Synopsis: William Masters and Virginia Johnson are known as pioneers of the science of human sexuality. Their research shoots them to fame on a trajectory that takes them from humble beginnings in the Midwest to the cover of Time magazine. Masters is a brilliant scientist who is out of touch with his own feelings. Johnson is a divorced mother who is ahead of her time on many fronts, including her determination to have a meaningful career. The pair's relationship isn't just professional, as it evolves into a three-way "marriage" with Masters' wife, Libby. "Masters of Sex" is based on Thomas Maier's book of the same name, which profiled the pair.
Main Feature: "Masters of Sex" was always a show I found to have a great premise and potential that never sealed the deal. Absence may have made the heart grow fonder, as this time around, I view the show much differently. Elements I originally viewed negatively now are of top quality. One part of the show that remained a constant was it's two leads. I have gone on record as saying I found Michael Sheen's performance in "The Queen" to be BETTER than Helen Mirren. His talents shine even more show as Masters. He has a subtlety to him that more than adequately shows a flawed character as relatable. Lizzy Caplan equally fills her role as Virginia fantastically, committed to her performance as much as her character is to Masters. The thrill, ironically, dissipates in its later seasons.
Special Features: Having the first two seasons of "Masters of Sex" already--DVD and Blu-ray, respectively--there is a nice batch of new special features Mill Creek Entertainment invested in this complete series set. Chief among the bonuses is a focus on the talented cast. A new commentary track for the pilot with Sheen and Caplan, as well as featurettes on the actors of their specific characters are among the half dozen or so new extras on this set. Carryovers cherry-picked from the previous releases fill out the special features.
Final Call: While "Masters of Sex" had a enormous potential and a greats tart, the quality couldn't finish, but the size of the Mill Creek's special features is what matters.