Marleen M. from WHEELING, WV Reviewed on 10/25/2018...
Absolutely love this series and so much fun seeing Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes as teenagers.
Wendy J. (Emalith) from MONTEBELLO, CA Reviewed on 7/10/2010...
This is by far the best season of Dawson's Creek. It's when Pacey and Joey finally realize their feelings toward each other. And when all of the charcters develop into the adults they will ultimatly be. I just loved this season!!
Off track until the Dawson/Joey/Pacey triangle explodes
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 07/24/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first episode I ever saw of "Dawson's Creek" was when the gang graduated from Cape Side High School, at which point I learned that Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) was still a virgin, which certainly took a lot of the suspense out of "The Complete Third Season." This is the season that convinces us that Pacey (Joshua Jackson) is serious competition for Dawson in the Joey (Katie Holmes) sweepstakes, not only because Dawson and Joey run hot and cold for each other on alternate timetables but also because Pacey can be awfully darn cute when he wants to be. Consequently his earnest pursuit of the clueless Joey remains the bright spot in a series where most of the characters get seriously sidetracked.
Season Three begins with a series of oblique turns in the first episode, "Like a Virgin." Joey is interested in Dawson, which should be a good thing, but he is fascinated by the mysterious Eve, a new bad girl in town and end up crashing his dad's boat and trying the whole "Risky Business" approach to making the money he needs to get the boat fixed. Jen (Michelle Williams) does a wonderful job of demolishing the school's head cheerleader, in a telling speech about what life will be like 25 years down the road, and in a twist of fate that defies logic in the high school I remember is made Head Cheerleader. Apparently now once Kevin Williamson was gone, the idea was to jerk the chains of the characters as often as possible.
Eve continues to titillate and embarrass Dawson in turn, Jen gets to experience the joys of Homecoming Queen along with being Head Cheerleader ("Secrets and Lies"), Jack (Kerr Smith) joins the football team as the gay wide receiver ("Homecoming"), and Andie (Meredith Monroe) comes back from the sanitarium only to cheat on the PSAT ("None of the Above") and then slowly but surely melt down again as the guilt eats away at her. When Jen decides to respond to the advances of the freshman quarterback that just has to be the most unbelievable thing she did in the entire run of the show, while Pacey having to deal with troubled little kid Buzz (Jonathan Lipnicki) just screams "blatant attempt to increase the ratings." Only when the cast gets out of Capeside and goes off to Boston in "First Encounters of the Close Kind" to see what college life could be like do we remember why we like these characters or were rooting for them.
Okay, so there is large downside to the third season of "Dawson's Creek," but it is not like you should skip over the season and move on to the fourth because some things do happen here that you are going to want to remember later on. When Pacey gets the lead in the school play " Northern Lights," that at least makes sense and when Joey's mural is defaced ("Crime and Punishment") and the principal's job ends up in jeopardy because of his response ("To Green, With Love") there is at least some idea Capeside is in the real world. But when Pacey actually kisses Joey ("Cinderella Story"), we are back on track big time, because each is so busy being concerned with what Dawson will think ("Neverland") that they sort of forget to deal with what they think about what just happened. Of course they are immediately thrown together in intimate circumstances ("Stolen Kisses"), so that they can suffer for their unexpressed feelings, and we get to the season's best episode, "The Longest Day," in which the triangle explodes and we can safely say that nothing will ever be the same again.
Of course even if Dawson has not been interested in Joey all year that is no reason for him not to be interested now that Pacey wants her and the next thing we know Dawson and Pacey are having a macho grudge match during the Capeside Regatta ("Show Me Love"), where you just know that who wins the race will lose the girl. When you get to the point where Dawson and Pacey might start beating up on each other over Joey then things are getting promising. Never mind that Jen is still dealing with the kid quarterback, that Dawson is supposedly giving up his film-making career, and that we are still worried about the Potter Bed & Breakfast.
This show comes down to Dawson, Joey, and Pacey, where any combination of the two is usually a good thing and having all three involved turns this into a twisted teenage version of the most famous love triangle of Arthur, Guenivere, and Lancelot. Even though this is the third of the show's six seasons, what happens at this point not only sets up the final episode with Joey's final choice, but retroactively recasts everything that happened previously so that it bears on how this triangle plays out. So three stars on the first half, five on the second, and we will split the difference overall.
