February 13, 2018

The Astronaut Wives Club: The Complete Series DVD Review

Mill Creek Ent., TV-PG; 720 minutes; $24.98

I don't watch very many series that air on network television that aren't comic book related, so many shows go completely under my radar. This probably explains why I never heard of The Astronaut Wives Club, which aired as a 10-part limited series on ABC in the summer of 2015. I only heard about the series when Mill Creek Entertainment made the announcement last year about the complete series DVD release.

Based on the novel of the same name by Lily Koppel, and developed by Lily Koppel, the series stars JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Yvonne Starhovski, Zoe Boyle, Dominique McElligott, Odette Annable, and Erin Cummings.

There series centers around the wives of the Mercury Seven, a.k.a. - America's first group of astronaut (Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton).

There are no special features or extras on the two-discs set.

Final Thoughts

If you're wondering if I have ever read the book that the series is based on, the answer is no. Actually, I had never even heard of the book before watching the series on DVD. The series is based on the lives of the real wives of the Mercury Seven. While it has a great cast, the writing is off the wall. You can easily tell there were problems during production, resulting in too many time jumps between episodes and storylines being abandoned. From my understanding, the producers wanted a more of a documentary mini-series, but the end result comes off as a bit cheesy. I think it would have been better if there were fictionalized plots, and of course a bigger budget would have helped out a lot.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about The Astronaut Wives Club. I liked some of the characters, but the horrible scripts held me back from actually liking it. This is just my opinion; others might like it, especially those who watched the series when it original aired on ABC. I am glad Mill Creek Entertainment released it to DVD, and I'm hoping they continue to release other one-season-wonders.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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