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JAG (Judge Advocate General): The Final Season
JAG The Final Season
Judge Advocate General
Actors: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, Scott Lawrence, Zoe McLellan
Directors: David James Elliott, Bradford May, Dennis Smith, Jeannot Szwarc, Kenneth Johnson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2010     16hr 9min

A one-hour, dramatic series JAG (military terminology for Judge Advocate General) is an adventure drama about an elite legal wing of officers trained as lawyers who investigate, prosecute and defend those accused of crimes...  more »


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Actors: David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux, Scott Lawrence, Zoe McLellan
Directors: David James Elliott, Bradford May, Dennis Smith, Jeannot Szwarc, Kenneth Johnson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Drama, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/09/2010
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 16hr 9min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaDVD Credits: 5
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

JAG: The Final Tour of Duty
Josef E. Silvia | 12/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After 9 well-recieved seasons, the 10th and final season of JAG may seem like a drag to some, unwatchable to others, or a low-quality version of the show we all knew and loved. In my opinion, the fault of these 22 episodes lies not in the actor's ability to portray their characters, but rather in the fact that Admiral Chegwidden had retired and were introduced to too many new characters over the course of the season.

This had been nothing new to JAG. Sturgis Turner came in Season 7, Petty Officer Coates was added a year or two later as a main character. Even Bud & Harriet came in seasons 2 & 3. However, in Season 10, we are introduced to a new admiral, a couple new lawyers (one namely a Lt. Gregory Vukovic, who Rabb--and many fans--did't like), and so we are forced to watch new actors "create" their characters in the final season of an established show. Obviously, Donald P. Bellisario wanted to keep his succesful show on the air longer (especially since David James Elliott had officially stated this season would be his last). Maybe he tried too hard.

At any rate, JAG does deliver a few more entertaining episodes, and finally ends the tension between Harm & Mac in the last episode. And although one couldn't give season 10 an A+, the show still manages to pull off a few suprises till the end.

The following is a list of the final 22 episodes:

1. Hail and Farewell, Part II (2)
2. Corporate Raiders
3. Retrial
4. Whole New Ball Game
5. This Just In from Baghdad
6. One Big Boat
7. Camp Delta
8. There Goes the Neighborhood
9. The Man on the Bridge
10. The Four Percent Solution
11. Automatic for the People
12. The Sixth Juror
13. Heart of Darkness
14. Fit for Duty
15. Bridging the Gulf
16. Straits of Malacca
17. JAG: San Diego
18. Death at the Mosque
19. Two Towns
20. Unknown Soldier
21. Dream Team
22. Fair Winds and Following Seas

So, while Season 10 may not the it's best, for all you JAG fans and buffs, you should add it to your collection. It is still fun and entertaining. Get ready for JAG's final tour of duty."
A Great show's final demise !!
Bernadette Fitzpatrick | Las Vegas, Nevada United States | 12/29/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Season 10 of this once great show introduced too many new characters; most of them not very likeable especially the Vulvovick one. I agree that after being a devoted fan of this show for 10 years, myself and all of the other fans deserved a better finale of the long awaited romance of Harm and Mac. Instead, the final episode was dominated by the hateful new Lt. Vulcovick. Only the final seven and a half minutes of the show saw the two main characters come together."
A must own dvd
S. Wellard | Celebration, FL United States | 12/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I really liked watching the show from day one, yeah they show it once in a while on certain channels but if you get the dvds you dont get the commercials that come with it, Yeah some shows are not so great after a certain amount of seasons but this show was living up to every word and action. I really liked the fact that the two main characters were still in all of the seasons, to me its fun to look back at tv shows you really liked like this show and see what you missed come pared to these shows these days, So if you are looking for a good show to sit down with the family this is the show, if anyone who is serving for this country i think you must own this season as well as the other seasons, But yet again i was sad to see it go and also was a bit shocked at the ending.
Boo they end things like this
we need hart to hart to come out
all i can say is that i am glad this is NOT coming out On Blue Ray
Fair winds and following seas... goodbye to JAG
H. Bala | Carson - hey, we have an IKEA store! - CA USA | 02/17/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It wasn't until the complete season DVD sets started rolling around that I got into JAG, I mean, really got into it. And I'm sure other folks are now going thru painful JAG withdrawal, same as me, now that the final season is available on DVD, and there ain't no more after this. It's been a wait and a half for this tenth season to come out on disc, and never mind that these aren't exactly the best episodes in the series. There are enough terrific moments here to still make it a satisfying capper. And, finally, there's a resolution to that long unresolved thing between Mac & Harm. But more on that in a bit.

