for the average IMDb user, the episode was featured in its original double-timeslot length for the Season Two, Volume One DVD. So, I guess, Episode 15 on Volume Two is in fact Episode 14. There — aren’t you glad I’m here to explain these things to you?
Oh, incidentally, this volume also has a two-parter on it — which is also shown in its original broadcast length.
OK, so back to The Love Boat: Season Two, Volume Two itself. The usual (original) cast is there (which means no Jill Whelan, kiddos): Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Fred Grandy, and Lauren Tewes. Joining them this time ‘round are guest stars Abe Vigoda, Charlie Callas, Roddy McDowall, Raymond Burr, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Nielsen, Sonny Bono (who does a goofy “hard rock” musical number in Kiss-style make-up), Richard Dean Anderson, David Hedison, Hayley Mills, Minnie Pearl, Corey Feldman (with Darth Vader mask in tow) and Ethel Merman. Gilligan‘s Island stars Bob Denver and Tina Louise show up in two separate episodes (the last people you’d expect to be taking a cruise), and Charo returns as April (who even gets a chance to sing the theme song in her patented broken English).
As with the previous release of The Love Boat on DVD, CBS/Paramount presents the episodes in their standard television format (1.33:1 aspect ratio) along with a mono stereo audio track. The video looks presentation looks remarkably well, considering the age of the series, and the sound is a lot better than you might expect. Several original Episodic Promos can be found on the DVDs themselves (many of all of which were taken from video sources), while a word search (?) is located on the flipside of the cover art (yes, that is the Special Features menu for this evening, ladies and gentlemen).
Opting this time to refrain from my usual rant about CBS/Paramount’s tendency to issues half-season sets (and the bizarre conspiracies that adorn such rants), I shall instead skip ahead to the final verdict of this release: if you’re a fan, you’ll no doubt want to purchase it. If not, just rent it.