I think the talent behind the scenes chickened out. In season one, you could expect anything. Virtually every episode kept you guessing and surprised you. Season two, however, felt like a typical prime-time soap opera. I found myself guessing (correctly) what was going to happen next and predictability isn't something you want in a boundary pushing TV show.
Don't get me wrong, the performances were still good, and the writing was still intelligent, and overall I still liked the show. But the opportunity for greatness is overflowing in this show and they failed to live up to it at every turn. After the setup last season, I expected horrible things from Bree's son. He was still a menace, but it was easy to see where his storyline was going. Gabriel and her stories were boring and tame. Eva Longoria has gotten a lot of attention and therefore her character got more screen time in the second season, but it was just plain boring. Susan's situations were right out of a typical sitcom. There was hope that Lynette's story would take a turn for the shocking, but the writers chickened out at the last second. One of the many problems with the second season was the lack of mystery. Now that we know why Mary Alice killed herself, we don’t have any mystery to entice us throughout the season. If you think they did something great with the Applewhite’s basement prisoner, then you’re in for a big disappointment because that “mystery” was solved by the fifth episode. Then you have 19 more shows to drag out the conclusion.
As far as prime-time soap operas go, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is one of the better ones. However, it shouldn’t be lumped in that category because it has the potential to be so much more. The performances are still top notch and the dialogue is still good, and for those reasons, you won’t be miserable through the second season. Just consider yourself warned.
Desperate Role Models (7:31): This was a neat featurette that looked at past TV housewives and compared them to the women on Wisteria Lane. I really liked this and it was nice to see the wives they picked (and didn’t pick) to look at.
Directing Desperate Housewives (16:33): This is just some stock footage of behind the scenes action. Nothing exciting here, but it’s amazing how different Teri Hatcher looks without make-up.
Cherry Picked (27:47): This is really great because Marc discusses details about most of the biggest scenes from season two. It reminded me of the mini-commentaries from South Park. This feature would be the reason we don’t have any episode commentaries.
Unaired Story Lines (14:55): This includes one extra (boring) story line for Susan and just one additional scene for Lynette. These were unnecessary and since the show was already a little slow, it was good they were dropped.
Deleted Scenes (15:45): These were all very average. Mainly, they seem like they were pacing decisions because none of them impact the story lines.
Fashion and Couture (10:45): Gabriel is really the only one that wears anything out of the ordinary, but apparently all the girls are fashion role models. I think this would be interesting if you like the show and like the outfits.
Juicy Bites (2:37): This was bad. There was no reason to include this feature. It has various members of the cast comment on different kissing scenes during the season.
The Whole Story (1:03): This is a fluff preview from ABC recapping seasons one and two.
There are also some Previews and a Video Game Trailer