E.R. Season 5
Season five still has many of the favorite characters present including Dr. Mark Greene, Dr. John Carter, Dr. Peter Benton, Dr. Doug Ross and head nurse Carol Hathaway. Also a new character gets introduced in the form of student Lucy Knight who gets introduced in the first episode. While Carter has his hands full with Knight, Weaver gets appointed as interim head of the ER while Greene gets put in a commission that needs to select a new permanent head. Doug Ross manages to get a seperate children department in the ER and lives together with Hathaway who tries to get pregnant. Benton’s son appears to be deaf but he doesn’t really want to face the problem. His stubborn attitude also brings him into problems with Corday.
Sound and Vision:
The series is recorded in standard 4:3 up to ’99 but this DVD comes with 1.78:1 aspect ratio widescreen. There’s quite some scenes that look a bit soft and the amount of detail is only reasonable due to the amount of grain present. Also some aliasing and moiré show up to spoil the fun but luckily that’s all that’s negative.
The series was broadcasted in standard stereo and the available Dolby Digital 2.0 track does its work splendidly.
George Clooney fans will be sad that Season 5 is the last with his character Doug Ross and it also marks the beginning of departures of several members of the cast in the following seasons. Still, ER manages to keep getting awards and remain faithful to the storylines while keeping the audience interested. Season 5 is no doubt a good addition in any fan’s collection but as usual Warner didn’t find it necessary to include any extras.