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Emergency! The Complete Fifth Season

Robert Fuller , Julie London , Kevin Tighe , Bruce Bilson    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Viewers expecting plenty of firefighting and medical excitement from the fifth season set of Jack Webb's '70s TV drama Emergency! will plenty of both in this set. Unlike many television series upon passing a landmark like the fifth season, Emergency! implemented no significant changes to either its characters or the basic arc of each episode--firefighter/paramedics John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) are dispatched to rescue ordinary Southern California citizens from a variety of accidents and disasters ranging from gas explosions and suicide attempts to diet pill overdoses and accident scams gone wrong. The victims are then raced to Rampart General Hospital to be overseen by Drs. Kelly Brackett (Robert Fuller) and Joe Early (Bobby Troup) with assistance from Nurse Dixie McCall (the eternally alluring Julie London). The show maintains its balance of big action pieces and quietly intense drama in Season 5, broken only by occasional moments of low-wattage humor, usually courtesy of (or at the expense of) Gage. There's little time for subplots involving the character's personal lives beyond what occurs in the firehouse and hospital, and for series fans, that's a good thing--that only leaves room for more action. It's a world apart from current medical dramas, which seem to view each episode as a challenge to see how many story arcs can be crammed into its running time; viewers may find this uncluttered approach a refreshing dose of nostalgia or too simple for their tastes. Fans, however, will undoubtedly relish another opportunity to ride with Squad 51 again. The five-disc set contains all 24 episodes of Emergency!'s fifth season; image quality looks particularly rough in certain episodes. Extras are relegated to a fifth-season episode of Webb's cop show Adam-12, which features cameos by some of the cast from Emergency! --Paul Gaita

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4.0 out of 5 stars good show even if it old Feb. 2 2014
By Donna
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use to watch long time ago like then still would today
sometimes it was comical have not watch the dvd yet
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! Nov. 11 2013
By Franca
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Great show! I loved watching Emergency! all over again! Thanks for all the fond memories that it brought back! I highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est la saison 5 March 22 2009
By A.F.
Nécessaire pour les mordus de cette émission, la saison 5 est finalement arrivée. Les gars sont plus matures, plus expérimentés et encore capable de faire le travail..... Du Emergency à son meilleur
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5.0 out of 5 stars season 5 of emergency Feb. 16 2009
Emergency season 5 is good but not great. The best eposodes on it are THE STEWARDESS and the one where the flight attendant dies after the overdose. All in all, the season is worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remembering EMS 30 Years Ago Nov. 20 2008
By D. McSherry - Published on Amazon.com
There were a few episodes of Season Five that REALLY took me back. The days before paramedic engine companies, the days before EMT training was required for state firefighter certification, days before automated defibrilators were common practice, and of course the days before the cell phone. If you came on the scene after 1990, please watch in particular these episodes:

1) The Stewardess - This was made in 1975, before airplanes had an AED on board (my old department got their first AED in 1991). Roy and Johnny are returning to Los Angeles from Sacramento, and a man had a heart attack on the plane. Roy and Johnny spend 30 minutes with this patient until landing and then on to Rampart (they are allowed to retrieve gear from the cargo hold). Today, airliners have an AED on board (and better packed first aid kits).

2) Equipment - This was made in 1976, before the advent of paramedic engine companies. Paramedic Gage is overtiming as a firefighter at Station 8 (normal for a big city department) when he and Captain Stone (who had been a paramedic) are treating a construction worker who had a heart attack and have to wait 25 minutes for cardiac drugs and a defibrillator because the only available squad was across town. Gage and Stone did their best with their brains and the equipment they had (as well as CPR), but the patient passed away. Had that happened today, Stone and Gage would of had the right equipment much earlier. REALLY makes you think - it hits home for a firefighter and an EMT or paramedic. I don't think any EMT or paramedic forgets the first patient they lost (I haven't - he was a 48 y/o male who died of a heart attack).

3) There are a few episodes in the Season 5 set where Johnny and Roy are dispatched to meet the Coast Guard. Today, the Coast Guard has their own EMT's and Paramedics.

4) The Frequency episode in Season 3 was also a good one, and there was one episode where a Priority Dispatch System was discussed. Priority Dispatch became reality down the road.

Newbie's as well as old-timers can watch these episodes for the history of the Standard of Care in the mid-1970's. Note the changes, and be thankful that your truck doesn't carry a 42 pound defibrillator, and you have EMT-first responders on fire trucks and police cruisers. Make sure you young guys thank these trailblazers for their perseverance, patients, and tenacity. Without them, you wouldn't be here today.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great show, *horrible* color transfer June 25 2009
By Linda M. Kolar - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this series in my youth, and I have found in watching the other seasons on DVD that they still hold up very well thirty years later. Unfortunately, the quality of the transfers seems to be getting worse with each subsequent season release. This set is definitely the worst, to the point that it's almost unwatchable at times. The usual blue fire department shirts look aqua, many scenes are overly orange or dark, and so forth. In addition, I tried to report these problems to Universal through their feedback form on their web site, and it too was broken.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good show, bad production May 7 2009
By fish - Published on Amazon.com
We enjoy watching Emergency! when t.v. is lacking and have all 5 seasons. Unfortunately, this season is like season 4 and the quality isn't the best.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emergency season five March 24 2009
By George T. Brownlee - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed watching Emergency Season Five. Brings back memories of when I watched it as a child. They don't make great shows like that anymore just reality crap you couldn't pay me enough to watch. I reccomend this dvd. It's a must for any Emergency fan or anyone who longs to see a tv show from a time when tv used to be good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One small flaw keeps me from full nostalgic nirvana Feb. 23 2009
By Jim Grey - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit it -- I was obsessed with this show during my 1970s kidhood. I watched it in prime time (starting with Season 5, when it was no longer past my bedtime) and in reruns. Drop me into the middle of an episode and I could tell you by the procedures and equipment the paramedics used which season it was from. I even recognized the differences in the opening theme music as it changed from season to season, even as it changed subtly from Seasons 1 through 4.

This is why it has been so disappointing that in this DVD set (as in the sets for the last two seasons) Universal has used prints that have had Season 6's open grafted onto each episode.

Look, I admit it, I'm still a slobbering fan of this show and my mile-wide OCD streak is showing. But I am grumbling heavily at the beginning of each episode to see and hear the wrong open. My nostalgia buttons are not being properly pressed.

All I can say is that at least next year, when they release the Season 6 set (I hope), at least the Season 6 open will be right for those episodes.
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