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The Daily Show: Indecision 2004
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Jul 1, 2005 By: Scott Weinberg
The Daily Show: Indecision 2004 order
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various

Actors:
Jon Stewart
Stephen Colbert
Rob Corddry

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Join Jon Stewart and his gang of brilliantly hilarious correspondents as they report on the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. With their unique and pretty damn insightful jabs at politicians on both sides of the equation, Jon and his crew have created a show that's both very elucidating and pretty damn funny.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The Daily Show? Is it good? Hello! If you're still among those who watch and savor The Daily Show every weeknight -- you really need to have basic cable installed inside the rock you've been living under. This 3-disc set manages to perfectly encapsulate what The Daily Show is all about: the current news, as filtered through the perpetually shocked and bemused "normal Joe" who simply cannot believe how ridiculous much of our country has become.

And before you dismiss Mr. Stewart and his colleagues (Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms & Samantha Bee) as "left wing satirical pundits," it should be noted that these guys take no prisoners from either side of the political spectrum. Sure, the Republicans take a little bit more punishment than do the Democrats, but hey, it's pretty easy to poke fun at a political party who has George Bush running the show.

The best part of The Daily Show in general (and the "Indecision" set in particular) is that it breaks down the blathering artifice of politics in such a jovial and clear-headed fashion. This is not some high-brow "What'd he just say?" style of political commentary, but a grass-roots, cocked-eyebrow, "Can you people believe this stuff" presentation. Even those who know very little about our political processes will find that the humor hits home -- and yes, they'll actually learn something through the chuckles.

Wit, smarts, and an ever-present air of cynicism is what The Daily Show is all about, and I for one think it's an amazingly fresh breath of air in a political climate that pretty much, well, sucks ass.

THE EXTRAS
Disc 1 contains 4 episodes on the Democratic National Convention, while Disc 2 does the same for the Republicans.

Disc 3 is where you'll find all the extra goodies.

Each of Jon Stewart's correspondents contribute some extra featurettes: Ed Helms pops in with a clever intro for disc 3, as well as a look at political journalism entitled President Spinner; Samantha Bee delivers So You Want to Bee ... a 527 Organization (which focuses on the mud-slinging ad campaigns) and tweaks the younger demographic with Block the Vote. (Both of the Bee segments come with optional commentary from Ms. Bee and Rob Corddry.) Stephen Colbert shares three interview segments with Don King, Al Sharpton, and outgoing senator Bob Graham, as well as a hysterically insightful look at the special interest groups called Minority Retort. Last but in no way least comes Rob Corddry with a trio of great segments: Democratic Debate in New York, Democratic Debate in Detroit, and The Secretaries Tour. (The first and third pieces also come with optional commentary.)

A somewhat random selection of Daily Show segments are also tossed into the mix: John Edwards Announces His Candidacy, Bob Wiltfong - Sticker Shock, Steve Carell - Trial & Tribulations, Daily Show Rock! Presents: "Midterm Elections", Continental Skiff Boat Oarsmen for Veracity, and the National Anthem, as harmonized (quite well!) by correspondents Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Rob Corddry. All together, this collection is sort of like a "greatest hits" of politically-oriented Daily Show segments -- which means that fans of the show will love to see these inclusions.

But there's even more! Also included is a 43-minute episode entitled Election Night '04 and The Squabble in Coral Gables, which is the Daily Show coverage of the first 2004 presidential debate.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Considering that it'd be pretty much impossible to release The Daily Show in full-season sets, a 3-disc package like "Indecision 2004" has got to be considered the next best thing. This is political commentary and satire of the most entertaining sort, and what's best of all is this: You really will learn a lot while you're laughing your ass off.
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