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Creek - Series Finale
for episode by creator Kevin Williamson and executive producer
||Theatrical trailers for:
'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle', 'Lone Star State of Mind',
and 'Me Without You'
Ending to Series Pilot. Three alternate scenes for series pilot
an extended cut, with extended scenes included in presentation
Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams, Kerr
Smith, Meredith Monroe
'Dawson's Creek' started out as
a fairly average, teen-soap style show that, for whatever
reason, became ridiculously popular. While it began as slightly
different, and nothing worthy of much scorn (or interest),
it soon became apparent that it read its own press. The series
finale is a near perfect tribute to what the series eventually
became, a maudlin mess that mentioned 'teen angst' thousands
of times during its run, but somehow doesn't know the difference
between 'teen angst' and a bunch of boring, pretentious, whiny,
spoon-fed, yuppies-in-training. ***
The finale finds our heroes a few
years in the future, each having gone their separate ways.
Dawson (those in charge of the series misunderstanding and
debasing the entire concept of self-reference) is in L.A.
where he has created the hot new television show 'The Creek'
which is actually exactly the same show as 'Dawson's Creek'.
Joey is an editor in New York, and she has a boyfriend who
is apparently just about to ask her to marry him. Pacey, who
despite several more years under his belt still calls himself
'Pacey', is the owner of a restaurant, but he hasn't gone
anywhere, and he's having an affair with a married woman.
They all return home, except Pacey who already is home, for
a wedding, and the clash of ludicrous emotional baggage can
begin all over again. Throw into this mix the sub-plot (which
exists for no reason other than to be very PC hip and cool)
of the two homosexuals and their problems with their own relationship,
and the fact that someone very close to our heroes is going
to die, and you've got your finale. ***
Of course, the finale exists for
no real reason other than to final answer the question, "Who
is going to end up with whom?" After what seems like hours
of needless drama, we do get that answer. Fans of the series
in general will love this episode.
This is a pretty average television
transfer. There are not a lot of flaws to it, compression
and similar problems being very infrequent. However, there
is an overall lack in quality to the thing. Colors are not
great, and we never seem to get to a really high level of
detail or clarity. I definitely wouldn't call this a sub-standard
transfer, and for a television show, it serves its purpose,
but it just isn't sharp. ***
The sound does its job, but that's
the best you can say. Dialogue and score come through, and
the series standard song bites are fine enough, but there
is nothing happening here that you would want to call 'sound
design'. It's pretty obvious that there is not really any
attention paid to sound placement or level. It's just your
basic, workable but boring Dolby 2.0.
The special features here are not
only somewhat sparse, then are a bit odd as well. ***
First, there is an alternate ending
to the series' pilot with optional commentary. The scene is
maybe ten seconds long, and you get just what you'd expect
out of ten seconds of commentary. Next, there are three scenes
which were pulled and/or reshot from the series' pilot also
with optional commentary. One of these is somewhat interesting
in and of itself, though I certainly don't know how it relates
to the general scheme of the pilot episode. Why this seemed
a good place to throw in scenes from the pilot episode, when
the seasons are being released, is beyond me, but there they
There are also three theatrical
trailers. 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle', 'Lone Star State
of Mind', and 'Me Without You'.
commentary by show creator Kevin Williamson and executive producer
Paul Stupin is actually far more interesting than the show itself.
They deliver a surprisingly interesting and upbeat effort. They
delve into various aspects of the show's plot, from what you
might call a 'historical perspective'. That is, what was originally
intended to happen, what direction the show was originally supposed
to go, and how and why different things happened. They give
us some anecdotes from production that are actually interesting,
discuss individual scenes giving just the sort of insights you
would hope for, and overall moves things along nicely.
||A must own
for fans surely, and the extended cut will make it worthwhile
to many, but the lack of effort toward quality and the lack
of features make this a less than interesting disc overall.