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Rating
Video:   8/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   4/10

Please...stop talking!
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
9/02/2002

It's hard to believe that "Daria" is a spin-off from "Beavis and Butt-head", that sick show created by Mike Judge. Judge needed a female character to use in B&B so he asked Glenn Eichler, one of his staff-members, to create one. Daria was born, and when B&B ended, Eichler and Susie Lewis pitched the "Daria" show to MTV. Initially skeptical, MTV went ahead with the show. It lasted 5 years, 65 episodes and 2 TV-movies. "Is it College Yet?" is the show's finale, and the second of the TV-movies.

This is my first exposure to the show, and I found it a struggle to get through. It's a little hard to get into a show when you're watching the finale of it. I don't know any of the back story and have no attachment to any of the characters. One thing I will comment on is the voices. 90% of them drove me insane, so insane that I had to stop watching this for an hour just so I could get through it. If you're reading this review you probably watched the show and have no problem with the voices, but I would rather have my teeth pulled than put up with them again. Sorry, it had to be said. Please don't hate me.

Video

While not as clean as the "SpongeBob SquarePants" I reviewed the other day, the video on "Daria" looks fairly nice. A few of the scenes had a compressed look to them, with the colors not as solid as I would have expected.

Audio

As I mentioned before, I couldn't stand the voices used in the series. There were some neat panning effects in the audio track, but that's about it. Nothing outstanding, but it does the material justice.

Extras - How we rate extras

Bonus Episodes
There are two episodes from the show included on the disc. "Lucky Strike" (Season 5, episode 6) and "Boxing Daria" (Season 5, episode 13 - the final episode).

Character Profiles
11 characters are profiled here, some include early sketches of the characters. Lengths of the character sketch footage can be found beside the character names:
Daria - 0:22
Tom - 0:22
Helen
Jake
Jane - 0:25
Brittany - 0:28
Trent
Chuck - 0:29
Quinn - 0:28
Kevin - 0:22
Mr. DeMartino 0:22

Easter Egg (1:41)
A clip featuring Daria from "Beavis and Butt-Head" has been hidden on the disc. To access the clip select "Special Features" on the main menu of the disc and then hit left on your remote to highlight a line on Daria. Hit enter and watch the clip. The voice of Daria in this clip is MUCH better. I only wish this person was used for the series!

Summary

If you like Daria then you're already going to pick this up. If you've never seen the show then I'd really suggest renting the disc first. I don't think I've ever had problems with voices on an animated series, but these things just drove me crazy. If MTV were to release the series in order I might give it another shot, but the content on this disc just didn't grab my attention.


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