Created By: Patrick Sean Smith
Starring: Spencer Grammer, Scott Michael Foster, Jacob Zachar
OMG!! Now that Rebecca’s Senator Father’s affair has made national news and Rebecca has started acting out on campus, the ZBZ’s have fallen in stature in the Greek system. And with the revelation that Evan Chambers and Frannie are now together, will Casey’s bid for a second term as ZBZ president turn into a grudge match with Frannie? And why is Frannie asking Evan for real-estate advice?
It’s no secret that I love these types of shows and I have been with Greek since the first season. But for those of you who are not up to speed here is a quick rundown:
Rusty Cartwright (Jacob Zachar) comes to school at Cyprus-Rhodes University much to his older sister Casey’s (Spencer Grammer) dismay. He wants to pledge a fraternity but Casey discourages him because she is in a sorority and does not want her little brother in the same social circle are herself. Along the way Rusty meets Evan Chambers (Jake McDorman), who is Casey’s boyfriend, and Cappie (Scott Michael Foster), Casey’s ex. He decides to rush Kappa Tau Gamma and much drinking, sex and class warfare ensues. I really miss college sometimes.
Fast-forward a couple seasons. Well, not really. For some reason ABC Family is doing split seasons in the fall and spring and releasing them on dvd as chapters. So this collection is the fall chapter of season 2. It’s confusing and I’m not really sure why these sets have been packaged this way. It seems like a ploy to get more money out of fans. Why not just release full seasons all at once?
But all that is beside the point. Season 2 of Greek opens up with Zeta Beta Zeta looking to repair the image that was tainted by Rebecca Logan’s (Dilshad Vadsaria) spring break antics. It seems that just when Casey has one crisis to avert, Evan and Frannie (Tiffany Dupont) finally bring their relationship out to the public. A trip to National Committee and another run-in with Tegan (Charisma Carpenter) leads Casey to question her future career path.
Of course things over at the KT house aren’t going very well either. The fire marshal threatens to shut down the party if they do not raise six thousand dollars for fines and a new sprinkler system. So naturally they throw a party to raise the money. Then there’s Dale (Clarke Duke) and Calvin (Paul James) and their ongoing debate about whether it’s okay to be gay. So much drama for one campus!
I felt that season 1 ended with a thud and to be honest the first few episodes of season 2 start out flat as well. But somewhere in the middle things pick up and Greek returns to form. There are plenty of parties, political intrigue and illicit sex in this season to be a Greek tragedy, which is something that has always bothered me about this series. ABC Family does not seem to be the network that would air this kind of show. To quote their tagline, Greek may not be the “new kind of family” that some parents would want their kids exposed to.
I do have to say that this chapter of Greek ends with one of the best cliffhangers I have seen in a while. I remember watching it last fall and screaming at the television as the credits rolled. This chapter may start off a little slow but it gathers enough steam by the final episode (despite Lauren Conrad’s unnecessary appearance) to make Greek Chapter 3 a must see.
There is nothing spectacular about the video. It is presented in widescreen with a 1.78:1 ratio. It does what it needs to do but if you must have the best possible picture wait for the Blu-Ray, if one is ever released.
Dolby Digital, once again, nothing spectacular. This is a drama so dialogue is what’s important and it’s consistently clean and clear.
The Packaging and Bonus Features
The packaging is a standard clam shell with three discs containing all 10 episodes as well as a couple of bonus features. Bloopers are always fun and the 20 Questions with the cast is a riot. I want to know why Scott Michael Foster isn’t a bigger star. There are a couple of audio commentaries as well but there really isn’t anything eye opening about them. Still they are worth a listen for hardcore fans.
I love this show and I suggest going and catching up on everything you’ve missed so far either here: www.hulu.com/greek or here: http://community.abcfamily.go.com/watch/greek/full-episodes
And don’t forget to watch new episodes of Greek on ABC Family Monday nights at 9/8c.
Overall (Not an Average) 8/10
The Season 8/10
The Video 5/10
The Audio 5/10
The Packaging and Bonus Features 5/10
Overall (Not an Average) 7/10