Season 2, Faster than we dreamed
Heidi Anne Heiner | SurLaLune Fairy Tales.com | 08/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"With the first season recently released, we get a holiday treat with season 2 of Remington Steele to be released less than four months later in November. While season one is my personal favorite, this season is still strong, making this one of my all time favorite tv series. Gone are James Read and Janet DeMay, but Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond) joins the cast permanently. Now that Remington and Laura have an established working relationship, we get to see them working more in tandem while they explore their relationship. Fortunately, the mysteries are still strong. The chemistry between the leads is even stronger.
Red Holt Steele, one of the best episodes in the entire series, appears in this season, blowing up Laura's house from the first season and preparing the way for her well-known loft apartment that becomes so familiar throughout the rest of the series. Another of my personal favorites, Love Among the Steele, explores the history of an Auburn speedster.
Season 2 Episodes (1-22 are Season 1, of course)
23. Steele Away With Me [2 part episode]
24. Red Holt Steele
25. Altared Steele
26. Steele Framed
27. A Steele at Any Price
28. Love Among the Steele
29. Scene Steelers
30. Steele Knuckles and Glass Jaws
31. My Fair Steele
32. Steele Threads
33. Steele Eligible
34. High Flying Steele
35. Blood is Thicker Than Steele
36. Steele Sweet on You
37. Elegy in Steele
38. Small Town Steele
39. Molten Steele
40. Dreams of Steele
41. Woman of Steele
42. Hounded Steele
43. Elementary Steele"
Steele and Laura
Bobby Underwood | Manly NSW, Australia | 08/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Remington Steele was a truly stylish television show that tapped into the kind of Stanley Donen light mystery romance that is missing from the movies today. Pierce Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist were perfectly cast and the show only got better with each episode. The Henry Mancini theme music captured the feel of this light and sophisticated show tinged with humor perfectly. It was as evocative and as much a part of the show as his "Peter Gunn" theme had been decades before.
Laura Holt (Zimbalist) couldn't get her private detective agency off the ground in spite of her skills until she invented the phantom agency head, Remington Steele. Business was booming and everything was going swell until Pierce Brosnan shows up and assumes the roll of the nonexistent Steele, both around town and with clients. An uneasy alliance was formed that to the delight of fans moved more and more towards the romantic as time went by.
Brosnan's Steele was debonair and stylish, his past a shady mystery ala' "To Catch a Thief." Each season Laura discovered new things about his past in Ireland and his exploits in other countries. Steele was also a film buff and would make constant references to films of the 1930's and 1940's he would recall pertaining to the case. It made all us film buffs who knew just what he was talking about feel like we were insiders, and was one of the many charms of this wonderful show.
Brosnan and Zimbalist were a terrific screen couple in the tradition of all those ones we remember fondly. One could say they were our generations Nick and Nora Charles. There was a fun anticipation for viewers as week after week we watched the two become involved in a mystery while they danced around their growing affection for each other. And it was always fun as little tidbits of Steele's past were discovered by Laura.
This series was fun and sophisticated and always left you feeling good. This kind of entertaining film is missing from today's teen driven box office. It is also missing from the "reality" driven television we see so much of today. Remington Steele filled a void left for those seeking the kind of fun escapism which all but disappeared when the Hollywood studio system began to collapse.
Though season one holds a fondness for all us film buffs and Remington Steele fans, and has one of the show's shining moments with the episode, "Vintage Steele," the overall quality of the show improved with season two as Doris Roberts was added to the cast as Mildred Krebs, and two other characters were lost. The show became even more fun than before, and both Brosnan and Stephanie Zimbalist, whose contribution to the show's success can not be overstated, seemed to really settle in for good as everyone's favorite TV couple.
Much was made of Stephanie Zimbalist not being pictured on the cover of the season one DVD release, and hopefully that glaring omission will be corrected here on the second season set. She was wonderful as Laura Holt, and we tuned in just as much to see her as we did Brosnan. It was their marvelous repore on screen that made the show what it was, and what it was, was one of the best shows ever on television.
Remington Steele was something really special in television. Every one of the episodes and every one of the seasons was enjoyable. Every lover of classic films was in love with this show. It was a refreshing reminder of what television could, and should be. I have this on my wish list to pick up and you'll want it on yours as well."
