Scrubs: The Complete Ninth and Final Season (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
Buena Vista || NR - 312 minutes - $29.99 || September 28, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-10-12


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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:


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Blooper Reel


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

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.::THE FILM::.

So ask yourself this question - what do you do when you have a show that has had mediocre ratings for most of the shows lifespan, has a cult following, and rakes in serious dough by being syndicated on numerous stations? You keep renewing it. Each 22 episode Season is likely going to make you (the studio) serious bank, so why not? Well, Disney faced this issue two years back when NBC canceled "Scrubs" and quickly found an alternate way to continue printing money - move the show to its very own ABC network! After what was dubbed 'The Final Season', the show got renewed... again.

And so it came back - but with a twist. The show would be retooled and focus on a new set of 'Scrubs' and the old Sacred Heart would be torn down and replaced by a Hospital/College hybrid. Umm, ok. So here we are - over a year later in show time, and we see that Dr Cox and Turk are now teachers (they remain the only full-time cast members from the previous seasons). J.D. remains a Doctor/Mentor for the new group of kids, and Elliot is pregnant. But since the show has quasi re-titled itself "Med School", we should really discuss the new cast members.

The J.D. replacement is Lucy (Bishe) who carries on the torch by narrating the show and providing some inner monologue moments. And while we are led to believe that Lucy is the one we should care about, viewers quickly found out she was the least interesting one of them all and the show shifted towards the other characters. Lucy seems to be the only character who is trying to replace an original cast member - which is a good thing. Next up is Cole (Franco) - a stuck-up kid who's Father essentially signs he checks around the Hospital. He starts off being really annoying, but eventually his character is toned down and he becomes the one to watch. Denise (Coupe) from last season returns as well, and instead of being a 'Scrub', she is now a full-fledged Doctor (huh?).

I'm missing some other characters the show introduced in the first 13 episodes (including the two stupid security guards who try to replace the Janitor), but I pegged the ones the show tends to focus on for the short 13 episode season.

So with that all out of the way, is the show any good? Eh. The first episodes are pretty damn rough as the show tries to find its footing. Believe it or not, it's really the old cast members who make the show seem so dull. With J.D. and Elliot returning, they tend to be the focus instead of the new characters which makes no sense when the show has essentially rebranded and rebooted itself. Lucy is the weakest link with the new show. Aside from her fascination with Unicorns, she simply cannot carry the show herself and relies far too much on the other cast members. But thankfully the rest of the bunch is pretty good, Cole being the standout. He nails every line and when he teams up with a now retired Kelso, makes the show much more enjoyable.

The main problem with the show is that it didn't start getting funny until Episode 7 or 8 - and by that time the show was considered dead. It's really a shame since the last few episodes are probably some of the better ones from the past few seasons of "Scrubs".



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes a slip cover.

Scrubbing In (6 Minutes) - Zach Braff discusses the changes to the final season; really, they should have just never brought him back.

Deleted Scenes (9 Minutes) - 20 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Bill Lawrence; most last only 10-15 seconds, and nothing here really fits.

Rounding out the disc is a Blooper Reel (2 Minutes) and a Live from the Golf Cart (2 Minutes) segment with the two idiots who are the replacement for the Janitor.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

"Scrubs: Season Nine" is presented in 1.33:1 on 2 DVDs. Yes, you read that correct, 1.33:1. Even though the show was produced in High-Def (1.78:1), Disney decided to only provide the 4:3 versions of these episodes. Not only am I angry about this revelation, but Disney didn't even see fit to bring the final Season to Blu-ray like they did last year (which had the show in its proper 1.78:1 ratio), so we are watching these episodes in the way they were not intended to be seen.

Moving on from that, the actual picture quality is really lousy. I don't know what went wrong here, but even season 3 of Scrubs looks better and that aired 5 years ago.

Disney has provided English 5.1 tracks for this release. Not a whole lot to say about this - dialog is well placed and rears are rarely ever used. Being a low budget comedy, this is not surprising, but anyone looking to be blown away... well, sorry.



.::OVERALL::.

Diehard fans of "Scrubs" will likely have no interest in the retooled show, so I'm sad to say, you're better off skipping this. Episodes not appearing in the correct aspect ratio really tick me off (as it did last year on DVD), so I just can't recommend a purchase.