I tried to have an open mind. I really did. Honestly, despite earlier misgivings (https://twynne105.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/scrubs-its-time-to-let-go/), I was actually looking forward to watching the newly revamped Scrubs. After all, I can always do with more Turk and J.D. in my life, so how bad could it be?
Answer: it’s pretty bad. Or maybe it’s just sad. It’s sad to watch Zach Braff and Donald Faison play these characters who, at this point, just seem stunted and strange. They’ve taken the bromance thing as far as they can and it’s just not that funny anymore. Watching John C. McGinley as Dr. Cox is not as fun as it used to be either – his character seems to have regressed emotionally to where he was a few years ago. The fact that the hospital set is similar but not quite the same just seems off, and I hate the glaring omission of Carla, Elliott and the Janitor.
Of course, the absence of these old series favorites should be made up for by the new characters, who are the med students. Unfortunately, they’re not really cutting it. The lead student, Lucy, is an insecure young girl, searching for answers in much the same way that J.D. always was on seasons past. Of course, they made sure we recognized the parallel by focusing an episode on Lucy’s search for a mentor and finding it in J.D. Thanks for spelling it out, guys. James Franco’s brother is kind of fun to watch sometimes, but can’t hold a whole episode together. I’m curious about the hot Australian girl – is she supposed to be a featured character? She hasn’t had many lines to date, and I agree with Dr. Cox’s assessment of her from the first episode – she’s far too hot to be taken seriously as a doctor. Denise and Drew are the best new characters (although Denise did make her debut last season as one of the interns), but even they can’t make up for a lack of chemistry among the cast as whole. Or for the fact that my worst fears are being realized in that they are dragging this show on past its shelf life.
If they release Scrubs as a complete series on DVD, they should leave this season out of it. It is not on the same plane as the Scrubs I knew and loved.