Steele Highly Entertaining
clervaux | United States | 09/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Remington Steele is that rare television series that plays as well if not better twentysomething years after its initial run. Part of this is due to the fact that it tended to take a classic approach to set design, wardrobe, music and makeup for the most part avoiding the excesses that bogged down and aged many of its contemporaries. The storylines are also still fresh as they evolved in a classic style drawing much of their structure and content from the wonderful screwball comedies and film noir movie genres. But ultimately, it is really the pairing and interaction of the two main characters that makes this a timeless classic. Stephanie Zimbalist and Pierce Brosnan are perfectly cast as PI Laura Holt and the boss she conjured up, Remington Steele. Both actors are best known for their dramatic roles, but their comedic timing and delivery here is impeccable and their chemistry dazzling. Not enough is made of the fact that both of these roles were quite trendsetting in the 1980's. Zimbalist as Laura Holt is a first rate PI who solves cases with brainpower not super power and Brosnan, masquerading as Remington Steele, is a man turned on not off by an intelligent, capable woman.
The first season of the series established the playing field and the rules of engagement but the second season with the addition of Doris Roberts as Mildred Krebs sets the tone and course the series would take for its remaining time on the air. Roberts excels as Mildred (think here a kinder, gentler but equally nosey Marie Barone), the IRS auditor turned office manager of the Remington Steele detective agency. Roberts received an Emmy nomination along the way for her work on this series. In season two there is also a shift in the dynamic between the two lead characters, as Remington becomes a much savvier detective. This puts he and Laura on a more equal level professionally although he still manages to consistently avoid legwork. On the personal side, the duo continues to do their delicate dance around each other while trying to learn more about each other's past.
Some personal favorite episodes from a consistently excellent year include: "Red Holt Steele" (many believe this to be the best episode of the show's five year run) in which Laura finds herself homeless and Remington consoles her, "Steele Framed" and "Elegy In Steele" that introduces the master villain and formidable enemy, Major Descoine, "A Steele At Any Price" in which Laura takes a liking to being an art thief, "Love Among The Steele" that relates the romantic history of a 1936 Auburn which would go on to become Steele's car and truly another character in the series, "Steele Knuckles and Glass Jaws" - Remington, boxers, and a baby, no need to say more, "Steele Threads" featuring the battling Bloustein brothers and Sam St. Cloud, "High Flying Steele" in which the duo go undercover at a circus as trapeze artists, "Dreams of Steele" which has the pair envisioning some pretty funny "what if" scenarios including their life together after the agency's PI license is pulled, and "Woman of Steele" which brings back Brosnan's late wife Cassie Harris for an encore as a woman from Remington's past.
Remington Steele is highly engaging and intelligent escapism fare. And with the state the world is in today, it offers a wonderful diversion. Here's hoping that the remaining seasons will find their way quickly to DVD along with some episodic commentary from Zimbalist and Brosnan.
Steele A Fan
populuxe60 | 09/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I was 11-16 years old, I absolutely LIVED for "Remington Steele." The style, sophistication, class, intelligence, and wit captured the imagination of my young self, especially as I was condemned to a childhood growing up in a middle of nowhere cultural wasteland. To me, Pierce Brosnan was way-hot, but it was Stephanie Zimbalist who was my absolute hero. Her independence and intelligence served as an important influence in my life, and I'm not quite sure where I'd be without that influence today. As such, I'm happy to hear that the rocket scientists at Fox had the novel idea to put her on the freaking cover this time. Sheesh.
The second season of the show was great. I should note that the "Try this for a deep dark secret..." intro is gone this season, replaced by a jaunty rendition of Mancini's theme song and episode clips. Personally, I preferred the first season intro, but I guess the producers deemed it not as important in the second season as Remington and Laura were becoming more equals. ("He's the boss, but she's in charge.") It's still a fun, even cute, intro, though, as it depicts Remington and Laura watching clips from first season shows in a movie theatre.
In "Steele Away With Me," Laura and Steele head off to "A-ca-pul-co!" (a reference to the best episode ever, "Vintage Steele," which is included in the first season boxset). We meet Mildred Krebs, who becomes their new secretary and who is a lot of fun. Some people view her as the Scrappy Doo of the show, but I've never really understood that. At all. Mildred, plain and simple, rocks.
This season also includes fan favorite "Red Holt Steele", in which Laura's house gets blown up. The fact that this episode is considered a favorite is another thing I've never really understood... because when I watched it as a kid it just always really bummed me out. I'm kind of interested to watch it again, thought, as maybe I'll feel differently now. [Note: Ok, ok... it IS a really great episode. So much so, in fact, that I wish they would have included commentary].
Additionally, we get to meet arch-nemesis Major Descoine ("Steele Framed"). There a several other notable episodes including: "Love Among The Steele" (a tres art-deco episode in which Steele gets the Auburn), "High Flying Steele" (Carnies! Steele breathes fire), and "Steele Sweet On You," ("Cho.. cho.. chohhhh...")
The extras on the discs are GREAT. A series of small documentary-type featurettes dealing with the various aspects of the show, they include interviews with writers, producers, crew, and Stephanie, Pierce, and Doris. It's great to see them each again, and even better to hear them discussing the show.