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“It’s been quite a year”
Years: 2008, 2009
Genre: TV series, Cop, Drama
Country: United States
Starring: Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, Peter MacNicol, Judd Hirsch, Navi Rawat, Alimi Ballard, Dylan Bruno, Aya Sumika, Sophina Brown
Guest stars: Henry Winkler, John Glover
Creators: Nicolas Falacci, Cheryl Heuton
Producers: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott
Run time: 16 hours 23 minutes
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
DVD extras: Cast and Crew commentaries on selected episodes, Crunching NUMB3RS: Season Five, Celebrating 100, Blooper reel, deleted scenes
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Numb3rs is growing on me. With the fifth season, out October 20th from Paramount Home Entertainment, the series appears to have hit its stride, and I enjoyed most of it. The math part is still a little tiresome, like some lame asides from Family Guy that slow down the show. But the cast is still top-notch, the episodes are interesting, and there are some pretty cool shows in Season Five.
The season starts out with Charlie Eppes (David Krumholtz) continuing to fight the feds over terrorism charges. He wants to clear his name, but he’s up against a hardcore agent who wants nothing more than to ruin Charlie’s brother Don. When that story line goes away, bad guys come out of the woodwork to attack the good guys – because bringing back a bad guy from an earlier episode is always a good move. Don dabbles in Judaism, for some reason. And then he gets stabbed. And then the season ends with a big ol’ blockbuster, as Charlie’s girlfriend gets kidnapped by a cultish, Charles Manson-ish extremist wackjob. Who somehow has a bevy of gorgeous female bodyguards. Maybe he’s more Ghaddafi than Manson.
I was pleased to see that this final episode actually ended, when it appeared to be setting up one of those annoying cliffhangers for the following season. I’m pretty sure that only Numb3rs fanatics would be sitting on pins and needles during the off-season were that to happen, and they’re going to tune in to Season Six regardless. So thankfully that didn’t happen. And I can decide on my own, without the aid of a cliffhanger, whether I might watch Season Six. And because this show is getting better and growing on me, I think I will.