Dawson's Creek - The Series Finale (Extended Cut)
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Part Two: As the gang faces a future more uncertain than ever before, Joey struggles to come to terms with her true feelings for Dawson, Pacey and her current boyfriend. When she finally does, she surprises everyone with her decision.
The extended cut of the finale runs 104 minutes, about 16 longer than when it was broadcast in May 2003. Unlike deleted scenes on movie DVDs, each addition seems like a useful part of the story, and the DVD borrows a helpful feature from the Lord of the Rings extended editions by designating on the chapter menu which scenes are new or extended. Some differences are minor, but there are significant new scenes with Joey at work, Joey and her boyfriend (Jeremy Sisto of Six Feet Under), Joey and Dawson's reunion in Capeside, and Pacey's conversation with old flame Andie (Meredith Monroe).
As they did for two episodes of Dawson's Creek: The Complete First Season, creator Kevin Williamson (who co-wrote the finale) and executive producer Paul Stubin provide a commentary track in which they discuss the new scenes and which characters were originally intended to end up together. There are also four scenes that were filmed for the original pilot presentation (not the finished pilot shown in season one) then reshot. There's a small but important difference in the last scene, Pacey meets Tamara Jacobs in a different video store, and Dawson's dad is played by a different actor before the role was recast with John Wesley Shipp. --David Horiuchi
- Exclusive never-before-seen extended cut of the final episode
- Commentary by creator Kevin Williamson and executive producer Paul Stupin
- Alternate ending to original pilot presentation with optional commentary
- 3 alternate scenes to original pilot presentation with optional commentary
Top Customer Reviews
In terms of acting, all the major players turned in amazing performances. Most notably, Michelle Williams had me in tears when Jen was giving a final message to her baby girl. Not only was this scene a moving one, but tied into Joey's ongoing storyline of growing up without a mother. As Jen told Amy: "I want you to love to the tips of your fingers. And when you find that love, wherever you find it, whoever you choose, don't run away from it.." it mirrored exactly the decision Joey always struggled to make.
Onto that topic, the closure of the Dawson-Joey-Pacey love triangle was tastefully resolved: having Joey realize who she really belonged with, knowing and appreciating the difference between her childhood and romantic love, and where they both fit in her life. For a long time, cherishing one meant having to diminish the other, and it was great to have Joey realize she was definitely NOT off the hook, and she didn't have to run from the truth anymore. In terms of "Great Loves" Joey had two-- a best friend/soulmate (Dawson) and partner/true love (Pacey). She ended up with the best of BOTH worlds, and this couldn't have been more perfectly illustrated. We should all be so lucky.
[Still debating the infamous PJ/DJ couple war? Look no further than the hilarious dialogue of the Dawson/Joey "dream wedding," which revealed the painful truth of why these two would never, ever survive in an adult relationship.Read more ›
Having watched the re-runs on TBS, there's no question in my mind that the true romantic and hero of the series was not Dawson but Pacey. Pacey was longing for love, Dawson was longing for a "Hollywood" love. Thinking back and comparing Dawson vs. Pacey and what they did to demonstrate how much they cared for Joey, Pacey wins hands down. There's a particular episode when Pacey and Joey get locked up in a K-Mart for a night that perfectly exemplifies the kind of chemistry the two characters had (also, it's pretty obvious Katie Holmes smiles more in scenes with Jashua Jackson than with James Van Der Beek). If that episode had been Joey and Dawson stuck together, we would have expected no reminiscing of happier times (because there are so few!) and a stupid fight that would end in separate sleeping bags.
Dawson was so insecure about Joey, the only way they could end up together was in his series "The Creek" as part of his own imagination.
Who fought a school bully for Joey and then bought her a wall to paint on? Who took Joey sailing down the coast? Who waited patiently for Joey to open up sexually? The reason it wasn't Dawson was because he would not dare change anything. He got the ending he deserved: Joey and Dawson, forever friends.
It certainly makes up in quality for the disappointing last two seasons of the show, and puts the characters all back in that place we found them, the fictional seaside town of Capeside, MA.
Although I personally could have done without the tragic melodrama, I thought this was a perfect series ender because of one important reason: they finally got it right.
I don't think anyone who has watched these characters over the years and has become invested in their stories can help but feel cheated in how they were treated in the show's final two seasons. But all wrongs seem to be righted here and we are treated to wonderful moments between the core group of Jack, Jen, Dawson, Pacey and Joey.
The issue of the Dawson-Pacey-Joey triangle is also wrapped up perfectly, as the Dawson and Joey saga had been played out to a tired, gasping death over the years. All that we really ever saw of these two was how wrong they were for each other and how miserable they made each other. All in the name of soap operatic drama, I know...but they definitely crossed the line into relationship purgatory with this story and it actually would have been depressing should they have chosen to go with that ending.
Pacey and Joey, on the other hand, had an actual romantic love story that we got to see unfold on screen over the span of a couple of seasons, a nice slow burn from from the first spark of secret feelings tentatively explored to falling head-over-heels in love and literally sailing off into the sunset (another reason why the Dawson and Joey ending would have fell flat in comparison).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice to have deleted scenes. Good to see Andi. Commentary was just ok.Published 4 months ago by Neera Sinha
I haven't watched it yet because I got it as a gift so hopefully it works but it came brand new and looks great on the outside so far!Published 5 months ago by coley
Lots of fun to watch if you are big fan of this series. Some interesting tidbits here that aren't in the final cut.Published 7 months ago by Annie
I didn't see much difference from this extented cut to the original. But I loved the series so it fits in with the collection.Published 8 months ago by Paula Walling
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