More than anything, the fifth season seems to be about falling into bad relationships. Jen dates a cute but sleazy musician (Chad Michael Murray), Pacey gets a job in a restaurant where he pursues a woman (Lourdes Benedicto) already having an affair with a married man, then fends off a vampish new boss (Sherilyn Fenn, Twin Peaks). Joey is drawn to her handsome English professor (Ken Marino). And Jack joins a frat, becomes a jerk, and starts a devoted relationship with his beer bottle. Dawson meets an eccentric young filmmaker (Jordan Bridges) which in turn leads to a meeting with his favorite Boston film critic (Meredith Salenger). And Joey's new roommate, the annoyance-with-a-heart-of-gold Audrey (Busy Phillipps), becomes the newest major addition to the cast. The irritation factor is high this season, a couple of "Joey is threatened" interludes don't have the punch that they could have, and in the season finale, the inevitable resolution of the show's central relationship doesn't really resolve anything at all. But viewers who have followed the Capeside crew for four seasons will still want to see what happens in the fifth.
The fifth season is the first to have no DVD extras at all, and it continues the music-replacement strategy (which, since the second season has replaced much of the music, and since the third season has replaced Paula Cole's theme song, all due to licensing expenses). In addition to the usual background-music switches, some scenes have been edited (for example, the episode "Highway to Hell" has cut two of the performances on-stage at the Drunk & Dead). Also, the opening credits of "The Long Goodbye" and "Downtown Crossing" had originally used instrumental versions of "I Don't Want to Wait," which had underscored the emotion of those episodes. In the DVD set, those have been replaced by the standard version and an instrumental version, respectively, of "Run Like Mad." --David Horiuchi, Amazon.com
Roll on Season 6!!!!
However, I will try to review not the season, which most of the other reviews deal with, but the DVD boxset itself. Attractively produced as always, it is however a great disappointment once the discs enter your DVD player. Crystal clear sound and picture quality do not make up for some unfortunate changes and omissions.
The main problem is the music. I thought, having not watched the episodes since they were on TV a few years ago, that I wouldn't notice any changes to the music. This was not the case. Not only is much of the music replaced, but it is often replaced with completely irrelevant songs which destroy the mood of the scene. This was so jarring in many places that I became extremely frustrated, my attention drawn to the soundtrack when I should have been absorbed in a typical Joey-Dawson dilemma.
For example, at the end of the second episode, where Joey and Dawson stand in the airport, the future of their relationship hanging in the balance, Dawson having asked Joey an important question, the original song used was the beautiful 'Question' by Old 97s. In the DVD edition it is replaced by a too-loud, too-rocky song which ruins the moment.... Read more ›
Season 5 is well worth buying if your a fan of Dawsons creek, it holds many of the same formulas that made the previous four seasons so successful. And it allows for the charcters to grow up and experience new things. Plus joey's room mate is sooo cool!
However if you're a Dawson fan then it'll be worth to add to your collection. Don't run to the stores however! They'll be plenty of copies left on the shelf I'm sure. But if you want the true magic of Dawson's Creek then stick with the first 4 seasons.
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