DVD Review: Rescue Me – Season 3

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

When I first saw Dennis Leary it was on commercials on MTV for MTV. He was brash, snarky, sarcastic and funny as Hell.

Soon I started seeing him in films and enjoyed his performances, though the first few didn’t really show a lot other than Dennis Leary being Dennis Leary. It soon became obvious thought that this is someone who is much more than a
comedian.

His work on Rescue Me has been amazing. In the third season he is completely Tommy Gavin. From the beginning we’ve known Tommy is haunted by people he couldn’t save, and while that is still true it doesn’t play as large a part. I think part of this is because it’s becoming obvious that the person he needs to save, but can’t seem to, is himself.

It’s not that he isn’t trying; he’s sober, trying not to smoke and attempting to be a good Dad. But with all the outside forces pushing on him it’s all he can do to keep it together. His brother is sleeping with his ex-wife, some of the guys in the station want to get out, and Sheila is quickly loosing it and seems to want to take Tommy down with her.

Rescue Me is about a group of firemen, but it’s really about someone just trying to survive his life. It’s not as depressing as it sounds though. There is more than enough comedy to keep the show from causing viewers from slashing their wrists. I really enjoyed the episode where they put out a fire in a building with pot growing in the basement and they all end up stoned while the plants burn.

Leary and company are amazing, and as if that’s not enough they all have some great people taking smaller roles, Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomie, and Tatum O’Neal are great, and Charles Durning should get a damn Emmy. If you haven’t seen this
show you are really missing out.

Special features include a look at locations, a gag reel and 5 featurettes.

Jon Jordan

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