Bachelorette, The: The Complete Seventh Season

On The Bachelor, Ashley Hebert couldn't admit she was in love; now she has another shot to open her heart. as the Bachelorette in the seventh season of the hit romantic reality series.

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Bachelorette, The: The Complete Seventh Season


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One girl, 25 guys + Chris Harrison

By JLewis

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  • Campy
  • Engaging
  • Funny
  • Melodrama fun


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    OK… I will be frank here. Not all of you will rush to get this series unless you already are familiar with it. Yet, those who ARE familiar with it will admit this is one of the better seasons of this you-either-love-or-hate TV show. It is difficult to rate a TV show like this, since a lot depends on how much you like the people featured.

    It is high time that Warner started releasing a few of these. Back in 2002, Alex's BACHELOR #1 was released, but the market for reality TV on DVD was hit-and-miss at the time. While most gurus of this questionable TV "art form" will probably favor SURVIVOR or THE AMAZING RACE over this, I actually find these shows the most entertaining in a camp sort of way. It doesn't matter whether or not the lead breaks up with their chosen post-show (and they often do); it is "the journey" that is entertaining. The key difference between BACHELOR and BACHELORETTE is that the male leads struggle making up their minds and wind up sobbing over railings, while the female leads cut to the chase: either they drag somebody to the altar a.k.a. Trista or they dump everybody pronto a.k.a. Jen Scheft. BACHELOR PAD mixes up the sexes and is a bit more successful relationship-wise after just two seasons. (So far, at the time of this review posting, Ashley in this season is still living her happy ending.)

    In fact, the more successful the hook-up at the end of this, the easier it is to predict who is that final one. Although we have a teary-eyed drama here with Big Bad Bentley (which smells storyboarded despite "all of America" and Jimmy Kimmel being in a state of rage watching this unfold), it is obvious that Ashley was zeroing in her top guy early on. If you can't guess which one he is by mid-season, then you need to brush up on your body language reading. In fact, a whole new vocabulary started with this season on account of BL such as Peak Tramming, Finger Foreplay and So Long Sarong.

    Another reason THE BACHELORETTE is more enjoyable than THE BACHELOR is because guys competing for one girl are a lot funnier than girls competing for one guy. Instead of the usual "do you think he likes me" banter and broken nail-fights, we get clusters of memorable lines like William's (in Las Vegas before his almost-marriage): "At this point of time, I'm thinking that she is just hungry. She's just starving for desert." Constantine quips in Fiji: "I got the Euro Mullet. I want a haircut so bad." Bentley is equally hair-conscious, sprucing up while Masked Jeff talks seventies Camaros on the can. Ryan the sunshine-y solar panel guy gushes over a background chorus of chirping Thailand tree frogs: "From the very first night, like… it was just like a rocket-ship, you know? Immediately, I was feeling sooo good and then… the second time we're together… again." William, Ryan, JP and, oddly, Ames are probably the most entertaining to watch with the volume turned off since their faces are as expressive as silly puddy, particularly Ryan after he develops his five o'clock fuzz ("Oh booooy. I'm freakin' pumped!")

    The Freudian symbolism is all over the place this season and you can't help chuckle over it all, especially all of the water bursts and trains tunneling through the dark. We get a hawk soaring overhead when Masked Jeff shows his face for the first time and another flying the cityscape when Ashley "unmasks" Bentley, so to speak. Both Bens get the elephants: Ben from New Orleans rides one in a double date with Willie, while Sonoma winemaker Ben paints cute ones on orphanage walls and avoids kissing in front of the temple ones. The editors hint to the final two contenders early on by using ehru music at the start of one date in Chiang Mai and the end of another in Hong Kong. When viewed on a weekly basis with commercials, these peculiar patterns in the edit are not easily noticed, but you certainly see them when watching these episodes closer together with no interruption. While this may still essentially be a silly reality show, it is at least a very cinematic silly reality show, contrasting to SURVIVOR which gets downright sloppy in its repeated lizard-snake-crab shots, prompting viewers to search for symbols that aren't there to begin with. (Some long running series start out bad, but improve with age, while others were clearly better in the past.)

    The Asian travelogue provides a scenic backdrop. It is interesting that THE AMAZING RACE utilized the same locales in Thailand just one month after this show's crew moved out. All of these shows are increasingly international since the profits continue in overseas airings… and, if imitation is the best flattery, then this franchise must be beloved indeed. Currently, there are a couple foreign variations of this show.

    Shown in widescreen, this may not be exactly high definition here and sometimes the colors feel a bit brighter than they initially appeared on TV. Yet the only complaint I have here is that they didn't include the "extras" shown at Particularly amusing ones include those featuring Ryan's Fiji six-day diary and both final guys seeking step-dad's proposal permission.

    Next up: let's get Trista/Ryan Sutter's season out on DVD. That season is worth seeing for its historic significance, although it may come off a bit boring compared to this one.

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