Northern Exposure - Season 6 - Complete  [DVD]
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In this final season of the Alaskan drama, Joel Fleishman (Rob Morrow), doctor of the town of Cicely, considers what his life would have been like if he hadn't left home. Similarly, Maggie O'Donnell (Janine Turner) considers where she is now compared to the dreams she had when she was a teenager. In 'Zarya', some members of the cast find themselves living in Russia at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution. Joel and Maggie finally realise that they love each other, but when Joel's obsessive tics begin to irritate Maggie, he jumps ship and joins a local Eskimo community. Episodes include: 'Dinner at Seven Thirty', 'Eye of The Beholder', 'Shofar,So Good', 'The Letter', 'The Robe', 'Zarya', 'Full Upright Postion', 'Up River', 'Sons Of The Tundra', 'Realpolitik', 'The Great Mushroom', 'Mi Casa,Su Casa', 'Horns', 'The Mommys Curse', 'The Quest', 'Lucky People', 'The Graduate', 'Little Italy', 'Balls', 'Bus Stop', 'Ursa Minor', 'Lets Dance' and 'Tranquility Base'
And so, the sun sets on Cicely, Alaska. While Northern Exposure somewhat jumped the moose in its last season, there are enough characteristically "weird, almost surreal" moments to make season 6 a nice place to revisit. The auspicious season opener, "Dinner at Seven Thirty," is a typically disarming and disorienting quirk fest that recasts the characters in a parallel New York universe. Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) is married to a high society (and high maintenance) Shelly (Cynthia Geary), Maggie (Janine Turner) is their au pair, Ed (Darrin E.Burrows) is an Armani clad corporate raider, Holling (John Cullum) is a Piano Man, Ruth-Anne (Peg Phillips) is the leader of an internal medicine group, Chris (John Corbett) is an inarticulate fashion photographer, and Maurice (Barry Corbin) is the luxury-highrise doorman. "I'd rather practice medicine in some hick rural outback than stay here another minute," Joel rebels, returning things to what passes for normal in Cicely. Another early gem is "The Robe," with guest star Charles Martin Smith (American Graffiti) as no less than the Devil who tries to corrupt Shelly.
But then the series goes off the beaten path. Joel, following a bumpy courtship with Maggie, goes "Up River" to live in a remote fishing village (His final episode is the bittersweet, "The Quest," in which he departs for good for his "jeweled city"). Enter new doctor Phillip Capra (Paul Provenza) and his journalist wife, Michelle (Teri Polo), brie-eating yuppies from Los Angeles. Northern Exposure remained a fish-out-of-water comedy, but these two characters are as bland as tilapia. Though not nearly the hard cases that a resistant Joel was, they, too, succumb to Cicely's charms, and by series' end, Michelle is having hallucinatory forest chats with Joel's former New York rabbi. Happily, the rest of the characters are still good company. Between Ruth-Anne and trapper Walt (Moultrie Patten) and Maurice (Corbin) and Officer Barbara Semanski (Diane Delano), love really blossoms this season. But as Iris Dement sings in the heartbreaking lament, "Our Town," which ends this series on a lovely grace note (and is one of the few originally broadcast songs to survive the transition to DVD), "Nothing good ever lasts." Northern Exposure lasted six seasons, which is good enough. To paraphrase a postcard Joel sends to Maggie in "The Quest," Cicely is a state of mind, and thanks to DVD, there is no need to "kiss it goodbye." --Donald LiebensonSee all Product description
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I've got all these episodes on tape and believe me, the writing, the characters, the story lines remain as tight, as quirky and as wonderful as ever.
A sheer joy to watch and the final soundtrack (Iris Demente's Our Town) on the last episode "Tranquility Base" is poignant, sad and perfect.
A joy from start to finish.
This is how I feel about finally getting all of Northern Exposure on DVD. I remember searching Season 1 out and being thrilled that season 2 was also already available. I then waited with baited breath each 6 months as all of them one by one were released (with deleted scenes!). I have received part of my life back. A part which at the time during younger, more innocent years was important. I now remember why.
I'm overjoyed that I own them all, but a tad empty that next December there won't be another box set to get my paws upon.
Upon viewing all of Northern Exposure again, I'm amazed. Astounded even. I can't understand why it isn't universally recognised as the best TV ever. The only thing that I have ever seen which is worth mentioning in the same breath is the Simpsons, but they've made some dud episodes. Northern Exposure has not a single dud through 113 episodes over 6 seasons. No, seriously, it hasn't.
If you have never seen it, and are not sure whether you should part with your hard earned cash, go to youtube and do a search for Northern Exposure - 'Northern Lights'. If you like the few minutes of the speech, then you will like the rest of it.
I will watch it many times (health permitting) over the years to come. I hope there are many others who are also touched by the magic which was produced in the name of television.
Thank you Northern Exposure with all of my heart.
This DVD completed my collection and I finally got to see the end of the series, which I missed first time around. As with the previous series, it is seriously off the wall and you just have to suspend the disbelief and go with the stranger elements of the plot (like the manner of Joel's return to New York). Rob Morrow's departure from the series left an unfillable gap and the episodes after he left are nowhere near as strong but it is still worth seeing.
I have now rewatched all the series and coming to the end felt like saying goodbye to old friends.
It's one of those series that you either like or you don't from what I have gathered over the years but I'm proud to say that I liked it.
It's like a snapshot from a time of life that's moved on.
Wonder where they are all now?
There are still enough archetypical Northern Exposure moments to warrant seeing things through to the end, but this is definitely the worst season.