ER: Season 8
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Combining the extraordinary talents of best-selling author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) with Peabody, Humanitas and Emmy-winning producer John Wells ("The West Wing," "China Beach") and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, the multiple Emmy Award-winning "ER" provocatively explores the chaos of an urban, public hospital emergency room and the lives of its devoted doctors and staff. Attending Physician Dr. Mark Greene forms the emotional backbone of the emergency room, joined by highly talented but less-than-gracious Dr. Kerry Weaver. Greene's wife, gifted British surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Corday, ably serves as associate chief of surgery, and Senior Resident Dr. John Carter strives to prove his skills every day, alongside intensely brilliant surgical resident Dr. Peter Benton. When the difference between life and death rests on split-second decisions, only one thing endures-the power and passion of these dedicated medical personnel in the ER.]]>
By the end of the season, a number of doctors are gone, none more significant than the two original cast members. Benton's exit is like the doctor himself: clean, efficient, and with barely a hint of emotion. And Greene's departure is also fitting: unable to separate himself from the ER, he stays at work till nearly the bitter end, when he finally relents and takes a trip to his boyhood home of Hawaii, where Iz's Island-flavored rendition of "Over the Rainbow" proves especially moving in the season's penultimate episode, "On the Beach." Other cast members include Julie Delpy as a barmaid who takes a liking to Kovac, Mekhi Phifer as new hotshot intern Greg Pratt, Mary McDonnell and Michael Gross as Carter's parents, Christina Hendricks as Abby's battered neighbor, and Molly Price and Jason Wiles as New York cops in a crossover episode with Third Watch. Bonus features include a gag reel and deleted scenes, including eight from "On the Beach." --David Horiuchi
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I'd go as far as to say the majority of the episodes during season 8 were remarkable, and I'm thrilled they are now available to us on DVD.
The episode in which Greene and his family go to stay in a tranquil house in Hawaii is without a doubt one of the very best in the entire series. I don't think anyone can see it without tears. Greene is the good father and good man we've come to care about, Elizabeth the strong woman we respect, and Greene's daughter gives a fine performance. It's moving, life-affirming, and honors the characters in a way that fans of the show will appreciate.
A strong season.
Be that as it may -- the DVDs. It seems that as the series goes on the DVDs become more and more bare-bones, while the price remains about the same. The extras include the usual deleted scenes (some of which were not actually deleted ...), and a very short gag reel, (which took some hunting down -- it was on a different disc than the box claimed) about a quarter of which consists of scenes of Tony Edwards surfing in Hawaii. That's it. No commentary tracks. While the box claims to have French language subtitles, the discs only offer English.
As the title of this review says, season eight was the swan song for Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards). Watching the episode where Carter reads the letters from Greene and Corday, written during the good doctor's final hours on the beach in Hawaii, a true ER fan couldn't help but get choked up. And then, one episode later, watching as Mark enjoys his final weeks with his family in Hawaii, it wasn't easy. But Anthony Edwards was leaving the show and t his is the way it was determined his exit would take place. It was certainly tough to see him go.
In his final season, Greene dealt with more than his fair share of issues, but the biggest was the return of the tumor that had first appeared a season earlier. As viewers, we had watched Dr. Greene go through so much, an attack in the hospital bathroom, a divorce, the death of his parents, but with British surgeon Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) he seemed to have found a new happiness. They had a daughter, Ella, and seemed happy, but then the tumor reappeared and everything changed. The couple dealt with some tough times in his final months, but in the end, they were happy and together and that's what fans would've wanted for Mark. He got the chance to get to know his older daughter, Rachel (guest star Hallee Hirsch) a little better and while they had their own problems, it was obvious they cared for each other.
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We have been working our way through the entire series of ER by purchasing them season at a time on Amazon. We are up to season 9 now. This season 8 is very good. Read morePublished 28 days ago by SSCole
By far, THE most emotional season of ER ever! Dr Green gets brain cancer in the 7th season, and in the 8th it's very heartbreaking! The show wasn't the same ever since. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love ER,it is my favorite tv show. This box set was a purchase was to replace a copy of my box set, which had a few scratches, and I was glad to get a new copy!Published 8 months ago by Sharon L. Forbes
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