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Dawson's Creek - The Complete Fifth Season
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DAWSON’S CREEK chronicles a close group of friends’ passage from adolescence to adulthood and the hit show’s fifth season sees them making their way out into the world. The journey of cast members JAMES VAN DER BEEK, KATIE HOLMES, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, JOSHUA JACKSON, KERR SMITH and their characters continues, as each faces the challenge of an exciting new chapter in their lives and the realisation that nothing can break the bond between them. Exclusively available on DVD and capturing every episode from the fifth season, this great 6-disc collection is a ‘must-own’ for any fan of this landmark television series.
It's goodbye to Capeside, hello to Boston in Dawson's Creek's fifth season (a.k.a.: Dawson's Creek: The College Years). While the end of the fourth season sent the five friends their separate ways--Dawson (James Van Der Beek) to USC Film School, Joey (Katie Holmes) to Worthington College, Jen (Michelle Williams) and Jack (Kerr Smith) to Boston Bay College; and Pacey (Joshua Jackson) to the high seas--it doesn't take them long to find themselves together again. That's a good thing, especially when tragedy strikes a family member and threatens to tear the survivors apart.
More than anything, the fifth season seems to be about falling into bad relationships. Jen dates a cute but sleazy musician (Chad Michael Murray, One Tree Hill), Pacey gets a job in a restaurant where he pursues a woman (Lourdes Benedicto) already having an affair with a married man, then fends off a vampish new boss (Sherilyn Fenn, Twin Peaks). Joey is drawn to her handsome English professor (Ken Marino). And Jack joins a frat, becomes a jerk, and starts a devoted relationship with his beer bottle. Dawson meets an eccentric young filmmaker (Jordan Bridges) which in turn leads to a meeting with his favorite Boston film critic (Meredith Salenger). And Joey's new roommate, the annoyance-with-a-heart-of-gold Audrey (Busy Phillipps), becomes the newest major addition to the cast. The irritation factor is high this season, a couple of "Joey is threatened" interludes don't have the punch that they could have, and in the season finale, the inevitable resolution of the show's central relationship doesn't really resolve anything at all. But viewers who have followed the Capeside crew for four seasons will still want to see what happens in the fifth.
The fifth season is the first to have no DVD extras at all, and it continues the music-replacement strategy (which, since the second season has replaced much of the music, and since the third season has replaced Paula Cole's theme song, all due to licensing expenses). In addition to the usual background-music switches, some scenes have been edited (for example, the episode "Highway to Hell" has cut two of the performances on-stage at the Drunk & Dead). Also, the opening credits of "The Long Goodbye" and "Downtown Crossing" had originally used instrumental versions of "I Don't Want to Wait," which had underscored the emotion of those episodes. In the DVD set, those have been replaced by the standard version and an instrumental version, respectively, of "Run Like Mad." --David Horiuchi
- 23 episodes on four discs
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The film transfer is horrible and the writing should win a award for the worst ever on a tv series. Blame executive producer Paul stupin writer Tom Latinos and kevin Williamson for hiring these people because now we are stuck with this forever!! 2 more things is jen and Dawson get back together and then break up for the dumbest reasons I ever herd!! I was so hoping they would continue.
Then in past commentaries Paul stupid would speak bad about a written episode and i am thinking to myself you thought a episode was horrible and you still allowed it to be out on air? Well then that's your fault cause the buck stops with you.
Spoiler alert: Jacks a idiot, Jens a idiot, dawsons still harboring a cry-baby whoo-is-me mentality, Grams who is the Christian anchor starts dating a black man (in some denominations is frowned upon) so it doesnt add up. Pacey is still hands down the most realistic,with Audrey a close second and Joey.. We may as well start calling Dawsons Creek *Joeys Creek* this season five is mostly about her, thats not to say this is a bad thing. AND the episode downtown crossing was brilliant.. I loved it.. everything about season five is bland and pretty played out about mid season and this episode sparked some real thought and tension. I completely see and understand other viewers comments and opinions saying season five is garbage and the show doesnt come back alive till mid way through season six.. Im so tempted to just skip a bunch of this drab, but i know there are plot points being made that will make the world right in season six.. ugg im just ready for season 5 to be over.. only my will power to watch the entire full series keeps me faithfull.. thank goodness i bought season 5 used on amazon for like #12.00 To be continued when i finish the season. I want to add that i think its sad, they could have written season five so much better, its the first season away from capeside and a chance to realy pump up the temp and the stakes of the show.. it feels like a half effort in my opinion. To be Continued...
UPDATE: I finished season 5 last night, and yeah, its garbage.. ugg what a waste of my time ! I started season 6 last nite as well and im upset, WHY ? Becouse its season six and its hardly any different than season 5 a few episodes into it.. i sure hope other reviewers are right when they say the show comes back alive mid seson 6. I am so tempted to just skipp the rest of season six and watch the finale.. this is real willpower at work people..
The season was less interesting than the previous, with the exception of some very major moments in Dawson's family. The relationships were less interesting. I mean, Charlie & Joey??? Give me a break.
But the main thing that bugged me was the grasping for straws storytelling and the technical disasters. The writing? First of all. Charlie asks Joey to front his band. Huh? She jumped up on stage one time in a fit of wild inhibition, and in the following episodes, she doesn't sing once. Then she's asked to front his band... she doesn't practice... she just hops up there and knows the songs and has never once worked with the band who's performing before a packed bar. Ridiculous.
Jen (Michelle Williams) bounced around like a jack rabbit for a lot of the season. She is forced to act so corny about Dawson and their relationship it was at times, horribly annoying. This girl must have an identity crisis because she's played so many different personalities in this series, it isn't even funny.
Then there's the writing. So, why is it that all of the people that Dawson, Joey, Pacey & Jen meet... talk the same way they do? With the same sarcasm and pop culture humor. These people are completely random encounters who've never talked to them before... but yet, they talk the same way??
Like, the drug dealing mugger from episode "Downtown Crossing". Joey is being held at gunpoint, but she talks to him like he's Pacey annoying her. Meanwhile, the mugger/gunmen is slinging the same, pop culture reference dialogue at her that has been such a fixture with the show. Could the writers not give him another voice? A unique voice? I thought maybe the mugger grew up with them, or was hiding in Dawson's Capeside closet when they were talking.
The same goes for Professor David Wilder. Apparently Pop culture conversation and dialogue is a class that everyone can take.
I guess the show only had one writer.
The ratings plummeted during this season, causing the following season to be the last. I didn't watch the show when it aired, I purchased the DVDs and watched them. There were many times when I felt bad for the actors in the show. Many times they were put in really silly situations and you can obviously see that they had to grin and bare it.
All in a days work. Live to act another day.
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