History Channel // 2013 // 286 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // February 2nd, 2014
He finds 'em and flips 'em.
The latter half of the second season of History Channel's nifty car flip show features the same cool stuff that has made Counting Cars one of the more fun "reality" shows on TV.
A spinoff from Pawn Stars, Counting Cars features Danny "The Count" Koker, owner of the Vegas custom shop Count's Customs. Each episode has Danny and his eclectic crew of flippers tackling a some unique restoration project, buttressed by the show's bread-and-butter: Danny driving around Vegas, finding dope cars tooling around, pulling over the drivers and trying to buy said vehicle.
That last bit is my favorite of the show, but, man, it has to be completely staged right? Right? (After consulting some interviews with Koker, it appears that this impromptu carjacking may in fact be legit!) Koker and a pal drive around, he sees something he likes, yells at the drive to pull over, finds out about the history and typically plunks down cash to buy it. It's a fun slice of human interest automotive storytelling and exhibits why the show is so entertaining and why Koker is a great character: he is genuinely interested in the stories behind the cars.
One interview I read noted that the network suits, in all of their executive foresight, at first wanted Danny to act like a mean a-hole, sort of fit the profile of a tattooed car-loving miscreant with a blowtorch. Thankfully, his genuinely nice nature won out and the cameras were able to catch the real Count, a nice, down-to-earth dude with a big heart and an abiding love of cars. He's a great guy and his charisma and straightforwardness sells the show more than any amount of chrome can.
This season delivers the same level of customization dopeness, and the curbside car harassment is as fun as ever. Koker remains the constant, though. In the end, no matter how bad-ass these customs are (and they are bad-ass), Counting Cars is a winner because of the man at the top.
The DVDs are also a constant: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, 2.0 stereo, and a batch of deleted scenes.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: History Channel
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 286 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Deleted Scenes
* Official Site