Thursday, August 9, 2012

30 Rock Season 5

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

30 Rock Season 5 - 5 out of 5

I don't want to sound like a cable TV snob but there are few comedies on broadcast televsion that can make me laugh the way NBC's 30 Rock can (Modern Family and Community are the only others I can think of off the top of my head.)

There was a time when it was me on the other end of that phone call to Tina Fey...
but thanks to the restraining order that is no longer the case.


Hey, it's late 80s/early 90s Batman!
If, for some reason, you know nothing about this critically acclaimed show, it surrounds a small SNL-like sketch comedy show called TGS.  The series itself focuses less on the phony show and more on those involved in said phony show like the head writer Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), the show's stars Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) and Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan), the head of NBC; Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) and a whole host of loveable side-characters--each capable of scene stealing--including, but not limited to, the naive and adorable Kenneth the Page (Jack McBrayer), the whipping boy writer; J.D. Lutz (John Lutz) and oh so many more.

Yes, I used adorable to describe Kenneth.


This season saw NBC being purchased by the family-friendly Kabletown, Jack becomes a daddy, Liz enters into what could be the most stable relationship she's ever had, Tracy disappears to Africa and TGS hits their 100th episode.

80s Jack Donaghy needs a spin-off.


Matt Damon can kick your ass as Bourne...after he
makes you laugh it off in 30 Rock.  And yes, this caption
was incredibly lame.
This season saw the series hit their real 100th episode (hence the reason the fictional show got its 100th) and had to see Tracy Morgan get written out of several episodes when he had to have surgery.  More importantly--even more important than the show's usual celebrity guest stars (which included Paul Giamatti, Robert De Niro, Chloe Grace Moretz, Condoleezza Rice and Matt Damon as the awkward pilot who could possibly be Liz Lemon's "one.")--but more important than all these A-listers (Condi Rice may NOT be actually an A-lister but, whatevs) is the fact this season saw the first live episode.

Cash Cab's Ben Bailey showed up for an episode...actually, he brought
the cash cab with him...they're actually attached at the spine.  Few people
know this.


Tracy is making his poopy face...and that face is trademarked.
The live episode saw a major change from the show's visual appearance--kinda obvious, Ron, duh!  However, this new approach occupied a unique challenge due to the show's narrative.  Like other situational/character based comedies, the show relies on not only great performances, side-splitting dialogue and wacky (I don't use that word enough) adventures, it also relies, occasionally, on small flashback-like skits within the episode's story--and these small interludes often are called back within the story for addition humorous material.  How can one create this on a live show?  Well, 30 Rock found a way and did it in such a fashion that it called on self-aware/Meta/breaking the fourth wall jokes that only fit the familiar and overly hilarious style of writing that is the show.

Anytime Dean Winters shows up it's a win in my book.  One time, true story, I
had a dream that he and I owned a bus.  Yep, my dreams are kinda lame.


De Niro showed up...shit just got classy.
Season 5 continues to show that 30 Rock is one of the best comedies on TV.  The DVD set may be light on the extras but, let's face it, few television shows on DVD have worthwhile extra features--hell, a lot of movies nowadays have lack decent extras...then again, why complain about this because, if you recall, animated menus was considered a special feature when DVDs first came out, so when you get a few minutes of outtakes--even if they are the usual case of the giggles the cast gets or the moments that showcase the "you had to be there" funny moments, a few special features is better than none.  However, in all honesty, I watch most TV on DVD seasons for the episodes and 30 Rock episodes are all great.  The fact that season after season, this show continues to prove that it'll go down as one of the best shows in the history of the medium.  While it saddens me that this year will see the show's seventh and final season, it's nice to know that the show's quality hasn't faltered yet so far. 

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