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I really ended up watching this after it was long cancelled on the WE channel, which I don't even have any longer, and didnt think I would like it but it was awesome. I loved the story, even though dropping everything for a guy who didnt know you existed in High School and follow him to his college of choice was far fetched I really loved it, because it didnt push you to choice a side romantically but it was a nice first season and show!
The train wreck that was Felicity Porter's freshman year
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 02/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was interesting to go back and watch the freshman year of "Felicity" again on DVD, knowing who Felicity (Keri Russell) was going to end up with at the end of not only the first season but the entire series. You have to understand that I was always rooting for Noel (Scott Foley) over Ben (Scott Speedman) and ended up caring for Julie Emrick (Amy Jo Johnson) more than Felicity, even before she made the wrong choice. But then the first season of "Felicity" is all about wrong choices and the human train wreck that is Felicity Porter. Our local cable company lost its WB affiliate all I ever got to see of the second season was the first episode where I was outraged by the revelation of Felicity's decision and took a perverse satisfaction in the infamous hair cut. But then my anxiety was quickly shifted to finding friends or relatives around the country who could tape "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for me and I quickly forgot about "Felicity." When we got the WB back I caught a few of the finale episodes, including the "time travel" ones, which brought the whole first season back to light again.Once upon a time a young girl named Felicity finally got the nerve after her high school graduation to finally go up and speak to the good lucky guy she always had a crush on. He signed her yearbook and what he wrote was enough to have her decided not to go to Stanford to study to be a doctor but to head to New York to follow the boy, Ben. The big public comment on the first season was that if you reversed the two roles you would have the story of a stalker. But since it was a girl doing the stalking and because she had wonderful ringlets of curly hair, the behavior was apparently okay. More importantly, Felicity pays for her actions in those first three episodes, where she crashes and burns at just about each and every opportunity, and the show is more about getting away from her parents than it is about pursuing Ben Convington. Unlike "Twin Peaks," where the hook ended up destroying the series, "Felicity" avoids the mistake and comes up with the most credible job of showing what college is like on television since "The Paper Chase" (which was really on point only if you were in law school). The episode "Cheating" involved the topic of plagiarism while the two-parter on "Drawing the Line" dealt with the issue of date rape, both of which were dealt with in responsible manners. The second time I saw the latter I had the exact same thought when Ben starts beating up on Zach, who yells for him to stop, and Ben does saying: "When you said 'Stop,' I did. That's the difference between us." At the other end where we deal with comedy there is Noel on "smart juice" during "Finally," Felicity putting "sex with Noel" down in her day planner in "Give Me an O," and when Meghan's parents confront Felicity with what they found in "her" box in "Happy Birthday."I also like the fact that although the show focuses on the love triangle between the three principles and the problems of Felicity's gal pals Julie and Elena (Tanig Miller), that background characters like Sean (Greg Grunberg) and Megan (Amanda Foreman) could emerge so strongly, especially the later, who starts off as a one joke characters as Felicity's absent roommate and ends up stealing every since scene she is in the rest of the season. But replacing Javier (Ian Gomez) with Abby and Danny was a mistake, that was thankfully rectified the next season. Yes, there are bits that will go too far for your tastes, such as Felicity agreeing to marry Javier so he can stay in the country (although I loved it when she brightly announced "I'm marrying a gay guy too" to Noel's gay brother's partner) and a college professor deciding to have an affair with a freshman, but there are enough legitimate track wrecks to keep you attentive. The extras are sparse on these DVDS, with commentary by the creators on the first and last episodes, and my biggest complaint is that there are no chapter stops for the episodes, so that when I wanted to check and see if Bradley Whitford's name appeared in the end credits of "Birthday" it was a pain to check it out. On to Sophomore year so I can find out what happened to Felicity after she went bald..."
Coming Of Age:
Dimitrios James Hatzis | 07/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Felicity, for me was a show that was based on real situations, with real people and emotions. Every season of the show got a bit better than the previous.
It's a shame the rating's couldn't keep "Felicity" going, as i think it would have been really interesting to see in what direction the storylines and characters went after graduation and in the real world.
"Felicity" will surely be missed by a lot of viewers and fans like myself, but this DVD Edition of the 1st Season will serve as a long awaited window to the past of a great show. I only Hope Buena Vista will release the remaining 3 seasons.
Definetely all of them will be in my collection!"
TOTALLY DECEIVING !
Dimitrios James Hatzis | 11/06/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I love Felicity, and I would love this DVD box set if only Buena did not change nearly ALL of the background popular music. So now when you pop in a disc, watch an episode, you feel completely and utterly lost as the beuatifull music originally aired has been replaced with new "up to date" music. Exactly like the re-runs on thw WE channel, same "new" unfitting music. This is not what I have come to watch and love.Would you buy the movie Ghost if the classic love scene would have another song playing in the background than Unchained Melody ? I'm sorry but changing the music alltogether is changing the overall feel and I don't get to watch the scene I remember the way they were done.Poor judgment from Buena Vista to think nobody would notice that.I'll stick to my VHS set thank you very much.This is sad. Don't buy this unless you don't care about the memorable scenes with carefully chosen fitting music playing in the background."
Felicity, a Television Gem
strangelittleboy | Elba, Alabama United States | 09/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"1998 saw a surge in the making of teen dramas after the success of Dawson's Creek. Even from this start, Felicity found it's place above the others by being dramatic and strong, and at the same time, very very funny. You can tell that characters and story were created from a place of honesty and care by JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves. I stopped caring about Dawson and Joey after the first season of DC... I continued to care about Felicity and her friends right up until the end, and that was due to writing/acting/directing combination that I often compare to the quality of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer's. The creators of this series had a vision and stuck to it... In the face of being canceled once before, then returning from the dead, the show didn't waver from it's vision as it entered the following season... it stayed just as honest and wonderful as that first episode. I actually have all 4 seasons on tape, but I'm still going to buy the DVD as soon as it comes out."
Support Felicity - and the fans!
MeR | IN, United States | 11/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Everyone buy this collection of DVDs so we, the fans of Felicity, can prove to everyone that this show was amazing - and that we deserve all 4 seasons of this drama on DVD. I think this was an absolutely wonderful idea to put together all of the episodes from season 1 - and let's just hope we have a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th season coming soon!Felicity rocks (and Ben does too)!"