'Crossing Jordan: Season 1'
(Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, et al / 5-Disc DVD / NR / (2001) 2008 / Universal Studios)
Overview: Join a quirky team of misfit coroners willing to put their forensic skills to the test as all 23 Season One episodes of Crossing Jordan including the memorable pilot arrive on a 5-disc DVD set for the first time ever!
DVD Verdict: I first started watching 'Crossing Jordan' my junior year in high school. It was so fascinating that I wanted to be a medical examiner until I saw some pictures of an autopsy online. Which made me quickly change my mind. I loved the show so much and was very disappointed when I found out that the show was canceled. I really wish that 'Crossing Jordan' had never been taken off the air because the show had so many places to go with Jordan and Woody.
This was one show that NBC truly made a mistake with in its abysmal decision not to return 'Crossing Jordan' for a seventh season. Unlike shows that stay on well past their prime, 'Crossing Jordan' was still in full swing and had a myriad of stories left to tell such as who killed Emily (Jordan's Mom), where did Max disappear to and why (Jordan's Dad), what was Dr. Macy's "demon," would (as mentioned above) Jordan and Woody finally get together and so much more.
'Crossing Jordan' was an awesome television show on the NBC network. It lasted for six sesons and 116 episodes. Season one was a ground breaker in that it showed a female lead (Jill Hennessy) who was strong, smart, independent, beautiful, vulnerable yet willing to take risks to find the truth. Jill played the character of Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh with such aplomb, realism and strength that I was hooked after viewing the premiere episode. In fact, I never missed an episode in six years!
A part of what made 'Crossing Jordan' such a great show was the fantastic acting of its unconventional cast and the coolest music ever by Wendy and Lisa. You could not view an episode of Crossing Jordan without stopping by Best Buy the following day to pick up a CD or two of the songs heard on the show.
The writing was second to none. There were no gimmicks. You were able to watch the characaters grow and evolve. Their weaknesses and vulnerabilities were shown and this only caused the viewer to draw even closer to each of the characters. No character grabbed a hold of you like Jordan! Jill nailed the role each and every week!
Crossing Jordan truly ended way before it should have but thank goodness the network at least had the foresight to release the show on DVD. Do yourself a favor and purchase season one. You will not be disappointed. In fact, it will leave you begging NBC to hurry and release the remaining seasons ASAP! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:
A Conversation with Series Creator Tim Kring, Producer/Director Allan Arkush and Producer Dennis Hammer (18:03)
Audio Commentaries from Tim Kring, Allan Arkush and composers Lisa Coleman and Wendy Melvoin provide commentary on: "Pilot," "Miracles & Wonders," "For Harry, With Love and Squalor" and "Secrets & Lies, Part 2."
Jill Hennessay and Allan Arkush Talk About Jordan (18:03)
Steve Valentine, Ravi Kapoor and Kathryn Hahn talk with Allan Arkush (15:13)
Allan Arkush and Tim Kring talk with Miguel Ferrer (17:04)
7 Deleted Scenes (20:33)