RESCUE ME: THE SIXTH AND FINAL SEASON

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

The acclaimed, groundbreaking series from creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan comes to an unforgettable end in this remarkable set combining both the tumultuous Sixth Season and emotional Final Season. As troubled NYPD firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) confronts his need for rescue and redemption, the crew of 62 Truck wages their own climactic struggle to survive and persevere — both on the front lines and in their personal lives. Embraced by critics and viewers alike for searing, true-to-life performances and unflinching storytelling, Rescue Me closes out its astonishing run with the most compelling seasons of the series.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Haunted by ghosts from his past, veteran New York City firefighter Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) struggles to keep his anxiety in check, keep an eye out for his fellow Engine 99 fire fighters, and handle the emotional turmoil that surfaces in his personal life. Season 7 started off much like season 6, the first two episodes were the worst yet. I was so disappointed I decided I’d only give the show one more episode. Thank God I did, because that episode was the best in a long time, and the show continued to have good, to great episodes right till the finale.

The show also features a healthy amount of comedy, which usually consists of antic between the “brothers” in the firehouse, much of it centring around practical jokes and conversations about things like discoloured penises and sexual orientation. Another source of laughs is Tommy’s absolute inability to tell the truth with any consistency, and watching him stumble trying to lie his way out of the myriad of situations he finds himself on, often due to either his drinking problem or his rampant infidelity (or both).

The characters other than Tommy Gavin are mostly fellow firefighters, his wife Janet, and his myriad of mistresses, including a long term one who also doubles as his biggest critic, apart from his Janet. Speaking of his Janet, she at first appears to be the utter antithesis of Tommy, but then, as the show moves forward, you come to realize that she is no better, and in some ways is much worse, although she acts as though this is not so, and is adept at playing the victim role and projecting onto Tommy her personal demons. The two of them and their never ending struggles provide a main thread of the story, and, luckily, their every changing relationship and dynamic works well, as it needed to in order to maintain viewer interest.

The DVD comes with both halves of the sixth season presented with strong transfers and a robust Dolby 5.1 track that makes the fire rescues come across the entire soundstage. There’s a gag reel and the usual featurettes. Plus, Leary and Tolan get a chance to revisit the show from its inception to the final moments. There’s a ton of deleted scenes and we get to see the team try to make sense of the rather off-kilter direction that Season 6 took. The transfer is really clear for the most part. Almost to a fault, as you can spot some of the CG shots of the various fires. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 09/13/2011

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