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Wilfred: The Complete Season 2

Score: 85%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Fox Home Entertainment
Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 286 Mins.
Genre: Comedy/Adult-Themed/TV Series
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Stay
  • News at Noon With Jenna
  • Wilfred/Ryan Mash-Up

Wilfred: The Complete Season 2 continues the mental merry-go-round that has you constantly questioning just what is happening in Ryan Newman’s (Elijah Wood) mind as he makes his way through the daily toil with his neighbor’s dog.

Of course, those familiar with the show’s first season will know the twist here. Wilfred, the dog, isn’t your run-of-the-mill mongrel. Instead, Ryan sees him as a man in an old dog suit (played by Jason Gann) while everyone else sees a normal dog. This includes Wilfred’s owner Jenna (Fiona Gublemann) and her fiancé, Drew (Chris Klein).

Last season ended with Wilfred getting injured and forgetting who Ryan was. In a rush to try and make some sense of the season’s events, Ryan goes home and attempts to go into the basement where he spends so much time with the dog, only to find that the basement door opens to a coat closet. This revelation leaves Ryan in some serious doubt about his sanity and he apparently checks himself into a mental hospital where Robin Williams plays his doctor.

When the season really gets going, we learn that Ryan has secured a regular job as an in-house lawyer for a pharmaceutical start-up owned by a millionaire named Jeremy (Steven Weber, from Wings and that adaptation of The Shining that you probably didn’t see). Ryan’s co-workers include Kevin (Rob Riggle, Step Brothers) and Amanda (Allison Mack, Smallville), a very forward scientist who ends up being Ryan’s love interest when he finally decides to give up on crushing over Jenna.

Each episode has Wilfred getting Ryan into stranger and stranger situations to teach him some valuable lesson. These include honesty, getting over any guilty feelings he has over his sister’s (Dorian Brown) current situation (see last season), helping others, and one of the big ones for this season, telling someone the truth about what he sees if he really cares for that person.

Of course, like the last season, Wilfred: The Complete Season 2 leaves the viewer asking more new questions and only some of the old ones get answered. Much like before, Ryan is thrown for a major loop at the season end and he is left re-evaluating everything he thinks he knows about his relationship with Wilfred.

While Wilfred: The Complete Season 2 has some pretty standard special features like Bloopers and Deleted Scenes, there are a couple that really stand out. One is the internet video that makes Jenna’s work-life a living hell, while another is a compilation of all of the times Ryan says Wilfred’s name and vice versa. While those are all pretty amusing, I found the short titled "Stay" to be the gem in the list of extras. In this short, Bear teaches Wilfred a valuable lesson by trickery and apparently being very selfish, much like how Wilfred treats Ryan. This was an odd bit of role reversal, or as a friend of mine called it "Wilfred-ception."

Wilfred continues to be a quirky comedy that will often mess with your mind. The mystery of who or what Wilfred is still hangs in the air, but it is obvious that Ryan is slowly getting over a lot of his personal issues - now if only he could get rid of this odd imaginary friend he has developed. Those who liked the first season will enjoy how the show continues, but if you found Season 1 too odd to handle, then The Complete Season 2 won’t change your mind.

-J.R. Nip, GameVortex Communications
AKA Chris Meyer

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