The Good

Another solid season of this uncompromising show.

The Bad

I would have liked a commentary track on a few of these episodes from Denis Leary.

Rescue Me: The Complete Second Season continues to follow firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) as he makes his bones at the new Staten Island Firehouse. In addition to this, Gavin is still very much coping with his life as an alcoholic and his day to day battle to stay sober. Other characters are still around like Chief Reilly (Jack McGee) and Franco Rivera (Daniel Sanjunta) among others. It seems that the creative execs have really turned things up a notch with this second season. I didn't feel any type of sophomore slump that can occur on new shows happened with Rescue Me: The Complete Second Season .

All in all, these tales of firemen as every day people has many endearing qualities about it. There is something to be said for the rawness of the lives being presented on screen. Of seeing these characters deal with everyday issues like addiction and fatherhood, while being responsible for saving lives at the same time. Once again, Rescue Me delivers.

Features

Featurettes

There are six of these in this four disc set and they are all actually pretty well done. They have titles like "The 2nd Season" and "The Kitchen," and as expected each of these featurettes examines a specific aspect of this show. We find out what the creators wanted to change up from the first season as well as what life was like on the set. All and all, these are pretty interesting and they should make fans excited about viewing this second season.

Blooper Reel

A short blooper reel that, if you know anything about Denis Leary, is going to contain a few moments of blown lines and bad language. That is pretty much the extent of what this reel has to offer, but people engaged by the characters of the show should really find this funny.

35 Deleted and Extended Scenes

The extra scenes are spread out over the four discs that make up this set. While I can usually go either way with extended scenes, I really enjoyed some of the ones I looked at here. It's as if they broaden the characters more. Also, it seems like a lot more has been shot for Rescue Me than it is on other shows, which probably informs the characters even if 35 scenes of that footage didn't make into all the episodes.

Video

1.78:1 - Aspect Ratio. This show seems to be going for something different in it's look than a lot of other shows on TV. There is a coldness to it that is almost as detached as the characters it is portraying. However, at the same time, the use of orange and just the motif of the the fire itself, adds a genuine warmth that seems to expand our understanding of the characters as people. Since the 13 episodes (574 minutes) are spaced out over 4 discs, I am wondering if this was done for quality reasons, content reasons, or both.

Audio

Dolby Digital 5.1 - The sound mix on this show is really good. I like that the characters talk like people and not as though they are working on Shakespeare. The people being depicted speak as I might expect they would. They are direct and to the point and in instances of action they are even more to the point. Over four discs it's as though all of the assets on this show have been given their rightful room to breath.

Package

Denis Leary falls from the sky and seems almost resigned to his fate on this front cover. Below him are the people in his life and they may or may not catch him. The back features some shots from the 13 episodes that make up this set, a description of what Rescue Me: The Complete Second Season has in store, a "Special Features" list and technical specs. The discs are all nicely housed in this collection to take up as little shelf space as possible.

Final Word

There is an interesting duality in this show that I discussed a little bit at the top of this review. Tommy Gavin and his cohorts are people who seem like they are holding on by a thread at times. What keeps them going seems to be that regardless of how low they may sink, they never truly reach rock bottom (well, at least most of them don't). I think this is the case because these characters have a sense of responsibility ingrained into their heads. The writing seems such that it almost wants us to give up on these characters, only to readjust our assumptions when we see them doing something contrary a few scenes later.

It may not get the kind of play or press as some of the bigger (and more sensational) shows do, but for the kind of show it is, Rescue Me shows that we all can be saved.

Rescue Me was released .