The fact that you can hit the stop button anytime you want.
  • OVERALL
    0.5
    HORRIBLE
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
The fact that you can hit the stop button anytime you want.
THE BAD
Losing hours of your life so you can instead vicariously experience the lives of bimbos.
THE FEATURE
As I sat down recently to take in the second season of The Hills, I pondered many things. At what point did stupid and spoiled rich girls become the role models for young girls? Better yet, at what point did MTV go from playing music videos to playing nothing but this type of programming all day long? I must say that at the age of 25, I have seen MTV go through quite a few changes. In the past 10 years it has changed from being the rock-oriented, music-savvy network of geeks and slackers to a haven of materialistic women and Neanderthal men. The Hills, which is a spin-off of the hit reality series Laguna Beach, is one striking example of mindless programming that has hit the MTV airwaves in recent years.

So...OMG! Lauren Conrad, one of the characters on Laguna Beach, has now graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles. Oh my god! And she has totally gotten an internship with Teen Vogue. At her side are...like...her friends Heidi, Whitney, and Audrina. Despite, like, being all not smart and stuff, Heidi has a job with an event-planning firm, Whitney has a job with Teen Vogue, and Audrina works for Epic Records. Oh my god...this is the most, like, super sad part. Lauren was hoping to spend the summer with her super cool boyfriend Jason, but they totally didn't work out. OMG, she is so sad.

Were you at all agitated by reading the previous synopsis? If the answer is "no", then The Hills is just the show for you. It is hour upon hour of young girls who feel the need to insert "like" and "oh my god" into every sentence to compensate for the fact that they never learned how to confidently communicate with others. However, if your answer is "yes", then I should warn you that it is a sampling of the clawing bantering that occurs on every episode of this poisonous reality series.

One would think from my bitter review that I have a grudge against MTV reality programming. The fact of the matter is MTV was one of the first networks to hop on the reality programming bandwagon. Once upon a time, the show Road Rules put young people together on scavenger hunts to test their endurance and skills. The Real World gave an intriguing look at the togetherness of roommates from different backgrounds and cultures. So what has happened to reality programming on MTV? Virtually every reality show is focused on shallow and privileged rich girls. Judging by the successful ratings, the lives of such dumb and uninteresting people is what viewers truly care about.

The biggest flaw here is that these filthy rich party girls are treated as the protagonists. The fact of the matter is, these types of characters used to be treated as jokes and villainous bitches in fictitious films. Now we are suddenly supposed to empathize with them. As Lauren Conrad mopes and whines about how much her life isn't fair because she broke up with her boyfriend, I became angrier and angrier. Could there be anything worse than watching a person who has everything complain about the suckiness of life? As I watch these women of little to no words taking on prominent careers, it makes me fear the future of the professional world. I can only pray that the reality television cameras are the sole reasons these "career girls" managed to get their feet in the door.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary

While most commentary tracks are feature-length, these are selective tracks where the girls do voice-overs in pairs for their favorite scenes. These are just about as "nails on the chalkboard" as the episodes. The girls have little to say, and when they do they whine about not having the Blackberrys they want and how much fun they had getting drunk. Shoot me now.

Featurettes

The first of two featurettes is one that covers a photo shoot of the cast members. For twelve minutes we see the girls posing in brand name outfits for the photographers. They actually do look good which goes to show they are somewhat talented and tolerable when they keep their mouths shut. The second featurette is a two minute footage reel of a premiere party for the season. I really fail to see the point of including the latter.

The Hills Remixes

These are experimental promo scenes for the show where editing techniques are used to experimentally alter scenes from the show. This includes making one dramatic scene into a silent movie segment. This is admittedly one of the only original things on this DVD.

Deleted Scenes

How excited am I about a 45-minute reel of supplemental whining that was not aired on television? On the verge of suicide, that's how!

Cast Interviews

As if we need to listen to more of these girls, we get interviews with each and every girl. Rather than getting insightful opinions, they just sit there rambling out stories about partying in Los Angeles. Gee thank you for your time.
THE VIDEO
Widescreen. While this is a reality program, there is apparently a lot of scripting involved. This is evidenced by the crisp, clear direction that is way too timely for an authentic reality show. The picture quality is like that of any other soap opera.
THE AUDIO
Dolby Digital 2.0. Thank goodness the annoying rambling is limited to two speakers rather than coming out of five.
THE PACKAGE
Three discs are contained in three slim plastic cases. These cases are neatly packages in a thick box. The cases and box contain numerous shots of the girls looking sexy and luxurious.
THE FINAL WORD
There is no getting around my utter contempt for this series. Not only do I find it annoying, but I despise the fact that women like this have become role models for so many easily-influenced younger girls. The fact that so many teenagers care about the lives of these characters is a pretty painful thing. I write this review knowing that fans of the series will run out and buy this season no matter what. However, I do what I can to restore quality shows on MTV.

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