DVD Review: Unforgettable (The First Season)

There might be some confusion as to why this isn’t Unforgettable: The Complete Series. The series had been canceled by CBS in the Spring of 2012. There was interest from a few cable channels to revive the show, but nobody bit. Before the show could be completely shuttered, CBS announced they were bringing back Unforgettable as a summer series. The new season starts July 27 which gives you plenty of time to watch Unforgettable: The First Season if you’ve forgotten it.

Carrie Wells (Without A Trace‘s Poppy Montgomery) is an ex-police detective working in a retirement home. She had give up on police work because she has hyperthymesia. This condition makes it nearly impossible for her to forget anything. She can remember way too much about a day. The only day she can’t recall is the date her sister died. “Pilot” has her coaxed into joining to NYPD at the insistence of her ex-lover Lt. Al Burns (Nip/Tuck‘s Dylan Walsh). The other major character is medical examiner Dr. Joanne Webster (Saturday Night Live‘s Jane Curtain). She’s been shifted to a bad part of the county for not being a team player to her superiors. She’s like Quincy in exile. Carrie stays on the force in the hopes that she can use her position to get clues about her sister’s death. “Heroes” tests her emotions when she must get a young boy to remember his parents’ murderer. “Up In Flames” puts her memory into overdrive. She has to remember a crime scene that was torched shortly after their initial visit. “With Honor” slaughter’s Al’s old partner. Was it a dirty cop that put him down? Will that person be coming after Carrie?

“Golden Bird” introduces Marilu Henner (Taxi) as Carrie’s aunt. Henner is an adviser on the show since has hyperthymesia. Henner often goes on talkshows to freak out the hosts with her recall ability. “Brotherhood” covers a college kid’s murder. The killer wants to outwit her. “Carrie’s Caller” introduces Jane Curtain as the medical examiner. Why doesn’t Carrie remember Jane from Kate & Allie? “Endgame” and “The Man In the Woods” heats up her investigation of her sister’s murder. Will this case be solved? Elias Koteas (Exotica and Crash) wraps himself into this mystery. Unforgettable: The First Season is the type of cop drama that deserves a second chance since Montgomery and Walsh makes such memorable partners.

The Episodes

“Pilot,” “Heroes,” “Check Out Time,” “Up In Flames,” “With Honor,” “Friended,” “Road Block,” “Lost Things,” “Golden Bird,” “Trajectories,” “Spirited Away,” “Butterfly Effect,” “Brotherhood,” “Carrie’s Caller,” “The Following Sea,” “Heartbreak,” “Blind Alleys,” “The Comeback,” “Allegiances,” “You Are Here,” “Endgame” and “The Man in the Woods.”

The video is 1.78:1 anamorphic. The transfers bring out the New York City feel. The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 and stereo. You can almost hear Carrie remember moments from the past. The episodes have subtitles.

Audio Commentaries from Ed Redlich and John Bellucci are on “The Pilot” and “The Man In the Woods.” They remember quite a bit from the shoots.

Keeping It Memorable: Cast and Crew of Unforgettable (19:21) gives the background on the characters and what makes the series so memorable.

Unforgettable Production Design (3:28) features a tour of the set with Vince Peranio.

Unforgettable: The Rememberers (7:05) has Marilu Henner talk about her condition of remembering everything.

Gag Reel (5:03) shows that not everyone remembered their lines.

CBS Launch Promos (8:30) is parts of the electronic media kit.

Unforgettable: The First Season brings back the memorable series from two seasons ago. Carrie must remember the most devastating day of her life.

CBS DVDs presents Unforgettable: The First Season. Starring: Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, Jane Curtin and Dallas Roberts. Boxset Contents: 22 episodes on 4 DVDs. Released: July 9, 2013. Available at Amazon.com.

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