~ The Complete Sixth Season
I got this on the 30th for my birthday (it's a tradition to always get the latest DH season for me). I'm kind of disappointed they broke the tradition of thick box sets with the invisible slide-ons, but I don't mind the new way either. I just wish I could've had all the seasons the same. Ah well.
Anyway, it's not the best season it's had, especially a corny stripper storyline (horribly done by Julie Benz) that incidentally caused a dent in average DH viewers (it had been making 15.0 million viewers, but ever since this storyline, the highest they can get is 12.0). This might also be why this season was the first and only time they didn't have a 2 hour season finale--and it was the first time I felt they needed that extra hour. It also seemed a little bit of a lapse to have 3 psychos on the lane at the same time. But it's better than some make it out to be, the same way I felt about season 2 (which everyone complained about). I think part of the reason it was hurt was because it was randomly aired, with weeks/months between episodes in the second half. When watched altogether, it feels much more balanced.
Still, even at its worst, it's a great and especially well-acted series. I think it helps that the show is fairly self-deprecating--it realizes it's not as great as it used to be, and it ends up more humorous for it. I also like the color they've added since season 5. I know I had read Marc Cherry say the show could sometimes look washed out, which I notice whenever I go back to older seasons, but that's changed the past few years. Season 5 had a yellow-ish vibe to it, a color I didn't really like myself, but the purple-ish sheen this season has is great to look at. (The red in season 7 is also working pretty good for me).
John Barrowman is another actor I'm extremely glad they managed to have on the show at some point. He managed to add something to a character that would otherwise feel been-there-done-that. On the other side of things, they really failed to take advantage of Dana Delaney since season 4. They give her more to do this season (whereas in season 5, she was nothing but background noise), but it's a disappointment that they didn't include her more, especially with Bree. You would think with the absence of Nicolette Sheridan, they'd have the space for her now.
The bonus features were decent. They're not something you normally expect for TV sets, so I'm glad for anything they decide to give. Longoria v. Miss Piggy was hilarious.
Overall, I'd probably rate the season with a 6/10. It wasn't at its height, but it still entertains.