The Good

Now this is a show that makes math fun.

The Bad

The way the information is presented is a little too cerebral sometimes.

Numb3rs: The Complete Second Season caught me by surprise because I didn't expect to enjoy this show as much as I did. First off, it's essentially about a relationship between brothers Don and Charlie Eppes (Rob Morrow and David Krumholz, respectively). Charlie is a math whiz and Don is an FBI agent. Yet these two work within their skill sets, using math as the background that helps them solve actual cases. What is most intriguing about this show is not only how they make everything connect in this 24 episode set, but they also make something like math very accessible. The fact that Don is more emotionally removed than the somewhat whimsical Charlie, gives this show a lot more humanity and also makes these characters easier to key into.

My favorite episodes in this set were "Convergence," "The O.G." and "Judgment Calls." Not that I thought the other episodes left anything to be desired, I just really got into where these specific shows were going. There are so many twists and turns in a show like this, and the devices that make it unique provide even more twists. All in all, I guess I really appreciated the originality of Numb3rs: The Complete Second Season.

Features

Bloopers

This is a compilation of messed up lines, blown cues, curse words and just about everything else you can imagine when something goes wrong on set. The fact that Krumholz and Morrow happen to be super sharp guys makes their mistakes carry that much more resonance.

Behind the Scenes

David Krumholz and Nicolas Falacci take us behind the scenes of this show in these two intimate featurettes. Being as how they are both similar, I decided to save the web some space and talk about them together. David Krumholz take us around the set with a video camera. He talks to the other actors (it doesn't seem like anybody is off limits), and he's not afraid to put the camera in his face and reveal himself. Show creator Nicolas Falacci takes a different approach as he shot a bunch of photos with his digital camera, and they have been presented to us here in a gallery form.

Crunching Numb3rs

A behind the scenes look at this show is presented here. The actors, show creators, writers and other crew members sit around discussing this show, plot spoilers, and how an episode is broken down. What I liked about this was we get to see the inner workings of a one hour show. It's especially interesting on one like Numb3rs, in which the writing room looks like a math class.

Commentary Tracks

There are commentary tracks for the episodes "Obsession," "In Plain Sight," "The O.G.," "Scorched," "Protest," "Dark Matter," and "Guns and Roses." I decided to listen to the track for "In Plain Sight" which featured David Krumholz, J. Miller Tobin and Diane Farr. The fun begins as soon as everyone introduces themselves. They discuss how things work on the set, the look of the show, what they were trying to put across in the various scenes, the other actors, etc.. All in all, there are more than enough commentary tracks to choose from, and I think it's great that everybody made themselves so available for the DVD.

Video

Widescreen Format - Enhanced for 16:9 TVs. Everything about the way Numb3rs: The Complete Second Season looks is state of the art. From the film language of the show, to the DVD menus, there isn't anything about this DVDs presentation that makes it look pedestrian. In fact, as I was going through the six discs I realized that a new bar had been raised in terms of the way TV on DVD was presented.

Audio

Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround. One thing I didn't hear these actors doing (thank the good lord) is talking in the whispers that are so prominent in today's shows. I'm not saying they were yelling their lines, but I didn't get that wispy tone that so many shows like to have when they think that that's how people in law enforcement behave. I also didn't need to adjust the volume on my TV at all because everything about this Paramount release was top notch.

Package

A plastic outer covering stores all six discs for this show. On the plastic cover is Rob Morrow, and behind him is David Krumholz who is actually on the packaging itself. The back cover has images from the show, a well written description of what Numb3rs is about, a Special Features listing, and technical specs. All the discs come out of the plastic cover in one piece of packaging which contains more images from the show, pictures, math problems, as well as episode listings, descriptions, and air dates. While I find digipacks to be a lot more user friendly (this has the kind of packaging that collects the oils from your fingers), all in all they have really gone the extra mile with this release.

Final Word

David Krumholz and Rob Morrow are terrific on this show. In fact, I know that Krumholz has had a buzz about him for some time, but it's really nice to see Rob Morrow back on TV doing really good work here. I first became a fan of his when I saw the movie Quiz Show. I felt that he was just as believable in that film as Dick Goodwin as he is on Numb3rs as Don Eppes. He plays his role in a removed way but there is a degree of comedy that I think ultimately serves the character well, and helps to make him someone people can identify with.

I was really impressed not only with the writing on Numb3rs: The Complete Second Season, but just the overall way that it was presented. It was nice to see a show that seemed to upend a lot of the stodgy procedurals that we see on TV nowadays.

Numb3rs was released .