ABC Family // 2010 // 870 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Clark Douglas // January 16th, 2011
College. It's a rush.
"Can we just go back to the way things were before?"
Ah, it's another year at Cyprus Rhodes University and our usual suspects are up to their usually suspicious activities.
Rusty Cartwright (Jacob Zachar, Little Big Top) is enjoying his new relationship with Jordan (Johanna Braddy, Easy A), but worries that he's got his priorities mixed up when he receives a D in his chemistry class.
Rusty's sister Casey (Spencer Grammer, Beautiful Ohio) has just gotten out of a relationship and splits her time between pondering whether she wants to get back together with Cappie (Scott Michael Foster, Ashley's Ashes) and attempting to figure out how to get the floundering Zeta Beta Zeta sorority back on top.
Ashleigh (Amber Stevens, Fired Up) is largely responsible for the latter task, as she continues to serve as president of ZBZ. Surprisingly enough, Ashleigh receives a good deal of support from the once-villainous Rebecca Logan (Dilshad Vadsaria, Bones), who's feeling guilty about kissing Ashleigh's boyfriend in a moment of passion.
The once-wealthy Evan Chambers is attempting to cope with the realities of being a financially impoverished student, as he gave up his trust fund in order to free himself from the overbearing grip of his parents. In addition, Evan is surprised to discover that his broken friendship with Cappie is finally starting to mend.
Finally, we have the deeply religious Dale (Clark Duke, Kick-Ass), who starts to question his faith and feel a great deal of guilt after his recent sexual indiscretion.
All twenty episodes of Greek: Chapter Five are spread across six discs...
* The Day After
* Our Fathers
* The Half-Naked Gun
* High & Dry
* Down on Your Luck
* Lost and Founders
* The Dork Knight
* Fight the Power
* The Wish-Pretzel
* Friend or Foe
* I Know What You Did Last Semester
* Pride & Punishment
* Take Me Out
* The Tortoise and the Hair
* Love, Actually, Possibly, Maybe...or Not
* Your Friends and Neighbors
* The Big Easy Does It
* Camp Buy Me Love
* The First Last
* All Children...Grow Up
Well, here we are again. It's hard to believe you and I have been together so long. You certainly don't meet the usual qualifications for a show that I've seen 60+ episodes of, and I'm certainly incapable of appreciating your charms on the level that some do. You'd be better matched with some 16-year-old girl and I'd be much happier watching a season of Breaking Bad, but we've stuck together despite our obvious differences. However, there are some serious matters of the heart that we need to discuss.
It wouldn't be fair to say that I've fallen out of love with you. That's obviously not true because we both know this relationship never involved "love" at any point. To put it more accurately, I've fallen out of "like" with you. In the beginning, we got along pretty well. You weren't my usual sort of show, but you did what you did exceptionally well and I respected you for it. You were refreshing even as you were conventional. But as time passed and we moved into chapters two, three and four, things got a bit more difficult. Sometimes you would veer too far into cheap melodrama, which didn't work. Then you would overcorrect course by veering too far into slapstick comedy and general silliness. In chapters three and four in particular you seemed to be struggling to find your way.
Now we've reached chapter five, and I think this particular chapter has depressed me more than any other. Greek, at this point it seems like you're just getting lazy. Chapter five seems intent on just hitting the "re-set" button on most of your characters; as if you're afraid to let them grow or evolve in any significant way. After all this time, you're still going back to that old Casey/Cappie/Evan love triangle? After all that's happened to them, you're simply putting them back in the same position they were in at the beginning of the series? I don't buy it.
However, that's not why I'm really upset. I stopped caring about Casey, Cappie and Evan a while ago. They're boring people (Cappie used to be fun, but you've turned him into a dour figure who spends most of his time doing pointless soul-searching). However, I've always been a fan of Calvin, but you've given him jack squat to do this season. The subplot in which his boyfriend can't decide whether or not he wants to come out of the closet is repetitive and unimaginative. Even worse is what you've done to Dale, that splendid comic creation played to perfection by Clark Duke. It really seemed like he was evolving in a fascinating way in the last chapter, but this time you put him through a series of ridiculous changes (he moves from being a protestant to being a self-loathing catholic to being an immensely carnal atheist to being a protestant once again) and undo all of the work you've done with him. Shame on you.
Greek, you know you still look good. Your DVD transfer is solid, offering sharp detail and vibrant colors. Sure, there's a little bit of bleeding at times and the depth is somewhat lacking, but you do what you can. Your audio is nice too, though I'm get really tired of hearing the same handful of irritating melodies on the soundtrack every time. Tell the composer to mix it up a little, would you? You've got your usual array of supplements, too: three audio commentaries with cast and crew members, a pair of gag reels, a "Gotcha!" featurette (about the dumb "Gotcha!" party the cast had), an interview with actress Nora Kirkpatrick and a music video.
I'm heading out the door, Greek. Don't wait up for me. I wish I could tell you definitively that I'm not coming back, but I know you're going to ask me when it's time for chapter six. Maybe I'll be there, baby, but know that I won't want to be. Sadly, at this point I'm not sure there's much you can do to change that. I'll see you when I see you.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: ABC Family
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* English (CC)
Running Time: 870 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Episode Commentaries
* Gag Reels
* Music Video
* Official Site