Monday, August 27, 2007

Scrubs


Scrubs - One of My Favorite Comedy Shows

The best thing about Scrubs is that it doesn't take itself seriously even in its abbreviated serious moments. It's consistently wacky enough to make me laugh, and doesn't demand much to get a laugh. I could pretend that there are serious little moments that teach lessons, but I'd only be fooling myself.


Donald Faison as Dr. Chris Turke

I guess if I were fifteen I might think the little lessons presented on Scrubs were actually significant, but let's not spoil Scrubs by insisting it be more than it is - some funny stuff. In fact the little lessons on Scrubs appear to me to be just a means to an end - tying what little plot a particular episode has together at the end. But no biggie, that's not what we watch for anyway.


Zach Braff as J.D.

I guess I'm not as young as I once was as I don't find myself identifying with J.D.'s perpetual state of bewilderment, but as the main character his POV is consistently the one we "experience" which demands that we either find him lovable, or find another show to watch. I watch Scrubs consistently, and therefore I conclude that I love J.D.'s character, but I'm not sure why.


Judy Reyes as Carla Espinosa

The pace on Scrubs is so fast that it's hard to get deeper than the superficial as far as character development is concerned - so I won't delve deep. Despite it's lack of plot, and lack of character development it works. Eliminate plot, and character and that leaves jokes, and more jokes to connect the dots. Most episodes move into surreal territory, and the viewer either adapts, and quick or you're left scratching your chin.



Sarah Chalke as Elliot Reid

Who could forget the "Magic Breast" episode in which Elliot Reid runs around the ER flashing her breast in hope of saving lives? A classic in the making - a classic designed for those with extremely short attention spans - which isn't saying anything bad about scrubs, because it makes me laugh after a long day of work - which is some good medicine.

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