A&E // 2010 // 397 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // June 10th, 2011
Some jobs bite. This one bites back.
Billy Bretherton and his Vexcon gang are back in action for another round of hardcore exterminating in A&E's Billy the Exterminator: Season Three. This time, Louisiana's fearless pest control expert tries to keep his cool while chasing after wild hogs, rushing to protect precious wolves, and entering vicious battles with aggressive bees, nasty raccoons, and a bunch of hungry gators. Billy is the only one out there who does it all in his field of work, and the third season of the action-packed reality show boasts several exciting episodes showcasing Billy's often militaristic approach to helping clients with unwelcome animals.
Spread across three discs, the third season of Billy the Exterminator includes seventeen episodes. Each of those runs for 20 minutes, usually following Billy on two jobs. What's missing in this time around is the bit of silly family drama we got to watch during the previous seasons, but to tell you the truth, the show works perfectly fine without it. Billy's crazy assignments are the focus of attention anyway, and they deliver just the kind of fast-paced television entertainment viewers enjoy so much. His eccentric behavior and unique attitude towards the job only add to the fun of the show, and when he's not busy trying to evict snakes from a dirty pool or running after hungry foxes, Billy enjoys taking the time to educate his audiences about how dangerous these pests can be an what people can do to best protect themselves against all sorts of unwanted visitors.
As usual, this season has its share of highlights. In one of my favorite episodes, Billy and his brother Ricky must wrestle with thousands of bees hiding inside a tall building that serves as a practice ground for local firefighters. In another amusing episode, the Bretherton brothers engage in a dangerous war with fire ants threatening to destroy alligator eggs. As a bonus, this season also includes an extended "Best of Billy" episode (the season finale), which takes a look back at our pest control hero's toughest cases from the previous two seasons. It's safe enough to say Billy's already had his fair share of encounters with nasty roaches, possums, mice, spiders, bees, and any other dangerous creatures wreaking havoc all across Louisiana.
Picture quality and audio look and sound good. This is not a show captured with immensely expensive cameras, so the footage looks a little rough, but that's also quite appropriate given the nature of the content. The special features include three featurettes. One of them focuses on Billy, while the other two take a look at his crew and the making of the show.
One thing is sure: Billy is still at the top of his game in Billy the Exterminator: Season Three, a show that has quickly become one of my favorites. The horde of risky assignments, the huge variety of pests Billy must deal with, and the never-ending energy the Vexcon team brings to the table all provide highly engaging television.
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* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 397 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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