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'Greek: Chapter Three'
(Jake McDorman, Clark Duke, Scott M. Foster, Spencer Grammer, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2009 / Disney)

Overview: Chapter Three brings a new year with new pledges and new challenges. Rusty’s fraternity life takes some interesting twists when he moves into the Kappa Tau house. Meanwhile, in a battle for the pledges’ affections, Casey and Frannie spill each other’s past secrets, and Hell Week at Cyprus-Rhodes University creates havoc up and down Greek Row.

DVD Verdict: First and foremost this is a quirky soap-comedy. Straying away from territory put forth by the perma-depressing "Felicity" or the too literal realm of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dawson's Creek," the college presented in "Greek" is a understandably a fantasy college. Money is never an issue, while the characters are seen in class they seem to have as much free time in the world (especially since not one of them have a part-time job). But it is in the characters that you feel hooked into the series.

Put into a satirical almost fantasy-like world of the ultimate view of college (complete with 300 sq ft dorm rooms), these characters are the heart of the show. I know that for myself while I was entertained immensely from the amusing weekly shenanigans (which range from a depression-era speak-easy party, to a quest to make it rain beer, and having to run from an escaped mental patient) but it was the dynamic between the characters, the relationships, that brought me back episode after episode.

Indeed, "Greek" is unique in that it begins by setting up a series of stereotypical characters - the nerdy freshman, the southern fundamentalist, the sorority girl, the jerk boyfriend, the closeted gay guy - and then, over the course of the season's run, destroys each and every stereotype.

By gradually adding depth to the characters and then letting them run loose in the college setting, the show's creators have managed to create believable and interesting situations that balance drama and comedy. The snappy writing is supported by strong ensemble acting. Ultimately, the show succeeds at what it sets out to do: to create a group of interesting characters that interact with one another in interesting ways.

In this third season, Rusty’s fraternity life takes some interesting twists when he moves into the Kappa Tau house, while in a battle for the pledges’ affections, Casey and Frannie spill each other’s past secrets, and Hell Week at Cyprus-Rhodes University creates havoc up and down Greek Row.

"Greek" is not a perfect show. It is cheaply made and obviously first-and-foremost aimed at those not yet in college. But for those who enjoy great character structure there is enough poignancy in this return trip to college to definitely make up for the price of admission. [TS] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the following Special Features:

20 Questions with the Cast
Bloopers
Audio Commentaries

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