The final season of “Nurse Jackie” culminates a solid series for Showtime and allows for Edie Falco to carry the show and remind just how strong of an actress she is dating back to “The Sopranos”. The show itself has never been a favorite of mine or anything but it’s entertaining enough. The Blu-ray released by Lionsgate is fine and includes excellent video and audio transfers and a adequate selection of bonus material.
“Nurse Jackie”: Season 7
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
Lionsgate | NR – 330 min. – $29.97 | October 20, 2015
Jackie Peyton (EDIE FALCO), at the end of season six, has hit rock bottom. Caught with an s-load of prescription medication after an auto accident, Jackie is busted and thrown in jail. She’s out of a job turning down an ultimatum for treatment while her relationship with her kids has also deteriorated thanks to her addiction. The seventh season also continues side stories with the supporting characters from Coop’s (PETER FACINELLI) relationship with Carrie (BETTY GILPIN) and possibly moving in together as she’s pregnant with his child, though there’s trouble in paradise and Coop makes a big decision; and Zoey (MERRITT WEVER) plays an instrumental role in helping Jackie in her personal and professional problems.
- Nice Ladies
- Coop Out
- High Noon
- Are You With Me, Doctor Wu?
- Managed Care
- Serviam in Caritate
- Jackie and the Wolfe
- Vigilante Jones
- I Say a Little Prayer
Quick Hit Review:
I have to admit, I’m not much for dark comedies, with some exceptions, and generally avoid medical dramas so the combination of the two for “Nurse Jackie” never appealed to me in spite of the show’s success and the award accolades/nominations star Edie Falco received (however, she is 0/4 for the Golden Globe). All that said, the series is well acted with some compelling storylines and this seventh season moves each forward fairly well giving the main character a bigger challenge than ever before.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5
The two-disc set is housed in a standard Blu-ray case. Inside is an episode guide as well as a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.
- ‘Clean’ with Clyde Phillips (writer) and Tom Straw (executive producer)
- ‘Godfathering’ with Edie Falco and Liz Flahive (writer/executive producer)
- ‘Vigilante Jones’ with Falco and Flahive
- ‘I Say a Little Prayer’ with Phillips and Shaw
The Last Patient at All Saints (12:11; HD) – This featurette covers the subject of addiction as it relates to Jackie and the consequences. It includes on-set interviews with the cast and crew as they talk about the seventh and final season.
Last Dance: Flash Mob with Edie Falco (1:07; HD) is strangely self-explanatory as the cast and crew dance in front of the hospital.
Deleted Scenes (5:19; HD) we get five scenes removed for a variety of reasons, possibly due to time constraints.
Final Shift (12:22; HD) is a featurette on closing out the series.
Gag Reel (6:15; HD)
VIDEO – 4.5/5
Lionsgate dispenses “Nurse Jackie” onto Blu-ray presented in its originally televised 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. The transfer itself is quite pleasing. In keeping with the series’ darkly comedic undertones, it’s a bright looking show and provides for well balanced colors, natural-looking skin tones in combination with crisp and sharp detail levels through each episode.
AUDIO – 4.5/5
Each episode includes a robust DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track which might be overkill for a drama but still has crisp and clear dialogue while the score and choice music soundtrack gives it a bit more depth for the front and, especially, rear channels. It’s a well done lossless track and in keeping with the previous season releases for the series.
OVERALL – 3.5/5
Overall, the final season of “Nurse Jackie” culminates a solid series for Showtime and allows for Edie Falco to carry the show and remind just how strong of an actress she is dating back to “The Sopranos”. The show itself has never been a favorite of mine or anything but it’s entertaining enough. The Blu-ray released by Lionsgate is fine and includes excellent video and audio transfers and a adequate selection of bonus material.
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