Dawson's Creek 6 Seasons 2002

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Season 5
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23. Swan Song TV-PG CC

All the best-laid summer vacation plans are thrown into disarray as everyone collides at the airport.

Starring:
James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes
Runtime:
44 minutes
Original air date:
May 15, 2002

Swan Song

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Season 5

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Genres Drama
Director Gregory Prange
Starring James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes
Supporting actors Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Kerr Smith, Mary Beth Peil, Busy Philipps, Nina Repeta, Ian Kahn, Mary-Margaret Humes, Hal Ozsan, Ryan Bittle, Afemo Omilami, Brian Lafontaine, Logan R. Berkshire, Lynn O'Connell, Jennifer Ferrin, Ashley Williams
Season year 2002
Network Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Executive Producer Tom Kapinos
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89 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Rhett Miller on April 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Ignore the haters, Season Five is one of the series' best. While nothing will touch the freshman year of Seasons One and Two, Season Five benefits from a welcome change of scenery. Capeside was getting tired by the end of Season Three, and Four seemed like the same old conflicts reiterated again. The series needed to breathe, and it found new wind in sending Dawson off to California and the rest of the clan off to Boston.

Throwing the characters into the new realm of post-secondary adds freshness to the series, as the gang is able to experience new and more age-oriented conflicts, like fraternity angst, career-path uncertainty and the perils of being away from home. The series would even stretch itself creatively with the new location change, with an interesting two-parter with Joey and a life-changing situation.

Not only is the change of scenery rife with interesting new experiences, but the actual subject matter of Season Five has much more dramatic weight than the comparatively lackluster Season Four. Dawson does some real soul searching, Pacey copes with the hardships of being a failure, and there is a death with an emotional impact that makes Abby Morgan's farewell in Season Two seems like small stuff.

We also get a new regular, Audrey, "Freaks and Geeks" breakout Busy Phillips, and she adds a feistiness to the series that had been lost after Abby's departure in Season Two. While Audrey's character would become a writing snafu in Season Six (constantly reiterating the same old tired drug/alcohol abuse story), her, Joey and Pacey have some really strong moments in this season.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Spaulding on July 4, 2005
Format: DVD
One of the biggest reasons I enjoy television so much is because it allows me to escape the incredible boredom that passes for my life, and for a little while anyway, take in somebody else's problems and live in their lives.

This is certainly the case with Dawson's Creek. I never watched the show when it was on the air until the last few episodes, but I have enjoyed the first four DVD sets and was interested to see how the show changed once the kids left Capeside for college.

As season five begins, we find Dawson at film school in California, Joey at Worthington College in Boston and Jack and Jen close by at Boston Bay College. Pacey, fresh off his summer working on a yacht, is living in a boat in Boston Harbor and as the season begins, only Jen knows he is there.

Things change quickly for everyone as the season gets under way. Dawson realizes that he misses being with Joey and decides he wants to move to Boston to be near her. But the sudden death of his father changes everything, pushing him away from Joey and eventually into a relationship with Jen. Jack quickly joins a fraternity and his brothers soon begin to take priority over school and his high school friends. Pacey realizes that he has a talent for cooking when he gets a job in a restaurant and Joey finds herself attracted to her professor.

James Van Der Beek is again solid as Dawson, though you have a hard time, as in years past, believing that he is the age that he is. The dialogue throughout the series has always been over the top, which is really what makes the show what it is. His emotion at the death of his father, and his need to be there for his mother is heart wrenching at times. He finally confronts his feelings by going to a therapist to sort out his feelings.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cassie on February 26, 2005
Format: DVD
I know there are many disappointed fans out there when it comes to the decline of momentum in the fifth season, but I really loved this season. We have already seen all of Capeside and its inhabitants at this point. We already know the in depth history of each and every one of the main characters. We have already seen the same people thrown into the same situations again and again (Not saying that I didn't love every minute of it). It is just nice to see how they react to a new environment and new people. Also, the fifth season has some of the most heartbreaking storylines of the entire series, including the episode where Mitch dies and the one where Joey gets mugged. For anyone questioning whether or not to buy the disc set, let me just tell you that the previous four were well worth it for me. I do have to say that I was a bit disappointed by the change in music. I understand why certain songs had to be changed, but it just isn't quite the same when you see the opening credits come on and you don't hear "I don't want to wait" by Paula Cole along with it. I would certainly pay a little more for the set if it had at least that one song included.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason Noyes on March 21, 2005
Format: DVD
I know some people may disagree, but this show was so beautifully written! Granted, the vocab was a bit much for their age but so what! This series dealt with so much that I can relate to, even as a guy (who gets made fun of constantly for liking this show) I can still say that this was the best show on TV!

My biggest disappointment was the Theme music. Not having Paula Cole's song in the beginning is like not having the "I'll be there for you" song on when the Friends credits is rolling!

All in all, season 5 is just as good as the rest, its a must!
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