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30 Rock (S5)
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Dec 8, 2011 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Tina Fey
Alec Baldwin
Tracy Morgan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Tina Fey stars as showrunner Liz Lemon and Alec Baldwin is corporate executive Jack Donaghy in this behind-the-scenes romp about sketch show “TGS;” its neurotic stars, Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) and Jenna Maroney; hapless NBC page Kenneth Parcell and the rest of the befuddled crew working to create the “magic of television.” Brought to you by the folks at GE Kabletown, it’s a season of video obituaries, cross-dressing love, page showdowns, Canadian births and other strange events.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I’m a big fan of Tina Fey and I’m a big fan of 30 ROCK. I’ve been a devout fan of the show ever since it started airing 5-years ago. Even Tina Fey herself didn’t think that the show would last this long, but here it is, in its fifth season and still going strong.

I think it’s important to say right off the bat that while I continue to enjoy the show, the characters, their antics and just the incredible zaniness of 30 ROCK, this is not the show’s best season. As mentioned, even Fey has noted numerous times (including in her autobiography Bossypants) that she never expected 30 ROCK to make it this far. A lot of this season has the characters talking about that. Of course, in the show, they’re referring to TGS, but really, it’s all referencing the show 30 ROCK itself. It reminds me a bit of the third and formally final season of Arrested Development.

If you’ve been following this show at all, you’ll still be happy with the fifth season as it still makes me laugh like few shows have, however, the laughs definitely seem a bit more forced this time around. The guest stars keep pouring in left, right and center and this season we see Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Rob Reiner, Queen Latifah, Will Forte, Ice-T, Condoleeza Rice, Chloe Moretz, Margaret Cho, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Matt Damon, John Slattery and the list, quite literally, goes on and on and on.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes: The deleted scenes are pretty hilarious, as is the rest of the show, but the one really annoying thing about this is that there is no “Play All” for this feature. You need to click each individual scene that you want to watch. I understand that they did it… so people wouldn’t get confused about which scene each episode was from, but a simple title screen before each new set of scenes for an episode could’ve easily fixed that.

Behind-the-Scenes of the “Live Show”: So much more work went into making this episode than I thought. This is a really in-depth look at everything that went down to make this episode possible. Tina Fey talks about how the idea for the show came about, but the feature is talking mostly about the execution of this unique episode of 30 ROCK.

West Coast Version of the “Live Show”: This is exactly how it sounds. It’s a slightly altered version of the original “Live Show” episode for the fine folks on the West Coast. Still funny, but it’s mostly the same as the original episode.

Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero Animated Shorts: I don’t really know what to say about this feature. I mean, it was a really fun idea, but it’s kind of ridiculous and the little mini stories are pretty random.
,bR> Jenna’s Obituary Song: A really short feature from an episode where Jenna decides to sing her own song that would play in the event of her death.

Additionally there is an Audio Commentary by Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Jack Mcrayer, Jon Hamm, Will Forte, Val Kilmer, Aaron Sorkin, Judah Friedlander, John Lutz, Directors Don Scardino and Beth McCarthy-Miller, Producer/Composer Jeff Richmond available as part of the special features. All of these people are hilarious, so if you like commentaries, you’ll enjoy.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I love Tina Fey, I love 30 ROCK and I love that a show like this has lasted as long as it has (all my favourite things tend to get cancelled or indefinitely get put on hiatus *cough COMMUNITY cough*). However, with that being said, this show is seemingly on its last legs and while I would be sad to see it go, I would rather that it go out with dignity than get cancelled due to its quality going seriously downhill. 30 ROCK SEASON 5 is definitely worth owning if you’re a fan, the show is amazing to rewatch time and time again, but if you’re a casual or one-time kind of watcher, it’s really not necessary to own.
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