62 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2003
I'll be the first to admit that seasons 5 and 6 of Dawson's Creek have not been great. However, the first four seasons WERE great, and then some. The first season introduced us to Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Pacey Witter, and Jen Lindley, in addition to other characters, in the fictional town of Capeside, Massachusetts.
A lot of people who watched the first two, three or four seasons of Dawson's Creek have probably stopped by now. But they should still buy this DVD set because the first season was amazing. From the pilot, to the Saturday Detention episode, to the Beauty Pageant, to the first kiss shared by Dawson and Joey in the season finale, the first season was definitely memorable.
The first season writers, led by Kevin Williamson, knew how to write. They knew how to be dramatic without going overboard. They knew how to make viewers laugh and how to make them cry. They knew just how to get to that place in our hearts that would make us fall in love with this show. And even if you aren't in love with the show anymore, like me, this DVD set is definitely worth buying. It will bring back memories that you have long since forgotten, and it will instill in you a feeling of nostalgia and love for Dawson's Creek.
I hope that the remaining seasons are eventually released on DVD, as I will miss Dawson's after its May 14, 2003 two-hour series finale (which, by the way, should be as great as the first two seasons since it was written by Kevin Williamson). I am very happy this will be released soon and I can't wait to relive the first season.
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2003
It's amazing how times can change - how a series as good as this can turn into something as trashy, unoriginal and quite frankly...dull as the current Dawsons Creek. This series got me through my adolescence, with the references to 80's culture which took me hours to look up, and the conviction after watching every episode that someone else in the world was actually going through the same thing as me. I can't remember another teen show which made me cry as much as when Joey spoke to her father through the prison gate, or made me laugh as much as when Pacey explained his reason for being in detention. It introduced me to artists as good as Jewel and Sarah McLacland and films as great as "From Here to Eternity" and "The Breakfast Club". The characters were worth caring about it (let's face it, yes, we all hated Jen, but we did feel a little bit sorry for her too), the story lines did keep you hooked (how much was I DYING to see Joey and Dawson kiss by the end of the first series?), the music was uncommercial and had me rushing out to buy cds by people that I had never even heard of, and the lines were classic: "Hey Joey, I love your lipstick, what shade is that?" "Wicked red, I love your hair colour, what number's that?" What a shame it all had to change. The magic lasted until the end of the 2nd series, but since then it's been a downhill slide and now the show simply serves as nostalgia for episodes as good as 'Detention' or 'Breaking Away'. Dawsons Creek made long words cool, even for 15 year-olds, and was instrumental in defining the late 90s teenager. They don't make 'em like they used to.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2003
I love how these episodes had plots somewhat like the movies, Detention being my favorite. Episodes include the following which aired in 1998, dates at the end:
1. Pilot (aka Emotions in Motion) 1/20
2. Dance (aka Dirty Dancing) 1/27
3. Kiss (aka A Prelude to a Kiss) 2/3
4. Discovery (aka Carnal Knowledge) 2/10
5. Hurricane (aka Blown Away) 2/17
6. Baby (aka Look Who's Talking) 2/24
7. Detention (aka The Breakfast Club) 3/3
8. Boyfriend (aka Escape From New York) 3/10
9. Roadtrip (aka In the Company of Men) 3/17
10. Double Date (aka Modern Romance) 4/28
11. The Scare (aka Friday the 13th) 5/5
12. Beauty Contest (aka Pretty Woman) 5/12
13. Decisions (aka Breaking Away) 5/19
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2003
Don't overlook episodes 8 (Boyfriend) and 9 (Roadtrip) on this set! There's a trick. Disc 2, and only disc 2, has two menu screens for Episode Selection. The first screen shows episodes 5-7. Then you have to highlight and hit Enter on the small right-facing arrow to get to the second screen, which offers 8-9. This has tripped up a number of people!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dawson's Creek just completed its six-year run on the WB and the first season was recently released on dvd. The show was the creation of Kevin Williamson, who at the time of the show's debut in January, 1998 was riding high thanks to the success of his writing efforts on Scream 1 & 2 and I Know What You Did Last Summer. The show revolved around four teenagers (two boys & two girls) in the fictional Massachusetts town of Capeside. The show's four leads were played by unknowns. James Van Der Beek plays the title role of Dawson Leery, a sensitive film buff, whose dream is to be a big Hollywood director. Katie Holmes is Joey Potter, Dawson's friend since they were five and is innocent, yet hardened because of the death of her mother and her father being incarcerated. Joey begins to realize that she has feelings for Dawson beyond just friendship and the ebbs and flows of their relationship is what the entire run of the series would be based on. Joshua Jackson is Pacey Whitter, Dawson's best friend and lovable screw-up, who creates a potential major controversy by having an affair with one of his teachers. Michelle Williams is Jen Lindley, a bad girl from New York City who is set to Capeside to live with her Grandmother (Mary Beth Peil) who lives next door to Dawson. Jen provides a spark in the group dynamic as Dawson is attracted to her and will take her out which sparks jealousy in Joey. The show is quite different from your average teenage high school drama. The characters dealt with real issues like Dawson's mother's infidelity and the break up of his parent's marriage and the confused feelings of love that all teenagers feel. The characters didn't speak in regular high schooler lingo and were incredibly self-analytical, almost clinical breaking down their emotions. The show is a bit wordy, but the young actors are all fresh and new and bring a charming naivete to their roles. All four lead characters would become instant teen idols and the show's success single handedly saved the floundering WB network which was considering folding until Dawson's Creek exploded with audiences.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2003
At long last, a return to the vaunted glory days of Dawson's Creek, the series that reinvented the teen drama genre. Here we see the "Core Four" (Dawson Leery, Jen Lindley, Joey Potter, and Pacey Witter) as they grapple with everyday emotions in their own unique and inimitable styles. They run the gamut from love, anger, jealousy, grief, and struggling with self-identity. Williamson's vision was both fresh and refreshing, sweeping aside the vestiges of the oft-overdramatic Beverly Hills, 90210 or the childish Saved By The Bell.
