Scrubs: Season 9 (PREVIEW)


On DVD: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Scrubs had eight wonderful seasons filled with laughter and some rather deep storylines for a medical comedy. All of that is behind us now as we venture into the unknown with Season 9.

Sacred Heart is gone and in its place is Winston University; a medical teaching facility. Gone are the days of interns as well. Now we have medical students. Only two of the series regulars, Donald Faison and John C. McGinley, return as members of the cast with Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke returning for the first six episodes.

Season 9 is definitely a change, one I’m not sure fans can fully adjust to. Turk and Dr. Cox are now teachers along with Denise from last season. She still feels like a little intern after only one season on the show so seeing her in this more authoritative role doesn’t quite fit. JD appears as a teacher as well and Elliot only makes a brief (although shocking) appearance towards the beginning.

The new students are Lucy (Kerry Bishé), Drew (Michael Mosley), and Cole (Dave Franco). Of all the new cast, Lucy, is the only likable character. She has this innocent charm about her and I believe she will do well as Zach’s replacement as the narrator. Drew and Cole, on the other hand, just appear as tools. Anyone remember Phillip from “My Student?” Well, Cole is just like him only ten times worse.

As for the show itself, it’s decently humorous. The #1 bromance between Turk and JD still remains and we even get a little clip of our favorite “Guy Love” song. The stories remain the same with a humorous take on the medical world while keeping the deep and emotional arcs we’ve come to love.

One thing overworked is the new fantasies. They are too detailed and drawn out. JDs used to be short, sweet, and hilarious. Lucy’s seem too fancy. Things should be kept simpler.

Visually, the show doesn’t look like the Scrubs we are used to. It’s bright and colorful and almost seems like a daytime drama, rather than the medical comedy we know. It just doesn’t have that reality aspect that the first eight seasons nailed perfectly.

So what’s the final verdict on this “new” version of Scrubs? Honestly, it’s too soon to tell. Right now it’s enjoyable and on par with the last two seasons. After the first six episodes and we’re left with only two of the old cast, things might change a bit though.

P.S. Bring back the Janitor. You can’t have Scrubs without the Janitor. It’s not right!

Matt Rodriguez
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