The DVD not released yet, but it's on E4, though the episode order is mixed up, maybe as shown in the USA? The right order for the story is 'First Day', 'Drunk', 'Role', 'Histories', 'Stuff', 'Mysteries', 'New', 'White', 'Couples' & then 10-13 as shown.
This is a sad & very disappointing ending for this previously bright & sparkly series (***** 5 stars from me for just about every episode of Series 1-8) that grew & changed over the first 8 years. It'd be less interesting if it didn't change, but this 9th year is awkward & a Jumped Shark in many ways. It's like when "Becker" lost Terry Farrell, you know it won't live much longer, a perfect setup is hard to break. "Frasier" knows that & kept the original cast well.
The 6 early ones with JD appear as a ghost of their earlier selves: no Carla for Turk & mostly no 'Barbie' for JD make those 2 incomplete.
No Carla especially makes this show lack her common sense & Marge Simpson-ness any show needs to keep it real. Look on IMDB for all the previous semi-regulars that added to the brew, they've all gone!
Ted gets a short bit to write him out somewhat feebly, Kelso at least is better than S8 as he actually DOES something, if playing the dirty ol' man for laughs now, oh. Dr Cox's rants seem weak & uninspired if he even rants now & he too mostly lacks his "Cougar Town" wife. The Todd gets barely seen either, as cartoony as he was he was a regular too, the few times he appears, the party seems long gone.
No Janitor either apart from an equally weak write-out. So many strong characters leaving after so long is really bad. They try to write in the Security guards as some light relief, all too late.
Episode 5 is really the only one with any spark of Scrubs 1-8. Jordan returns as does Elliott & you see a bit of the old magic back. Both appear again just once more. What's most bizarre is Episode 5 is JD's last one, it ends as it does, save giving it away, and Ep 7 he's gone but where? Sounds like they had mucho trouble behind the scenes & it looks like the post JD are fimed quite a bit later from how some look.
The new characters sadly are mostly a waste of time. Only Dr Denise Mahoney is a more worthy addition & she started in Season 8. The Drew guy, who she pairs up with, later gets to be too like a young version of Dr Cox with his mannerisms & cynicism. Both Denise & Drew would have been better introduced say in Season 4.
The Lucy Bennett character is weak & annoying & the actress who tries to play her is a real poor casting especially as she is supposed to be the main character with the narrating like JD did. Why introduce such a whiny & scrawny actress to play the lead taking over JD's narrator part? Just Lazy & I doubt any viewer warms to her shallow ways. The "Son Of Eddie Munster" guy is even more annoying & hyper-shallow, not helped by a poor script perhaps as the odd time he acts more serious potential shows. Odd also how they pair 2 couples up just in a casual way, to try to cover up no good storylines. Some of the lines Lucy Bennett is given are really cringeworthy, this is not the Scrubs we knew, you may have gathered...
Turk, without Carla is redundant. His character is now just annnoying by himself & the fact he stays all 13 eps is a bit sad for the actor, did he not read the scripts? Dr Cox is still without a good wall to rebound off & is a bit lost therefore too, though he was mostly a solitary character. In later episodes they decide to pair Turk & Dr. Cox up, which is against how they behaved the previous 8 seasons as viewers will know.
Overall, the verdict is "Why did they bother?" Why not just start a new show with the sour nurse Dr Denise Mahoney and bring in those newbies (if they must) with a better script that are in it now & give it a proper chance? The answer probably is they'd not have got a series let alone a Pilot & were just hanging onto the old "Scrubs 1-8" magic. It only runs to 13 episodes, the shortest season, shorter than the writer's strike year even, even the producers couldn't stand anymore & answers the questions without boring us further.
Watch it on TV & see for yourself, but paying money to own it isn't a good idea. Destined for the £5 DVD section on Amazon. DVDs you buy are ones that mean something & are what you want to watch again.
Keep Scrubs Seasons 1-8 as the real thing & treat this like CARRY ON COLUMBUS, the extra late runt of the pack. It'll probably sell well as it's Scrubs & UK viewers won't have seen it, but will you enjoy it?