This isn’t really much of a “review,” it’s just random thoughts on the boxset and lack of extra content Degrassians receive in general nowadays. There used to be a time when I was excited to get my hands on the latest Degrassi dvd. Now, I just purchase them simply to add them to the collection. A few years ago I had renewed hope when Echo Bridge Entertainment initially took over dvd distribution, but even now the dvds are sliding back into the “nothing special” category.
This boxset follows the pattern of Season 10 Part 1 with its simplicity: it’s got the episodes, a couple of extras and that’s it. The extras are nothing to get excited over either…There’s commentary for the episodes Umbrella Pt. 1 and 2, and it also has the lame webisodes “Monster Moon,” “Love Is…” and “Unstoppable.”
With virtually no help from the extras to support just having the episodes, this Degrassi boxset personally ranks among the weakest the show’s ever had.
I’m assuming that Season 2 will forever reign as the best overall boxset of the series. Seasons 1 and 3 were solid as well, followed by Seasons 7 and 8 (the irony being that extras on those two boxsets raise the value of them even with me thinking those are two of the worst seasons of the show). Seasons 4-6 are in between because this is when extra content began suffering dropoff. Seasons 9 and 10 Pt. 1 are at the bottom of the barrel as well as 10 Pt. 2.
But in the end it’s really all subjective…I thought the second half of Season 10 was weak, but it’ll have more value to someone who loved it. Do I think the Season 10 Pt. 2 boxset is worth running out to get immediately? No. If you wait long enough, you can get it at almost half the price (suggested retail price is currently $20, but it’s being sold around $15/$16. After a while you’ll be able to get it around $10/$11 online).
Now extra content in the Degrassi world feels like it’s been lacking for quite a while. I have no idea why when it comes to the dvds except for deleted scenes; the show rarely films extra scenes anymore. As far as bloopers, that’s all in the hands of Echo Bridge, who apparently didn’t add them to the 10 Pt. 2 dvd even though Stephen Stohn says Epitome sent them a blooper reel.
But nowawadays even the networks don’t really bother with extra content anymore…this kind of thing works wonders at bridging the gap between episodes (outside of the summer telenovela block). The DegrassiCS and Degrassi Writers tumblrs post exclusive content, but it’s sporadic. The only thing that produces consistent extra content seems to be the Degrassi mobile game.
I guess I just miss the days when it felt like there was at least *something* happening in the Degrassi world, even when episodes weren’t airing. And I’m sorry, but I don’t care if a cast member tweets about how they’re going on vacay this weekend or eating an awesome sandwich…I don’t really have much interest when they’re not on set. We’ve reached a point where when Degrassi’s on tv, we are hammered with stuff 24/7…then the moment the block of episodes is done it’s as if the Degrassi universe transforms into a complete wasteland, and I’ve gotta spend my time coming up with lame posts like this one. Blah.