It's a season of discontent for the Dawson's gang, with broken hearts and interrupted dreams causing major friction for all. Joey and Dawson rekindle their romance but the flame quickly dies out when he reveals he had a ro... more »mance with an actress in L.A. - the same actress who's coming to Boston to star in Todd's movie. Audrey's dad helps Pacey get a job and makes her singing debut with Emma's band, but her inner demons threaten to destroy everything. And Jen faces the biggest challenge of her life - one that will have a lasting effect on them all.« less
Joshua Spaulding | Ossipee, New Hampshire | 06/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All good things must come to an end. That sentence, divided in two, was the title of the two-hour series finale of Dawson's Creek, which aired at the end of the show's sixth season, ending a show that helped to bring about the rise of the WB as a television network.
Season six picks up not long after where season five left off, with Joey Potter (Katie Holmes) back at Worthington, Dawson Leery (James Van der Beek) working for a director in Los Angeles, Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson) returning to the east coast after a summer on the road with his girlfriend Audrey Liddell (Busy Phillips). Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams) and Jack McPhee (Kerr Smith) return for another year at Boston Bay College, and as the season begins, they are both still living with Jen's Grams (Mary Beth Piel).
Things certainly change pretty quickly for a number of the young adults who viewers watched grow up on the creek for the previous five seasons. Joey finds herself involved with a gentleman from one of her classes, who as it turns out, doesn't actually go to school at her college, but simply sits in on the classes, while working at a bar nearby. Of course, Joey ends up working at the bar/restaurant, Hell's Kitchen. Joey's new boyfriend Eddie (guest star Oliver Hudson) eventually heads to California for writer's school, but returns for a few final moments with Joey. Joey and Dawson continue to have a cold spell after their ill-fated hooking early in the season, but come to realize their friendship for each other is something that can't be denied.
Dawson enjoys his experience working with movie director Todd Carr (guest star Hal Oskan) and gets an opportunity to be a director when parts of the movie need to be reshot. He also gets a chance to make his dream movie, but backs out when the people in charge want to change the entire script. He dates a Hollywood starlet (guest star Bianca Kajlich), which leads to his riff with Joey. He also entrusts all his money to Pacey in an attempt to make his movie, and when Pacey's plan backfires, his friendship with Dawson is tested.
Pacey began the season dating Audrey, but her eventual slide into trouble spelled trouble for the pair. While Pacey got a job (thanks to Audrey's dad) selling stocks, Audrey fell deeper into trouble with drugs and alchohol, eventually leading to her having to head back out west to enter rehab. She also gets her first chance to sing, when a friend's band takes her on as a vocalist. Pacey finds out he is very good at his job and makes a lot of money, but when his hot stock fails, he loses everything, including his friendship with Dawson.
Jen meets CJ (guest star Jensen Ackles) who she pursues until the two finally become an item midway through the season. She volunteers with him at the college help line and even gets to host a benefit session of Lovelines with Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew, where everyone's love lives are out for the world to see, including hers and CJs. She also has to join her Grams as the show's matriarchal figure battles cancer.
Jack finds new love with David (guest star Greg Rikaart), a friend of CJs and they also have their problems, which like Jen's, get aired on the Lovelines benefit. Jack and Pacey end up sharing an apartment with Emma (guest star Meghan Gray), who also happens to work with Joey and Eddie at Hell's Kitchen.
As the sixth season draws to a close (in the episode prior to the finale), Joey gets the gang together to help Dawson make his movie after he loses all his money. The independent film he made helped him to land the gig viewers find him in when the finale comes around.
In the finale, which takes place five years in the future, Dawson is the executive producer for a WB show entitled "The Creek" essentially mocking the show itself. Jen is a single mother in New York, while Jack is back in Capeside teaching and dating Pacey's brother Doug (guest star Dylan Neal), who Pacey always teased about being gay, though he never was revealed that way until the finale. Joey is an editor with a publishing company in New York, while Pacey owns and operates the Icehouse Restaurant in Capeside, the place that used to be owned by Joey's family.
The gang reunites in Capeside for Dawson's mom's (guest star and former series regular Mary-Margaret Humes) wedding, where the group learns some startling news about Jen, Dawson gets to rewrite history through his television show and Joey finally chooses Pacey and they settle into their lives together, watching The Creek each Wednesday at 8 p.m.
It was obvious from the writing of the finale that creator Kevin Williamson returned to the show for that one episode. The finale was well done and well thought out and Williamson and producer Paul Stupin give a good commentary for the two-hour episode. The finale wrapped things up in a solid way, with everyone's loose ends seeming to be tied up, with Dawson getting his meeting with Spielberg and Joey and Pacey winding up together. The issue of whether Joey would choose Dawson or Pacey was one that divided fans of the show for six years, but I believe the choice was the correct one, though Williamson admits that he went back and forth when writing the finale.
Throughout the season, former series regulars Humes and Nina Repeta (who played Joey's sister Bessie), make appearances, as well as guest stars Mika Boorem, Taylor Handley (Oliver on The O.C.), Lukas Behnken (Topher on Everwood), Mimi Rogers and Jamie Bergman.
