The Good

One of those TV shows where you look forward to every scene regardless of which character it’s focusing on.

The Bad

After all the hoopla over Garden State, I find myself to be a bit “Braffed” out.

I liked the movie Garden State. I didn’t think it was some amazing film like others did, and I also think Cameron Crowe really showed his age with the big budget knockoff, Elizabethtown, but I wanted to watch Scrubs - The Complete Second Season because I just finally wanted to see the show. I like John C. McGinley a lot and I figured that Zach Braff would be very good here. Knowing nothing about this shows plot, except for the fact that it takes place in a hospital, I found myself easily able to adapt to that which I didn’t understand. My biggest critique was I didn’t want to see a show trying to be cool. I didn’t want a show that threw out comments and asides, and that was supposed to be the height of it’s sophistication. Quite simply, I just wanted to put in the DVD and laugh.

And I did. I didn’t laugh like I have when I’ve screened Curb Your Enthusiasm but I laughed out loud. Quite a few times actually. Seeing J.D. (Braff) work out his love for Elliot (the cutish Sarah Chalke), was mixed well with the exploits of Turk (Donald Faison), as well the Dr. Cox (McGinley) character. While I think that Garden State has unwittingly made Braff the poster child for the turn on, tune out, yet we really are in tune generation, ultimately, I think this does him a disservice. Scrubs - The Complete Second Season was an enjoyable show with laughs that come because they relate to everyone, not just a bunch of people listening to boring music and combing their bedheads.

Features

Commentary Tracks and Johnny C. Keeps Talking

The Commentary Tracks come to us courtesy of cast members and the people who have created the show. Due to time reasons, I admittedly didn’t listen to all of them, but I loved the sense of fun that the people involved are having. With no pressures to perform or be “on”, the actors are free to just talk, joke and pick on one another. It isn’t surprising that the makers of the show keep things on a somewhat serious note, but thankfully, they never let what they are talking about delve into the world of the boring. As I mentioned above, I am a big John C. McGinley fan and Johnny C. Keeps Talking is an interview in which he is acting offscreen, essentially how he acts on-screen. The thing is, I don’t think that this is an act. I think he is one of those rare actors who has a personality that doesn’t need much tweaking. He can sort of assimilate it to whatever role he happens to be playing. Say what you want Shakespearean purists, but I’ll take this style any day over the boring tones of your classical ones.

Secrets and Lies; The Musical Stylings and Practice, Practice and Malpractice

Secrets and Lies is a segment that essentially tries to debunk some of the myths about this show. Where do the stories come from? What really happens on the set? Did the characters actually do this or that? All of this talk is just more fodder for the fans and message boards, and while this segment certainly doesn’t seek to answer all the questions (what fun would that be?), it does give us the people from the show actually addressing issues and thoughts that the viewers have. Nothing groundbreaking in my opinion, but I am still a newbie, aren’t I? The Musical Stylings segment gives us an inside look at the Scrubs soundtrack. We see how songs make it or don’t make it on to this show. In all honesty, I am not a big fan of much of today’s music, so I guess this piece didn’t do that much for me. Still, the music on the show is used to good effect and really helps evoke images and ideas when the right sounds are meshed with the picture on screen. Practice, Practice and Malpractice are a series of funny “outtakes” from the show. These are basically bloopers but the cast is funny so these in turn become extra funny. Whether they are messing up a line, taking a gag too far or something just doesn’t quite work, bloopers of this nature are always worth watching.

Scrubbed Out and J.D.’s Imagination Gone Wild

Scrubbed Out are a litany of deleted scenes that were not used on the show for some reason. My first instinct would be that this was done for time reasons, but I actually think they were probably cut more to benefit the individual stories. As this is a comedy, there is only so much clarification that is needed. Unnecessary subplots would only serve to bog the story down in a way that would be detrimental to the plot. The final supplemental feature, J.D.’s Imagination Gone Wild, has our cast talking about what J.D.’s dreams mean. I thought this was funny but as with most things where people “have” to be funny, sometimes what they say can end up falling flat. Judge for yourself, I personally saw J.D.’s character a bit differently than most and as a result I choose to keep my opinions about his fantasies to myself.

Video

1.33:1 - Full Screen. Nothing too great about the look of Scrubs - The Complete Second Season. It is a TV comedy and as such we aren’t getting anything too crazy. Save for the quick camera moves and the natural fast pace that a hospital can have, I felt like what I was watching was pretty standard. This isn’t a knock on the show in any way, it’s just I didn’t think it’s presentation was anything that great. Still, there is a familiarity at work that makes a show like this one ripe to be watched again and again. And that my friends is the real key to Scrubs charm, accessibility.

Audio

English - Dolby Digital 5.1. Like the look of this show, I didn’t really notice anything about the audio that stood out. I guess, based on the supplemental features highlighting it, there is supposed to be something special about the soundtrack music. Personally, I didn’t really see it, but then again, I am not the best person to talk about or judge today’s modern music. However, from a writing standpoint, I really liked the humor on this show. Scrubs - The Complete Second Season was something I actually looked forward to watching because I knew that the dialogue, the acting and the presentation was going to be a cut above each time out.

Package

The main cast stands behind Zach Braff as he puts on a rubber glove. Okay, so images such as this on the front cover leave a bit to be desired (depending on your sense of humor), I found that in weird way this encapsulates the show. The back of this 3 disc set has some pictures from the various episodes, a description of what Scrubs - The Complete Second Season is about, a “Bonus Features” listing and some technical specs. While I think this box set feels a tad clunky, my biggest complaint is how focused everyone seems to be on the breakout success of Zach Braff. I hate to say it but these actors, regardless of what they say, all make good money and they could certainly afford to make their own movies.

Final Word

Well, it happened. I finally watched a show that is a recent addition to the world of television (well, pretty recent anyway) and I really liked it. The acting was good, the jokes aplenty and this thing just worked for me. And I have to be honest, Zach Braff is great in this role. I can certainly see why so many people like him. Even though he is probably nothing like the slacker poster boy he is held up as being (if he was would he have already accomplished so much?), on Scrubs - The Complete Second Season he is perfect. As the erstwhile J.D., I found myself really relating to his situation. We all want to be accepted but we don’t want to have to be put through the ringer to gain that acceptance. This is probably why Scrubs is as popular as it is. At it’s “gooey center”, it deals with some real universal truths.

So for the fans and the newly initiated, Scrubs - The Complete Second Season is a show that will make you smile, but also make you think about yourself.

Scrubs was released .