Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eighth Season

Two and a Half Men: The Complete Eighth Season
Unsurprisingly, no special features come with the eighth season box set of Two and a Half Men. They've crammed the short 16-episode season onto two discs with standard menus and no mention of what it was like on set for the cast of actors and perpetually perplexed producers. It's probably the professional thing to do, since having a supplement called "Why Charlie Sheen Got Fired" wouldn't look good, despite being wholly entertaining for folks that gobble up pop culture headlines. And by now, everyone knows that this was an unexpectedly shortened season with an endless array of behind-the-scenes issues, so why harp on it? This aside, the eighth season is quite standard for Two and a Half Men, following brothers Alan (Jon Cryer) and Jake Harper (Charlie Sheen) through relationship follies, drunken exploits and poo jokes from their Malibu beach house. In tow are the teenaged Jake (Angus T. Jones), who hosts threesomes and rides shopping carts off the roof, as well as housekeeper Berta (Conchata Ferrell), who makes gags about cum towels and toilet habits. Jenny McCarthy and Courtney Thorne-Smith show up as love interests, disappearing in time for Charlie's stalker, Rose (Melanie Lynskey), to show up with a plot to woo his affections by faking a marriage to a mannequin. Every episode is pretty much the same, recycling the same jokes in a slightly different order, which seems to be working, in a lowest common denominator capacity. There's no resolution to the season, which is fine, since things have picked up with the same desultory structure this season, only with the vapid and unfunny Ashton Kutcher stepping in to take off his shirt and laugh at his own jokes. So, instead of an alcoholic, womanizing character, we have a despondent romantic stud on our hands. Great. (Warner)