Friday, April 14, 2006


A recent late night syndicated action show has just made its way to disc with SHE SPIES – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (2002) from MGM/Sony. While short on exploding remote-control toys and topless hot tub strategy sessions, there is plenty of pulchritude on display and it has the added advantage of being funny.

In fact, SHE SPIES is a blatant and knowing spoof of late night syndicated action adventure shows, loaded with broad humor, pop culture references and in-jokes. The premise – which is bluntly stated in nearly ever episode – is that the government has taken three gorgeous convicts (the stunning Natsha Henstridge, the sexy Natashia Williams and astoundingly adorable Kristen Miller) and put them to work as agents for a secret federal agency dedicated to eliminating evildoers.

Basically a TV version of McG's CHARLIES ANGELS movies, SHE SPIES still works on its own merits. The scripts are witty, sharp and occasionally heartwarming (yeah, I was surprised, too) the chemistry among the characters is great, and while there's clearly not much of a budget (which the characters are well aware of, too), the production values are pretty good.

MGM's presentation of the first season of the show is basic, but servicable. You get 20 episodes on four discs, in two twin slim packs. The show is presented in 1.33:1 full fram with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. There are no extras whatsoever.

I'd never seen the show before getting the discs, but I have to say I enjoyed it a lot. What's not to like? Three beautiful babes, self-aware humor, ninjas… it's perfect viewing for 2 A.M and as easily digestible as Jello. The set is fairly cheap, and if any of that sounds appealing to you, you might want to check it out.


BUY: She Spies - The Complete First Season