Everything that made the Creek a place to visit without fail on Wednesday nights is epitomized in the first season, and the heart-wrenching season finale sealed by the first kiss between Dawson and Joey would set the stage for the seasons that followed. While the show has floundered since Williamson's departure, it still remains a staple of the WB Network despite this, its sixth and final season. We've seen the best and the worst this series had to offer, and we've remained loyal nonetheless.
My hope is that we savor this DVD and the ones representing the seasons that follow. We can sit back and reminisce about a show that had no equal during its heyday, and soften the blow of the May 14th series finale. So, relax and enjoy Dawson's Creek in all its glory as we prepare to say farewell to some old friends for the last time.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2003
I honestly believe that season 1 of Dawson's Creek is 13 of the best hours I have ever seen in the world of television drama. The writing is incredible and the camera work is creative...it's a joy to own this excellent work...The bottom line is you're getting a great show at a great price. But that comes with a price of its own...incredibly sloppy work on the mastering process.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2003
The first time I ever watched Dawson's Creek was only a little over 2 months ago. I woke up one morning and my luck Dawson's Creek was just coming on, the 1st episode; I watched it and loved it. Little did I know that everyday on that channel they were airing 4 episodes a day from the 1st episode until this years series finale. I watched every single episode throughout all the 6 seasons over the last couple months and have to say that this is definately the best TV series ever!! I went out and bought the DVD as soon as I found out it was in stores. I am now hooked on this show and am a HUGE fan. I can't believe it is all over, but all I am looking forward to now is for the next 5 seasons to come out on DVD because I will be the first one to buy them all so I can always look back and watch every great episode of this show whenever i feel like it. I would definately recommend this DVD for anyone!! Can't wait for the next season to come out!!
35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2003
The 12-episode mid-season pickup plus the first full season of Kevin Williamson's ground-breaking show single-handedly reinvented teen drama. They pushed the boundaries of acceptable content with teacher-student relationships, challenged us with teenagers who spoke like grad students, and gave us so many postmodern, intertextual references to 1980's pop culture that the show was as much fun for twenty-something adults as it was for kids going through puberty now. It was fresh, with unusual characters and storylines, and had enough unpredictability and pace to keep you engaged, all the while toying with the "will-they-or-won't-they?" Joey/Dawson relationship in the background. It was superb. Then came Season 3. Exit Kevin Williamson and enter the schmaltz - and it's been pretty much the same ever since. What once played like an adult's fond-yet-knowing fantasy of adolescence, now plays like an adolescent's woefully uninformed fantasy of adult life: a world in which Hollywood producers seek out aspiring student filmmakers; where downtrodden employees rise up and overthrow the boss; where impassioned speeches really do change people's hearts and minds; where having gay friends is cool, as long as we never actually see them kiss. It's like "Seventh Heaven" without God - unjustified by moral subtext, such mawkishness is horrific. While there are still rare moments of inspiration - like a devout grandmother taking a weekend fling in Vegas with her black boyfriend, or the brilliant one-liners Audrey is lucky enough to score most weeks - it's almost wholly degenerated into a sappy, lame and agonizing ritual for those left wondering if Joey and Dawson will ever end up together. But by now, does anyone really care? For my part, I just fantasize about a series finale in which they're all drowned in the creek. So buy this box set and treasure it - it will take you back to the good ol' days when the show still had some guts.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2003
It's funny how you associate a cetain past-time in your life with the songs and TV shows that were popular at the time. When I was 16 I watched the entire first season of Dawson's Creek with an ex-girlfriend of mine. Much to my surprise, I got hooked in like a little teenage girl (which I constantly ragged on myself for) and ended up watching most of the second and third seasons as well. So the show was a little unrealistic... For example, when Pacey dates his English teacher and she never gets locked in jail, or the constant coaching that Dawson gives his parents and that other teens seem to give other adults in the show on a regular basis. Most 15/16 year olds don't have it together better than the adults around them. I guess a show needs to be a little unrealistic though, otherwise it wouldn't be telivision. With that aside, the show was amazing! It flawlessly captured certain moments that all teens go through on their journey to adulthood. The excitment and confusion of love, the strong bind between best friends, the times when you know things are changing but you just can't figure it out, it's all here in the first season. Although seasons 1 through 3 were all great, season 1 stood out and captured those moments that can make you smile or make you cry. When I popped this DVD into my player, it brought back memories of being 16 again. It wasn't just because I was watching Dawson and company struggle through adolescence again, it reminded me of where I was in my life when I used to watch this show. If you watched the first season back in 1998 like I did, go get yourself this DVD. You won't be disappointed. I graduated highschool and never got around to watching seasons 4-6, but if they come out on DVD maybe I'll revert back to my girly ways from when I was 16 and soak up the drama.