Nurse Jackie: Season 5 [Blu-ray]
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script writers once the show is successful to save money, knowing that fans will
watch the final one or two seasons out of loyalty and habit. Lucky for us Nurse Jackie
is still original, meaningful, complex, beautifully acted, and funny as all get out. Great season!
There were other problems with season five. First and foremost was the loss of her best friend O'Hara, played by Eve Best, who has left NYC to be able to be with her new baby year round in the U.K. It was a big loss as she was an integral part of the ensemble. Next, Jackie finds a new boyfriend who is actually more boring than her ex-husband and not nearly as good-looking. He comes across as a know-it-all and they don't seem to have the right chemistry. We also have a new woman doctor in the ER who can't act and perform medicine at the same time.
I sadly miss the Jackie who snuck pain medication, led a double life, cheated on her husband, but was quick, intelligent and witty with all her patients. This season her personality is lacking its usual vitality and she has become someone the old Jackie would dislike, a whiner and a cranky one at that.
On the good side, Zoey, played to perfection by Merritt Wever, just gets better with every season and this one is no exception, and the other regulars Eddie, Cooper, Thor, and Gloria are back and still as eccentric and well played as past seasons. I still enjoyed the show. It had its moments but they were just fewer and farther in-between then past seasons. Jackie is a great character and Edie Falco does a wonderful job portraying her. I believe that with a bit of work on the story-lines, some snappier dialogue and, some interesting developments that occurred late in the season, I have high hopes for a better season six.
The acting, characterization, character development, plot lines, depth, and sweetness. Yes, amidst the emotional rubble is a goldmine of kindness and true connection.
If that weren't enough, the sheer humanity of this show will win you over.
One of the worst drains is Doctor Roman. The actress is boring, but even worse her story is terrible. She's a dangerously incompetent doctor who manages to use sex as a way of getting ahead. While this is semi-realistic, it's hard to believe that someone would get through college and medical school into a fairly competitive residency by sex appeal alone. The story is an ugly sexist story and the character is never funny. She just shows up and gets everyone angry and then disappears.
The rest of the show is still ok, but it's treading water on old tropes.
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I quickly got caught ip in this roller coaster ride and cringed at the pitfalls of addiction. Good acting by the star majes this believable even as liberties are taken.Published 4 days ago by M. Bailey
I bought this entire series since I don't subscribe to Showtime. It's excellent and thought provoking.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
What an intense show...got to love a junky at work pulling it off.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very good and entertaining ...........and I love Edie Falco....Published 2 months ago by Donald Harris