In addition to the finale commentary, the extras include a great booklet highlighting moments from the show and the characters that the actors created. This was a great addition to the set and I was happy to see it included.
Also, it was nice to hear the original theme song again, though just for one episode. Up until the finale, all the episodes featured the Jann Arden tune "Run Like Mad" over the credits, while the finale featured Paula Cole's "I Don't Wanna Wait." I imagine this was possible because the finale had been previously released on DVD and I am sure the company had already paid for its use on this episode. Either way, it was nice to hear it again.
This season set was a solid way to end the Dawson's Creek DVD series and the show itself provided good closure on a six-year run."
SEASON 6... a step up!
J. Berry | Texas | 02/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Season 6 was a giant step up from season 5, particularly in the second half of the season when the show returned to form. Dawson is largely absent the whole season and has totally isolated storylines the majority of time. Things really pick up midway through when Pacey and Joey finally get together again. this is good as Holmes and Jackson have more chemistry together than all the other couples in the show combined. Show #615 "Castaways" is probably the most well written and enjoyable episode of the series run when Joey and Pacey get locked inside a K-Mart overnight. ...The season finale is also an amazing ending. would recommend."
PERFECT, JUST PERECT!!
Dani Witter | AUSTRALIA | 03/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why do all good things have to come to an end??!! It's not fair!! I am going to miss Dawson's Creek soooo much!! It has been such a big part of my teenage life and the thought of not being able to follow the journeys of Joey, Pacey, Jack, Jen and Dawson makes me sooo upset!! But the final episode was just perfect! All the actors really gave it their all, and I now have a new-found respect for Kerr and Michelle, they really did an amazing job and I still cry everytime I watch their scenes together! Josh and Katie are always amazing, I love the show so much mostly because I love watching the chemistry they share on screen. I love how they used to go out in real life, it kinda makes watching them more exciting! The whole season is definatly my second favourite (after Season 3). If Pacey wasn't in the picture I think Eddie would have been a good boyfriend for Joey, but I'm happy to say that Pacey is still very very much in the picture!!!! 'Castaways' has definatly got to be one of my all time favourite episodes!! It is sooo sad to think that I will never be able to see Josh and Katie act side by side together ever again........here's to praying they bring out 'Dawson's Creek the movie'!! (WISHFUL THINKING, HUH?!) Special thanks goes out to all the episode writers over the years, thank you so much for creating these wonderful stories for the characters we have grown to love! It's been a great 6 years! "
How can it not be great? - it's Dawson's Creek!
Lauren Bailey | 03/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, so there were admittedly a few flaws - like we barely see Dawson...but by the 6th season his droning on and on and over analysis are a bit annoying anyway. And I miss seeing the Jack/Jen combo as much as before. They work so well together. I liked the new characters. Audrey (introduced in the 5th season) I thought annoying at first, but I really ended up liking her character...though it was disappointing that they made her go crazy (kind of like Andy...hmm...the Dawson's Creek way of getting rid of people - make them go nuts). But Andy really was a sucky actress, where Audrey was not (she was ceaselessly peppy and had the party girl attitude down to a T, but don't we all know people like that?). Eddie I just loved and I thought he and Joey fit really well together. I would have been happy with her ending up with him or w/Pacey - thank God for a good ending!! Overall Dawson's Creek is amazing b/c I have similar situations occur in everyday life where I think "wow, this is SO Dawson's Creek" - every moment is worth it. I only wish there were more seasons...I miss the innocent, sweet Katie Holmes...pre-brainwashing."
The creek definitely took a nosedive in its college years, b
Anna D. Ferrini | austin, TX United States | 11/04/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"i hadn't seen all of these episodes when they aired--nor all of seasons 4 or 5, as my interest/obsession waned after the crew went to college--so it was worth it to me to be able to view them all in full. HOWEVER, they aren't very good and i very much doubt that i will watch them again and again over time the way i might the first 3 seasons.
the final two-part episode is an exception but if one wanted, one COULD buy that episode alone on DVD. the creators took the helm back for the series finale and it focuses on our original 4-5 characters (5 if you include jack), leaving out audrey and others, which i for one VERY MUCH appreciated. although to me they already had enough of an acceptable reason and to reunite everyone in capeside (five years in the future) and enough material w/which to surprise us (and tie up some loose ends) all in a nice melodramatic/comedic fashion WITHOUT *killing another character off*. (after both abbey and mitch met accidental deaths in earlier seasons, i feel like it gets to be a bit much--but at least this time, there's a believable--although rarely occurring--medical cause.)
at least joey ended up with the right guy (in my not-so-humble opinion).
basically, if you're a committed dawson's (err, joey's ;-) creek fan and want to collect the whole set, you'll want to purchase this season. otherwise, though, you might consider skipping it and maybe buying the series finale separately.
also, special features were sorely lacking. this set marked the end of one of the WB's most successful shows that launched acting careers for several young people; the least they could have done is include behind-the-scenes interviews with cast/crew! creator commentary on the last episode just doesn't cut it."