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Waltons, The: The Complete Fifth Season (DVD)
In Season Five, John-Boy becomes a publisher and Mary Ellen becomes a bride! In front-page news, The Blue Ridge Chronicle hits the streets, with publisher John-Boy Walton covering everything from a local break-in (with brother Ben among the suspects) to his eyewitness account of the Hindenburg crash. And, in a story filled with surprises and a ceremony filled with poignancy, Mary Ellen becomes the first Walton child to marry. More adventures await, including Jason’s job in a honky-tonk, Grandma’s set-to with the minister, and a heartwarming Christmas episode that’s sure to become a holiday favorite with families everywhere. Along the way, old friends return, new friends arrive and the family foundation of love shines forth in one of television’s most enduring series]]>
The Waltons: The Complete Fifth Season finds the Depression-era, Blue Ridge Mountains family a little more in touch with the outside world, largely because of the aspirations of the growing Walton children. The most dramatic example, over numerous epsiodes, results from the assertiveness of professional journalist John-Boy (Richard Thomas) as he insists on publishing national and international news in the small-circulation Blue Ridge Chronicle he writes, edits, and publishes. A lot of people in the county are mystified as to why John-Boy would want to bring Walton's Mountain closer to epochal events in Germany, or why he would choose to provide coverage of the Hindenburg zeppelin's aerial triumphs despite its link to the Nazis. Yet John-Boy is just as interested in his backyard as the world stage: In season opener "The First Edition," he stands up to strong pressure to kill a story about a judge whose drunk-driving offense causes costly property damage. In "The Fire Storm," locals are appalled when he prints excerpts from Hitlers Mein Kampf in order to make readers aware of what kind of madman the German chancellor is.
While John-Boy stands up to popular opinion, brother Jason (Jon Walmsley), a talented musician, has to take a job playing piano at a roadhouse to make up for the loss of his college scholarship. The decision doesn't go down too well with the Walton women, but Jason's presence at the Dew Drop Inn allows for some interesting scenes over the course of the season, none more so than the unexpected visit of a fire-and-brimstone evangelist in "The Baptism." In that same show, father John Walton, played by Ralph Waite, notorious in his Christian community for eschewing church services, faces renewed pressure from wife Olivia (Michael Learned) to accept her faith, making for one of the most interesting episodes of the season. Meanwhile, John-Boys sister, Mary Ellen (Judy Norton), is wooed by a couple of different men and hears wedding bells with one of them. She also pursues her nursing degree and misdiagnoses an ailment of Grandma Esther (Ellen Corby), resulting in long-term hospitalization and no end of grief for Grandpa Zeb (Will Geer). The other, increasingly restless Walton boys and girls grab their share of the spotlight, too, but The Complete Fifth Season is, once again, John-Boy's year, capped by dramatic developments in his career and vision of himself. --Tom Keogh
- 24 episodes on five double-sided discs
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The only fault I can find in this collection is that the first set of discs I received had glitches on disc 1 side 2, making it unplayable. I returned the entire set, and the replacement had glitches on that side also, but to a much less degree. I think I will live with it.
Although the show suffered mightily with the loss of Richard Thomas, Will Geer, Ellen Corby, Michael Learned, and Ralph Waite in later seasons, I expect to buy the entire run of the shows. The writing, and story lines were always top notch, and I am glad to have this series in my video library.
As for the Waltons itself, the 5th season has 24 episodes, I believe. Seasons 1 and 2 have 24 each, so it's probably that way to the end (9th, out now). Seasons 1 and 2 are CC so it's a plus for those needing visual aid to understand the spoken dialogues. I believe the 5th is CC, also. When I watch it and find my review isn't quite accurate, I'll come back and update this review.
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