'Scrubs - The Complete Sixth Season'
(Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, et al / 3-Disc DVD / PG / 2007 / Touchstone)
Overview: Fill your prescription for laughs with the sixth dose of the Emmy® award-winning Scrubs. The doctors of Sacred Heart make their rounds in the surreal comedy that GQ magazine hails as their "stealth nominee for sitcom of the decade." Expect big bundles of laughs this year as J.D and Kim, Turk and Carla, and Dr. Cox and Jordan are all expecting little bundles of joy, and the entire crew take an unforgettable road trip. Continue your Scrubs collection with all 22 episodes of the groundbreaking sitcom’s sensational sixth season. With a band of hilarious guest stars and exclusive bonus features, including alternate takes and bloopers, this 3-disc box set is the perfect cure for the entertainment blues.
DVD Verdict: For the past six years SCRUBS has been one of the best yet underrated series on television. Featuring one of the best ensemble casts on TV, viewers have come to love and laugh with and at JD, Turk, Elliot, Carla, Cox, Kelso, the Janitor, Laverne, Ted, the Todd, and Jordan. Many fans complained that this season the formula of generalized insanity that the show had followed for the previous five years was getting old, that much of the humor had a sense of been there-done that. I will grant that the show did not explore much new ground in Season Six, and that some of the new ground explored was not very successful, but with the show's seventh and final season looming ahead, I also believe that the show could say to its fans, in the world of the immortal Bob Dylan, "You're gonna miss me when I'm gone."
Indeed, by Season Six some of the freshness had definitely worn off. Despite its most valiant efforts it had begun to repeat itself. There was a musical episode that was highly touted before the season began, but which I found to be one of the flattest episodes of the season. And there was an utterly baffling episode in which one of the regular characters, Laverne, died after an unexpected auto accident. There didn't seem to be any reason for Laverne's death except to shake things up a bit, but one wonders if it was worth the price. I did enjoy the more or less season-long arc involving the immaculate pregnancy of the doctor JD was somewhat casually dating, played by the marvelous Elizabeth Banks, but it went to some really dark places, first with Banks's character pretending to JD that her pregnancy had miscarried and then with JD flip-flopping when he found out and she asked him to be involved in giving birth and raising the child.
It put both characters in a very bad light, made more perplexing in the final shot of the season where JD and Elliot, who herself was on the verge of getting married, while lying on a bed together turn towards each other as if to kiss. Season Seven will begin with the outcome of that little move (series creator Bill Lawrence has stated that he is personally opposed to a resumption of a JD-Elliot relationship, but he conceded he is completely outvoted by the writers).
While I am still definitely enjoying the show, I think the decision to end the series after Season Seven is a good one. I think the show will end with a little bit of gas left in the tank. We'll still enjoy seeing all the members of the staff of Sacred Heart Hospital and we will miss them when they are gone. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
My Making Of: "My Musical"
Judy Reyes Keeps Talking
Scrubbed Out - Deleted Scenes
Alternate Lines - A Second Opinion
Practice, Practice, Malpractice - Outtakes
Audio Commentaries And More!