'Nurse Jackie - Season Six'
(Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Peter Facinelli, Anna Deavere Smith, Paul Schulze, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2015 / Lionsgate)
Overview: A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas.
DVD Verdict: First off, I have to give a HUGE kudos to whoever came up with this season six tag line: "Objects are higher than they appear"! Bravo, that person! BRAVO! Nominated for Best Actress at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards (although it was ultimately won by Julianne Moore), Edie Falco once again take up the mantel of our strained lead character, Nurse Jackie. Since day one, episode one, Falco has brought to life a character I can really enjoy. The supporting cast is not full of stereo-typicals, and they compliment the show, but it's Falco's acting that takes the show to a whole new level of compulsive TV watching.
Jackie is tough and outspoken and tells the doctors like it is in the ER she certainly has a caring heart for all patients. Yet she's hardly a saint her life and work doesn't come without problems for one she's trying to cope with a bad back that gives her chronic pain. As wehave seen through the years, this problem (and a slew of others, has lead her to become a pill popping and snorting addict (amongst other things) which the episodes even here in season six vividly display.
Falco and the rest of the cast here in season six have done yet another outstanding job of telling the story of a drug addict and how it affects the people who love her and work with her. Now, while I applaud the actors I do have some problems with the writers and how they told the story. There is no way that an impaired nurse could have functioned so long and done her job so well given the level of her addiction. I also find it hard to believe that the people around her wouldn't have figured out her lies and even when they do figure out her lies cover for her and still show her sympathy.
That said, as one has to show both sides to a story, 'Nurse Jackie - Season Six' is chock full of BIG reveals, more, deeper running deceptions - to family members and co-workers - and her extended family begins to come home; one after the other. As always, the cast - which has gotten tighter and tighter over the seasons - turn in terrific performances, especially Merritt Weaver who deservedly won the Emmy last year. I closing, well, maybe part of me thinks that this show has (sadly) dragged things out for too long now. But, that said, and after such a shocking finale, I'm not back in for one last run around the ward! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of:
"Deceit, Descent, Destruction: Jackie's Fall" Featurette
"Growing Up Peyton" Featurette
Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew