Season 5 of "Dr. Quinn - Medicine Woman" has 7 Volumes to savor. 25 episodes that include a couple of 2 parters. There are some great guest stars,wonderful history lessons,and as always an emotional roller coaster of storylines.Mixed in with the heartwarming stories,the season tackles some very serious subjects. Some subjects in fact, although well and tastefully presented, may lean a little toward the PG-13 audience.Or at least you may want to view and discuss with your youngster, the seriousness of the subjects.
One of the episodes I thought might be a little on the Pg-13 scale was "Before The Dawn". Horace is very depressed at his divorce from Myra, and tries to commit suicide. Of course, the town rallies to his rescue, sees him through this tough time and in the end, all is well. A good lesson of sorts, but I felt like, it was dealt with a little too easily.Others, although tough subjects, were good lessons on tolerance,good values and were well presented. 'The Body Electric", has poet Walt Whitman visiting Colorado Springs, and even Mike gets a little paranoid when she learns of his sexual preference. Other stroylines, include Mike trying to juggle her family life, her new baby and her practice(something very real to women of today)in "Having it All", adventure and danger in "Hostage" as Mike, baby Katie and Brian are held hostage by bank robbers,Matthew is very a much a man now and tries to uphold law and order as Sheriff(sometimes having to work against his own family) there's romance, sentiment,a budding relationship growing between the now college student Colleen and Dr.Cook, as well as Dorothy and Cloud Dancing.Disasters, disease, and prejudice are all among the storylines this season. Brian is growing up and gets into some trouble, that endangers the town(hey, nobody's perferct), Jake has a pretty nice evolving romantic storyline, but one of my favorites, Hank, is bearly noticeable through most of the season.
The season ends with a very dramatic,heartpumping and touching 2 part episode titled "Moment of Truth". The Indians are being treated despicably. Cloud Dancing takes the worst of it as he is horribly beaten by the soldiers just for coming back a little late on his day pass. Sully puts himself and his family in danger when he plans an escape for the Indians, and we are left literally, with a real cliff hanger.(You may want to have Season 6 on hand already).
Guest stars include Willie Nelson,Johnny and June Cash are back, David Carradine, Donald Moffat, Ally Mills and it's a real treat and family affair, as the Keach men make appearances as well. The DVDs are as always beautiful. The Colorado mountains look gorgeous. Not much in the way of features, some commentary, and bios. A couple of things to note, one not so important, but A&E, check the back of Vol 7. A misprint. His name is Sully, not Scully! The other, something I've mentioned in all the other seasons(and has kept me from going 5 stars)....A&E..this is a wonderful family series, please add some subtitles and captions for hearing impaired, so all may enjoy it. There are some stories revolving around the town's feeling of a Mexican woman(now a regular on the show) who has come to town("Los Americanos"), wouldn't it be nice if there were subtitles in Spanish on it.
All in all a great season, and a great series, which has never and still doesn't shy away from telling it like it was(and in some cases still is).Fans won't want to miss this emotional season. A little high priced, you may want to check with the outside sellers for a better deal.