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Malcolm In The Middle Sn 2

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:51
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Malcolm in the Middle - Series 2 comes to DVDWhen I was supplied with a review copy of Malcolm in the Middle – The Complete Second Series, my partner and I thought it would be a good idea to watch the first series as well, as a bit of a primer. Just to get an idea of what was going on. He had never seen Malcolm in the Middle before, but was a little intrigued as Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) plays the father, Hal, in the show.

We settled down to watch... and were soon laughing out loud and enjoying predicting what the next predicament Malcolm and his family would get into. It is clear right from very early on what sort of show this is. No perfect family life. No tidy sprawling home with a lovely back yard to play in. No neighbours popping round with freshly baked muffins. No, no, no. The family, just about, sticks together. The home would barely get through a health and safety check. And the neighbours, well, they just steer clear.

The first series ends with a cliff hanger, but you would not have a problem quickly picking up the vibe of this show coming in cold to the second series.

Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) is the third of four brothers. His eldest brother, Francis (Christopher Kennedy Masterson) is away at Military School. The second brother, Reese (Justin Berfield) is somewhat dim and often out for himself. The youngest of the four, Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan) looks up to his brothers and will follow them anywhere.

Jane Kaczmarek plays Lois, the put upon mother who holds the family together as both matriarch and dictator.

They discover that Malcolm is genius; he attends special classes against his will, where he is surrounded by geeks and nerds - who sometimes look up to Malcolm, but more often look down. His intelligence makes him the leader of the brothers. He can come up with solutions to problems they get themselves in, but not always with the outcome he would hope. Lois still gets the upper hand, dishing out punishments which would make a medieval gaoler wince. Hal often gets into his own scrapes, and will bribe one of the sons to take the fall for him.

The family will pull together when necessary - Lois is always ready to defend her somewhat wayward children and husband if the need arises. Equally, the boys and Hal leap to her defence in a climactic Oscar-worthy fight scene at the end of the episode ‘Lois’s Birthday’.

This second series is as funny as the first. The more you get to know the family the more you grow to love them... as long as they stay over there. You wouldn’t want their trail of destruction anywhere near you.

I normally review films that require a cup of tea and a biscuit to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Not Malcolm in the Middle, a glass of pop (or beer) and a bag of crisps are required for this. The series is ballsy, sometimes quite close to this side of decency, and often breathtakingly funny.

Regrettably, the only extra on this set is a stills gallery.

Malcolm in the Middle – The Complete Second Series is out now, courtesy of Fabulous Films Ltd/ Freemantle Media Enterprises, has a running time of approx 600 minutes and carries a ‘12’ certificate. The retail price is £29.99, or get it for less from www.culttvstore.com

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