Cedar Cove Season 3 DVD Review
“Cedar Cove” was made for a specific audience.
In the 11 episode third season of the Hallmark Channel series “Cedar Cove,” the dramatic series (which is based on the books by Debbie Macomber) continues to follow the inhabitants of the beautiful small town of Cedar Cove. More specifically, the show revolves around a Judge (Olivia) and her romance with a newspaper editor (Jack), a former librarian turned town manager (Grace) and her daughter Maryellen, Olivia’s daughter (Justine), Olivia’s troublesome brother Will, Justine’s love interest Luke (an ex-Navy Seal), Bob and Peggy (an older married couple who own a B&B), a land developer (Warren) and his father (Buck), Cliff (Grace’s romantic interest), a ranch hand and former alcoholic (Alex), Paul’s sister Liz, and a young assistant DA (Rebecca).
Among the stories contained in this season include real estate issues, potential marriages, and roadblocks between Olivia and Jack such as Jack’s ex-wife, Jack’s drinking problems, Jack’s possible promotion, a DA (Paul) making moves on Olivia, and tensions between Jack and Paul.
“Cedar Cove” is very much designed for anyone interested in romantic stories, small town dramas, and soap operas. If you don’t fall in those demographics, I doubt you will find much to enjoy here. To me, the series is a cheesy, over-the-top drama filled with drama, drama, drama, and yes, drama. You can expect virtually every character to have some sort of dilemma or crisis not to mention plenty of on and off again romantic plots. Personally, I find these kind of shows unbearable, but I see their appeal to others.
On the plus side, the series does have a solid cast. Andie MacDowell is, well, Andie MacDowell here as the star of the show. Colin Ferguson (of “Eureka” fame) makes a welcome appearance as the DA Paul (a new character this season). Last, but not least Bruce Boxleitner is in this. Granted, he has a smallish role as Bob, but it’s always nice to see Tron.
On a side note, it should be noted that this is the final season. As such, I wouldn’t expect much in the way of closure since the show was canned.
Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? The picturesque locals are one of the few highlights of the show. It’s a shame there isn’t a hi-def release.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The 5.1 track is fine. Nothing more needs to be said.
* “The People Of Cedar Cove”- A featurette on what to expect from the characters in season 3.
* “On Location”- An extra about season 3 and life on set.
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