Felicity Porter (Keri Russell) is just an average college
student … or, at least, that’s what the WB wants its
audience to believe. In its heyday, the show offered a
semi-interesting spin on the “90210” meets a tamer
“Sex and the City” relationship drama. In its third
season, “Felicity: Junior Year” continues this
tradition, but loses some of its appeal when it tries too hard to
up the ante.

TV/New Media Reviews

“Junior Year” makes it painfully obvious that the
producers wanted to maintain their cutting-edge feel. However,
their plans backfired, as this season suffers from an overabundance
of hokey drama. All the stereotypical after-school-special features
are there: Characters dealing with cancer, drug abuse, alcoholism,
gun fights and infidelity all occurs within the span of about five
episodes. Here, college becomes more of an implied setting than a
basis for the series. Worse yet, the show’s writers vary from
episode to episode, so seemingly important plots, such as
one’s sudden marriage or abusive relationship, are easily
forgotten and virtually unheard of again during the season.

Unfortunately, this season’s DVD sports quite possibly the
least inventive special features package in the series’
history. The “Mad TV” parody features three of the
sketch comedy weakest and most annoying personalities working with
an equally uninspiring premise. Documentaries and special
commentaries attempt to redeem an otherwise lagging extra disc, but
even they don’t seem to warrant the extra attention this time
around.

Despite its flaws, though, “Junior Year” reels in
its audience just as much as the previous seasons. Although
plotlines are, at times, extremely cheesy, the actors skillfully
convey emotional tension and entice the audience to connect with
their situations. Even Felicity bypasses her extreme lack of
emotional expression through her interaction with the cast.

“Felicity” was on to a good thing back in the late
’90s, creating a niche for itself as a show specifically
designed for the college crowd. Though fans anticipated its release
to DVD, this edition doesn’t quite seem to do the series
justice.

 

Ratings:

Show: 2 and 1/2 out of 5 stars

Picture/Sound: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars

Special Features: 1 out of 5 stars

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