'JAG (Judge Advocate General) - Fourth Season'
(David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / 2007 / Paramount Home Video)
Overview: In this explosive hour-long dramatic adventure series, David James Elliot stars as Lieutenant Commander "Harm" Rabb, Jr., a brave, outstanding Navy Lawyer and officer in the Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) Corps. His missions are to investigate and prosecute all crimes, accidents, acts of terrorism and espionage related to the Navy and Marine Corps. Playing the diverse roles of investigator, prosecutor and defense attorney, Harm and his partner Major Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie (Catherine Bell), use their intelligence and determination to uncover the mysteries behind cases involving murder, treason, espionage and other high crimes to bring world-class criminals to justice. JAG combines all the intensity of the battlefield and all the suspense of a criminal investigation into an action-packed hour!
DVD Verdict: I must admit that I am a 'J.A.G.' fan, in spite of its unrealistic premise. I enjoy the plots and characters, and it is one series that allows the characters to grow and develop over the 10 years it was in production. Its portrayal of the Navy is responsible and favorable enough to get a lot of cooperation from the armed forces.
For those unfamiliar with the show, J.A.G.’s Judge Advocate General’s office houses a collection of ass-kicking military officers serving the greater good. Like a legalese Top Gun, this group of military folk, lawyers, and plain-old freedom fighters have a Smorgasbord of enemies to deal with, and some interpersonal affairs to deal with, as well. Within the office, the camaraderie between Harm and the square, icy “Mac” MacKenzie (Catherine Bell) remains the series’ greatest asset, especially in this season where the maybe/maybe-not skeletons from Mac’s closet threaten to ruin her career. (Let’s just say the girl used to be a drinker.) J.A.G.’s show writers recognize this; when the show defaults to a simple dialogue exchange between those two, the show can coast on autopilot for quite a while.
But when it hits the fan toward the end of the season – a bout with cured night- blindness that hampered Harm’s jet-flying career nearly inspires him to resign (NOOOOO!) – things get a little silly. That being said, though, I can’t say I wasn’t riveted to the end. It’s common with TV stuff. Although this writer can’t dub J.A.G. an exceptional series, I want to make damned sure that even though I point out inconsistencies and half-cooked narrative stupidity, I must tell you that I happily sat through two or three episodes of this Complete Fourth Season set every night until it was done! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, but does not come with any Special Features other than English Closed Captions.