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Desperate Housewives (S3)
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10.16.2007 By: Sturdy
Desperate Housewives (S3) order
Director:
Marc Cherry

Actors:
Teri Hatcher
Felicity Huffman
Eva Longoria

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The wives are back for another season of desperation. Bree seems to have found true love, but hasnít decided whether or not she can trust her new husband. Susan canít decide how long she should wait for Mike and finds herself in the arms of another man. Lynette is struggling to support her husband and his crazy ideas, while Gabby is busy balancing being spoiled and single.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If youíve read my other reviews of the first two seasons of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, then you know Iím a pretty big fan of the show. I found the first season to be completely original and extremely well written but the second fell short of living up to the standards of the first. So it was with much anticipation that I awaited the third season to see if weíd have a continuation of the second, or a return to the glory of the first season. Iím pleased to announce that the third season was outstanding and everything I loved about the first is back.

The worst storyline in the second season dealt with Bree and her family struggles. They went too far with Andrewís rebellion and the whole structure of her drama didnít work and slowed down the rest of the show. All of that is over with now and Andrew is back to being the slightly wicked kid with the smart-ass remarks. His character went from being the one I didnít like, to being one of my favorites. I also liked the inclusion of Kyle MacLachlan and the baggage he brought to his character. It made for some nice story twists and kept the audience on their toes.

Lynette also had a big improvement with her character getting more depth than we saw in season two. Weíve moved away from following her in the corporate world and now we see more of her interaction with her husband. The new twist in her life is her husbandís desire to open a pizza parlor and all the headaches associated with that. Oh, and she has to raise his bastard child. Felicity Huffman is arguably the most talented of the stars and I was pleased they finally gave her the emotional character range she deserves.

Gabby and Susan didnít change much. Susan is still annoying and thatís part of her charm. Iím not a big Dougray Scott fan and he didnít really fit in with the rest of the gang. He has a really hard time portraying normal emotions and I felt his character lacked the depth the writers wanted. Gabby is still obnoxiously spoiled and the writers do a fantastic job of making the audience love her one moment and hating her the next.

Overall, if you felt disenchanted after the second season, I highly recommend giving the wives another go with season three. Theyíve fully redeemed themselves and the writing is back to the high standards of the first season. And although Iíve mentioned it before in the previous reviews, Iíll say it again: The narration in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is the best narration in television history. Brenda Strong does a great job and her voice sets the tone for the show.
THE EXTRAS
On Set with Eva (5:35): Iím not the biggest Eva Longoria fan out there, so this was a little boring for me. However, I know her fans are out there, and Iím sure theyíll enjoy seeing her run around the set being cute and fun.

Here Comes the Bride (7:40): There are way too many show clips to make this worthwhile, but it does feature some interviews with the cast talking about the various weddings in season three. Itís ok, but offers very little in the way of substance.

Amas de Casa Desperadas (6:18): Apparently, thereís a Latin version of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES that has the same script, but different actors and actresses. This is a featurette about that show. It was interesting to see the different shows and to compare them.

Cherry Picked: Creator Marc Cherryís Favorite Scenes (7:51): Marc Cherry gives a little commentary on all of his favorite scenes and offers more insight into the characters and script. This was pretty interesting and I enjoyed watching the scenes that the creator liked the best.

Deleted Scenes (6:04): These were random, short scenes that you could barely tell were cut from the show. Most were cut for time reasons and offered nothing in the way of story impact.

Bloopers (2:32): This is a very basic blooper reel with the cast laughing at themselves forgetting the lines. Itís average and not very funny.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I enjoy DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES for the great writing and wonderful performances, but itís still a wickedly good time. The third season brings it back to form and should make everyone forget about the sub-par second season. This is a must-buy for fans of the show.
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