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That's So Raven: Raven's Makeover Madness (August 27/06)

That's So Raven is the sort of television show that's been geared to appeal to a very specific demographic, with absolutely no concessions made for anybody else. While there's little doubt that very small children will thrill to star Raven's mischievous antics, the actress' distinct lack of talent - which she attempts to mask by delivering a performance that's beyond broad - makes it impossible to actually care about anything that occurs within these four episodes.

The series' premise is simple: Raven, a batty high-schooler, uses her ability to sporadically see into the future for her own benefit and adjusts her actions accordingly. "Raven's Makeover Madness" collects four episodes from the show's run:

In the DVD's first episode, "Pin Pals," Raven must sneak into a party for prominent fashion designer Donna Cabonna (Anne-Marie Johnson) after experiencing a vision involving said fashion designer. Problems emerge after Raven learns that her bowling league is due to play a pivotal match that same evening, and her two friends - Chelsea and Eddie - are relying on her involvement. Meanwhile, Raven's father insists that she and her brother help out around the house due to their mother's absence - resulting in the surreptitious hire of a chef to cook the family's meals.

Episode #2, "Dues and Don'ts," follows Raven as she struggles to accept the fact that her new job with Donna Cabonna isn't quite as glamorous as she might've hoped. Exacerbating matters is the imminent arrival of her teacher and classmates, all of whom are under the impression that Raven is working directly under Donna. Eddie and Cory, meanwhile, must determine who should be allowed to keep a winning lottery ticket after Cory finds it in Eddie's old leather jacket.

The disc's third episode, "Adventures in Boss Sitting," sees Raven temporarily promoted to Donna Cabonna's assistant - a job that turns out to be far more perilous than Raven would've anticipated. After arranging a date with her boyfriend, Raven plans out a romantic evening for two - though it's not long before Donna comes barging onto the scene and forces Raven to spend time with her instead. The obligatory Eddie/Cory subplot revolves around Cory's efforts to maintain his cool after spotting an ex-girlfriend at the movies.

The fourth and final episode, "Hook Up My Space," revolves around Raven's efforts to secure the basement for her purposes - beating Cory to the punch thanks to yet another one of her visions. Cory retaliates by writing to the producers of a reality show and arranging to have the basement transformed into a hideously tacky space. Raven's father and Eddie, meanwhile, decide to start working out (to expectedly over-the-top results).

 

About the DVD: Buena Vista Home Entertainment presents each of these four episodes with full-frame transfers. Bonus features are limited to an interactive trivia challenge, a bonus episode, and the expected Disney sneak peeks.
© David Nusair