Best Season Ever !!!
cassandracasey | NYC | 04/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, here it is! The season that redefined Dawson's Creek and truly made it must-see-TV.There has never been more heartbreaking angst and pure emotional drama packed into a single story on this show than the relationship of Pacey and Joey, and this is where it all begins. From the tentative first realization of feelings to one of the all-time greatest season finales ever, THIS is the season you MUST own. The Pacey and Joey pairing had every element of a truly great love story, and I have to believe there is a reason those in charge of the show decided to wait a few seasons to let these two characters explore the sparks that were always under the surface between them. The chemistry between these two actors is amazing - truly electric - and undeniable as it carries over onto the screen. There's a little bit of influence from modern day romances like "When Harry Met Sally..." or "Say Anything..." thrown into this story, as well as that wonderful sort of humorous banter that you usually only got to see in the old Hepburn-Tracy classics. Sweetness and sarcasm abounds...and Pacey and Joey are also sizzling HOT together.It's certainly no wonder that the Dawson and Joey relationship on the show was never able to rebound after this season with the majority of the fans. Of course, painting Dawson as the guy coming between TRUE LOVE in this season didn't do his character any favors, but he certainly became the character we loved to disparage, and every TV show needs one of those. We all knew Dawson was going to throw a hissy fit when he found out his best friend and his best girl had fallen in love when he wasn't looking, and he did not disappoint us in all his drama queen glory.Such great entertainment this season! You get absolute heart-melting moments from Josh Jackson as Pacey (the year he secured the title as everybody's favorite TV boyfriend), terrific acting from Katie Holmes as Joey and even James Van Der Beek steps up to the plate this season and comes through, whether you love or hate Dawson. Jen and Jack even have good storylines this season, with Jen (like Joey) finding love in an unexpected place and Jack coming to terms a little more with his homosexuality, and his family's acceptance of that. THIS is the season of Dawson's Creek that addicted so many of us to the show, and really did change it forever."
Starts off slow, but then ends wonderfully.
J. Martin | Woodside, NY | 07/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first few episodes of the third season of Dawsons Creek is probably some of the worst episodes of the series. Mainly because of a new character called Eve (horrible actress Brittany Daniels), who bursts into Capeside and causes all kinds of havoc, and eventually she becomes a love interest for Dawson, and luckily she leaves after 6 episodes. Then the season gets on it's feet and quickly becomes the entertaining and dramatic show we all love. This is thanks to the wonderful storyline of Pacey and Joey falling in love with each other. Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes are excellent and their on screen chemistry is perfect. This arc continues for the rest of the season, and it will you get you hooked wondering what will happen next. Other highlights include giving Kerr Smith a more to do this season, and having him explore the gay lifestyle. Jenn falls for a freshmen quarterback, played with a lot of charm and sincerity by Michael Pitt. Dawson on the other hand, does nothing but mope around this season, and this is when the shows title should have been changed to Joey and Paceys Creek. The dvd collection is a disappointment as there are no behind the scenes featurettes or gag reels or anything. Just an interactive tour of Capeside. The 3rd season is definetly worth buying though, just for the Joey/Pacey storyline."
Dawson's Creek Season 3
Lawrance M. Bernabo | 04/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you only are able to buy one season of Dawson's Creek, this should be it. The show really grew up and it took risks. It was nice to see the show truly go beyond the Dawson/Joey relationship and for the first time explore the possibility that they may be happy with other people. The Pacey/Joey relationship is magical just like Dawson/Joey. Deep down you knew there was a reason those two were fight constantly. I really love the Jack/Jen relationship too. They become better friends and Jen gets a boyfriend from almost out of nowhere. Still it's a really sweet love story. Jack deals with a lot this season and he will always be one of my favorites. So, I highly recommend this DVD. It's a must for the Creek fan."
How about a little respect?
J. Martin | 07/18/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sorry, but this new theme song is a whiny piece of crap! "Run Like Mad"? Yeah...in the opposite direction! I don't care if the new song was used in the original Season 1 release internationally and I am very disheartened to learn (elsewhere) that it may be used on the Season 4 DVD collection as well. It just doesn't have the same depth as the Paula Cole song. As tired we sometimes get of themes we've heard over and over (and over) again, there is a reason why the best ones are successful and become intrinsically linked with the identity of a show. The way "I Don't Want to Wait" was used in Dawson's Creek--sometimes cutting into the whimsical part, other times into the more humorous "do-do-do-do-do-do" chorus, other times straight into the main verse--cannot be replicated. "Run Like Mad" isn't fun and it's not dramatic, it's just plain annoying.I tried to give this collection a chance. I broke my own rule and purchased a copy thinking that the music changes might possibly be an interesting reinvention of the show. But with very few exceptions, they just don't work and sometimes even become downright distracting. It's like the producers chose songs that lyrically fit the scene, but don't capture the mood nearly as well. And the examples are just too numerous to go into.As for the video transfer, it remains a disappointment here. I have DC videotapes that look better than this! And now I could just kick myself because in buying the set I feel I have given the producers permission to continue these antics. It just shows such a profound lack of respect for the fans that have supported the show through the years.Hey, how about this idea: attach a Diet Coke commercial to the next set and use the income to offset the additional clearance costs of keeping Season 4 as is? I would personally support any effort the producers might make to bring the originally broadcast series to us on DVD. Show some initiatiive!"