The doctors are ready to see you now. And this season, there are old favorites and new blood. J.D. returns, but this time to teach med school, along with Turk, Drs. Cox and Kelso and Intern Denise. Can J.D. and Turk show them how to handle life and death situations without taking life too seriously? Get ready to examine one of the funniest and most unique shows on television.
I just wanted to complete my collection, even though I had purposely stopped buying at season 8 for a reason. Despite having not-great memories about this season, and despite other reviews stating their disappointment, I thought maybe since it'd been a while since I'd seen this, maybe it wasn't so bad. Well, it was! I almost want to just give it away to a thrift store and am so frustrated and disappointed on how things ended with season 8, but also how they ended here. As others have said, the completely different set without explanation, the new cast with RARE appearances by Elliot and JD, Carla never appearing- it's not the same show and did nothing to further the rest of the seasons. The humor was largely lost on me, too. If you are looking to complete your collection and haven't seen this last season in a while, either find a way to watch it first, or just take my advice and don't bother. :( On a separate note, it also came in pretty bad shape, though the mailer was completely fine and barely creased. The plastic DVD case inside the plastic wrap and sleeve was banged up and just dirty, and the sleeve was much worse. Be careful if giving as a gift- look it over first. I am still trying to find where I can report this issue (the second DVD now fulfilled by amazon that has been in bad shape, though the other was much worse and actually broken)- previously I've had no issue with this!
This show faded near the end, when Bill Lawrence was off making another show - Cougar Town, maybe? This set is for completists, only. It's not "well, there's fifteen hours I'll never get back" bad, but it's not particularly funny. And for a comedy... If you want to remember the show at its best, stick with the early seasons, get the later ones (5+) if you can find them for a good price, and skip this season entirely.
Let me get the big stuff out of the way first. This is NOT Scrubs. This is a spinoff of Scrubs that was marketed as if it was part of the main series. Bill Lawrence should not have allowed that to happened, but that's just my opinion.
That out of the way, the show itself wasn't bad and had it been marketed as the spinoff it really was, I think it could've survived one more season or two. As for this DVD release, I found it lacking when compared to the previous Scrubs seasons. There's no production audio commentary on the actual episodes unlike in seasons 6 through 8. Where there's commentary is in the deleted scenes, to the point you can't hear the dialog in the actual scene! Other bonus features are of weak quality and feel like they were added just for the sake of adding something.
Finally I think I read this from a previous reviewer, but when watching individual episodes, the DVD player freezes at the end, requiring me to eject the disc and put it back in before I can watch another episode. This does not happen when watching all episodes in sequence ("Play All" option).
Season 9 is the "final" season, but really its a TOTALLY DIFFERENT SHOW!!! Even in the bonus features, Zach Braff is now a co-producer and talks about how Scrubs in 8 seasons could only do so much in a hospital and needed to branch out. New environment, new faces, similar chemistry with the new characters and the new "JD" is played by a female med student. Was disappointed but as a fan, you stick with them through the good and bad. Wish it ended on a better note.
Awful. Just awful. Watch through Season 8 and pretend that its season finale is the series finale. It'll be the perfect wrap up to this amazing comedy series. Season 9 only tarnishes the legacy of Scrubs.