Continues the story and if you liked the first four seasons there'd be no reason not to get this season as well, although it gets pretty violent. Certainly helps provoke some discussions on the treatment of American Indians by the white people.
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Timeless classicJune 9 2005
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Overall, this season of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman had a slightly sadder feel to it than the previous 4. The inevitable fate of the Native Americans was becoming more and more apparent, despite Sully's and Mike's best efforts. The focus of the show shifted from emphasizing Mike and Sully's relationship (which was always the reason I tuned in! What a strikingly beautiful pair they made!), and more to matters of the townsfolk. It continued to seem as though the people in town, nearly all of whom Mike and Sully considered to be their friends and many of whom Mike had saved on more than one occasion, were all just as ignorant, judgemental and even mean-spirited as they were in the Pilot episode. Episodes would end with the wrong-doers shame-faced and contrite, and in the next ep they were right back to doing the same things again. They never seemed to learn anything. I suppose it's portrayal of human behavior was one way the series was very realistic, but after 5 seasons it could be frustrating and unsatisfying to watch.
This season did have two of my favorite episodes, A Place To Die, which detailed the effects of a staph infection in Dr. Mike's clinic at a time when very little was known how to combat such things. (Long before real sterilization beyond hybolic acid was used and before antibiotics were discovered.) In the end Dr. Mike burned her clinic and everything in it to the ground and started fresh, but it also meant humbling herself before the slimy banker Preston A. Lodge for a loan(the same actor who played evil General Custer in previous seasons!)It began the onset of money problems that would plague the family the rest of the series.
The other ep I am particularly fond of in this season is The Body Electric, which featured a visit from author Walt Whitman. His homosexual lifestyle, considered radical if not downright perverted at that time in history, provided some of the most profound discussion topics in my household. (At one point, Sully tells Mike that the Cheyenne are familiar with "man-woman", as they are called, and "Don't treat them no different than anybody else." Enlightened way before their time, weren't they, these "savages". ) It was presented tastefully and discreetly while still getting the point across to its' family audience and the entire cast, crew, writers and producers of Dr. Quinn are to be applauded for their open mindedness without resorting to preaching.
Re-watching these dvds reminded me why I loved this series of the nineties and how much I wish there was something of equal quality today. The ensemble cast, lead by Seymour and Lando's sizzling chemistry, was superb. There were always a few over-the-top moments of trite sappiness (at least for me), but overall, it was a television series that inspired discussion, and a teaching/learning tool.
The only criticism I would offer in regards to the entire dvd set, and all of the Dr. Quinn seasons, are the price, which are high by boxed dvd sets, and the very low amount of extras included in the sets. (There's only one commentary in this season, by Toovey and Allen, and while charming, I would have preferred hearing from Lando and Seymour, or even some of the behind the scenes people, like the period costume designers, those Emmy-winning hair dressers, producer Beth Sullivan, or some of their prolific writers.) They've included biographies of the cast in all the sets, but they are always the same, with no differences. It's like, what's the point, you know? I've got them memorized by now.
Overall, an outstanding entertainment experience, and I can't wait for the release of the final season of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Quinn Season 5-Dr. Mike at her best!Dec 7 2004
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I have loved the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman series from the very beginning. I have loved watching the characters develop and change over the years. Seeing Dr. Michaela Quinn come from Boston, slide in the mud in the pilot episode, to now seeing her with her own young daughter Katie, and a wonderful family and a very good looking husband, Sully.
This is one of my favorite seasons. We get to see the struggle with the indians and the soldiers hit its peak. I have found this part of the plot so poignient throughout the series.
Dr. Mike now has a young baby to take care of, along with 3 wonderful children growing up. Mathew is a young man now, and the town's sherrif. Colleen is off to college and then medical school, while Brian is now a big brother, and turning into a young adult. Sully was the indian agent, but resigned his post. He now wants to help the indians in any way he can-even if it means sacrifices to his family.
This is the series at its very best. The lighting and setting is simply stunning! The homestead that Michaela and Sully live in really is gorgeous, and, a little hard to beleive that Sully built by himself with a tommahawk and some nails, but OK-.
