Dawson's Creek - The Complete Third Season
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On the DVDs, executive producer Paul Stupin does his usual commentary track for two episodes, and he's joined by Kerr Smith. They discuss the series itself, Smith's character, and Smith's subsequent career more than the events of the episodes. The second-season DVD set disappointed many fans by replacing a large portion of the music, and that trend continues in the third season, most surprisingly in the loss of Paula Cole's theme song. Instead, the opening credits feature Jann Arden's "Run Like Mad," which was used briefly in the international broadcast. Stupin explains the switch as an attempt to do something different and creative, but then admits there was also "a bit of an economic reality." Fortunately, the DVDs do have John Lennon's "Imagine" and Mary Beth Maziarz's "Daydream Believers"--songs that in dramatic context simply could not have been replaced--and it could be argued that a veteran viewer might skip the opening credits anyway. Still, for many fans, the music made Dawson's Creek what it was, and without all of it--especially the theme song--the DVDs seem like a compromise rather than a permanent keepsake. --David Horiuchi
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Season Three begins with a series of oblique turns in the first episode, "Like a Virgin." Joey is interested in Dawson, which should be a good thing, but he is fascinated by the mysterious Eve, a new bad girl in town and end up crashing his dad's boat and trying the whole "Risky Business" approach to making the money he needs to get the boat fixed. Jen (Michelle Williams) does a wonderful job of demolishing the school's head cheerleader, in a telling speech about what life will be like 25 years down the road, and in a twist of fate that defies logic in the high school I remember is made Head Cheerleader. Apparently now once Kevin Williamson was gone, the idea was to jerk the chains of the characters as often as possible.Read more ›
There has never been more heartbreaking angst and pure emotional drama packed into a single story on this show than the relationship of Pacey and Joey, and this is where it all begins. From the tentative first realization of feelings to one of the all-time greatest season finales ever, THIS is the season you MUST own.
The Pacey and Joey pairing had every element of a truly great love story, and I have to believe there is a reason those in charge of the show decided to wait a few seasons to let these two characters explore the sparks that were always under the surface between them. The chemistry between these two actors is amazing - truly electric - and undeniable as it carries over onto the screen. There's a little bit of influence from modern day romances like "When Harry Met Sally..." or "Say Anything..." thrown into this story, as well as that wonderful sort of humorous banter that you usually only got to see in the old Hepburn-Tracy classics. Sweetness and sarcasm abounds...and Pacey and Joey are also sizzling HOT together.
It's certainly no wonder that the Dawson and Joey relationship on the show was never able to rebound after this season with the majority of the fans. Of course, painting Dawson as the guy coming between TRUE LOVE in this season didn't do his character any favors, but he certainly became the character we loved to disparage, and every TV show needs one of those. We all knew Dawson was going to throw a hissy fit when he found out his best friend and his best girl had fallen in love when he wasn't looking, and he did not disappoint us in all his drama queen glory.
Such great entertainment this season!Read more ›
As tired we sometimes get of themes we've heard over and over (and over) again, there is a reason why the best ones are successful and become intrinsically linked with the identity of a show. The way "I Don't Want to Wait" was used in Dawson's Creek--sometimes cutting into the whimsical part, other times into the more humorous "do-do-do-do-do-do" chorus, other times straight into the main verse--cannot be replicated. "Run Like Mad" isn't fun and it's not dramatic, it's just plain annoying.
I tried to give this collection a chance. I broke my own rule and purchased a copy thinking that the music changes might possibly be an interesting reinvention of the show. But with very few exceptions, they just don't work and sometimes even become downright distracting. It's like the producers chose songs that lyrically fit the scene, but don't capture the mood nearly as well. And the examples are just too numerous to go into.
As for the video transfer, it remains a disappointment here. I have DC videotapes that look better than this! And now I could just kick myself because in buying the set I feel I have given the producers permission to continue these antics. It just shows such a profound lack of respect for the fans that have supported the show through the years.Read more ›
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Andy goes in a mental hospital and cheats on pacey? Are you kidding me which genius thought of that storyline. That was the greatest couple and Andy was paceys inspiration. Read morePublished 2 months ago by vegan
Good season overall, just wish Pacey was more of his smart-ass self then a Dawson replacementPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite season. After "Double Date" in season one I knew it was just a matter of time before Pacey and Joey were going to get together. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Izzy hu