30 Rock: Season 6
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Primetime Emmy, SAG, Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy 30 Rock returns for more Korean dictators, mantra stealing, erotic normaling and plant children in its outrageous sixth season. Primetime Emmy Award winner Tina Fey is back as Liz Lemon, the struggling TGS writer who seems to have found a new groove along with M&M pancake-filled domestic bliss. But with GE executive Jack Donaghy (Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner Alec Baldwin) scheming his way through KableTown, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) finding his voice as an idiot, Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) taking her love life to new levels of extreme and NBC Page Kenneth Parcell (Jack McBrayer) being, well, Kenneth, will the chaos be too much for this new and improved Liz to handle? The hilarity continues with loads of exclusive bonus content in addition to 22 episodes of the critically acclaimed series from executive producer Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live).
The sixth season of sitcom 30 Rock dives into a kind of pop surrealism beyond any other show on television. Consider the episode "Leap Day": Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), the head writer of a Saturday Night Live-esque sketch comedy show, discovers that there's a holiday tradition she's never heard of in which Leap Day William, a blue-suited and white-mustachioed bald man, rises from the depths of the Marianas Trench to trade children's tears for candy. Through this episode, Liz and narcissistic Jenna (Jane Krakowski) compete to sleep with a billionaire, high-powered executive Jack (Alec Baldwin) has a rhubarb-induced hallucination that mimics A Christmas Carol, and the ever-erratic Tracy (Tracy Morgan) tries to use up a $50,000 restaurant gift card before it expires, but it's the increasingly unnerving figure of Leap Day William--who goes from preposterous to downright frightening--who will haunt you for weeks after watching the show.
The rest of the season is peppered with masterful bits of lunacy. An Australian children's musical group has undercurrents of white supremacism; Jack manufactures couches that are so uncomfortable they function as torture devices; Jenna tries to record a song that's impossible to parody, only to have "Weird Al" Yankovic create the song that Jenna's song would have been a parody of; after being mugged, Jack transforms himself into a superhero called The Tuxedo; Jenna and her lover Paul turn normal couple behavior into a fetish of its own. Meanwhile, some plots run through the entire season: Liz learns to be comfortable with her new boyfriend Criss (James Marsden); Jack struggles to rescue his wife from North Korea while feeling attracted to his mother-in-law; and the eternally naive Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) rises to the heights of the Standards & Practices department, then tumbles to become a janitor. It's a jam-packed season, consistently funny and bursting with invention. This kind of vitality from a six-year-old sitcom is rare and to be cherished. --Bret Fetzer
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- Audiocomentary on "Dance Like Nobody's Watching" by writer Tracey Wigfield and writer/producer Tom Ceraulo
- Audiocomentary on "Alexis Goodlooking and the case of the Missing Whisky" by Judah Friedlander
- Audiocomentary on "Standards and Practices" by Jack McBrayer
- Audiocomentary on "Live from Studio 6H" by Jane Krakowski and composer/producer Jeff Richmond
- West Coast Version of the Live Show (23:23 min)
- Behind the Scenes of "Live from Studio 6H" (7:24 min)
- Warm up Featurette before the Live Show (8:42 min)
- Deleted Scenes
As you can see they have cut down the number of Audiocomentaries immensely, as there used to be up to 10 per Season Set. And again there is no gag reel, which is something I would so love to see from a show like this. Also, I wished there were more interviews with cast and crew.
Overall this was a great season. It amazes me how this show manages to stay fresh after 6 years. Nothing feels worn out, actually to the contrary they manage to bring in new elements and going back to some of the core storylines of the show. I loved the addition of James Marsden as Liz's new boyfriend Criss. The writers managed to create a loveable character and actually used him in a good way throughout the Season, giving Liz and Criss a possible happy ending for the upcoming final and seventh season. I also loved this years Live Episode and Queen of Jordan Episode. I also need to mention Jenna, for whom the writers really stepped up their, already high, game. Her remarks and storylines were really a highlight of the Season for me, especially in the beginning.
All in all I highly recommend the sixth season of 30 Rock, although I wished they put more effort into the DVD Extras.
Unlike shows like "Lost", "Mad Men", "Game of Thrones", etc. which are more "cliffhanger" driven and have story arcs that you can't usually just pop a disc in and watch a random episode until and unless you've watched the entire series... sit coms are worth owning since you can just randomly watch any episode for equal enjoyment without any handcuffs nor necessary context of episodes before or after.
Season 6 doesn't disappoint! Plus, another live episode and more Queen of Jordan are such a treat.
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