If you have not watched Dr. Quinn from the beginning, now is a time to start. The best part about the this series is that it is family friendly, and deals with modern day issues, such as homosexuality, marriage, young adult issues nd problem, money, alcoholism, and each episode has a moral or strong point. Go Dr. Quinn!
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One of the best seasons of the series.July 20 2005
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I started watching Dr. Quinn when it was well into its 6th season and by the time I really got into it the show sadly and unfairly had been canceled. Well, obviously with reruns on PAX & Hallmark as well as various tape tradings I have seen all the seasons of DQ, but not all the episodes. Season Five has alot of episodes that I had either not seen or seen only once so it was a treat to watch this season again. First of all the commentary by Shawn Toovey (Brian Cooper) and Chad Allen (Matthew Cooper) on "Legend" was amazing. Chad Allen is very informative and hilarious giving alot of behind the scenes info on the series and the actors. Shawn Toovey was less talkative especially since most of the stories Chad refered to were from earlier seasons when Shawn was only 8 or so. Still, the pair seemed like close old friends happy to be together again.
I still haven't re watched all the episodes yet but I found "Having It All" to be an excellent introduction to the Sully family's life with newborn Katie (played by the Calabrese-forgive me for the misspelling- triplets) and the departure of Colleen (Jessica Bowman) for college. "All that Glitters" has Colleen return from college a changed women more confident and independent. "Los Americanos" has the introduction of a new character Senora Teresa Morales a Mexican widow one of the only people throughout the series who are not won over by Dr. Mike's charm and starts a back story that goes throughout the season, Brian's jealousy of his new sister and his wish to get more attention from his mother. "Remember Me" gives Jake Slicker more back story and a reason behind his alcoholism. "Legend" gives Matthew more of chance to forgive me- "play" sheriff and I can't help but love the exchange between Michaela and Matthew before he goes into the bank as mother and son. "Separate But Equal" brings racism of the day to light. "Season of Miracles" finally gives the Reverend a storyline as he goes blind and "The Dam" emphasis Matthew's need to be seen as a man and sheriff of the town at all costs and an wonderful exchange between Matthew and Sully as father and son which isn't seen much. "A House Divided" brings Daniel to the scene and shows that even the best marriage has hard times. "Hostage" is a suspenseful episode much like "Point Blank" which we will see in the six season. "Before the Dawn" brings back the much loved Myra and Samantha Bing giving us a very heart wrenching episode dealing with Horace's depression."His Father's Son" concludes the storyline started with "Los Americanos" in which Brian confronts his wish to fit in his adopted family as he feels ignored because of the new biological daughter in the family. "Moment of Truth" starts an arc which perhaps nailed Dr. Quinn's coffin but still a good episode nonetheless.
Like I said I thoroughly enjoyed this season, even though I personally could have dealt with less doting on Katie. I often wanted to yell at the screen "Come on Sully, Michaela you have the three other kids!" as well as Matthew's often irritating behavior- arresting your own father? Ruining the land where you had your vision quest? Resenting the fact your father wants to protect you? Walking into a bank robbery without a weapon? Not the most finest season for Matthew Cooper.
Definitely a must see! Can't wait for season six to come out :-)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Fifth season...the show gets even better!May 22 2005
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This is an excellent season that was packed with many wonderful episodes and a whole lot of character development! At this point, some of the characters have appeared to have changed dramatically; all of them for the better! By this point, there is also the promise of several new relationships, which is always an exciting thing in any series! Overall: A season well worth buying!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I Give the Fifth Installment 5 starsFeb. 21 2007
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In Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman Season 5, Dr. Mike finds herself struggling between taking care of her family, her newly born daughter, and her patients at the clinic. As Colleen goes off to College, Dr. Mike thinks about giving up her practice to take care of her baby. This fifth installment has a lot more action and adventure than any other season and an awesome action-packed season finale that will keep you wanting more. This DVD has excellent picture quality and an interactive Menu with summaries of each episode and an option for scene selection. I give the fifth installment five stars.