*DVD extras not reviewed*
The final season of the plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck. Dr Troy (Julian McMahon) and Dr McNamara (Dylan Walsh) are struggling financially as the plastic surgery industry begins to decline in popularity.
Created by Ryan Murphy (Glee).
Season 6 of Nip/Tuck opens with a montage showing how the once glossy and fashionable plastic surgery industry is struggling in the wake of the credit crunch; Nip/Tuck has gone through a similar decline over the past few years. What was once a genre busting TV show, praised for its originality, has faded into one ridiculous storyline after another. Anyone remember season 5's Colleen who killed people by stuffing them like a teddy bear? Crazy.
Sean McNamara gets married at the start of the season to Teddy (who is a woman not a bear by the way), Teddy has undergone a massive transformation from the blonde Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) to the raven haired Rose McGowan (Charmed). The season 5 Teddy portrayed by Sackhoff was a much more complex and layered character than the stone cold killer McGowan played. The conclusion of her storyline is stupid, ridiculous, convenient and very disappointing.
There are a couple of themes that run throughout the season: one being how much can Matt (John Hensley) mess up his life, and the second being the failing relationship of Troy/McNamara, both personally and professionally. Matt makes a bad decision at every turn, it gets a bit much and by the end of the season I really didn't care what happened to him. It's hard to care for the outcome of a character when the writers make him impossible to like. It's a shame as Hensley's character had some really good storylines earlier on in the series.
Sean and Christian's relationship gets increasingly worse as the season progresses due to Christian constantly being an ass (apart from his random moral moment he has every now and then). The problem I've always had with the Christian bad-Sean good dynamic is that Sean also acts like an ass most of the time as well. I know the writers want Sean to be interesting but he always takes the moral high ground when he's just as bad as Christian.
I've always liked McMahon (Charmed) and Walsh (Secretariat) as a duo; they work very well together and have always been very believable as partners/best friends. I thought the increasing tension in their relationship was done well, culminating in episode 16 of the season 'Dr. Griffin'. The majority of the episode is set in Dr Griffin's therapy room; it was one of the most interesting episodes of the season and relied heavily on the chemistry between the two leads. It was a great episode but after their therapy session the Troy/McNamara relationship goes straight back to being fine, they suddenly have no problems with each other which just wouldn't happen. Therapy isn't that good.
Anyone who watches Nip/Tuck knows Kimber Henry (Kelly Carlson) has been a big part of the series and sadly she had a bit of a rubbish end to the series. I personally think she deserved a better ending, as with so much of this season, her exit felt like a bit of a cop out.
Joely Richardson (The Patriot) pops up every now and then as Sean's ex-wife Julia. In the few episodes she is in, she gets overshadowed by her on and off-screen mother Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End), who is brilliant in every scene she is in. The final few episodes of the series see the return of Famke Janssen (X-Men) as the world's best looking transsexual Ava Moore. Her return is forced, being one of the most popular recurring characters on the show it's not a surprise the writers wanted her back but they could have come up with something better.
Disappointing is a good word to describe much of the season, the last few episodes of the season are a bit more normal and more like how the show started out. But the show has already lost all of its credibility by that point. There are plenty of good set ups throughout the season but then the writers end the story thread poorly and quickly, like they haven't thought it all the way through.
This DVD box set is only £9 but I wouldn't bother. The first season is £6 on amazon and is much better quality. Yes Nip/Tuck has always been a little bit silly but it just went too far for me in the last two seasons. It's a shame for a series that started off so well.
Featurette: "Tell Me What You Don't Like About Yourself - The Psychology Behind Plastic Surgery"
Dylan Walsh - Dr. Sean McNamara
Julian McMahon - Dr. Christian Troy
John Hensley - Matt McNamara
Joely Richardson - Julia McNamara
Roma Maffia - Dr. Liz Cruz
Linda Klein - Nurse Linda
Kelly Carlson - Kimber Henry
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