Weird Science: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2 

1994/2008

Anyone who was a teenager in the Eighties saw John Hughes' 1985 comedy "Weird Science" a dozen times. The USA cable series may be another matter, but now that the first two of its five seasons have hit DVD, it's worthy of discovery.

 

In fact, while the movie's seams shows today, the series still feels fresh. It helps that the writing is imaginative and the stories inventive, but it's the cast that truly charms. Vanessa Angel ("Kingpin") makes an even better Lisa than Kelly LeBrock ever did. Smarter and sexier, she's a dream babe created via computers by hopeless high-school nerds Gary (John Mallory Asher) and Wyatt (Michael Manasseri).

 

Because they invented her, she's able to grant their every (non-sexual) wish — well, at least temporarily. This entails altering time with a remote control, becoming president, having magic powers and being irresistible to girls. It's the "temporary" part that always gets them into trouble, as does Wyatt's gung-ho military nut of a brother, Chett (Lee Tergesen, TV's "Oz").

 

Although every episode involves wish-fulfillment fantasy, the show was first and foremost a comedy. Because it was on cable, it gets away with PG-13-level humor, much of it actually funny (Paul Lieberstein, aka Toby from "The Office" contributed several scripts). This four-disc set is even more enjoyable than Hughes' film. There, I said it. —Rod Lott

 

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