The cases the JAG officers work on remain as topical and relevant as ever. The courtroom battles revolve around issues such as combat stress, combat high, ageism, improper psychiatric counseling, communication breakdowns in the chain of command, private contractors getting in a firefight with U.S. troops, equal rights (a female sergeant - played by professional boxer Lucia Rijker - wants to fight men in the ring), how far can you take torture to garner information, etc. For me, though, the cases are secondary to what's going on in the cast's personal lives. Bud and Petty Officer Coates are old favorites, and they're featured in several episodes. Bud, as calm and non-threatening a guy as you'll ever meet, is ordered to attend anger management classes, and that notion alone is enough to elicit a grin, if you know your Lieutenant Roberts. Later he goes up against the "Dream Team" of Commander Rabb and Lt. Vukovic in court, and manages to get the better of them. Since Vukovic happens to be the lead counsel of that team and an arrogant pup who likes to cut corners, this goes down very gratifyingly. This isn't A FEW GOOD MEN, and Vukovic isn't Tom Cruise.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Coates, reformed thief turned indispensable yeoman to the JAG corps, is a compelling character, and I perk up whenever she's on the screen and quietly running things (doesn't hurt that she's cute, too). "There Goes the Neighborhood" finds Coates's past haunting her, forcing her to step out of military protocol and call on her hard-knock experiences in the streets. In "The Sixth Juror" Coates gets drafted as a juror on the very same case with which she'd been assisting Harm and Mac. Meanwhile, Mattie's father is more in the picture than ever and he's seeking custody of Mattie, which leaves Harm more or less out in the cold. But then something happens...

"JAG: San Diego" is another interesting episode, especially since it gives us another chance to see the enthusiastic mystery buff Lt. Graves (we first meet her in "Automatic for the People"). This episode was intended to pave the way for a possible spin-off, except that CBS chose not to roll the dice.

With David James Elliott opting to leave the show - I think he got tired of waiting for JAG to get its eleventh season pick-up - new characters were introduced. Rear Admiral Chegwidden having retired, the headquarters up in Falls Church, Virginia come rife with rumors regarding the identity of the new Judge Advocate General. The no-nonsense, don't-eff-with-me marine who ends up in the JAG chair doesn't exactly fill Commander Rabb and Colonel MacKenzie with optimism. But, bar none, the most annoying new character is Lt. "Vic" Vukovic, who I guess is supposed to be this charming rogue, except he comes off as weasely and really unlikable. Plenty of times, I felt myself wanting to skip over scenes involving him and, to be honest, he kinda soured me on some of the episodes. Especially since he was taking away from more time with the rest of the cast.

Now I do resent that the writers strung out the audience for so long with the whole Mac & Harm "Will they, why won't they?" soap opera. Nine years is an exhaustive wait just for the final episode's almost perfunctory resolution, although I suppose it's better than nothing. Still, those final fifteen minutes are not nearly enough, not by far, and I do feel cheated. At least "The Four Percent Solution" aired a few months before that, and featured Mac's flashing back to a day spent with her shrink as they explore her very big emotional and psychological baggage. And, yes, one of the issues she's been working thru concerns Harm. Mac and Harm have been so good at internalizing their feelings that something like "The Four Percent Solution" is necessary, letting us know that the writers haven't forgotten one of the key elements in the show which drew in the viewers week after week.

And, yes, the special feature isn't that special and, with its brevity, is barely a feature, although the sentiment passed on by David James Elliott and the cast and crew is appreciated. But, again, I feel cheated by the lack of more bonus features. Despite this and the inclusion of the shady Lt. Vukovic and also that Harm and Mac's romance is given short shrift, I'm still rating this 4 stars out of 5. Ultimately, I still love this show, great comfort television that it was.

My guess, by the way, is that it's Harm who ended up retiring..."