Dawson's Creek - The Complete First Season
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Creator Kevin Williamson based Dawson's Creek on his own youth, and sure, the characters may not really look or sound 15, but the Dawson-Joey-Jen interplay--especially embodied by the sad-eyed and cynical (but still adorable) Joey and the smart but emotionally inept Dawson--gives the show its heart. And just like Williamson's fresh take on the teen-horror genre, Scream, Dawson's Creek has a winking self-awareness, for example when Dawson says they're having a "90210 moment" or explains that they use big words because they watch too many movies. Highlights of the first season include Dawson's discovery that his perfect home life may not be so perfect, an unwelcome reminder of Jen's past, the Breakfast Club takeoff "Detention," the Scream takeoff "The Scare," a beauty contest in which two unlikely competitors square off, and the heart-rending finale.
On the DVDs, Williamson and producer Paul Stubin have a commentary track for both the pilot episode and the last episode, in which they offer parallels between the two "bookends," notes on the locations, vast praise for their cast and affection for the show, and a few spoilers regarding subsequent seasons. Williamson and Stubin also do all the talking in an 8-minute featurette "From Day One," while Van Der Beek, Holmes, Jackson, and (briefly) Williams discuss their characters in the 7-minute "Season One Time Capsule," recorded back when the series premiered. On the downside, picture quality is sometimes quite grainy, perhaps because all 13 episodes plus bonuses are squeezed onto three discs. --David Horiuchi
- 13 episodes on three discs: Pilot, Dance, Kiss, Discovery, Hurricane, Baby, Detention, Boyfriend, Road Trip, The Scare, Double Date, Beauty Contest, Decisions
- "Dawson's Creek: From Day One" retrospective featurette
- Season One Time Capsule
Top Customer Reviews
A lot of people who watched the first two, three or four seasons of Dawson's Creek have probably stopped by now. But they should still buy this DVD set because the first season was amazing. From the pilot, to the Saturday Detention episode, to the Beauty Pageant, to the first kiss shared by Dawson and Joey in the season finale, the first season was definitely memorable.
The first season writers, led by Kevin Williamson, knew how to write. They knew how to be dramatic without going overboard. They knew how to make viewers laugh and how to make them cry. They knew just how to get to that place in our hearts that would make us fall in love with this show. And even if you aren't in love with the show anymore, like me, this DVD set is definitely worth buying. It will bring back memories that you have long since forgotten, and it will instill in you a feeling of nostalgia and love for Dawson's Creek.
I hope that the remaining seasons are eventually released on DVD, as I will miss Dawson's after its May 14, 2003 two-hour series finale (which, by the way, should be as great as the first two seasons since it was written by Kevin Williamson). I am very happy this will be released soon and I can't wait to relive the first season.
1. Pilot (aka Emotions in Motion) 1/20
2. Dance (aka Dirty Dancing) 1/27
3. Kiss (aka A Prelude to a Kiss) 2/3
4. Discovery (aka Carnal Knowledge) 2/10
5. Hurricane (aka Blown Away) 2/17
6. Baby (aka Look Who's Talking) 2/24
7. Detention (aka The Breakfast Club) 3/3
8. Boyfriend (aka Escape From New York) 3/10
9. Roadtrip (aka In the Company of Men) 3/17
10. Double Date (aka Modern Romance) 4/28
11. The Scare (aka Friday the 13th) 5/5
12. Beauty Contest (aka Pretty Woman) 5/12
13. Decisions (aka Breaking Away) 5/19
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The content is not my cup of tea, but I knew that when I ordered it. I wanted to take a look at the young Scott Foley, a favorite of mine.Published 1 month ago by ninjamac88
In no way would I continue to watch this show. It just felt weird. I knew/expected it to be outdated, & was prepared for that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mercedes Mcvey