This is one of those shows that makes you look forward to every laugh.
I found it a little hard to negotiate around some of the extra features.
Scrubs: The Complete Fourth Season continues it's frenetic look at the world of resident doctors. In this season J.D. (Zach Braff) and Elliot (Sarah Chalke) are trying to work professionally after their relationship has ended. In a weird way I am seeing a bit of Sam and Diane from Cheers between these two characters, that are both right and wrong for one another. Dr. Turk (Donald Faison) and Nurse Carla (Judy Reyes) are getting acclimated with being married to one another, the idea of "for better or worse" and all that that entails. Amidst all this are the other wranglings of Dr, Cox (John C. McGinley), Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins) and the other actors who help make up this team.
While I think that Scrubs really found a lot of it's groove in this fourth season, I couldn't help think that somehow this show had broken me down a bit over the course of my other reviews. As if I had finally stopped fighting it and I am just throwing in the towel and accepting this show for what it is, not what I think it should be.
There are commentary tracks for two of the episodes in this DVD set. One is by Zach Braff for the episode "My Last Chance", and the other is with Sarah Chalke for "My Life in Four Cameras." It was a bit of a struggle as I only had time to listen to one of these commentary tracks, but I decided to go with Mr. Braff's. He was funny in his own way as he seemed to watch the show with a mixture of indifference and pride in his accomplishments. He discussed working with the cast (giving shout outs here and there), the atmosphere on the set, and seemed to genuinely enjoy seeing his other cast mates in action.
Will You Ever Be My Mentor?
The Sweethearts of Sacred Heart
This segment looks at the women of this show. As you can probably tell by the title of this section, it is highly tongue in cheek. The ladies discuss the show, the actors, what it's like to be "sweethearts," but nobody seems to be taking being a diva that seriously. As a result, this makes the "Sweethearts" that much more appealing.
Donald Keeps Talking
Donald Faison sits down for an interview in which he, unwittingly, shows himself to be a bit more charming that Zach Braff. I know that Garden State made Braff a 21st Century "It Boy," but I think that Faison shows himself to have a lot more shrewdness than we get to see in his role as Dr. Turk. While I didn't find that he revealed anything that amazing, it was interesting seeing a spotlight on him.
The Weapons Chest
Who Is That Man?
Scrubbed Out: Deleted Scenes
A decent amount of deleted scenes (most likely cut for time reasons) are on display here. So essentially, if you didn't get enough of the show, you will certainly get some tiny nuggets here. I was thinking as I skipped around within these that I might catch a few moments that should have made it on to the show. Well, opinions are certainly subjective but based on what I saw, these sequences probably seemed fine on the page but they just didn't translate that well to the small screen.
Alternate Lines: A Second Opinion
I basically took this as a blooper reel with a bit of muscle behind it. That is pretty much what we are dealing with as we see the cast members say things we didn't get to hear the first time around. While it isn't the kind of feature that knocked me out, I think it's cool that more and more DVD creators are testing the boundaries of what DVD watchers are used to seeing.
1.33:1 - Aspect Ratio. As I don't watch this show on TV, I for some reason thought that it might be in widescreen this season. Not that it matters, because the way this show is shot is pretty simple even if the chaos that is captured is not. Also, since these episodes are not that old, they still have the bright, crisp look that I imagine they had when they played on TV in 2004. This show has many aspects of a traditional screwball comedy and because of that it makes it easier to digest all the action.
Dolby Digital. The audio on this show was solid. Nothing about it really grabbed my attention but since this show movies at a fairly quick pace, I didn't find that I was straining to hear anything or that I had any problems in that department. In fact, my one speaker TV seemed to do a very good job of handling all the audio that the three discs in this collection dished out.
The cast of this show seems individually Photoshopped against a mustard yellow background. Looking at this front cover, I couldn't help but wish that Chalke had grown out her hair a bit. The back of this cover has some images from the show, a description of what this season is about, a Special Features listing, and technical specs. All three discs are neatly housed inside this DVD case, which has artwork and episode listings inside as well. While I found it hard to find some of the Special Features, that is truly my only complaint about this release.
I had heard some rumblings that Sarah Chalke was going to be leaving this show for one reason or another and I really hope that that isn't true. First off, I believe that Zach Braff said that the upcoming season of the show was going to be it's last. So, why leave when the show is ending anyway? Also, I think that she is really good on TV (as she also showed in Roseanne) and I wouldn't be surprised if some industrious producer came up with an idea and designed a sitcom specifically for her.
Overall, I think if you are a fan of this show and you've been collecting all the seasons, Scrubs: The Complete Fourth Season is a must have. If you are just a casual fan than you might be better off just watching this show in syndication.
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