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Scrubs (S2)
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12.08.2005 By: Sturdy
Scrubs (S2) order
Director:
Adam Bernstein

Actors:
Zach Braff
Sarah Chalke
Donald Faison

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
We follow the zany antics of Sacred Heart hospital through the eyes of Dr. Dorian.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
You ever get the feeling that major movie and television executives just donít have any idea what the general public wants? I get that feeling when shows like SCRUBS and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT barely get renewed (or donít get renewed at all) and shows like WIFE SWAP get two seasons a year. Whereís the justice in that? Thereís got to be a better way to gauge public interest in television than the Nielson ratings. If reality television is truly as popular as Nielson says it is, then I donít know if I can live in this world.

With that rant out of the way, I have to say that SCRUBS is a magnificent show. Itís refreshing to see a show try new ideas and reach new levels of creativity in a simple 24-minute runtime each episode. As much as I enjoy the stories and the writing, the real gem of the series is in its star, Zach Braff. He adds the little things to the show that make it enjoyable, such as his facial expressions and his mannerisms. Heís a funny guy and itís a credit to the directors and creators that heís able to showcase his talents. Iím torn between my desire for him to make more movies like GARDEN STATE and for him to continue making SCRUBS. Either way, the world can use more Zach Braff type actors.

Another achievement in SCRUBS is its ability to weigh light-hearted comedy with serious issues. Sometimes shows donít know when to insert a joke, but SCRUBS does a great job with the balance and although it makes you think at times, it never takes itself too seriously.
THE EXTRAS
Season one left me hanginí on the extras. Season two is a good starting point for reconciliation. I still feel that thereís a lot of shenanigans that go on behind the scenes and I wouldnít mind seeing more outtakes and maybe some made-for-DVD parodies.

Episode specific Commentaries: Virtually every major cast member shows up for at least one of the six episodes with commentary. I know this will be a shock to you, but I wanted more Zach Braff. He only showed up for one of the episodes and since heís the main star and does a lot of directing, I feel he needed to be more involved. With that said, these were a lot of fun.

A Rare Condition (14:51): This is an interesting little featurette about the basics of Scrubs. Itís interesting that itís shot in an actual one-time hospital. That doesnít mean anything, but I find it interesting.

Johnny C. Keeps Talking (5:26): This is his storyÖin five minutes.

Alternate Lines: A Second Opinion (4:31): These arenít bad. The best thing is that they show a lot of ad-libbed lines. Again, itís great when creators let the actors do their thing.

Stunt Casting (2:59): This has interviews with the cast regarding various guest stars. I donít think they liked Ricky SchroederÖerrrÖRick Schroeder.

Musical Stylings (6:57): The cast and crew discussing the importance of music on the show. This is good because the music is one of the many reasons this is a great show.

Secrets and Lies (10:30): This is a collection of stories about each actor. This is the best featurette on the set. If you only watch one special feature, watch this one.

Scrubbed Out: Deleted Scenes (8:00): These are decent. Most deleted scenes in TV shows are scrubbed (get it?) for time considerations. None of these are great, but worth the runtime.

Practice, Practice, Malpractice (4:30): A collection of outtakes and funny moments from the cast.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If youíre sick of the idiot-fest that is called reality television, then I highly recommend picking up the first two seasons of SCRUBS. You will not be disappointed. Itís a good time with great characters and even better stories and a catchy theme song to boot.
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