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22 of 24 found the following review helpful:
Now I know why they call it a "Soap Opera" Feb 09, 2008
By Sofia White
In the reviews for McLeod's Daughters Seasons 1-4, the show is described as an Aussie Soap Opera. I couldn't figure out why, especially with seasons 1-3, which kind of seemed like the type of dramas we have in the US in the evening.
After what happened at the end of season 3, I didn't expect season 4 of the show to be the as good, and it wasn't, but I have to say that Season 5 is nowhere near as good as 1-3, or even 4. I finally see why they have described McLeod's Daughters as a soap opera. Season 5 is just plain unrealistic (this coming from a city girl from the US--how would I know--I can only imagine how unrealistic this is to an Australian cattle farmer). The show used to be about a farm run by women, and their friends, and it has turned into a bunch of women and their friends who just so happen to live on a farm. It has become almost all about the characters and not at all about the farm, they hardly seem to do any work, hanging around, drinking tea and beer, once in a while mustering sheep or cattle, bird twitching contests, several ridiculous episodes where Sally goes to the hospital and Nick has to "take care of Harrison" over at the cottage (rather than staying at Drovers with the baby and Tess), a high school reunion hiking trip, the same love story that played out between Claire and Alex is playing out with Stevie and Alex (she loves him but never says anything, they carry on as just "mates"), the songs at the end, when the credits are rolling, have nothing to do with the episode half the time and just seem out of place to me, I can't see how Alex could be running Killarny with all the time he spends at Drovers, Meg is coming and going (and going again), and more.
Tess and Nick leave for Argentina somewhere around disc 3 and don't come back till disk 7 or 8 and I can't say that I even noticed that they were gone, the show was not better or worse for their absence. Episodes 135-137 are good. It just goes to show that the show is not the same without Claire, Seasons 4 and 5 are just nowhere near as good. I cannot imagine where seasons 6-8 are headed.
I can't say it wasn't worth the price ($55), and I will probably buy the rest of the seasons anyway, just because I want to see what happens, but really, this season is worse than season 4 which was worse than 1-3. I see a trend here.
I am sure that another McLeods fan will come along and give a much more positive review than this one, but in all fairness I cant rate this higher because the quality is going way down.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Not bad at all...just different Feb 18, 2008
By K. Chandler
Ok,OK I know...It's not as good as seasons 1-3...well,compare the slight decline in script quality to US productions in their 5th season...and this holds up OK...several very good episodes including Jodie's paternity and Tess's return to Drover's(she was in real life having her son and unfortunately is only on next season for 8 episodes) I grow to like Stevie more and more and look forward to her and Alex eventually getting together in season 7 and Moira is a suitable Meg surrogate...all in all good to very good but never hitting excellent...hope next season has ONE standoout episode like My Noon,My MIdnight...
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
better than writer strike reruns Feb 17, 2008
By Tracy Bowser
"avid cross stitcher"
I've watched all seasons available. I hate reruns. I can recommend this will give you something fresh to watch. Season 1-3 are better and the price is high compared to other dvd sets, but there are 8 disks. I hate to say this but I think this series is more for a female audience. So, if the writer's stike is leaving you wanting a new series check this one out along with BBC series Wire in the Blood, MI-5, and Jonathan Creek. All will give you hours of new episodes. Maybe you and friend can each purchase one and then switch.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Applegator43 Dec 02, 2011
By D Rose
This review is apparently for season 5 of McLeod's Daughters. I first saw this on Netflix and was so impressed that I bought the whole 52 disks for all the seasons. Fantastic movie to watch more than once.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
McLeods Daughters Jan 20, 2012
By Linda Frye
This has to be one of the best chick flicks ever made. I have purchased all of the series except the last # 7 and 8. I sit and watch at least 4 hours a night. I will be purchasing the last ones soon. I just can't wait to see the next one. Birdie ( Tess) has to be one of Australias best actresses. It makes me sad that it has ended and there won't be anymore McLeods Daughters. They make you cry and laugh and you almost feel like you are in the movie or part of the family. I love it.
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