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.
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.