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Boss: The Complete Season One

Score: 86%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 450 Mins.
Genre: Drama/TV Series
Audio: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English, Spanish, English SDH


  • Episode Commentaries with Boss Executive Producer Farhad Safinia, Director of Photography Kasper Tuxen, and Executive Producer Richard Levine
  • Featurette: "The Mayor and His Maker" with Kelsey Grammer and Farhad Safinia

Boss: The Complete Season One places Kelsey Grammer in the role of Tom Kane, ruthless mayor of Chicago, in a series of events that feel very much like King Lear as they unfold. The series begins in a rather shocking way, with Kane being delivered a diagnosis of a somewhat rare form of dementia. The bottom line is that he has 3-5 years to get his affairs in order and he will continue to degenerate in the meantime, until he eventually dies. Kane intends to keep his devastating secret to himself and must work to get everything the way he wants, even as his condition begins to reveal itself.

He surrounds himself with a clever team, including his right-hand man Ezra "Stoney" Stone (Martin Donovan), and his assistant Kitty OíNeill (Kathleen Robertson), plus his lovely wife Meredith (Connie Neilsen), whose father was the previous Mayor. His plan is to throw his weight behind an up-and-coming politician named Alex Zajac (Jeff Hephner) in the Governorís race, unseating incumbent, Mac Cullen (Francis Guinan), all the while insuring that his grand plan to expand OíHare Airport goes off without a hitch. The problem is that hitches abound, he has lots of frenemies, and there are tons of dirty little secrets to be uncovered in the Kane administration. Add to that the fact that Sam Miller (Troy Garity), a tenacious reporter from the Sentinel, seems hell-bent on revealing Kaneís secrets and it amounts to drama. Lots and lots of drama.

Chicago politics are dirty business and behind that pleasant smile of Kaneís lay a vicious beast waiting to pounce. He wants things done his way and he and his team are not the least bit afraid to play hardball to get their way, even if it includes murder.

Thatís the short and skinny on Boss, but there is so much to the show that it would be an injustice to reveal any more and ruin it for potential viewers. The acting is flawless and intense and Kelsey Grammer, normally beloved in his comedic roles, is downright terrifying at times. The writing and storylines are excellent and this is an adult premium series, complete with nudity, violence and all. It looks spectacular on Blu-ray, especially in scenes where the vistas of Chicago are shown, and everything is crisp and clear. The special features are minimal and include a few commentaries on select episodes with crew members and a featurette on the concept of the series with a grizzled-looking Grammer and Executive Producer Farhad Safinia.

Hereís the thing about Boss: Season One - itís not a happy series. Itís a drama through and through, with absolutely no levity present. Itís a great drama, but after viewing each episode, I always felt a bit down and/or stressed. Itís just an intense viewing experience. If you like political intrigue and fantastic acting, youíd do well to check it out, though. I canít even imagine where things are going to go next season, considering the earth-shattering season finale, but one thing is for sure, Kane will be at the top of the political heap, standing on the corpses of those who dared to come against him.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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