Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
Buena Vista Home Video || NR - 236 minutes - $29.99 || November 11, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-11-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Bill Lawrence (created by)
Cast: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Episode Commentaries
  • My Making II: "My Princess"
  • One-on-One with Ken Jenkins
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Lines
  • Bloopers


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

When we last saw J.D. and Elliott, they were about to engage in a kiss, despite the fact Elliott was about to get married and J.D. was going to have a kid. How does one get out of this mess? Well, I won’t spoil whether they kissed or not (they didn’t) but each of these story problems went away in a matter of two episodes, at least with their significant others. Gone is Kim (Elizabeth Banks) as she takes a job elsewhere, though the story aspects in this strike-shortened season finds more reasons why J.D. needs to grow up as he is now a father.

This season also features more relationship give-and-take between Turk (Faison) and Carla (Reyes) and raising their daughter and possibly having another child, plus crusty Dr. Cox (McGinley) still his old self with little character development, just banter between him and... just about everybody else. The Janitor and J.D. are still mortal enemies, though this season Janitor has a little more going on while our favorite background characters (Snoop Dogg Intern/Attendee, Dr. Beardface, etc) get their due and the return of a special fan-favorite character. And then there’s Bob Kelso who, every season, shows he’s not that bad of a guy.

While “Scrubs” season seven has many funny moments, because of the writers’ strike which took the number of episodes down to a paltry 11, there wasn’t many that were truly great. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this season and will no doubt watch it again at some point, but by comparison (as unfair as it is), it didn’t live up to previous years.

However, there was one that was horrid. In what turned out to be the season finale, “My Princess” is a spoof/tribute to The Princess Bride in which Perry tells his son a bedtime story and, using the members of Sacred Heart Hospital, weaves a tale set in medieval times. The reason for the episodes utter awfulness was only compounded as it aired out of order where continuity trumps any jokes. Of course, any jokes that did work, were too far and between. Let’s just say it’s a good thing this was not the series finale as it would’ve been a sad ending to a great series.

“Scrubs” season seven is really too short and unfair to compare with the other seasons. As a set, this “Complete Seventh Season” doesn’t belong with the rest. Obviously there’s no overarching storyline, one only had begun to develop, and when you have an episode that can be considered to be one of the worst in the series (and the last no less), but fans should like it nonetheless.

Thankfully, ABC picked up this venerable series for its eighth and, apparently, final season as show creator Bill Lawrence and star Zach Braff are expected to leave. So, we have one more season to overcome some of the shortfalls from this shortened season.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

“Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season” comes to DVD in a 2-disc, standard case, but with a decent amount of material.

Audio Commentaries – All 11 episodes comes equipped with a commentary track from members of the cast and crew: “My Own Worst Enemy” – Writers Neil Goldman, Garrett Donovan, Aseem Batra; “My Hard Labor” – Writer Bill Callahan and Producer Randall Winston; “My Inconvenient Truth” – Actors Neil Flynn and Sam Lloyd, and Production Coordinator Hillary Hirsch; “My Growing Pains” – Actor Zach Braff; “My Number One Doctor” – Co-Producer Danny Rose, Assistant-to-Producer Jesse Schiller and Assistant Production Coordinator Jared Weifeiner; “My Bad Too” – Producers Randall Winston and Liz Newman; “My Manhood” – Writer Angela Nisel and Director Michael McDonald; “My Dumb Luck” – Writer Aseem Batra and Director Rick Blue; “My Waste of Time” – Writer Andy Schwartz and Script Coordinator Devin Mahoney; “My Princess” – Writer Mark Stegemann and Costume Designer Carey Bennett.

The Making of II: “My Princess” (17:44) – This featurette takes a look at how the season finale was filmed from the table reading, costumes, hair & makeup, sets and location and Zach the director. I admire the detail they put into this episode, too bad it wasn’t very good...

One-on-One with Ken Jenkins (7:24) – Actor Ken Jenkins answers questions about his character, Bob Kelso.

Deleted Scenes (13:54) and Alternate Lines (15:41) – There are 15 deleted scenes and 19 alternate scenes. The deleted scenes are accompanied with the original scene as aired.

Bloopers (2:52) – Quick cutting of some line flubs and the cast, Braff especially, trying to make others laugh.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Like previous seasons, “Scrubs” is presented in full frame (1.33) and looks good. While I wish NBC/Universal had given the show an HD widescreen format, I can’t really complain about the transfer.

ABC Studios presents a Dolby Digital 5.1 that is suitable for a comedy.



.::OVERALL::.

“Scrubs: The Complete Seventh Season” is a good set given it’s only 11 episodes and at least one is easily one of the worst episodes of its entire run. But with a commentary on every episode and other good features, it still makes this a worthwhile purchase for the fans.