A&E // 2011 // 256 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // April 7th, 2012
Nothing bugs him.
A&E's Billy the Exterminator heads into a fourth season, with Vexcon's Billy Bretherton and his brother Ricky traveling across the entire country to help folks get rid of all kinds of animal and insect pests invading their homes. Boasting an extravagant look and an overly positive attitude, this passionate exterminator goes above and beyond to evict unwanted visitors and relocate them in more adequate environments away from populated areas. The business of catching critters, gators, snakes, or bees is booming, and Billy is a true master at what he does.
Although not as fast-paced and thrilling as the previous seasons, Billy the Exterminator: Season Four brings home enough amusing pest removal action to keep fans cheering for more. The big attraction this season is Billy's busy travel agenda, a first in the series. Taking a break from working in his beloved state of Louisiana, Billy takes his pest control operations on the road, with stops in Chicago, North Carolina, Arizona, Miami, Savannah, Texas, and New Orleans. Whether they're going after angry squirrels, hungry gators, aggressive bees, or elusive javelina, the variety of creatures the Vexon guys are facing keeps the entertainment value of the show compelling throughout.
That said, the fourth season of Billy the Exterminator takes a step back from the "nasty." Gone are the episodes featuring Billy stepping into filthy homes and taking on thousands of slimy roaches, and gone are the bits following Billy tackling massive spider infestations. The exclusions of such "disgusting" jobs doesn't necessarily damage the show per se, but it does take away some of the original appeal behind Billy's crazy assignments. At the end of the day, the battles between exterminator and hordes of cockroaches simply presents a higher suspense factor than, let's say, his encounters with possums or raccoons.
You can't go wrong with an eccentric exterminator who shows no fear when facing fierce bobcats, out-of-control geese, protective raccoons, and huge pythons. Billy's passion for this work makes him an even more entertaining character, and watching him do anything in his power to remove unwelcomed animals without hurting them eventually turns out to be a solid dose of amusing reality television. The format hasn't changed much since A&E put the show on air back in 2009, but each job comes with a certain uniqueness that keeps viewers (including yours truly) compelled to keep watching.
In terms of technical specs, this two-disc DVD set features all twelve episodes of Season Four, and picture and sound deliver just what you would expect from a reality TV show like this one. Unlike past releases, these discs don't contain any special features.
Compared to previous seasons, Billy the Exterminator: Season Four takes a small step back in terms of action and diversity, but Billy Bretherton's pest control adventures remain quite enjoyable. This may not be the most engaging reality television out there, but it provides enough harmless entertainment and may even educate viewers about how to better handle pests of their own. Let's hope Billy and Co. will pick up some steam in Season Five.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 256 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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