It seems almost a given to say that I was sceptical of and nervous about watching the ninth season of Scrubs. I don't think a person out there wasn't. My feelings were perhaps a bit less extreme than some other fans, though, because I only began to watch the show earlier this year; all 8 seasons in a few weeks. And I didn't think much of seasons 7 and 8. Partly because my brain had reached Scrubs overload, but also because, I think, the show itself was getting tired. Perhaps another reason why they should have just let it go.
But no. I absolutely love the new Scrubs so far, and I think it's set to be a fantastic season. It's entirely refreshed now and it's as wonderful as it ever was. So there's no Elliot, Janitor or Carla and we're going to lose J.D. Well, that is sad, yes. It won't be the same. But that doesn't equal worse. They've managed to create some excellent new characters (which plenty of others have written about) and the whole bright and exuberant yet serious feel that made Scrubs what it was remains. The new characters have just enough of the old that it doesn't feel too new (and the set up and humour is still the same), but just enough new in them that's it's not just a sad rehashing of past glories.
Before last weekend, I hadn't much thought about the return of Scrubs. I was planning on watching... but mainly because I'm a university student with little else to do than watch TV all day. Then I watched the previews. And they had me laughing so much and reminded me just why I fell in love with Scrubs and watched the first few seasons back to back so obsessively.
So I got quite excited, and I wasn't disappointed. Who couldn't enjoy J.D. stuck in a tree, the 'per-chings' of the annoying pretty-boy, Dr Cox's "#1" sign, the new girl's babbling (eg, monkey nuts, people speak words, I never look down), "Whore!", glow in the dark necklaces, and Turk sitting on a sheet-covered Cole? As well as the return of classics like the "Guy Love" reprisal, Dr Cox's angry rants and "Eeeeagle!" And their serious moments are still just as perfect as ever, with the unveiling of grape-giving Ben as the students' cadaver and J.D.'s lesson to Lucy in episode 2. Other highlights were J.D. and Turk's friendship with Denise (and their cool song) and J.D.'s continued desire for Dr. Cox's love and jealousy of Drew.
All in all, I think it looks set to be an excellent season. I have complete faith now in the producers' ability to pull this off and I'm looking forward to seeing J.D. as a teacher, Dr. Cox's 'bond' with Drew, Lucy coping with med school, her relationship with J.D., Cole annoying Turk, and the relationship between Drew and Denise.
That would be my one complaint, actually - the speed with which Denise and Drew got together. I was expecting the sex-in-the-cupboard and squashing of emotions to last, well, atleast half the season. It didn't even make it to two episodes. However, I'm now assuming that they've got more planned for these two and I'm looking forward to it. And Drew, I think, is a particular highlight of the new Scrubs.
And now to all those who still complain that it's just not the same and ABC should just let it go. Of course it's not the same, no one's pretending that it's the same. It's just the same premise and same humour, but fresh characters, fresh jokes, fresh stories. Why should ABC let go of Scrubs when it still - as I believe these episodes prove - has so much left to give? It's us who just need to let go of the old Scrubs, of Janitor, Elliot, Carla, etc and all that went with them. Personally, I'm glad to still have the programme to watch, enjoy and laugh along with.
So there are my views voiced on the new Scrubs in my first review. Scrubs [med school] could have failed dismally but it didn't and I now wait in a state of great anticipation for the third episode.