As a TV series progresses through multiple seasons, keeping the show fresh and entertaining becomes more difficult. Making the show better than when it started is almost next to impossible, yet the crew behind the popular Scrubs manages to do just that as each season passes. Scrubs eighth season on DVD is a true testament to this, as not only does it have every episode from what could be called its best season yet, but a plethora of extras that will keep you laughing even after the credits roll. My full review after the jump:
The eighth season finally reins in a lot of the plot lines that have been building since the series began, as a few of the original characters will be departing from the cast, most notably Johnathon Dorian (Zach Braff). Dr. Cox becomes Chief of Medicine of Sacred Heart, J.D., Turk and Elliot take on a crew of interns which prove very quickly to be quite a handful, and Kelso becomes best friends with his long time rival, Cox. J.D. and Elliot begin to explore their friendship in further detail, and might finally discover a love that has been there all along. The Janitor meets the woman of his dreams, and even Ted is getting into the love game.
The episodes themselves deliver the same side-splitting humor that fans have come to expect from the series, combining off the wall antics and clever writing, while still providing many touching moments and powerful messages. In one episode, J.D. and Turk are excited about attending their annual ‘Steak Night’, the one night a year they get together, act like men (though J.D. still has trouble in this department), and enjoy their perfectly cooked meal. It seems like nothing can come between them and their fun, until they find out that a patient of theirs is on his death bed. The man has no family to spend his remaining time with, so the excited duo decide to spend the night with man until he passes on. The episode starts off rolling the laughs in by the barrel, and ends with the audience sobbing, something Scrubs seems to be able to do with every episode.
The creative team behind Scrubs has a level of talent that seems missing from many sitcoms today. The writers seem to be able to craft a story that is undeniably original and hilarious, while also staying true to the show’s roots. The flawless introduction of the interns is a perfect example of this. New characters introduced late in a series are rarely welcomed to audiences, as they always feel tacked on for some sort of appeal, yet the new doctors of Sacred Heart fit right in with the original cast. The main cast does a spectacular job in their roles, never losing the feeling of their characters, even improving on the depth they give the characters. Everyone from the costume designer to the soundtrack coordinator does an amazing job at keeping Scrubs at the top of its game.
One of the best parts about owning the DVD is the amount of extras contained on the third disc. The bloopers and deleted scenes are fun to watch, and the alternate lines give a few more laughs and are definitely worth the viewing. The small documentary (My Bahamas Vacation) shows how much the cast loves the show, and provides a bit of behind the scenes knowledge of what it took to film this season’s ‘big show’. The best part of these features has to be the Intern Webisodes. Originally aired on the ABC website, the short videos follow Sunny around as she makes her video diary of her first year in the hospital, and will have you laughing just as much as the show itself. Sunny is simply lovable, and each webisode gives you a stronger understanding of the young doctors as they make their transition into full fledge Scrubs characters.
Scrubs: The Complete Eighth Season is a must own for any fan of the series. With the clever, witty writing, spectacular cast, gut-busting jokes, and tear jerking stories, the eighth season gives the audience everything they could want in their favorite show. You’ll be laughing from beginning to end, and talking about it for days after.