'Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season'
(Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, et al / 3-Disc DVD / PG / 2009 / ABC)
Overview: This half hour comedy focuses on the bizarre experiences of fresh faced medical intern John JD Dorian as he embarks on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients, where humor and tragedy can merge paths at any time.
DVD Verdict: Season 8 of 'Scrubs' saw a lot of major changes. With Bob Kelso gone and no longer head of surgery, Perry Cox becomes the new head of Sacred Heart. Ted actually finds a girlfriend (a ukulele abusing one to boot). Turk becomes chief of surgery while he and Carla expect their second child. And Janitor finds a woman of his own (known as "Lady") and gets married.
But the biggest changes involve JD and Elliott. They get back together and unlike in the past, JD doesn't panic at all, but instead delights in being with her, even embracing all her eccentricities. And the final big change involves JD leaving Sacred Heart so that he can live closer to his son (with Elliott sneakily moving in with him by slowly sneaking her stuff into his place).
The series began with JD preparing for his first day at Sacred Heart and the series ends with him leaving. I'm going to miss this show. At its best it was one of the most refreshing, inventive comedies on TV. Even at its worst it was at least enjoyable. I'll miss all the characters and I'll even miss Sacred Heart itself. They actually bought a closing hospital in which to film the show and house the production company offices. The result was a feeling of concreteness and reality that none of the dramatic hospital series on TV could fully match, wedded as they were to sets rather than locations.
The Sacred Heart grounds were something that they had complete access to, rather than something that they just visited. The cars on the lot were probably those of the actors and production crew. The whole show just seemed at home.
The good news is that we got eight whole seasons. This translates in to lots of DVDs that we can watch and rewatch. The show has ended but it won't really be going away. And the reason for that statement? Well, there has been a lot of talk that 'Scrubs' may return in some form next year. I wouldn't be opposed to it, though they have a lot to live up to. It'd be nice to occasionally see JD drop in, as a suspect they'd try to line up guest spots with the original cast.
I doubt anyone from the original cast would return, though John McGinley might as Dr. Cox. I would love to see Kelso back as well, but I doubt Judy Reyes, Donald Faison, and all will be back. The interns from this season showed some promise. I guess we'll have to wait and see. [RM] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
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