Judge David Johnson spent the weekend in a blind, hunting pigeons.
Our reviews of Duck Dynasty: I'm Dreaming of a Redneck Christmas (published November 11th, 2013), Duck Dynasty: Season 2, Volume 1 (published March 21st, 2013), and Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1-3 (Blu-ray) Collector's Set (published December 3rd, 2013) are also available.
The quack pack is back.
When Season 2 of Duck Dynasty landed in my mailbox last year, my expectations were lower than a crawfish's junk. Super. Another redneck reality show. This should be about as pleasant as passing a kidney stone the size of a Susan B. Anthony dollar.
Yet I found myself delighted by the adventures of the Robertson family. These folks weren't necessarily comedic whizzes and it sure felt that scenarios throughout the episodes seemed staged, but the combination of sound family values and just enough mayhem and goofy characters totaled a winner. Against all odds, Duck Dynasty was one of the Johnson family's favorites.
Now we're back for another go-round and the good times remain in full swing. Willie, Si, Jase, Phil and the whole family return for a batch of episodes that continue the mix of boyish tomfoolery, self-deprecating redneck commentary and genuine family bond-making. Thirteen episodes, capped by a jumbo finale where the Robertsons head to Hawaii for some juxtaposition-laden shenanigans.
Each episode unfolds with a similar formula: one segment focuses on Willie and the rest of the Duck Commander crew (Duck Commander is the name of his popular duck call and the company that sells them) getting into varying degrees of trouble; the second narrative typically involves Phil and Kay and maybe a grandchild or two.
For this season, Robertson adventures include: Willie going on a crash diet in time for a school reunion; the brothers engaging in a physical competition; a lizard escapes in the warehouse; the wives join the husbands for some couples hunting; Jase loses his wedding ring and the boys scramble to replace it; and, finally, everyone heads to Hawaii for fun in the sun. I know that may not sound like Peabody-winning plots, but somehow, this stuff works. Everyone's likable and goofy and they all obviously love each other and, you know, it's just nice to have that on the TV once in a while.
The DVD set: 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, 2.0 stereo, deleted and extended scenes, music videos and behind-the-scenes footage.
Not guilty. Quack again.
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