Today's DVDs: A Glut of (Mostly) Ghastly Television Shows


stars Maggie Q and Lyndsy Fonseca.

Nikita: The Complete First Season (22 episodes) is a must-have for young adult adventure fans. Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard) plays the cool and murderous Nikita, an assassin for a secret government agency known as the Division. Based on the film La Femme Nikita and the American version Point of No Return, the series follows Nikita, who's taken out of prison and trained to be an assassin. Things get complicated when she realizes the Division hasn't been on the up and up with its recruits. She escapes and sets out to destroy the organization she blames for ruining her life and the lives of the other killer-agents. DVD/Blu-ray extras include selected episode commentary, gag reel and deleted scenes. The new season begins September 23 on the CW network.

If you like Nikita (and if you do, you should be under the age of 21), you might also be a fan of The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season. The series follows two vampire brothers who are in love with the same girl (don't you just hate it when that happens?). Season two saw the addition of some new undeads and werewolves that have the ability to bite vampires (which made everyone very unhappy). DVD/Blu-ray extras include three making-of featurettes, selected audio commentary and a gag reel ('cause blood-drinking vamps are just so belly-laugh funny).

Next up, Desperate Housewives. We admit, we loved it when it first aired. It was fresh and funny and unlike anything that was on television at the time. Unfortunately, it got stupid, we got bored and so it's been a while since we bothered with the sad, little saga of a bunch of unhappy, ungrateful and unfaithful wives of Wisteria Lane. (These days the housewives aren't so much desperate as they are just plain dull.) Sadly, even Vanessa Williams couldn't lure us back as regular viewers, but if you still find the motley crew interesting, check out Desperate Housewives: The Complete Seventh Season. The DVD/Blu-ray extras include two behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, bloopers, outtakes and gags (those last three sound like they're pretty much the same thing to us).

And finally, there's House M.D.: Season Seven, the saga of a grumpy gimp who bullies everyone around him, but is such a brilliant doctor everyone, including dying patients, puts up with his increasingly over-the-top antics anyway. Yawn, yawn, crash, burn. Again, we admit we enjoyed a few episodes in the beginning of the show's run, but there are only so many weird, exotic diseases House can diagnose without starting to repeat himself. This last season has been especially tiresome, because the actor who plays Greg House, Hugh Laurie, is starting to phone in his performances because of the increasingly poor material he's given to work with. He makes $700,000 an episode and he can't be bothered to pretend to care about his character or the story? Well, damn. DVD/Blu-ray extras include behind-the-scenes featurettes and episode commentaries.

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