Although it took a season or two to get off the ground, "Touched by An Angel" eventually went on to run for 9 seasons on CBS. In the second season, Monica (Roma Downey) continued her work as a caseworker angel. Although she's become more comfortable in her position, she is still looked over by Tess (Della Reese). Andrew, the Angel of Death (John Dye) joined the series in late in the third season. The third season kept going in the same style as the first two: Monica continues to offer her assistance to a different person or persons in need each week, although Andrew and Tess still make their presence known when she needs help. The first episode of the third season, "Promised Land", became the pilot for a spin-off starring Gerald McRaney.
The fourth season of the series continues to see Andrew, Monica and Tess going about their missions, with some of the highlights including: "Breaking Bread" (when hate crimes plague a town, Monica and Tess inspire a timid baker to take a stand and face his own predjudice), "Perfect Little Angel" (A woman with a deep secret and financial problems enters a beauty pageant in order to try to win the prize money), "Elijah" (A bitter slumlord is sentenced to live in his property for 2 weeks, and pays the very high price of being so unkind of his tenants) and "Last Dance" (a teenage couple named Greg and Jill are torn apart by their disapproving mothers - until Jill finds a secret from her mother's past and the angles guide them to resolve their differences and make peace.)
Although the first season had only a limited run of episodes and was on somewhat shaky ground, the second season began to gain a larger following and bigger budgets. Eventually, the series would be in the top 10 in the ratings fairly consistently and most seasons gained awards notice.
Season 4, Vol. 2 includes these episodes:
77. 4-13 414 4 Jan 98 Deconstructing Harry
78. 4-14 415 11 Jan 98 The Trigger
79. 4-15 407 18 Jan 98 Doodlebugs
80. 4-16 416 1 Feb 98 Redeeming Love
81. 4-17 419 1 Mar 98 Flights of Angels
82. 4-18 417 8 Mar 98 Breaking Bread
83. 4-19 418 15 Mar 98 God and Country
84. 4-20 420 29 Mar 98 How Do You Spell Faith?
85. 4-21 421 5 Apr 98 Seek and Ye Shall Find
86. 4-22 422 12 Apr 98 Cry, and You Cry Alone
87. 4-23 423 26 Apr 98 Perfect Little Angel
88. 4-24 424 3 May 98 Elijah
89. 4-25 425 10 May 98 Last Dance
90. 4-26 426A 17 May 98 The Spirit of Liberty Moon (1)
91. 4-27 426B 17 May 98 The Spirit of Liberty Moon (2)
VIDEO: Thankfully, the presentation of these fourth season continues to look a bit better than that of the prior seasons. Paramount offers the show in its original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio, and picture quality is generally pleasing. Sharpness and detail are still not noteworthy (some night/interior scenes look a bit murky), but the picture appears a bit more consistently crisp than the prior seasons.
Additionally, while prior seasons could look a bit noisy and show other issues such as shimmering, these concerns were lessened this time around. Some slight grain was seen at times and a little bit of shimmering was spotted, but otherwise, the picture appeared clean. Colors remained bright and natural, with nice saturation and no smearing or other faults.
SOUND: The 2.0 soundtracks for each episode remained perfectly fine, with clear dialogue, music and sound effects. These are fairly basic tracks though, focusing mainly on the dialogue.
EXTRAS: Given the deluxe treatment that the first season got, it's a little surprising that there are no extras to be found here.
Final Thoughts: Although I was never among the show's following, I have found it an enjoyable watch on DVD. Thankfully, picture quality at least continues to improve somewhat as the seasons go on. Recommended for fans.